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Anchor Humming Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 18
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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 ommegangpbr

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 04:27:24 | More by ommegangpbr
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 21:15:22 | More by beagle75
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 15:36:50 | More by BeanBone
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 02:59:27 | More by Beaver13
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 23:05:04 | More by KarlHungus
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 21:45:04 | More by zoso1967
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 21:25:25 | More by StJamesGate
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 18:04:49 | More by jeffthecheff
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 04:29:32 | More by megahurts4
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 21:44:51 | More by Monkeyknife
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 03:34:51 | More by g00dness
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 02:49:27 | More by cbutova
Photo of mempath


4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bright golden color with light lacing.

smells of light, but oily hops. slight floral, menthol nose.

taste is very nice, light but snappy for the style. reminds me of a toned-down Smuttynose IPA....with less camphor. yet more full-bodied mouthfeel.

this is exceptionally refreshing and one i'm glad to have stumbled upon, thanks to my local beer garden, Pinocchio's!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 23:18:47 | More by mempath
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 JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - chill hazed golden color with a thick white head that stayed as a layer leaving a thick wall of lacing.

S - tropical fruits, pineapple and mango.

T - fruity flavors and a lemony bitterness with a very dry finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

D - good drinkabilty, good taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 00:14:22 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of jampics2


4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a wide-mouthed pint glass.

Looks really nice, a honey-gold color with some orange and yellow highlights. The finger-wide head of beautiful white foam looks great and leaves amazing lace behind. Good start!

Humming smells really nice - there's some sweet and modest malt for a base, but the wonderful hoppy scents make this very appealing. Light citrus notes of orange and lemongrass, plus some melon for good measure. A nice smelling beer indeed!

The beer also tastes quite nice. The malt is barely there, adding just a touch of cracker and breadiness to the experience. The star of the show is the Nelson Sauvin hops, which give a wild citrus rind taste to the beer; notable flavors include lemon, lime, unripe cantalope, and some earthy, leafy spices including a touch of mint. Very flavorful and crisp, with mild lingering bitterness. Just a hint of chardonnay in the experience as well!

The mouthfeel of Humming is appropriate for the style. It's crisp carbonation adds enjoyment and lightness to the medium body. The finish is balanced with some lingering mild bitterness and a sweet kiss of malt. Overall, this is much better than anything I've had from Anchor in years. A really decent take on the APA. Kudos!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 17:26:33 | More by jampics2
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dipsensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark straw color, golden highlights, crystal clear clarity, copious amounts of lacing, stark white head.

Aroma is of hops and more hops. Piney, citrusy, very nice indeed. Smells like an IPA. Even a good amount of malty goodness. The light color is deceiving as the aroma lends a nice malt presence.

Great flavor. Fruity and spicy. A large dose of hop bitterness. Slightly sweet up front with a large bit of toasty maltiness.

A great beer indeed. Lighter that an IPA in ABV yet full of the IPA bitterness and hop flavor without having the overpresence of caramel malt and sweetness. This is certainly my ideal beer. Somewhat sessionable, hoppy, bitter, not sweet. Love it!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 22:18:53 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of BeefyMee


4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright golden amber. Good head and lacing.

S: The aromas they got out of the hops are amazing. Orange and grapefruit, spruce and pine, underscored by a subtle butteriness.

T: Big grapefruit hop punch. Slightly acrid. The other hop characteristics from the smell have taken a backseat here. A malt backbone is present but mostly dominated by the ruthless hops. Not necessarily a bad thing when you do it well, and they did.

M: Awesome.

D: Slightly hindered by the extreme hoppiness, but otherwise this is about as drinkable as it gets. Seems very light yet substantial and flavorful at the same time.

