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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,995 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,995
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 220
Gots: 290 | FT: 14
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 JackieTH
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

golden with a half-inch of white foam. Smell is slightly pine resin and a biscuit-like maltiness. Taste is more pine resins, nut bread and biscuits. Somewhat watery taste/body is unappealing. Body is light with ample carbonation. Overall is drinkable certainly, but there are far better APA's

Photo of TotallyHosed
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a standard mixing glass.

A thin one-finger head persists on top which is pure white and somewhat thick. The head produces heavy lacing that stains the glass. The color is golden yellow/amber and clear with just a few columns of bubbles.

The aroma is full of hops with a bit of malty sweetness coming through. I detect some grass and pine, along with citrus aromas. As the beer reaches the bottom of the glass, the malt aroma becomes more apparent.

The taste starts with a nice blend of hops that are citrus and slightly grassy/floral. Because of the very little carbonation and clear appearance, the feel is very crisp, clean and refreshing. The finish is also very clean with a bit of whispering malt. Like the smell, I become more aware of the malt flavor as I near the bottom of the glass.

This is a very good pale ale for long sessions or warm weather. I would recommend this to those whom are looking for a nice introduction to pale ales.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Random buy at a store in Danbury, WI, sample 12 pack.

I'd say this is definitely the better pale ale I've ever had, lots of character. It's a pretty gold color with a medium amount of carbonation. Aroma is dominated by hops and citrus. The taste has a large hop presence but it seems dryer than the smell, with little else noticeable. The body is good and it goes down a mild tartness that's pleasing. Another winner from the land of beer and cheese.

Photo of logmacschlog15
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip.

A: Pours a beautifully clear, apple juice like golden color with about one finger of foamy white head. Crystal clear with a few streams of CO2 throughout.

S: A nice dose of citrus aroma floods the nose followed by more subtle piney notes from the hops. A little bit of sweetness from the malts as well.

T: There is a nice kiss of citrus from the hops with hints of pine as well. A delicate little kiss of bitterness on the finish. There is just a tiny bit of sweetness from the malt and a slight yeasty flavor as well. Pretty well balanced.

M: This is a very light bodied pale ale, almost too light for my liking.

O: This is a good, lighter bodied, lighter flavored ale that delivers a citrusy hop aroma and flavor that is not too overbearing. This is a very refreshing ale, I would call it a lawnmower pale ale even. A good beer to introduce someone to the hoppier side of the beer world or when you're in the mood for hops that won't ruin your palate.

Photo of mpcrump
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice golden yellow color. A little on the darker side with a good sized head.

S: Good hops with a hint of malts.

T: Great hops taste and that hint of malts. Finishes very nicely.

M: Light with a medium carbonation. Finishes good crisp.

O: Very good stuff. I haven't tried that many APA's yet but this one ranks very high. Good stuff.

Photo of mdvatab
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from cosmonick. (Cheers!)
Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.

Aroma: Pine resin and mango hits me in the face up front. Very appealing hop profile! Honey and sweet malt also weigh-in to provide a great balance.

Appearance: Crystal-clear, golden body. 2 finger off-white head, which is slow to disappear. Nice foamy lacing lacing.

Flavor: Nice tropical fruit up front. A bit on the light side, though. Would definitely like to try this one fresh to see how the hop flavor comes through early-on. Bitterness is well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, medium carbonation, and a clean, dry finish for a pale ale.

Overall: Overall, this brew is a bit drier than I prefer for a pale ale, but not excessively so. The hop profile is wonderful, and this one actually closely resembles Half Acre Daisy Cutter IIRC. Definitely a highly-sessionable APA!

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to paco1029384757 for a new New Glarus beer for me to try.

Pours a huge 2+ finger head that bulges over the top of the glass, fluffy, with a bit of lacing as it slowly fades, over crystal clear pale golden colored beer.

Nose has some nice fresh hops, bit spicy, bit citrus, some fresh grapefruit and bit of tropical fruit, I wanna say Simcoe, Citrus, maybe Centennial hops, great hops, and pretty much no malt behind it.

