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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,792 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,792
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 218
Gots: 228 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
You hold a session beer with a bright bold blend of five hops that flirt obligingly with the smooth malty backside. Don't let this one lay around it is brewed to be enjoyed today. Bold and engaging without pretense, because in Wisconsin you do not have to be extreme to be real.

(Beer added by: Skidz on 03-12-2010)
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Photo of confer
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

From a Bottle smuggled to Pa from Cheeseland.
A- It pours a bright gold with a good amount of carbonation.
S- The grapefruit hoppiness is out front and semlls delicious.
T- The hop flavor is not overpowering and fades slowly lingering. I get and orange/grapefruit mix taste from the hops.
M- Creamy feel and extremely easy drinking. An excellent example of an APA. This could be an everyday beer if available here. Thanks to Don H for having the willpower to get this bottle all the way from Wisconsin to Pa.

confer, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Update 21 Jun 2010.

Had a new bottle from a (presumably) different batch (or at the least bottles purchased over a month apart). Noticed some sediment, but more importantly, none of the vegetal/broccoli flavors from the previous bottle.

Second bottle was also a gift from R&S, our 'sconnie hookup.

Original review 3.5/3.5/3.0/3.5/3.0.

12 oz. bottle tried 12 May 2010. Gift from R&S, thanks!

Served in a Dillon Dam shaker pint. Small think white yellow head. Minimal carbonation. Clear orange yellow color. Aroma of grassy hay and pine. Juicy and hoppy to start but with an unusual aftertaste, A says like broccoli. Slightly sweet and grainy, but strongest flavor is a woody/herbal hoppiness.

Well made but flavor is not quite to our liking, something slightly off it seems...

htomsirveaux, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head, good lacing throughout. Aroma is pale malts, bread, grass, and a bunch of hops (citrus, earthy, grass). Flavor is caramel malts, lemon zest, citrus, and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, fair amount of carbonation, a little chalky, bitter at the end. Great beer, well balanced, drinkable, I want another one.

mtstatebeer, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Very clear light golden hay hue with a bright glow topped by a slim cap of starchy white foam. Some strings and spots of lace are flung about and stick to the glass.

Aroma is bright, crisp, and bountifully present with a spicy, zesty citrusy bouquet that zips with lemon and lime, mellows with orange, and softens with honeydew melon. Played in well is a brisk steady biscuity lightly sweet doughyness and a big pinch of white pepper and lemongrass.

Taste is mild yet active with a brisk snap of quick toned citric notions of lemon underscored with orange then quickly heads to its malt base as it gets lightly sweet with breadyness, dry bread crust, and lightly toasted biscuit. A small candyish lemony sweetness rides back late as it finishes with a floral flight that touches earthy bright spices and soft dryness.

Body is a lighter/medium bodied thats crisp, brisk, and quick fronted, loses its bite and girth in the middle and lightly drifts off into a fairly complex finish.

A big step up from Spotted Cow for a Summer sipper as its complexity is beneficially broader and tastier.

tavernjef, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

12oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus shaker pint glass

It pours a crystal clear apricot with a slightly off-white 2 fingered head. The head does fall to a nice layer of foam where it remains for almost the entire drink. Thick lacing coats the glass walls as tiny champagne bubbles rise constantly from the bottom of the glass. This beer is very effervescent, I'm not even drinking it out of an etched glass and a ton of carbonation bubbles are rising.

Pretty strong tangerine and floral hop aroma are hitting my nose balanced but just a little maltiness. The first bottle I had of this had a much stronger tangerine aroma to it but this one is a little more subdued. It's still very interesting and a great bright hoppiness to it.

The taste has a moderate amount of bitterness from an APA with a really bright and fruity floral hop taste. I love how much flavor is packed in to this lower gravity beer. There is some pale malt taste but not that much, just enough to cut through the bitterness a bit. A really nice easy on the palate APA.

