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Anchor Humming Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Humming AleAnchor Humming Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

615 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Offa on 11-04-2009)
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Pahn

New York

4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled July 29, 2011, drank August 29, 2011.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 3 inch fluffy white head that dissipates slowly and rockily, leaving sheets of lacing that lasts as long as the beer in the glass. Crystal clear light golden, lots of lacing. Perfect.

Smell: Pungent citrus and tropical fruit, with a pleasant malt background (toasted white bread). Lingering ripe melon and apricot aroma along with a little bit of initial dank grapefruit... really beautiful. Floral quality comes out with warmth.

I picked this beer up because I'm considering using Nelson Sauvin hops in an upcoming homebrew with morningthief. Needless to say, the aroma of this beer is telling me to go ahead and pick up some Nelson Sauvin.

Taste: All the hop notes from the aroma pop up in the taste, but while they're bold in the nose, they're profoundly refined and subtle here, forming a great balance with the just-prominent-enough malt backbone, both of which work great with the slightly creamy, fuller-than-expected mouthfeel. Malt is like crackers and sourdough bread, with a little toasted fresh white bread and some "stick your head in the pale malt bucket" at the homebrew shop like fresh NEBCO Gold Stock.

While the grapefruit and melon are present, the more dominant hop flavors have more of an orange and herbal character. The overall balance is masterful and delightful. The aroma advertises huge hops and enhances every sip, while the actual flavors, bountiful as they are, show a sort of muted restraint that reminds you that "American pale ales" don't need to be IPAs by another name.

As always, I hate to give out 5-for-taste lightly, but this beer is spot on for the style, and I love the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Creamy, but juicy ("wet") enough to remain refreshing and appropriate. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish that works great with the toasted flavors.

Overall: I don't know if it's because Anchor is such a fixture in American beer that it's overlooked, or that people don't appreciate a good thing when they find it, or that Nelson Sauvin is a love-it-or-hate-it hop, or that people aren't drinking this fresh, but I can't see how this beer averages below A. It is near perfect in every category.

I bought this just to get a feel for the hop varietal, but ended up finding a beer that should be a staple in my fridge for a month or so after it's released. This beer is outstanding; tons of different flavors without being at all in-your-face, excellent balance, really refreshing, looks great, stinks of potent, fruity hops... what more can you ask for from an American pale ale?

Maybe these particular flavors aren't for everyone, but if you happen to like them, you're in luck that they appear in such a finely crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 01:46:18 | More by Pahn
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Halcyondays

California

4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, bottled July 13th,

A: Pours gold/a light amber with a firm two finger head, lots of lace.

S: Massive citrus/orange, very pleasing hoppy nose.

T: Definitely more in the citrus realm compared to the more piney Liberty Ale. They are both fantastic at what they do. Tangerine is huge here, sweet marmalade, fantastic hop character and flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, resiny and sticky with hop flavour which I love.

D: This is great American beer, full-flavoured, delicious. You've got love Anchor, they come out with a new pale ale and kicks the pants off 99% of the pale ales out there. Absolute must try, only FFF Alpha King is still in the ring. In the middle of the beer, I just said,"Wow, this is fuckin' good," that says it all. Better than Liberty if you can believe it. It's surpassed fresh Liberty and Anchor OSA 2005 as the best Anchor beer ever for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:03:47 | More by Halcyondays
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was very lucky to have this delicious, and apparently obscure, Anchor Brew on-tap. Thanks to the extremely awesome Dunedin Brewery for that! (And the XX Bitter, Beast/Mephistopheles, Immort '04, BrewDog Isle of Arran, etc.)

A – Lighter golden hue, perhaps slightly hazy, with a relatively small head and decent lace.

S – Very mellow citric hop, dank and herbal, and a light biscuity malt are the mainstay of the aroma.

T – Way resiny, dank, herbal flavor with a bready backbone, as opposed to a caramel-y base. Like a hop sandwich on sourdough. I really enjoyed this beer; it is not obnoxiously hoppy, rather it is sublimely understated.

M – Very refreshing, with a nice carbonation very similar to their Steam beer.

D – Drink it if you can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2010 07:18:50 | More by ktrillionaire
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy honey color with a very large white head and perfect lacing. I might be able to float two bottlecaps on this one.

