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Anchor Humming Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Humming AleAnchor Humming Ale

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651 Ratings
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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 21
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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Photo of david131
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- An ever so slightly hazy light orange liquid with a massive amount of streams of rising carbonation. The slightly off-white head is about one finger in thickness and has good retention.

S- Sweet caramel and orange rind. Rather simple and a bit heavy on the harsh orange peel aspect.

T- Orange peel and caramel.

M- A nice amount of carbonation but there is an odd finish.

D- An average take on the style. Not bad, but not a stand out. Drinks alright.

Photo of mwa423
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden color with a huge frothy white head that left quite a lacing. A bit less head would have helped it, overall a solid appearance.

S - An interesting mix of steam beer and hops. The steam beer aroma is of honey, orange spice and a bit of lemon and yeast. The hops are great APA hops with some citrus and hemp ntoes.

T - This seems like the child of Anchor Steam and an IPA. It has a lot of citrus notes like the orange and lemon. There is also a honey like sweetness. The hops come through as more like dirt and weed flavor as opposed to a traditional hop profile.

M/D - Mouthfeel is full and pleasant. The aftertaste is interesting and doesn't exactly excite me about the beer but nor is it horrible. Reasonably drinkable, but at the same time a more traditional APA will suit most drinkers more.

Photo of busternuggz
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
This beer is beautiful. Pours a clear golden-orange color with a cream-colored 1" frothy head, which settled down to about 1/4". Great head retention. Leaves thick lacing.
The smell is also amazing. Delicious orange and floral scent (I want to say orange blossoms but I have to confess I've never smelled an orange blossom), papaya, a hint of honey and grass. Reminds me of Bell's Two Hearted.
The taste comes on with a dry lemon zest and grassy note, some grapefruit and juicy tangerine. A touch of sweetness as it warms. Very crisp and well-balanced, hop forward but with enough malt backbone. Ends very clean with some lingering bitterness, though it softens as it warms a little.
Nicely textured, spot on carbonation, light-medium bodied. A little effervescent even. Works well with the dryness of the taste.
Smooth but engaging, very easy drinking. Equally suited for guzzling while watching TV or relaxing and enjoying slowly.
A very solid, well-made beer with some character. I would drink one of these any time.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard American pint glass.

Appearance: Poured out clear and golden yellow, producing nearly an inch of loose, white, froth. As the head slowly descends, it drags a thick blanket of lacing in its wake. Very mild (visible) carbonation does its best to hold the beer's head up, but eventually it settles as a mere film.

Smell: Bread crust, sweet and leafy hops, honey, lemon, and a touch of sea salt. Nicely put together, though it doesn't seem much different than Liberty Ale (I need to try these two side by side).

Taste: The taste is very similar to the smell. I get all of the same flavor components, though there are a couple of notable differences: the salt and lemon components are both stronger in the taste than the smell; the bread crust was the strongest aroma in the nose, but it's much milder in the taste. Moderate hop bitterness lingers deep into the aftertaste. Nicely put together. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with turbulent carbonation. Very active on the palate. Carbonation aside, this pale ale feels buttery (I found this out toward the end of the session). Anchor's beers are always over-carbonated in my opinion, and they're better off that way. I dig it.

Drinkability: An unremarkable but certainly sessionable pale ale from Anchor. Paired perfectly with Saints @ 49ers on MNF.

Photo of atsprings
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for the extra! 12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a crisp bubbly orange with a nice frothy meringue head. Aroma is crisp citrus hops and sweet biscuity malts. The taste is a very smooth balance of sweet biscuit malts and subdued but present citrus hops. The beer is quite light and smooth with nice carbonation. This is a very good example of what a pale ale should be.

Photo of soupyman10
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixer of these cause Anchor rarely steers me wrong. This is solid pale, a bigger hop presence than I was expecting (could almost count this sucker as an IPA). Color's your standard light copper with nice white lacing. Nose is mild, sweet, citrus fruit hops, with the flavor balancing it out with a nice malt backbone. Overall, a nice, near sessionable brew.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:
Look:Pours nice bright orange with gold highlights and about an inch and a half of nice white head. Nice head retention and decent, downward creeping lace.
Smell: Lot's of citrus, pale malts and a sweet toffee backing.
Taste: Lot's of grapefruit, lemon rind with a bread-like backing.
Mouth: A little thin with loads of carbonation.
Drink: Different from Liberty which was what I was hoping. Anchor still makes some good beer.

Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was a bit let-down by this beer. With Anchor's history as one of the flagships of the hoppy micro revival and their wonderfully wacky Our Special Ale, I thougth this anniversary ale woudl be somethign off the beaten track. My overall perception, however, was that this was a lot like Liberty Ale with a funky, off-putting aspect to the hops. Lots of malt, with a firm, sharp bittering taking hold up front, but then veering off the tracks with a musty, hay note at the finish.

Photo of drtth
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear gold-apricot color with a pillowy 2" thick off-white head that is very persistent and leaves foam clinging to the sides of the glass as it recedes. There are patches and pillars of foam. Eventually there is a fluffy island of foam off to one side of the surface and sipping creates sheets and legs and speckles of foam.

Smell: The aromas are surprisingly complex for a single hop beer. There is some bright lemon zest, some grassy herbal touches and some piney character along with a pale malt backbone that has a nice light biscuity character and supports the rest.

Taste: Pretty much as expected from the nose, the complex blending of flavors contain a nice light biscuit like malt character along with a light touch of honey flavor. The restrained bitterness seems to contain lemon and orange zest, some grassy, almost minty character, and some faint hints of pine, all at the same time.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with lots of prickly carbonation that makes it clean and crisp. The finish is relatively long and begins with some lemon zest that leads into a dry and bitter fade away.

Drinkability: This one gets top marks from me for drinkability. It is refreshing, flavorful and enjoyable. Before doing this review I've had several from the case I bought and enjoyed each of them. In addition my appreciation for the complexity of this beer has deepened with each bottle. With each beer each sip invited the next quite nicely and on nights when I had only one I found myself wanting to have a second. I'll certainly be looking forward to next year's release of this new Anchor seasonal. This is a beer to drink fresh and often.

Photo of Morey
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This rare find (at least as far as Erie is concerned) pours copper orange in color and has a slight haziness to it. Anchor beers always seem to have a great head on them, and Humming is no exception.

Smells like a malt bomb with tons of bready and grain like aromas dominating the nose. Hops are detectable, but just barely.

Fortunately the hops come through more in the taste of this ale. They couple nicely with a slightly aggressive carbonation making for a nice bite up front. The malts are actually in the background at first, but they soon follow suit and pretty much dominate the back end. There is a slight lingering hop-bitterness though.

Medium to light mouthfeel. The carbonation could be toned down a bit in my opinion.

I could easily drink a few of these, but it's probably not the most drinkable pale being that the malts make for a somewhat thick pale ale.

Morey's Bottom Line: A good beer without doubt, but I'd like to see Anchor step up and do a big hoppy beer for all of us hopheads.

Photo of carpezytha
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in pilsner flute.

A: Clear light golden body with dense, voluminous slightly off-white head with good retention and leaves nice braillework on the glass.
S: Nuts, damp wool, pine sap.
T: Nice creamy malt with hop snap. Grapefruit rinds,
M: Maybe a little more structure would be good- everything but the pine tends to fade on the finish.
D: Despite the flaw(s) listed above, this is a good daily drinker.

Photo of JoePat
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a bright golden color with a thick white head that seems to linger forever.

The aroma is mostely of flowery freash/green hops. The closest I can get is a grapefruit/flower hypbrid. It has a slight aroma similar to summit but it is very faint.

The flavor has more of that summit flavor. Slight funyun, grapefruit, and flowery flavor. It has a very clean flavor with the malt perfectly balance and a more than drinkable beer.

The mouthfeel is one of the smoothest I have had. It coats the tongue but seems to roll off it as soon as it arrives.

Great drinkable beer I could easily enjoy several of theses in a single sitting.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a brewery known for often and new releases, it's refreshing to see what the Godfathers of brewing can do with all the new ingredients available at their disposal.

