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Anchor Humming Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 21
Gots: 26 | 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

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Beer added by: Offa on 11-04-2009

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Ratings: 653 | Reviews: 328
Photo of Bubba83
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
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
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of ZAP
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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.

Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of EkimGram
2.56/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.59/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.72/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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.

Photo of tapman
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Soonami
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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!


Photo of scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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!

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.

Photo of domtronzero
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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?

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.

Photo of DaveHS
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of berkey
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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