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 BeardedRiker
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been a good long while since I last drank an Anchor Brewing beer. I'd not seen Humming before and because it's a seasonal (I think) there is another reason for me to pick this up.

Humming pours with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly. A fair amount of head remains on the top if you drink it fast enough significant lacing is left on the glass. Humming has a clear golden-brass body. It has the look of an American pale ale alright!

It smells lovely with floral and spicy hops with a good amount of pine and citrus. A bready maltiness underlines it all as well. It smells delicious.

Humming is, plainly speaking, a damn good American pale ale. It is light enough to stay refreshing and easy to get down but is flavorful and a good quality brew. The hops are most prevalent with a bit of sweetness and citrus but there is enough malt flavor to give Humming a more full body of flavor.

If you'd like to drink a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale equivalent that is lighter but no less good then this is a good one to pick out (although it's more expensive). Humming is not exceptional but it is about as good of a lighter but very flavorful beer that you'll get.

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

Pours decently for a two finger thick fluffy off white head, and has a copperish gold colored body with mild haziness.

The aroma and taste share a grainy huskiness, along with citrusy and floral hops.

Mouthfeel wise it's got a slight dryness to it, with a somewhat quenching moistness in the end. Overall a well balanced Ale.

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

$2.19 for a 12oz bottle. 5.9% ABV per the bottle.Pours out to a slightly hazy peach, forming a tall rocky and creamy head with superior retention and lacing. The aroma is immediately one of skunky skunkweed, more so than any "skunked" beer I've ever had. Very interesting. Carbonation is moderately brisk. The mouthfeel is rather soft with a medium body. The taste opens with the skunky hops, followed by a medium bodied pale malt grain middle, a touch of biscuits and grape juice, a medium firm bitterness, and a lightly dry finish.

When reading the other reviews, it appears this beer is out of season. I wonder if I got a bottle that sat in a cooler under florescent lights all winter. At any rate, I'd be willing to try it again, but it's just fine as it is because I happen to like skunks.

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Photo of Cresant
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Samuel Adams glass. No date. The very large head was off white but made up of a fine/dense foam which left clumps of lacing. The body was clear and golden.

The smell was mild citrus and yeast. Some dankness, cannabis-like. Good but understated, right on for style.

The taste was of husky, crisp hops. Nice bittering finish. Sweet lemons. Spicy bite of hops in the finish. A little dry. Solid and tasty.

The mouthfeel was somewhat coarse and medium in body. Reviewed to style and I like this one.

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

Appearance: a slightly hazy golden color, with around 3 cm of head; took a little time to dissipate, and left quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Citrusy aroma, mainly orange, with mild bready malts.

Taste: Surprisingly light for an ale, but very full-flavored. Lots of great sweet maltiness, with strong fruitiness and zesty hints, with a deep sort of hops flavor - not too overbearing. Light finish, with mild hops and sweet malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very light, slightly crisp texture. Not dry in the slightest.

Drinkability: Though the ABV is a little high, I can just keep on drinking this stuff. Very light, yet full-flavored.

Best ale I've had yet, and I thoroughly enjoyed this, as I've had numerous ales that... weren't very nice. Would love to get more, given the chance, as this was the last bottle in stock (apparently the owner was planning to drink it himself, in fact).

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Photo of drugsbunny
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had their fresh Humming Ale at the Anchor Brewery during a recent tour. It was the hit of the tasting during the tour and is my new favorite offering from Anchor. The brewery smelled of baking bread, so the aroma was intensified when tasting this new ale. Slight hop scent. The malt signature is reminiscent of their Steam Beer. The New Zealand hops add a pleasant zing, not as harsh as the Liberty Ale. A very smooth American Ale, unmistakably Anchor. I highly recommend this drinkable ale.

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

355ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Jul 2012.

A - Hazy golden / orange body with a finger of tightish-bubbled head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving light lacing that clings to the glass.

S - Real prominent citrusy aromas with some bready malts for balance.

T - Quite a light sort of taste; some malt sweetness balanced well with some fruitiness from the aromas and some nice hop bitterness. Finishes quite light as well.

M - Light body, light finish, but pleasant and crisp.

D - Possibly getting a little high on ABV for a session but a very pleasant beer. Probably more of a spring or summer beer for a warm day than one for January, but very nice nonetheless.

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

Maybe I am missing the point on this one, but it seems to be a bit of a split personality beer - and I am having trouble enjoying either one for the other. Not a bad beer by any means, but just not making sense to me.

A - pale apple juice; white 1 finger head; nice lacing on the glass; foam could be a little more persistent

S - lager yeast?; cracker/cereal malt; green/grassy hops; funky/skunky/wet earth

T - crisp malt/hop profile; makes me think pils or something German; hops are firmly bitter but balanced; continuation of the funky/green from the nose on the palate

M - good CO2 keeps it lively on the palate; mid-weight; approaching firm texture

D - good and drinkable, just not very enticing for me

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im just humming along here and found this on the shelf and went for it. Anchor is usually hit or miss with me and this went into a pint glass.

