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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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1,396 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1396
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Skidz on 03-12-2010)
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a thin head. A very pale golden color to this brew. Average to above average carbonation active in the glass. Some random lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Some tropical hops and balanced malt. The hop presence feels like some citra with a centennial piney backbone. Caramel sweetness from the malt aroma. But everything is very balanced, almost to a fault with nothing standing out from anything else.

Taste: Many similarities to the aroma. A slightly watery doughy malt front. The body rolls though to some tropical hop accents toward the back end. The finish is a light to medium bodied hop bitterness and slight barley.

Mouthfeel: Light, definitely the feel of a session pale ale like the label says.

Overall: Easy going mouthfeel, incredibly drinkable. Maybe my over stimulated palate just wanted more going on here, but overall this is a solid brew. Not one of New Glarus' best offerings, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 05:09:22 | More by KFBR392
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elNopalero

Texas

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a golden amber with generous foam.

There’s a slight hop aroma of orange marmalade and a touch of caramel.

I found a muted hop bite with some pleasing bittering and orange notes.

It's sessionable and a flavorful one. I like it. Wish my sampler pack had more of these in it!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 05:32:15 | More by elNopalero
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Etan

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a translucent brassy orange with a thick white head.

S: Fresh aroma of lemon zest, tangerine juice, lightly earthy grapefruit pith, a bit of sweet grain, some pineapple.

T: Taste is dry with a clean grainy undertow. Mild leafy bitterness, a bit of citrusy resin, wash of bready grain.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A clean and fresh-tasting pale ale. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 00:40:46 | More by Etan
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spoony

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (1343 is stamped on the bottle) into a wine glass. Reviewed from notes dated August 18, 2013.

A-The brew is golden-orange in color with a slight chill haze obscuring my view. There are a few bubbles of carbonation, but the thin white head drops pretty quickly. A bit of soapy lacing is left behind as I drink.

S-The scent is slightly spicy, with dry wheat-like grain notes, citrus fruit, and biscuity, cracker-dry pale malts. I get a slight whiff of onion as the brew warms. Pretty crisp smelling.

T-The taste is also mostly dry and slightly spicy. There is a nice blend of cracker and biscuit on the one hand, and light, spiced citrus notes, on the other hand. Unfortunately, I continue to detect a light taste of earthy onion, especially as the beer warms up.

M-The brew is crisp, refreshing, and very drinkable. The carbonation is moderately assertive, which gives the beer a light to moderate heft.

O-This is nice everyday beer. It is quaffable, but not boring or insubstantial, and the 5% ABV allows for more than one beer in a sitting without trouble. Its a true session beer. That being said, I keep getting an off-putting onion note that creeps in with every other sip that drags the smell and taste scores down. Without that goofy note, this would rank much higher in my book.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 03:10:52 | More by spoony
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer. Geat amount of white soapy head with incredible lacing.

Light crisp and fragrant on the nose. Floral and citrus hops.

Taste is crisp and clean. Lacks a bit of the intensity of the nose.

Light bodied that finishes dry. Moderate carbonation.

Very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 21:38:28 | More by Powderhornphil
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yeller with a tall white head. Crescent moon retention leaves a few foamy stragglers. Herbal tinged dry grass aroma. Rollercoaster ride on the palette for a pale ale with tropical fruit hops up front and a slightly spikey bitter in back. Doughy light malt underneath. Kinda soapy.

Goes down quick. Lakes region really seems to know their way around a hop cone.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 03:45:47 | More by donkeyrunner
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Totally amazed at this. Incredibly refreshing, yet with massive flavor. It goes with more food than most beers, so bring it to a dinner party with confidence.

A beautiful pour, orangish-straw color with an amber refracting clarity, and, most of all, lacing with real stick-to-it-iveness.

Intensely pleasing aroma of grapes, honey, bread, et al.

Flavor in the mouth is kind of all over the place, but in the best way. There's tropical fruit, sweet muffin, and bright-mild floral bitterness. Then more sweetness in the throat, Florida orange, ripe tomato, faint shades of white gumball.

Definitely cracked my Top 5 non-big-beers of all time, including Hitachino Nest While Ale, Saison de Lente, New Belgium La Folie, Rodenbach Grand Cru, and Monks Cafe Flemish Sour.
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I don't know what's up with my taste buds, but I've got to downgrade this beer from 4.43 to 4.26. It's still an exceptional small beer. But now that I've had the greatness of NG Stone Soup, Moon Man pales somewhat.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 21:45:36 | More by martyl1000
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, teku glass.

pours a crisp golden color with an inch and a half thick white head. Great lacing. Smell is crisp and lemony, with a good amount of hops too. Oh wow, the taste is superb. Great citrus flavors but not in your face, the same with the hops - a decent amount, just the right amount for a pale, but not overwhelming or in your face. Real good. Superb drinkability. Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall an outstanding pale ale. Very much recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 01:25:08 | More by Axnjxn
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.29/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow to gold in color. Brilliant clarity. An inch of white foam rests on top. Cereal grain aroma is prevalent. I get a bit of some floral hop aroma, too. That's pretty much what I'm getting in the flavor. The mouthfeel is fairly neutral. This is a pretty basic beer with no frills.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 03:59:53 | More by Franziskaner
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tumbler.

