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Anchor Humming Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Humming AleAnchor Humming Ale

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649 Ratings
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Ratings: 649
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 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
Photo of EkimGram
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden amber colour, fairly thick head with visible carbonation. Hazy.

S: Not picking up too much. Glimpses of some hops and citrus.

T: Bitter, somewhat hoppy. Not too much flavour overall. This actually tasted better from the bottle than when I poured it into a pint.

M: Significant amount of carbonation. Finishes dry.

D: A disappointment considering what Anchor has brewed before this. I might try it again at a later date but I don't see myself drinking any more soon.

EkimGram, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a golden amber/straw with two fingers of stil white head.

Smell -- Lemon twist, honeyed biscuits, earthy pine tar bitterness.

Taste -- Bright lemon tartness, fresh pine, earthy vegetation, yellow cake, biscuit flour, and honey.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with ample prickly carbonation. Not entirely typical for the style, but it works well with the flavor profile.

Drinkability -- I was suggested this multiple times before biting, but I'm glad I finally did. Deep musky hop bitterness but still quite bright with a touch of honey malt sweetness to round out the flavors and hold of hop fatigue. Top notch.

yeahnatenelson, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed golden yellow body. Thick froth with some substance and retention. Aroma is really bright and fragrant. Lemon, mint, pepper, pine and cakey dough. Really nice. Nicely balanced flavor. Not quite as bright as the nose leads on to be, but it is nonetheless high quality. Anchor Steam like malt base with a honeyed caramel presence. Hops mingle throughout nicely, with lemon, orange rind, mint leaves and resin standing out. Very drinkable, refreshing and flavorful.

Bighuge, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy light copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a slightly earthy pale malt and spicy hop.

The taste was surprisingly complex and spicy with a healthy hop presence.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a nicely sessionable pale ale.

plaid75, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Read about this in the Spring and couldn't try it, and now they bottle it. HUZZAH! In any event....Pours a golden yellow with lots of spritzy carbonation. Full, creamy haed settles down to a finger and a half and leaves nice lacing. Scent is very different. Trying to place some of these characteristics. Almost a b.o. type smell. Kind of gross. Other than that I get some lemon and some hops. Maybe even some wheat in there?? Flavor is a lot like the smell. It's got a weird b.o. thing going on. That's too bad, cause the rest of the profile is excellent. Very malty, and finishes with that stylistic Anchor hops bitterness. Not a great beer, but very unique. And, because it's Anchor, it's priced right.

SolomonGrundy, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Golden straw, lively carbonation, slight white head.

S - Personally, I'm not picking up on a whole lot... some malt character, some indiscernable hops (I know it's Nelson, but...)

T - Solid enough - again , getting some malt character and some hop. I almost hesitate to say this, but the hop is somewhat pronounced, but I couldn't pick out varietal if I didn't know it.

M - Lively, but not fizzy.

D - A good beer, if not that interesting. I suppose I'll give it another shot sometime soon.

GrizzlyBrew, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of tapman
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Between 10 and 15 Lovibond, I guess, this one is about right for a pale and pours a gigantic Belgian-like head that provides sticky super lacing. Looks cool, but is that letting out too much protein and make the taste suffer? Perplexing.

Beefy aroma, maybe some Mt. Hood or other pretty high alpha hop in thrown in the middle of the boil? Anyways, grassy and nitrogenous with a good dose of mineral as well. Low malt aroma. Designed for hops.

Very subdued; Drinks like a vienna lager. Honestly, that would be my guess, with some imported European soft water helping the noble hops stand out and soften. Well, the hops kick in after the initial sip giving this one that west-coast bite. A vienna-style ipa? Actually kinda reminds me of the Lagunitas IPA with less bright grass.

Thin and dry. Once again weird for a style that is usually full and sweet.

