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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
beernbourbon (1491) - 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 (6825) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3474) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2011 On tap for the Humming Ale Release Party at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Poured a slightly hazed, golden tone, with creamy and bubbly white foam to the head, and some clingy, curtainy lacing. The aroma was light fruit sweetness, citrus as lemon, and a hint of pineapple. The flavor added to these some smooth malt and a noticeably dry bitterness. Although the body was medium to light, the end result was clean, and the dry bitterness continued past the finish. Next time around was on tap at Lunar Brewing Co.. Poured clear, with the nose presenting pine and pungent cattiness, the flavor with white grapefruit and the lingering, dry bitterness, and no sweetness in either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Draught at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Pours a pale golden with a thin soapy head that leaves lots of thick lacing. The rare hops are potent and evident in a dry piney nose with a touch and sweet floral hop character. Quite bitter, piney and woodsy. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2009
on tap 11/18/2009 at papago. hazy pour is the brown color of maple stained wood. it is capped by a fluffy sticky white head which leaves behind a ton of lacing. unusual nose... dirty yet delicious... citrus, grass, pale malty sweetness, earth and a light tingly spiciness. the palate is malty up front but in no way sweet. the flavor components are the same as the aroma.... there is something in there that i am not familiar with (prolly the nelson sauvin since this is the first i have tried showcasing it) along with the malt base and a dry hoppy finish which lingers as waxy and prickly. the body is medium with a crisp texture and easy to drink dryness. 7/4/7/3/15/3.6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2009
On tap @ Hop Leaf. Pours a crystal clear medium gold with a small white ring. Nose holds some faint citrus hops, grain and a touch of pale malt. Flavor starts with malt, grain, then finishes with a fain hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5272) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (8122) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 15, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickKempen (19) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2009
Rather unique: bottle samples sent by the brewery. Likely the only bottles in Europe... The aroma is not huge but I’d 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.

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