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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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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 Gmann
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.77/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.61/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of MNJR
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another excellent offering from Anchor. They know how to do it right, and this proves it once again. This honey-colored brew pours with a fantastic head of thick foam, about a third of which sticks around for the entire glass. But, I drank this pretty quickly, because 1.) I was thirsty and 2.) It was damn good. The mouthfeel is truly superb, and the flavor is perfect for a medium bodied extra premium priced ale. Standouts in the flavor are fresh bread, slight lemon citrus, rich malt, and truly sublime hops. You just can't pin down the flavor easily with this beer. It's complicated because the flavors seem to meld together differently with repeated sips. Sometimes I get the rich malt, and other times I feel the hops kicking in. It's a near perfect balancing act. I paid $12 for the six pack, and in Chicago of course we pay more than most places with savage taxes on top of that. So, a beer has be truly worthy to justify me spending that kind of cash. I will buy this again for certain.

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

12oz bottled July 21, 2010. Quite fresh. Label indicates 5.9% ABV.

Pours very lightly hazy golden amber with a large very very foamy and fluffy white head that slowly recedes leaving nice rings of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, grass, some weed, spicy, bread, yeast, some pilsner quality going on with the malt. Good strength.

Flavor is juicy citrus hops, spicy, some pine and grass, light sweet malt, nice bitterness on the finish for the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, incredibly easy drinking, clean and refreshing.

Wow, quite a surprise, very nice APA, perhaps even better than their excellent Liberty Ale but I'd have to do a side-by-side to say for sure. Regardless, this stands on its own as a perfect summer thirst-quencher.

Very juicy, great bitterness, perfect "weight", invites sip after sip. Nice one, Anchor!

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.

Photo of mwagner1018
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of drummstikk
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

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.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of radshoesbro
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of mjl21
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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%.

Photo of popery
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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