Taste brings more nice hops, more fresh topical fruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, some light citrus, touch spicy hops. It's quite juicy and smooth, very light malt profile to give it a slight sweetness to help try and balance the myriad of hop flavors. There is a decent amount of bitterness, that ramps a bit as it goes and gets fairly bitter on the finish. Some light spicy hops help to finish it with more tropical fruit, and a bit drier.

mouth is med to maybe a bit lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall it's a great APA, almost IPA level but not quite since it's not super bitter. Great tropical fruits, nice aromas, just enough sweetness, perhaps a touch more body would help, but otherwise very nice.

Photo of schoolboy
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been traveling around Southern Wisconsin the last few days and drinking whatever good Wisconsin beer I can find. Several much less impressive New Glarus have made there way to my glass, but this is one of my favorite style, and it's well done.

It's slightly cloudy. A pale yellow with nice lacing. The bouquet is great. Floral. As is the taste. My son was drinking the same stuff as me, and his comment was that we should have bought more than two bottles of this. We could, and maybe drag a lot of it South with us when we head home in a couple days. It's great. I am beginning to like Wisconsin microbrews a lot.

Photo of Slyjoker87
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Comes out as a golden yellow color - like straw. The carbonation in this one leaves a nice, white head with great lacing.

S - Pine and fresh hoppiness comes out the most to the nose.

T - Refreshing hop taste on the top with a mellow malty flavor throughout. The bitterness isn't overdone, which is a plus for beer like this.

M - Smooth as can be. The carbonation is just right, and the taste isn't strong enough to be off putting. It goes down easy.

O - This is a delicious brew once again from New Glarus. It's easy to drink, tastes great, and would pair well with a number of meals. In addition, it would be a great brew for the game. Sadly, I believe this is still only available in Wisconsin. Check it out if you can!

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Goose Island tulip pint.

A: Pours a dark gold with a pure white head.

S: Dry, aromatic hops jump out the glass with vigor. There is just the slightest hint of malt sweetness.

T: Dry and bitter with a clean, crisp finish. The hops are lemony and crisp, no grapefruit or pine flavours in this one.

D: Very flavourful for a 5% APA. Its a great, crisp, hop-head's pale ale.

Overall: In my eyes, this is Wisconsin's Daisy Cutter. It has that great asprin-hop quality in a session strength pale. Very good...but Daisy Cutter is still king.

Photo of HugePlume
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A- pours a nice bright yellow, with a cap of thick 1 finger head. Good retention. Many bubbles rising for the duration of the drink.

S- Wow! Might be the most odiferous pale I have ever had. Fantastic citrus hop notes and fresh hop aroma! I cant keep my nose out of the glass. Unreal this is coming from a pale.

T- Fresh hop and citrus follows the nose, laid down over a super smooth malt background. An exercise in balance. Immensely drinkable. Nice bitter hop kick at the end.

M- Spot on, light body rolls off the tongue, carbonation plucks at your tongue along with the light bitterness. Refershing.

O- very refreshing and flavorful pale. Might be the best pale I have had.

Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought from WI to NE by a friend. Much thanks.

From bottle, poured into standard US pint glass.

Pour produces a fairly clean white head, 1cm high, of fairly small, dense bubbles. Decreases to a thin film atop the body. Lacing remains and is fairly good. Body is clear golden in color with some active carbonation quite visible.

Aroma characterized by citrus-y and pine-y hops with some slight malt sweetness as well. Classic APA to me.

Taste is predominantly of grapefruit and lemon with a bit of herbal spiciness. In the not-too-distant background is the kilned malt flavors. Aftertaste is bitter, from hops, and serves as a good close.

Medium-bodied, not too heavy or light, quite nice for this session-drinking brew. Not overly carbonated. Finish is dry.

