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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 466
Hads: 2,293
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 22.63%
Wants: 260
Gots: 469 | FT: 19
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 blankenhoney
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into teku. Thanks, Chris!

A: Looks like liquefied pale golden hay

S: Phenomenal aroma of melon, white grape, white peach, and subtle lemon peel; what a delicious aroma

T: lightly fruity and hoppy, some white grape, and a nice dry, peppery finish; maybe somewhat thin-tasting but to be expected and acceptable with a this 'low' of an abv; tastes great, and perfect for a warm summer night

M: light-bodied, dry, and so refreshing

O: one of the best american pale ales i've had. so much flavor, yet so light and crushable. inhale deeply, crush, and repeat

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Photo of Tanis01
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply one of the best beers I,ve ever drank. It has turned me onto American Pale Ales and I,m very excited to try more beers in this catagory to compare. I enjoy this beer at many locations and times but standing at a hot grill with a Moon Man is my favorite.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle from a coworker who had a relative pick this one up for him. No date besides on the back of the bottle there is a stamp that says 0704 then underneath it has 09:31. Not sure what this refers to.

A - Pours out crystal clear light golden with a one finger frothy white head. Looks nice and refreshing.

S - Sweetness, Pine, breadyness, grapefruit, citrus. The aroma is balanced with a pleasant hop sweetness.

T - Bitterness, pine, citrus, sweet malts with a bread character.

M - Light body and lots of carbonation, dry, refreshing.

O - This is a nice pleasant Pale Ale that should be drank on a summer day. Really refreshing and the flavor dies off fast leaving you wanting to take another sip. My only complaint if their was one is that the flavor is not quit as strong as what the aroma was suggesting. If you want a nice refreshing brew on a hot day and you like the hopped up beers give this one a go and you will not be disappointed, Cheers!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a crisp golden yellow/orange with a thin head when poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Smells like citrus fruit, mostly orange and lemon zest, but I'm getting the strangest hint of watermelon, that may just be me.

Taste is very slightly citrusy, not expecting this from the immediate nose. Good balance of hop and malts.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, a go to brew for BBQ'ing.

Overall a very light pale ale, but not a bad thing.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass (from a trade). Pours a nice golden color with a half finger of white foam. Citrus scent with a small amount of malt. Citrus fruits up front with a small amount of maltiyess in the background with a light amount of light pine notes. Very smooth and light with malt that balances well with the hops. Very easy to drink and with a lower ABV this is an easy beer to have a few of. Very good offering from a Brewery I wish I could get more often.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a New Glarus pokal. Clear, pale golden color, with a small white head that retained well and left sheets of lacing on the glass. Nice looking brew. Clean, fresh aroma, pale malts and citrusy hops, light floral/grassy notes. The taste was a bit more thinned out than the aroma would have led me to believe, but it was still good overall: crisp and clean, light citrusy and floral hops, and some sugary pale malt sweetness. Light-medium body, easy drinkability, nicely balanced, with a very mild bitterness. A good, simple pale ale.

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

A: Pours a lightly-to-moderately hazy vibrant golden color with a hint of orange and 1 finger of bubbly off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

S: Fresh and clean hop character with a hint of citrus, peaches, and stone fruit. Very light but perceptible pine character providing a slight spice. Malt sweetness and just a hint of alcohol.

T/M: Mouthfeel is thin to medium with moderate slightly astringent carbonation. Carbonation doesn't foam the beer up so much as dry the mouth and provide a slightly acidic burn to complement the citrus of the beer. Flavor is clean and unassuming up front into a citrus hop note accompanied by a mild malt sweetness. Finish is juicy citrus alongside the malt sweetness into a coating dryness and very mild bitterness.

O: Very, very drinkable. The mouthfeel on the finish really keeps you sipping on this one. This is much closer to a pilsener than many of the pale ales that I have typically enjoyed the most, but the malt profile is also much less wheaty and prominent than the pale ales I have enjoyed the least. This finds a unique space and nice balance for itself, and is really a nice beer. I'd probably not seek this out specifically in trade, but would absolutely purchase it as an everyday sort of beer if it were readily available.