The body is a little thin and the carbonation is high, but besides that this is a really nice beer that screams summer drinker and really shows how a hop forward beer can come in at 5%

weatherdog, May 29, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a beautiful clear-ish golden color with a nice amount of white foamy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very pleasant with some mildly fruity hoppy qualities. Flavor matches in large part but there is a slight bitterness in the finish. Very tasty brew and something I could drink all day. Already looking forward to the next one...

thetomG, May 25, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

A: Clear light yellow gold in color. Poured into a pint glass. Forms a minimal white head that reduces to a patchy surface coating. Minimal lacing.

S: Biscuit malt. Cereal. Some light citrus and pine.

T: Very lightly flavored. Crisp. Clean. Biscuit malt, a mild bitterness, and perfumed hops.

M: Light bodied with appropriate carbonation. Smooth, crisp, and clean.

D: The bottle notes this is a session beer, and that is exactly what this beer is. It's light, it's simple, it's incredibly easy to drink, and it's nothing special. If this one were to have been brewed by someone other than NG, people would be shitting all over it.

Florida9, May 24, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, sent my way by the incomparable Jeff (AleWatcher). Be wary of trading of this one, or else before you know what's happened you'll be thigh deep in amazing beer. Another huge thanks, Jeff!

Pours clear gold with a creamy one-finger white head on top. Head settles down into a thin but creamy white cap after a while, with nice lacing the duration of the glass. Surprised by the clarity of the beer, I suppose; I'd like just a bit of haze, though seriously, I know I'm in the minority in that regard.

Nose is light - faint biscuity malt, with just a bit of floral hops, maybe a tiny bit of grapefruit bite in there. Restrained, but nice.

Taste is ridiculously clean and drinkable, at the expense of some flavor. Again, a kiss of pale malt comes through, dry and just a bit biscuity, with a floral hop presence that's almost delicate; towards the finish, there is a bit of a nice C-hop bite, though with almost no real bitterness at all anywhere to be found. so clean it's scary. This is oddly closer to a Helles to me, with just a bit of American hop bite to liven things up.

Mouthfeel, as with every New Glarus beer I've had, is spot on. I think this is the one area where Dan Carey really stands head and shoulders over the crowd. Light, clean, delicate carbonation tickles the tongue perfectly. Very nice.

Drinkability is likewise spectacular. Perfect summer beer for sitting on the porch and soaking in the sun. I've said it before - I would give up 3/4 of the beer available in TN to get New Glarus, because it's just that good.

JohnQVegas, May 23, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

12oz bottle via trade.

Pours a bright clear golden-copper color with a two-finger frothy white head.

Aroma is great and hoppy - mainly citrusy - with some bready malts in the background.

Flavor is also nice and hoppy, although not quite enough so to push this into IPA territory. Grapefruit, pine, and herbal notes along with bready malt and slight graininess.

Palate is pretty much what you want for this style. Medium-bodied and somewhat clean and crisp.

Overall, this is a nicely done American Pale Ale. About up to what I'd expect from New Glarus. Drinkable.

nickd717, May 20, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

Second bottle from the six, time for a review.

Into a Duvel tulip, there's a generous amount of foam that gently deflates over time, leaving a spotty lace on the side that is sipped from. On the other side there's a sticky crown of attractive lacework. Good clarity, yellow orange, with the slightest haze of micro particles.

Grassy, floral aroma, wildflowers and weeds. A vague notion of citrus, but melded with the other aromas. The pale malt actually peeks through, giving a hint on the balance to come.

Flavors of sweet pale malt, orange rind, floral hops. Very well integrated. Only mildly bitter, a good gateway into hoppier beers. Those expecting an IPA may be disappointed, but it's a solid pale ale. Somewhat grassy in the aftertaste, with balanced traces of pale malt lingering too.

Feels a bit thin, though the flavors carry it a long way. Easy to session without thinking about it much. Recommended.

emerge077, May 16, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Thanks to levifunk for this one. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a bright, slightly hazy, yellow (kind of the color of a darker than average pilsner) with over an inch of fluffy white head that had decent recent and lacing.

A very sharp, hoppy scent greets the nose, with a slight grain scent in the background. The flavors follow along closely, very hop forward, with the graininess providing a nice counter-point.

