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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1324) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle. Bottled on: 08/11/10. Pours a clear copper with a thick light-tan head. A crisp and clean aroma that features some mild citrus, a bit of pine, and enough caramel maltiness to keep things from being too one-sided. Goes down thin to medium-bodied, crisp, and clean. Nothing surprising taste-wise. Caramel maltiness upfront with some bittering citrusy hoppiness towards the end. A touch of pepper here and there. A dry finish. Nicely done. Crisp, clean, and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tgncc (2662) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2010
The aroma is earthy, floral hops, some caramel. The appearance is a clear yellow/amber, white head. The flavor is hop forward, earthy, floral, lemon, not much malt backbone. The finish is purely hop bittering, an unusual stripe of hops actually. Thin body, watery mouthfeel. Decent. The unusual hops make it stand out, otherwise it’s really run of the mill. Refreshing, though. Good for a hot summer day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gsmitty80 (1741) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2010
This was a dry hoppy beast that didnt go over for me too well. I liked it but i guess it wasnt what i was expectig or in the mood for. Tasted alot like the Green Rlash dry hop red.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampesinoTino (725) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle. Orange golden in appearance with an inch of fluffy white head. The aroma is floral hops and bready malt with some pineapple at the end. The taste begins with a blend of herbal hops and orange citrus along with dried mango and toasted malt. The mouthfeel is dry and crisp with heavy carbonation and a tangy, bitter finish. This is a very smooth and refreshing West Coast style Pale Ale that makes for a nice warm weather beer. From what I recall, the tap version was slightly nuttier and maltier with much less of a citrus presence. Anchor fans should definitely seek out both versions.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1001) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle. Faint nose of citrus and resin -- dulled by a damn big head. Color is a vivid gold. Taste is crisp and citrusy; the malt is almost, but not quite, overwhelmed in the fierce hoppiness of the close. More spruce and grapefruit on the way out. Good pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2010
brilliant yellow with large white head, an attractive appearing brew. nose of herbal hops. firm bitterness, especially for the style, but a very pleasant herbal and floral hop flavor is very complex with a touch of low crystal sweetness. a ton of flavor in this brew to balance the firm hop bitterness. really nice, i enjoyed this greatly, a unique apa, that is so bitter and flavorful I thought it would be classified as an ipa

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle and served in standard pint glass: Slightly hazed golden hue topped by an insane creamy head that never wants to die, of course all those bubbles produced great lacework upon the glass as well. The aroma has notes of pale wet grains, some lager like grassiness, winey, rindy and catty hop esters, with a hint of sweet tea. The taste is mildly bitter and quite fruity with a substantial herbal quality. The malts are just there to support the hops and adds little in the way of complexity. There is a slight medicinal and plastic character about the bone dry finish. While different enough to stand from the crowd, it lacks the backbone to actually make a difference. Not sure about the percentage use of the Nelson Sauvin hop (is it 100%?), but it need a better hop blend to round out the rough edges. Having home brewed with them, they are just to uniquely powerful to be left at their own vices.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weitz15 (379) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Light amber pour, thin white head. If I were to think of an average, baseline pale ale, this would be pretty close to what I would imagine. Nothing here stands out, but all the qualities of a pale ale are there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle, amber brown color with dense white foam, aroma of malty caramel, flavor of metallic hops and some floral notes, nice smooth finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tastybeer (1607) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours golden with a white head. Flavor is very dry with hops and rice? Very unusual flavor but not too shabby.

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