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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,959 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,959
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 220
Gots: 282 | FT: 13
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 Westywood
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Looks like a shiney new penny... Bright almost brassy copper.

Smell - Sweet notes. Apricot, grains... Smells good and inviting.

Taste - No disappointment here. Tastes sweet upfront and then is balanced by a rush of hop structure that clenses the palate and creates a very clean finish. This is TRULY a session beer.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation and sets the tone for a cleansing full mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

Overall - A really solid Pale Ale. One of the best I've ever had. I'd gladly drink my fill of Moon Man any time.

Westywood, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) It is a light amber. It was a fairly aggressive pour, which result in a nice two inches of foamy white head. The head stuck around and the lacing was nice.

S) I'm picking up very light pine and a decent dose of citrus aroma here.

T) A bit of malt and sweetness. The hops is not as forward in the taste as the nose would have perhaps hinted. Having said that, the finish reminds me of having grapefruit for breakfast.

M) Initially, I was quite inclined to say this was a light bodied beer. Having several more sips and really letting this ale settle on the palate, I'm thinking medium. The carbonation is fairly high, and it is quite bubbly.

O) A pretty solid pale ale, that is easy drinking the whole way.

RoamingGnome, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is golden with very slight amber tones. Two fingers of white head dissipated fairly quickly, but left a thick, lingering lace that eventually thinned to a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Enticing grapefruit citrus. It obviously signals hoppiness, but the aroma itself is not an explosion of hops. Complimenting the grapefruit is orange, sweet strawberry (almost bubblegum-like), and sweet caramel. There is also a little pine spice.

Taste: Delicious and not overpowering. Tons of citrus (grapefruit and orange) and sweet fruit (I still think it is strawberry). There are also flavors of sweet caramel malts and a nice dash of pine spice to leave a lingering bitterness on the cheeks.

Drinkability: POW! This one would take Alice straight to the moon without Ralph’s help. This is a truly excellent brew, though not hoppy enough for those far down the road to hop tolerance.

TheQuietMan22, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a moderately soapy pure white head that settles into a light cap with some lacing.

The aroma is of a nice fresh juicy hop. Good grapefruit punch. The aroma is not super strong but its quite nice.

The taste mirrors the nose. There is a light bready malt, which doesn't add too much to the flavor, perhaps a light fruitiness, but provides a nice base for the hop flavor. The hops are floral and juicy with some light grapefruit. Not very bitter, more flavorful. Very much reminds me of SNPA.

The beer sits well on the tongue; not thick not light. The carbonation is lightly fizzy. Overall it is slightly sweet with an enjoyable hop flavor. Not really bitter at all.

This is just a dang good example of an APA. It doesn't try to blow you away but has a nice hop flavor without much bitterness. These are very drinkable, especially at 5%.

Gmann, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a pale golden with slight haze. Good head retention and some really nice lacing. Nose brings a bit of citrus hops with a light bit of grain in the background. Taste is citrus with a bit of bitterness. Some slight grain in the back, but no real malt character. Feel is a bit light and undercarbonated. I've had a better pale ale.

CuriousMonk, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Clear golden body with slight orange hues. Nice big head that is resiliant with lacing.

S - A nice combination of citrus and grassy earthen hops. There is a littl espice on the back end.

T & M & D - Good cirus hop profile up from that gives way to some slight malt and chewy grass on the back end. The beer is well carbinated and light in body and on the palate. Very drinkable.

O - A decent APA with some good charcter. I enjoyed it and could have gone for another.


CuttDeez, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Golden colored body. Clear with mellow carbonation.
S) Earthy, pungent, grapefruit aroma.
T) Prominent hops throughout - citrus tang liken to starfruit and grapefruit. A subtle malt sweetness lingers just below the surface
M) Fizzy. Crisp. Medium-light body. Dry in the finish.
O) A delicious APA. Wow! I will definitely be drinking another one of these.

u2carew, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of SkitzIrish3
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with an aggressive head, golden orange, not transparent. Lighter malt qualities than

The smell is fantastic. The floral hop aroma coming from the glass is top of the line.

Taste of sweet light malts; fruitiness compliments the smell. Slight bitter finish balances the beer well.

Great beer for my vacation up here in Chetek, Wisconsin. Every glass got better.

SkitzIrish3, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange color with a decent sized, foamy, whispy, white head. Decent retention with patchy lace.

S - Nice hop aroma with floral and lemony aroma. Touches of grapefruit, general citrus, and a touch of pine as well. Grassy and spiced notes as well.

T - Similar to the nose. Starts with a strong lemony hop flavor with some floral and fresh cut grass notes. Hints of grapefruit are there but not prominent. A touch of wheat is present in the back. Slight tart and bitter finish.

