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Moon Man - New Glarus Brewing Company

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483 Reviews

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Reviews: 483
Hads: 2,365
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 22.38%
Wants: 260
Gots: 510 | FT: 19
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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

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 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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Photo of moysauce
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep gold. The only thing holding back its appearance rating is it's a little light in color for the style and there wasn't much head and the little that was there dissipated rather quickly. Great lacing, though!

S: This one packs a very fruitful, floral aroma. Some citrus notes - grapefruit, I believe. Very bold.

T: Balance is the name of the game with this brew. Very sweet malt profile which counteracts the hops. Not the hoppiest pale ale out there by any stretch of the imagination. You get the sweetness up front which gets finished off with an acute burst of hops on the way down. Not too sweet, not too bitter. BALANCED.

M: Very smooth beer. Leaves a hint of dryness on the back half, but overall very crisp and nicely carbonated.

O: Overall, I was incredibly surprised by this brew. Moon Man is completely unassuming and a phenomenal representation of the style. APAs are my favorite, and this one is at the top of my list. Just a phenomenal beer. A nice malty presence that works nicely with the hops providing perhaps one of the best balanced beers I've ever had. If I lived in Wisconsin I'd be drinking this every day.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
No date or info.

A - A great white head springs up from a tall pour; the well-retained, clumpy foam eventually leaving a thick ring of lace draped down the glass above the abundantly clear and golden yellow brew.

S - Moon Man's aroma is an incredibly delicious-smelling eye-opener, bursting with tons of floral aromatics followed by a citrus burst containing candied lemon and grapefruit hints. Light mineral water quality punctuates the beer's finish, just behind grainy pale malts with a touch of sweetness; a simple base.

T - Crisp pale malt paves the way for delicate hoppiness to gently take over the taste buds with a floral and citrus combination akin to the aroma. Lemon oil and grapefruit rind don't make much of a fuss, keeping this beer flavorful but incredibly drinkable.

M - On the lighter-bodied side of beer, Moon Man has a carbonation tickle without being overdone which allows the smooth beer to glide down easily, finishing off with a touch of hoppy dryness and just a hint of lingering bitterness for balance.

O - In a time when it seems everyone is coming out with a new session IPA, New Glarus' Moon Man, which seems like one of the originals looking back, (albeit a tad less hoppy) stands tall. Amazingly crushable, this crisp and delightfully - and delicately - hoppy beer continues to quench thirst and desire for full-flavored beer pint after pint.

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

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 28 June 2014

Appearance: Significantly lighter in color than SNPA (my standard of comparison). This one is golden yellow with no hints of brown or amber. Pours with a beautiful one and a half finger head that leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Clean and hoppy, with notes of pine and citrus. Slight malt sweetness, but not much.

Taste: A marvelously balanced APA. The malt backbone here is considerably lighter than other APAs I've had, and to great effect. The beer is lightened just a tad by this and, as a result, isn't nearly as sticky sweet as some darker APAs can be. The malts carry the hops, which add decent, but not over-the-top, citrus and pine flavors. A hint of hop spice and bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass makes this one sharp and bubbly on the tongue, and adds some nice depth.

Overall: An incredible APA and one I would very highly recommend. On the lighter end of the color and hop spectrum, and to great original effect.

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Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Roy's Market - New Glarus

Figured review #1000 should be a favorite from a brewery I've reviewed the most, New Glarus. Moon Man is crystal clear and shines like pure gold. Streams of tiny carbonation flow to the surface to support the ample two finger head. The foam is as pure as the driven snow and as it slowly settles becomes meringue-like stiff with the sheen of an eggshell. Striated lacing is left behind after each drink. She's a beauty.

Juicy! Apricot is the first to jump from the glass but candied citrus peel, orange marmalade, tangerine, and Juicy Fruit all play their part. The hop profile is simply mouthwatering and it's all over the top of a biscuity malt backbone that allows those aromatic little cones to shine. It's basically a fruit basket you would actually be happy to receive.

Apricot has fingerprints from front to back, swaying in and out, while the aforementioned fruitiness pops. Candied citrus peel shows itself first before a slightly sweet orange marmalade note pops up mid palate. A touch of herbals sneak into the mix. Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice starts in the middle and grows to the finish until it dominates on the swallow. The malt base is pale and hardly noticeable but adds just enough sugar to balance the load.

The body has a moderate weight while snappy carbonation keeps it moving. The finish is Juicy Fruit-y again with a low bitterness and a finish that dries up quickly leaving me wanting another gulp. Like most New Glarus beer the body/mouthfeel is spot on and the drinkability is massive.

Moon Man has been a favorite of mine since the day it was released. The hop profile simply shines. In short it's aromatic, juicy, and immensely drinkable. I look forward to each trip up Nort' just to load up on Moon Man.

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Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a New Glarus 20th Anniversary Pilsner Glass.

The beer pours a lightly hazy golden straw color, light hues of copper with plenty of bubbles rising to the top of glass that supports a soapy, frothy white head, about 2 fingers high that has nice retention and leaves a nice swath of sticky lace behind. The aroma is very pleasant, lots of soft, citrusy hops that are also lightly floral, delicate as well that brings out a nice counterbalance of pale cereal grain. It's a very simple and straightforward, but very balanced and inviting. The flavors are right on point, lots of delicate and citrusy hops, floral with a bit of pine, very mild bitterness with some sweetness from the malt, lightly grainy but very smooth and easy. The body is nice, light carbonation that has just enough zip, although it feels a bit weak at times, coats the mouth well, and finishes very mildly with a faint dry bite.

Verdict: A lovely pale ale from New Glarus. Refreshing, balanced and very enjoyable, just enough hops to impart a nice array of flavors but not enough to cripple the beer with bitterness.

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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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Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.