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Moon Man | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by Skidz on 03-12-2010

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Reviews: 494 | Ratings: 2,414
Photo of MAFC_Trainer
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - pale golden, little to no head
Smell - strong sweet fruit, yeast
Taste - fruity, zesty, yeast. Slight bitter after taste
Feel - smooth, light carbonation, light
Overall - really goo pale ale

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Photo of mschrei
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I'm reading this right, bottled on date of July 13. It says drink fresh, but it doesn't taste like it fell off too much. Very juicy, sustaining carb and crispness. Refreshing and tasty session ale.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - gold/yellow; medium head that leaves decent lacing.
Smell: notes of pine but significantly more citrus; just a touch of malt sweetness.
Taste: incredibly balanced APA, but leaning more towards the hops, which I prefer. The malt backbone here is considerably lighter and the hops stand out! The malts tend to showcase the hops a bit with this one!
Feel - far more of an IPA body than an APA, which I prefer!
Overall: An incredible APA that will please the palate of hop heads!

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Photo of tmryan21
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear gold/amber in appearance. White head that sticks around for a while.

Smell: Balanced. Malt/breadiness works in conjunction with the citrus and piney hops. Nothing overpowering here.

Taste: Again, very well balanced. Malt/cracker/bread up front with the citrus/piney hops shining in the end.

Feel: Crisp and slightly dry. Low/Medium bodied. Little/no alcohol bite.

Overall: An excellent crafted pale ale. One of my favorite beers to always have around the house.

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Photo of Raki
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper appearance with nice head. Could drink this beer every day, as its hops and citrus is under control with nice flavorful underlying tastes. Mouth feel is clean with a shot of carbonation. Super flavorful finish that just keeps going, and inviting me back for more. Well done !

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Photo of govlady
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a golden/light amber with a finger of fluffy white head.

Smell: Pretty nice smelling Pale Ale. Smell some citrus and pine right of the bat.

Taste: Pine, citrus, pretty bitter finish to the beer. very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth.

Overall: This is a very nice beer. Definitely an above average Pale Ale for me. Nothing crazy, but a good solid beer that I'd enjoy a lot more if I lived in WI.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A : Peachy gold in appearance, with about 50% opacity. The head is fluffy and sudsy, starting at 2 fingers and barely receding from that point. There is shave foam-like lace left on the sides where it has recedes. I really do love a good looking beer.

S : Some fruity and piney aromas, grapefruit and orange, with a hint of spruce tips. A malty backbone faintly hangs in the background, not as something to nose, but it's there.

T : Refreshing, crisp, snappy. Mostly cracker malt, with some citrus rind and also dark fruit skins, and a touch of breadiness. I can't say how, but once again, New Glarus has made an exceptional tasting ale. It's just balanced, crafted, micro-managed into subtle perfection. Nothing is too loud, and nothing is muted. It's just super balanced.

F : The carbonation is darn near perfect for this beer. It keeps it lively and exciting, but doesn't prick the tongue like some overly carbonated IPAs do. It's not hiding any off flavors, its accentuating the good ones and makes it easier to enjoy. The end is fairly crisp, with not much dryness.

O : Moon Man is my least favorite offering from New Glarus so far, but it's still hands down an amazing beer. I'd take Mirror Pond and 12 Man Pale over this, but this is a solid 3rd place APA for me. Sorry Alaskan Free Ride, you've been booted! ;-)

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Photo of CoryJones
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the initial taste of a moon man is ok with that orange like feeling on your tongue. However, but the time you finish the beer, it leaves a bitter aftertaste that compromise what could have been a really good beer.

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, pale amber color, creamy head. Strong citrus smell, pine or resin notes. Taste features grapefruit/lemon zest citrus and pine hops, moderately bitter. Lightly sweet maltiness. Light body, fizzy, finishes dry. Great pale ale.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle - no date, but "1627 - 17:27" stamped on the shoulder, "10915A21837" on the bottom. Pokal glass.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly pale, clear copper with roiling carbonation. One finger thick, frothy, off-white head. There was some sediment, and I gave it a swirl to pour it into the glass, but much of it remains stuck at the bottom of the bottle. Excellent retention, moderate lacing. Seriously, retains 1/8 inch head the whole way down.

Aroma: Very nice, pungent citrusy-ness, bursting with grapefruit flesh and lemon peel, and a clean toasty maltiness. This is right there with Sierra Nevada on the nose. Some grassy/resiny notes in the background as it warms. I had Burning River yesterday, and this is a comedy of contrasts.

Taste: Very light citrusy/tart arrival, lightly malty, turns a little bit bitter on the mid-palate; very light touch on the crisp, crackery malt, turning exceptionally clean at the finish. As it warms, resiny character becomes more pronounced on the finish; I am enjoying it more. Starting to remind me of a milder Columbus Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Very light, not much of the ale-y body one associates with pale ales. Higher carbonation, bordering on a little carbonic "bite." Wet and lager-like. Smooth. Not astringent.

Overall: This seems almost like a mild IPA, or a session IPA. Very bold aroma, very light mouthfeel and taste. If I lived in WI, this would be a regular buy; it is extremely refreshing and sessionable. Incredibly easy to drink. A great summertime pale ale, but I look for something heftier and maltier when I want a pale in the spring and fall seasons.