This is an eminently drinkable hop-forward APA, high on citrus and bitterness. If it were more widely available, it would be one to seek out when the craving for those flavors arrives.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Mike by way of Peter. Thanks, guys! There's no date on this bottle. It's been a long time since I've had a New Glarus beer.

Pouring a clear golden orange with a dense, eggshell-white head, this is an attractive APA. The retention and lacing are both pretty good too. The nose is wonderfully hoppy, with bright orange zest, orange oils and some ripe lemon. Behind it is a blend of weed and white pepper, both in moderation . A touch of honey and a little biscuit/cracker character round out the very appealing nose.

The palate opens with a blend of citrus flavors, a mild weed-like dankness, more intense than on the nose. The hop character is beautifully captured here, with a perfect balance between flavor and bitterness (for the style, at least). Orange peel, lemon, a little bit of a leafy/chalky character I usually find in Cascade-hopped beers are all present here.The mid-palate has a little bit of honey, graham crackers and some wheat-like flavor. While great up until this point, the finish is a little lacking. A little watery, this character is amplified by the lower level of bitterness and hop resin (even for an APA). Drying and moderately carbonated, with a wisp of alcohol and a touch of carbonic acid, this beer is thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into stange on 9/19/11. Thanks to brewslut for bringing one of these back for me from a recent trip to WI.

A - Hard pour yielded a slightly hazy lime-tinted golden liquid with a healthy finger's worth of rocky white head that reduced to a bubbly patch and steaks of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - First whiff reveals a fresh, hoppy scent that combines fresh cut grass, orange and lemon zest and a hint of pine sap as well as a slight waft of alcohol, which is surprising for a 5% session beer. Malt character is biscuity with wheat and honey undertones, giving the nose a hint of sweetness.

T - Hop flavor tends to take on more of a grassy profile, although there is a hint of citrus rind around the edges. There's plenty of sweet malt suggesting fresh baked biscuits, caramel and honey. However, Moon Man finishes with a distinctive grassy hop bite with a hint of floral notes.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly oily texture for a pale ale, indicating that there's plenty of hops in there. Bitterness is a bit dry and crisp, and lingers on the palate for a bit then finishes quite clean overall.

D - This is a pretty bangin' pale ale overall with fairly aggressive hop bitterness that retains amazing drinkability. A great session beer from New Glarus. I wouldn't expect anything less.

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to the guy who suggested this to my mom when she was visiting Wisconsin.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hop notes, bubble gum and cotton candy with a hint of pineapple.

T - The citrus hops on this one come through brilliantly, not overly bitter, yet not overly sweet. Perfectly balanced with a light caramel malt backbone.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - A great offering and definitely a brew I will make a point of grabbing the next time I visit the US. I find it difficult to think that anyone could rate this as sub-par.

Photo of PokerGod
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Straw color, transparent, golden, nicely carbonated (very active). Thick frothy head with huge retention. Nice lacing.

Smell- Hops, pine, spice, floral. nice.

Taste- Superbly well balanced, Strong hop taste, but far from over powering the malty background. Absolutely delicious.

Overall- A nice surprise, wonderfully delicious. Would love to find this one again and buy. Unfortunately unavailable in my area as my brother-in-law brought it back from Wisconsin on his visit.

Photo of zimm421
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass. Appears a yellow color with some slight orange tint, seems a little light colored to me. Has a sudsy white head that leaves little lacing.

Nose is citrusy with a slight spice. Nothing too impressive here, but also nothing offensive. Taste is very balanced with a good malt sweetness. There is also that same spiciness in the background. Not overly hoppy and just doesn't quite do it for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. This goes down very easily and is extremely drinkable. This could be a nice sessionable APA. Overall, not a bad brew, but nothing that blew me out of the water. This is nice for some football Saturdays but won't be grabbing it again on my next trip to Wisconsin.

Photo of DaveHack
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into DFH Signature glass.
Pours light yellow with a decent head and great lacing down the sides. Smells awesome. Citrusy hops dominate the aroma. Taste is bitter citrusy hops. Light, but not too light with good carbonation. At 5% this is a great beer to have a few, definately doesn't taste like 5%.

