#166 Anchor – Humming Ale

Name: Humming Ale
Brewery: Anchor Brewing Co. (San Fransisco, USA)
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.9%
Source: Victoria Park New World

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m a little bit in love with Anchor’s packaging.

Those plump little bottles! The quaint vintage label designs! Don’t you want to just take them home and squeeze their little cheeks!?

No? Just me then.

Anyhoo… The Humming Ale is made with Nelson Sauvin hops (yup – they’re from Noo Zulund!), which they describe as a “rare and unusual” variety with a unique character. Isn’t it neat that our hops are so exotic in America?

I thought this was great – the Nelson hops make it quite different from most Pale Ale’s from California, but it still had that citrussy dry character which I associate with the style. It had a bit of a floral aroma as well as the citrus, and in the mouth I got flavours of caramel malt alongside a pithy grapefruit bitterness. The finish was dry and actually a little tart, making it super refreshing and quaffable.

And because this post needs a bit more filler I’d just like to say sorry for all these “woman hiding behind beer” photos. While they are good for proving that I did actually drink the beer, they’re not good for showing you things like just how adorably cute those Anchor bottles really are. The slightly-better-but-still-pretty-crap iPhone photos will be back just as soon as I get a new phone. (Though I’m secretly enjoying not having one so I make no promises of when that will be).

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Published in: on January 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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