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Anchor Humming Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Humming AleAnchor Humming Ale

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very good

328 Reviews
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Reviews: 328
Hads: 659
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 17.55%
Wants: 22
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of trevreef
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great tour at Anchor Brewing Co. and this was one of my favorite tastings, I have to say hoppy type of beer very very smooth to savor. I was also spoiled enough to have a freshly made pour, so that is definitely how all beer should be consumed in beer heaven. It was almost fruity tasting. I need some of this on tap or draft so please advice when I can get it aside from the Headquarters. fyi, from a bottle it's alright but definitely reminiscent of the goodness.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark golden, slightly orangey color, and a small white head which quickly disappears.
The aroma is my favourite, although slightly weaker than I'm used to - citrusy hops dominate the smell.
The taste starts neutral with a slight bitterness, slightly fruity, and finishes with a strong spicy taste, which also stays in the aftertaste.
Very nice ale, although I have a feeling, nothing really extra rememberful.

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Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly, leaving a cratered surface and dry residue behind. Pervasive lacing.

S: Soft hop notes, sourdough bread.

T: Crisp hops, strong bitterness, yeast, grapefruit pith, and a little fruit sweetness.

M: Very crisp, a little thick, pungent finish remains on the palate.

D: Sip and savor, especially due to bitter character.

Atmosphere is really nice. Thick, frothy head, and lots of persistent lacing. Nose is piney and doughy. Piney hops with characteristic citrus pith and a bit of a yeasty character balanced with a slight fruity sweet note. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of FLima
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice greeting card. Golden color with a thick three fingers head with great retention and leaving lots of laces.
Citrusy aroma with notes of oranges and pine.
Fruity and hoppy flavor but far from aggressive starts bold but finishes smooth. Different taste from most APAs. Notes of orange peel and white wine, tea leaves, a bit of pepper, pine and sweet caramel malt. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation with tiny bubbles.
This is a very elegant ale, well balanced, highly drinkable and original (likely due to its vinous touch). A recommended pleasant APA.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden orange crowned with a massive, dense white head. Thick, glass-coating lacing adorns the glass walls. Numerous fine bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Abundant floral, citric, and pine hops, laid atop a base of pale malt. The hop aroma seems rather assertive.

Taste: Opens sharply hoppy, with abundant pine tar flavors. These dominate the taste throughout. Beneath the hops, there is a strong pale malt background, with toasted and caramel flavors. Nonetheless, the malt seems almost an afterthought in the presence of the massive hop load. Finishes with a lingering herbal bitterness, and a subdued caramel malt flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, velvety, quite full.

Drinkability/notes: An outstanding example of the style, quite over-the-top.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of tmzl
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

appearance: strong, dark orange, medium carbonation; forms a stable 2 fingers high crown which faded slowly and left nice rings after drinking.

smell: soft, kinda underwhelming light smell; can detect sweet malts and fruity, citrus hops

taste: starts bitter then comes to a smooth and pleasant finish; soft citrus, grapefruit notes are found in the bitterness and stay with you

moutfeel: pleasantly spicy but light carbonation feel, medium body, very easy to drink; refreshing, leaves smooth citrus bitterness

overall: light, fruity, smooth bitterness, good brew, a nice drinkable APA

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Photo of Kevin60
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light orange hue with just a hint of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam with decent retention. I like it.

Smell: sweet malt with a nice hop aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. It's nicely tangeriney -- a character I happen to love in the style. Good stuff!

Taste: the flavor delivers just what the aroma promised. A sweetish base with a big punch of citrusy, grapefruity, tangeriney hops with maybe a little bit of pine in there just to mix it up. Bitterness is strong but smooth; it packs a punch, yet doesn't linger on the palate. I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a nice carbonation and a rocky effervescence; not really creamy, but appropriate for this beer.

Overall: this beer rubs me the right way. Its flavor combo, refreshing qualities and overall drinkability keep me coming back for more. Mmm.

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Photo of CHickman
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very cloudy orange gold color with a nice thick 2 finger foamy beige head that faded very slowly with tons of bubbles in the head, leaving decent foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Bubbles raced up the brew like a champagne, and the head turned into a foamy layer on top.

