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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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459 Reviews

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Reviews: 459
Hads: 2,249
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 255
Gots: 451 | 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 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. (1,069 characters)

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. (592 characters)

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! (323 characters)

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. (805 characters)

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 (999 characters)

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. (2,911 characters)

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. (598 characters)

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. (378 characters)

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. (506 characters)

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. (791 characters)

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. (985 characters)

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. (488 characters)

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. (514 characters)

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. (300 characters)

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. (747 characters)

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. (1,192 characters)

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. (326 characters)

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 (305 characters)

Photo of MCain04
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden/copper color, fairly clear, white head of good depth, retention and lacing. 4/5

Smell is of mild citrus hops, some caramel malts, but not a lot of aroma. 3.5/5

Taste is of citrus hops, some sweet malts, fairly balanced. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, dry finish, leaves a sticky aftertaste. 4/5

Overall, a solid pale ale that would be great staple to anyone's fridge, especially for the price. 3.75/5 (414 characters)

Photo of Anasazi
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I love the smell of hops in "Moon Man" pale ale. I poured the beer into a standard pint glass. The head was nice and foamy and had a real nice golden color.

I was disappointed in the lack of malt. It tastes very much like a "light beer." I would of given this ale a much higher rating if the brewer would add more malt and give the beer more body. This would be a good summer drink and I might buy it again. (409 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a very pure golden color. It retains a beautiful white head and optimal lacing.

A variety of hops his the nose off the bat, but it isn't overpowering. Floral and piney notes up front followed by a sweet/citrusy smell.

Amazed at how light and easy this goes down - I fear this would be overwhelming for a pale ale based off the taste, but it is a very well done beer. The variety of hop notes hit throughout the sip. I get the floral notes in the beginning and it finishes with a peachy taste.

A dry beer - very well carbonated. Hop bite up front, sweet in the middle, and a piney finish.

Great pale ale - well done without any of the bells and whistles. Refreshing to say the least - I am definitely going to buy again. (782 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vibrant, pale orange colored body that is slightly hazy. A soft, porous head rests atop the body leaving great lacing in its wake. Carbonation is non-existent.

Lovely. I love the typical aromas encountered with this style and Moon Man does not disappoint! Fantastic bouquet of floral and fruity hops. Lavender, pine, peach, orange, pineapple, mango, are among the dominant players with hints of coconut and vanilla along for the ride.

A bit lacking, actually. After such a beautiful aroma, perhaps I had prematurely put this one on a pedestal? It's light.. all flavors are muted. It's very inoffensive, making it easily accessible to those new to the style. I digress, toasted coconut and pine needles are your primary flavorings, with a dirty, earthy bittering hop. I also get slight pistachio notes.

Medium-bodied beer with nice carbonation. Dry finish.

Another solid entry from New Glarus, despite the lackluster taste. I like that it's approachable to those new to the style or those finally exploring the world beyond the domestic lager. (1,093 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazed golden yellow with a creamy head that has good retention. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of citrus and tropical fruits - grapefruit and lime - quite hoppy. Subtle biscuit-like malt in the back.

Initially it is hoppy enough to lean towards IPA territory, but the sweet biscuit malt backbone soon balances it wonderfully to keep it in hoppy, but balanced APA style. It has a dry, refreshing finish.

It is medium bodied. It could be creamier/chewier, but it becomes more so as it progresses. Fitting for the style.

A very drinkable, "session" pale ale. (By the way, I like the humor of "no coast pale ale" on the label.) (646 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured Moon Man into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a light clear golden with two fingers of white puffy head.

S - Getting some hop bitterness, light citrus, some pineapple in there. Pleasantly surprised.

T - Different for a pale ale, light citrus notes, hop bitterness, some grapefruit and pine in there mid palate. A little orange and more citrus on the aftertaste. I wish there was a little more malt to balance this brew.

M - A little light on the mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O - Not a bad pale ale; but, you know the rest. Cheers! (539 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
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. (949 characters)

Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.