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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3008) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2010
From a bottle poured a light brown color with a fair amount of head. Nice light hoppy malty flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vonderbrink (95) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle: Pours hazy yellow with a small white head with good lacing. Nice citrus, grapefruit aroma. Nice fruity hoppy finish, cirtus and bitter balanced perfectly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badgerben (4483) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Hazy gold color with a medium head. Grassy aroma with lemon and mango. Mild grassy flavor. Dry and slightly astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Pale orange with a bit of yellow, nice head, clear. Aroma slightly earthy and a touch citric - reminds me of one of the Rogue brews made with Crystal hops if I remember correctly, the Brutal IPA. Flavor is earth, a touch of cat piss, and underripe apricot, rather fruity overall. The malt adds just enough sweetness to balance things out. Nice enough brew, but not spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (4093) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2010
12 oz bottle from Jonathan Ron Brielle. Poured a sligjtly cloudy golden yellow body with a large frothy bright white head. Aroma of toast, fresh hops, juicy citrus rind. The flavor loses a lot of the juicy hops from the aroma and is far dryer then I was expecting. What is left is lots of grains, toast and some dry citrus rind. Solid but I was expecting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1451) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Pours a bright deep golden with a full lasting white head. Aroma is floral hop spiciness. Smooth clean crisp taste like a lager, but with the malty sweetness of an ale. this is topped off with what I assume is dry hopping, giving it a pleasant but not too bitter hop bite that is both piney and citrusy. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (6162) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 9, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 [9/28/10] Bottle at a friend’s place in Amsterdam. Clear golden with a small white head. Sweet malty, honey-ish, slightly grainy aroma with a bit of fruits and faint hops. Sweetish malty flavor with a bit of bready notes, light caramel hints and a drier finish with a bit of floral hops. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Minimal aroma or head. Good lacing. The flavor is a rather acidic lemon. Very tart and bitter. There is a long-lasting, cabonated aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2010
I’m always excited to see new stuff coming out of Anchor, but I’m not exactly sure why. Their brews tend to frustrate me--they are always creative and high quality, but there’s somehow something lacking in most cases. This though? I’m impressed. This is a straightforward, robust, flavorful pale ale; a little hop bite, sort of roasty flavor, but just a straight up tasty brew in a class that is almost totally devoid of character and "creativity" tends to make things worse aside from a few exceptional cases.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rollingwood (86) - Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Pours 1/3 finger off-white head over a slightly hazy golden liquor. The bouquet is diminutive and floral. The liquor is also hoppy and floral with a touch of sweetness and yeastiness rounding out the profile. Humming--like Anchor Steam--shares qualities of a lager and an ale. It is hoppy, but not bitterly so. It is smooth like a lager, but not so smooth that you would mistake it for one. I will keep this in mind as a good session beer.

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