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Anchor Humming Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Humming AleAnchor Humming Ale

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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 21
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Offa on 11-04-2009

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Ratings: 654 | Reviews: 328
Reviews by Hojaminbag:
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Anchor's Humming Ale has a hazy, dark copper-colored body with a finger of off-white head. Retention and lacing are both pretty solid.

The aroma has a mix of sweet malt and bright, citrus hops.

The flavor leads off with very bright, citrus-flavored hops that have some grapefruit and a lot of orange. The hops bring a bit of resin and a moderate amount of bitterness. Although the hops seems to dominate up front, the second half of the beer is all malt. Toasted malt, caramel and a solid amount of sweetness rival the power of the hops for what I would call a balance that is roughly equal between the two.

The feel is moderate for both carbonation and body, with a little bit of an oily feeling to it.

Humming is a solid APA, but it isn't spectacular. Worth a try if you are a big fan of Anchor beers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a slight chill hazed light to medium golden with a nicely defined one finger clingy white head atop.A decent shot sharp citric hops in the nose with some underlying dryer crisp malt in the background.A tad thin and sharp in the mouth not anything of major concern.Flavors of resin and grapefruit rind mainly stick out,mild biscuit sweetness but mainly a dryer crisp malt base.A solid pale ale,its got good hops and is pretty easy going down,a good football beer here I think.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Humming pours golden-orange with a fluffy, white-as-snow head into a 23 oz. snifter. After the head recedes, a blobby, full covering film remains. I love how the carbonation bubbles sparkle like a champagne and fly up through the body in straight lines. The lacing left on the glass is streaky, clumpy and really attractive.

At first, the smell is of really upfront, skunky hops. As the beer mellows in the glass for a few minutes, the skunkiness combines with a honeydew melon smell that is quite interesting. I do not know that I have smelled a pale ale quite like this before. There are some grassy hop aromas and a slight caramel and biscuit malt smell in the background.

First taste reveals biting citrus hops on the tip of the tongue, followed by a pretty full caramel malt coating on the broad of my tongue. These two flavors mate to produce that honeydew melon taste that I found in the scent. The finish has a fairly bitter grapefruit hop finish that melds with the malts from the middle of the taste nicely. Surprisingly, the skunky hop smells that were so prominent when first I cracked the bottle cap are not really evident in the taste.

The mouthfeel of Humming nudges toward medium-bodied for a pale ale, with a pretty creamy influence from the caramel malts. The finish still has a puckering hop feel that balances the creaminess of the malts. Overall, this is quite a nice MF for the style.

This was a really solid pale ale that would make for a decent six-pack purchase for watching sports and sitting on the couch all day. It did not blow my mind overall, and I can think of several other pales that I would choose over it, but it was tasty and kept my palate interested.

Photo of 8O0B1E5
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has a malty character with light bitterness. A little more diacetyl then I prefer, and the esters could have matured a bit longer.

The head coagulates to the rim of the glass with laces connecting between. It's a clean beer that has a slight sour that coats the mouth, yet is fizzy while drinking.

I shall have another, CHEER'S!!!

Photo of Beaver13
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is grainy malts and earthy perfumey vegetal hops.

The flavor is a little sweet grainy biscuity malt followed by a decent sized earthy floral bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and is slightly watery.

Overall, I wasn't too keen on this. It has decent bitterness, but I guess I just don't care for the hops used. It is pretty unique though.

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Very tasty, very unique beer. The nelson sauvin hops were a good choice, really good that they used it for glittering as well as aroma.

Anchor are truly artisans with this offering, pours hazy golden with a nice foamy head, nice spicy notes, good use of balance in the ingredients. I wish they brewed this year-round.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness indication/info. Pours cloudy/hazed medium amber, off white head, shows decent retentive powers, and leaves a thicker film and minor spots of lace. Fruity and mild hop nose. Respectable little APA, respectable hop presence and balancing hops in place. Pleasant, highly drinkable, nothing amazing but certainty worth a try.

Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Garland Flying Saucer location.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is bready malt with some citrus hop notes. The flavor is orange and grapefruit with a strong bready malt backbone. Medium bitterness. Light to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A decent American Pale Ale but nothing special.

Photo of bsp77
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Light golden blonde with a very slight haze. Very foamy head and nice lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and spicy floral hops. Very fresh smelling combo of American and English hops.

Taste: Strong grapefruit, citrus and spicy notes. Malts are light and minimal, ending quite bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body that is crisp and creamy, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Crisp, refreshing and very fresh ale that is light but hoppy. Different take on an APA and quite delicious.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a standard pint glass. dating code 0gk translates to 2010 august 11.

pours out a very slightly cloudy golden color, with hues of orange in the light. big 3 fingers of frothy, rocky white head. great retention with lots of thick sticky lace. looks like an ideal pale ale.

lots of big citrus hops in the aroma. lemony citrus, dank resinous unboiled pellet hops, and tropical fruits. hardly any malt detectable in the aroma.

wow, very hoppy, drinks more like an ipa. lots of dank resins and lots of bitterness. not a whole lot of malt detectable besides a mild residual pale sweetness. lots of lemony citrus hops followed by pellet hops and tropical fruits. very nice hop profile but because it feels more like an ipa and there is a lack of malt which i feel a pale ale should atleast have a little, im giving a 4 rather than a 4.5 on taste.

medium bodied, carbonation feels spot on. hops are felt on the palate lingering after each sip.

very nice drinkability, a great session pale ale for hop heads. each sip leaves you wanting more. ill be sure to revisit this.

this is a very nice addition to the anchor line of beers. i felt that they always lacked a good hoppy beer for awhile and theyve finally answered that call.

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge six finger creamy white head with good retention. Leave s a lot of sticky creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Very bright and crisp aroma of citrus. Citrus hops with big hints of oranges, pineapple, lemon zest, mango, and apricot. Wheat grains and pale malts with good hints of bready biscuit, crackers, and hay. Also some nice herbal smelling earthy hops as well as a little bit of pine needles. Citrus esters stand out the most. A really nice and refreshing aroma.

Taste: As bright and citrusy as the smell gives off. Juicy and bitter citrus hops up front with big notes of oranges, pineapple, mango, peach, lemons, and apricot. A nice herbal, earthy flavor from the Nelson Sauvin hops. Slight hint of pine. Solid presence of wheat grains and pale malts in the mix with notes of biscuit, cracker, hay, and a light hint of honey. Nicely ripe, juicy, and bitter upfront with a solid sweet malt balance. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, creamy, and very smooth.

Overall: A very solid Pale Ale here. Really good citrus taste with a nice balance of pale malts.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. Picked this up from my nearest beer specialist after noticing it on the shelf and thinking it was a temporary arrival for christmas. I rather like anchor's stubby bottles.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A slightly hazy golden-amber colour with nice carbonation. Huge head from a rather fast pour; off-white and creamy with good retention. A lovely hoppy aroma, lots of pine and citrus notes and a malty sweetness underneath. Smells tasty.

A distinctive flavour of hops with notes of pine and some bitterness. This is balanced by slighty sweet, grainy crystal malt - although I expected the malt to be more robust. Mouthfeel is smooth and leaves a dry sensation; less body than I anticipated from the aroma. Some bitterness to the aftertaste.

A good beer overall, could definitely have a few of these (but won't due to cost). The hop flavours are great, reminds me of the smell of pine trees from mediterranean holidays...

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear straw colored with a bright white firm head that lingers long. Fine streams of bubbles rise up quickly. Grassy and floral aroma, some hints of lemon.

Flavors of honey malt, citrusy hops, orange rind, grassy and lemony notes, a firm bitterness greets the biscuity maltiness. Very flavorful hops.

