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

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Added by Offa on 11-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 662 |  Reviews: 332
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

was excited to try this new one from anchor, who always makes fabulous beer. a major head on this one, 2 inches or more and lasting as time goes on. beautiful beer. nose is fruity, citrus for sure, but also perhaps some forest fruits like pinecones or acorns. earthy in that way, but vibrant as well. taste matches the nose, with a slightly thinner body than exoected. good hop umph in the finish. overall a delicious new brew that sort of defies style charactistics. way less hop intensive than their liberty ale, but more robustness than the steam beer. a worthy 6pack.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale orange with a nice big 2 inch stark white head. Nice frothy ring lacing on the drink down. Smells pretty much of only herbal grassy hops and malt. Nothing too exciting in the nose. Tastes of fresh herbal and pine hops with a toasty malt backbone. Somewhat of an abrasive bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation level makes for a crisp and clean feel in the mouth. Drinkability is pretty good on this pale ale but not one of my favorites from Anchor.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear yellow color with a nice looking white head on top. Some scattered retention and lacing. The smell of the beer is decently balanced between aromas of malt and some hops. The taste of the beer is grainy with a subtle bitterness in there, mostly corn and malt upfront. The mouthfeel is of this is light bodied, crisp and dry in the finish. Overall this beer was decent, not something I would have to buy again but I would drink it if it was offered to me.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Anchor's stuff.. saw this new 6 pack at the store and had to try it. Pours a light golden color, huge fluffy head. Nice fruity hop aroma. Time for taste.... mouthfeel is fantastic. Something about Anchor's beers just taste so refreshing and are so fresh. Medium bodied, nice hop profile to this one but not in the IPA range. Super drinkable... just a great tasting well balanced beer with some good bitterness to it. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Relatively clear light copper in color, the beer has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two-finger high fluffy white head that died down but never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy and vineous hops and fruity yeast in the nose.
T: Teh taste is quite hoppy with flavors of citrusy and grapes from teh hops, which contribute a moderate amount of bitterness that particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The bitterness tingles your tongue.
O: The beer has a lot of hops compared to other beers in the style, but still can be considered sessionable.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, from one of many Yankee grocery stores visited in the Pac NW last month.

This beer pours a hazy, finely sediment-strewn, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of thin frothy off-white head, which leaves some healthy streaky lace around the glass as it readily settles. It smells of forest floor - pine and wildflowers, some citrus fruit, mild grainy malt, and a soft mustiness. The taste is grainy caramel malt, orange zest, soft tropical fruit, and herbal, weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body on the low side of medium weight, a bit zingy, which cuts into an otherwise decent smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the static malt and herbal hops still in a subtle detente.

An agreeably hoppy APA; however, the herbal edge just doesn't completely do it for me, and seems to be an Anchor thing. With all the other offerings surrounding them on their particular coast, this doesn't seem all that wise, given the hopheads who MUST BE SATISFIED!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a brewery known for often and new releases, it's refreshing to see what the Godfathers of brewing can do with all the new ingredients available at their disposal.

A bright golden-straw beer shows a mild haze, presumably from dry hopping. A creamy, light, but stubborn head forms on the beer and laces very well along the way.

Sharp, grassy, and weedy aromas stand out above the crisp light caramel malt-grain scent. A light spruce or gin-like aroma comes out as the beer warms. Not sure how much of this is estery, but it seems more hop driven than yeast character.

Crisp, cracker-like malts make minimal impact, providing just enough bread crust flavor to support the hops. Very herbal and complex, a lemon, lime, gin, mint, tin-ey, winey flavor comes out of the hops. Finishing with a grassy, weedy bitterness, these Nelson Salvin hops have an unusual flavor and bitterness- much more raw than the more succulent and citrus-focused typical American varieties.

Moderately creamy early on, the well-attenuated character of the beer ushers the mouthfeel into dryness, minty, and evaporative qualities quickly. The hops seem to have a thinning character with it's unusual bitterness and bite to finish out the beer.

The Nelson Salvin hops are known to give a wine-like impression to the beer, but it seems more spruce-gin-grassy than winey to me. But the clean and crisp nature of Anchor's beers are evident, they don't seem to ammount any outstanding qualities.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served into a pilsner glass in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado, at me friend's gaff. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a four finger head of decent cream, fair thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Pleasant cream with a nice malty body. A pretty good hop profile. Nice balance.

T: Nice hop notes in a good balance with decent malty notes. Light caramel. Well built. Its simplicity limits description of its characteristics.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours poorly.

Dr: Decently drinkable, and good for the style, but not exemplary. Better pale ales are out there, but this is one worth trying. I'd try it on draught at a fair price.

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Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly cloudy amber with an orange hue. There is a finger of white head with very mild lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with some citrus and fruity notes. A bit champagne like with a hint of pear.

Taste: Quite a bit like a champagne. Very crisp with some grape and pear flavor. Mildly sweet with a citrus peel hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth and prickly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I am enjoying the champagne like quality to this beer. A nice hop profile in the finish. Good and interesting, I would have another.

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Photo of emerge077
2.61/5  rDev -29.8%
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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light dirty amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry and lightly funky hoppy notes with dry malt notes. Taste is also a nice mix between some dry and light fruity and funky hops notes with non- descript dry caramel notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well done for a brewery that doesn’t disappoint.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Anchor Humming Ale has become my single favorite beer from Anchor next to Old Foghorn (of course they're two beers that are worlds apart).

I bought a six pack of this during the summer and drank it almost immediately. It's not overly full or malty, and it's got a good deal of complexity going on within the hops; as well as within the interaction between the malt and the hops and the bitterness. It's superbly balanced; and given that I was working in the garden it made a refreshing and bitter quencher that was more satiating than any light beer could ever be. (I also enjoyed it more than my usual Bavarian hefeweizen because they seemed to become a bit too sweet as they warmed).

The Humming Ale maintains the distinct pale malt character of their Steam Beer, and the bright hop nose of the Liberty Ale, but softens it a little bit and adds some fresh tropical fruit with the use of Nelson Sauvin hops. And that fruitiness, in my opinion, helps to cut through and balance it while still maintaining the traditional spicy and earthy notes that Anchor is known for. The earthy pale malt sweetness is a little easier to find, yet it remains a solidly bitter and refreshing beer.

I find it to be very much like some of the summer beers coming out of England in recent years, which are basically traditional pale ales juiced up a bit with some American hops (and occassinally some wheat). And with the exception of the "American" steam beer, Anchor has always made very English style ales, so for them to use some juicy American hops makes total sense. I just wished they'd done it sooner!

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A gigantic head rises up over 3 fingers and forces me to stop pouring early, and it fades at a decent pace, it's a super clear golden wheat honey colored. A slight messy lacing on the sides too.

The nose has some nice lighter hops, a little spicy, a little grassy and herbal, slight musty hop resin. behind that is just a hint of sweet malt, but not much.

The taste brings a nice light hop character, light spicy hops, herbal, grassy, and a light effervescent feel, as well as a little hop oil resin. It gets pretty bitter, but being an APA I guess it's supposed to. A very light sweet malt, almost non-existent. It finishes very dry with a light lingering hop flavor, some light herbal and grassy hops, with hints of spicy and hop resin tastes.

The mouth is medium bodied with a little hop oil feel, slightly grainy from the dryness and hop oils combined, and decent carbonation.

It has an OK drinkability, less than I thought it would be. The dryness is a good thing, but it almost goes a little too far here, and the bitterness just strikes strong, breaking what I thought would be a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of DrBier
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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