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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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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 DannyHartman
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a nice 1 1/2 inch head appears atop a yellowish/gold brew.... Throughout drinking, it leaves a decent amount of lacing.

At first smell, I get lots of citrus like that of lemon or orange.... There's also grapefruit as well as grainy and bready notes.... You can even find floral notes with the slightest bit of hops.

The taste is identical to the nose.... Lots of upfront citrus like lemon/lime and orange.... Very bready with slight pine.

It feels slightly less than medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.... It's a very smooth and crisp beer.

Overall, this is a very easy drink with good flavor and balance.... Not my favorite, but I'd certainly enjoy one again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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 draheim
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip. Pours a clear golden copper w/ a thick fluffy white head, moderate carbonation, big sticky chunks of lace cling to the glass.

Aroma is grainy, grassy, a little lemony. Floral hops. There's a vaguely dank, wet-basement quality in the nose that I can't quite identify, but it's not entirely pleasant.

Taste is pale biscuity malt, delicate floral hops, and a lemony twang. Crisp, light, and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing, thirst-quenching.

Overall a really tasty, drinkable APA.

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Photo of tronester
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden, with a super dense, rocky, off-white head. Aromas of citrus rind and a little hay. The flavor begins with a nice lemony sweetness, followed by some sweet bready flavors, followed by a piney, grapefruity finish. There is almost a hint of watermelon in here as well. Mouthfeel is rich, pretty active carbonation. Overall a superb beer from Anchor. For some reason I always really love their Pale Ales/IPAs.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Solid golden yellow with a nice carbonated layer of foam. Lacing is pretty good too.

Smell: Very herbal. There's basil with some medicinal traits that I can't quite pinpoint. A bit like licorice or star anise?

Taste/Mouthfeel: I love the flavor. It's sweet with basil-like herbal notes and something I did not expect...sweet onion! There's seriously some onion flavor in here, and I actually really like it. It provides sweetness and tartness and accentuates the lemon pepper notes as well. Mouthfeel is good, but pretty flat in the finish.

Overall Drinkability: I did not expect a lot of things that I found in this beer. It was excellent.

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Photo of brureview
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle at Trader Joes. Wasn't sure about the quality, but worth the try.

I was pleasantly surprised.

Not much of an aroma, a big head, and a pleasant , although not outstanding, light tea color.

The carbonation was quite good- not too much, and working well with the style of the beer.

The finish carried the beer: refreshing, slightly bitter( but not imbalanced) lemon, pepper,and zesty.

A very good ale and worth trying. Works well with dinner. Higher quality beer than many of the offerings from the macro-micros.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured 2+ fingers of foaming eggshell foam (tons of carb in the body), Body is a clear light golden amber, incredible foamy lacing, 2 fingers of head remaind to the last quaff!

Smell - Fresh baked bread, light citrus of grapefruit and lemon, nice floral hops.

Taste - Really nice balance of white bread, slightly sweet malt, dry breadcrust, light lemon, and grapefruit peel - dries to grapefruit in the finish with slight minerals.

Mouthfeel - Light side of medium, carb is heavy side of medium with alot of edges, a fantastic and smooth drinker, this ale is very refreshing and crisp with a dry finish.

Overall - Really nice flavor in this apa, high drinkability, very sessionable, this would be the perfect apa for a warm summer evening. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 mgironta
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew poured with a two finger head that was incredibly thick (and looked like egg whites) and pure white. It took forever to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, light orange color with light, visible carbonation. The nose had a definitely citrus quality with orange and lemon and some coriander. The taste had a bit of spice, even some lime, then some grapefruit and finished with malt. Honestly, this wasn’t what I was expecting at all. The body was medium and the carbonation was less than expected. The finish was quick with a bit of citrus and spice. This beer was definitely boring, but drinkable. I wouldn’t have it again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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 tdm168
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - translucent orangish copper with a huge mountain of pure white head that has great retention

S - bready, sweet, doughy, citrusy

T - bread, citrus, sweet apple, faint pine, bitter finish

S - medium bodied, crisp, a bit overcarbonated

The flavor is a bit odd for me. It seems all over the place. There's a malty, breadyness followed by a hoppy, citrusy, piney, bitter finish. In the middle though there is an unwelcomed baked apple note that never really goes away. Worth a try as a pioneer brewery, but this is one I'll pass on in the future.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden yellow with a thick foamy white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of notes of oranges and lemongrass with grainy and bready background.

The taste of pale malt sweetness is balanced with citric and tropical bitterish notes. Well-balanced with a creamy body and a refreshing aftertaste.

An enjoyable APA!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: pitcher shared by the folks from Anchor, at Capone's, Norristown, PA

It's nice to see some beers other than the typical flagships from larger craft brewers like Anchor pop up every once in a while. Humming Ale poured a clear amber color with a small cap of frothy white head. Hop-forward aroma, citrus and melons, slight herbal presence, with promises of a bready malt base. Similar taste, good balance of sweet bready malts and citrusy hops, notes of grains and fresh grass, and a touch of honey. Light-medium body, not bursting with flavor, but very easily drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P:  Bright clear orange copper body with active effervescence and a dollop of white bubbly head. 

S:  Great nose that delivers a a bouquet of tropical fruits. Mango, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit and  cinnamint Orbitz gum.  Pronounced citrus hops and herbal hops along with spiced bread and hints of pine round out the nose. 