Rich and full mouthfeel, but finishes very crisp. Good beer.

Photo of Soonami
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Anchor Humming Ale is a sparkling pale ale that is very tasty (while cold). The beer is a very pretty beer, a pale amber with a white head that maintains a centimeter of foam all the way down to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is nice, grapefruit and doughy malt, but as it warms up, the smell of onions like body odor becomes more and more apparent. Similarly, the taste which was slightly sweet with citrus and herbal bitterness becomes more odorous as it warms and by the time it reached about 50F I had to pour it out. It started smelling like an American Apparel store with broken air conditioning. If this beer stayed the way it was went it was 35º F, then I would've have loved it, but as it warmed it became distractingly unpalatable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I saw this and was like, 'what the heck is this, I've never heard/seen this beer before.' A further pleasant surprise ensued.

Poured out a crystal clear auburn color, a little less head than hoped for, but a beauty nonetheless. Nelson's came out in the aroma.

Taste, man this was definitely hoppy for an Anchor brew, and an apa, and was sooo dry. Very light body, no aftertaste and a great hop mouthfeel. A very unique beer, I would love to see Anchor produce this in some quantity. A degree of hop spice and citrus to it, although faint with substantial bitterness. Really am a fan of everything with the nelson hop thus far.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a pint glass

A - Bright gold with 1 finger white head with poor retention and minimal lacing

S - Citrus, lemon with wheat and malt

T - A nice citrus flavor throughout with a bread wheat backbone and a little malt sweetness

M - Light body, moderate carbonation

O - Darn good APA

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm so happy to see this offering from Anchor, a nice slightly hazed bright golden hue very light in color compared to mst pale ales. Head is luscious nice thick creamy texture forms dimpled chunky shape rising above the rim of the glass. Aroma strong pungent lemon peel hop character going on. A biscuit malt character but mainly the hops shine through with each sniff, very pleasant hoppy nose to it. Wonderfully balanced session ale, this is perfection in a glass one of the best pale ale offerings I've witnessed in quite awhile. New ownership evidently hasn't hurt the Anchor Brewing Co. Bitingly hoppy with citrus rinds grapefruit/lemon some herbal floral tones as well, but more so a nice biscuit pale malt bready character to balance things out. Finish is full of dry bittering hop flavor, but it's nice easy going carbonation makes this one a pleasure for the palate. Picked this one up at D's yesterday after the Big Pour. Drinkability all around is a smash hit this is caseworthy for sure a beer I would like to keep on hand, it's fantastic best new beer from Anchor for as long as I can remember.

Photo of harlanhu28
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap a few months ago on tap and was impressed then, but sometimes bottles are different.. Poured a clear with egg white head.. The aroma states this is a very hop forward pale ale that might be throwing A few guys off that don't understand what they are trying to accomplish with this beer.. They might say its different!! After the first hit of pine and a floral sledge hammer hit of aroma, it tones down with an absent bitter after taste.. For what they wanted to do I would say they got it done! I love it when brewers give people what they don't expect..

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a billowy beige head and a few slow tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.
S- The aroma of green hops is slightly earthy but soft and turns into a new gym shoe aroma after a bit. As the beer opens up the hops take on a rubbery quality aswell.
T- The green hop bite has a bitter green grapefruit zest flavor that leads to a watery taste. There is a faint pale malt flavor that disappears as the hops grow. The pungent green hops bite lingers after the dry finish.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The hops are pretty abrasive but not in a good way. They are all bitterness with some odd aromas and they don't have anything to support them. And for the record, a "Humming Ale" was a common name for a strong English ale, that made the head hum. This did not do that, nor did it make the tongue hum.

Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My notes are about a month old, but thorough as always.