Aroma has a unique hop profile that I haven't encountered before. It's citrusy with a touch of tropical fruit, mango, melons, and a little bit of general tartness. Hop strength is exceptional, and reaches IPA/DIPA level.

Flavor is nicely balanced, with a hop bite that falls on the light side of bitterness. Hop flavor is full and satisfying with a grassy, citrusy, fruity flavor. A slightly caramelized honey malt note adds a great balance.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with a slightly low level of carbonation and a wet finish. Drinkability is great. This was one of the situations where I had other beers lined up, but stuck with this one for the night instead. Will get again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 18:04:49 | More by jeffthecheff
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 19:31:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very fragrant, pungent piney aroma....bong resin too...the taste is big on the pine/bong resin hops but there is a nice suble sugar cookie like maltiness...combined on paper it may not sound like a good match but on the buds it is fantastic.

This is a pale ale with some character and vibrancy. Not particularly bitter but loaded with hop flavor. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 19:41:49 | More by ZAP
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Star80

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a bright orange color with thick frothy head with some nice lacing. The smell is citric pine with some very faint herbal hop smells. This beer smells wonderful, and the taste, while there is no doubt this is an Anchor Beer, is also quite complex with a nice puckering grapefruit on the tongue, followed by a slightly briney aftertaste, with a ghost vinous aroma filling and warming the palate. Ahh, this is a sophisticated beer drinkers beer and probably wouldn't be a good starting place for the initiate macro beer drinker. Mouthfeel is somehow rich and full and yet easy drinking and somewhat light thanks to the restrained ABV level. I am a big fan of Anchor Steam beer. I think they are truly an American original and this beer is proof that despite their age in this ever changing craft brew market they can still brew one hell of a delicious, easy drinking beer. I will be looking for more of these soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 04:47:35 | More by Star80
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davidlown

New York

4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is excellent. Hoppy, refreshing and perfect balance. Both smooth and effervescent. This is much more an ipa than a pale ale. It is the most balanced ipa you could have. Anchor shows their pedigree by making this very unique version of a classical ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 23:33:33 | More by davidlown
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed golden yellow body. Thick froth with some substance and retention. Aroma is really bright and fragrant. Lemon, mint, pepper, pine and cakey dough. Really nice. Nicely balanced flavor. Not quite as bright as the nose leads on to be, but it is nonetheless high quality. Anchor Steam like malt base with a honeyed caramel presence. Hops mingle throughout nicely, with lemon, orange rind, mint leaves and resin standing out. Very drinkable, refreshing and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 04:27:52 | More by Bighuge
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busternuggz

California

4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
This beer is beautiful. Pours a clear golden-orange color with a cream-colored 1" frothy head, which settled down to about 1/4". Great head retention. Leaves thick lacing.
The smell is also amazing. Delicious orange and floral scent (I want to say orange blossoms but I have to confess I've never smelled an orange blossom), papaya, a hint of honey and grass. Reminds me of Bell's Two Hearted.
The taste comes on with a dry lemon zest and grassy note, some grapefruit and juicy tangerine. A touch of sweetness as it warms. Very crisp and well-balanced, hop forward but with enough malt backbone. Ends very clean with some lingering bitterness, though it softens as it warms a little.
Nicely textured, spot on carbonation, light-medium bodied. A little effervescent even. Works well with the dryness of the taste.
Smooth but engaging, very easy drinking. Equally suited for guzzling while watching TV or relaxing and enjoying slowly.
A very solid, well-made beer with some character. I would drink one of these any time.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 20:36:51 | More by busternuggz
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Anchor Humming Ale has become my single favorite beer from Anchor next to Old Foghorn (of course they're two beers that are worlds apart).

I bought a six pack of this during the summer and drank it almost immediately. It's not overly full or malty, and it's got a good deal of complexity going on within the hops; as well as within the interaction between the malt and the hops and the bitterness. It's superbly balanced; and given that I was working in the garden it made a refreshing and bitter quencher that was more satiating than any light beer could ever be. (I also enjoyed it more than my usual Bavarian hefeweizen because they seemed to become a bit too sweet as they warmed).

