Anchor Humming Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Humming AleAnchor Humming Ale

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 330 | Ratings: 661
Photo of motorhed
2.1/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on-tap at a bar in a traditional pint glass.

A - Medium cloudiness, fairly orange/amber in color, with about a 1/2 inch of light tan head. No lacing.

S - I'm picking up a very strange combination of things here including banana, a strong herbal scents, and honey. Not at all what i was expecting for an APA. Passed it around and several people made comment "that smells awful".

T - I was conflicted about this beer. I didn't think it smelled particularly good but the taste kept me, at a minimum, interested. It had a lot going on and thought the herbal/mint/grassy notes were overpowering the sweetness. Don't really taste any hop/bitterness in the beer. It finished on the dry side.

M - Medium carb, dry finish

O - Overall, i commend Anchor for going out on a limb and trying something different. It certainly is an interesting beer and will catch you off guard if you're looking for a standard APA. I would go as far as saying that i would never buy it again but i would say that this beer is not for the faint of heart. It's definitely not a beer i would offer to others if i was hosting a gathering. That said, if you're looking for something outside the norm, give it a try.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%
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 HBomb81
2.29/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was excited to find this offering in our area. I ordered it immediately. The experience went downhill from there. The packaging is classic. The pour fairly impressive as an amber gold. The smell was a bit sour....and the taste failed to deliver the solid full flavor I had hoped for. Instead, Humming was thin, a bit off/sour with a very unimpressive finish.

One and done.


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Photo of AdamBear
2.54/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-slightly cloudy light amber with a thin cream colored head

S-a weird hint of mint and honey. syrupy. strong scent. not great. smells off for an APA.

T-comes in with a malty and slightly bitter taste of syrupy lemon. its a weird and not necessarily good taste. the after-taste is lemony and grainy. weird taste for an APA.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this isn't my style of APA. it just tastes off. i'm not getting any sort of hops and the slight bitterness just doesn't seem right. its not something i'll be having again, though i am curious to what it would taste like fresh from the tap.

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Photo of schavuytje
2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

blurred light golden body with a compact foam in the nose strong citrus and a faint tone of white grape and crispy malt in the mouth a soft blend of raisin and grapefruit and weaker sweet biscuit and crunchy cereal, a wonderful apa

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Photo of EkimGram
2.56/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
2.61/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

"181 A2 0031" printed on the bottom of the bottle. Purchased at Mariano's, which has only been open a few months... hard to believe the Julian code would be from early 2010 or 2011 even.

Pours a cloudy hazed copper orange, plenty of fluffy foam and a halo of lacing all around. Ever present head retention earns it an 4.5 in the looks department.

Banana yeast esters and sweet grainy aroma, something vaguely confectionary like custard.

Smooth at first, but then a highly astringent feel quickly takes over, with lingering flavors of cardboard and herbal bitterness. Slightly buttery, yuck... something went wrong here, not planning to finish this. Glad I only bought a single bottle.

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Photo of Overlord
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold. Big white head.

Smells like grainy malt with a hint of bitter grass.

Taste is overwhelmingly grain alcohol (WTF? It's only 5.9%???) with a bit of pine, a splash of random vegetable bitterness, and a weird metallic aftertaste.

Pretty sub-par effort. Whatever hop profile they went with should be retired. Weird grass/pine metal/earth/grain alcohol flavoring not the best.

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Photo of ejl4
2.72/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was excited to try this beer after reading the bold hoppy ale description.

A) poured a nice clear gold color with a dense white head on top.

S) The smell of this beer was hoppy, but not like any hop I've smelled before. The hop character seemed off or overshadowed by some sort of a yeasty/cleaning agent smell. Not the clear hop aroma backed by malt I was expecting.

T) The same strange cleaning product aroma carried into the taste with a very drying bitterness. Malt character seems to be great with not any noticeable sweetness.

M) Nice carbonation, not too heavy not too light.