Smells fruity and hoppy up front, with leafy herbal notes like piney hops, tea leaf, orange peel and citrus hops, followed by a bready/biscuity presence; the nose is pretty well balanced and the malt backbone seems to have a light funk at the end.

Tastes more malty than hoppy up front, followed by fruit and hops which have a mix of lemon zest, apple, herbs, piney hops, tea leaf, light caramel, orange peel, coriander, citrus hops, bready/biscuit presence, a malty sweetness and a trailing bitterness like grapefruit or very fresh hops. The combination of strong malts and strong hops work well together here, as this is simple and complex tasting at the same time; the balance and bitterness remain quenching and refreshing, while providing enough zest to keep your interest and stay sessionable. This is like bitter version of the Liberty Ale and perfect as the weather is warming up.

Mouthfeel is on the light side but leaning towards medium, with crisp carbonation, a light feel and an overall effervescence that reminds me of a cocktail made with seltzer; this is very easy to drink as the bitterness fades quickly and leaves your mouth dry. This would be a great daytime summer beer that I will try to enjoy this summer some weekend. I liked this and suggest giving it a try.

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Photo of sabinelr
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1. Read the label for expectation
2. Take a whiff from the bottle. Promising hoppy fragrance.
3. Take a swig, notice pronounced mix of hop bitterness, malt bitterness, and slight sweetness. All of these offset the alcohol taste, to make this a competent casual brew. Very pleasant and persistent bitter aftertaste, lasting quite a while and never turning bad.
4. I like this more than their flagship Anchor Steam Beer. It is not a challenging beer to drink. I can see myself getting a six pack for when (?) summer (?) happens (W. Wash.) and lounging out in the yard. I think you will enjoy this brew.

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Photo of patpbr
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orange in color and a nice two finger head. It looks refreshing
S - citrus hops and faint malt
T - balanced well with hops of citrus and fruit. Nice malty backbone
M - mouth is near medium, crisp with a mild bitter finish
O - I would be content drinking a few of these from time to time

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Photo of RickS95
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper orange color. The body itself is fairly non-descript, but the head is really nice for the style. A thick topping of large and small bubbles. Strong retention, but a nice thick lace as the bubbles eventually give in.

It's got a strange smell. There's not much of it, even after it warms a bit, but it seems to be a fight between pilsner malts and citrus hops. So far, I'm on the fence as to whether I like it or it works.

The taste is more indicative of the style and a welcome change from the unusual smell. Standard bisuity malt base with a spread of citrus (lemon, grapefruit) on top.

It's pretty tame in the mouth. Normally I'd expect an explosion of hoppy citrus bite from a West Coast Pale Ale, but this is very subdued. Mostly tart and slightly bitter from the beginning, it's somewhat loose and watered down. As it works its way back, the acidic citrus gives the tongue something to think about. Wet finish, with an Earthy bitterness lasting well into the finish.

It's a Godsend if you're used to American macros. If you're used to top notch APAs, it's merely pretty good. Somewhat easy to drink, just does little in the way of excitement.

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Photo of stride28
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of nusch
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Distinctly verdant and hay-filled notes on the flavour end of the review. The nose of this beer is distinct, to the point of being slightly off-putting. A few caramel and citrus notes on the finish and linger in the mouth. The beer comes on as slightly bitter or astringent (which? I don't know), but smooths out into a pleasant finish. This is a nice little twist on the typical pale ale.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an golden orange color…transparent with some bubble action in the middle…minimal off white head that doesn’t last…(3.25/5)

Smell: Sweet, candy, pale malt jumps right out of the glass…lemon citrus hops up in there...some piney and floral hops playing background roles…very light and zesty…(3.75/5)

Taste: Two things happening here…the lemon is zesty and abundant with the floral hops adding a bit of wispiness…the malt is also very abundant, sweet, pale and flavorful adding straightness to the overall that balances out the citrus/floral hops…very harmonious in it’s design…it’s very light, crisp, balanced and refreshing…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp and refreshing to the palette…medium carbonation does form presenting floral and citrus tones…ends light, with mild floral bitterness…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a good brew…the balance of flavors can be tight rope difficult for some, but this beer accomplishes that with flying colors…it’s light, crisp, sweet, citrusy, floral and malty without leaving anything behind…if I had a knock, it would be limited head on my initial pour, but in the smell and taste, the two more important characteristics, this beer excels…I could easily spend a night drinking on this one flavor and be very content…I’d recommend picking up a sixer of this and dragging it out to a fun time, roof deck, social engagement…Yum! (3.75/5)

