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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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Added by Offa on 11-04-2009

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Photo of harlanhu28
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap a few months ago on tap and was impressed then, but sometimes bottles are different.. Poured a clear with egg white head.. The aroma states this is a very hop forward pale ale that might be throwing A few guys off that don't understand what they are trying to accomplish with this beer.. They might say its different!! After the first hit of pine and a floral sledge hammer hit of aroma, it tones down with an absent bitter after taste.. For what they wanted to do I would say they got it done! I love it when brewers give people what they don't expect..

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Photo of Mdog
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
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 OWSLEY069
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ours a clean yellow to orange-ish color, with an off white head. In the aroma, a citrus hop and a bit bread like. In the taste, a citrus hop and biscuit like maltiness. A bitter and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hop, to a clean aftertaste. Decent pale, a bit thinner than expected.

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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange with a lingering one-finger off-white head. Lots of effervescence.

S - Slightly citric, very bitter hop smell

T - A touch of bready malt, lots of citrus. Not a ton of hop bitterness, but enough to lend it a pleasant clean finish. About on point for an APA.

M&D - Nice body, good amount of effervescence, highly quaffable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm so happy to see this offering from Anchor, a nice slightly hazed bright golden hue very light in color compared to mst pale ales. Head is luscious nice thick creamy texture forms dimpled chunky shape rising above the rim of the glass. Aroma strong pungent lemon peel hop character going on. A biscuit malt character but mainly the hops shine through with each sniff, very pleasant hoppy nose to it. Wonderfully balanced session ale, this is perfection in a glass one of the best pale ale offerings I've witnessed in quite awhile. New ownership evidently hasn't hurt the Anchor Brewing Co. Bitingly hoppy with citrus rinds grapefruit/lemon some herbal floral tones as well, but more so a nice biscuit pale malt bready character to balance things out. Finish is full of dry bittering hop flavor, but it's nice easy going carbonation makes this one a pleasure for the palate. Picked this one up at D's yesterday after the Big Pour. Drinkability all around is a smash hit this is caseworthy for sure a beer I would like to keep on hand, it's fantastic best new beer from Anchor for as long as I can remember.

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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 JerzDevl2000
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently since I saw it was new and I'd never had it before. Although it wasn't as hoppy or enjoyable as Anchor's other offerings, this was a good beer that I still managed to get rid of pretty quickly. I don't think that these guys brew anything that's not enjoyable!

Nice pour to this - a light golden hue with a fluffy head and just a bit of lacing. This had the taste of straw with some citrus and earthy hops along for the ride and the aftertaste had a faint reminder of the Anchor Steam. This wasn't a hop bomb and also poured and tasted just a notch thinner than I anticipated. For a later summer beer, this fit the bill well since it was fairly easygoing but had enough flavor as not have a light mouthfeel.

Sure, it's 5.9% ABV but I could have easily downed two or three in a sitting. It didn't pack a punch and although I wish this was a bit heartier, it makes for a slight improvement over the lightness of the Anchor Summer Ale.

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Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange/reddish hue. At first a two finger white head forms. The foam sticks around for a minute, and recedes to a ring that is constant throughout. Some light patchy lace here and there.
S: Dank musky hops are dominate and up front. As this warms some passion fruit and sweetness come through.
T: This is a great juicy hop flavor. Citrus hops come out first. Though a great pineapple and passion fruit flavor comes out as well. Spicy, floral, and herbal. A substantial sweetness and a bread/biscuit flavor balances everything out. I love it.
M/D: A medium body that is really crisp, dry, clean, and refreshing. So easy to drink. I can quaff several in a sitting with ease.

