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Anchor Humming Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Humming AleAnchor Humming Ale

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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 20
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 Buebie
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack for $8.99. Poured from the bottle into a pub glass. A hard pour that did not allow me to pour all of the bottle because of the large almost 3'' white head took all the room!
It is a gorgeous head though with phenomenal staying power. Several minutes have passed and the head has fallen and left a generous sea foam topping, as well as very thick sea foam quality lace.
Color is golden with hints at red and a bit of haze.

Aroma is also very good. A hop presence that comes in two parts. First a bit specie with an earthy side. Also some good citrussy notes of peel and fruit juice. Sweet malty bits too. Its not a pungent overflowing blow your mind out aroma, but good and definatly easy to pick up on.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a foaming in your mouth feeling.

Starting out with an earthy spice and hempy leafy hops. Some malty sweetness mixing with burnt caramel and a little grain taste. mild buttery flavors, but plenty of earthy kick and a touch of pine. This beer produces great hop flavor and a nice comb of hops as well. I picked up just a little aspirin, but not much at all. Usually that flavor overwhelms my taste buds, and I just dont care for it. This however, is much different and quite tolerable.

This beer is a great summer release for the remainder of the hot months. Enjoyable, a bit different and lower abv make it all the more drinkable.

Buebie, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of mwagner1018
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a std pint glass, Light golden, slight copper tone, with a green hue...giant frothy 2 1/2- 3 fingers of head on pour, settles to be a creamy full finger pillow on top of beer throughout. Tons of bold lacing down the glass. Loads of carbonation rising up.

S- Sweet malt, nice bitter grapefruit, light lemon and floral freshness, slight oak and honey on the back.

T- Great bitter crispness up front, balanced nicely with a clean malt sweetness, finishes with a sharp grapefruit, citrus bitterness that lingers in the back of the palate, and a nice tingle in the jowels. Not an amazing amount of depth, pretty straight forward with its great bitterness, which I like, and fits nicely into the style.

M- Fresh, nice balanced carbonation that delivers flavors nicely, smooth and creamy. Medium body, has some girth to it, with enough alcohol warmth to pack a punch.

D- Nicely drinkable beer, good bitterness, well presented. I like this beer, falls somewhere in between their Summer Ale and Liberty for me. I like the story on the label, and enjoy that they introduced a nice beer for their anniversary. I still haven't been disappointed by anything from Anchor.

mwagner1018, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of bsp77
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Light golden blonde with a very slight haze. Very foamy head and nice lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and spicy floral hops. Very fresh smelling combo of American and English hops.

Taste: Strong grapefruit, citrus and spicy notes. Malts are light and minimal, ending quite bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body that is crisp and creamy, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Crisp, refreshing and very fresh ale that is light but hoppy. Different take on an APA and quite delicious.

bsp77, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden slight amber color with minimal haze small fresh white ring and clinging lacing on side of glass..smell is malts and floral hops some bread...taste is a nice balance of malts first then some crisp floral hops that linger in the mouth with just the right amout of bitterness that is offset with creamy smooth malts..mouth feel is medium with lingering hop and malt flavors..its a crisp solid PA..i enjoyed it and recommend it

gatornation, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of PBoegel
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

received a six pack from my brother who works at an Anchor distributor in New Jersey. Apparently this hits the market officially in two weeks. Very nice to see a new beer from Anchor.

A nice sharp floral spicy hop character in aroma and flavor, plays more toward hop notes than a malt balance, dry and refreshing while extremely drinkable.

PBoegel, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Anchor pint glass at ChurchKey.

They tell me this is the first time this brew has made it out to this particular coast. Right on. It pours a clear pale golden straw with somewhere around a finger o' white foam. The smell is faint, though some hoppy florals, wheat, puffed rice, and the slightest possible bit o' funkiness (not bretty funk...more like old gym suit funk). Hmm...not all that excited anymore, but I am still a bit intrigued. The taste is not as faint as the nose, but there really ain't that much to it: some light bitterness, flowers, and a very light caress of citrus zest. Apparently they were out to make the palest pale ale ever... The body is light, with active carbonation and a rather crisp finish. If it's true that this is the first east coast appearance of the Humming Ale, I don't anticipate it staying around all that long. Just not all that much happening here at all.

TMoney2591, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

4 oz tap pour into a mini pilsner glass at the Anchor Brewery in San Francisco, CA after the tour.

A - Humming Ale is a clear golden yellow with a foamy white head. As it went down slowly it left great lace all over the small glass.

S - The aroma smells of light pale malts and slight floral hops with an overall clean smooth nose.

T - Smooth pale malts start this beer off and are backed by light floral hops that taste crisp with a dry, floral finish.