A little sweet, I guess, with a good late-hop addition balance with some dry hop overtones. I want this one at the pubs. This one should have a boxing match against the Lagunitas IPA. I think it would loose, but it would be a good fight. Better than Liberty Ale if you ask me.

tapman, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Soonami
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Anchor Humming Ale is a sparkling pale ale that is very tasty (while cold). The beer is a very pretty beer, a pale amber with a white head that maintains a centimeter of foam all the way down to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is nice, grapefruit and doughy malt, but as it warms up, the smell of onions like body odor becomes more and more apparent. Similarly, the taste which was slightly sweet with citrus and herbal bitterness becomes more odorous as it warms and by the time it reached about 50F I had to pour it out. It started smelling like an American Apparel store with broken air conditioning. If this beer stayed the way it was went it was 35º F, then I would've have loved it, but as it warmed it became distractingly unpalatable.

Soonami, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of montecristo2
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Thick, two fingered head. Pillowed foam, nice carbonation.

Golden color-similar to a light wheat beer color, but clear.

Smells great- lots of grapefruit/citrus aromas.

Taste- hoppy, citrusy(grapefruit), the typical Anchor Steam hop kick with some sweet malts dancing in the background.

Refreshing, drinkable. I love all of Anchor Steam's beers-this is not their best, but definitely worthy to add to your fridge/cellar/stomach!

Cheers!

montecristo2, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber with a large off-white head that reduced into a thick foamy layer that lasted the whole beer through and left thick streaks of rocky lace.
S: Smells of fruit and citrus hops with sweet notes of papaya, mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. There are some doughy notes as well, but overall the nose is very sweet and hoppy.
T: More malt comes through than the nose, but the fruity hops are right there. Hops have a cantaloupe sweetness to them in addition an earthy herbal quality. Aftertaste is full of toasted grains and a light comfortable bitterness that lingers on your palate for a while.
M: Medium body with a light, slick mouthfeel. Finish is "wet" and quenching.
D: Yet another delicious, well-crafted offering from Anchor. Not as good as Liberty in my opinion, but perhaps more bitter. Very wonderful and easy to drink none the less.

scottfrie, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.

As the namesake would suggest, this beer is literally 'humming' with carbonation. Torrents of bubbles rise up through the clear brassy liquid to fuel a towering, fluffy mass of meringue foam. A beauty of a pale ale. Unique aroma, with a distinctly green floralness to the hops that's backed by traces of pine and sawdust. Tropical fruits (papaya, coconut, pineapple) and toffee-caramel malts in the distance round out the profile.

Let's see how she tastes... Yum, a crisp, floral bitterness hits the tongue quick and rides into the finish with a hint of earthy pine. Malts are a little thin, but still juicy and refreshing with some bubblegum sweetness and light caramel-like notes. Mouthfeel is superb--perfect consistency and thickness with a peppery carbonation level that keeps the palate entertained. All in all, a great summer beer release from Anchor. Glad I got a six-pack of this stuff; the rest is gonna go fast!

wagenvolks, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up today at Travis AFB.

Appearance- golden color, nice foamy head

Smell- malt, breadiness

Taste- bready malt, slight bit of piney hops(barely noticeable to me)

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was pretty good. I liked it. I would like to find it again.

jeffjeff1, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of domtronzero
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden copper color with a large, long-lasting, fizzy white head that leaves a slight amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Lively carbonation evident - lots of little bubbles constantly rising to the surface.

S - Moderate malty sweetness and a little bit of breadiness. Nice citrusy, slightly piney hop aroma, with a very light grassy note.

F/M - Grainy malts up front, pretty much a big turn-off. The grainy/husky flavor competes with the delicate malt sweetness. A little bit of toffee and toasted bread comes through. Piney hop flavors and a firm bitterness help the beer finish easily. Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight astringency in the finish.

D - Ok, but a little harsh. It is slightly refreshing in the heat of the day today, but this is just a little too grainy and astringent. Overall it is a good beer, but definitely not the kind of beer I would buy a sixer of. Thank god for singles, huh?

domtronzero, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice summer beer, a nice new offering from Anchor. Light, crisp, slightly grainy and nice earthy and herbal hops. Pours golden with a fine white head that fades to a thin cap. Nice balance in the aroma between cookie like malt and earthy hops. There is a almost a bubblegum aroma in the finish. The taste is also balanced. The overall impression is of leanness, but there are some slightly sweet, almost cocoa notes along with the dry, herbal hop profile. A little grainy on the finish. In the mouth its light, crisp, slightly bitter, and a little on the thin side- which is actually good considering the slight residual graininess. I enjoyed this.

