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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Reviews: 511 | Ratings: 2,528
Photo of brdc
2.63/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes. Thanks stousnipas.
Poured from a small capped bottle into a pint glass.

Clear golden, white head, average retention and lacing.
Aroma is hoppy, but not as expected, actually quite subtle. Citric notes, some grass, bread, minimal spices.
Watery on the palate, with a lot less hops than on the aroma. Subtle citric fruitiness. Not a lot else.
Not NG best effort.

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Photo of Gotti311
2.81/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I have been encouraged by people all over WI to try this brew. The first time I ever had it was on tap. I proceeded to have it in the bottle and then a third time on tap so I feel pretty comfortable with where I am at with this beer. I even submitted this beer to a blinded APA taste challenge since I am known to be anti-New Glarus. As soon as nose gets anywhere near the glass you instantly get a really impressive hop aroma. One of the better noses of any APA I have had recently. As soon as the beer hits your lips, so does the disappointment. You get a tiny bit of flavor waaay up front, but that is most likely the nose spilling over into the mouth. Instantly the taste fades and you are left with nothingness in the mouth. Nothingness.

In the blinded taste test, the beer finished third behind Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust and Half Acre Daisey Cutter while ahead of Hopalicious and Pearl Street Pale Ale. This is a 3.0 beer if I have ever had one.

A side note - I refuse to rate appearance so every beer gets the same score as overall. Smell, taste, and mouth are the only things that truly matter when rating a beer.

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Photo of taylor714914
2.98/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This missed the mark for me. Something about it is medicinal. It pours with virtually no head, and retains none. Hardly any nose either. I struggled to get past the medicinal taste but simply couldn't. Not sure if I got a bad bottle or what, but it certainly wasn't pleasurable and ended up being a drainpour.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the initial taste of a moon man is ok with that orange like feeling on your tongue. However, but the time you finish the beer, it leaves a bitter aftertaste that compromise what could have been a really good beer.

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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 JackieTH
3.11/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

golden with a half-inch of white foam. Smell is slightly pine resin and a biscuit-like maltiness. Taste is more pine resins, nut bread and biscuits. Somewhat watery taste/body is unappealing. Body is light with ample carbonation. Overall is drinkable certainly, but there are far better APA's

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Photo of dhannes
3.12/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't buy the hype that this is an may have been made like an APA, but it sure did not taste like one. This beer reminded me of a weiss--very fruity with strong hints of lemon and grapefruit. I'm not in to fruity beers, but as fruity beers go, this was tolerable...that said, it was not at all what I expected and more like a wine cooler than a beer.

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Photo of ronhocker
3.12/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very pale yellow, very clear, very small amount of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Head is ok, not as good as some hoppy bears which benefit from all the hops causing excellent head retention.

Aroma is of a complex mix of hops. I was excited when I smelled it. Very piney and resinous, most likely some simcoe hops and some noble ones in here.

Taste is where things go quickly downhill. I would very accurately describe this as "spotted cow with hops". I said this an my drinking partner immediately agreed. It has a slight aftertaste, similar to spotted cow. Not a lot of malt flavor and very thin tasting.

There is little to no apparent malt flavor, except for a slight corn-like aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very thin, almost watery.

Overall I am not impressed. I enjoy many NG beers and was excited to see Hop Hearty going away and being improved upon, but now I want hop hearty back immediately. My theory would be that NG decided they wanted to make a pale ale for the masses and this could be it. However, two-hearted is an excellent example of a widely accepted IPA, even among non craft beer drinkers.

If you like spotted cow on hops, this is your beer.

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Photo of hardy008
3.12/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy pale gold with 2 fingers of white head, and there appears to be a lot of carbonation. The head has poor retention and minimal lacing. The aroma has lemon, biscuit, spice, and a little bit of cut grass.

The taste is much like the aroma. Lemon, biscuit, spice, and cut grass. Bitter, with a small amount of sweetness. A decent flavor, but not my favorite APA.

Light bodied with a a lot of effervescent carbonation. Finishes dry, and somewhat bitter. Not a bad beer, but I am not sure I will seek it out again.

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Photo of ussugu
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first review:

A buddy brought this to me today from Wisconsin. I was excited with the multitudes of beers he brought me and this was the first one I tried. On to the beer...