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Photo of Nctide
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

L: clear with a deep golden color and thin white head
S: peach, dried mango
T: fruity hop taste, moderate bitterness
F: dry and light
This is one of the better lower abv pale ales I have had. It is super refreshing and really well balanced. I like how this beer is so clean and approachable. More moon man please.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look-Color is a very clear amber, pours two fingers of white, frothy foam comprised of very large bubbles, lots of carbonation visible in the beer.
Smell-Oranges, lemon peel, and pineapple on the nose, touch of malt sweetness in there too.
Taste-ike the small, very bright and fruity, tropical notes of pineapple and a touch of mango, combined with citrusy oranges and some lemon zest.
Feel-Light but not watery, nicely carbonated, finishes slightly dry.
Overall-Excellent Pale ale, would purchase regularly if i had access to ut in my area.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant APA. Great citrus on the tremendous aroma. Tastes great with grapefruit bitterness up front and some mild sweetness to follow. Finishes clean, but not dry.
This is just as good as SNPA. A definite favorite when in Wisconsin.

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Photo of bwood06
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Mostly clear, slightly hazy, golden copper in color with fast rising carbonation. Frothy white head that is slow to dissipate. 4/5

S - Grapefruit and citrus. Herbal hops. Caramel sweetness. Biscuit. 4/5

T - Light grapefruit and citrus up front transitioning to a caramel sweetness and a white bread/biscuit note. Herbal hops on the back end. Very clean tasting finish. 4.25/5

M - Nice carbonation tickle when it first hits the tongue. Dries considerably quickly afterwards. No lingering feel or taste. 4.25/5

O - Excellent session pale ale offering. Generally hard to get this type of complexity with a lower ABV ale but New Glarus nails this one. 4.25/5

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Photo of Emersonio
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour: 12oz bottle into a nonic pint. Appearance: Clear and gold in color. Thick white head present. Aroma: Citrus and hops. Subtle. Flavor: Light and crisp with a slight hoppy bite. Very quaffable. Aftertaste: Malty, hoppy and clean. Overall: Crushable offering. Liked it. Good: 3 out of 5.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear and bright golden color with a small creamy white head that retains long after the pour, eventually settling to a thin creamy film floating on top

S- piney & citrus hop-forward with aromas of grapefruit, tangerine & a touch of floral. Slightly sweet underlying malt, but mostlyhop forward

T- lots of citrus hops up front with an emphasis on grapefruit and orange peel, floral notes kick in with hints of pine. Underlying mild biscuit malt balances it out before finishing with more citrus

M- medium body with medium biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- Very good hop-forward pale ale that remains very drinkable throughout

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a refreshingly different pale ale. Light bodied, I get notes of citrus, pineapple, and oddly vanilla. It is utterly refreshing and interesting, and really fits its moniker of being a 'no coast pale ale' as it fits into neither the east or west coast models.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New Glarus Moon Man has a thin-to-medium white head, a small amount of lacing, and a fairly hazy, slightly bubbly, golden appearance. The aroma is of somewhat piney and somewhat citrusy hop resin with background white bread. Taste is of the same elements, with noticeable bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and New Glarus Moon Man finishes crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking.


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Photo of pkalix
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow! that's some frisky carbonation in there!!!! lemon-y aroma and flavor. nice hop bitterness, very easy to drink (on this very warm day). but just cant get past these frenetic bubbles rising from the bottom...... i love it! this is a 5 in "look" in my book! incredible creamy white head..... first time i've had it..... i love it!

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Photo of jweaver95
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice hoppy beer that is only slightly bitter. I can see why some call it a session pale ale. Nice grapefruit smell/taste. Clean and refreshing throughout. My personal favorite from New Glarus.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: orange to amber. Clear. White medium head

S: citrus. Wheat. Bread. Fruits. Subtle pine

T: melon. Watermelon. Lemon zest. Orange pith. Resin. Hop bite. Sourdough

F: clean and crisp. Coates the palate

O: such a fantastic pale ale. Flavor is amazing. Has boldness of an ipa but clean and lightness of a pale

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Photo of cambabeer
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

cloudy yellow, foamy white head. A little whiffs of cidre. Some hops, very balanced. Somewhat tart in taste. Dry finish. Refreshing mouthfeel. Not very sticky or oily. Somewhat champagny

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber not much carbonation, one finger head.

S-Citrus, mild floral, some earthy notes.

T-Starts with a nice citrus, mild earthy notes and a tad bit of malt.

M-Lighter and crisp.

O-A very good APA, especially in the sense that is can be hoppy without being a full blown IPA.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Golden body with a tall white head that leaves streaky lacing and hangs on stubbornly. Aroma is cracker malt, some grain, grapefruit zest, citrus juice, and grass. Taste is hop-forward bitterness featuring citrus zest, herbal bite, and grassy. A brief visit of grain on the swallow. Medium-light body, creamy texture, just less than average carbonation, dry hoppy finish.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice dark yellow. Wonderfully balanced floral and citrus hop smell. Unbelievable smooth, melon, grapefruit, malty backbone just a ever so faint hop bitterness. One of my favorite session APA's. A+

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Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.