Humming buzzes out of the bottle with a very bright golden shiny color that really shines. A swift pour made for a foamy top of fluff about an inch with tightness, nice sheets on the way down.

This smells like it held up well over the month it's been out on the shelf. A nice biscuit sense and bread with pale malts backing a fairly fruity end with some tropics noted yet not bursting. I wonder how this smelled off the bottling line.

A nice rush of pale malt up front that much is apparent, not as much as the nose suggest. A thin hit of something in the c-hop category and some light bread towards the end. It's a simple beer, but alot of brewers can't do the small beers, anchor does em right, well certain ones at that.

Feel is smooth with a smooth end, does not really get very bitter at all. Refreshing, smooth, easy. Light bodied and fairly carbed, not in bitey territory. I could see myself getting a six of this if I was in a jam during the summer.

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Photo of Star80
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a bright orange color with thick frothy head with some nice lacing. The smell is citric pine with some very faint herbal hop smells. This beer smells wonderful, and the taste, while there is no doubt this is an Anchor Beer, is also quite complex with a nice puckering grapefruit on the tongue, followed by a slightly briney aftertaste, with a ghost vinous aroma filling and warming the palate. Ahh, this is a sophisticated beer drinkers beer and probably wouldn't be a good starting place for the initiate macro beer drinker. Mouthfeel is somehow rich and full and yet easy drinking and somewhat light thanks to the restrained ABV level. I am a big fan of Anchor Steam beer. I think they are truly an American original and this beer is proof that despite their age in this ever changing craft brew market they can still brew one hell of a delicious, easy drinking beer. I will be looking for more of these soon.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Natural510
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle code 0GK (Aug 11, 2010)

Pour elicits a hazy golden orange with scant head but a respectable ring of lacing.
Scent is breaded and fruity, with hints of citrus and pine.
Light flavor with sharp citric & pine twang. Toasted, biscuit-like malt meets a juicy, forest-like hop. Notes of grapefruit and green tea complement the discernible ingredients.
Light in body, which deceivingly masks a full-flavored ale. Crisp & refreshing, with a juicy, astringent finish.

It took me a few of these before I could fully realize the flavor. A new offering from Anchor is always welcome, and they did very well with this one. I expected a re-version of Liberty Ale but instead tasted a pale ale which went in a completely different direction.

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Photo of originalsin
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Never having really been a fan of Anchor Steam, I don't expect much from Anchor beers. Which isn't to say that I think the brewery is 'not worthy' but just that my expectations are slightly lowered. Make no mistake, Humming Ale easily exceeded my expectations.

Why I'm drinking this in the Winter? I couldn't say. My only real qualm with the beer is that it's too damn light. That doesn't necessarily work against it in the overall scheme of things though- I wouldn't have much trouble sessioning this one.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both exceptional. Beer smells estery and zesty. Some orange and other light fruits come through. The dominant flavor is of piney hops mingling with a bit of orange zest.

Overall, I would buy this again.

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Photo of albern
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very respectable APA, a little thin, a bit too clean, but a nice beer nevertheless. It pours an almost too pale yellow color, with a thin white head, some lacing. The nose is nice piney hops, estery, with some orange blossom notes too. The nose is good.

The taste is a bit too thin and light bodied, and not enough malts in the middle to balance this out with sufficient heft. But that is really the worst you can say about the beer. The estery hops are quite nice, the beer is very clean and palate cleansing. There are plenty of florals in the beer and the finish is just a touch tart and taut. It's a good beer. The floral hop bouquet is nice, there is an herbal grassiness to the beer that goes well with the thinness. There is also just a touch of lemon tartness in the finish to the beer. There is enough complexity going on to warrant a return. This is more of a summer time beer.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a very nice hazy gold appearance which tells you they put a good amount of hops in this one. The smell reminds me of Boston Lager with a very floral but a little bit more grapefruit green apple of a smell but with more of a sour dough bread smell instead of the malt nose you get from Boston Lager. The taste mimics the smell but hits you with a pretty nice bitter tart finish from the hops. This could pretty much pass for an IPA when its real fresh. Its a grassy grape gree apple like taste from the hops followed by a sour dough bread like malt in the middle and nice bitter finish. Nice and crisp and extremely drinkable. This has more hops than the Boston Lager and is a bit more bitter. Fresh hops hit the back of your tongue. This can easily compare with some popular East Coast IPA's. Remnds me of the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale too in some ways. I like this one a bit better I think. You can tell there is a different strain of hops in there it almost taste like Noble hops and American hops mixed together. I know the hop strain is Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand and it really adds a unique twist on the beer that gives the finish a tart like bitterness. This is my favorite beer from Anchor.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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 GregBlatz
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was a new one to me when I saw it at the store. Always liked Anchor Brewing offerings.

