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Anchor Humming Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Humming AleAnchor Humming Ale

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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:
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(Beer added by: Offa on 11-04-2009)
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Photo of Darkmagus82


3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2012 00:24:46 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Rifugium


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: pitcher shared by the folks from Anchor, at Capone's, Norristown, PA

It's nice to see some beers other than the typical flagships from larger craft brewers like Anchor pop up every once in a while. Humming Ale poured a clear amber color with a small cap of frothy white head. Hop-forward aroma, citrus and melons, slight herbal presence, with promises of a bready malt base. Similar taste, good balance of sweet bready malts and citrusy hops, notes of grains and fresh grass, and a touch of honey. Light-medium body, not bursting with flavor, but very easily drinkable nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 15:47:01 | More by Rifugium
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a light honey color with tons of creamed froth. Head doesn't dissipate much. Mostly clear. Plenty of lacing.

S-Nose is very pleasant. Sweet caramel and moist biscuit malt. Floral and citrus rind hops. Smells quite English by design. Intensity is medium. Balanced with a pretty overall aroma.

T-Quite like the nose with a little more citrus zest. Balance is key here. The orange and flowery hops pair up very well with the solid malt. Sweet bread and citrus rind. An attractive little Pale Ale.

M-A bit creamy. Light bitterness. Carbonation is moderate and set to a solid pitch. Would be a nice session brew.

O/D-This is a pleasant Pale Ale. Not unique, but balanced and well crafted. I would not be unhappy with a six pack of these for a night. Smooth and easy going but doesn't leave you wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 21:30:53 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of motorhed


2.1/5  rDev -43.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rather simple pale ale but totally quaffable. Hoppy bite is full of aromatics. Moderate bitterness. Light body but very tingly on the tongue. Attractive light amber in the glass. some lalcing. Long nose of piney hops with just enough bitter aftertaste.

Actually not a bad example of the APA style, and I'm not a big Anchor fan. Clean and well made, if not anything exciting. On tap in pints at the Ocean Beach Pizza Port.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 04:14:06 | More by mactrail
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 01:47:59 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of david18

New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a few sixteen ounce drafts of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West Side since they offered in on draft. I was please to see Anchor offering a classic pale as I think the Liberty Ale is really more of an IPA than a pale ale. It was great.

Appearance was pale (duh) with a nice head to start but it does fade out pretty quickly. Pretty clear and easy to see through.

Aroma is classic for a pale ale. Lots of hops but not hit in the face like an ipa. Some bready malt as well.

Flavor was refreshing and very well balanced. Great mix of hops and malt. Exactly what you want from a pale.

This beer will give Sierra Nevada a run as the next classic pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 20:36:10 | More by david18
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a one finger fluffy head.

Smell: fruity and grassy nose here.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest,golden apples, some grassiness, and a moderate bitterness create a nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Drying arrives as you swallow. Aftertaste is fairly clean.

Overall: this beer is very easy to consume and a few could be had in a session. Simple flavor profile but a nicely relaxing beer to have.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 21:55:44 | More by Gavage
Photo of IronCitySteve


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden amber color with a small foam head with nice retention. There is plenty of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: A nice hop profile, some earthy and citrus hops with an underlying toasty malt character.

T: Starts off with a mild citrus hop profile. In the middle, some toast, caramel malt character balances the brew. On the back end, the earthy hops come to the forefront and provide a nice bitterness to this pale ale.

M: A nice medium bodied beer. Leaves a slightly hoppy bitter taste on the palate.

O: A nice easy drinking pale ale. Not overly complex but still quite tasty. Certainly worth a try if you have not had it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 18:05:24 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really wonderful American Pale Ale...

As a hop head, I'm always let down by most pale ales. This one, however, has an extraoidinary amount and could almost be mistaken for an IPA.

Pours a bright golden orange with a nice head on it. Smell is citrusy and hoppy.

Taste is sweet and very well-balanced. Perfect combination of hops and malt for a pale ale. Highly recommended. Reminds me of Yard's Pale Ale. Delish.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 16:52:29 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of chrisrhoppe

Puerto Rico

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a huge sticky head. Lacy sticks like a web all around the glass. The aroma is deeply piney, fruity, and well… hoppy! On the tongue the sweet malt hits you up front then the hops deliver an intense grapefruit like bitterness that slowly fads leaving a sweet, tart, and fruity hop taste in the back of the tongue.

Thirst quenching and full flavored; great combo.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 04:59:15 | More by chrisrhoppe
Photo of jsprain1


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden. Head disappeared right before my eyes, which was disappointing.
S- Smell is a slightly citrusy hop aroma. There is also a pear-like quality. Light pale biscuity malt note.
T- More of the same here. A burst of citrus and pear flavors at first balance out midsip. Finish is a balanced biscuit and just a fresh hop note.
M- Body is light-medium, carbonation a touch high.
O- The best thing about this beer is that it just tastes so bright and fresh. I'd happily have another.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 01:30:06 | More by jsprain1
Photo of drugsbunny


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
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Idle Rich in Dallas.

A - A light golden with a slight haze and a small white head. Good lacing as the glass empties.

S - Citrusy and fruity.

T - A light, crisp taste with a sensible hop flavor and a firm bitterness that seems to increase over time.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation.