Georgiabeer, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Light amber with an inch and a half of frothy white head. Leaves moderate lacing on my Duvel tulip.

S-Interesting. Fruity, bright aromas parallel to pale malt and bready grains.

T-Sweet and grainy up front, yielding to astringent hops. There is a residual effect as I drink this. The hop profile is chalky and distracting. If it were a little less prominent, this would be working for me.

M-Light to medium bodied, with medium carbonation.

D-It's okay. The first sip was the best. I am curious to try it on draught, I think it might work better.

DaveHS, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of berkey
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. 08/15/10.

A clean amber body is crowned by a massive fluffy bright white head that leaves some great lacing as it goes.

Malt profile is very subtle but includes some caramel and toast. Hop aroma is clearly defined but there's not any strong bitterness. Floral and grassy.

Light hop bitterness manages to cut through on the palate mostly in thanks to the fact the malt profile is so clean it's barely detectable until it warms a little. Once the beer opens up some light honey and more caramel start to peek through. Lingering dry bitter hop finish on the aftertaste.

Well carbonated like everything Anchor produces. Very easy drinking but doesn't seem to keep my interest like it should. Maybe my expectations were a little high because of the near perfection that is Liberty Ale but even though this is enjoyable I feel just a little let down. That said, this beer is working nicely on a warm Sunday afternoon and begs to be treated like a session beer. I wouldn't mind if this replaced Anchor Summer as a seasonal but I can't see this replacing Liberty as my Pale Ale of choice.

berkey, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a fantastic fluffy/rocky white head that slowly disipates into a sparse yet rocky/clingy cap. The aroma is of light cereal grains and a lemony twang, some tea like characteristics. The taste is of cereal grains, lemon and other fruitiness, and a tea like grassy bitterness. Almost more of a ESB than a APA, though there is a stronger grassy bitter hop bite towards the back end. Quite light and fairly clean for an APA. Light to moderate feel with soft carbonation. Finishes a bit dry and astringent. A solid, refreshing beer but nothing fantastic. Seems to be a very light APA with grassy bitterness.

Gmann, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.8/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, bottled July 13th,

A: Pours gold/a light amber with a firm two finger head, lots of lace.

S: Massive citrus/orange, very pleasing hoppy nose.

T: Definitely more in the citrus realm compared to the more piney Liberty Ale. They are both fantastic at what they do. Tangerine is huge here, sweet marmalade, fantastic hop character and flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, resiny and sticky with hop flavour which I love.

D: This is great American beer, full-flavoured, delicious. You've got love Anchor, they come out with a new pale ale and kicks the pants off 99% of the pale ales out there. Absolute must try, only FFF Alpha King is still in the ring. In the middle of the beer, I just said,"Wow, this is fuckin' good," that says it all. Better than Liberty if you can believe it. It's surpassed fresh Liberty and Anchor OSA 2005 as the best Anchor beer ever for me.

Halcyondays, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of WOTO97
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

WOTO97, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a yellow-orange body of good clarity and capped with sudsy, frothy, white head.

Smell: Humming presents a hoppy melange with notable notes smelling of dried lemon peel, herbs, white grapes, and a lone chunk of cantaloupe, all backed by a rather modest underpinning of mild maltiness.

Taste: A light, lightly sweet taste of biscuit-hinting pale malts. Slightly grainy. A moderate bitterness slides in with flavors of lemon and bitter orange and dried field grasses, with an additional fruitiness and kiss of resins. Finishes dry and bitter with a developing citric tone lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: With only a thin base of maltiness to launch itself off of, I was really expecting a more charming, effusive Nelson Sauvin character. This, well, it's okay, with a West Coast flair, but not as satisfying as hoped for.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 10, 2010
Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 649 ratings.