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

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Nice yellowish orange with the slightest amount of cloudiness throughout, pours a small foamy head which quickly becomes decent lacing, only slight internal carbonation

S: solid citrus, definite orange/coriander notes, some hops and even traces of lemon, but not overly fragrant

T: Very nice balance between sweetness and bitterness, taste follows the smell, citrus fruits, orange, some spice notes as well, hops certainly present

M: Incredibly smooth and easy to drink, very light, not overpowering on the palate, only a slight non-lingering aftertaste

O: Great all-around, perfect combination of fruit and hops, delicious and smooth

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 350ml bottle into a Chimay goblet glass.

Pours a hazy golden colour with a foamy smooth head.

Smells fairly strong of piney hops.

Tastes nice and refreshing, hoppy but not too overpowering, those piney and citrusy tastes coming through.

Overall a very solid decent beer.

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Photo of Atmosbeer
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought the six.pack from Jewel grocer at $9.99.
I disagree with the average or below average reviews of this beer.
I poured a cellar temp bottle. There is a slight amount of.sediment and decided to include it in the pour. Gloden in color, pillowy fat white head, plenty of lace left behind.
The aroma is hoppy, piney strong and bitter.
The taste is like honey at the first moment. It then becomes dry bitter. I find this positive. Quite along the lines of their Liberty Ale. Another version so it seems

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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 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 morebeergood
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single from my fridge, poured into a regular pint glass. The body was hazy, and had a sunset orange color to it. One finger width sized head forms. No lacing at all on the glass. Smell was very piney and hoppy. Taste was pretty one note - all citrus-like hops. Hoppier than I was expecting. Mouthfeel was mild, but there was a slight hint of bitterness on the palate at the end. It's a good APA, but I prefer ones that have a bit more malt smoothness.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber. Pours 2 inches of thick off-white head that fades slowly.

Smell: lime, malty.

Taste: malty, hint of lime, hoppy, hint of pine resin, grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall: A tasty beer. Not complex at all, but very drinkable. A good summer session ale.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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 williamjbauer
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a pint glass

A - Bright gold with 1 finger white head with poor retention and minimal lacing

S - Citrus, lemon with wheat and malt

T - A nice citrus flavor throughout with a bread wheat backbone and a little malt sweetness

M - Light body, moderate carbonation

O - Darn good APA

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty brown/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is hops up front, some pineyness, malts kicking in later with just a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of sfprint
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

exp. 7/12

A: Light, mostly transparent, lots of rising carbonation, 2 finger head, honey orange yellow.
S: Witbier like, floral, honey, a hair yeasty
T: With appearances and scent this good, the flavor never holds up, but this one does a pretty good job. somewhat creamy and a hair sweet. both a bit hoppy and fresh. quite good.
M: A hair soft and sparkly.
O: I need to try this one again. Pretty great.

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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 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 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 ManuelHerrera
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Steam is, to me, an inexplicable cult-of-personality driven beer than in some ways is emblematic of the craft beer movement without actually being a particularly special beer. It somehow achieved the reputation of being a must-try, but ultimately the hype disappoints just a little. Now on to Anchor Humming - which is supposedly a pale ale but ultimately ends up being a slightly different tasting Anchor Steam.

The brew pours a golden honey color with a bold foamy head that keeps itself well. The aroma wafts of toasted biscuit and Steam's soapy suds. However there is a sourness on the nose gives an unpleasant twist. That sourness unfortunately carries over strongly into the taste. Bitter lemon hits heavy and stings long after the brew is finished. Very little of the biscuit or spicy hops of a solid pale ale characterize the bird.

