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Anchor Humming Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Humming AleAnchor Humming Ale

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 18
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 -66.5%

11-01-2012 01:42:23 | More by DeadGuyRyan
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1.75/5  rDev -53.1%

04-04-2013 13:49:58 | More by NoetheMatt
Photo of Milkysunshine

New York

2/5  rDev -46.4%

08-24-2012 01:42:42 | More by Milkysunshine
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2/5  rDev -46.4%

12-04-2011 14:54:49 | More by leinie13
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2/5  rDev -46.4%

12-04-2011 17:33:15 | More by mhaugo
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2/5  rDev -46.4%

04-17-2013 03:55:10 | More by logicerror
Photo of motorhed


2.1/5  rDev -43.7%

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.

01-27-2012 16:50:36 | More by motorhed
Photo of Beaver13


2.23/5  rDev -40.2%

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.

10-15-2010 02:59:27 | More by Beaver13
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

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.


11-01-2011 01:40:40 | More by HBomb81
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

06-16-2012 00:09:53 | More by TheBigBoy
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

06-29-2013 13:45:05 | More by bvlaminck
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

09-03-2012 02:28:11 | More by 2neardead
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

01-31-2013 01:00:44 | More by beerme411
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2.55/5  rDev -31.6%

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.

01-23-2012 19:05:46 | More by AdamBear
Photo of emerge077


2.58/5  rDev -30.8%

"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.

01-24-2012 02:46:57 | More by emerge077
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New York

2.58/5  rDev -30.8%

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.

09-02-2010 03:28:49 | More by EkimGram
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2.63/5  rDev -29.5%

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.

11-08-2010 06:02:06 | More by Overlord
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2.7/5  rDev -27.6%

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.

09-01-2010 01:19:51 | More by SolomonGrundy
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2.73/5  rDev -26.8%

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.

08-20-2011 17:42:40 | More by ejl4
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

10-01-2012 00:37:55 | More by fionn13
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

04-08-2013 02:27:26 | More by dasunder
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

08-07-2012 23:57:55 | More by terence
Photo of beertunes


2.79/5  rDev -25.2%

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.

01-23-2013 23:36:18 | More by beertunes
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2.83/5  rDev -24.1%

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.

09-15-2010 22:20:27 | More by Mdog
Photo of stride28

2.85/5  rDev -23.6%

Consumed this beer out of the bottle, which was a bit shorter and wider than usual. The bottle design meshed well with the company's anchor logo and font choices, creating a rugged yet refined feel reminiscent of seafaring and sailing. Unfortunately, the beer's great visual aesthetics did not line up with its taste and olfactory experience. The beer had a strong 'boozy' aroma. Taste-wise, the Humming Ale was hoppy, with distinctive earthy tones that were fine, but I was let down by the bitter and tart middle. The taste concluded with a convincing bitterness that carried along the alcohol that was suggested by the beer's aroma. However, the summary on the bottle mentions a "bold, hoppy ale" (agreed), that celebrates the brewery's "first brew". Perhaps the surprising bitterness and unrefined aroma is meant to evoke memories of a fledgling, optimistic, brewery that would later find its signature taste.

02-05-2013 04:22:51 | More by stride28
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Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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