Humming Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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Humming AleHumming Ale

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 661 |  Reviews: 332
Reviews by RhodyNative:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a slight chill hazed light to medium golden with a nicely defined one finger clingy white head atop.A decent shot sharp citric hops in the nose with some underlying dryer crisp malt in the background.A tad thin and sharp in the mouth not anything of major concern.Flavors of resin and grapefruit rind mainly stick out,mild biscuit sweetness but mainly a dryer crisp malt base.A solid pale ale,its got good hops and is pretty easy going down,a good football beer here I think.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Humming pours golden-orange with a fluffy, white-as-snow head into a 23 oz. snifter. After the head recedes, a blobby, full covering film remains. I love how the carbonation bubbles sparkle like a champagne and fly up through the body in straight lines. The lacing left on the glass is streaky, clumpy and really attractive.

At first, the smell is of really upfront, skunky hops. As the beer mellows in the glass for a few minutes, the skunkiness combines with a honeydew melon smell that is quite interesting. I do not know that I have smelled a pale ale quite like this before. There are some grassy hop aromas and a slight caramel and biscuit malt smell in the background.

First taste reveals biting citrus hops on the tip of the tongue, followed by a pretty full caramel malt coating on the broad of my tongue. These two flavors mate to produce that honeydew melon taste that I found in the scent. The finish has a fairly bitter grapefruit hop finish that melds with the malts from the middle of the taste nicely. Surprisingly, the skunky hop smells that were so prominent when first I cracked the bottle cap are not really evident in the taste.

The mouthfeel of Humming nudges toward medium-bodied for a pale ale, with a pretty creamy influence from the caramel malts. The finish still has a puckering hop feel that balances the creaminess of the malts. Overall, this is quite a nice MF for the style.

This was a really solid pale ale that would make for a decent six-pack purchase for watching sports and sitting on the couch all day. It did not blow my mind overall, and I can think of several other pales that I would choose over it, but it was tasty and kept my palate interested.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of 8O0B1E5
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has a malty character with light bitterness. A little more diacetyl then I prefer, and the esters could have matured a bit longer.

The head coagulates to the rim of the glass with laces connecting between. It's a clean beer that has a slight sour that coats the mouth, yet is fizzy while drinking.

I shall have another, CHEER'S!!!

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Photo of Beaver13
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is grainy malts and earthy perfumey vegetal hops.

The flavor is a little sweet grainy biscuity malt followed by a decent sized earthy floral bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and is slightly watery.

Overall, I wasn't too keen on this. It has decent bitterness, but I guess I just don't care for the hops used. It is pretty unique though.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Very tasty, very unique beer. The nelson sauvin hops were a good choice, really good that they used it for glittering as well as aroma.

Anchor are truly artisans with this offering, pours hazy golden with a nice foamy head, nice spicy notes, good use of balance in the ingredients. I wish they brewed this year-round.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness indication/info. Pours cloudy/hazed medium amber, off white head, shows decent retentive powers, and leaves a thicker film and minor spots of lace. Fruity and mild hop nose. Respectable little APA, respectable hop presence and balancing hops in place. Pleasant, highly drinkable, nothing amazing but certainty worth a try.

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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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -53%

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.

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Photo of Milkysunshine
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of fionn13
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a standard pint glass. dating code 0gk translates to 2010 august 11.

pours out a very slightly cloudy golden color, with hues of orange in the light. big 3 fingers of frothy, rocky white head. great retention with lots of thick sticky lace. looks like an ideal pale ale.

lots of big citrus hops in the aroma. lemony citrus, dank resinous unboiled pellet hops, and tropical fruits. hardly any malt detectable in the aroma.

wow, very hoppy, drinks more like an ipa. lots of dank resins and lots of bitterness. not a whole lot of malt detectable besides a mild residual pale sweetness. lots of lemony citrus hops followed by pellet hops and tropical fruits. very nice hop profile but because it feels more like an ipa and there is a lack of malt which i feel a pale ale should atleast have a little, im giving a 4 rather than a 4.5 on taste.

medium bodied, carbonation feels spot on. hops are felt on the palate lingering after each sip.

very nice drinkability, a great session pale ale for hop heads. each sip leaves you wanting more. ill be sure to revisit this.

this is a very nice addition to the anchor line of beers. i felt that they always lacked a good hoppy beer for awhile and theyve finally answered that call.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge six finger creamy white head with good retention. Leave s a lot of sticky creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Very bright and crisp aroma of citrus. Citrus hops with big hints of oranges, pineapple, lemon zest, mango, and apricot. Wheat grains and pale malts with good hints of bready biscuit, crackers, and hay. Also some nice herbal smelling earthy hops as well as a little bit of pine needles. Citrus esters stand out the most. A really nice and refreshing aroma.

Taste: As bright and citrusy as the smell gives off. Juicy and bitter citrus hops up front with big notes of oranges, pineapple, mango, peach, lemons, and apricot. A nice herbal, earthy flavor from the Nelson Sauvin hops. Slight hint of pine. Solid presence of wheat grains and pale malts in the mix with notes of biscuit, cracker, hay, and a light hint of honey. Nicely ripe, juicy, and bitter upfront with a solid sweet malt balance. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, creamy, and very smooth.

Overall: A very solid Pale Ale here. Really good citrus taste with a nice balance of pale malts.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. Picked this up from my nearest beer specialist after noticing it on the shelf and thinking it was a temporary arrival for christmas. I rather like anchor's stubby bottles.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A slightly hazy golden-amber colour with nice carbonation. Huge head from a rather fast pour; off-white and creamy with good retention. A lovely hoppy aroma, lots of pine and citrus notes and a malty sweetness underneath. Smells tasty.

A distinctive flavour of hops with notes of pine and some bitterness. This is balanced by slighty sweet, grainy crystal malt - although I expected the malt to be more robust. Mouthfeel is smooth and leaves a dry sensation; less body than I anticipated from the aroma. Some bitterness to the aftertaste.

A good beer overall, could definitely have a few of these (but won't due to cost). The hop flavours are great, reminds me of the smell of pine trees from mediterranean holidays...

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Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear straw colored with a bright white firm head that lingers long. Fine streams of bubbles rise up quickly. Grassy and floral aroma, some hints of lemon.

Flavors of honey malt, citrusy hops, orange rind, grassy and lemony notes, a firm bitterness greets the biscuity maltiness. Very flavorful hops.

Rich and full mouthfeel, but finishes very crisp. Good beer.

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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 35ยบ F, then I would've have loved it, but as it warmed it became distractingly unpalatable.

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Photo of wo87810
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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