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Anchor Humming Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Humming AleAnchor Humming Ale

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Ratings: 642
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:
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(Beer added by: Offa on 11-04-2009)
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Photo of jmz62565
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a giant white frothy head. A large head that leaves great lacing makes this a real nice looking beer. The smell is strong with floral aromas,malt,and citrus. The taste is crisp with a strong citrus hop flavor with bread yeast,floral hints,and sweet malt. A tasty sweet beer. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing very well. A very good beer with all the qualities you look for in a well built brew.

jmz62565, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of Hibernator
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Humming Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date notched for OSX
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a light golden orange with a nice fluffy head on top. Lacings that stick and cling to the side of the glass.

Pleasant aroma with whiffs of cereal grains, sweetness and melon.

I like the soft mouthfeel, it could be attributed to that signature Anchor yeast. Grainy and malty with corn flake flavors.

Fruity with apples, pears and honey melon sweetness. Assertive hop snap on the finish. Drinkable and smooth with a really nice hop profile. Well balanced.

Hibernator, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a faint orange and dark yellow. massive foamy head that takes forever to disappear. nice thick lacing.

lots of bread and malt with a floral zest. very crisp.

heavy malty body with tons of bread and biscuit. zesty floral hoppiness then kicks in. slightly bitter aftertaste.

nice full body, light carbonation.

lots of flavor. nice nelson hops. wish this had a bit more kick.

hooliganlife, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Bottled on August 11 2010 according to the code (0GK).

Appearance: A hazy orange-amber beer that pours a dense 1/8" persistent off white head with a hard pour. Lots of lacing - thick walls, strands and islands of the stuff. Very persistent lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell: Hoppy citrus (mostly lemon) is all I get on a deep inhale. Very singular smell with this beer.

Taste: A very hop forward, but bitter profile beer. Citrus (lemon and a hint of sour orange), bergamot, and hop bitterness dominate. There is an attempt for the malt to come through in the middle, but it gets slapped back down by the bitter finish. It's tasty, but you need to a fan of bitter hops for this one.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but not so much that it's spicy on the tongue. Very smooth beer - just right thickness. Not too thick, not too watery.

Drinkability: Due to the bitterness I can only have one of these at a time, but, this beer does grow on me and it's a nice change from the lagers I've been having. Definitely a good beer if you're a hophead, and while I'm not, it's a good beer. Went quite well with a garlic and lime fajita, and I think I could slowly work on one of these alone without food.

damndirtyape, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice crystal clear golden color with a thick and dense white head. Some lacing left on the glass.

S: Very clean aroma, like an ocean breeze. There is a floral, grassy hop aroma with some grainy malt.

T: The initial taste is sweet. You get the malt and then some grassy hop dominates the flavor. The flavor is good, and the sweetness and bitterness is perfectly balanced.

M: The finish isn't too bitter, it doesn't dry out your mouth. The feel is a little watery at first and then the carbonation kicks in and fills it out to a nice velvet smooth feel.

D: A good solid pale ale. Definitely worth a try. Easy drinking and tasty.

Kromes, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of DogFood11
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice to see a pale ale hit the shelves at my local bevmo. Great daytime brew that can be sessioned easily. This is full of life. Bright golden body with a blinding white head. Plenty of retention with spotty lace.

Sipping on this while watching the NLCS Game 6 is a pleasure. Its dry enough to keep me coming back for more. Hops crispen this brew but are far from the resinous grapefruity type that dominate the marketplace. No this is a sharp biting dry edge with a slightly citrus twang.

Notes: Bigtime winner. Pretty sure this is a seasonal. Would love to see this fulltime.

DogFood11, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of curasowa
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour a golden yellow color with a big, fluffy head that fades slowly with nice lacing. The aroma is a mix of floral and citrus hops, with notes of lemon and banana. A strong malt presence on the front end that's quickly followed by soapy bitterness, which lingers well on into the finish. Body is medium, drinkability is OK. The bitterness is a bit too harsh for my taste; I prefer a more balanced APA.

curasowa, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of JRed
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear sunset in color with large creamy head. Citrus, lemon, and pine in the nose. Hop backbone, lemon, pine, citrus, and soap as the finish come through in the taste. Medium bodied beer with medium carbonation. Rather refreshing for this time of year.

