see so many so-called Session IPAs these days, but it seems like the
American pale ale is becoming a lost art. When you can find one that not
only exemplifies the style, but is also a great beer – it’s a winning
combination and New Glarus Moon Man is a perfect example of that. This
is a tasty, highly drinkable pale ale the way a pale ale should be.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 7/16/14 and was given to me by a friend (thanks, Jordan!).
Appearance: Golden/peach hue with a clear body. Pours to a two-finger, white, frothy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Hop-forward aroma with notes of stone fruit, citrus and pine. Clean and bright.
Taste: Stone fruit right away with notes of peach, melon and citrus.
Though it’s not especially bitter nor, is it cereal-like sweetness.
Plenty of pale malt creates for a relatively strong base that gives the
beer a light, but genuine, malt character. Continued, but restrained,
bitterness through the apex of the swig which becomes quite dry, but
then is immediately followed by a juicy taste sensation. This is a pale
ale done right, by which the hops create for the right amount of
bitterness and flavor, without being crass. Not to mention the fact the
combination of flavors is downright delicious.
Drinkability: New Glarus seems to market this beer as a session beer,
according to the hyperbole on their website. At 5% ABV it’s a tad big
for a classic session beer, though I could definitely see it working as
such, especially during warmer months. The mouthfeel is light and thin
and crisp with a clean aftertaste. It’s also remarkably refreshing while
on the palate. I definitely drank mine a little too quickly.