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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2010 12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours a lightly hazy brass color with a medium white head that has good retention and some lacing. The aroma was pungent with green hops, weeds and leaves. The flavor seemed to have a cooked vegetable quality that included cabbage and beets with biscuit on the back of the tongue. Palate was full and malty. The finish was medium in duration and dry. Overall: As much as I loved the aroma I did not like the flavor, Iím hoping i just had an off bottle. --Re-rate note: 2nd sample this was an altogether different beer, the cooked vege note was gone and there was a nice spruce taste in the brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2201) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a thick fluffy pillow of head while the liquid was a golden blonde color. As for the nose, there is a spicy usage of yeast while also having a spruce scent of pine, oats, grain, and orange/tangerine peel. Maybe itís just me but somehow I smell a faint aroma of body odor/sweat, and that part of the aroma does make me a little uneasy. The flavor is heavily spiced and is surprising considering this was just supposed to be another pale ale style beer made my Anchor Brewing, but the flavors are bold and suggest hints of coriander, lime leaf, grapefruit and dominant hop bite. Certainly a beer that could be easily quaffed down during the warm months of summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerfest5 (1199) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 13, 2010
Perhaps the best version of an american pale ale ive ever had, perfect use of the hops to create a rich flavor that isnt overwhelming. this is my ultimate session beer, completely enjoyable and never gets to the point of being a chore to finish. hoppy aroma and a subtle floral and grapefruit flavor, this is anchor reaching past its liberty ale and creating a new and better beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sickassmick (227) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 11, 2010
smells almost berry pours kinda cloudy dark yellow. surprisingly flavorful tho, with good up front hops and fruity sweet notes. this is actually really nice. better than the steam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4472) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2010
12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Pours out a yellow-orange body of good clarity and capped with sudsy, frothy, white head. Smell: Humming presents a hoppy melange with notable notes smelling of dried lemon peel, herbs, white grapes, and a lone chunk of cantaloup, all backed by a rather modest underpinning of mild maltiness. Taste: A light, lightly sweet taste of biscuit-hinting pale malts. Slightly grainy. A moderate bitterness slides in with flavors of lemon and bitter orange and dried field grasses, with an additional fruitiness and kiss of resins. Finishes dry and bitter with a developing citric tone lingering in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: With only a thin base of maltiness to launch itself off of, I was really expecting a more charming, effusive Nelson Sauvin. This, well, itís okay, with a West Coast flair, but not as satisfying as hoped for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2011 12oz bottled July 21, 2010. Quite fresh. Label indicates 5.9% ABV. Pours very lightly hazy golden amber with a large very very foamy and fluffy white head that slowly recedes leaving nice rings of lacing and holds a good cap. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, grass, some weed, spicy, bread, yeast, some pilsner quality going on with the malt. Good strength. Flavor is juicy citrus hops, spicy, some pine and grass, light sweet malt, nice bitterness on the finish for the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, incredibly easy drinking, clean and refreshing. Wow, quite a surprise, very nice APA, perhaps even better than their excellent Liberty Ale but Iíd have to do a side-by-side to say for sure. Regardless, this stands on its own as a perfect summer thirst-quencher. Very juicy, great bitterness, perfect "weight", invites sip after sip. Nice one, Anchor!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3891) - - AUG 8, 2010
12oz bottle. clear orange under a medium sized, fluffy white head. fresh tangerine and spicy hop aroma. light bodied and quite bitter. tangerine like hop flavor and a light malt profile create and simple and refreshing APA.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle. Poured pale gold with lasting white head. Light lacing. Pickle juice aroma, that doesnít belong in a beer. Crisp malt flavour, almost like a good helles.Nice crisp finish all over the tongue. Not a bad beer once you get past that appalling finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1530) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with little or no head. Light hoppy aroma. Some citrus in the notes but not noticeable. Light bodied taste. Some hops, and a little orangeness to it as well. Nice and crisp. Good bite for a Pale Ale. For something this different for Anchor, I think they nailed it on the head. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5106) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Sample after the brewery tour. Clear gold pour with a medium white head. Aroma is a bit along the English IPA line with some dank malt, but the hops are of the crisp American variety. Flavor is equally dank and sorta English with a fruity character and a crisp earthy hop finish.

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