JRed, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold. Pours with a good two fingers of fluffy, stable white head that eventually settles down to a thick surface coating, leaving lots of lacing.

S: Lightly toasted malt and grapefruit. Pine to a lesser extent.

T: Nice backbone of toasted malt moving into a rather bitter hoppiness. Some grapefruit, pine, and resin. Toasty. Dry.

M: Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Dry.

D: Pretty damn good. Borderline IPA, which isn't a bad thing. I recently had this on tap and was impressed by it, which encouraged me to a buy a 6er. It was far more aromatic on tap, but I still think this a pretty good beer at a fair price.

Florida9, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of snogglethorpe
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!

snogglethorpe, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Off white head, hold nicely and laces the glass. Clear straw-amber color. No sediment present in bottle. Smell has a pleasant citrus/cheesey hop aroma. Dissipates very quickly. Bitterness is strong for a APA, especially in comparison to the rest of the flavors. Tastes like C.T.Z. (Columbus) hops. Body is thin, just a touch of sweetness up against the solid bitterness. Floral yeast flavor at the end. 5.9% ABV makes sense, I could tell there was a bit of booze present. I like Anchor a lot, but this is my least favorite of there beers. I find an absence of maltiness leave the beer unbalanced.

mlazzaro, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of olmatty
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a one inch pillow of head.

Aroma- Slightly sweet biscuit malt and a bit of grassy hop

Taste- Earthy, lightly sweet malts, crusty whole grain bread, hint of hay, bitter grassy, vegetal hop ending.

Mouthfeel- Moderate body and carbonation.

Drinkability- A tasty drinkable that achieves it's aim of tasting like a throwback to an earlier time.

olmatty, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Soft, hazy gold in color, with a huge billowy head of eggshell white foam.
Aroma-Orange zest,subtle hop note
Taste-Sharp hop leaf bite, subtle mint leaf, spicy, bone-dry finish.
Overall, a tasty, flavorful, medium-bodied brew that would pair well with a zesty salad or spicy appetizers.

hosehead83, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never seen or heard of this beer before so I thought, why not?
Looks pretty on the pour. A big, fluffy off-white head forms and leaves some nice lacing as it recedes. The body makes me think more along the lines of a lager color than a pale ale color; slightly hazy and golden.
Scents are along the lines of a Belgian pale ale to me which was a nice surprise. Sweet, with yeasty/bready notes. Flavors are also very Belgian pale ale with some grapefruit bitterness thrown in. Bready again along with some champagne-y/grape flavors. Yeast plays a big role in this pale ale.
Drinkable stuff and pretty tasty all around. Not quite what I'd grab when in the mood for an American pale ale but if I'm looking for something on the Belgian side I'd be happy to have this.

ommegangpbr, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of beagle75
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with two fingers of creamy and persistent off-white foam. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Aggressively bready and slightly vinous in a bright, acidic way. Lemon and lime citrus are both also detectable. The overall smell is very clean, suggesting dryness.

T: Begins with bright acidic fruit that is joined by abundant pale malt and wheat for a full, grainy middle. The finish is moderately bitter and pleasantly acidic, but with a little dusty cardboard.

M: Light to medium viscosity is simultaneously creamy, as in wheat beer, and sticky on the palate. Carbonation is surprisingly sparse, further enhancing creaminess.

D: This pleasant, unassuming pale ale is like a grainier, less astringent version of Anchor liberty. Its malt-forward qualities make an interesting contrast to the acid and bitterness also present. While not dazzling or revolutionary in its complexity, this beer offers versatility in food pairings as well as an inoffensiveness that facilitates extended consumption.

beagle75, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A golden body capped by two fingers of creamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves great patchy lacing.

Aroma: Lightly spicy and citrusy hops over a mild biscuity malt body.

Flavor: Very similar to what the nosed promised, the profile is composed of juicy, delicately spicy, and moderately bitter hops over a calm biscuity malt backbone. Everything is balanced excellently. Husky grain and lingering bitter hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with medium carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Supremely drinkable, Humming is a great accompaniment to an early fall evening.

Verdict: A new Anchor beer is always something to look forward to, and Humming Ale doesn't disappoint. It has all of the trademark deceptive simplicity, drinkability, balance, and craftsmanship you've come to expect from Fritz and the gang.