Look: A nice copper orange appearance. Lots of bubbles coming up. I tend to pour slow so there was almost no head. Lacing was apparent.

Smell: The smell was very pleasant. A blend of floral and citrus, grapefruit being the strongest scent present.

Taste: To be honest: disappointing. The taste was not what I expected given the initial smell. The hops and malt are blended well and the "blend of five hops" as listed on the bottle tend to be all over the place taste-wise and not complementary in their transitions of taste. Seemed a bit watery towards the end of the taste, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: I enjoyed the feel of the beer. Was creamy and light.

Drinkability: I was disappointed. I finished the beer, but will wait before having another.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy golden-amber with a dense creamy white head, that leaves globs of stocky lacing.

Aroma is overall sweet. Then generous lemon grass and mild citrus hop.

Taste is grainy malt up front. The lemon grass from the nose then takes over. Finishes with light, peppery citrus hop.

Mouthfeel is light bodied,

Overall a very mild ale. Quite sweet and lemony - reminds me of lemon drop candy. A little too sweet for my taste. Hops are mild, but very welcome as it brings some balance.

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Photo of kiwanomelon
3.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smell: Smells like a balsam wreath: very pine-y, with notes of juniper.

Appearance: Light in color, foam quickly dissolves.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Hoppy, very smooth drinking beer, with a bitter aftertaste. Strong Christmas tree scent is hard to ignore.

Drinkability: Admittedly hard to finish the bottle, since I so strongly associate these scents and flavors with gin, not beer.

Addendum from the boyfriend/co-taster: "Did you ever eat pine needles off the ground? It's like that. Christmas in a bottle."

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of WJVII
3.17/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass this brew has a nice clear yellow/orange color with a thick white head that left nice lacing. The brew was nice an full of citrus and hops aroma. The taste was a little heavy on the clove and citrus and not as much hops as I expected. The mouth-feel was a little light but the carbonation was nice. This was a decent pale ale, but not the best. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired courtesy of the gracious crewfan16 in a trade. Thanks again, buddy! Served into a Bell's pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've really enjoyed everything I've had from this brewery so far.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger disappointingly thin head of no real cream and bad retention (<30 seconds). Colour is a pale copper-gold. Transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hops, soap, bubblegum. Hrm. Too long in primary? A mild strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pale clean malts and floral hops. Hints of soap. Tasty but simple. Fairly balanced. A bit lacking in complexity and subtlety. Clean wheat/grains on the finish lend it a pleasant crispness.

Mf: Clean, smooth, wet, a bit too coarse on the finish. A touch too thick. Carbonation is a touch high.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but a bit underwhelming considering the brewery. I wouldn't have this again; there are far better beers to be had from this brewery at the same price point. The soapy character brings it down.


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Photo of sonata2008
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: About 1/2" of ivory foam. Very clear light gold color with lots of bubbles. Just a slight bit of lacing.
Smell: Nice aroma of light citrus hops with a bit of spice in the background. Very floral as well.
Taste: Prominent grapefruit taste which was a surprise coming after the smell as I expected a lighter hops taste. A little astringent and dry. Some malt in the background but not quite enough to balance the hops.
Mouthfeel: Average mouthfeel with a dry finish.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as trade extra

A - Light golden in color with a half finger white head. Looks like a pilsner but with less carbonation.

S - Lemongrass, grassy hop bitterness, crisp milled grain, perhaps a touch of grapefruit. Surprisingly great!

T - Fruity and sweet, with very little hop presence. Almost juicy in its sweetness. Apple? This is a bit of an odd duck. Lemongrass and milled grain remain, but with a cider-like sweetness.

M - Smooth with little carbonation. Wet throughout, with a slippery feel.

O - Very unique... It has similarities to hard ciders that truly surprised me. Not a bad beer, but a very strange take on a very standard style. Great beer for people to start into craft with, I would think.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow to gold in color. Brilliant clarity. An inch of white foam rests on top. Cereal grain aroma is prevalent. I get a bit of some floral hop aroma, too. That's pretty much what I'm getting in the flavor. The mouthfeel is fairly neutral. This is a pretty basic beer with no frills.

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3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A: A pale yellow body, with a slight haze. Pours a white foamy head, that retreats to a thin line around rim of glass. Nice lacing, that is left with a honey color.

S: An earthy hop aroma, a malt presence is also shown.