Photo of kdmcguire10
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Golden, hazy orange color with solid head but quickly recedes.

Aroma is chock full of citrus. The smell just jumps out of the bottle. I could smell this one from 3 feet away. Small sweet spice.

Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit taste. No hint of alcohol whatsoever. Very crisp, clean finish.

Very tight, light-medium body with medium carbonation.

All in all, highly refreshing. Very drinkable, session beer. In fact, probably the best "session IPA" I've ever had. Wish I could get this all summer long. Perhaps the perfect beer for those early tailgates when the weather is still warm and you need a good beer that you can drink for 3 hours.

Photo of Kadonny
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle gotten via trade into a nonic pint glass.

A: A medium golden color with a bit of haze to it. A nice one finger white head leaves little lacing.

S: Citrus hops coupled with some floral notes and a very slight sweetness.

T: Citrus and fruity hops come out with grapefruit, lemon and pineapple. Some slight floral and herbal hoppiness couples with the nice sweet bready and biscuit malt. Finish turns bitter, crisp and clean. Real nice pale ale.

M: Medium as this beer is meant to be a drinker. Real crisp and clean but enough malt to give is some mouthfeel. No alcohol.

O: This is top notch pale ale made just the way I like them, crisp, clean and fruity. A very good beer that ranks up there with the best pale ales.

I'm so glad this was included in my trade as it is one of my favorite NG beers. A hell of a pale ale that (again) I wish I could get regularly.

Photo of devilben02
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sparkling golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy white head. The aroma is hop dominant, with a fresh, fragrant combination of floral, woodsy, and citrus characteristics. The flavor is a bit more balanced, with an earthy vet vibrant hop profile being at least somewhat contrasted by some nice bready malt sweetness. The fine, soft carbonation only somewhat breaks up the resinous texture, but it isn't at light as I would prefer. Overall, I acknowledge that this is a terrific example of a hop-forward pale ale, but even though I do enjoy a good pale ale, I couldn't get too excited about this one.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit of an "anti-extreme beer" sentiment on the label, but then again, New Glarus have done their share of experimentation, so I rather think it reads more like "enjoy this simple American Pale Ale for what it is." Okay, I will.

Pours a smallish but nice snow-white head. Color is a sunny golden yellow. A little bit of lace.

Aroma is wonderful. Big, fresh, fruity hops, especially bringing to mind (or nose) the smell of walking through an apple orchard.

The taste keeps the fruit vibe going, especially that of green, unripe berry, and various kinds of barely ripe tree fruit. It's all hops doing the talking there. The malt is polite and subtle, a very white bread/biscuit sort of thing, bringing with it just a hint of earthy yeasty goodness. Clean, slick, smooth feel. A bit dryer than your typical APA.

Nothing fancy? Maybe not, but delicious, super-solid and well-made all the same.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great pale, from Riley's in Madison. Generous retained head of three-eighths of an inch on golden yellow, and leaving spider lacing. Mild hop aroma. Incredible drinkability, I finished in three gulps. Pleasant citrus taste. Very sessionable. Very silky smooth. Highly recommended.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Light yellow in color nice foamy head that had good retention, decent lacing.

S= The nose was a little faint for me picked up some pine hops in this one with some grapefruit.

T= The taste was pretty much like the nose light pine hops with a little bit of grapefruit, and sweet caramel backbone in the end.

M= Light in body, nice amount of carbonation.

O= Good beer for me it wasn't anything to special glad I had a chance to try it though.

Photo of keethrax
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A super clean and clear pale ale. Lots of hops flavor and aroma, but limited bitterness. Just enough malt to not be lost

Highly carbonated with a short lived head.

Crisp flavors, with citrus and herbals dominating the hops flavors. A few others are lurking in there too, but I only had one bottle. I'd love to get my hands on another one to ferret out more of them.

A super refreshing beer.

Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,995 ratings.