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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1802) - 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 (15271) - San Leandro, 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 (6372) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2010
12 oz – The Wine Source. Amber gold, creamy white head. Fresh grassy-citric aromas ride a soft undercurrent of toasty malt throughout. Drying lemon herbal –grassy hop bitterness rounds with a touch of sweet tropical fruit and malt. A great session beer. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, soft bittersweet finish. This one stands out well above your standard flavored APA’s. Well done…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shitpantz (61) - Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Very hoppy aroma - first taste the hops are actually overpowering and it seems way too hoppy for the style. Once it has a chance to mellow int he pint, it becomes more palatable, although it never hits the refreshing mark and I wouldn’t want more than one at a time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, hops, grass, rye, Nelson Sauvins, and slight citrus. Poured amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear but slightly cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Good lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily bitter and lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, hops, grass, Nelson Sauvins, slight rye, and resin. Medium body. Slightly tingly, then dry texture. Average to slightly lively carbonation. Malt, hops, grass, Nelson Sauvin, and slight rye finish is medium to heavily bitter and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7683) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2010
(Draught at Beer Temple, Amsterdam, 1 Aug 2010) Golden colour with frothy, white head. Malty, hoppy nose with lemon, grain and grassy hops. Malty, hoppy taste with notes of lemon, grapefruit, passion fruit, grain and grassy, citrussy hops in a dry, fresh finish. Medium body, dry, with generous bitterness. Deceptively drinkable and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - SEP 6, 2010
12oz bottle, Bells snifter. Herbal and floral hops aroma with the oft described top note of fruity white wine, a touch of lemon and some potent sativa aromas. There is a faint cracker-like malt backbone, but the hops dominate the aroma. Golden in color with a bone white head and excellent clarity. Medium to medium plus carbonation appears in streams of tiny bubbles and props up the head seemingly forever. The taste is fruity (lemons zest, underripe grapes) and minerally (like chablis/loire valley sauvigon blanc wines); with a strongly herbal and white wine finish. The bitterness is moderately strong, but the beer certainly doesn’t feel out of whack. Dry finish. The bitterness is cleansing and although the beer is complex, it is also restrained. Very tasty and very drinkable. A wonderful seasonal beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Sampled from 12-oz bottle shared by JK. Pours a semi-clear golden pale colored brew with an average sized off-white head that slowly disappears to a thin white ring and spotty lacing. Aroma of golden grain malt, grassy hops, lemon zest, and a distinct eucalyptus scent that reminded me of Vicks VapoRub. Taste is medium bodied, piny, with additional taste of sugar beets, golden grain malt, grassy hops, lemon and a touch of spice. Finish is slightly tart with a mild grapefruit and citrus aftertaste without the typical bitterness compared to other hoppy beers.

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