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Anchor Humming Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Humming AleAnchor Humming Ale
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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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Ratings: 662 |  Reviews: 332
Photo of Soonami
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Anchor Humming Ale is a sparkling pale ale that is very tasty (while cold). The beer is a very pretty beer, a pale amber with a white head that maintains a centimeter of foam all the way down to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is nice, grapefruit and doughy malt, but as it warms up, the smell of onions like body odor becomes more and more apparent. Similarly, the taste which was slightly sweet with citrus and herbal bitterness becomes more odorous as it warms and by the time it reached about 50F I had to pour it out. It started smelling like an American Apparel store with broken air conditioning. If this beer stayed the way it was went it was 35ยบ F, then I would've have loved it, but as it warmed it became distractingly unpalatable.

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Photo of montecristo2
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Thick, two fingered head. Pillowed foam, nice carbonation.

Golden color-similar to a light wheat beer color, but clear.

Smells great- lots of grapefruit/citrus aromas.

Taste- hoppy, citrusy(grapefruit), the typical Anchor Steam hop kick with some sweet malts dancing in the background.

Refreshing, drinkable. I love all of Anchor Steam's beers-this is not their best, but definitely worthy to add to your fridge/cellar/stomach!


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Photo of scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber with a large off-white head that reduced into a thick foamy layer that lasted the whole beer through and left thick streaks of rocky lace.
S: Smells of fruit and citrus hops with sweet notes of papaya, mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. There are some doughy notes as well, but overall the nose is very sweet and hoppy.
T: More malt comes through than the nose, but the fruity hops are right there. Hops have a cantaloupe sweetness to them in addition an earthy herbal quality. Aftertaste is full of toasted grains and a light comfortable bitterness that lingers on your palate for a while.
M: Medium body with a light, slick mouthfeel. Finish is "wet" and quenching.
D: Yet another delicious, well-crafted offering from Anchor. Not as good as Liberty in my opinion, but perhaps more bitter. Very wonderful and easy to drink none the less.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.

As the namesake would suggest, this beer is literally 'humming' with carbonation. Torrents of bubbles rise up through the clear brassy liquid to fuel a towering, fluffy mass of meringue foam. A beauty of a pale ale. Unique aroma, with a distinctly green floralness to the hops that's backed by traces of pine and sawdust. Tropical fruits (papaya, coconut, pineapple) and toffee-caramel malts in the distance round out the profile.

Let's see how she tastes... Yum, a crisp, floral bitterness hits the tongue quick and rides into the finish with a hint of earthy pine. Malts are a little thin, but still juicy and refreshing with some bubblegum sweetness and light caramel-like notes. Mouthfeel is superb--perfect consistency and thickness with a peppery carbonation level that keeps the palate entertained. All in all, a great summer beer release from Anchor. Glad I got a six-pack of this stuff; the rest is gonna go fast!

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up today at Travis AFB.

Appearance- golden color, nice foamy head

Smell- malt, breadiness

Taste- bready malt, slight bit of piney hops(barely noticeable to me)

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was pretty good. I liked it. I would like to find it again.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden copper color with a large, long-lasting, fizzy white head that leaves a slight amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Lively carbonation evident - lots of little bubbles constantly rising to the surface.

S - Moderate malty sweetness and a little bit of breadiness. Nice citrusy, slightly piney hop aroma, with a very light grassy note.

F/M - Grainy malts up front, pretty much a big turn-off. The grainy/husky flavor competes with the delicate malt sweetness. A little bit of toffee and toasted bread comes through. Piney hop flavors and a firm bitterness help the beer finish easily. Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight astringency in the finish.

D - Ok, but a little harsh. It is slightly refreshing in the heat of the day today, but this is just a little too grainy and astringent. Overall it is a good beer, but definitely not the kind of beer I would buy a sixer of. Thank god for singles, huh?

