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Anchor Humming Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Humming AleAnchor Humming Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

647 Ratings
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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 22 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Offa on 11-04-2009)
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1.25/5  rDev -66.4%

DeadGuyRyan, Nov 01, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -53%

NoetheMatt, Apr 04, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

Milkysunshine, Aug 24, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

leinie13, Dec 04, 2011
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

mhaugo, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of logicerror
2/5  rDev -46.2%

logicerror, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of motorhed
2.1/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on-tap at a bar in a traditional pint glass.

A - Medium cloudiness, fairly orange/amber in color, with about a 1/2 inch of light tan head. No lacing.

S - I'm picking up a very strange combination of things here including banana, a strong herbal scents, and honey. Not at all what i was expecting for an APA. Passed it around and several people made comment "that smells awful".

T - I was conflicted about this beer. I didn't think it smelled particularly good but the taste kept me, at a minimum, interested. It had a lot going on and thought the herbal/mint/grassy notes were overpowering the sweetness. Don't really taste any hop/bitterness in the beer. It finished on the dry side.

M - Medium carb, dry finish

O - Overall, i commend Anchor for going out on a limb and trying something different. It certainly is an interesting beer and will catch you off guard if you're looking for a standard APA. I would go as far as saying that i would never buy it again but i would say that this beer is not for the faint of heart. It's definitely not a beer i would offer to others if i was hosting a gathering. That said, if you're looking for something outside the norm, give it a try.

motorhed, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
2.23/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

Beaver13, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of HBomb81
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was excited to find this offering in our area. I ordered it immediately. The experience went downhill from there. The packaging is classic. The pour fairly impressive as an amber gold. The smell was a bit sour....and the taste failed to deliver the solid full flavor I had hoped for. Instead, Humming was thin, a bit off/sour with a very unimpressive finish.

One and done.

HB81

HBomb81, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

TheBigBoy, Jun 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Hellpop65, Aug 30, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

bvlaminck, Jun 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

2neardead, Sep 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

beerme411, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of AdamBear
2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-slightly cloudy light amber with a thin cream colored head

S-a weird hint of mint and honey. syrupy. strong scent. not great. smells off for an APA.

T-comes in with a malty and slightly bitter taste of syrupy lemon. its a weird and not necessarily good taste. the after-taste is lemony and grainy. weird taste for an APA.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this isn't my style of APA. it just tastes off. i'm not getting any sort of hops and the slight bitterness just doesn't seem right. its not something i'll be having again, though i am curious to what it would taste like fresh from the tap.

AdamBear, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of emerge077
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

"181 A2 0031" printed on the bottom of the bottle. Purchased at Mariano's, which has only been open a few months... hard to believe the Julian code would be from early 2010 or 2011 even.

Pours a cloudy hazed copper orange, plenty of fluffy foam and a halo of lacing all around. Ever present head retention earns it an 4.5 in the looks department.

Banana yeast esters and sweet grainy aroma, something vaguely confectionary like custard.

Smooth at first, but then a highly astringent feel quickly takes over, with lingering flavors of cardboard and herbal bitterness. Slightly buttery, yuck... something went wrong here, not planning to finish this. Glad I only bought a single bottle.

emerge077, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of EkimGram
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden amber colour, fairly thick head with visible carbonation. Hazy.

S: Not picking up too much. Glimpses of some hops and citrus.

T: Bitter, somewhat hoppy. Not too much flavour overall. This actually tasted better from the bottle than when I poured it into a pint.

M: Significant amount of carbonation. Finishes dry.

D: A disappointment considering what Anchor has brewed before this. I might try it again at a later date but I don't see myself drinking any more soon.

EkimGram, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Overlord
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold. Big white head.

Smells like grainy malt with a hint of bitter grass.

Taste is overwhelmingly grain alcohol (WTF? It's only 5.9%???) with a bit of pine, a splash of random vegetable bitterness, and a weird metallic aftertaste.

Pretty sub-par effort. Whatever hop profile they went with should be retired. Weird grass/pine metal/earth/grain alcohol flavoring not the best.

Overlord, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Read about this in the Spring and couldn't try it, and now they bottle it. HUZZAH! In any event....Pours a golden yellow with lots of spritzy carbonation. Full, creamy haed settles down to a finger and a half and leaves nice lacing. Scent is very different. Trying to place some of these characteristics. Almost a b.o. type smell. Kind of gross. Other than that I get some lemon and some hops. Maybe even some wheat in there?? Flavor is a lot like the smell. It's got a weird b.o. thing going on. That's too bad, cause the rest of the profile is excellent. Very malty, and finishes with that stylistic Anchor hops bitterness. Not a great beer, but very unique. And, because it's Anchor, it's priced right.

SolomonGrundy, Sep 01, 2010
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2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was excited to try this beer after reading the bold hoppy ale description.

A) poured a nice clear gold color with a dense white head on top.

S) The smell of this beer was hoppy, but not like any hop I've smelled before. The hop character seemed off or overshadowed by some sort of a yeasty/cleaning agent smell. Not the clear hop aroma backed by malt I was expecting.

T) The same strange cleaning product aroma carried into the taste with a very drying bitterness. Malt character seems to be great with not any noticeable sweetness.

M) Nice carbonation, not too heavy not too light.

O) Hoping I didn't just get a bad batch or something but this isn't really up to par with what I expected. Interested to look into what hops were used.

Not a bad beer, but not to my liking for a hoppy ale.

ejl4, Aug 20, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

fionn13, Oct 01, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

dasunder, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of terence
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

terence, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of beertunes
2.79/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a very clear and clean yellow-gold color, very much Pilsenerish, with over 1/2 inch of white head that had lightly moderate retention and good lacing.

The mildly grainy aroma was very sweet and had just some gentle hops around the edges. The taste was also sweet, in fact it was an odd, funky sweetness. There was just a bit of floral and pine hops floating around too, but the weird sweetness dominated.

The body would have been OK, except that the beer was very sticky all across the tongue. The beer really stuck to the back of the tongue on the finish. Drinkability suffered from the gooey aspects. Overall, a below average brew. I actually liked this beer much less than the numerical score indicates. You can feel safe in skipping over this one.

beertunes, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Mdog
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Orange-gold, good head.

Smell: Herbal, pine, a little citrus.

Taste: Very odd and hard to describe. I would guess it is like lemon rind but without a lot of bitterness, vague vegetable/herbal bitterness.

Drinkability: Drinkable but strange.

Kind of a weird one here, the whole six pack has tasted like this so it's not a single bad bottle. Definitely different, seems like more of an English pale ale or maybe it got skunked somehow. Drinkable but not particularly good.

Mdog, Sep 15, 2010
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Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.