Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Moon Man No Coast Pale AleMoon Man No Coast Pale Ale

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Reneejane
4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Really good beer. You kind of overlook this. But, don't. Beautiful bright clear golden color with a white head that leaves ñacine. Fruity, citrus, grapefruit, classic old-school.American hop aroma. Clean bitter taste, fruity, grainy, sweet finish.

I could drink this all day long. And this beer is a great reminder of why the craft beer movement took off. Quality, flawless, flavorful.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: clear and almost see through amber; foam lingers
S: slight citrus, decent malt to balance it out
T: lack luster to me. Not a lot of flavor. Again like the nose a bit of citrus, some malt to balance out. I will say there is no bitterness at all
F: smooth and easy drinking. Finishes clean and refreshing.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass

Clear golden liquid , frothy, bubbly solid one finger white foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of light citrus over Malts

Clean fresh , slight hop taste , no bite over a solid malt base


This is a good beer !

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Photo of 7thstreetbrewery
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I finally scored a variety pack of "That Wisconsin beer". My oh my Mr. Moon Man you blow me away! Although I haven't reviewed many here, I've poured beers , mostly IPA's, from Hawaii to Tennessee and everywhere in between. This one is the most drinkable, most balanced I've had. Hops are not in your face but still way noticable, fruity notes like CalifornIa IPA's yet smoother and less pretentious. I must make a Smokey and the Bandit style run to the Badger state soon!

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

New Glarus is always a treat to try some new brews from.

A- The standard can drops a crystal clear deep golden brew into my goblet. Atop the body a foamy white head ascends up to about a half inch high with good retention. Spotty lacing.

S- Aroma of classic hops backed up by fresh yeast bread and some pale malts. The hops are not new school pungent but they are intensely clean and smooth with grapefruit, orange, floral, pine and herbal tones.

T- Follows up on the nose with a very similar overall taste profile. The malts provide more of a backdrop for the smooth hops at this stage. Orange, grapefruit, lemongrass, pine, floral, herbal and slightly spicy hops atop bready, crackery, cereal and slightly sweet grains. The tiniest bit of tropical fruits come out.

MF- Creamy and foamy body with a bit of a chewiness to it. Incredibly smooth feeling fits the flavor profile, sessionable. Finishes with a touch of herbal bitterness.

Crafty brewing skill displayed with a beyond smooth flavor profile and body. Clean fermentation leaves a fairly balanced brew that strays a bit towards the citrus and tropical hops which lay upon pale grains.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in NBS BIF #4 from @Josholson666
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried shaker
Aroma – Initially weak, a little fruity, and a hint of wet grain. The second pour has more citrus.
Head large (maximum six cm, semi-aggressive pour), white, creamy with large rocks, diminishing to
Lacing good. Both partial and complete rings of tiny to average bubbles with stalactites connecting the rings
Body – light yellow, clear, some effervescence
Flavor – not much. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a hint of citrus. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – light, watery, lively almost fizzy carbonation.

A session APA – isn’t that redundant? Sorry – not feeling much love for this brew. Entirely too sessionable to be a beer.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3.

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Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of sharp citrus, pineapple, caramel and biscuit. Taste is driven by the grapefruit, orange and pineapple hops. There is a strong malt counterbalance with caramel, biscuit, and tea. There is also an odd herbal/mint flavor that I can't pinpoint but am enjoying. Balanced, a little bit bitter, and very drinkable.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Love to see this no coast let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a fresh citrus waft. Pours to a bright orange with a bright white head. On the taste this brew is a moon shot indeed. Super fresh citrus with a mild hop bite. The middle has nice malt backbone. This has to be the most refreshing pale ale I have ever dranken. Great job.

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Photo of PDGreenB
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very clean from nose to aftertaste. Crisp orange peel and light hops at the nose, this APA has a lovely malty warmth that I personally haven't encountered in many pale ales. The mouth feel is crisp, and the aftertaste is clean, not bitter at all.

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

Had this on 2016-08-26 in Columbia, PA from a fresh 12oz bottle.

A - Clear golden-orange with a 2-finger pillowy-white head and good lace.

S - Orange, mild pineapple, very mild dank, touch of malt. Pleasant but not real strong.

