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RATINGS: 676   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2682) - 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 (2901) - 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 (1558) - 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 (6991) - 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 (3759) - 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 (5419) - 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.

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