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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (1965) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2010 medium gold pour with a tight lasting white head. aroma is fairly light. floral citrus hop, and light biscuity malt. Flavour is citrusy hop, slightly spicey and floral towards the finish. Backed by a light malt sweetness. Bready, some crackery tones. Reminds me a lot of the Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin IPA only a bit more of a biscuity/crackery maltiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
briangray77 (14) - Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2010
the dry hopping on this beer is what provides its strengths. sweet citrus in the aroma is fantastic, but it would have been great to taste citrus and resin notes to match. i could smell this beer all day and drink a couple, but there are definitely more memorable Pales out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2010
12oz bottle. Much better than when I tried this at a distributor tasting a few months back. Pours a clear glowing orange biscuit color with a smaller fizzy white head with some stickiness. Aroma is honey and biscuit, light fresh grass, delicate. Flavor follows, on the delicate side, most certainly an Anchor beer, grainy biscuit light sweetness, light fresh grass, alcohol adds some effervescence, light white grapiness, lightly juicy, pleasant bitterness, a light cheesiness, some gritty graininess, lingering bitter aftertaste with notes of white grapes. Light bodied, spritzy carbonation, nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2313) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2010
something familiar and then something different about this beer is how it gets me. mostly by the way the flavors are layered. first an ordinary beer flavor albeit stronger and with a tingly hop presence that is first spicey and then just a touch piney and then grapefruit like. a malt character strong in something like wood wafts in and out and lingers toward the end right before that beer character returns refreshing, and then fades so as to elicit in proper provacation another sip. demonstrative... no, a better mousetrap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (3097) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2010
I am not sure what it is that made breweries think Nelson Sauvin hops were so great but, in my experience, they have not been. It is getting to be even a turn off to me when I see them mentioned--not that there aren’t some great beers made w/ them. Anchor Humming Ale is another brew claiming to use this "unusual" hop and is really nothing special. It looks decent enough though w/ a light orange color and a long-lasting head of medium bubbles. Supposedly the Nelson Sauvin is fruity and grapey but here I find it to be more herbal and woody, rather reserved. Flavor is light and spritzy--not w/o its charms. The heavy carbonation adds refreshing drinkability as does its light, dry body. Bitterness in the finish is quite firm and assertive which is nice but I do wish it was just a touch more reserved. This is an interesting take on an American pale ale but I think I prefer more standard varieties.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4283) - Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2010
12oz Anchor Bottle. Light golden with that trademark Anchor Brewing foam. Clouds of Heaven resting on the surface. Aroma is of a fusion of grape, herbal remedies, fresh summer fruits, a touch of bubblegum, and a touch of buscuit malt. Flavor is all American Pale Ale. Nice bold malt character, there’s the bread. Followed up quickly by a well rounded full palate brewzer of hop intensity. Citrus rind bitterness along with a touch of resin and grape skin. Smooth and very full flavored. Clearly more session intended than anything else. A bit lighter in body than I expected. So tasty. 6 of these will not last very long. Love that Anchor Brewing! 9,5,7,5,14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange-yellow with a small white head. Aroma of light fruits (apple, pear), caramel malt. Flavor of bready malt, apple and light fruits, a touch of bitter hops in the finish. A nice pale ale, very sessionable and drinkable. Tasty stuff! 7/4/7/4/15 [3.7/5]

   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 (1454) - @ $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 I’m coming to know as the nelson trademark of earth, lime peel, and grape skin. It’s interesting, but just barely coming through. Flavor is similar. This one certainly isn’t 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.

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