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RATINGS: 670   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
topherh (1914) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Bottle pours golden with a big off white head. Aroma is lemony, floral hops. Flavor is bitter citrusy hops, grass, and some light malty notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Looks great off the pour, displaying a bright golden/copper color with a big chunky white head. The smell is quite mediocre. Lots of pale malt, verging on stale bread, a bit grassy with a pinch of lemon. The flavor is light tasting; pale malt, biscuit flavor carries well under a moderate amount of hops. There is lemony sweet fruit tartness to it, catching bits of melon as well. Anchor used a rare variety of hops from New Zealand called Nelson Sauvin, which are intended to produce a white wine fruitiness. On a pale ale scale of fruity sweet to piney bitter, this leans toward the fruit side. Without sounding like a salesman for a cheap mass produced lager, this beer is excellently crisp, clean, and refreshing. A session beer for sure, a solid well crafted beer, but nothing to brag about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle pours gold with a white head. Aroma is sweet with notes of toffee, toast, grapefruit, and grass. Flavor shows the same with additional citrus and possible a strawberry. Overall body is moderate, lightly sweet, and finishes moderately bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10041) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Gold pour with a sudsy white head. Pale malt, grapefruit and yeasty esthers in the aroma. Flavor lends towards grapefruit bitterness, light bready notes and caramel malt. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2331) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Golden with a nice lacey, sudsy white head. Light sweet white wine aroma. A light citrus, slightly hoppy aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2399) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a honey gold color with a medium sized white head. Aroma of bitter hops, lemon herbs, honey and a touch of grapefruit. Taste of bitter hops, light grapefruit, lemon herbs, malt and a hint of honey. Refreshing session brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1577) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle: Gold color. Mildly floral hop aroma sprinkled with malts. Well-balanced hop to malt ratio for a APA. Some APA’s are hoppier, but this is actually a pleasant beer to drink on a cool summer’s night in Santa Cruz camping in my 77 VW bus. It has a great feel, quite creamy. Not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (12276) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours a honey color with a beautiful lasting lacing white head. Very solid balanced traditional aroma that has a great pale malt and floral hop presence, without either overpowering the other. The flavor is very unique, bitter, resinous, with a malt character I honestly can;t describe. Medium body and carbonation. Overall: a very unique and solid sessionable beer. I am still trying to but my finger on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5215) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright amber color with a huge creamy orange-white head that lingered and produced great lacing. The aroma was sweetish and spicy with moderate grapefruit and pine elements. The flavor was tart, tangy and sweetish with fairly strong notes of grapefruit, floral hops and perfumey hops. There were light undertones of caramel and orange. The finish was long, tart, bitter and fruity. Medium body. Solid.

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