T/M: A bit on the lighter side for an APA, the hop flavors do come through. A nice malt finish, does the job. The mouthfeel is a crisp one, not any silky features of other APAs.

D: A beer that is enjoyed best in the sun. A good session brew, but flavors are lacking in presence.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

NG Moon Man. (previous review has vanished)

a 4-4.5 near clear light amber with a sturdy head and ample ragged lacing.

s 4.5 they've dry hopped the hell out of this one, full of a "green" sort of hoppy aroma. a little one-dimensional and not necessarily my favorite hop smell, but pleasant and powerful, and worth a high mark. some pale malt sweetness is also detected.

t 3-4 there isn't nearly as much flavor as it seems at first, or as the abundant bouquet tries to fool you into imagining. bitterness is extremely low, lending the everyman beer quality that NG often shoots for. the flavor is a milder version of the aroma, sweet pale malt, a little dough, and the sensation you are sucking on a (mild) green hop pellet. but really the flavor is just a ghost of the aroma.

m 2.5-3 on the thin side without much oilyness going on. the carbonation is decently fine. try this beer after a more substantial apa and it's totally like drinking a lighter version of water.

d 3.5-4 when this came out it was the only beer i regularly felt the desire to drink 3 of in a sitting. easygoing, teasing with its aromatics, a synch to down them much faster than intended. in a way it's very dumbed down, but when you might be getting in the mood for the sort of charms it offers it's possibly worth having around. when you something with any sort of substance going on, stay far away. i dunno, the more times i have moon man the more it fees and tastes like a fraud.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Clear dark yellow color. A little over one finger of frothy white head. Retention is poor and no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Herbal, earthy, and even some floral hoppiness. Moderate neutral malt sweetness. Good enough.

3.5 T: Similar to nose. Earthy hoppiness with some herbal and floral character. Moderate neutral maltiness with some graininess.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. A bit overcarbonated, but good enough. Not much in terms of creaminess, but goes down easy enough.

3.5 D: Tasty, but standard variety of pale ale.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color, with a good size head, good laceing. The smell weas of that of a grapefruit, and there was a nice hoppy order. The taste was a bit weaker, had the grapefurit and bitterness like most APA's, but had a very wet flavor, and pretty weak. Could have used a much stronger taste, it was a bit watered down. Overall not a bad beer, but weak flavor.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my parents for bringing his back from a recent trip to Wisconsin.

Pours a pale golden with slight haze. Good head retention and some really nice lacing. Nose brings a bit of citrus hops with a light bit of grain in the background. Taste is citrus with a bit of bitterness. Some slight grain in the back, but no real malt character. Feel is a bit light and undercarbonated. Tasty, but I preferred Hop Hearty and there are certainly better APAs out there.

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Photo of jegross2
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing Company.
Score: 84

16 oz tap pour in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow Miller Lite color with a thin layer of soapy head. Head settles into a thin layer. Slightly above average lacing. 3/5

Smell: Floral citrus hops. Some piney resin. A little earthy. Some tangerine sweetness. 4/5

Taste: Piney hops up front. A little orange citrus sweetness on the mid-palate. Earthy citrus bitter finish. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, a little over-carbonated. Way too watery. A tad oily, finishes slightly bitter. 2.5/5

Overall: A very average, extra-hoppy pale ale. Drinkable and refreshing, but nothing special.

Recommendation: A decent introductory pale ale for casual beer drinkers, but nothing worth seeking out for more experience adult beverage sippers.

Pairings: Hamburgers at a chain restaurant.

Cost: $9.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden yellow with a nice fluffy 1" of head, lots of lacing

S - fruity hops, a little bit of a soapy smell

T - piney, hoppy, crisp, citrusy - a very distinct taste than what i'm used to honestly, but it's really good

M - very crisp and smooth with a nice dry finish

O - i had this beer back on tour a few years ago, but don't really remember it.. it was nice to be able to taste it again - it's better than i obviously remember, though i remember favoring it out of the sampler pack back then as well!

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Photo of iSip
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visiting the folks back in Wisconsin, I picked up a six of Moon Man. Not sure what Moon Man is all about, but hey, I'm in it for the beer. Nice citrus aroma, odd for a pale ale. The hops are up front in the flavor, some nice malt follows, then comes a watery finish. Overall, an easy drinking beer, but not up to the pale ale's available in the Colorado front range.

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