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice summer beer, a nice new offering from Anchor. Light, crisp, slightly grainy and nice earthy and herbal hops. Pours golden with a fine white head that fades to a thin cap. Nice balance in the aroma between cookie like malt and earthy hops. There is a almost a bubblegum aroma in the finish. The taste is also balanced. The overall impression is of leanness, but there are some slightly sweet, almost cocoa notes along with the dry, herbal hop profile. A little grainy on the finish. In the mouth its light, crisp, slightly bitter, and a little on the thin side- which is actually good considering the slight residual graininess. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Light amber with an inch and a half of frothy white head. Leaves moderate lacing on my Duvel tulip.

S-Interesting. Fruity, bright aromas parallel to pale malt and bready grains.

T-Sweet and grainy up front, yielding to astringent hops. There is a residual effect as I drink this. The hop profile is chalky and distracting. If it were a little less prominent, this would be working for me.

M-Light to medium bodied, with medium carbonation.

D-It's okay. The first sip was the best. I am curious to try it on draught, I think it might work better.

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Photo of berkey
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. 08/15/10.

A clean amber body is crowned by a massive fluffy bright white head that leaves some great lacing as it goes.

Malt profile is very subtle but includes some caramel and toast. Hop aroma is clearly defined but there's not any strong bitterness. Floral and grassy.

Light hop bitterness manages to cut through on the palate mostly in thanks to the fact the malt profile is so clean it's barely detectable until it warms a little. Once the beer opens up some light honey and more caramel start to peek through. Lingering dry bitter hop finish on the aftertaste.

Well carbonated like everything Anchor produces. Very easy drinking but doesn't seem to keep my interest like it should. Maybe my expectations were a little high because of the near perfection that is Liberty Ale but even though this is enjoyable I feel just a little let down. That said, this beer is working nicely on a warm Sunday afternoon and begs to be treated like a session beer. I wouldn't mind if this replaced Anchor Summer as a seasonal but I can't see this replacing Liberty as my Pale Ale of choice.

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Photo of Gmann
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a fantastic fluffy/rocky white head that slowly disipates into a sparse yet rocky/clingy cap. The aroma is of light cereal grains and a lemony twang, some tea like characteristics. The taste is of cereal grains, lemon and other fruitiness, and a tea like grassy bitterness. Almost more of a ESB than a APA, though there is a stronger grassy bitter hop bite towards the back end. Quite light and fairly clean for an APA. Light to moderate feel with soft carbonation. Finishes a bit dry and astringent. A solid, refreshing beer but nothing fantastic. Seems to be a very light APA with grassy bitterness.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.77/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, bottled July 13th,

A: Pours gold/a light amber with a firm two finger head, lots of lace.

S: Massive citrus/orange, very pleasing hoppy nose.

T: Definitely more in the citrus realm compared to the more piney Liberty Ale. They are both fantastic at what they do. Tangerine is huge here, sweet marmalade, fantastic hop character and flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, resiny and sticky with hop flavour which I love.

D: This is great American beer, full-flavoured, delicious. You've got love Anchor, they come out with a new pale ale and kicks the pants off 99% of the pale ales out there. Absolute must try, only FFF Alpha King is still in the ring. In the middle of the beer, I just said,"Wow, this is fuckin' good," that says it all. Better than Liberty if you can believe it. It's surpassed fresh Liberty and Anchor OSA 2005 as the best Anchor beer ever for me.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had to get my hands on some of this brew...finally. No necessarily disappointed but not all-too impressed either. Very light on the palate in comparison to other Am. Pales I can think of. Nonetheless, pours a crisp straw with thin sudsy head and significant sticky lacing. Aroma is of light citrus and a bit of pepper. Some thin malt character in the background. Taste is very crisp with pronounced lemon zest flavors and a bit of orange rind as well. A bit of a bread character. Feel is definitely pretty thin. This is, however, definitely drinkable; a solid summer brew.

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

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a yellow-orange body of good clarity and capped with sudsy, frothy, white head.

