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: 2,525
Photo of kk73
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to Wisconsinality for this one.

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a soft pillowy white one finger head. Head disappeared quickly and left some lacing.

S - Citrusy floral hops. Some lemon and grapefruit with some light pale malt.

T - Not much in the way of a bitter hops, but definitely get some lemon peel and grapefruit along with some light breadiness or malt to round it out.

M - A little light and thin, but with good carbonation. Finish is dry and bubbly.

D - Its low abv makes this a very sessionable beer. The beer is light and crisp, and on a hot summer day I could see how one could want more than one of these. A very good easy drinker.

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Photo of cooch69
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deep yellow with some orange overtones. It is slightly foggy but clear enough to see a great amount of carbonation rising in thick widespread bubbles.
The nose presents grapefruit and lemongrass hop tones along with a musty pale graininess.
The flavor is full of grapefruit and lemons. It is moderately hopped for an APA. Pretty well balanced. It is really dry and a slight bit chalky on the finish. Also a little hay comes in on the finish.
Overall a lighter bodied beer, really spritzy and something that would be a good acomidation for the summer months as well as now.

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Photo of nkersten
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Color is golden amber with a tiny white head that settles quickly with no lacing and a small collar. An active carbonation in the glass. Smell is great, incredibly hoppy, this must be very fresh. Pineapple, malt, slightly floral, a bit of pine. Taste is smooth and balanced, grassy hops, slightly citrus, lots of tropical fruit and pineapple, malt follows to keep things even. Mouthfeel is light with a medium fizzy carbonation, slightly dry in the finish. Overall drinkability is great - an excellent pale ale. This would be a go to beer during the summer if it was available.

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Photo of beachscrat
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

okay here we go! moon man! 12 oz per 12 sample pack bottles.

appearance: golden crystal clear, good 1/2 inch foam with sticky-icky lace. sooo proper, sooo pressed up!

smell: citrus and biscuit malt. beautiful.

taste: solid orange and pale light toasted malt. sooo smooth, sooo tight! squeaky clean finish.

mouthfeel: clean, smooth, with a solid backbone. zero aftertaste.

drinkability: ultra clean, deceptively smooth.

overall: I am sitting here trying to figure out how to score this one lower than it is. this is a heavy hitter. tough to score less than exceptional. is this an American Pale Ale? perhaps not.
british american perhaps? not certain. kicks ass whatever the hell it is.

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

Pours a clear golden color with a creamy white head that shows great retention and average lacing.

Smell is very fresh and citrussy with grapefruits, pinneaple and orange.

Taste if of biscuity and bready malts with lots of hop presence with citrus, piney and grassy notes. Finishes very dry and not as bitter as I would expect.

Body is medium to light with very high carbonation. Drinkability is moderate to high.

Very good pale ale maybe a little overcarbonated but still very sessionable.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Big thanks to lurchingbeast for throwing this extra in.

A: Pours a light amber color with a billowing off white head that slowly faded into a chucky, thick, greasy film that left sticky chunks of lacing down the glass.
S: Clean notes of grapefruit dominate over light scents of pale malt and dry grains. I get just a touch of sweet tropical fruits as well.
T: Light on flavor but what's there is very crisp and fresh. I get flavors of dry citrus hops including grapefruit. The finish is sweet with a hint of caramel and tropical fruit nectar, and the aftertaste is drying with pale grains.
M: Medium-thin body with lowish carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.
D: Very light and easy to drink, but nothing mind blowing. Good for the style, but there are others I'd drink before this.

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Photo of Soonami
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first New Glarus Beer and I am very grateful to get the chance to try it. Moon Man is a very solid, sessionable American Pale Ale, but perhaps it's bit too mild due to age. It just doesn't sing to me like many fresh American Pale Ales do, there are hints of hop aroma and bitterness, but it doesn't have the punch of the best APA's. The beer is a clear, pale amber with just a wisp of white foam that doesn't last. The beer is mildly hoppy in aroma with the faint smell of orange and biscuity malt. The beer tastes just slightly hoppy with a good dry malt character. There isn't the layers of hop flavors or the complexity that I have come to expect in APA's, but it was clean and the mouthfeel was very good.

Outside of Wisconsin this beer is not easily available, so I hope that I got a good example of this beer to try.

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Photo of Pellinore1
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, this beer is light amber and perfectly clear, with about a finger of white head.

The smell is pure hops, but not overwhelming. Citrus dominates, with a little piney scent in the background.

The citrusy hops indicated by the smell are the dominant flavor, but they are nicely balanced by what seems to me like just the right amount of malt. There is just a little bready flavor following the initial hops, and the beer finishes with a nice, light bitterness.

This beer is light bodied, with some nice carbonation.

Absolutely drinkable, I could stick with this all night and be satisfied.