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Photo of schris
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was going to rate this with a pour into a glass, but I wanted my review to reflect my honest experience, and if I'm honest, I have never ever had this beer any way but from the bottle. If you're looking for a sessionable you can pop open after work to transition into dinner, this is your guy.

The aroma that I get from this beer is very interesting - others note fruit, and I get a little of that, but honestly the thing that sticks out to me is a kind of aroma of cheddar. (Not saying that just to make fun of Wisconsin.) This, by the way, is not a criticism. It makes me want to run up and grab a block of cheese to serve with it. Hop scent is muted, I can't pick out the varieties, but with a little swirl of the bottle, there's some pine and a little floweriness coming through. It has a good robust feel in the mouth, with some maltiness for balance at the end. I do not get a particularly clean finish from this beer, but I think that's OK, as it really is begging to be consumed in quantities greater than one. All around a good, solid brew from New Glarus.

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

Poured into a Guiness glass.

A: clear yellow/orange. Two finger head with moderate retention. Looks crisp

S: Really good. Fruity. Citrus, mango, maybe even papaya. All fruit little pine resin if any.

T: nice balance of malt and hops. Not overpowering at all. Fruit flavors come thru. I still get tropical flavors out of it as it mimics the smell. complex actually. Excellent flavors for a sessionish beer.

M: full mouthfeel yet still crisp. Like it a lot. stays around for a good bit.

O: excellent complex beer. If I lived in Winsconson this would be my go to beer year round. Love it.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - pours a big lasting white head and leaves great lacing. Beer is a golden yellow pretty clear.
Smell - very floral lemon hop smell with good earthy malts
Taste - great balance between slight lemon citrus piney hops and slightly toasted bread malts
Feel - fizzy carb with a medium body.
Overall - fantastic pale ale!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, 337th day of 2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/15/2014. Finally getting around to reviewing this one...

App- Light straw-orange body, nice 1 finger white head, solid retention, nice lacing

Smell- Citrus, pineapple, passion fruit, caramel, bread. Nice hops presence yet balanced

Flavour- More earthy with a dab of passion fruit and pineapple. A good bit of caramel and bread. Balanced and delicious.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, carbonation is just about right for an APA. Not too bitter, easy to session should one want to.

Overall- Nice sessionable APA, flavourful and tasty enough. This is probably the best Wisconsin-produced APA I've come across so far in 5 years living in Wisconsin. It stands up fairly well to the more popular APAs especially when it comes to pricing.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow, flirting on gold, with tons of carbonation bubbles and a huge, soapy mouse like head.

S: Bright citrus hops in front. slightly floral with some definite grapefruit undertones. the more you get into the more the malt shines through. sweet crystal and caramel malts. strong flakey bread notes. a touch astringent on the end.

T: Immediately at the front of the tongue grapefruit teases you. You're pulled in by the citrus that borderlines sweet nectar and bitter rind. the middle of the mouth is where the bread and malt comes into play. Slightly sweet caramel and lingering taste of dried bread. The finish is more orange and citrus hops playing tug o war with your tongue between sweet and bitter.

M: this mouthfeel is awesome! it comes alive on your tongue, carbonation bouncing back and forth. The finish is medium with a hanging presence of tangy bitter grapefruit.

O: A great session pale ale for sure. an interesting balance of flavors that is more complex than i expected. /87

