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Humming Ale by Anchor Brewing Company

I happened to glance at the night sky on my way home tonight…the moon was out and it looked beautiful.  It was full and there were clouds partially blocking it…it was quite a sight.  On to beer #347.

Humming Ale by Anchor Brewing Company is brewed in San Fransisco, California.  Anchor has been brewing this American Pale since 2009.  The ABV comes in nicely at 5.9%.

Appearance – Clear golden with tiny white head.

Nose – All hops…grapefruit, oranges, & earthy.

Taste – Ahh…there are the malts giving it a nice bready flavor and the citrus, grapefruit in particular, were evident in this lightly bitter brew.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, lively stinging carbonation.  It was quite crisp.  Very refreshing.

Overall – Solid beer that was refreshing and easy to drink.

And then there were 18…

Rating: B

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Whiteout Wit by Anchorage Brewing Company

It was a lovely fall day so we took a hike through Six Mile Run Reservoir.  This is normally where I ride my Salsa but I wasn’t sure if the trails we would be OK after the snow we had a week ago.  They were indeed OK and it was quite lovely walking through the woods.  It was a much different experience then riding through at a much higher rate of speed.  It was very relaxing.

When I got home, I decided to pop open beer #342, Whiteout Wit by Anchorage Brewing Company.  Another beer and probably my last from Alaska, this Witbier has an ABV of 6.5%.

It poured a pale yellow or gold with quite the large foamy white head.  My first thought on smelling it was it had a sour smell to it.  Wheat was the other thing I smelled along with wood (makes sense…this was aged in oak barrels).  The taste is more of that sourness with some lemon..with a bit of the bitterness like you get from chewing on the lemon peel.  It had a bready flavor to it along with a buttery, almost wine like thing going on.  The body was between light and medium and the carbonation fairly low.  It was quite easy to drink.

This was an odd bird for me.  It was quite unique with some of the qualities more like a white wine than beer.  At times, I thought I was drinking a lightly carbonated wine.  I’m not quite sure I liked this all that much…my wife enjoyed it much more than I did.  Ehh…send it to the peasants.

Rating: D

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Old Foghorn by Anchor Brewing Company

Another wonderful summer day…even better than yesterday.  Out on the deck relaxing after a long day of work has me trying another beer, beer #256, Old Foghorn by Anchor Brewing Company from San Francisco, California.  This is a new style for me, an English Barleywine.  English Barleywines differ from the American style in that they are not as hop heavy and typically lower in alcohol.  The ABV of this beer is 8.2%.

I liked the appearance here…the color was gorgeous.  A deep dark reddish amber showed itself off in my pint glass with a tan head.  The nose was mild and consisted of mostly a sweet malty aroma.  There was a bit of bread also in the nose.  I took a sip and sure enough, the sweet caramel tastes of the malts pretty much dominated the flavors.  Towards the back end of the sip the alcohol made itself known.  There was a bit of a warming sensation as I swallowed it.  There was quite a bit of carbonation in this medium-heavy bodied brew.  It was a sipper for me.

Pretty solid brew…I think I prefer the American style more for the heavier hop presence they tend to have.  Give it a try if you are a bareywine lover.

Rating:  B

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Anchor Steam Beer by Anchor Brewing Company

I have another new style of beer today, a California Common or Steam Beer.  It amazes me that 225 beers in I can still be having unique styles of beer.

Beer #225 is Anchor Steam Beer by Anchor Steam Brewing Company from San Francisco, California.  The ABV of tonight’s beer is 4.9%.  So what exactly is a Steam Beer?  Well the original Steam Beer brewed back in the the late 1800’s used a strain of  lager yeast that worked better at higher temperatures since brewers had limited access, if any, to cold water or ice.

To the pour…a beautiful amber color with a big fluffy white head.  To the nose…very grainy, a touch of caramel malts, and something slightly fruity.  To the taste…slightly sweet caramel malts make up most of the flavors, a bit of a bread thing going on and some slight, and I mean slight fruitiness, maybe citrus?  To the mouthfeel…crisp, medium body, lively carbonation, clean and quite refreshing.

To sum it up…solid.  I liked this a bit better than their Summer Beer.  One of the better lagers I have had for sure.

Rating: B

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Anchor Summer Beer by Anchor Brewing Company

Going to be short and sweet tonight.

Beer #164 is Anchor Summer Beer by Anchor Brewing Company.  Believe it or not…this is my first beer from the San Francisco, California based brewer.  This American Pale Wheat Ale has an ABV of 4.6%.

The color was a clear golden yellow and it had a gorgeous fluffy and thick white head.  The nose was pure wheat…bread and bread crust.  The taste was wheat and a bit of barley.  It finished off very dry.  It had a light body and quite a bit of carbonation.  It was very crisp and an easy drinker…I could see myself enjoying these on a hot summer day.

Solid brew from what I believe to be on of the older craft brewers in the USA.

Rating: B

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