JohnnyJ (3893) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at PP Carlsbad. Pours a clear gold/light amber with white head. Hops, pine, slightly earthy, biscuit, and a touch of fruit. Overall a pretty boring beer. Easy drinking.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy gold color with a tight white head.
Nose is grassy and floral.
Taste had a nice strong hop bitterness, tons of bitterness compared to the actual hop flavor, but it worked quite well with this beer. Not a great representative of the style, but a good beer nonetheless.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Amber beer with a whitish head. Fruity and light earth aroma. Earthy, fruity, and light grainy flavor. Medium body. Some bitterness. Grain and fruit lingers.
RickKempen (19) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rather unique: bottle samples sent by the brewery. Likely the only bottles in Europe...
The aroma is not huge but Iíd say hay, and some citrus hops.
Definately citrussy and herbal hops in the nose.
A nice thick head that nicely laces the glass...
No info whatsoever on the label except saying it was brewed 13th August 2009. I guess it is around 6,5% ABV.
Poors slightly hazy. Palate is very dry, suggesting more hops than I smelled. No sediment in bottle and lightly gassed. Delicate!
Drinks robust and is far more complex than any Pale Ale I came across in my life. Nicely bitter and now I begin to see where they are going...
Not that Anchor would ever IMITATE a beer, but rather be true to style, I believe they have tried to come as close as they could come to an English IPA but have, in fact, come on Home Turf of Orval.
alexanderj (3197) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at SDBC. Poured a clear, dull gold color. Aroma was on the light side; sweet malt, bread and citrus in the finish. Flavor was the same; a bit sweet for the style. Citrus in the finish. Solid overall.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 ounce sample on tap at the Davis Graduate. Aroma has some spicy hop notes present with what also appears to be a bit of banana esters. Transparent golden body with a fine, fizzy white head. Fizzy start with some honey-like flavoring and some doughy malt notes in the middle. Perhaps the honey flavor is a figment of my imagination. Finishes a bit dry with quite a bit of spicy bitter hop flavors that linger. Relatively straight forward, but flavorful.
popery (1215) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at City Beer Store. OK beer with a healthy dose of bitter, interesting hops. Humming Ale pours golden and very cloudy with a big, fluffy white head. The aroma is a floral/piney/herbal hops. The hops donít translate terribly well to the flavor, though. Itís bitter and chalky, and the delicate hop flavors are largely lost. I have little experience with Nelson Sauvin, but Mikkeller did a much nicer job with it in their Single Hop line. Feel is too thin and a tad grainy. Still, Humming Ale isnít terrible, just disappointing, particularly so as a rare special edition beer from Anchor.
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Clear golden body. Creamy white head. Grainy, grassy minimal hops...little to no Nelson. Some grape and citrus. Exotic taste, grainy, caramel and a really unique exotic hop.. Thinnish, bitter, grainy. Nice pale.
bhensonb (9830) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Rubicon. Pours dark gold with a creamy, clingy white head. Nice hoppy aroma. Medium body with mild carbonation. Not lush, but quite floral and bitter. Goes mellow towards the end. Lingering bitter and floral. I like the reference to juicy hops from kmweaver. Itís true.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. (Yes, bottled, with a label, at a promo -- the "draught only" line is wrong). Golden orange pour. Skunky, gym sock aroma, tree bark, dirty sheets. Pushy, play-doh flavor, some bitterness in the back, with only the slightest hint of fresh hop. Unbelievable that this is made with Nelson Sauvin, because it sucks. Tastes like a blend between Liberty and Steam.