The Humming Ale maintains the distinct pale malt character of their Steam Beer, and the bright hop nose of the Liberty Ale, but softens it a little bit and adds some fresh tropical fruit with the use of Nelson Sauvin hops. And that fruitiness, in my opinion, helps to cut through and balance it while still maintaining the traditional spicy and earthy notes that Anchor is known for. The earthy pale malt sweetness is a little easier to find, yet it remains a solidly bitter and refreshing beer.

I find it to be very much like some of the summer beers coming out of England in recent years, which are basically traditional pale ales juiced up a bit with some American hops (and occassinally some wheat). And with the exception of the "American" steam beer, Anchor has always made very English style ales, so for them to use some juicy American hops makes total sense. I just wished they'd done it sooner!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 15:33:44 | More by NeroFiddled
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TexIndy

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottling code of Aug 11th. Was a very slightly hazy yellow color with plenty of carb streams. It had a large foamy white head that slowly settled down to a foam cap. Good slow sliding lace with a bit sticking.

This features the Nelson Sauvin hop and it shows. Great citric hop aroma with biscuity malt in the back. Really becoming a big fan of this hop after first trying it with Alpine Nelson late last year. The taste was excellent as well and a good showing of the Nelson hop. Good hop bite with very low bitterness. Sweet finish to set up for the next drink. A big hophead may find it a bit boring but I enjoy the good hop flavor without shredding my tongue (although there are plenty of days that I do want that). Mouthfeel towards full with lots of carbonation. Nice slightly sweet aftertaste right alongside the citric from the hop.

Overall, a really great beer. Not a hop bomb but delivers really good hop flavor. Highly recommend. Avail here in TX as a Aug-Nov seasonal. Rotation - oh yeah, this has a home in the rotation during the season. [R;Y]

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 01:57:04 | More by TexIndy
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a very nice hazy gold appearance which tells you they put a good amount of hops in this one. The smell reminds me of Boston Lager with a very floral but a little bit more grapefruit green apple of a smell but with more of a sour dough bread smell instead of the malt nose you get from Boston Lager. The taste mimics the smell but hits you with a pretty nice bitter tart finish from the hops. This could pretty much pass for an IPA when its real fresh. Its a grassy grape gree apple like taste from the hops followed by a sour dough bread like malt in the middle and nice bitter finish. Nice and crisp and extremely drinkable. This has more hops than the Boston Lager and is a bit more bitter. Fresh hops hit the back of your tongue. This can easily compare with some popular East Coast IPA's. Remnds me of the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale too in some ways. I like this one a bit better I think. You can tell there is a different strain of hops in there it almost taste like Noble hops and American hops mixed together. I know the hop strain is Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand and it really adds a unique twist on the beer that gives the finish a tart like bitterness. This is my favorite beer from Anchor.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 03:24:19 | More by thebrood1987
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diamondc

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Sept. 1 2011. $1.99 for a 12 oz bottle.

A: Great head on this beer. Fluffy, egg shell-like, lots of lacing. Slight chill haze, but otherwise a bright golden hue.

S: Grassy, earthy, lemon-y hop aromas. Fantastic.

T: Sweet tropical fruits, flower stems, pine/wood sap, mild grapefruit, followed by herbal hop aftertaste. Juicy.

Malt lurks in the background .. some toasted wheat bread and sticky caramel.

M: This beer is all about the hops. Perhaps not enough 'malt backbone', but this is still a great beer for hop lovers.

O: Reminds me of New Belgium's Hoptober, another hop forward pale ale. Enjoying the six pack, might get another before it runs out.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 05:29:24 | More by diamondc
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climax

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All things point in a good direction after pouring this one. A demonstrative fluffy eggshell head rises and only falls after I agitate it to extract the aroma (which didn't need much coaxing).

This thing fumes that pungent, bitter, earthy, diacetylic aroma just as their steam beer does. That said, there's no shortage of character in the aroma, I can smell it across the room. Leafy hop tones, sourdough bread, and lemon zest all grace the nostrils.

It's certainly a hop forward pale ale, the bitterness is assertive from beginning to end. A snappy herbal tone starts it off, and fades to a slightly sweet citrusy finish. Hints of mint sprig, red apple, and bread begin to intensify as it sits.

