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New Glarus Brewing Company’s Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale

We don’t always agree on things at the Beer Circle. As I’ve noted before, I’m the odd one out when it comes to sports allegiances. When it comes to sour beers, Garrett is the dissenter of the group. One thing we can all agree on– that this summer has been a warm one. We haven’t had it as badly in State College as our writers down in the DC Metro area, but it also hasn’t been a walk in the park.  As most of you likely know, State College is a college town. What happens during the summer in a college town? Moving. This morning marked my first time of the summer helping a friend move, so I decided to treat myself to a New Glarus Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale. New Glarus descria it as the following…

Moon Man is a seriously cool cat. Always comfortable in his own skin, he never tries too hard. So cool we named our “no coast” pale ale after him.

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, just be.

I’ll admit that the phrase “smooth malty backside” makes me giggle. My beer taste changes as the weather does; I know that some people like to stay with their hop bombs, but I like something that’s smooth and refreshing.  For me, that’s Moon Man.

Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale
Moon man poured a bubbly medium gold, with about three fingers of foam; it looked more like fluffy meringue than beer. This dissipated within a few minutes to about a quarter of an inch of a combination of foam and bubbles across the surface, with a small amount of lacing left on the glass.
Right when I opened it, I could smell the citrus coming out of the bottle. This is backed up with more grassy undertones. It smells really fresh and bright, and reminds me of a straw field.
Moon man is really refreshing; the grassy hop character take over as the predominant flavor, and there's a touch of light sweetness to compliment the flavor. The citrus hop character isn't as dominant as I remember, and I think the beer would benefit from the citrus flavor being slightly more aggressive. Towards the end, a slight pine flavor pokes its way through, providing a nice contrast.
Moon Man is rather light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. It goes down really smooth, and cleanly leaves my palate.
This is still part of the mix-a-six my dad brought me. Given that a six pack of moon man is like 7.99 in Wisconsin, this beer is a knock out value wise for me.
I love this beer. It's bright, refreshing, and very well balanced. Paired with a fantastic price point, it's something I would always have in my fridge if I could.

Beer Stats
Style: No Coast Pale Ale
Serving: Botle
Size: 12oz
ABV: 5.00%
BA Score: 91
RB Score: 97

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Written by Paige Deckert

Paige is a fifth year graduate student at Penn State; she received her craft beer education while bartending during undergrad at the University of Illinois. Over several months, Rogue’s Dead Guy served as her gateway beer, because it was $2/pint on Thursdays, and thus offered the highest ABV/$. This eventually turned into enjoyment, and everything is history from there. Her first legal beer was Robert the Bruce on cask at the Blind Pig in Champaign, followed by the Duchess de Bourgogne. Paige has visited over 15 breweries, including Great Divide, Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Three Floyds and Dogfish Head, with plans to add more in 2012 via trips to San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin. Paige became friends with Russ (and subsequently Garrett) when they became friends on untappd. She clearly remembers seeing a check-in of his and thinking, “Who is this clown checking into Miller Light at the Shandygaff?” Soon thereafter he introduced himself at a Zeno’s beerfest, and they bonded over their beer geekery (sans adjuct lagers). Find Paige Deckert on Google Plus

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