O) Hoping I didn't just get a bad batch or something but this isn't really up to par with what I expected. Interested to look into what hops were used.

Not a bad beer, but not to my liking for a hoppy ale.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.72/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a very clear and clean yellow-gold color, very much Pilsenerish, with over 1/2 inch of white head that had lightly moderate retention and good lacing.

The mildly grainy aroma was very sweet and had just some gentle hops around the edges. The taste was also sweet, in fact it was an odd, funky sweetness. There was just a bit of floral and pine hops floating around too, but the weird sweetness dominated.

The body would have been OK, except that the beer was very sticky all across the tongue. The beer really stuck to the back of the tongue on the finish. Drinkability suffered from the gooey aspects. Overall, a below average brew. I actually liked this beer much less than the numerical score indicates. You can feel safe in skipping over this one.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.82/5  rDev -25%
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.

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Photo of stride28
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Consumed this beer out of the bottle, which was a bit shorter and wider than usual. The bottle design meshed well with the company's anchor logo and font choices, creating a rugged yet refined feel reminiscent of seafaring and sailing. Unfortunately, the beer's great visual aesthetics did not line up with its taste and olfactory experience. The beer had a strong 'boozy' aroma. Taste-wise, the Humming Ale was hoppy, with distinctive earthy tones that were fine, but I was let down by the bitter and tart middle. The taste concluded with a convincing bitterness that carried along the alcohol that was suggested by the beer's aroma. However, the summary on the bottle mentions a "bold, hoppy ale" (agreed), that celebrates the brewery's "first brew". Perhaps the surprising bitterness and unrefined aroma is meant to evoke memories of a fledgling, optimistic, brewery that would later find its signature taste.

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Photo of Mdog
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Orange-gold, good head.

Smell: Herbal, pine, a little citrus.

Taste: Very odd and hard to describe. I would guess it is like lemon rind but without a lot of bitterness, vague vegetable/herbal bitterness.

Drinkability: Drinkable but strange.

Kind of a weird one here, the whole six pack has tasted like this so it's not a single bad bottle. Definitely different, seems like more of an English pale ale or maybe it got skunked somehow. Drinkable but not particularly good.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a billowy beige head and a few slow tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.
S- The aroma of green hops is slightly earthy but soft and turns into a new gym shoe aroma after a bit. As the beer opens up the hops take on a rubbery quality aswell.
T- The green hop bite has a bitter green grapefruit zest flavor that leads to a watery taste. There is a faint pale malt flavor that disappears as the hops grow. The pungent green hops bite lingers after the dry finish.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The hops are pretty abrasive but not in a good way. They are all bitterness with some odd aromas and they don't have anything to support them. And for the record, a "Humming Ale" was a common name for a strong English ale, that made the head hum. This did not do that, nor did it make the tongue hum.

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Photo of bourbonbock
2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a growler at the local package store and poured the first one into a clean pint glass a few hours after getting home.

A. A very appetizing hazy yellow body with about a half finger of sticky looking white head that reduce to a ring after a few minutes.

S. Notes of pine, grass, and grapefruit hit the nose for a delicate aroma that has a cooling effect on the nostrils.

T. Grapefruit bomb followed by a decent malt body. Slightly salty and earthy, not the best pale ale I've ever had but very unique and refreshing.

M. Light mouthfeel with what must be a very attenuated beer. Smooth and clean flavor and nice aftertaste.

Probably wouldn't try this one again for a while but very glad ni gave it a shot.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle from New Beer. Thought I put together a tasty Steam/Foghorn sixer, but this one snuck in somehow. Curious, as I've rarely seen this one around town.

Thick, pasty, off-white head. Whitewash lace. Dull(but not quite hazy), honey gold body.

Smells has a gentle citrus candy thing in front. Mild earthy & pine hops. White bread.

Taste has lots of cracker & low-key(though lingering) rindy/pine bitterness. Bit of an aspirin thing to it too. Solvent-like alcohol.

Dry, soft carbonation. Very reserved. Not even that refreshing.

