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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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471 Reviews

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Reviews: 471
Hads: 2,319
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 22.63%
Wants: 259
Gots: 479 | FT: 18
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:
Beer added by: Skidz on 03-12-2010

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.
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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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Photo of Chiefy770
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 Fl Oz Bottle
Bottled on November 5th, 2014
Reviewed on January 19th, 2015
Served in a pint glass

Slightly hazy golden body. Good sized foamy white head collapsed and left a decent amount of soapy lacing throughout.

Grapefruit up front. Floral notes also lived in the hops. Not much from the malts besides subtle notes of nutty grains.

Citric hops hit the tongue first. Grapefruit blended with herbal flavours to create a vibrant, yet contained hop flavour. A mild biscuity malt backbone served as a great platform for the hops to be showcased on. Light body, leaning toward the medium side. Moderate/high carbonation.

Excellent pale ale. Plenty of flavour. Would be perfect on a warm day!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tremendous nose on this one, big, bright tropical hops and lightly toasted malt. Truly fantastic. Malt base comes off perhaps a touch thin/light, and that's really my only qualm with this beer, which is also crystal clear, offers sheets of gorgeous lacing, and is basically a dream to behold.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter. Thanks to Todd for the 6 pack.
A: pours a slight off clear golden body, 2 finger white foam head that fades, some lacing
S: tropical fruits, pine, malt, white pepper, citrus, orange rind,
M: medium light, some carbonation
T: orange, citrus, some grapefruit, slight pine resin, biscuit, light malt, some lemon zest, crisp
O: great brew from New Glarus! Excellent session pale ale, easy drinking and a solid crisp flavor. So far my favorite from them.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Clear and bright look with hefty head that stuck around. Nondescript smell belies an excellent hop taste underneath. Very crisp feel that could use a touch more malt backbone, but an excellent representation of the style in the vein of ZD.

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Photo of The-MAD-Polski
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Moon Man by New Glarus is a great, flavorable, easy drinking pale ale with just the right amount of hops, but not too hoppy! If you are the type of person who likes a little more flavor and feel to your beer, but maybe don't care much for strong IPA's, give this NCPA (No Coast Pale Ale) a try, I think you will be pleasantly suprised! Another great beer from the best midwestern brewery in America, New Glarus. Just remember you can only buy New Glarus beers in Wisconsin, so stock up when your there (as I do) or have a friend grab some for you whebn passing through!

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Pale gold color with a white sticky head.

Piney and floral hops in the nose.

Clean and crisp on the palate, not overly hopped.

Smooth and very enjoyable.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Nose: spice, grain, clean malt, graham cracker. Pours brilliant gold under a 1” white foam cap, Palate: big malt and graham cracker with fruit in the background, spice and a dose of caramel, finishing with a medium hop emphasis. Medium boy and carbonation. Very drinkable.

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

The beer pours a copper amber color wth pretty decent head retention and nice lacing. The nose is pretty attractive as well, as I get light tropical fruit and a decent amount of orange citrus as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly dry, lightly bitter APA. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and the finish is clean, crisp, lightly bitter and refreshing. Alcohol is no more than an after thought.

While nothing earth shattering, this is a pleasant, enjoyable, and eminently drinkable pale ale. Probably wouldn't take this over a SNPA, given a choice, but nonetheless, this is a tasty APA.

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Photo of Chief_Mug
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I consider Moon Man to be the benchmark of other Pale Ales. I have had on tap at the brewery and in the bottle -- always delicious! The citrus hops in this beer really shine. It has the perfect balance that keeps me going back for more.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

From notes on 4/19/14

On tap at the a Tipsy Cow. Poured with little head. Nice fresh citrus smell. Light refreshing taste. Some flavors of mango and pineapple. Pretty good.

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Photo of bukbonzai
5/5  rDev +21.7%

This is one of my favorite beers. The mixture of hops are refreshing with a slight fruity flavor. Whether it's a hot summer day or a chilly autumn one, this beer is perfect.

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev -2.7%

a: straw yellow. A bit cloudy. Less than one finger head that disappeared quickly.

s: Lemon. Slight yeast esters. Cracker malts.

t: cracker malts. Lemon. Light citrus. Bit of grassy funk.

m: light. Crisp. Just a touch of citrus sour. Refreshing and easy drinking

o: Nice pale ale.

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Photo of Ratten46
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

This one caught me off guard. Heavy citrus, grapefruit nose. Don't drink this one straight from the bottle, or you'll miss the best part. Get it into a glass so you can enjoy it.

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Photo of Brams17
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

One of my favorite APAs:

A: Poured into a snifter. Nice creamy white head, left good lacing down the glass. Poured a nice golden orange color with some slight haze.

S: Hop forward beer with floral and citrus notes. Slight pungent earthiness too. Some bready malt aroma in there too.

T: Citrus is what I get the most. Oranges and tangerine, with some slight grapefruit too. Some nice malt flavors in the finish.

M: Body is fairly thin and dry. VERY easy drinking, I could drink these all day! Nice carb level to help the hops pop.

O: Like I said above, one of my favorite APAs. Its hop forward for sure, but there's just enough bready malt to keep it balanced and drinkable. Great beer!

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

Bottled June 26th, poured August 27th.