M - This refreshing, light-bodied beer is crisp and dry on the finish.

D - Humming Ale is very refreshing and light with a nice smooth flavor and completely perfect drinkability.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Garland Flying Saucer location.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is bready malt with some citrus hop notes. The flavor is orange and grapefruit with a strong bready malt backbone. Medium bitterness. Light to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A decent American Pale Ale but nothing special.

Mora2000, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey look, a new beer from Anchor. Nothing too special but I wanted to try it out of curiousity. Served on tap at a local beer bar. I got 6 ounces in a snifter glass.

Beer is CLEAR and amber. Its super clear. Looks nice. Thing broken head on top of the beer, lacing and carbonation both are practically non-existent.

Aroma is mildly malty with a decent earthy hop aroma after.

Lots of carbonation on the palate but its good. Fills the light bodiness of this beer out. Finishes cleanly, minimal bitterness and sweetness. Its like the volume was turned down on this beer. It was OK.

drabmuh, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in San Francisco. Poured into a small 6 ounce fluted glass. A bit sweeter and a bit less hoppy than Liberty ale. I'm told at the brewery that this one is going to be Anchor's fall seasonal, that most likely explains the extra sweetness. Pretty nice offering.

KickbacksSteve, May 18, 2010
Photo of drummstikk
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Anchor's Humming Ale looks like a nice thick wheat beer, turbid and dense blond in appearance. The first sniff reveals a rich and fresh bouquet of American citrusy hops. Style defiance continues with the first sip, revealing a medium body with the fruity esters of a wheat beer and the potent bitterness of an American IPA. After a few rapid sips in succession, when the bitterness has dulled a bit, the citrus from the American hops blends nicely with the wheat character and finds support in the medium malt and wheat body. Most sips, unfortunately, are an assault of resiny bitterness without sufficient malt balance. Will certainly appeal to the Elder-lovers, and to anyone who appreciates innovation, but I found the bitterness to be cloying and unbalanced.

drummstikk, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at 1702, Tucson February 2010
This beer arrives from the tap with a lightly hazed, gold-copper hue. It is topped by a frothy, one-finger thick, off-white colored head that is half way decent coming from a draft beer and it even leaves some layered lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. The aroma is grassy with herbal hop notes and has an under-current of fruitiness to it (Meyer lemon, a slight melon note and a grassy, tart, grape like note).

The beer feels quite fizzy as it first hits my mouth, almost too much so, it is still quite quaffable though as there is just enough body to carry the aggressive hop character. The hops taste grassy, quite herbal, green and even have a touch of astringency to them in the finish. There is also quite a bit of bitterness her. The fruit hop character plays only a secondary role here with a lightly tart, melon like note, some grassy lime flavors and a tropical fruit like grape note being softly noticeable. There is just enough malt to note get in the way of the dominating hop character; a touch of firm, definitely cracker-like malt in the finish and just enough of a pale malt sweetness up front to not allow this beer to be overly dry; though, for a beer, this is definitely on the dry side.

This is a serviceable Pale Ale that is aggressively hopped. The Nelson Sauvin character seems wasted though; where is the expressive, interesting fruit character? I wonder if freshness is an issue here. This is still tasty, it is just not quite what I had hoped it would be.

Gueuzedude, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth malty, honey sweet and fruity soft. Smells good.

Pours hazy blond mild head. Looks pretty good.

Moderate bitterness. Mild honey sweet wth good bit of floral bouquet - very fragrant. Lots of fruit especially musky melon. Slight sickly sweetness. Moderate carbonation. Mild maltiness overall. Finishes slightly bitter and dry.

Pretty good. Always fun to try something new from a great brewery.

MrHungryMonkey, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was very lucky to have this delicious, and apparently obscure, Anchor Brew on-tap. Thanks to the extremely awesome Dunedin Brewery for that! (And the XX Bitter, Beast/Mephistopheles, Immort '04, BrewDog Isle of Arran, etc.)

A – Lighter golden hue, perhaps slightly hazy, with a relatively small head and decent lace.

S – Very mellow citric hop, dank and herbal, and a light biscuity malt are the mainstay of the aroma.

T – Way resiny, dank, herbal flavor with a bready backbone, as opposed to a caramel-y base. Like a hop sandwich on sourdough. I really enjoyed this beer; it is not obnoxiously hoppy, rather it is sublimely understated.

M – Very refreshing, with a nice carbonation very similar to their Steam beer.

D – Drink it if you can find it.

ktrillionaire, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nelson Sauvin hopped, enjoyed on tap at Papago bar. A nice hoppiness, a medium mouthfeel. Yellow colour with good lacing.Citrus, earthy,some pine, spice, not a beginner's bitter. Drinkable, quenching, and would be good with dinner.A nice one from Anchor.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of 4000qtrap
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Intense and pleasant breadiness with a hint of sourdough, some citrus notes with a tinge of orange.