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Photo of Lukafer
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with 2 fingers of white head. Smells are citrus, some pine hops, and sweet malt. Tastes are sweet malt right at the front, followed by some citrus and pine, with a nice smooth semi-bitter finish, and leaves a nice citrusy aftertaste. I say semi-bitter because it's so perfectly balanced that the bitterness fades quickly. Mouthfeel is a perfect amount of carbonation, and drinkability is really high. Very good beer, I totally understand how NG outsells Rogue even though NG is ONLY in WI. Awesome.

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Photo of daledeee
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another New Glarus brew.

Poured this into a snifter. It is bright gold with an orange tinge and nice head and lace.

Nose is herbal, spicy and slightly funky.

Taste is nice but not as hopped or citrus as I am used to. In general, a hoppiness and citrus blend that leans a little sweet lemon and orange. Really a nice fresh beer but over all is a little middle of the road. Nice carbonation and drinkability. A rather laid back example but good.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Quite clear amber beer, bright off-white head was 2-finger off the pour, but only sustained ok.

S-Immense, bright hoppy aroma of citrus and herbal tones. Not much of a malt presence.

T-Hoppiness takes over right away, with nuances of a mal foundation. Hop bitterness interplays with the citrus and herbal hop flavors, while the notes of toffee maltiness are more or less an afterthought in the flavor. Finishes bitter and hoppy.

M-Medium-light body, lighter carbonation level, overall a nice and easy body.

D-Pleasantly drinkable, with an overall easy body and a smooth feel. Sessionable, to be certain, as is indicated on the label.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

T- Golden orange color, very clear color, surprisingly so. About a half inch of bubbly white head that only disappears slightly. Slight lacing around the edges, could use a little more.

S- A sweet citrus acidic hop smell with a stress on oranges and grapefruit. Hop smell isn't overpowering, but rather pleasant compliment to the sweet malt that is apparent through the initial hop burst. A slight amount of bready and biscuit malt flavors underly the aroma.

T- As expected, the citrus hop flavor comes through most prominently with slightly higher than moderate bitterness. The sweet malt flavor that I was expecting is slightly muted in the face of the hops. The toasty bready flavors come through as well, but once again lose some of their prominence when compared to the hops. Still a nice beer, would like to see some more of a balance but still very satisfied.

M- Medium light in the body, maybe a little too light, but certainly not off putting. Moderate carbonation leaving you very refreshed with a dry finish.

D- Great drinkability and great to grab for in the midst of all the big beers out there. I'm happy to have this one while I sit back and relax.

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Photo of cpolking
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark golden in color with a half inch of head. The aroma is hoppy, with citrus and tall grass. The taste is massive, clean, refreshing hops, with citrus, cantaloupe, and mango. This is a delicious hoppy ale. One of the most interesting hop flavor profiles I have tried.

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Photo of chicano4craft
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip. Clear golden with a hugh fluffy white head. Head sticks around for awhile. Good lacing.

Big citrus notes with the sweet malt somewhere in the distance. I get some pine and orange zest.

Good balance with a lean toward hops. Pretty much an IPA. Good mix of citrus and malt. Extremely balanced, Man, I could drink this all day. Very impressive.

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Photo of alexgash
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Clean crisp saffron gold body with a sizable, marshmallowy, off-white head. Decent lacing too. Fresh hop nose, with a nice blend of citrus, pine, and herbal resin. Light cookie dough malt aroma in the background.

Toasted malt up front quickly gives way to crisp hop bitterness. Orange zest-citrus hop flavors turn to grapefruit, with accents of pine. Grainy malt turns to more of a light biscuit and mildly sweet caramel notes. Drying hop bitterness takes over the finish. Mineral water and lingering citrus rind. Moderate body with a somewhat lively feel. A nice refreshing, pleasantly balanced APA. Very sessionable.

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Photo of 3FaveryRogue
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

[L] Moon man pours a golden color with a spotty white head. Slight haze.

[S] The smell greets you from the bottle. It is a great nose of sweet citrus. Ripe oranges, and it almost has the "fruit loops" smell going for it. A mild pale malt presence, that compliments the hops very well.

[T] Taste leans toward a subtle tangerine; with a great all-around citrusy presence, and a very neutral, muted pale malt. Not an insanely bitter beer, but the flavoring hops that are present, aren't toned out by any sweetness.

[F] Very light beer. Daresay watery. Which isn't a horrible aspect of an APA. Well-carbonated. Spritzes the palate with seedy citrus, and retains a slight bite, yet I wouldn't consider it bitter.

[D] Drinkability is off the charts. It is not filling, overly alcoholic, palate-numbing, or overly complex to fatigue the senses through a 6-pack or more.

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Photo of gtn80
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a crystal clear golden color. Great head from the pour, around two fingers. Clings to the glass on the way down, dissipated pretty quickly.

Aroma is lots of hops, almost an IPA as far as aroma goes. Great, grassy hop aroma, bit of pine.

