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Highland Little Hump Spring Ale - Highland Brewing

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Highland Little Hump Spring AleHighland Little Hump Spring Ale

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 267
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 25.65%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 02-11-2011

This American Pale Ale is meticulously handcrafted for full floral hop aroma and flavor. Brewed with grains from America's heartland - Simcoe for bittering, Amarillo and Cascade (both dry hopped) for aromatics - this beer finishes crisp and clean. Have a few and your freshly mowed lawn will still have arrow-straight lines.

32 IBU
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Photo of chamberscreek
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Going in, seemed like this had all the attributes of a good pale ale, but in the end, the finish was lacking. Even for a pale ale, this lacked flavor and character. Was brewed five months ago -- maybe it lost some character over time. Nice crispness, hoppy bitterness, but for my tastes, just not enough back end to differentiate this pale ale from a lager.

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Photo of NCMatt
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Was probably great when fresh. My bottle was from 3/2015 and it shows. Doesn't age gracefully. Ends up being lighter on flavor which is really bad for an already lighter beer. Was still refreshing, no real bitterness and slightly citrusy, but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz bottle bottled on date of 3.19.15

L - Bright yellow, 1 finger of head and some nice lacing left on the glass

S - Bitter hops, its been dry hopped for sure.

T - Lemon, lime, light battering hops, pilsner malts.

F - Medium carbonation, light body

O - Its a session pale ale....so it is what it is. VERY drinkable and refreshing however. Great summer time brew

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Photo of twage04
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lots of pine with a fruity finish. Good head retention. The Simcoe and maybe pilsner malt seems prominet. Pretty good and easy drinking but not much complexity or anything.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Between its straw color and crystal-clear light body, this seasonal APA from Highland Brewing Company is on the "lighter" end of the spectrum for the style; as far as aroma and flavor go, Highland nailed it. The nose is a very nice blend of stronger pine and grapefruit with weaker floral notes; on the palate these flavors are well-balanced against a proper amount of hops bitterness. A bitter finish- both hops and grapefruit- lingers as it should but does not overstay its welcome. This is a great example of the how enjoyable this style can be when properly executed.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: light golden with a thick white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: light citrus, orange, pineapple

T: not much flavor, light grapefruit hops, bitterness is ok

M: thin, watery, low carbonation

M: jumped on the "session" IPA bandwagon

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Photo of NapoleonInRags
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I picked up this Spring ale during the summer and I feel it's a bit too far out of the bottling date. Appearance is a clear yellowish gold. The nose is bleu cheese and pine. The taste is lemon, pepper, and grass. Finishes clean with a little too much tart linger. I love Highlands and I would love to try this on tap during spring in Asheville.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle picked up in Knoxville.

Decent appearance, golden yellow, slight haze, good white head

Wasn't getting much on the nose, some hops, a little sweetness

Now the taste was more than expected, nice hoppy bite, that light sweet taste, oddly not fruity though.

Mouth was perhaps a tad over medium.

All in all, a fairly enjoyable IPA. I find I enjoy most of Highland's offerings when down south, apart from St. Theresa's.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orangish with about a finger of offwhite head. Very good lacing.

S: Piney hops and forest. Light notes of citrus. Perfect pale ale smell.

T: Strong leading hop bite and some citrus twang. Complex and layered.

M: Peppy and carbonated. Not too fizzy or too flat.

Overall an excellent pale ale.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear honey gold with a stable, thin white head.

S: Very muted, restrained aromas of biscuit, grain, honey, pine, and lemon rind are detectable on the nose.

T: Distinctive, surprisingly bold flavors of herbs, pine, spruce, lemon rind, lime zest, kumquat, and bitter orange are present on the entry and are more or less evened out by delicate notes of biscuit, honey, grain, grass, and cedar by mid-palate. The finish is smooth, displaying an admirable integration of biscuit, honey, pine, cedar, and lemon notes.

M: Fairly light in body and relatively slick throughout. Carbonation is active, yet subtly firm, emphasizing the small amount of malt heft displayed by this ale. In other words, this beer is light enough to be sessionable, but it still feels like a beer.

O: A very smooth, easily sessionable ale that could serve as a gateway to stronger ales as the season progresses. This is definitely a quality pale ale. I could see myself coming back to it next year.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear amber-gold color with a white, tightly bubbly head. Lace is scattered and spotty. Aroma is brisk, grassy, with black peppery spice, and some nice fresh crackery grain. Light leafy pine, floral, pitted peachy fruit, and bright citrus on top. Nice & refreshing flavors as well. Very Spring/easy drinkin' appropriate. Nice bitterness sticks out over toasted grain and light hop flavors. Floral, pine, and some lemon rind...