Smell: Humming presents a hoppy melange with notable notes smelling of dried lemon peel, herbs, white grapes, and a lone chunk of cantaloupe, all backed by a rather modest underpinning of mild maltiness.

Taste: A light, lightly sweet taste of biscuit-hinting pale malts. Slightly grainy. A moderate bitterness slides in with flavors of lemon and bitter orange and dried field grasses, with an additional fruitiness and kiss of resins. Finishes dry and bitter with a developing citric tone lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: With only a thin base of maltiness to launch itself off of, I was really expecting a more charming, effusive Nelson Sauvin character. This, well, it's okay, with a West Coast flair, but not as satisfying as hoped for.

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Photo of MNJR
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another excellent offering from Anchor. They know how to do it right, and this proves it once again. This honey-colored brew pours with a fantastic head of thick foam, about a third of which sticks around for the entire glass. But, I drank this pretty quickly, because 1.) I was thirsty and 2.) It was damn good. The mouthfeel is truly superb, and the flavor is perfect for a medium bodied extra premium priced ale. Standouts in the flavor are fresh bread, slight lemon citrus, rich malt, and truly sublime hops. You just can't pin down the flavor easily with this beer. It's complicated because the flavors seem to meld together differently with repeated sips. Sometimes I get the rich malt, and other times I feel the hops kicking in. It's a near perfect balancing act. I paid $12 for the six pack, and in Chicago of course we pay more than most places with savage taxes on top of that. So, a beer has be truly worthy to justify me spending that kind of cash. I will buy this again for certain.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled July 21, 2010. Quite fresh. Label indicates 5.9% ABV.

Pours very lightly hazy golden amber with a large very very foamy and fluffy white head that slowly recedes leaving nice rings of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, grass, some weed, spicy, bread, yeast, some pilsner quality going on with the malt. Good strength.

Flavor is juicy citrus hops, spicy, some pine and grass, light sweet malt, nice bitterness on the finish for the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, incredibly easy drinking, clean and refreshing.

Wow, quite a surprise, very nice APA, perhaps even better than their excellent Liberty Ale but I'd have to do a side-by-side to say for sure. Regardless, this stands on its own as a perfect summer thirst-quencher.

Very juicy, great bitterness, perfect "weight", invites sip after sip. Nice one, Anchor!

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

Picked up a 6 pack for $8.99. Poured from the bottle into a pub glass. A hard pour that did not allow me to pour all of the bottle because of the large almost 3'' white head took all the room!
It is a gorgeous head though with phenomenal staying power. Several minutes have passed and the head has fallen and left a generous sea foam topping, as well as very thick sea foam quality lace.
Color is golden with hints at red and a bit of haze.

Aroma is also very good. A hop presence that comes in two parts. First a bit specie with an earthy side. Also some good citrussy notes of peel and fruit juice. Sweet malty bits too. Its not a pungent overflowing blow your mind out aroma, but good and definatly easy to pick up on.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a foaming in your mouth feeling.

Starting out with an earthy spice and hempy leafy hops. Some malty sweetness mixing with burnt caramel and a little grain taste. mild buttery flavors, but plenty of earthy kick and a touch of pine. This beer produces great hop flavor and a nice comb of hops as well. I picked up just a little aspirin, but not much at all. Usually that flavor overwhelms my taste buds, and I just dont care for it. This however, is much different and quite tolerable.

This beer is a great summer release for the remainder of the hot months. Enjoyable, a bit different and lower abv make it all the more drinkable.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a std pint glass, Light golden, slight copper tone, with a green hue...giant frothy 2 1/2- 3 fingers of head on pour, settles to be a creamy full finger pillow on top of beer throughout. Tons of bold lacing down the glass. Loads of carbonation rising up.

S- Sweet malt, nice bitter grapefruit, light lemon and floral freshness, slight oak and honey on the back.

T- Great bitter crispness up front, balanced nicely with a clean malt sweetness, finishes with a sharp grapefruit, citrus bitterness that lingers in the back of the palate, and a nice tingle in the jowels. Not an amazing amount of depth, pretty straight forward with its great bitterness, which I like, and fits nicely into the style.