A- Slight hazed burnt orange. Dense off white head. Nice lacing and great retention.

S- Citrus and pine aromas dominate the nose, but a sweet and grainy bread character linger in the background.

T- Light straw flavor, some bread, and some great pine and citrus.

M- Mild and smooth. Just barely a bitter finish. Less bitter than expected. The finish isn't dry and the bitterness doesn't hang around.

O- This is really good. Taste is great, the aroma is juicy and woodsy. Very nice, and once again not overly done. New Glarus can make some damn tasty, yet simple and mild beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 03:46:08 | More by BWED
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from the mix-a-6 my in-laws drug back with them on their Wisconsin trip. Popped and poured into my small Sockeye tumbler.

A: Clear pale gold with decent head and lacing.

S: Starts to impress me right here; much more hoppy and juicy sweet than I expected...citrus and tropical fruits are apparent, with fainter suggestions of pine and herbal hops. Biscuit malt is more buried than I expected it to be, though it is identifiable. Nice nose.

T: More balanced here but still quite pleasant; pale maltiness is more apparent as it subdues the hop bitterness. Citrus, tropical fruit, suggestions of grapefruit and pine are all still here.

MF: Lighter refreshing body with appropriate carbonation.

O: Good! Surprised by this one, expected the hops to be more subdued. It's no IPA to be sure, but man this is a good balance of malt and hops, and the hops are definitely more about juicy and floral characteristics than pure bitterness. I'm impressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 16:40:18 | More by Scotchboy
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredibly drinkable beer. Pours a beautiful dark golden yellow with a huge amount of head the dissipates somewhat quickly. The lacing sticks very nicely to the glass. The smell is has a mild resiny, citrus hop note to it with plenty of malt. The taste and mouthfeel is fabulous. Light, well-carbonated, with great flavor, but not a "big" beer. Incredibly drinkable. Mild hops that are only barely bitter, citrusy, and a great mild malt backbone. The only problem I have with this beer is that I do not have more on this hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:55:10 | More by MNBeerGeek
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass very light colored beer with a nice 2 finger head and tons of lacing , really nice looking brew

The smell is kinda blah , nothing bad there just not much there to smell

Crisp and light bodied beer with perfect carbonation light on the tounge

The taste is smooth and clean and very good , light pick up of the malt and the hops at the end

Overall I would love to see this in a can , would be a perfect beer to take camping , canoeing or to the beach

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 20:50:26 | More by ubenumber2
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into becker pint glass; clear golden yellow with a huge fluffy rocky white head that leaves chunky lacing. Smell is light crisp bready malt, with lots of juicy citrus fruit hops, loads of floral scents as well. A delicious smelling pale ale. Taste is clean, crisp crackery malt with light citrusey hop flavors giving light bitterness to the nice clean, slightly dry finish. Mouthfeel is creamy-smooth, really fine carbonation. Awesome APA here, glad I got two more in the variety pack...

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 03:10:31 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is a light shade of amber with golden highlights. It is topped with two inches of off-white head.

S - I smell some grapefruit. I get a little malt, as well.

T - This pale ale has quite the citrus flavor. The grapefruit that I smelled carried through to the taste. I have to really search to find any malt.

M - Medium with plenty of carbonation.

O - I was greatly impressed with this beer. For some reason I wasn't expecting much. It had great flavor for a pale ale. New Glarus has some fantastic beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 18:29:23 | More by buschbeer
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hoppytobehere

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from a case dated May 2nd.

A: Hazy golden body with generous amount of head. Excellent retention and lacing. Great looking APA.

S: Freshly cut mango, other tropical fruits. Some grains.

T: Front of the tongue is tropical fruit from the hops, not too bitter. Balances out well with a light malt backbone.

M: Generous amount of carbonation, almost like a Belgian.

O: Excellent APA from New Glarus. Almost 3 months old, but holds up really well.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:19:35 | More by hoppytobehere
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, code 1483 (May 28th?), into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear pale amber body under two fingers of fine off-white head. Pretty good retention, moderate lace. Attractive.

