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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Tap @ Hamilton’s. Wow, its been a while since I’ve seen a new brew from Anchor! 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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
lager meets IPA? the nelson hops are not coming through at all. more of a sipper. abv seems high to me. only OK. i expected more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
On tap @ TAPS. Clear golden with a 1 1/2 finger white head, good retention. Lots of floral hops up front with a solid bready malt backbone, with some minerals and yeastiness typical of Anchor. There is also a little bit of peach. The flavor is much the same with slightly stronger malts. The finish is dry with bitterness @ a 6. Light to medium body with moderate prickly carbonation. I didn’t get the Nelson notes that I got from Alpine Nelson or Mikkeller sing hope Nelson Sauvin. Way over-bittered as well, but I do appreciate the effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 5, 2009
On tap at Monks Kettle in SF. Pours a brilliant clear golden color with a large billowing white head that lasts and leaves thick lacing on the glass. Aroma is pale malt, grain, and grassy, herbal, and floral hops. Flavor is similar, pale malt and grain along with an almost pilsner-like hop quality - fresh and grassy, leafy, and floral. Palate is medium-light and crisp with a dry finish. Overall pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
944play (348) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Medium yellow with low white head and fine lacing. Aromas are hard to find; what is there is reminiscent of green chile and freezer burn. And CO2. This beer starts very clean and bracing and evolves into dry, woody, occasional berry, and leafy notes. Finish is slightly resinous, but nothing distictive remains. Comes across as an Amer-Australian Sparkling Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asedzie (603) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Tap at City Beer, SF. Pours a dark golden hue with thin white head. Light herbal notes and leafy hops in the aroma. Impeccably balanced flavor- slightly sweet pale malt flavors and resiny herbal hop bitterness. Long lingering biscuity malt flavors along with mildly piney mouthcoating hop resins. This new hop worked really well with the typical top notch Anchor malt backbone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Draft @ TAPS Petaluma. Pours a bright, clear, golden-orange color; off-white head with good retention and patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Crisp, dry showing of the hop character in the nose: minerals, herbal, some white peaches; very clean, if a touch light. Medium mouthfeel: lots of dry minerals and light fruitiness in the hop character; toasty malts and minimal sugar underneath; nicely dry, nicely toasty, very sessionable; seriously, this is beautifully dry; clean, lightly juicy hops. Medium, toasty finish: nicely dry, mineral and herbal bitterness; crisp and clean end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 31, 2009
On tap at Toronado. This golden ale poured with a decent off-white head and a magnificent floral aroma. There is a chalky, but tasty pale malt flavor enhanced with unique flavoring hop bitterness. A very tasty brew that is unlike any of the other offerings from this flagship brewery.

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