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a bright clear yellow orange with a 1/2 inch of sticky white head. Smell and taste was pretty exceptional I found it very similar to the Liberty ale I had before, sticky hops that don't quite stick to the palate, pale malts, and some gram cracker balanced goodness. Mouth feel was on par for the style with a light to medium bubbly yet session able. Overall I don't think I would pick this one over the Liberty but both tasted pretty similar to me which left me puzzled.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with good carbonation. Half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Light aroma of biscuite malt, light fruit and citrus. Flavor follows with biscuity malt, citrus, especially grapefruit, light apple, finishes crisp with hop bitterness. Light bodied as appropriate for the style. A nice well balanced pale ale.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. Bottling date appears to be July 27th 2012.

Look- Pours a deep gold with three fingers of crackly white head that settles to a foamy cap after a few minutes. Sparse lacing.

Smell- Herbal aroma, crackerlike malt, apricot. Mild sweetness.

Taste- Very similar to the nose. Green tea, lemon, light biscuit malt, fresh pine, candied orange follows. Light feel, floral, pleasant. Bitterness on the mild/mellow side.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, light carbonation. Juicy feel, drinks like tea. Mild mineral character.

Overall- A light feeling unique pale. Bright, spritzy, not really light, but refreshing. Not an everyday purchase, but I've bought it before and I'll get it again.

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Photo of kshizzle101
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Stone pint glass

A - dark orange in color and slightly hazy. a 2 inch head with good retention. thick lacing down the sides

S - Sweet fruits like citrus and light scent of bread. Smells hoppy and a little boozy.

T - Starts off almost biscuit like and sweet, with some malts coming in at the back end. Definitely some piney hops in here as well

M - Fairly heavy bodied for a pale, even a little syrupy. Good carb throughout.

Overall - A little funky, but i like it. One of the stronger hopped pale's I've had in awhile. glad I picked up a 6 pack.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light copper with a gorgeous off-white head and excellent retention, lacing.

Nose has grassy, green hops. Piney. Hint of mint. Sweet cereal. "Malted."

Soft body, medium-light, creamy mouthfeel. Very genteel bitterness lends dryness to finish. Hops giving off fruitiness, but not citrus/grapefruit/tropical; more like the sweetness and faint tartness of a grape. Herbal/Spicy notes too. Well balanced; some bready/biscuit flavors roll through, but overall a clean, lightly sweet flavor from malt.

Nice beer; easy drinking but with some good flavor.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden color with foamy white head. See through. Fruity nose, light and bright.Soft mothfeel. Taste is a fruity hop, a little of kilter, with a strange bitter. Flavor is different and odd. Not sure what to say here. Not one of the better Anchor Steam offerings.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The brew is served a deep golden color with a one finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave only a very light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is very light. There is a light bready aroma mixed with faint notes of a lemon, herbal and grassy smells.

Taste – It starts out with a biscuit taste mixed with a light lemon flavor. As the taste advances, some floral tastes and a light pine flavor come to the tongue. These flavors seem to be lost relatively fast however due to flavors of an earthy and grapefruit nature coming in. These flavors take the taste to the end and leave bitter-biscuity flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. A decent feel for the moderate hop and bready flavors of the brew.

Overall – It was a decent brew, although with the more bitter hop finish, the taste was slightly off at the end. Alright, but nothing I would really go for on any real occasion.

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Photo of DannyHartman
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a nice 1 1/2 inch head appears atop a yellowish/gold brew.... Throughout drinking, it leaves a decent amount of lacing.

At first smell, I get lots of citrus like that of lemon or orange.... There's also grapefruit as well as grainy and bready notes.... You can even find floral notes with the slightest bit of hops.

The taste is identical to the nose.... Lots of upfront citrus like lemon/lime and orange.... Very bready with slight pine.

It feels slightly less than medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.... It's a very smooth and crisp beer.

Overall, this is a very easy drink with good flavor and balance.... Not my favorite, but I'd certainly enjoy one again.

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Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.