T - Much like the aroma with a focus on orange flesh, mint, biscuit with a touch of caramel and herbal tea. Very moderate bitterness. Extremely well balanced even in the aftertaste.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Pretty smooth with just a hint of prickle.

O - An easy-drinkin' pale ale. Good flavors. Won't knock your socks off but sometimes, beautiful balance is all you need.

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Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you bstyle for this
12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A- A slightly hazy golden straw color with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, some light fruits, slightly piney/floral, biscuty malt backbone.

T- Citrus, hints of tropical fruits, light fruits, slightly sweet biscuty malt backbone, some floral hops.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A very easy drinking pale ale, great balance of malts and hops.

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

My local, in-person trader, tone77, brought one of these back for me from a recent work trip. Yeah, it may be another bottle, but there are times when I will make allowances and this is one of them.

From the bottle: "Moon Man is a seriously cool cat. Always comfortable in his own skin, he never tries too hard. So cool we named our 'no coast' pale ale after him. 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, just be. [undersigned] Daniel & Deborah Carey".

I Pop!ped the cap & as soon as I did so, I began to get some mild foaming through the neck. I decided to begin pouring it, albeit more softly than usual. The head still came foaming up like a puppy, eager to greet its master. I watched as it settled into two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, tawny head before it finally gave up the ghost. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like someone swept the base of a pine forest into my glass! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was completely unexpected. It mixed tropical fruit flavors of mango, papaya and passion fruit with a bready maltiness to create a fruity, biscuity beer that was really pleasant. I ripped through it so quickly that it brought a tear to my eye. I do not expect to be in the Midwest until late-winter/early-spring 2017 & I have no prospects for getting more. Finish landed in that nether-realm between semi-sweet & semi-dry. The interplay between the hops & the malt was just too tough to lay my finger upon one or the other. Thanks to my local, in-person trader for dropping this off for me.

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Photo of TH28
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Appearance: Crystal clear golden with a moderate white foam cap. Aroma: Fresh cut grass and light citrus aroma from the. Taste: Sweet, bready malt with a touch of caramel. Hops provide a definitive grassy and citrus flavor throughout, with a clean, crisp bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium for the style, with a crisp carbonation. Finish: Dry and well attenuated, with a crisp bitterness that leaves a pleasant citrus flavor on the tongue, begging you to come back for another drink. Top notch example of an APA, with extraordinary balance

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Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku pint. Bottleneck says 1056.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and some random splotches of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Nice bright hop aroma with some citrus tones.

T- Great balance of citrusy hops displaying notes of grapefruit, orange and apricot. Slight malt backing. So very crushable.

M- Somewhat tangy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Wow. I didn't realize New Glarus was one of the first to create the high-hop/low-malt APA that is so incredibly popular these days. Along with Zombie Dust, this would easily be part of my regular go-to session beer lineup in a perfect world.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours bright clean golden with finger white head, good retention and a little lace. Light toasted grain aroma. Tastes of toasted malt, a little citrus and orange. Back end grassy floral hops finish off with a decent bitter kick. Dry finish with a thin crispy mouthfeel. Overall good pale ale.

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

Nice golden color, a funky tang on the nose and a nice bubbly feel. A refreshing ale with a complex flavor as the 5 different hops wrestle for dominance. Fun to sort them out in the finish. The bitterness is integrated throughout so provides balance but is not overt.

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Photo of jasadewi
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color with a thick, foamy white head.
S: A strong smelling beer. It smells heavily of piney aromas, apricots, and plenty of clean floral hops.
T: Mild for an APA, but delicious. Plenty of floral hops, with hints that follow the nose. The piney, floral, and citrusy hop flavors strike the tongue perfectly, with a very faint crackerish malt that finishes on the palate.
M: This is a crisp, light-bodied, moderately carbonated, clean feeling session APA.
O: Great beer. This is the finest APA I've had yet (though, that doesn't mean much yet). Anyway, I love the taste and the drinkability. But, the smell is fantastic, and a superbly smelling hoppy beer. This was my favorite beer that I tried on my trip to Wisconsin, and I would highly recommend this APA and this brewing company. It's also very nice that they are treated like a treasure in Wisconsin, and that they are employee-owned. This is a fine beer.

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

Pours a clear crisp golden hue. Frothy white head quickly dissipates leaving some stick lading behind.