The body was solid, perhaps a bit on the thin side, and crisp. Drinkability was very good, I'd like to have several of these while at the park throwing the stick for the Lab.

Overall, a very enjoyable brew that's worth seeking out.

beertunes, May 14, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours a light yellow or golden color with a small head. Leaves lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell has grassy and citrusy hops.

Taste follows the nose. Grassy hops are dominant, with a bit of citrus. The hops definitely dominate the malts in this one.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, crisp, with a slight bite to the tongue.

Drinkability is high. Goes down very easy, and 5% ABV is very sessionable.

A respectable pale ale. Not my favorite, but I'd drink this again.

ghostee, May 13, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a nice deep blonde color with a good head and good lace. The aroma is nice sticky pine sap and some citrus, basically a bunch of fresh fruity hops. The flavor follows with that tropical fruit hoppiness featuring the mango and the citrus and the like. The bitterness is well controlled but certainly noticeable (thankfully). This is a very simple but masterfully well done APA.

BieresDesMoines, May 12, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

A: Slightly hazy, yellow, a shade up from a BMC. OK head, nice lace chunks.

S: Citrusy hops dominate.

T: Sweet malts, followed by grapefruity hops. Great balance, nothing dominates here.

M: Crisp. Damned refreshing.

D: High. I'm not a hophead, and this is at about the extent of my comfort level. Nice...

KI9A, May 11, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a deep golden not quite amber color. Nice white head and generous lacing. Smell is spicy and fruity with lots of grapefruit and pine notes. Bready toasted biscuits are in the back ground too. Great tasting beer. This is what you want from a Pale Ale. Nice substantial malty body with a fair amount of sweetness. Perfectly balanced with a huge dose of spicy herbal hop bitterness. I was pleasantly surprised with the level of hoppiness in this beer. Crisp and bitter, but still very well balanced. You don't have to be a raging hop-head to enjoy this. Insanely drinkable. This is the best product I've had from New Glarus. I will be drinking plenty of Moon Man in the future.

lester619, May 07, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer pours a clear medium gold with a light white head, good lacing ok retention.

The aroma is on the lighter side and a little simple. It has some nice hops but that's it.

The tatse is awesome, really surprissed with all the hops in here. It starts off a little sweet then a tons of fresh easy to drink hosp. Reminds me a lot of daisy cutter.

Nice, feel easy to drink.

This beer is great, easily one of my favorite NG's. A super tasty and easy to drink pale ale.

jrallen34, May 02, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Clear golden, good head that leaves lacing and fades to a ring.

Smells hoppy and fresh, pine and flowers.

Tastes of pine, biscuit, green pepper, and citrus rind.

Very crisp bubbly mouthfeel.

Despite Organic Revolution and Hop Hearty, which didn't float my boat, it seems that NG can do hops. A unique and flavorful APA, my new fave. The six-pack just disappeared.

Strix, Apr 30, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Picked up a bottle of this on my way down to Dark Lord Day '10. I had a sample at the brewery and it was a nice beer. Named after somebody's cat from the brewery. Drank from my Port Brewing pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super clear straw colored yellow with a decent half finger bright white head. The same size half finger head stays the entire beer (maybe because I'm drinking it so fast??) along with tons of thick sticky lacing.
Smell- Nice and subtly hoppy with a light fruitiness that gives up whiffs of grapefruit and peach. Maybe a touch of earthy hops with hints of pine and grass. The lightest kiss of caramel hides in the background and comes forth a bit more in the nose as the beer warms.
Taste- Starts with a bit of fruitiness from the hops with light citrusy tones. Nothing over the top by any means though as this is definteily a Pale Ale. Some grass mixed in for good measure all sitting atop a light crystal malt backbone that definitely plays second fiddle to the hops. The finish is ever so slightly bitter with a long lingering sort of earthy hoppiness.
Mouthfeel- Medium body that flirts with the lighter side as the carbonation is subtle and spot on.
Drinkability- No mistaking what this beer is - a lightly hoppy, beautifully drinkable Pale Ale. I don't like malt getting in the way of my hoppy goodness and Moon Man fits that bill perfectly. I will be grabbing a sixer of this my next trip to Wisconsin, great beer.

younger35, Apr 30, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

Appearance - Light gold. A little hazy. Medium soapy white head. Appears to have good retention.