What a great beer. The perfect rival for SNPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 03:05:23 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of musicforairports

New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather light golden color, very thick head. Very decent lacing down the pint glass. The smell, though, is pretty off to me. My six-pack is fresh (thanks to BA for explaining Anchor's bizarre dating), but I just smell a skunky, stagnant odor that honestly reminds me of BO. This is my second from the pack, and both have been the same. I realize it doesn't mesh with what other reviewers said, but, personally, I really only care how a beer tastes.
This makes up for that there. Pretty crisp. The nelson sauvin hops it uses, which I've never had before, give it a somewhat citrus-y flavor that lacks really any sweetness. The skunkiness is still under there somewhere. Malts are there too, but they're minimal. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light, and it makes for a nice, crisp beer that's hoppy in not-the-usual ways. Maybe it's through their natural carbonation, but Anchor has a way of making their hoppy beers quite a bit different from the rest.
As is with their Liberty Ale, it's something I really enjoy drinking and highly recommend, but it's not a go-to beer always for me. Very easy to drink, though. But different.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 02:51:52 | More by musicforairports
Photo of Billolick

New York

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

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness indication/info. Pours cloudy/hazed medium amber, off white head, shows decent retentive powers, and leaves a thicker film and minor spots of lace. Fruity and mild hop nose. Respectable little APA, respectable hop presence and balancing hops in place. Pleasant, highly drinkable, nothing amazing but certainty worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 02:06:41 | More by Billolick
Photo of JoEBoBpr


3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams from IMO one of the coolest bottle types out in the craft world.

A - Pours a very nice pure and solid bright golde color with some slight orange hints. A great 1.5 inch head pops up with some very nice densly packed bubbles intertwined with some medium sized bubbles as well. The head is white and has slight off-white hints.

S - Aroma starts off with a nice grain base with some nice strong earthy tones and slightly grassy notes as well. There is slight tangerine notes from some hops but the grain and earthy malt backbone takes the lead on this one. Nice grassy essence as well.

T & M - Smooth and crisp and clean. Earthiness all over the palette. Very delicious grainy and grassy tones form the malt. Slight cornhusk flavors are present as well. At the start and middle the grain seems to take the lead on this beer. As the beer moves down the palette there is a nice grassy hop presence with some nice bitterness and slight citrus character that balances the great grain flavors. I always enjoy Anchor beers simple, but good ingridients made well. They all taste great.

D - Very high drinkability. Session-like ABV and greta flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 23:58:09 | More by JoEBoBpr
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 srandycarter


3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Mostly clear honey, good near white head, leaves quick to disk. Not much lace.

S - Has a celllar musky wet odor, along with malt and hops. Not bad, but strange.

T - Straight up light malt finished with appropriate hops. Pretty basice.

M - Good carb, good balance.

D - Really easy to drink. Middle of the road but tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 06:28:17 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I saw this and was like, 'what the heck is this, I've never heard/seen this beer before.' A further pleasant surprise ensued.

Poured out a crystal clear auburn color, a little less head than hoped for, but a beauty nonetheless. Nelson's came out in the aroma.

Taste, man this was definitely hoppy for an Anchor brew, and an apa, and was sooo dry. Very light body, no aftertaste and a great hop mouthfeel. A very unique beer, I would love to see Anchor produce this in some quantity. A degree of hop spice and citrus to it, although faint with substantial bitterness. Really am a fan of everything with the nelson hop thus far.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 23:02:09 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of TexIndy


4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottling code of Aug 11th. Was a very slightly hazy yellow color with plenty of carb streams. It had a large foamy white head that slowly settled down to a foam cap. Good slow sliding lace with a bit sticking.

This features the Nelson Sauvin hop and it shows. Great citric hop aroma with biscuity malt in the back. Really becoming a big fan of this hop after first trying it with Alpine Nelson late last year. The taste was excellent as well and a good showing of the Nelson hop. Good hop bite with very low bitterness. Sweet finish to set up for the next drink. A big hophead may find it a bit boring but I enjoy the good hop flavor without shredding my tongue (although there are plenty of days that I do want that). Mouthfeel towards full with lots of carbonation. Nice slightly sweet aftertaste right alongside the citric from the hop.

Overall, a really great beer. Not a hop bomb but delivers really good hop flavor. Highly recommend. Avail here in TX as a Aug-Nov seasonal. Rotation - oh yeah, this has a home in the rotation during the season. [R;Y]

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 01:57:04 | More by TexIndy
Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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