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Photo of memory
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle the initial smell was grapefruit followed by metallic. Appeared med/light copper with an 1/8th inch head settling down. Not tasting too much aroma hops, more pronounced bitter hops but it opens up after a while to more complex flavors. Somewhat grassy aroma coming thru after a few minutes. After thinking about it seems to balance thru after a few minutes. For some reason I think it would be a good beer for an ocean fishing or boating trip as the salty air would be a nice complement to round out the slight bitterness.
I think they should of named it Old Salt Ale if it's available.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of Mattamue
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint. No bottle/expire date. 1L5 punched into the back of the label.

a Golden tan with some brown on the edges. Half an inch thick cigarette-stain white head. Lacing clings in Arches National Park-esque lines. Mild carbonation.

s Citric hops invade the front of the smell. Sweet and toasty malt finishes with a hint of apple and citric lingering.

t Mild hops floral bitter wraps around and goes right to the middle of the tongue at the beginning. Ester tang aftertaste starts small then crescendos with a toasty grain background.

m Light taste. Full. Surprised at the fullness compared to the relatively weak carbonation.

o Would personally chose another ale style over APA for regular purchases, but would buy this again to share or have variation occasionally.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky golden color with vigorous carbonation that yields a healthy white head. Aroma is floral and hoppy with a touch of banana and a hint of pepper. Flavor is similar to the nose, with hops leading the charge. Pepper comes through on the back end, and I can't say that I'm a fan. The flavor profile is somewhat volatile, as multiple elements jockey for position without ever achieving any real harmony. The front end is palatable, but the back end is peppery and cloying. The label refers to a humming ale as something of a mystery, and that much has certainly been achieved with this brew. Not my favorite offering from Anchor.

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Photo of Brunite
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A hazy yellow beer with a nice 3 finger head.

Smell: Hoppy....but not much citrus. No malt to speak of.

Taste: Hop forward, but bitter profile beer. No real malt notes detected. A little bitter for an APA methinks.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: More bitter than I care for in a PA. Too hoppy for a PA...too weak for an IPA. Gimme a little malt sweetness or chewiness. Middle of the road. Not great....not bad. Stuck between choosing a London's Pride or a Two Hearted...I go either way as opposed to this middle of the road choice.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This really reminds me of the Bridgeport IPA. Not that impressed. It's a different kind of taste which to me takes some getting use to.

The Appearance is kind of a yellow-orange with a two finger head which dissipated to a ring with some decent lacing.

The smell has this interesting smell which I found with the Bridgeport. Can't place it.

The taste follows the nose with some hops in the mix.

The mouthfeel is medium which is what I like most about this brew.

Overall not a go to but in an interesting way because of the low ABV I can find myself having it again if it's available and nothing else to sip especially if I've had a few and want something not too heavy on the ABV. Reluctantly I'll have to say would have it again just not one to search for.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The brew is served a deep golden color with a one finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave only a very light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is very light. There is a light bready aroma mixed with faint notes of a lemon, herbal and grassy smells.

Taste – It starts out with a biscuit taste mixed with a light lemon flavor. As the taste advances, some floral tastes and a light pine flavor come to the tongue. These flavors seem to be lost relatively fast however due to flavors of an earthy and grapefruit nature coming in. These flavors take the taste to the end and leave bitter-biscuity flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. A decent feel for the moderate hop and bready flavors of the brew.

Overall – It was a decent brew, although with the more bitter hop finish, the taste was slightly off at the end. Alright, but nothing I would really go for on any real occasion.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- An ever so slightly hazy light orange liquid with a massive amount of streams of rising carbonation. The slightly off-white head is about one finger in thickness and has good retention.

S- Sweet caramel and orange rind. Rather simple and a bit heavy on the harsh orange peel aspect.

T- Orange peel and caramel.

M- A nice amount of carbonation but there is an odd finish.

D- An average take on the style. Not bad, but not a stand out. Drinks alright.

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