M- Fresh, nice balanced carbonation that delivers flavors nicely, smooth and creamy. Medium body, has some girth to it, with enough alcohol warmth to pack a punch.

D- Nicely drinkable beer, good bitterness, well presented. I like this beer, falls somewhere in between their Summer Ale and Liberty for me. I like the story on the label, and enjoy that they introduced a nice beer for their anniversary. I still haven't been disappointed by anything from Anchor.

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Photo of bsp77
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Light golden blonde with a very slight haze. Very foamy head and nice lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and spicy floral hops. Very fresh smelling combo of American and English hops.

Taste: Strong grapefruit, citrus and spicy notes. Malts are light and minimal, ending quite bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body that is crisp and creamy, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Crisp, refreshing and very fresh ale that is light but hoppy. Different take on an APA and quite delicious.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden slight amber color with minimal haze small fresh white ring and clinging lacing on side of glass..smell is malts and floral hops some bread...taste is a nice balance of malts first then some crisp floral hops that linger in the mouth with just the right amout of bitterness that is offset with creamy smooth malts..mouth feel is medium with lingering hop and malt flavors..its a crisp solid PA..i enjoyed it and recommend it

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

received a six pack from my brother who works at an Anchor distributor in New Jersey. Apparently this hits the market officially in two weeks. Very nice to see a new beer from Anchor.

A nice sharp floral spicy hop character in aroma and flavor, plays more toward hop notes than a malt balance, dry and refreshing while extremely drinkable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Anchor pint glass at ChurchKey.

They tell me this is the first time this brew has made it out to this particular coast. Right on. It pours a clear pale golden straw with somewhere around a finger o' white foam. The smell is faint, though some hoppy florals, wheat, puffed rice, and the slightest possible bit o' funkiness (not bretty funk...more like old gym suit funk). Hmm...not all that excited anymore, but I am still a bit intrigued. The taste is not as faint as the nose, but there really ain't that much to it: some light bitterness, flowers, and a very light caress of citrus zest. Apparently they were out to make the palest pale ale ever... The body is light, with active carbonation and a rather crisp finish. If it's true that this is the first east coast appearance of the Humming Ale, I don't anticipate it staying around all that long. Just not all that much happening here at all.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

4 oz tap pour into a mini pilsner glass at the Anchor Brewery in San Francisco, CA after the tour.

A - Humming Ale is a clear golden yellow with a foamy white head. As it went down slowly it left great lace all over the small glass.

S - The aroma smells of light pale malts and slight floral hops with an overall clean smooth nose.

T - Smooth pale malts start this beer off and are backed by light floral hops that taste crisp with a dry, floral finish.

M - This refreshing, light-bodied beer is crisp and dry on the finish.

D - Humming Ale is very refreshing and light with a nice smooth flavor and completely perfect drinkability.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Garland Flying Saucer location.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is bready malt with some citrus hop notes. The flavor is orange and grapefruit with a strong bready malt backbone. Medium bitterness. Light to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A decent American Pale Ale but nothing special.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey look, a new beer from Anchor. Nothing too special but I wanted to try it out of curiousity. Served on tap at a local beer bar. I got 6 ounces in a snifter glass.

Beer is CLEAR and amber. Its super clear. Looks nice. Thing broken head on top of the beer, lacing and carbonation both are practically non-existent.

Aroma is mildly malty with a decent earthy hop aroma after.

Lots of carbonation on the palate but its good. Fills the light bodiness of this beer out. Finishes cleanly, minimal bitterness and sweetness. Its like the volume was turned down on this beer. It was OK.

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

On tap at the brewery in San Francisco. Poured into a small 6 ounce fluted glass. A bit sweeter and a bit less hoppy than Liberty ale. I'm told at the brewery that this one is going to be Anchor's fall seasonal, that most likely explains the extra sweetness. Pretty nice offering.

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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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