This is a mildly hazy yellow-gold in color. A white head forms, fluffy and dense, at just over one finger. It's not huge, but it retains itself very well and leaves evidence by way of fairly thick patches of lacing in moderation.
Aromas are grassy, earthy and herbal, and this is a pretty well hopped. There's a light backing of dryish malts. The aroma is a bit resinous with a spruce character. It's a pretty simple aroma that implies a dry beer to come if I read it correctly.
Hops are up front, but initially the dry, crackery malt is right up there with it before not fading but more leaning back to let hops take charge and sticking around in the background. There's a bit more in here, with a lemony presence coming out and bringing some very light mint and white grape with it. The hops never lose their presence as the backbone. This is a dry one, very grassy, herbal and earthy.
There's a bit of crispness to this one, and enough of a creamy smoothness to balance what's ultimately a very dry feel. A lingering hops finish carries this one well beyond the sip. There's light carbonation makes in a medium body.
This is a very drinkable beer, and the only thing keeping this from being absolutely and perfectly drinkable is that I eventually want to move on from the dryness to either something with a citrus hop character or on the other side to something dark and malty.

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, from one of many Yankee grocery stores visited in the Pac NW last month.

This beer pours a hazy, finely sediment-strewn, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of thin frothy off-white head, which leaves some healthy streaky lace around the glass as it readily settles. It smells of forest floor - pine and wildflowers, some citrus fruit, mild grainy malt, and a soft mustiness. The taste is grainy caramel malt, orange zest, soft tropical fruit, and herbal, weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body on the low side of medium weight, a bit zingy, which cuts into an otherwise decent smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the static malt and herbal hops still in a subtle detente.

An agreeably hoppy APA; however, the herbal edge just doesn't completely do it for me, and seems to be an Anchor thing. With all the other offerings surrounding them on their particular coast, this doesn't seem all that wise, given the hopheads who MUST BE SATISFIED!

Photo of jmz62565
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a giant white frothy head. A large head that leaves great lacing makes this a real nice looking beer. The smell is strong with floral aromas,malt,and citrus. The taste is crisp with a strong citrus hop flavor with bread yeast,floral hints,and sweet malt. A tasty sweet beer. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing very well. A very good beer with all the qualities you look for in a well built brew.

Photo of Stigs
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz pour, served in an English style pint glass

A - thin just off-white film, settles to a ring within a few minutes yet leaves a thin veil of lace around a good bit of the glass. the beer is light gold in color, very clear.

S - subtle piney hops, kissed with a bit of wet grass. crunchy crakcery malt touched with a small bit of honey.

T - spicy, earthy hops: pine and grass, also some "cat" (Simcoe-like but a tad sweeter). mildly bitter, follwoed by mostly mellow grainy malt.

M - a bit thin bodied and just barely lacking some carbonation. finishes clean and dry.

D - middle of the road, as expected from Anchor. felt like the Nelson could be used with a little more character - solid if not a little bland.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nelson Sauvin hopped, enjoyed on tap at Papago bar. A nice hoppiness, a medium mouthfeel. Yellow colour with good lacing.Citrus, earthy,some pine, spice, not a beginner's bitter. Drinkable, quenching, and would be good with dinner.A nice one from Anchor.

Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hadn't run across this hoppy APA while in SF on any of the many occasions I've been there - randomly found a 6-er in Venice (CA), so here we go:

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Liquid is a hazy school-bus yellow and amber topped by a persistent finger of ivory. Soapy lacing. Good retention.

Whole cone (?) pine-y grapefruit zest-y resinous hops denote a NorCal West Coast IPA. Pale malt and a hint of caramel announce their presence as well. Somewhat "catty" as it warms.

Malt is clean with a hint of grain and toast. The hops are fairly grassy, suggesting a noble variety almost. I think they utilized Nelson and some C-hops instead. The white wine/gooseberry element comes through next leading into a dry grape-skin and mineral-laden finish.

Light bodied, easy drinking ale with a kick. The most recent offering from Anchor, I like this stab at a slightly more hop-forward beer without diverging from their over-all approach.

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Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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