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

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

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

Pours a light gold with a solid head. Smells very citrusy for just a pale ale- the hops really come through. Taste is fairly balanced, but there is a solid hop flavor that is missing in many pales. It doesn't get weighed down by the malt, either; it has just the right amount of each. Very light body with some solid carbonation. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable choice from the always excellent New Glarus.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich gold hue with copper highlights when held up to the light. Ooh, nice, this has a nice dank hoppiness to it that reminds me of a mix of citrus and hemp oils; fruity and dank with notes of menthol, some peppery tobacco, lots of herbaceous character, ruby red grapefruit zest, ripe tangelos, lychee and kumquat zest all play a prominent role. The hemp like and herbal notes are the dominant character here, but it is nicely supported by the hop fruitiness. If you really focus on the nose for a while and take it in the hop fruit notes become the dominant character though and the malt is purely a supporting role in the nose as I really don't smell its presence at all.

Lightly bitter up front, the beer gets more bitter as it moves across the tongue, but it never gets abrasive; the bitterness is appropriate for a standard Pale Ale. The hop flavor on the other hand is nicely present, much more so than I was expecting before I popped the cap off this brew, but because the beer is so dry the hop flavors are actually muted quite a bit from what I got out of the nose. An ample carbonation adds some nice liveliness to this brew; this is certainly a beer meant for quaffing large quantities of and I would gladly do so. The fruitiness of the hops really isn't as pronounced as I might have hopped, but this is definitely due to how dry this beer is, and I like that quality so I can't really complain too much. Light notes of Meyer lemon zest, some tart lychee notes and a touch of tangelo play a secondary role to the bitterness and the herbal hop qualities of hemp seed, a touch of menthol, some peppery spice hop character and just a noticeable, but clean, herbal note that tends to linger on the palate. The malt clearly plays a supporting role, but does contribute a touch of biscuit / cracker character to the finish.

This is a very nice beer; I really like how drinkable and light it is, but I could wish for some more fruit-laden hop character here. I really like the aroma of this brew, if the taste had followed suit it would have been heaven.

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Photo of brewdub17
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A solid brass color best defines this brew. Beautiful clarity with a nice thin head. By looking at the beer you can sense its crispness.

Smell: A punch in the face of freshness. Citrus, floral and bitter notes combine to force a very pleasant awakening on your senses. Malty notes are found behind the great hop tones and complement nicely. I wish Glade would start making this scent in air fresheners.

Taste: Clean, crisp, robust. Simple but greatly satisfying. The freshness from the smell is found in the front and are followed by subtle malt characteristics. The hops combine with the dryness from the malts to exemplify the fresh, carbonated taste.

Mouthfeel: Covers all corners of the mouth nicely and leaves a refreshing aftertaste, almost with a minty persona.

Drinkability: A Great beer overall. Seems to be exactly the right amount of flavors and lack of poor ones to be considered the epitome of a very drinkable beer for the style.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from BeerFMAndy as part of a large Wisconsin beer snack pack that he sent. Thanks Andy!

A: Pours a crisp, clear golden color, with generous carbonation and about an inch and a half head.

S: Crackly, hoppy citrus that is very reminiscent of an IPA as apposed to an APA. Very nice!

T: Very hoppy, yet the balance is fantastic! The grapefruit element is strong on this one, especially in the early part of the sip (gulp). The dry hop "crackle" really comes to fruition quite nicely.

M: Some bitterness, but it doesn't linger, and the carbonation make this one creamy and bubbly. Even though the ABV is low and sessionable anyway, the alcohol that is there is hidden quite well.

D: I'm beginning to become a New Glarus fan and have yet to sample a bad beer by them.

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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 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 champ103
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The second in my New Glarus mixed pack.

A: Pours a clear golden orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. As the rocky foam recedes after a few minutes, light lace is left behind.
S: Just an awesome aroma of fresh cut grass, big and bright citrus hops, and passion fruit. Was this dry hopped? A wonderful balance of bread and biscuit malt.
T: Much more biscuit malts here than in the nose. The hops kind of take a back seat here, but are still noticeable. Toasted grains, with a tart lemony and citrus hop finish. A very clean and crisp taste.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonation. Perfectly clean, crisp, dry, and refreshing. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

An excellent Pale Ale. I can drink this in gulps, and keep coming back for more. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle as an extra in a trade, thanks blackhawks87!

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: A Pinky of bubbly white head appears at first and quickly disapates down to a ring. The color is a beautiful deep orange that is very hazy and opaque. No lacing in my pour to speak of.

S: Bitter. Citrus, Pine, and Grassy smells are the most apparent to me, hoppier in smell than I expected and less malt there. Light or Medium aroma on this.

T: Session beer with some nice hop and citrus character thats very modest, a grassy taste, and a little malt but not much. The aftertaste is a little lacking IMO, wish there was more, but it is posted as a session beer. Also a dry, biscuity quality is there too. I agree with the reviewer before me that I wish it was a little sweeter.

M: Light and doesn't linger long, lots of carbonation in it. Dry feel.

D: It's a session beer, and drinks like one. Would be great on a hot summer day outside.

On the whole, I'm more of a bigger beer guy, but do enjoy the lower ABV ones when they are tasty, this one is good but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it either.

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Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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