Carbonation cuts through the entire flavor of this beer - which might actually be a good thing. This brew is just okay, but it's not something I'll ever think about again.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly-hazy, golden orange color with a medium white head that steadily diminishes. Scent is FANTASTIC! Immediately get a huge whiff of citrus...lots of lime and grapefruit. Very grassy as well. It has a distinct "lime, not lemon" aroma to it, which I find rather unique. Overpowering citrus with a bit of hoppiness. Smells like a refreshing brew. Taste is initially hoppy with that lime and grapefruit kicking in. Lovely flavors, but not nearly as good as the aroma. This stuff tastes fresh...a bit earthy with some distinct grass and floral flavors. A bit estery with just a bit of herbal flavor. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Drinkability is high. Overall, I'm really digging this beer. Makes me wish it was warmer outside.

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Photo of IronLover
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dull orange in color with a yelowish hue and a heavy haze. Poured with a dense, rocky foam with good staying power that leaves plenty of sticky lacings on the glass. Citrus grapefruit and light floral aromas well balanced with a sweet yet toasty maltiness. Medium bodied with assertive, but rich carbonation. Well balanced caramel and toasted malt and citrus hop flavors in the beginning. Toasted malt flavor intensifies thru the middle and spicy, floral hop bitterness takes you from the middle thru the finish. Finishes with a light but lingering hop bitterness. Nice variation in aromas and flavors.

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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 mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rather simple pale ale but totally quaffable. Hoppy bite is full of aromatics. Moderate bitterness. Light body but very tingly on the tongue. Attractive light amber in the glass. some lalcing. Long nose of piney hops with just enough bitter aftertaste.

Actually not a bad example of the APA style, and I'm not a big Anchor fan. Clean and well made, if not anything exciting. On tap in pints at the Ocean Beach Pizza Port.

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

golden straw color with a huge pure white cloudy head that slowly recedes while leaving behind decent lacing.

a rather strong aroma of hay and grass that I can smell from two feet away. a closer whiff brings in some honey, butter, light juicy citrus, crackers, herbs, and some lightly toasted bread. kind of a mix between a west coast american pale ale and an english pale ale.

pretty hoppy up front with an herbal tea and woody/earthy tone. crackery pale malts make for a pretty bland base showing off the hop profile more than anything. a slight fruity flavor comes through as it warms a bit. maybe some apple, pear, or green grape which, when mixed with the herbal hops makes for an odd, but not entirely unpleasant aftertaste.

light/medium bodied with abundant carbonation and a slight resiny feel.

pretty solid beer, but the lack of a complex malt profile leaves the hops to fend for themselves, and the hops just don't provide enough to make this something I would seek out.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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 kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
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 MrMcGibblets
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: golden w/orange tinge, very slight haze. nice lasting white head and lacing.
S: has that signature anchor yeast smell. some lemony, citrusy hops. vague fruit. bready/doughy w/a hint of spicy resin underneath.
T: lightly sweet crackery/biscuity malts, well balanced by smooth hops. some honeyed notes.
M: nice and frothy, mostly crisp, lightish body. nicely carbonated.
O: nicely done and approachable.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Anchor's Humming Ale has a hazy, dark copper-colored body with a finger of off-white head. Retention and lacing are both pretty solid.

The aroma has a mix of sweet malt and bright, citrus hops.

The flavor leads off with very bright, citrus-flavored hops that have some grapefruit and a lot of orange. The hops bring a bit of resin and a moderate amount of bitterness. Although the hops seems to dominate up front, the second half of the beer is all malt. Toasted malt, caramel and a solid amount of sweetness rival the power of the hops for what I would call a balance that is roughly equal between the two.

The feel is moderate for both carbonation and body, with a little bit of an oily feeling to it.

Humming is a solid APA, but it isn't spectacular. Worth a try if you are a big fan of Anchor beers.

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Photo of seand
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light and fairly clear amber, with a fair amount of dense white head. The foam dissipates slowly, eventually leaving a white ring around the edge of the glass and some haze on the surface.

S: Floral hops, light yeast, and rye bread.

T: Initially sweet with some of the floral hop tones, light grain through the mid palate and hoppy on the finish, with some citrus on the aftertaste.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation, prickly at first but smoother through the finish.

Overall, a good, solid beer.

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