Smell - Hops very prominent. Mainly grassy.

Taste - Hoppiness is not nearly as prominent in the flavor as in the aroma. Light sweet malt leads. Followed by a clear, but far from overwhelming dose of a nice mixture of floral and citrus hops (flavors of lemon or grapefruit). One of the most mild on the hops that I've seen in this style (though the bottle claims to be "no coast" pale ale). Flavor is appealing if probably not what most might expect.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Drinkability - I'm not a hop-head, so I have no problem with a pale ale that takes a moderate approach to hopping. A good tasting beer from a company with a fine track record.

scaliasux, Apr 29, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, with some citrus and pine notes. The taste is hoppy, some malt notes, good dose of citrus and pine notes thrown it. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this would pass as an IPA for some. Love the NG brew's.

Wasatch, Apr 29, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev 0%

Poured into Rare Vos glass

Poured slightly aggressively yielding almost 2 fingers of slightly off white head. Color is a very clear yellow gold with floaties. Once the floaties float down the beer looks great with the great head retention and thick lacing.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops and then some. This bad boy smells more like an ipa than an apa. A wonderful touch of citrus blend so well with the floral hops. I get some grapefruit and mango flavors. Some bready malts, but not a lot. Very well done. A solid apa.

Taste: Here, the taste kicks it back to more of a pale ale with a slightly higher amount of hops than one would expect. Floral hops with some pale malts. Some bready flavors. But, the hop level is awesome. Huge floral kick with citrus flavors. Awesome beer.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but not as bitter as an ipa. A little crisp as well. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends very dry, almost like a macro lager would end.

Overall, this is a great pale ale. It has an awesome amount of hops but drinks easy like a pale ale should. NG really made a solid beer for what seems to be an underrepresented style these days. Very drinkable.

edit: now that I have had most of the bottle, I must say that it reminds me of a lighter version of Abrasive ale.

mothman, Apr 28, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%

I don't feel like I need to go much into talking about this beer. All you need to know is that it is a really fantastic pale ale, you need to buy it if you can make it up to wisconsin, and it contains a type of hop that hasn't been used by commercial beer companies in the United States.

If you live in the midwest, you need to find some new glarus. They're not all great, but none are bad, and some are rad.

Redbear, Apr 27, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%

Brilliant golden clarity, lacey white dancing bubbles.

Nice hop aroma, clean, sneaky tastes of maltiness with crisp, spicey hop finish. This beer is just damn good, well-balanced beer without try to be mindblowing. This is one of those beers that will only offend people who look for offensive beers. Everyone should enjoy it.

Edit: 8/1/11 -- I still love this beer.

pweis909, Apr 26, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev -8.5%

A: Light golden body. Somewhat cloudy. Medium sized white head. Decent retention with some spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S: Fairly citric nose. Grapefruit, lemon and oranges. Malt comes through though. Very pleasant.

T: A milder rendition of the notes from the nose. Again, grapefruit dominates, but the malt starts to make its presence known more. A bit too restrained when compared to what the nose leads on.

M: Smooth, medium bodied with good, even carbonation. Slight bitterness in the finish is welcome.

D: All around good effort.

callmemickey, Apr 26, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

This brew pours a nice clear dark golden/light amber color with a medium white head. The aroma is medium-high citrus hops with a bit of sweet malt in the background. The flavor is hops upfront-citrus, pine and a bit grassy followed by a hint of malt and a prickly hop bitterness lingers at the finish. The carbonation is medium-high with a medium body and a dry finish. Overall this is a well made beer and quite drinkable. I'd recommend it for drinking a 6er in a night.

uwmgdman, Apr 24, 2010
Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
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