I really enjoy this. Another great beer by Anchor. Lets hope they continue to make this. Highly recommend.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Shaker glass, of course, it's an APA!
Wonder why the decision to make an APA, not that there is anything wrong with that.
First aroma a clean mild citrus hop aroma. Second go a pale malt aroma. A brief note of armpit (weird, I know) that seems to come and go. Settles to a blend of both.
Slightly cloudy yellow/gold. Nice dense head.
Really citrus hop flavor starts the drink out too. Bitterness that grows in intensity through the finish, but never too much. Almost a creamy malt flavor hovers around the hop flavors/bitterness. Pale malt again, but then something else that doesn't seem like the more common crystal. Boy, there sure is a lot going on here. One of the more complex APA's I've ever had. There is also a tartness and sourness that blends with the bitterness that seems a bit strong.
Kinda' prickly carbonation, but a reasonable heavy feel and adequate smoothness.
The malt character is funny in this one. It's not bad, but not overly pleasing to my taste buds. Credit for the uniqueness, but I'm not inclined to search this one out.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip around 45 degrees. This beer looks amazing. A beautiful lightly hued orange, a two finger width off white head with rising bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Excellent retention and good lacing for a pale. The beer looks so enticing I just wanto to jump right into it and swim around.

Smells a lot like Anchor Steam, but with a "juicier" citrus characteristic coming from the hops. It has that distinct Anchor biscuity characteristic to it. Lots of flowery earth, quite herbal, some grain, hay, green apple with hints of spice. Actually smells an awful lot like Deschutes Twilight only it's more complex for better or worse.

Tastes pretty grainy up front, a lot of biscuity stuff going on almost like an ESB. Green apple is ever present and tasty, and blends with a good blend of citrus, but nothing too forward, a well rounded citrus profile if you will. Finishes up dry and with a lingering bitterness.

Feels great to drink, a nice light-medium body with a fairly spritzy nature and a slight oilyness. Anchor always pleases me in this department, also like how dry it finishes.

Drinks pretty well, but I do get a little bit of a raw grainyness at the end that is a little bit too prevalent. Also, there's a tiny bit of heat at the end which I wouldn't have expected. I think it's really palateable though, and I didn't get bored at any point during the session. I hope Anchor continues coming out with new beers here and there.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
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 droomyster
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a frothy white head. Very pleasant aromas of leafy and floral hops. Flavors are remarkably well balanced on the front and midpalates, before leafy hops dominate the finish. Texture is very smooth and creamy, something I did not expect given the aroma profile.

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Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed and deep gold with a dense cap of white foam that had a few larger, soapy bubbles as well. Sticky, streaky lacing, good head retention. Nice aroma. Fruity, a combination of citrus and cantaloupe, light pine and grass, doughy malts. Herbal, minty bitterness with citrus fruitiness and mild malt sweetness. A bit spicy in the finish from the hops, bitterness lingers. Medium bodied with a creamy texture and a bit more carbonation than expected. Slight dryness. Quite refreshing and full of hop flavour. The more of this I drank, the more I liked it. It's a bit different than other pale ales I've been drinking lately and stands out from the pack in terms of its hop character. Recommended.

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Photo of ZAP
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very fragrant, pungent piney aroma....bong resin too...the taste is big on the pine/bong resin hops but there is a nice suble sugar cookie like maltiness...combined on paper it may not sound like a good match but on the buds it is fantastic.

This is a pale ale with some character and vibrancy. Not particularly bitter but loaded with hop flavor. I love it.

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Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold to amber colored beer with a good white head.

Smells of cantaloupe and rye grain. There is a little mango smell here but the scent is mostly pine.

Starts out Sweet and bitter with a melon flavor. Woody and sharply bitter. I taste melon in this. That is about it mostly bitter melon in taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK. I really expected more from this beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi transparent light gold with a small white head that fades into a gentle cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of melons, citrus, with subtle notes of grass, and tea.
Taste is of aromas with grassy, herbal notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter and balanced.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey gold in appearance with a white or near white head. Very attractive in the glass from an advertising viewpoint.

The aromas were all very light and subtle, and changing, but pleasant: fresh baked bread, hop aromas that came forward and retreated - herbal, pine, grapefruit, tropical - I wish they were only more pronounced, though still in line for an APA - I don't like the idea of an over-rated pale ale that is really an IPA - it's like the High school guy sneaking on to the middle school football team.

The flavors were quite the same as the aromas with a hop presence that barely rode above the malt - balancing and a small step beyond. Medium bodied with an off-dry finish of good balance.