Taste: Sharply tart and harshly bitter upfront. Malts are toasty, bisquity and bready but none really balance out the harsh bitterness leaving an overall decidedly overall bitter profile. The high carbonation probably doesn't help. Finish is slightly grassy and slightly bitter and dry.

Notes: This beer was a bit of a disappointment unfortunately.

4000qtrap, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of radshoesbro
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Main Tap Tavern.

Pours a somewhat cloudy golden with some head, good retention, and massive lace.

Smells of light hops with a bit of grapefruit. Not overly strong and doesn't really hit you in the face. Somewhat plain, but not in a bad way.

Tastes of bitter hops with a solid malt presence. Yeast is very prevalent, but not overwhelming. A well rounded brew.

This is a nice brew and yet again, Anchor doesn't let me down! They are consistently one of the better American breweries.

radshoesbro, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of mjl21
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Taps. Poured into a pint glass. Listed as being 6.8%.

A-Pours a clear golden orange with a frothy one and a half finger off white head. The head has some nice staying power and leaves great lacing.

S-I get some grapefruit, yeast, and pale malt. There is also an aroma that reminds me of citronella.

T-It starts with some light fruit notes, particularly grapefruit and banana. There is a little bit of yeast and crisp malt that reminds me of a pils. It has a nice level of bitterness that sticks around.

M-Medium bodied and smoothly carbonated.

D-I enjoyed the bitterness and found it to be an easy drinking beer.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. Though it doesn't come close to Alpine's Nelson in terms of using the hop varietal, it is still hoppy and light. It doesn't taste like it is 6.8%.

mjl21, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of popery
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tap at City Beer Store. OK beer with a healthy dose of bitter, interesting hops. Humming Ale pours golden and very cloudy with a big, fluffy white head. The aroma is a floral/piney/herbal hops. The hops don't translate terribly well to the flavor, though. It's bitter and chalky, and the delicate hop flavors are largely lost. I have little experience with Nelson Sauvin, but Mikkeller did a much nicer job with it in their Single Hop line. Feel is too thin and a tad grainy. Still, Humming Ale isn't terrible, just disappointing, particularly so as a rare special edition beer from Anchor.

popery, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of bcm119
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Toronado. Golden in color with a chunky white head that leaves a good lace down the glass.

Grainy in the nose, with green, bitter leafy hops.

Pale malt is grainy and lean, with plenty of bitter, grassy hops. Like most anchor beers, this has a brassy, minerally overtone. Malt body is lean and tight. Hops are clean, bitter and more green than fruity. Could be some EKG hops. Fresh, bright, well integrated flavors.

A clean, tight pub beer, very much an Anchor beer with a lot of Liberty Ale qualities; good for several pints without a lot of fuss.

bcm119, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monks Kettle in SF.

Pours a brilliant clear golden color with a large billowing white head that lasts and leaves thick lacing on the glass. Looks amazing.

Aroma is pale malt, grain, and grassy, herbal, and floral hops. Smells fresh and crisp.

Flavor is similar, pale malt and grain along with an almost pilsner-like hop quality - fresh and grassy, leafy, and floral.

Palate is medium-light and crisp with a dry finish. I might believe this was a pilsner if you told me it was.

Drinkability is high. Overall this is pretty good. For a pilsner, this would be excellent, but for a pale ale, it doesn't quite stand up to the likes of something like FFF Alpha King, but it's still pretty solid.

nickd717, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Offa
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a new beer from Anchor, recently available on tap at Toad in the Hole, Santa Rosa and a few other places.

Dark golden, it has a medium, creamy, off-white head that shrinks slowly to a foamy ring and leaves some nice rings of lace.

Aroma is leafy (a bitter, herbaceous green leafiness rather than the more earthy, dry-leaf/tea-like leafiness common in English ales, etc.), a little flowery, with light grapefruit, resin, raisiny caramel, and a faint hint of light fruity grain.

Taste is light but balanced with fairly assertive, yet restrained hop presence. It is spicey-leafy resiny hop with a hint of grapefruit, hint of mineral and a slightly raisiny grainy maltiness, faintly bready & fruity. It has a hint of alcoholic presence. It is clean, smooth, with an aftertaste of lingering spicey bitterness with grain and hint of caramelly sweetness. It's good but not outstanding, a slightly different take on the usual West Coast APA, with a firm character and generally well balanced but a tad too much on the bitter side for high drinkability.

Offa, Nov 04, 2009
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Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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