BeanBone, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
2.23/5  rDev -40.2%
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 KarlHungus
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden-bronze color. The head is a firm two inches of foam that recedes slowly into a solid half inch cap of lacing that sticks around until the beer is gone. The aroma is of sour apple, pine, flower bed, pollen, honey, and bread. The taste is floral with touches of grapefruit, and earth. There is a strong (perhaps too strong) bitterness in the finish that lingers and takes away from the taste. It is still a good taste, but it would be great with only a little less bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a good beer that I would drink again.

KarlHungus, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly standard amber. Non-descript, but crystal clear and inviting with a deep, slightly orange golden hue. The head is white and frothy with great staying power and lace.

The aroma is very hop forward with fresh zesty lemon and floral notes. There is also a wonderful fruitiness to the aroma that I venture might be the result of Nelson Sauvin hops. The malt character of this beer is full of honey. I am impressed.

The flavor is thankfully very similar to the nose with nice lemony and floral hops, as well as plenty of honey sweetness. Subtle peach, berries and cracker can also be gleaned from this beers refined flavor. This is a pretty bitter beer, but manages to stay fairly balanced.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, and has a good amount of carbonation. The finish is quite dry and a little bit on the bitter side, leaving a bit of a sticky hoppyness on the tongue.

This is quite drinkable and very tasty. I was not sure what to expect with this beer, but I really enjoyed it. Probably my favorite Anchor beer to date.

zoso1967, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy goldenrod with a motionless carpet of white froth that laces. Nose is juicy C-hops with a hint of caramel. Orange blossom honey malts plus and bit of melon with fresh squeezed orange hops (Centennial?) and a touch of cedar oil. Resiny linger. Chewy, light to medium, round.

Anchor does so many things right, you kinda want to see their range as big as Sierra's.

Don't catch the Nelson Sauvin so much, maybe a certain white grape dryness, but don't really mind.

As legendary as Liberty is, it also kinda needed a reboot compared to modern APA's. And here it is. SNPA's tougher older brother.

StJamesGate, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
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.

jeffthecheff, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor Brewing Humming Ale

Appearance: Hazy orange, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: Wheat, apricots, and hops.

Taste: Good malts, slight citrus, and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Nice malts start it off, and it finishes with a slight bitterness.

megahurts4, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clean orange-gold with three fingers of healthy off-white head.

Light aroma of piney and floral hops with an almost pilsner-like grain note.

The taste is slightly sweet with fruity note notes and caramel malts. Finishes quite clean with a light bitterness.

Lighter bodied, clean, and moderately carbonated.

This is a very easy-drinking APA from Anchor.

Monkeyknife, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of g00dness
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a great big foamy head that stays till the end. Maybe a touch too carbonated, but the aesthetics were great. The nose comes off with grass and clover, followed by "beer" (yeast and barley). This beer tastes great! Really dry, painfully dry, where I had to give it a 3 for mouthfeel. Super hoppy for an ale, with grassy lemon peely woody hop notes all over it. Aftertaste comes across as woody with a not-so-subtle hint of sassafras. Extra drinkable, but maybe that's just because I like hops so much.

g00dness, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anchor always seems to make solid beer, left in my fridge (knowingly) by a friend. Thanks!

A- Pours into my pint glass a nice clear orange hue. The head on this baby reminds me of whipped cream, can scoop it off no problem. Amazing retention and huge heaps of lace stay on the glass. The head never fully disappears, as good as it gets.

S- Nice aroma strength right out of the gate. A nice citrus, peach and floral hop aroma exists in the foreground. Right behind that is caramel malt and bread hints.

T- A lot of hops once it finally warms. There is a TON of citrus = zest, lemon and pineapple. Every sip just brings more citrus fruit, pretty intense. There are also notes of caramel, bread and floral hops.

MF- Light creamy body that has high-end carbonation. Bitterness at a level appropriate with the amount of hop flavor here.

DB- This was a tough one to decide on. I would have to say that it is just a bit too much for my taste in APAs. A bit less bitter and a bit less citrus and I could be holding a world class ale. This is a good beer nonetheless, I think everyone should try it. Not very balanced, but I enjoy it anyways.

cbutova, Oct 06, 2010
Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.