The body is on the light side, never watery but extremely quaffable. Feel is very slick with a sharp bite. The finish isn't overly dry, yet leaves the mouth more than ready for another sip.

This is a very well done beer, and different from all the other APAs out there. It's full of flavor and character, my only regret is that I only bought a single....

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:19:20 | More by climax
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MNJR

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another excellent offering from Anchor. They know how to do it right, and this proves it once again. This honey-colored brew pours with a fantastic head of thick foam, about a third of which sticks around for the entire glass. But, I drank this pretty quickly, because 1.) I was thirsty and 2.) It was damn good. The mouthfeel is truly superb, and the flavor is perfect for a medium bodied extra premium priced ale. Standouts in the flavor are fresh bread, slight lemon citrus, rich malt, and truly sublime hops. You just can't pin down the flavor easily with this beer. It's complicated because the flavors seem to meld together differently with repeated sips. Sometimes I get the rich malt, and other times I feel the hops kicking in. It's a near perfect balancing act. I paid $12 for the six pack, and in Chicago of course we pay more than most places with savage taxes on top of that. So, a beer has be truly worthy to justify me spending that kind of cash. I will buy this again for certain.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 22:46:46 | More by MNJR
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BeefyMee

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright golden amber. Good head and lacing.

S: The aromas they got out of the hops are amazing. Orange and grapefruit, spruce and pine, underscored by a subtle butteriness.

T: Big grapefruit hop punch. Slightly acrid. The other hop characteristics from the smell have taken a backseat here. A malt backbone is present but mostly dominated by the ruthless hops. Not necessarily a bad thing when you do it well, and they did.

M: Awesome.

D: Slightly hindered by the extreme hoppiness, but otherwise this is about as drinkable as it gets. Seems very light yet substantial and flavorful at the same time.

What a great beer. The perfect rival for SNPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 03:05:23 | More by BeefyMee
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drugsbunny

California

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had their fresh Humming Ale at the Anchor Brewery during a recent tour. It was the hit of the tasting during the tour and is my new favorite offering from Anchor. The brewery smelled of baking bread, so the aroma was intensified when tasting this new ale. Slight hop scent. The malt signature is reminiscent of their Steam Beer. The New Zealand hops add a pleasant zing, not as harsh as the Liberty Ale. A very smooth American Ale, unmistakably Anchor. I highly recommend this drinkable ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2011 05:39:11 | More by drugsbunny
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dull orange in color with a yelowish hue and a heavy haze. Poured with a dense, rocky foam with good staying power that leaves plenty of sticky lacings on the glass. Citrus grapefruit and light floral aromas well balanced with a sweet yet toasty maltiness. Medium bodied with assertive, but rich carbonation. Well balanced caramel and toasted malt and citrus hop flavors in the beginning. Toasted malt flavor intensifies thru the middle and spicy, floral hop bitterness takes you from the middle thru the finish. Finishes with a light but lingering hop bitterness. Nice variation in aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 23:01:15 | More by IronLover
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Kevin60

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep golden color. Slow poured with no head. Slight lacing around the sides of the glass. Bubbles constantly racing to the top and forming slight rings of lacing around the edge.

Smell - Fruity and hoppy smell. Almost feels inviting. Hits of citrus and and orange also appear. Smooth smell.

Taste - Bitter tasting at first and then finishes smooth. Very very hoppy tasting at first that turns into a smooth tasting and very pleasing finish. Citrus and orange flavoring aftertaste. A complex tasting brew. Zesty at first that fades to a relaxing and satisfying finish.

Mouthfeel - On the light slide. Surprisingly carbonated.