I'll bet this is one of those beers that has to be drank really fresh to enjoy the subtle flavors before it just turns into a very nondescript pale ale.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep gold, or pale orange -- your call. Nice white foamy head, some good sticky lacing -- it stayed long after the pint was drained.

Big pink grapefruit aroma, and some dry grain or straw (I don't know how else to describe it -- it doesn't smell juicy, just kinda dried and drawn). Interesting balance.

Grapefruit hop flavor up front, leading to malt that has very little sweetness to it. Not tart, but dry and coarse, almost husk-like. Bitterness from start to finish. Some woody elements, and maybe some alcohol, but those are in the background. Kinda uneven.

Medium body, with good structure and carbonation. They know how to build beer. A bit astringent in the finish.

This is a beer that isn't sure what it wants to be. Hop forward, weak malt, odd mix of flavors. Not quite refreshing, not a sipper, not a chugger. You like parts, but not the whole. It is almost as if they started out with an IPA in mind, changed directions, then wanted something lighter and cleaner and crisper, oh wait, let's change again. Glad I got a single, because a whole 6 would be tough to get down. Didn't hate it, but was just ok with it.

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Photo of EkimGram
2.56/5  rDev -31.2%
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 yeahnatenelson
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a golden amber/straw with two fingers of stil white head.

Smell -- Lemon twist, honeyed biscuits, earthy pine tar bitterness.

Taste -- Bright lemon tartness, fresh pine, earthy vegetation, yellow cake, biscuit flour, and honey.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with ample prickly carbonation. Not entirely typical for the style, but it works well with the flavor profile.

Drinkability -- I was suggested this multiple times before biting, but I'm glad I finally did. Deep musky hop bitterness but still quite bright with a touch of honey malt sweetness to round out the flavors and hold of hop fatigue. Top notch.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.59/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed golden yellow body. Thick froth with some substance and retention. Aroma is really bright and fragrant. Lemon, mint, pepper, pine and cakey dough. Really nice. Nicely balanced flavor. Not quite as bright as the nose leads on to be, but it is nonetheless high quality. Anchor Steam like malt base with a honeyed caramel presence. Hops mingle throughout nicely, with lemon, orange rind, mint leaves and resin standing out. Very drinkable, refreshing and flavorful.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy light copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a slightly earthy pale malt and spicy hop.

The taste was surprisingly complex and spicy with a healthy hop presence.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a nicely sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.72/5  rDev -26.9%
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 GrizzlyBrew
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Golden straw, lively carbonation, slight white head.

S - Personally, I'm not picking up on a whole lot... some malt character, some indiscernable hops (I know it's Nelson, but...)

T - Solid enough - again , getting some malt character and some hop. I almost hesitate to say this, but the hop is somewhat pronounced, but I couldn't pick out varietal if I didn't know it.

M - Lively, but not fizzy.

D - A good beer, if not that interesting. I suppose I'll give it another shot sometime soon.

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Photo of tapman
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Between 10 and 15 Lovibond, I guess, this one is about right for a pale and pours a gigantic Belgian-like head that provides sticky super lacing. Looks cool, but is that letting out too much protein and make the taste suffer? Perplexing.

Beefy aroma, maybe some Mt. Hood or other pretty high alpha hop in thrown in the middle of the boil? Anyways, grassy and nitrogenous with a good dose of mineral as well. Low malt aroma. Designed for hops.

Very subdued; Drinks like a vienna lager. Honestly, that would be my guess, with some imported European soft water helping the noble hops stand out and soften. Well, the hops kick in after the initial sip giving this one that west-coast bite. A vienna-style ipa? Actually kinda reminds me of the Lagunitas IPA with less bright grass.

Thin and dry. Once again weird for a style that is usually full and sweet.

A little sweet, I guess, with a good late-hop addition balance with some dry hop overtones. I want this one at the pubs. This one should have a boxing match against the Lagunitas IPA. I think it would loose, but it would be a good fight. Better than Liberty Ale if you ask me.

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Anchor Humming Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 662 ratings
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