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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (3681) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2010
On tap at Beer Temple. Golden body with medium head. Nose of hops and citrus. Taste is more maltier, but sweet with grapefruit and citrus notes. Quite prickly texture, also in the finish. I quite liked this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Sampled at 1702, Tucson February 2009
This beer arrives from the tap with a lightly hazed, gold-copper hue. It is topped by a frothy, one-finger thick, off-white colored head that is half way decent coming from a draft beer and it even leaves some layered lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. The aroma is grassy with herbal hop notes and has an under-current of fruitiness to it (Meyer lemon, a slight melon note and a grassy, tart, grape like note).

The beer feels quite fizzy as it first hits my mouth, almost too much so, it is still quite quaffable though as there is just enough body to carry the aggressive hop character. The hops taste grassy, quite herbal, green and even have a touch of astringency to them in the finish. There is also quite a bit of bitterness her. The fruit hop character plays only a secondary role here with a lightly tart, melon like note, some grassy lime flavors and a tropical fruit like grape note being softly noticeable. There is just enough malt to note get in the way of the dominating hop character; a touch of firm, definitely cracker-like malt in the finish and just enough of a pale malt sweetness up front to not allow this beer to be overly dry; though, for a beer, this is definitely on the dry side.

This is a serviceable Pale Ale that is aggressively hopped. The Nelson Sauvin character seems wasted though; where is the expressive, interesting fruit character? I wonder if freshness is an issue here. This is still tasty, it is just not quite what I had hoped it would be.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2010
The smell on this is atrocious. Smells like rotten fruit. Sadly, the flavor is similar although not as distgusting. Some grapefruit flavor w/ a piney finish. Dry palate. One and done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31480) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2010
From tap at SF Beer Week Celebrator Beer News Anniversary Party. Pours hazy yellow with a small white head, lasting with a nice lacing. Smooth hoppy aroma, Nelson Sauvin shines through. Smooth and fruity hops flavoure - very elegant. Dry finish. Nice one. Lovely. Easy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8726) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
Nelson Sauvin hopped, enjoyed on tap at Papago bar. A nice hoppiness, a medium mouthfeel. Yellow colour with good lacing. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2010
On tap @ Papago. Pours slightly hazy yellow with a one finger foamy white head. The nose is floral hops, malt and light citrus. The taste is malt, tart grapefruit, bitter orange peel and resin that lingers for quite some time. Medium bodied. Decent APA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2288) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2010 Tap. Light roasted note for the malt, heavy grapefruit peel for the hops, musty and soap for the yeast and background notes of pepper and medicine. Head is large creamy, white with excellent lacing and is fully lasting. Color is clear amber. flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily, with a lively carbonation and a very dry finish. A bit out of balance, but the big dose of grapefruit in the American Pala Ale sets apart from others.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2010
On tap @ 1702 - Pours a clear yellow color with a small white head that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Light lacing. Aroma is herbal hops and grain. Flavor is much of the same. This was an odd beer. Very bitter, but not in a good IPA way. I would not order this one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1315) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Tap at Whole foods in Lincoln Park. Pour is cloudy yellow/ gold with a smallish white head. Aroma is cookie malt, light honey, and lots of floral hops. Flavor is also sweet malt and lots of floral hops with a slightly sweet finish. Really good and refreshing. Lingering floral notes and sweet malt. Certainly more of a summer beer but quite tasty and really easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Draft on tap at the Bavarian Lodge (Lisle, IL). Pours a nice golden yellow, fairly haze, an offwhite head that cakes at a decent level, laces pretty well, thick. Aromas are very drop hopping, grass and florals with just a faint lemon hint, a decent dose of pale malts and a light lemon zest come into play, fairly earthy and floral hopping though. Initial is a lighter end of medium, some fairly bitter hops displaying grass, weeds, and a light lemon, dry on the palate with a decent floral feel, I get a faint wine feel, with pale malts trailing in, the surprisingly bitter earthy hops take the show though. The beer is cool and quenching, going down easy with still a pretty potent bitter hopping, more noticeable from the lack of citrus hop influence. The beer is clean, leaving a dry and fairly bitter finish, the malts come into play more in the nose than in the taste. I enjoyed this, a decent different take on an APA with the Nelson Sauvin.

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