A - Hazy bronze/golden color. Head is rocky and beautiful. Lacing the glass.

S - Sweet malt grains and floral hops. Strong citrus aroma.

T - The hops are all aroma. Grapefruit is dominating! Don't know what hops these are but I am guessing cascade or maybe amarillo. Thin malt backbone.

M - Not a big beer. Somewhat of a modest beer. Not a big mouthfeel. Carbonation is relatively high.

D - Extremely drinkable beer. You could sit with this one all night long. Wish I had another.

Overall - This is a fantastic American Pale Ale. Somewhat of a session beer. I really like this.

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Photo of Shrews629
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very nice orange color. Hazy with yellow highlights around the bottom. Bright white, soapy, thick head. Great retention and lacing. The head was rather large due to an aggressive pour.

Smell - Nice aromas of grapefruit citrus, floral hops, orange notes and touches of a biscuit scent. The nose is kind of tame, but in a good way. No obnoxiously strong fragrances. Just nice, solid and well balanced.

Taste - Grapefruit citrus glides across the tongue first. The bitterness is nice and able-bodied. Hearty enough for any hop fan in my opinion. The orange flavoring is pushed to the back to let the slight bit of biscuity malt come forth.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Smooth and crisp. Mostly refreshing. Covers the palate soundly. The mouthfeel is mostly dry, but gets a little bit watery towards the end of the drink.

Drinkability - This is a very nice, very solid Pale Ale. This totally reminds me of the freshness of Spring. Wonderful bitter punches of flavor and a wonderful beer to look at. I would love to try this when the days start to warm and the grill gets fired back up.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a copper and nronze color with great clarity. The head is craggy in shape and doughy in texture. Great retention and good bubbling and sticky foam.

The aroma is pretty citric bbut also has some herbal hop aromas that remind me of lavender and chammomile. What must be toasted caramel and crystal malts adds a sniff of caramel and cereal grains.

The hops and malts balance out wellon the front of the tongue. I got some soft, resiny citric bitterness. The middle is an almost 50/50 mix of bitter hops and toasted, bready, biscuity malt. The finish has a hefty snap of tangerine bitterness. Leaving just a faint metallic note after the swallow.

The palate goes from resiny to start. Oily in the middle, and a little zesty metallic on the finish.

Nice flavor and diverse beer. Pretty easy and fun to drink.

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Photo of beergod1
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head that leaves a good lace, still there the next morning. A medium bodied American Pale Ale? When I bought this, I was thinking it was just a Summer Ale of some type, Buying just 1 for my Bottle collection.
Well, now I wish I bought a six pack. The aroma is laid back, but has some lightly roasted caramel malt and floral/citrus hopping. The flavors are pretty well balanced between the caramel sweetness and the slightly citrus hop bitterness, with it's unusual hints of white grapes. A nice beer, I will have to hunt this down when warm weather returns.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I always think this beer is better than it is, and then I buy it and although like it, its well:

Has a smell of grapes and earthy quality and pours a golden amber hue.

The taste is superhoppy but too bitter hoppy and not enough sweetness to balance it out. For me.

I wouldnt turn one down but dont go out of my way to buy it. The Nelson Savignon (sp) hop is good when used with other hops but too bitter on its own.

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

Hadn't run across this hoppy APA while in SF on any of the many occasions I've been there - randomly found a 6-er in Venice (CA), so here we go:

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Liquid is a hazy school-bus yellow and amber topped by a persistent finger of ivory. Soapy lacing. Good retention.

Whole cone (?) pine-y grapefruit zest-y resinous hops denote a NorCal West Coast IPA. Pale malt and a hint of caramel announce their presence as well. Somewhat "catty" as it warms.

Malt is clean with a hint of grain and toast. The hops are fairly grassy, suggesting a noble variety almost. I think they utilized Nelson and some C-hops instead. The white wine/gooseberry element comes through next leading into a dry grape-skin and mineral-laden finish.

Light bodied, easy drinking ale with a kick. The most recent offering from Anchor, I like this stab at a slightly more hop-forward beer without diverging from their over-all approach.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed, honey blonde with a creamy ivory cap that lasts a while. The aroma is nice and hoppy with white grape and pineapple. Hopping ale is indeed a tasty and different APA with the Nelson Sauvin hops imparting a nice change of pace in their fresh New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc-like light fruity flavors. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. I like this beer a lot, kudos to Anchor for doing something different.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twelve-ounce single. Can't compete with some of Anchor's best brews but a highly-drinkable, session-type beer. Impressive appearance, golden hue with faint aromas of malt and honey. The beer was lite on the palate and could flow easily with a variety of dishes so points for versatility. Not bad

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Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 662 ratings.
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