A bright golden-straw beer shows a mild haze, presumably from dry hopping. A creamy, light, but stubborn head forms on the beer and laces very well along the way.

Sharp, grassy, and weedy aromas stand out above the crisp light caramel malt-grain scent. A light spruce or gin-like aroma comes out as the beer warms. Not sure how much of this is estery, but it seems more hop driven than yeast character.

Crisp, cracker-like malts make minimal impact, providing just enough bread crust flavor to support the hops. Very herbal and complex, a lemon, lime, gin, mint, tin-ey, winey flavor comes out of the hops. Finishing with a grassy, weedy bitterness, these Nelson Salvin hops have an unusual flavor and bitterness- much more raw than the more succulent and citrus-focused typical American varieties.

Moderately creamy early on, the well-attenuated character of the beer ushers the mouthfeel into dryness, minty, and evaporative qualities quickly. The hops seem to have a thinning character with it's unusual bitterness and bite to finish out the beer.

The Nelson Salvin hops are known to give a wine-like impression to the beer, but it seems more spruce-gin-grassy than winey to me. But the clean and crisp nature of Anchor's beers are evident, they don't seem to ammount any outstanding qualities.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a billowy beige head and a few slow tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.
S- The aroma of green hops is slightly earthy but soft and turns into a new gym shoe aroma after a bit. As the beer opens up the hops take on a rubbery quality aswell.
T- The green hop bite has a bitter green grapefruit zest flavor that leads to a watery taste. There is a faint pale malt flavor that disappears as the hops grow. The pungent green hops bite lingers after the dry finish.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The hops are pretty abrasive but not in a good way. They are all bitterness with some odd aromas and they don't have anything to support them. And for the record, a "Humming Ale" was a common name for a strong English ale, that made the head hum. This did not do that, nor did it make the tongue hum.

Photo of harlanhu28
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap a few months ago on tap and was impressed then, but sometimes bottles are different.. Poured a clear with egg white head.. The aroma states this is a very hop forward pale ale that might be throwing A few guys off that don't understand what they are trying to accomplish with this beer.. They might say its different!! After the first hit of pine and a floral sledge hammer hit of aroma, it tones down with an absent bitter after taste.. For what they wanted to do I would say they got it done! I love it when brewers give people what they don't expect..

Photo of Mdog
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ours a clean yellow to orange-ish color, with an off white head. In the aroma, a citrus hop and a bit bread like. In the taste, a citrus hop and biscuit like maltiness. A bitter and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hop, to a clean aftertaste. Decent pale, a bit thinner than expected.

Photo of TJBAIHWL
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange with a lingering one-finger off-white head. Lots of effervescence.

S - Slightly citric, very bitter hop smell

T - A touch of bready malt, lots of citrus. Not a ton of hop bitterness, but enough to lend it a pleasant clean finish. About on point for an APA.

M&D - Nice body, good amount of effervescence, highly quaffable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm so happy to see this offering from Anchor, a nice slightly hazed bright golden hue very light in color compared to mst pale ales. Head is luscious nice thick creamy texture forms dimpled chunky shape rising above the rim of the glass. Aroma strong pungent lemon peel hop character going on. A biscuit malt character but mainly the hops shine through with each sniff, very pleasant hoppy nose to it. Wonderfully balanced session ale, this is perfection in a glass one of the best pale ale offerings I've witnessed in quite awhile. New ownership evidently hasn't hurt the Anchor Brewing Co. Bitingly hoppy with citrus rinds grapefruit/lemon some herbal floral tones as well, but more so a nice biscuit pale malt bready character to balance things out. Finish is full of dry bittering hop flavor, but it's nice easy going carbonation makes this one a pleasure for the palate. Picked this one up at D's yesterday after the Big Pour. Drinkability all around is a smash hit this is caseworthy for sure a beer I would like to keep on hand, it's fantastic best new beer from Anchor for as long as I can remember.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Anchor's stuff.. saw this new 6 pack at the store and had to try it. Pours a light golden color, huge fluffy head. Nice fruity hop aroma. Time for taste.... mouthfeel is fantastic. Something about Anchor's beers just taste so refreshing and are so fresh. Medium bodied, nice hop profile to this one but not in the IPA range. Super drinkable... just a great tasting well balanced beer with some good bitterness to it. Definitely recommended.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently since I saw it was new and I'd never had it before. Although it wasn't as hoppy or enjoyable as Anchor's other offerings, this was a good beer that I still managed to get rid of pretty quickly. I don't think that these guys brew anything that's not enjoyable!

