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Anchor Humming Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Humming AleAnchor Humming Ale

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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 19
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 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.

Brent, Sep 20, 2010
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.

drtth, Sep 19, 2010
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.

Morey, Sep 18, 2010
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.

carpezytha, Sep 18, 2010
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.

JoePat, Sep 18, 2010
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 17, 2010
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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 17, 2010
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..

harlanhu28, Sep 17, 2010
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.

Mdog, Sep 15, 2010
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.

OWSLEY069, Sep 15, 2010
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.

TJBAIHWL, Sep 13, 2010
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 12, 2010
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.

oriolesfan4, Sep 12, 2010
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.

JerzDevl2000, Sep 11, 2010
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.

champ103, Sep 10, 2010
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.

garymuchow, Sep 09, 2010
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.

Bubba83, Sep 08, 2010
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.

womencantsail, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of droomyster
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a frothy white head. Very pleasant aromas of leafy and floral hops. Flavors are remarkably well balanced on the front and midpalates, before leafy hops dominate the finish. Texture is very smooth and creamy, something I did not expect given the aroma profile.

droomyster, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed and deep gold with a dense cap of white foam that had a few larger, soapy bubbles as well. Sticky, streaky lacing, good head retention. Nice aroma. Fruity, a combination of citrus and cantaloupe, light pine and grass, doughy malts. Herbal, minty bitterness with citrus fruitiness and mild malt sweetness. A bit spicy in the finish from the hops, bitterness lingers. Medium bodied with a creamy texture and a bit more carbonation than expected. Slight dryness. Quite refreshing and full of hop flavour. The more of this I drank, the more I liked it. It's a bit different than other pale ales I've been drinking lately and stands out from the pack in terms of its hop character. Recommended.

DrJay, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of ZAP
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very fragrant, pungent piney aroma....bong resin too...the taste is big on the pine/bong resin hops but there is a nice suble sugar cookie like maltiness...combined on paper it may not sound like a good match but on the buds it is fantastic.

This is a pale ale with some character and vibrancy. Not particularly bitter but loaded with hop flavor. I love it.

ZAP, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold to amber colored beer with a good white head.

Smells of cantaloupe and rye grain. There is a little mango smell here but the scent is mostly pine.

Starts out Sweet and bitter with a melon flavor. Woody and sharply bitter. I taste melon in this. That is about it mostly bitter melon in taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK. I really expected more from this beer.

Zorro, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi transparent light gold with a small white head that fades into a gentle cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of melons, citrus, with subtle notes of grass, and tea.
Taste is of aromas with grassy, herbal notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter and balanced.

weeare138, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of dedrinker
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey gold in appearance with a white or near white head. Very attractive in the glass from an advertising viewpoint.

The aromas were all very light and subtle, and changing, but pleasant: fresh baked bread, hop aromas that came forward and retreated - herbal, pine, grapefruit, tropical - I wish they were only more pronounced, though still in line for an APA - I don't like the idea of an over-rated pale ale that is really an IPA - it's like the High school guy sneaking on to the middle school football team.

The flavors were quite the same as the aromas with a hop presence that barely rode above the malt - balancing and a small step beyond. Medium bodied with an off-dry finish of good balance.

I'll bet this is one of those beers that has to be drank really fresh to enjoy the subtle flavors before it just turns into a very nondescript pale ale.

dedrinker, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep gold, or pale orange -- your call. Nice white foamy head, some good sticky lacing -- it stayed long after the pint was drained.

Big pink grapefruit aroma, and some dry grain or straw (I don't know how else to describe it -- it doesn't smell juicy, just kinda dried and drawn). Interesting balance.

Grapefruit hop flavor up front, leading to malt that has very little sweetness to it. Not tart, but dry and coarse, almost husk-like. Bitterness from start to finish. Some woody elements, and maybe some alcohol, but those are in the background. Kinda uneven.

Medium body, with good structure and carbonation. They know how to build beer. A bit astringent in the finish.

This is a beer that isn't sure what it wants to be. Hop forward, weak malt, odd mix of flavors. Not quite refreshing, not a sipper, not a chugger. You like parts, but not the whole. It is almost as if they started out with an IPA in mind, changed directions, then wanted something lighter and cleaner and crisper, oh wait, let's change again. Glad I got a single, because a whole 6 would be tough to get down. Didn't hate it, but was just ok with it.

OtherShoe2, Sep 03, 2010
Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.