Smell is very gentle with aromas of peach, apricot, and pine and a noticeable cracker like malt aroma as well. The beer smells balanced with both the hops and malts shining through on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with a very balanced and gentle harmony of flavors. Peach, apricot and a subtle tinge of pine and sap come through from the hops. This is balanced by a nice basic malt that tastes like cracker and freshly baked white bread. As the flavors give way to the finish there is a slight mild bitterness that is not overpowering and is very pleasing.

Feel is crisp, clean and light - perfect for an APA. Dry finish is very nice. Medium carbonation.

Overall this is a very nice, for lack of a better word, "gentle" and balanced APA. The hops are there but they are very balanced within the beer making this a very easy APA to have again and again. Also a great starter APA for people who "don't like too much bitterness".

CANnot wait for this one to be in CANs..

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some pine. Taste is citrus, malts, pine, hints of peaches, light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer, but I was hoping for a little more.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Upfront disclosure: this has been my favorite brewery for about a dozen years.
I flatter myself that that title is worth something.
But, even if that title is not worth much... this ale is.
For those who do not appreciate paying money to have their buds assaulted by too many hops by too many brewers who are still learning to blend malts, then this is the beer for you.

6/12/16 re-rate: swapped .25, decreasing Smell and increasing Taste as this went well with guacamole. Bumped-up the Overall .25 because I really do like the progressive Heartland mindset of this beer: nothing extreme, just be.

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Photo of Peepskp
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Transparent light amber/gold. Thin white head. Medium carbonation. Medium/light hoppiness, would be a good session IPA. Good offering from a great brewer but like most of their beers doesn't reach the next level.

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

Poured golden straw with fluffy white head that laced well. Scent was pine with light citrus. Flavor was pretty complex for an IPA without additives. I taste heavy pine bitterness up front and fades to citrus/orange notes, balanced with nice malt backbone. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel that fit the beer well.

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4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I get an inch and a half of pale off-white head with a vigorous poor. Body looks like honey sitting in the glass. Nose has has hints of apricot and sweet crackers and is very inviting. The nose is soft but very pleasant. With first sip you quickly notice how wonderfully balanced this beer is. So often in today's craft beer world breweries try to hop the hell out of there pale ales, but this one is done very well. Just the right amount of sweet citrus hops and appropriate cracker based malts. Incredibly easy to drink and very enjoyable from start to finish. This is the beer that goes great with many different types of food and is super on a hot sunny day by the pool. I really wish I could get this beer Locally. New Glarus always seems to stay so true the style. Doing it just right, while making exceptional beers. I could easily sit and drink several of these in one setting .

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A stunning pour as it hits the glass, this beer is a full, medium golden in color with a thick, dense, and creamy head. The retention and lacing on the head is phenomenal. The body of the beer is 95% translucent, with just the slightest bit of haze present. On the nose, this one displays a medium hop presence that is full of pine and light citrus notes. The bitterness in the scent is just enough to let you know it is an APA.

Taking a drink, the beer washes over the tongue and displays it's mild hop profile first. The hops bitterness in the taste matches the scent almost exactly, with mostly piney flavors up front with a light citrus to orange profile at the back end. Outside of the hops, the taste has just a touch of underlying light grains that balances the overall flavor. The lingering flavor is a light grassy-ness to go along with some fading hops. On the palate this one is perfectly sessionable; not punching too hard with the hops and not displaying any alcohol.

Overall, to me, this one is a nearly perfect session beer. The hops are there and satisfying, but not overpowering. The flavor is full, yet the body is fairly light. You could totally drink several of these in a sitting very comfortably. A very well done beer!

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Photo of Drinking_Beer
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As of yet my favorite pale ale. I drink Moon Man for a change of pace, I'm more of an american lager guy. I like Moon Man nice and cold on a hot summer day. A fantastic thirst quencher.

Excellent hop flavor. Reminds me of grapefruit juice.

Clear golden color. Crisp and dry with lingering hop flavor. Oh, did I mention about the hops yet? As with any pale ale it's all about the hops, and Dan Carey, brew-master/owner at New Glarus, sure got it right with Moon Man.

In my humble opinion Moon Man is as good as it gets when it comes to pale ales, and I've tried more than just a few of them...

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Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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