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RATINGS: 652   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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To commemorate an important milestone in Anchor Brewingís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 21, 2010
12 oz bottle. Clear golden yellow with a big sticky foamy white head. Nelson Sauvin hops dominate the aroma, sweet grapes, citrus and some floral scents with a light caramel malt base. The flavor is equal parts sweet malt and smooth bitter hops. Medium body with average carbonation and a long finish. Great Pale Ale, the Nelson Sauvin hops are really on show here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcc5468 (121) - USA - AUG 21, 2010
from 12 oz bottle. Color started off almost orange but became golden. Little to no head to speak of. Aroma is slight citrus hops. Taste is citrus/floral hops - almost no malt to speak of. I found myself comparing this to the Sam Adams Noble Pils for some reason, and this seemed a distant second to that beer. The aroma was slight and the taste was subdued but crisp and dry. A decent session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pepsican (1440) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Draft. Gold pour with a big white head. The nose is very happy, lots of tropical fruit and what Iím coming to know as the nelson trademark of earth, lime peel, and grape skin. Itís interesting, but just barely coming through. Flavor is similar. This one certainly isnít too bitter, and the finish is clean and watery enough to keep this going for the night. I had quite a few pints. Well done anchor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (1969) - Manama, BAHRAIN - AUG 19, 2010
Clear golden with a thick white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, dough, and light honey. Flavor is nice and mild. Citrus hops, sweet, balanced fruits, doughy, and light floral. Light bodied with just a slightly dry finish. Refreshing and light, great for a summer evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boFNjackson (4100) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Bottle... Poured orange with a big, frothy, white head. A mellow pale, sessionable tasting. More like a Northeast/English influenced pale. Biscuity, caramely, malt sweetness. The hops were resinous, oily and earthy, but not bittering or piney/citrus. The yeast was nice, and appropriate for the style adding a nice tang to the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear bright gold with a nice lasting fluffy white head and some streaky lace. Aroma is a balance of yeasty doughy nutty house yeast character, with a decent nelson sauvin hop presence- also touch of crackery doughy malts, and light grass with a slight prickly dirt hint. Flavor has a bit more grapey green fruity nelson character, slight oily, some citrus juiciness, light pine, grass, light dirt and mineral with a more hidden nutty yeast character than the aroma suggested. Finish still has a slight oiliness, grass, and a moderate bitterness- mostly clean overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3263) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Orangish yellow pour with big white head that clings to the glass. Aroma of sweet fruity malts, a slight hint of cereal malt. Hops are citrus with a bit of mango and other fruit. Flavor is somewhat bitter forward hops. Lots of fruit and light cereal malt. The yeast character is similar to other Anchor beers. Medium body, slick texture, with lively carbonation. Finishes strong with the bitter hops. But, itís a really easy to drink pale for lovers of bitter hoppy session beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixmasterob (882) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle, poured bright and clear with lively carbonation. Orange color. A nice 1.5 finger head from the get go, faded to a small head with good retention. Aroma was of a combination of some fruity and earthy hops, some bread like malt as well. Quite laid back. Some nice, yet subdued hop flavors started this one, faded to some malty presence and an extremely light bitterness in the finish. Also finished very dry. An ok APA, obviously better ones are out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertjm (761) - Albany, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Fluffy pillow cloud of a head that seems to last forever, before finally collapsing down, leaving a foamy lace on the side of the glass. Light piny aroma. This special hopís aroma reminds me a lot of a cross between Liberty and Cascade. Kind of a fruity flavor, more like an English hop than an American variety. Resiny flavor lingers on the palate for some time. Normal carbonation and body. Sort of reminds me of a weak SN Celebration Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Despite the label shown, I had this in a bottle, golden body, lacy white head, aroma of sweet malts and spicy hops, refreshing ale with a nice rigid bitter backbone, no hop flavor to speak of aside from a mild spice, malt forward ale, refreshing and straight to the point

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