D - Very refreshing and one you could easily stick with all night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 13:43:34 | More by GJ40
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anchors Humming Ale, a fall seasonal brew in a 50 ltr. keg. Appears orangeish, some lace. Good head retention. Smells faintly of bready malt. In the taste, biscuity malt and spicy hop with due bitterness. Medium bodied, solid hop bite, semi-dry finish. Drinkable? Very. A solid pale ale from Anchor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 16:31:11 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Stigs


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2010 20:32:04 | More by Stigs
Photo of champ103


4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange/reddish hue. At first a two finger white head forms. The foam sticks around for a minute, and recedes to a ring that is constant throughout. Some light patchy lace here and there.
S: Dank musky hops are dominate and up front. As this warms some passion fruit and sweetness come through.
T: This is a great juicy hop flavor. Citrus hops come out first. Though a great pineapple and passion fruit flavor comes out as well. Spicy, floral, and herbal. A substantial sweetness and a bread/biscuit flavor balances everything out. I love it.
M/D: A medium body that is really crisp, dry, clean, and refreshing. So easy to drink. I can quaff several in a sitting with ease.

I really enjoy this. Another great beer by Anchor. Lets hope they continue to make this. Highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2010 00:37:18 | More by champ103
Photo of WOTO97


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had to get my hands on some of this brew...finally. No necessarily disappointed but not all-too impressed either. Very light on the palate in comparison to other Am. Pales I can think of. Nonetheless, pours a crisp straw with thin sudsy head and significant sticky lacing. Aroma is of light citrus and a bit of pepper. Some thin malt character in the background. Taste is very crisp with pronounced lemon zest flavors and a bit of orange rind as well. A bit of a bread character. Feel is definitely pretty thin. This is, however, definitely drinkable; a solid summer brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 00:14:43 | More by WOTO97
Photo of TMoney2591


3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Anchor pint glass at ChurchKey.

They tell me this is the first time this brew has made it out to this particular coast. Right on. It pours a clear pale golden straw with somewhere around a finger o' white foam. The smell is faint, though some hoppy florals, wheat, puffed rice, and the slightest possible bit o' funkiness (not bretty funk...more like old gym suit funk). Hmm...not all that excited anymore, but I am still a bit intrigued. The taste is not as faint as the nose, but there really ain't that much to it: some light bitterness, flowers, and a very light caress of citrus zest. Apparently they were out to make the palest pale ale ever... The body is light, with active carbonation and a rather crisp finish. If it's true that this is the first east coast appearance of the Humming Ale, I don't anticipate it staying around all that long. Just not all that much happening here at all.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 06:13:54 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

4 oz tap pour into a mini pilsner glass at the Anchor Brewery in San Francisco, CA after the tour.

A - Humming Ale is a clear golden yellow with a foamy white head. As it went down slowly it left great lace all over the small glass.

S - The aroma smells of light pale malts and slight floral hops with an overall clean smooth nose.

T - Smooth pale malts start this beer off and are backed by light floral hops that taste crisp with a dry, floral finish.

M - This refreshing, light-bodied beer is crisp and dry on the finish.

D - Humming Ale is very refreshing and light with a nice smooth flavor and completely perfect drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 01:20:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Mora2000


3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 04:09:13 | More by Mora2000
Photo of drabmuh


3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey look, a new beer from Anchor. Nothing too special but I wanted to try it out of curiousity. Served on tap at a local beer bar. I got 6 ounces in a snifter glass.

Beer is CLEAR and amber. Its super clear. Looks nice. Thing broken head on top of the beer, lacing and carbonation both are practically non-existent.

Aroma is mildly malty with a decent earthy hop aroma after.

Lots of carbonation on the palate but its good. Fills the light bodiness of this beer out. Finishes cleanly, minimal bitterness and sweetness. Its like the volume was turned down on this beer. It was OK.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2010 18:34:32 | More by drabmuh
Photo of KickbacksSteve


3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in San Francisco. Poured into a small 6 ounce fluted glass. A bit sweeter and a bit less hoppy than Liberty ale. I'm told at the brewery that this one is going to be Anchor's fall seasonal, that most likely explains the extra sweetness. Pretty nice offering.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2010 21:33:15 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of drummstikk


3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Anchor's Humming Ale looks like a nice thick wheat beer, turbid and dense blond in appearance. The first sniff reveals a rich and fresh bouquet of American citrusy hops. Style defiance continues with the first sip, revealing a medium body with the fruity esters of a wheat beer and the potent bitterness of an American IPA. After a few rapid sips in succession, when the bitterness has dulled a bit, the citrus from the American hops blends nicely with the wheat character and finds support in the medium malt and wheat body. Most sips, unfortunately, are an assault of resiny bitterness without sufficient malt balance. Will certainly appeal to the Elder-lovers, and to anyone who appreciates innovation, but I found the bitterness to be cloying and unbalanced.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 21:12:28 | More by drummstikk
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at 1702, Tucson February 2010
This beer arrives from the tap with a lightly hazed, gold-copper hue. It is topped by a frothy, one-finger thick, off-white colored head that is half way decent coming from a draft beer and it even leaves some layered lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. The aroma is grassy with herbal hop notes and has an under-current of fruitiness to it (Meyer lemon, a slight melon note and a grassy, tart, grape like note).

The beer feels quite fizzy as it first hits my mouth, almost too much so, it is still quite quaffable though as there is just enough body to carry the aggressive hop character. The hops taste grassy, quite herbal, green and even have a touch of astringency to them in the finish. There is also quite a bit of bitterness her. The fruit hop character plays only a secondary role here with a lightly tart, melon like note, some grassy lime flavors and a tropical fruit like grape note being softly noticeable. There is just enough malt to note get in the way of the dominating hop character; a touch of firm, definitely cracker-like malt in the finish and just enough of a pale malt sweetness up front to not allow this beer to be overly dry; though, for a beer, this is definitely on the dry side.

This is a serviceable Pale Ale that is aggressively hopped. The Nelson Sauvin character seems wasted though; where is the expressive, interesting fruit character? I wonder if freshness is an issue here. This is still tasty, it is just not quite what I had hoped it would be.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 17:07:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.