T/M:  Pale malt base that bring a timid sweetness to balance the pronounced grapefruit and fresh pine needle hops.  Humming serves up a good amount of fresh hops that pack a delicious punch. Body is light and similar to melted butter with a stingy carbonation on the tongue. Finish is semi dry with lingering tart apple peels and pine needles. An echo of alcohol cascades off the palate once warmed.

O:  The smell of this is outstanding. I actually spent almost more time smelling this than drinking it.  The taste has a nice balance of pale malts, delicate sweetness and pine/ citrus bitterness. Super refreshing and easy to take down several in a short setting. 

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Photo of horshack7
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear and brassy on top is a very thick,frothy and a little bit rocky head a solid inch in height.

Aroma: Citrus hops, tropical fruits, light biscuity notes, hints of piney.

Taste: Grapefruit notes at the start. As it mellows it has a light buteriness. Fairly smooth mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Biscuity notes, with a twinge of honey.

Notes: Sessionable with a nice smooth finish I will pick this one again. Cheers.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - light amber color, clear, with good carbonation and about half a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - good mix between malty and hoppy, but in the end a bit more hoppy.

Taste - tinge of bitterness to start and to follow through with into the rest of the taste. The bitterness is ever present but is never overwhelming. In the middle, there seems to be a slight sweetness that helps to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but may lean just a bit on the creamier side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. Good-tasting, and decently intriguing.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a light honey color with tons of creamed froth. Head doesn't dissipate much. Mostly clear. Plenty of lacing.

S-Nose is very pleasant. Sweet caramel and moist biscuit malt. Floral and citrus rind hops. Smells quite English by design. Intensity is medium. Balanced with a pretty overall aroma.

T-Quite like the nose with a little more citrus zest. Balance is key here. The orange and flowery hops pair up very well with the solid malt. Sweet bread and citrus rind. An attractive little Pale Ale.

M-A bit creamy. Light bitterness. Carbonation is moderate and set to a solid pitch. Would be a nice session brew.

O/D-This is a pleasant Pale Ale. Not unique, but balanced and well crafted. I would not be unhappy with a six pack of these for a night. Smooth and easy going but doesn't leave you wanting more.

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Photo of Jaynuze
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick head with a great golden hue.

A: clear and golden
S: nose is really nice, much more hoppy than any of the other Anchor styles.
T: the taste is as subtle as the nose. Light and refreshing with just the right balance of hops.
M: light and refreshing. I could drink quite a few of these and not feel full.
O: what a great style. I've been dying to try this for quite some time and finally had the chance to pick up a single. I should have trusted my judgement and picked up a case, one never loses with beer from these masters. Another great style to add to their solid portfolio!

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Photo of bump8628
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled about 1.5 months ago. Great looking beer. Bright gold with a dense, sticky white head. Nose is rather mild - some light citrus and yeastiness. The palate is better. Malt is slightly bready with an almost sourdough twang to it, hop bitterness isn't shy. Unfortunately the hops aren't as vibrant as I was hoping in a 100% Nelson Sauvin beer. In fact, somehow they have pulled some coarse, herbal notes from the hops as opposed to the citrus and tropical notes I was expecting. Sharp, dry, mineral edge on the finish. A good pint, but not something I will go for very often when there are so many better options these days.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden amber with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Good retention pretty nice lacing.

S - Lemon pith, wintergreen, pine needles, honey, fresh grain, lavender.

T - Bright citrus, minty wintergreen, honey covered grains, cantaloupe, fresh basil. Starts to get peppery toward the finish. Finishes skunky, herbal and minty.

M - Heavy side of medium weight, lush feel, moderate creamy carbonation.

Very fresh flavors with an interesting hop profile. Good pale malts provide just the right amount of sweetness.
Not a knockout, but plenty here to keep you occupied.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy cream colored head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: Honestly, not a ton to be found here. Some light citrus hops and cereal malt. Maybe a hint of lemon.

T: Starts with just a light touch of citrus hops. Some unripe orange and lemon come through the most. The then flavor fades to a toasted malt and bready finish. Well balanced and simple. Another solid beer from Anchor.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The main thing I took away from this was yeast. Smelled like yeast, tasted like yeast. There was a little sour tang. There was an almost floral smell that I think was really a facet of the yeast. I was surprised to learn this is classed as an APA. I wasn't sure what to call it before I read that. Sometimes you crave malt and sometimes you crave hops. I'm not sure if I have craved yeast before, but I don't know too many others that deliver on the yeast like this one. If I have that craving, I'll know what to get. And otherwise it's a perfectly fine beer to just session with.

Like other Anchor beers, I feel it is solid. You can taste the experience of the hands that made it, sort of like Sierra Nevada's consistent quality but maybe a notch or two down. Also like the others, I think it doesn't particularly stand out in any category other than overall solidness. And also like the others, one sort of odd note defines it, in this case the yeast. Overall it's a beer I'd be happy enough to session if you served it, but isn't one I'd think to keep on hand or in most cases specifically go out to buy.

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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 NiceTaps
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pured from a bottle into a room-temp pint glass.

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a one-finger fluffy head and some lacing. There is nice carbonation well-masked by the haziness.

S-A citrus aroma right up, orange and lemon. Not an overpowering or strong smell here.

T-How good does an Anchor ale taste? Very good.
Nice citrus and spice flavor. Well balanced hop/malt mix.

M- Very nice body; good carbonation, strong presence without any alcohol notes. A little oil on the lip and bite on the tongue. Tangy.

O- No surprise, another solid effort by Anchor.

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Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 661 ratings.
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