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of yellowed, golden honey into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It produces a big soapy mess of a three and a half finger tall head, composed of haphazard, milky, softly tanned bubbles. This shows great retention, dissipating into honeycomb lacing along the sides of our glasses. No appreciated haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light but active. The aroma gives bright and beautiful hops of citric, floral, nectary, and gently fruity varietals, tinny metallics, ale yeastiness, and chalky pales. Additional notes of fruit come in the form of pineapple, mango, papaya, pear juiciness, and red apple, along with lemon rind bitters, tannic iced tea, distant black pepper boozy spice, and packing plastics. Our first impression is that the flavoring is surprisingly bold and fresh for such a lightly sipping beer. As we sip, the taste opens up with bright citric and floral hops and grapefruity rind zest, pale malt and wet barley, aluminum, lemon and lime fleshiness, mango skins, and sweeter balancing notes of grape jam, and white sugar. Peeking through the center is a mash of kiwi, tangy blueberry, and cherry flesh fruitiness, sesame seed, sea salt, marshmallow sugars, soured white grape skins, and a watered biscuity maltiness. The end showcased a more bittered, soapy hop atop the baseline citrics, mineral water, deepened malts of corn, caramel, and toasted pales, finely sweet yeastiness, sharp cheddar cheese mustiness, lightly fusel spiced booziness, tannic dryness, and more of that fleeting grapey tang. The aftertaste breathes of chalk, oatmeal, gritty pale graininess, cracked pepper, water crackers, Styrofoam, lemon zest, soft mineral metallics, earthen and citric hops, pencil woodiness, and dust. The body is light, and the carbonation is light. Each sip gives wet cream and froth, with decent slurp, smack, pop, and pull. It glugs nicely. The mouth is left watered and satiated, but with a pleasant pucker, and eventual singed astringency across the far back of the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks well.

Overall, the best thing about Moon Man is his nose. This aspect of it really showcases the five varieties of hops used here, each taking a bit of their own turn in the spotlight, while appreciating the collaboration of the event as well. The flavoring followed well, but lacked a certain punch and zing so favorable to the aroma. This was likely helped along by the lightness of the thing. The feel is exquisitely clean and airy, bordering on thin and watered at times, but saved by the fullness in flavoring. To reiterate what is advertised on the bottle, drink this one fresh. You will get such a different experience. Perhaps that is one detriment, that its longevity is quite low. Either way, we are so happy to have finally sipped back on some New Glarus swill, and we are glad that this tasty offering was our initiation.

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

Aroma here is very juicy, fruity, and heavy on the grapefruit. Really, it's about as pungeant as you'd expect an IPA to be, so I am expecting this to be quite a flavorful APA.

Taste doesn't disappoint, although is more restrained in a way I suppose. The grapefruit notes are certainly present without question. There's a bready grain backing it up as well. What's remarkable to me is how there's basically no finish. It's just....clean. Nothing lingers. It's just cut off. Whether or not a person wants a crisp finish will determine if that's favorable or not. I found it incredibly easy to drink.

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Photo of wiseguywood
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Cloudy with a nice amber hue.

Smell: Sweet smelling and floral.

Taste: Very crisp and hoppy, without being overpowering. Simply delightful.

Mouthfeel: Not highly carbonated, feels good on my tongue.

Overall: An extremely excellent pale ale, that I'd recommend to anyone who is looking for an APA and has access to Wisconsin. One of the best ones I've ever tried.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy amber with 1/2 finger of white head with lively carbonation.

Smell: Sweet malt and crisp, pungent hops...almost smells like more of an IPA than a standard Pale.

Taste: A crisp, cleanly hopped Pale ale with no frills that rolls nicely off the palate, leaving a slight hop bitterness accompanying a semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Below average carbonation, but the hop resins coat the tongue nicely.

Overall: A solid Pale I'd love to have around for the summer months and anytime, really.

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Photo of stakem
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a pale golden yellow color with a sudsy white cap a finger strong that fades leaving soapy spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is bright and juicy with citrus zest, grass and herbs. A bit mineral filled with almost a rind/pith of oranges and hops blending into alcohol.

The flavor is fruity and rindy with a big grapefruit aspect. Hoppy enough to be flavorful but not really bitter. Somewhat herbal and grassy with faint biscuit grain backing.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Very clean, crisp and easy drinking. If it wasnt for the mineral notes across the nose, I would rate this higher. But as far as everyday easy drinking pales go, I would probably have this as a standby if it was available in my area.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moon Man, No Coast Pale Ale
New Glarus Brewing Company, Wisconsin
---from bottle to pint glass---

Light and golden (reminds me of my Keystone light days…don’t judge me). Beautiful floating sediment. Head starts off incredibly thick, but shrinks to a quarter inch ivory head, beautiful lacing.