Nice pour to this - a light golden hue with a fluffy head and just a bit of lacing. This had the taste of straw with some citrus and earthy hops along for the ride and the aftertaste had a faint reminder of the Anchor Steam. This wasn't a hop bomb and also poured and tasted just a notch thinner than I anticipated. For a later summer beer, this fit the bill well since it was fairly easygoing but had enough flavor as not have a light mouthfeel.

Sure, it's 5.9% ABV but I could have easily downed two or three in a sitting. It didn't pack a punch and although I wish this was a bit heartier, it makes for a slight improvement over the lightness of the Anchor Summer Ale.

Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Shaker glass, of course, it's an APA!
Wonder why the decision to make an APA, not that there is anything wrong with that.
First aroma a clean mild citrus hop aroma. Second go a pale malt aroma. A brief note of armpit (weird, I know) that seems to come and go. Settles to a blend of both.
Slightly cloudy yellow/gold. Nice dense head.
Really citrus hop flavor starts the drink out too. Bitterness that grows in intensity through the finish, but never too much. Almost a creamy malt flavor hovers around the hop flavors/bitterness. Pale malt again, but then something else that doesn't seem like the more common crystal. Boy, there sure is a lot going on here. One of the more complex APA's I've ever had. There is also a tartness and sourness that blends with the bitterness that seems a bit strong.
Kinda' prickly carbonation, but a reasonable heavy feel and adequate smoothness.
The malt character is funny in this one. It's not bad, but not overly pleasing to my taste buds. Credit for the uniqueness, but I'm not inclined to search this one out.

Photo of Bubba83
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip around 45 degrees. This beer looks amazing. A beautiful lightly hued orange, a two finger width off white head with rising bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Excellent retention and good lacing for a pale. The beer looks so enticing I just wanto to jump right into it and swim around.

Smells a lot like Anchor Steam, but with a "juicier" citrus characteristic coming from the hops. It has that distinct Anchor biscuity characteristic to it. Lots of flowery earth, quite herbal, some grain, hay, green apple with hints of spice. Actually smells an awful lot like Deschutes Twilight only it's more complex for better or worse.

Tastes pretty grainy up front, a lot of biscuity stuff going on almost like an ESB. Green apple is ever present and tasty, and blends with a good blend of citrus, but nothing too forward, a well rounded citrus profile if you will. Finishes up dry and with a lingering bitterness.

Feels great to drink, a nice light-medium body with a fairly spritzy nature and a slight oilyness. Anchor always pleases me in this department, also like how dry it finishes.

Drinks pretty well, but I do get a little bit of a raw grainyness at the end that is a little bit too prevalent. Also, there's a tiny bit of heat at the end which I wouldn't have expected. I think it's really palateable though, and I didn't get bored at any point during the session. I hope Anchor continues coming out with new beers here and there.

Photo of womencantsail
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a clear amber color with a finger's worth of soapy white head and tons of tiny carbonation bubbles.

S: The nose is bready and toasty with floral and slightly herbaceous hop aromas. A bit of a citrus note too, mostly oranges. There's also some sort of off aroma at the back end, kind of like moldy bread.

T: The flavor is better than the aroma, thankfully, but still a bit off. Slightly sweet malt and citrus with a decent bitterness. There are floral hops and some grassiness, too.

M: The body is medium with a very lively carbonation that picks the tongue. A lingering bitterness to this beer, too.

D: The nose was just off-putting and the flavor wasn't good enough to really off-set that problem. Too bad, because I usually like Anchor's offerings.

Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.