Friday, November 7, 2014

New Glarus Moon Man


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1212) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2014
You 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. 
Grade: 9/10