Taste is great, hops up front, but a decent malt backbone. Tons of grassy, piney hops, but not overpowering. Bit of bitterness in the finish, but palate cleansing, not mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel is very good, carbonation is nearly perfect. Beer is a bit thin to get a higher score, but still great for the style.

Drinkability is amazing, could have a whole bunch of these due to refreshingness and alcohol only at 5%.

Really well balanced pale ale, one of the best in the style.

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

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Clear appearance, light orange hue, small head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Simple hop aroma with notes of pine.

T: Decent tasting beer. Nothing adventurous or outstanding, but a tasty, easy drinking beer nonetheless. The hop profile is there, but it's somewhat mild. This is a good beer to throw back with grilled food or chili.

M: Good feel with very little alcohol presence. Nice and light.

D: Although this is a decent beer, it doesn't really stand out or have any distinguishing characteristics. I won't go out of my way to find this beer, as it's out of my market and I can drink local beers that are comparable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Brickhouse.

Another entry in the pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a clear pale golden straw topped by finger of white foam. The nose comprises pine, tangerine, melon, and a light caramel. The taste runs along a similar path, with some mandarin oranges and hop spices thrown into the mix as well. The body is light (drifting toward the heavy side thereof), with a moderate carbonation and a dry, prickly finish. Overall, a solid pale, but one that threatens to verge on the overly-ordinary, thankfully without actually following through. Still highly drinkable, though.

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. thanks morimech.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a nicely hazed head on top, leaving rings of lacing and nice retention.

Fruity, bitter, crazily delicious hops explode into the nose with bits of tropical fruit and malt sweetness.

Easy beginning with bits of hoppy fruit gives way to further bitter assault. Grapefruit, orange, apricot, and other fruits all explode with a fruit sensibility. Juicy, piny hops carry out the feel with a bit of alcohol warmth.

Lighter medium body, some sticky, dry warmth. Easy drinking but still completely amazing flavor profile. An incredibly solid beer.

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Photo of chaz01
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased directly from the brewery.

A: Clear golden color, creamy white head

S: grassy, piney and a little citrusy aroma.

T: Lot's of grassy and piney hop notes. Very dry finish with more grassy hops taste lingering in the mouth. Not much citrusy flavors, but I do pick up a little peachy taste to this.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation - not overly done. Nice pleasant crispness in the mouth.

D: Overall, a nice session type beer, or a beer that would pair well with seafood and/or a salad

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of RTrain12 (thanks!), into a perfect pint.

A - Clear straw-yellow, with a finger or so of rocky head. Decent retention but not much lacing.

S - Somewhat faint, but I get notes of citrus, including lemon zest and grapefruit, plus some pine and coriander. Nice smelling beer, just a little faint.

T - More of the aroma, but more toward peppery, with more piney hops. A somewhat lemony finish. Milder than the nose, but very pleasant.

M - Medium-bodied, but fairly light on the tongue. It's more sticky than I'd normally expect from an APA, which is nice.

D - An easy session beer if you can get it, as with most NG beers. This is what real drinkability is like.

O - Glad I got a chance to try it, although it's not something I'd necessarily trade for. Very pleasant but not extraordinary.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very nice strong golden color with some nice slight orange hints. There is a nice ecru 1 inch head with some slight dense bubbles that are mixed in with some medium to bigger sized bubbles. THe head is quite nice and sticky as it slowly recedes.

S - Delicious citrus notes on the nose with some tangerine and slight peach as well. Very surprising nose for an APA. There is also very good pale malt notes but these just work to compliment the delicious and intense hop notes.

T & M - Starts off with very nice grassy hop notes that are quite fresh and surprisingly tropical. Some tangerine, slight lemon and a bit of peach juice can be perceived. There is really good grain and earthy notes to the malt part of this beer with some nice cereal grain flavors as well as some slight bread and sweet notes. There is nice crisp mouthfeel with great hop bitterness that isn't overwhelming and works well with the malt notes.

D - Very high in terms of flavors and the awesome session-like 5% ABV.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured into my Lakefront Brewery pint glass pours a clear golden amber color with a small bubbled white head. The aroma of hops is really apparent, not overly piney or citrus but a nice balance slightly leaning toward citrus and lemon. Medium/light mouthfeel. Nice balance between sweet my and hop bitterness. Nice lace on the glass. If I was lookin for a really hoppy apa then I would grab something different but the best thing about this beer is the drinkability. At 5% too, this is a really nice sessionable beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mike, thanks. Beer is light yellow to gold with a one finger head of tiny white bubbles. Its a little hazy but not too bad. The carbonation is moderate and the head sticks around long enough to leave some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is citrusy and hoppy without a hint of malt. Pretty hop forward for a standard pale ale.

Beer is medium in body with nice carbonation that thins the feel out slightly to a lighter body. The lead off is a mild sweetness, hop flavors and some bitterness at the back with a nice midpalate presence. Its probably one of the better beers I've had from them.

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Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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