S: Nothing but fresh, vibrant, aromatic hops. Mango stands out, along with pine, grapefruit, lychee, and floral honey. Excellent.

T: The hops are dominant up front (delightfully so), with an excellent balance of tropical fruit and resinous pine. Midway through a touch of breadiness shows up as well, and the finish winds up almost startlingly clean and crisp. Low bitterness, complete dryness. Wow.

M: Light-to-medium body, lots of creamy carbonation. Maybe a touch too effervescent, but excellent all the same.

O: This is absolutely one of my favorite APAs, right up there with NEBCO Galaxy Pale Ale and Toppling Goliath PseudoSue. Like those (but unlike the IPA-in-disguise Zombie Dust) it manages to deliver wonderful hop aroma and flavor without overwhelming the back end with bitterness. If I still lived in Wisconsin, this would be in my fridge at all times.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 22:55:37 | More by woosterbill
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shand

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Moon Man is a fantastic pale ale. The aroma and the taste are both strong on citrus and floral hops, with a bit of crackery malt on the taste. Very drinkable and quite delicious. Wisconsionites are lucky to have this everywhere, especially during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 17:44:04 | More by shand
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peterlada

New York

4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great, great beer. Wish it was distributed outside of WI. 5 hops, flowery nose, grapefruit-forward taste, little acidity, pale with a nice golden hue. Larger size bubbles form a great white top. Tasteful and reserved labeling. No ABV indicated on bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 01:04:16 | More by peterlada
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Sark

Montana

4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- huge, HUGE puffy off-white head with a big carbonation party, golden color

Smell- pungent citrus notes of tangerine and mandarin from cascades or centennials, pale malt sweetness underneath

Taste- nice light malt character on the front, gives way to a robust middle with a hit of grain, leaves with a dash of hop bitterness

Mouthfeel- light body with a carbonation tingle on the tongue, it finishes fast with a dry exit

Overall- definitely enjoyed this beer and could have had another 3. A true pale by definition but I wouldn't have minded a bit more linger on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 03:06:43 | More by Sark
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This missed the mark for me. Something about it is medicinal. It pours with virtually no head, and retains none. Hardly any nose either. I struggled to get past the medicinal taste but simply couldn't. Not sure if I got a bad bottle or what, but it certainly wasn't pleasurable and ended up being a drainpour.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 23:24:48 | More by taylor714914
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden in color with a 2 finger white head that has pretty good retention.

Nose is really great on this. Lots of different great hop aromas, flowery, grapefruit and citrus. Crisp and clean scent with a subtle straw malt undertone.

Taste is just as good, some good flowery hops to start and finishes with a light malt backbone. Really tastey

Mouthfeel is good. Nice and light with a good amount of carbonation and some slight sticky hop oils.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 02:00:24 | More by Fcolle2
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with three fingers of fluffy, bubbly off-white foam.

Smell: Softly pungent fruity hop aroma consisting of pineapple, mango, and apricot. Little bit of pine and some earthiness as well.

Taste: Pine, grapefruit, semi-toasted malt, and a nutty finish. Great balance between hops and malts.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied, crisp, well-carbonated, and refreshing.

Overall, Moon Man is yet another well-executed beer from New Glarus. Nothing too unique but at a sessionable 5% this APA has quite a lot of flavor. They're not trying to reinvent the wheel here and that's ok. What they've done instead is created a tasty pale ale that's extremely well-balanced and incredibly smooth. I'm a huge APA and IPA fan but for some reason I prefer New Glarus' lagers and maltier ales to their hoppy beers. Still, this is a really enjoyable brew and a solid take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 21:23:47 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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TriageStat

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to ElderPuma for putting this in as an extra.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden straw color, clear, not hazy at all. Fine amount of carbonation. Nice off white, one inch head. Dissipated quickly. Lacing lingers around entire glass.

Aroma: Very clean and pleasant piney scent with some floral aromas. Hints of grass. Well balanced with the malt.

Flavor: Hop flavor is quite intense. Pine flavor is predominant, hints of a toasty flavor. Balanced nicely with the malt. Not bitter at all, very smooth. Finishes clean with no lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied. Moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: A well executed pale ale. A definite summer time session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 21:09:51 | More by TriageStat
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Lukaski for opicking thius brew up for me on his last trip North.

Pale and clear brass color. Ok bubbling. Quick one finger head that recedes to a super thin, half moon of foam.

Faintly sweet orange zest hop aroma balanced by some medium toasted malt aromas of bread crust.

Citric hop flavors balance with toasted cracker malts and some unmalted barley flavors. The finish is very thin, almost watery palate it seems. Still a very drinkable, sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 12:00:10 | More by scruffwhor
Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,396 ratings.