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RATINGS: 674   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
To commemorate an important milestone in Anchor Brewing’s long history, a special ale seemed appropriate. Having found and experimented with a very rare and unusual hop variety called Nelson Sauvin, we knew that its unique character would impart a wonderful flavor and aroma to a pale ale brewed especially for the occasion: Humming Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2870) - New York, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Draft from waterfront manhattan. Poured gold, tasted more of a blond ale to me. I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2582) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Smell is clean, and hoppy. Looks like a beer in a bottle. Taste is clean, refreshing and moderately bitter with perhaps citrusy hops. Nice and flavorful and pretty easy drinking. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5111) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Wew, big fat pilsner or ipa floral aroma. Hazy pale ale color with a big rocky head. First taste has quite a personality; its niftily bitter like an IPA but it also reminds me alot of the bitterness you find in high hopped lagers, weird. Citrusey rude at times. Like chewing on green citrus rinds. A little strong in the taste department for this lager lover. Gets a little more nasty as the session continues. Yep, strong for a pale ale but I guess thats how the ales are progressing now days; each style is getting more and more of the hoppy bite and still remains in style when perhaps it should be in the next hoppier style. Yea, almost like a milder IPA I’d say on the finish too, medium long hop bitter finish. However, it does not coat the mouth with that IPA oily residue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Pours a clear golden body with a thin, lasting white head. Pretty nice - grapefruit and grass are the major flavors. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beaver (1599) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is grainy malts and earthy perfumey vegetal hops.

The flavor is a little sweet grainy biscuity malt followed by a decent sized earthy floral bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and is slightly watery.

Overall, I wasn’t too keen on this. It has decent bitterness, but I guess I just don’t care for the hops used. It is pretty unique though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
On tap at fountainhead. Pour is a hazy golden witha frothy whit head. A grassy citric hop aroma. A nice crisp citric hop taste with a nice mild spiciness.. Not bad seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (2041) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Pours hazy gold. Aroma is grapefruit, grapes and grass. Taste is sweet and bitter on the finish. Very easy to drink, airy on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flatmatt (1395) - Northville, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Heavily floral hop aroma with pine resin tones and a sharp touch of spice. Flavor is very resinous and spicy with grape notes, biscuit, floral hops, and hints of citrus. Green grape comes through stronger toward the end of the glass. Quite a tasty pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2646) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Bottle. A golden color with a white head. A nice floral hop aroma with pine and grapes. A nice crisp flavor that finishes with a malty floral finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2010
20101012 12 oz bottle from State Line. I’m glad to see the Nelson hops used in a more basic beer where the citrus and bitterness can really be explored. I guess this would normally be the part where I discussed that exploration, but that’s just not happening today. Nice and tidy without the typical Anchor yeast profile. The body is lighter and carbonation is ample and aggressive, and I was actually to see that it was nearly six percent. Tangerine fruitiness lingers. Nice beer.

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