Appearance: A hazy, golden yellow color. A foamy and soapy finger of slightly off-white head floats on top. Looks great after the pour. Not much lacing, but it looks nice in the glass anyway. (4/5)

Smell: Pleasantly hoppy. The first thing I thought of for some reason was cotton candy, though that faded the more I smelled it. Citrus and citrus rind are the big things I pick up, but there's also a pretty significant floral quality coming through as well. Smelling fantastic. (4.5/5)

Taste/feel: This is an awesome beer -- love at first sip, basically. A light prickly carbonation on the front, but then a hefty dose of floral sorts of hops hit the tongue with a little citrus as well. Clean finish with a bit of sweet malt creating a phenomenal balance -- this is neither sweet nor bitter, and it's truly an APA. This tastes like I imagine Two Hearted would taste if it were lower in ABV. As said, slight prickly carbonation at first, and a medium body overall. Very nicely done. (4.5/5, 4.25/5)

My rating may seem excessively high, but considering the style, this is one of the best APA's I've ever had -- right up near the top. For that reason, it gets the rating I'm giving it. If you want a light IPA that doesn't taste like a light IPA, try a Moon Man.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

I have to say for a pale ale, this was outstanding. Great hop flavor without quite being in IPA territory. Good toasty malt balance with a west coast hop mentality. For advertising no coasts, I feel like Moon Man took the best of both coasts and put it all together into a great beer.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

An exceptional Pale Ale with a great herbal and citrus hop character. The hops also have a bit of pine as well giving complex American hop flavors. There is strong hop bitterness and have very little malt making for a balance that is firmly bitter.

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

Up in Wisconsin, found this local gem at the Pick and Save. Poured from a bottle into a random glass my wife’s aunt had. Light straw color with some small bubble streams supporting a foamy head. Leaves good lacing behind.

Nose is extremely hoppy. Cut grass and lots of citrus. Enjoyable but worries me about upcoming extreme bitterness.

But I was wrong. The malt is so well balanced that the beer has a great, of almost a little weak finish. Mouth feel is a little thin, but it makes this beer very drinkable. Especially with a side of cheese curds.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a can-shaped glass.

A- Light, foamy pale white head forms three fingers thick. Hazy pale golden body with occasional spurts of carbonation.

S- Melon and citrus are big and bold. Hop resin hits the nose with a second whiff. It's a heavily fruity profile with hints of sweetness.

T- The citrus take its time to arrive and hit the palate, but then it builds into a strong orange peel flavor. Melon flavors waft in and out as well. The finish is resinous and offers a dose of pine.

M- It's impressive how refreshing and light drinking this is. The slight downside is that it initially feels a bit watered down until the hops hit with some flavor and an aggressive bitterness. It's still got enough sweetness to suggest there's some malt in there and this plays well of the melon flavors. It's an interesting blend of flavors and feels.

This could easily be my summer go-to. It's not filling, it's refreshing and it is full of interesting and tasty flavors. It's a gem.

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Photo of Renaissance_Man
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into an extremely cold larger glass. It was consumed early evening last Sunday as the burgers cooked on the grill. This review is written three days later based on memory not notes.
Moon Man poured cloudy golden, I guess it is unfiltered, with a solid head that lasted for the entire drink. Although cloudy it almost seemed to sparkle in the early evening sunlight. It was calling - drink me, drink me ... so I did.
Wow, I have been looking for a Pale Ale this good since starting on my beer journey in the US 18 months ago.
The smell of aromatic citrus and bright flora burst from the glass.
This was followed by a full on assault of the taste buds. A pronounced citrus flavour of grapefruit, together with piney aromatics of the hops delivered a most refreshing and bright taste. As I was not drinking out of Riedel I could not split out a mid and back pallet taste.
The mouth feel was crisp and satisfying, exactly what I was looking for on a hot Sunday session.
My host explained that New Glarus beers are not available outside of Wisconsin and this is a real shame. I could easily drink Moon Man for the rest of summer ... if it was available in Kansas.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Golden body. Clear. Nice head. Settles to a medium collar with a bit of lacing.

Smell - Cracker malt. Citrus hops. More hops than malt.

Taste - Bright citrus up front, blends into a cracker malt. The hop flavor becomes more grassy in the middle and bitterness rises. The malt does show a bit of sweetness in the very end. As it warms, it gets a bit estery as well.

Mouthfeel - Remarkably drinkable. Crisp, light. Well carbonated.

Overall - I had trouble finishing the review before I finished the bottle. Excellent pale ale.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My third beer from the New Glarus mixed variety twelve pack, gifted to me from my mom on a recent excursion to Wisconsin.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice bright golden orange colored body with just over a finger of creamy sudsy white head. Leaves some nice thick scattered lacing on the glass. Looks very nice.

S - The smell is bright, floral, fresh, and appealing. Creamy, piney, grapefruit, oranges, and the perfect balance of bready honeyed malt.

T - The taste follows the nose - bright, juicy, and fresh tasting. Pine, oranges, grapefruit. Once again, perfectly balanced with the bready honeyed malt. A delicious American pale ale.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, and clean. Lightly hoppy & bitter on the finish. Medium-light bodied with excellent carbonation. A deliciously easy drinker.

Overall, a classic example of the style; I would surely get this all the time if it was available to me in Illinois. This rivals some of the bigger and badder fresh Pipeworks DIPA's I've had in terms of ingredients / hoppiness and freshness. Extremely crisp, balanced, and delicious for an American pale ale. Highly recommended.

New Glarus Moon Man ---4.5/5

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Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.