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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Amber pour with a frothy white head. The aroma is subdued, but has some lightly roasted caramel malt and floral hopping. The flavors are pretty well balanced between the caramel sweetness and the slightly fruity hop bitterness, with it’s unusual hints of grapes. Decent, if uninspiring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hermod (5873) - Vantaa, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2010
Draught @ Sadonkorjuu 28.8. Poured hazy golden color with a frothy/dense white head. Aroma is apples and malt. Flavor is bread and malt, with some fruity notes. Slightly bitter finish. Somewhat heavy and tough to drink, not really what I had expected.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nik925 (783) - USA - AUG 29, 2010
I’m thinking there might be a reason why this hop variety is unusual...I hate to be a low score on an anchor brewing beer, but Maytag left so screw it. This is rather odd, but not really good. Appearance and aroma are nothing to mention. This is all based on a decent recipe and a weird hop that does make for some odd bitterness. Odd, yes. Great, no.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (9803) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2010
Draught at Sadonkorjuu 2010, Porvoo, Finland.
Hazy golden colour with average sized foamy head. Mild fruity not-so-bitter hops in aroma. Flavour is nice balanced mix of bitter fruity hops and malty body. Long-lasting bitterness in aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5435) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Bottle. Big fruity hop nose, some golden grain and bright citrus, but winy notes would have to be imagined. Golden, clear pour with a rocky tannish head. Taste is surprisingly bitter and fierce for Anchor, with bright citrus and berry notes. Some really nice dank must. Medium body edging fuller, smooth with a touch of booze showing. Very dry. A good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (2023) - 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 (2443) - 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 (2516) - 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 (3844) - 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.

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