M - Light body with average carbonation. Crisp, refreshing feel.

D - Refreshing taste with plenty of hop flavor for the style. Nice crisp tart and bitter kicks balanced well with a malty taste.

Notes: Nice APA with plenty of hop flavor. Lemon, floral and grass flavors are strong. This results in a nice, crisp beer that is great for summer. Well balanced and overall just nice.

FreshHawk, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold to light orange color in the glass, just the right amount of 1" head. Good hoppy aroma, seemed to be the right meld of hop variety, hitting all points on the citrus/pine spectrum.

Light body, just right for a pale, not a caramel bomb, ample hopping gave the beer a very refreshing edge to it. Only minorly bitter, much more hop mouthfeel than bitterness. Slight lemongrass edge to it, carbonation spot on. Very easy and enjoyable to put down. Very clean. Probably the best hoppy session not made in CA. Not overly dry, just right for style.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of scones
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer about a million times in bottles and on tap, just now getting around to reviewing it. Appearance is golden with a decent white head. Smells of citrus, hops. Taste is a little hoppier than a lot of pale ales - and a lot tastier than a lot of pale ales. Citrus and pine, grassy freshness, malty too... just delicious. Mouthfeel is medium to light, refreshing. One of my favorite go-to beers, the moon man never lets me down.

scones, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden-copper appearance, solid lasting head. Great citrusy hop nose, dominantly grapefruit. Malt is upfront with the hops, lending a note of crusty, rustic bread. Great palate, a really nice balance between citrusy/grapefruit hop flavors and bready malt. Has a slight floral/herbal quality toward the finish, something that reminds me of rosemary. Mouthfeel is medium-light, fairly dry. Has a more substantial texture than many pale ales, but it's still supremely refreshing. A great beer, one of my new favorite pale ales.

largadeer, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, pine, grass, hops, caramel, malts,

taste: pine, hops, caramel malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very nice well balanced pale ale. I wish I had access to new glarus beers. Enjoyed this one.

The cpj

THECPJ, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Pauly2X
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Bright clear gold, with a full finger head.

S- A blast of citrus and piney hops and just a little bit of a light caramel note way in the background.

T- Hops abound but don't ever become obnoxious. They are held afloat by a solid, simple malty backbone that never tries to steal the spotlight. A dry hoppy finish lets just the tiniest bit of malt sweetness poke it's head out.

M- Meduim/light body with good moderate carbonation.

O- Until now, something this hoppy would not be sessionable. Very capable of scratching a hop itch, this is now one of my go to session beers.

Pauly2X, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light amber--clear and quite effervescent--with about a 3/4" head that quickly falls to about an eighth of an inch that persists, with good cling on the glass. The nose is very nice, with notes of grapefruit and fresh cut grass balanced by a caramel malt undercurrent. The hops register first on the palate, their grapefruit and less pronounced pine flavors asserting themselves along with the carbonation of the beer. Easy transitioning from fore to aftertaste: the bright hops smoothly give way to a malt sweetness, with only very subtle bitterness that surfaces for a moment but quickly dissipates.

Comments: A great beer to get people introduced to the IPA style, as it gives a lot of hops in the nose and palate without much bitterness at all. (Consequently, for those hop heads that really want to experience the bitter, this might not be the brew for you.) What makes this APA stand out is the clearly pronounced aromas and flavors--hop and malt--that balance with such ease. Very few beers of this style can produce so much flavor with such smoothness.

DabblinWiscCraft, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops are mild but assertive, with grassy and other herbaceous qualities paired with lesser mixed citrus. Toast is light and delicate, as is a nuanced metallic quality.

T: Begins dry, with mild and balanced pale malt and fleeting aromatic hops that appear mostly floral and herbaceous. Acidity is bright but fairly restrained in intensity, while cleanliness is almost achieved save for a faint and brief thread of diacetyl. Dryness continues to reign throughout, with the middle more clean than before--even taking on a seltzery quality. This beer finishes gently bitter and slightly peppery.

M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Similar to some of New Belgium's seasonal pale ales, this carefully-hopped blond ale drinks very easily but doesn't really try to grab the attention of the drinker. Like many of the more sessionable American ales, its fair complexion belies its pale ale heritage, but it is otherwise very appealing in its looks. Otherwise it is very stylistically true but never extreme.

beagle75, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased by largadeer at Discount Liquor and left behind when he couldn't fit it in his luggage. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours with a creamy three-fingered head that has good retention and a few stray splotches of lace. Transparent golden body with lots of visible bubbles.

S - Nice piney and herbal hop aromas complement a toasted grain backbone. There's a hint of grapefruit zest as well.