Overall - Absolutely the love the way this beer pours, perfect color and lacing. It looks inviting. The smell is fruity and hoppy at the same time. It has a good bite to it at first which quickly fades to a smooth finish and a orange flavoring aftertaste. A light beer that will be perfectly refreshing during the summer. One of my absolute favorite tasting beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 00:43:10 | More by Kevin60
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bright golden color with light lacing.

smells of light, but oily hops. slight floral, menthol nose.

taste is very nice, light but snappy for the style. reminds me of a toned-down Smuttynose IPA....with less camphor. yet more full-bodied mouthfeel.

this is exceptionally refreshing and one i'm glad to have stumbled upon, thanks to my local beer garden, Pinocchio's!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 23:18:47 | More by mempath
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was quite excellent. I hope this is part of their regular lineup now. All in all, this drinks like a hoppy version of their steam beer. Amber hue with a dependably voluminous head - proper lacing. Outdoorsy hoppy and fruity in the nose. The fruitiness ends up being quite apple in the flavor - moderate malt character and awesome smoothness - the hops are light-ish, springtime-fresh-growth shrubby. What a damn delicious brew. Wish I had got a six-pack of it instead of the single. Haven't seen it sixed-up in a few weeks now. Oh well. Anchor rocks!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 06:04:48 | More by Bouleboubier
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled July 21, 2010. Quite fresh. Label indicates 5.9% ABV.

Pours very lightly hazy golden amber with a large very very foamy and fluffy white head that slowly recedes leaving nice rings of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, grass, some weed, spicy, bread, yeast, some pilsner quality going on with the malt. Good strength.

Flavor is juicy citrus hops, spicy, some pine and grass, light sweet malt, nice bitterness on the finish for the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, incredibly easy drinking, clean and refreshing.

Wow, quite a surprise, very nice APA, perhaps even better than their excellent Liberty Ale but I'd have to do a side-by-side to say for sure. Regardless, this stands on its own as a perfect summer thirst-quencher.

Very juicy, great bitterness, perfect "weight", invites sip after sip. Nice one, Anchor!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 21:52:42 | More by elgiacomo
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear gold-apricot color with a pillowy 2" thick off-white head that is very persistent and leaves foam clinging to the sides of the glass as it recedes. There are patches and pillars of foam. Eventually there is a fluffy island of foam off to one side of the surface and sipping creates sheets and legs and speckles of foam.

Smell: The aromas are surprisingly complex for a single hop beer. There is some bright lemon zest, some grassy herbal touches and some piney character along with a pale malt backbone that has a nice light biscuity character and supports the rest.

Taste: Pretty much as expected from the nose, the complex blending of flavors contain a nice light biscuit like malt character along with a light touch of honey flavor. The restrained bitterness seems to contain lemon and orange zest, some grassy, almost minty character, and some faint hints of pine, all at the same time.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with lots of prickly carbonation that makes it clean and crisp. The finish is relatively long and begins with some lemon zest that leads into a dry and bitter fade away.

Drinkability: This one gets top marks from me for drinkability. It is refreshing, flavorful and enjoyable. Before doing this review I've had several from the case I bought and enjoyed each of them. In addition my appreciation for the complexity of this beer has deepened with each bottle. With each beer each sip invited the next quite nicely and on nights when I had only one I found myself wanting to have a second. I'll certainly be looking forward to next year's release of this new Anchor seasonal. This is a beer to drink fresh and often.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 01:36:43 | More by drtth
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snogglethorpe

Japan

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A warm amber color with a small but creamy head.

The smell is of tropical fruit -- pineapple, a bit of orange, with a funny spicy tinge.

The first sensation upon drinking it is the slightly oily, very creamy mouthfeel, but with enough carbonation to give it some liveliness, moreover, it just seemed really, really fresh. The taste bears some resemblance to other Anchor brews (maybe it's their yeast), but unlike their more famous beers, there's an immediate explosion of citrusy/fruity American hops, pineapple, grapefruit. They linger in the mouth as a fine and tasty grapefruity bitterness.

Like Liberty Ale, while this isn't precisely an IPA, it's certainly verging on one, only from a somewhat different direction in terms of hops. Where Liberty ale is bold pine and resin, this is in your face grapefruit and other tropical flavors.

All the while, it's extremely drinkable and fresh, with that great mouthfeel; the ABV is very slightly high (6%), but you don't notice it at all.

The long-lingering aftertaste is slightly bitter tropical fruit... delicious! Maybe this beer is Anchor's nod to current craft-beer taste trends (if so, I'm totally OK with that, as I happen to love those taste trends... :)

Anyway, a wonderfully tasty and quaffable beer that just reeks of quality. I hope this becomes one of their regular beers!

Serving type: bottle

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Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.