Im getting loads of grapefruit and a touch of pear. My Brazilian wife says it smells like Jambos… I don’t know what that is, but she seems certain.

Wife says it tastes like Jambos (look em up). Lots of citrus hops. Malted grain beg for your attention, but you might not notice it at first sip.

Light with good carbonation. Grain flavor lingers in mouth. Perfect amount of bitter.

I may have just found my favorite American Pale Ale. I couldn’t stop smelling this beer at first. Very drinkable, I could see myself drinking 6 of these without notice; witch could be attributed to the light ABV. Cannot get this in Minnesota – bummer.

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

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma of tropical fruit, citrus and light biscuit malt. Great mellow flavor of light sweet biscuit malt, lemon citrus, light tropical fruit with a mild hop finish. Medium bodied. This beer is deceptively subtle, with all the flavors somewhat subdued, but the balance and taste are quite excellent. One of the quieter, but most enjoyable pale ales I've had.

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Photo of mscudder
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Happy to be in WI and pick up a sixer from this great brewery.

A - Gold hue with a nice head.

S - Wheat, floral hops, lemon and a touch of grass. Really nice.

T - Nice clean caramel malt profile forms a fine stage for the primary flavors to hit the palette. Grapefruit, lemon tartness and a touch of grain.

M - Mild body with moderate carbonation.

O - This is a fantastic APA that is damn near the best in its category. For those who prefer the style without heavy bitterness, this beer does not disappoint.

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Photo of d5001986
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance is crystal clear golden color with large fluffy white head.

Smell is all citrus.

Taste is light. Flavor of banana, lemon, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is thin, and heavily carbonated.

Overall this was alright. A little light on flavor for my tastes.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, tangerine, orange rind, floral, caramel, bready malts, mango, and peaches. It smells great.

Taste: Tropical notes are more noticeable. Passion fruit, mango, peach, tangerine, and grapefruit followed by pale and bready malts. Lasting hop flavor and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium carbonation, light to medium bodied, mild hop bitterness, and last citrus flavor. Very drinkable and enjoyable too.

Overall: Wow!!!! I really enjoyed this beer a lot. Looks like there is a trip to Wisconsin in the future.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to willseph for the bottle.

Appearance: Perfectly clear molten gold with some very slight orange hints at direct light. Head is bright-white and bubbly. Leave a small collar with wisps of cap. Splotchy lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Damn near glows.

Smell: Small hint of citrus with some stone fruit. Peaches and mango. A touch of something floral. Pale malt. Very mild sweetness with some cracker.A vague sort of nuttiness in there as well. Light and mellow. Nicely balanced. Some general toastedish grains.

Taste: Raw grains with some fresh grass. Nicely floral with some backing citrus. A touch of almost pine bitterness. Mildly earthy with a soft nutty finish. Malts are light and slightly sweet, offering a nice compliment to the mellow hops. A bit of cracker and toasted biscuit. Mild fruity hints, something like apple skin.

Mouthfeel: Nicely dry mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Drinks clean and slightly crisp.

Overall: I'm pretty sure Feist was singing about this beer.

A no frills American Pale Ale. Does what the bottle says and doesn't pull toward any type. It's a quality, drinkable, pale ale. I would expect nothing less from New Glarus.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours semi translucent orange yellow with a white head. Smells of flowery and citrus hops, very sweet and very inviting. Tastes of earthy and citrus hops, with nice grain backbone. Beer is light/medium bodied with good carbonation very drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - clear golden in color, slight white head with nice lacing

S - Very hoppy with pine notes

T - get piney taste. Bit of grapefruit with a nice sweetness on the finish

M - medium carbonation, medium bodied

O - very nicely balanced beer, very nice hops notes, smooth taste

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Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.