T - Taste has a bit more toffee and sugar sweetness to the malt bill. Some citrus flavors as well as some grass and light herbs. Nowhere near as piney as the aroma, and not much residual bitterness either.

M - Crisp, refreshing, with pleasant carbonation zest, and a medium-light body. Finishes dry with some tooth-coating hop oils.

D - It's a Midwest session pale ale. The low sweetness and excellent feel, combined with the low alcohol, make this a great beer for drinking all day in the sun.

MasterSki, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small, short-lived white head tops a golden colored brew, slight haze but mostly clear. Nice sticky hop scent, floral with a bit of grapefruit. Taste starts with a light sweet malt front, but is dominated by hops. Floral, grapefruit, a touch of bitterness. Medium bodied and pretty wet feel. Thats a handy little PA they put together.

Tballz420, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of JCaweinstein
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a SA perfect pint glass, bottle not dated. Pours a one finger off white head. Light orange in color with quite a bit of carbonation, enough to keep the head throughout the entire beer.
I smell grass, hops and citrus. The aroma from this beer exudes from the glass.
I first taste the crispness of hops, lemony citrus and followed by a tough of malty sweetness. Nicely balanced for a session beer.
The carbonation is noticeable when this one hits the tongue. Might be a little too much. After the initial crispness from carbonation it smoothes out and leaves a touch of a hop aftertaste.
Overall a good session beer. I could drink a sixer of this in one sitting no problem. This would be a regular rotation beer if available in my area.

JCaweinstein, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Jenkster4
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Poured a amber-ish golden color with minimal head, and some carbonation bubbles rising to the top .

It smelt of pine and citrus, very pleasant smell, and you can get a good whiff of the hops there. The taste is somewhat resembles the smell . The hops are noticeable, but they're just the right amount. It has some bitterness, but it's oh so tasty.

Overall any fan of pale ale with some hop bite to it would love this beer. Thanks to my brother in law who lives in IL for bringing a few over.

Jenkster4, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of anell213
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber/golden color with shards of lacing on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, ginger, lemon, hoppy-goodness.

T: Bitter, but not too much. Hoppy, but not too much - really a nice balance.

M: Dry

O: This is basically my go-to beer, and what I used to try to recruit people into the world of hops. Super drinkable. Was very glad when New Glarus made this a regular stamp in their lineup.

anell213, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of zachary80
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice large white head drops down to about 1cm in height. Body is golden orange. Thick lacing coats my glass

Smell is great. Tons of hops - mostly citrusey. You can get some of the malty aroma but its hop dominated.

The taste is very nice and hoppy up front, fades to the malt backbone, then leaves little residual bitterness. This is the best part of Moon Man - extra hoppy for a pale ale, but not overly bitter for the malt

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, very nice for a pale ale.

Moon Man is easily one of the best pale ales I've ever had

zachary80, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of mjpolzin
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a tasty beer! I am quite found of pale ales and generally drink IPAs. I know technically this is an APA but to me the pleasant grapefruit/pine/bitter taste of a pale ale is not only present here but also supplmented with a sweet taste. It is hoppy enough to really taste but not so hoppy that it will ruin the palette for whatever else you are having with it.

And although I enjoy a nice high abv pale ale, the lower abv of makes this beer one where I can knock back a few in a row without getting too much of a buzz. Also, knowing that New Glarus beers generally sell for $7-$8 for a six pack, thsi beer is plenty affordable.

mjpolzin, May 30, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Moon man pours a nice golden color that is quite translucent. A fingers worth of white head sits patiently. The aroma is citrus zest and a bit of pine and buttered biscuit. The taste is pretty bitter and hoppy. Citrus and pine a pretty bold. A sweet honey taste is balanced with the hop offerings. A nice crisp feel with a bitter dry finish. Drinkable and very tasty.

ChugginOil, May 29, 2011
Photo of nataku00
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks to mtunnell for the bottle.

Clear bright orange with a half a finger of soapy white head. Head dissipates to a very thin collar along the edge of the glass, leaving a few slicks of white along the surface of the beer. A few small bubbles of carbonation visible every now and then, but not too carbonated.

For a low abv pale ale, a very nice sweet orange, orange peel, pineapple, mango tropical fruits in the aroma. A bit of floral fragrance as well. Light malt sweetness as it warms up.

Citrus and floral hops at first sip, light in flavor, but but remains as long as the beer is in your mouth. Smooth light malt sweetness balances the light bitterness on the tongue, leading to a slight floral hop flavor on the finish.

Light bodied with a smooth light carbonation. Very easy to drink and perfect for a session beer or to have a meal. Refreshing and delicious, one of the best pale ales I've had.

nataku00, May 28, 2011
Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,959 ratings.