Texture is slick and smooth, stirred up by perky carbonation. This is very suck-downable and fun to drink. Several more could be had.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lot like an adjunct lager as it had a straw yellow appearance and a fizzy yet stable white head. The nose is light with some lemon and floral hops. The flavor is corn with floral hops washing over but the adjunct corn flavor is prevalent. This is quite easy to drink, sprite and refreshing. Easy session beer but the corn malt is a touch strong.

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A light amber golden hew, with moderate bubbling and little to no head. This is pretty standard for most American pale ales.

Smell: Very hoppy, with some malty and floral hints. This smells like a beer that i may enjoy.

Taste: Very bitter with a tomatoey taste. I cant shake the thought of tomatoes. Very crisp and clean. I do enjoy the taste of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Very light and with light to medium thickness. This works perfectly.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all. For a very small brewery, i do enjoy this beer alot.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Barleycorn Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Mild hop aroma is quite lovely. A bit floral, a touch of citrus.

T- Very easygoing with the hops still tiptoeing their way around the palate. Low on the bitterness scale and the malt is also pretty subdued but there's still just enough flavor to keep things from being dull.

M- Crisp, quenching. Right where a "spring ale" should be. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- When I first had this, was very pleasantly surprised. I don't normally expect much from Highland but they were right on the money with this one. A great sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of Zach136
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear yellow body, persistent thin head, OK lacing.

Aroma: Grassy, earthy, with a hint of pine and onion. Really search for it and you can get citrus.

Flavor: Thin watery hop character. Too much present bitterness for the amount of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with some sticky, gritty hop bitterness linger.

Overall: Very expensive and tasty hops to barely get any flavor from.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

appearance: Clear golden color. Carbonation bubbles floating throughout.

Smell: Citrus and hops. Little more hops than a typical summer ales, but it is classified as an APA.

Taste: Just like it smells. Can taste the simcoe hops right away. Great citrus and not too bitter.

Mouth. A very light beer with a nice clean feel. Just right on the carbonation.

Overall. A nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew appears a clear yellow color with rising bubbles that maintain a fingeroif yellowish stained head. Some spotty fingers of stringy lace coat the glass.

The aroma is minorly cheesy with plenty of fruity and floral hop notes that get somewhat grassy, herbal and dank. As it warms, some notes of sulfur emerge.

The taste has an impressive amount of hop flavoring without much bitterness. It is somewhat catty and sulfuric with a flavor herbs and fruity to floral quality mixing overtop a bready grain base.

This is a light bodied brew. It is modestly carbonated, clean, crisp, easy drinking and pretty much poundable. With the recent upswing of sessionable ipas, this falls right in line with that sorta feel. It is something I would drink in excess if given the opportunity.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very transparent pale amber.

The smell is actually very hoppy. I smell citrus, lemon and grapefruit.

The taste is citrus, much like the smell, there is a little bitterness, finishing with a slightly sweet and grainy finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with quite high carbonation.

Overall this surprised me a lot, it tasted much more hoppy than most pale ales and at a low abv is very sessionable. This could have been marketed as a low abv ipa. I actually thought it to be much better than Founders all day ipa and at a slightly lower abv.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a spring sampler pack. Poured into Spieglau IPA glass.

Color is light gold, clear, bubbly. Decent head and some retention. I get scents of citrus fruit, orange rinds, some floral essences. A little bit of sweet maltiness in there too. The taste is light and crisp. Mild floral hops up front followed by some sweet fruitiness and a well-balanced malty finish. Not overpowering but still pretty flavorful; better as it warms up. Mouthfeel is smooth and light yet enough body to leave that light coating after you're done; pretty nice. Overall a nice little pale ale, good hop flavor, malt balance. Perfect for a hot summer day in the backyard.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold. Head is bright-white and creamy. Moderate retaention on a small loose cap and collar. Some lacing. Moderate to lively carbonation.

Smell: Floral. mega floral. Flower petals and some citrus. Very light malt body has some crackery elements coupled with a light bready aroma. Dank in turn. Legit weed on the front of this one. Light pale malt sweetness. Bright and clean. Some pine.

Taste: More of the nose. Dank and grassy with more pine than originally thought. Light and clean. Touches of citrus with a pale, light malt sweetness. Some cracker and a ton of floral elements. A bit bready and grainy. Balanced and easy.

Mouthfeel: Light body pushes to medium. Slightly above average carbonation. Crisp and clean. Slightly dry.

Overall: Eases the passing of the week.

Summer drinking beer and then some. Light, crisp, and clean, with enough hop flavor. Delightful.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a clear pale yellow liquid capped by a decent head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Vague but pleasant hints of pine and citrus

Taste: Hop forward, with a floral hint of pine and citrus; the malt base adds a bready, slighly grainy character

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and enjoyable

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barley's Taproom, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus, floral and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts and and grassy hops, the latter of which contributes a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has just enough hops to keep things interesting.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at the Cigar City tasting room. Served in a pint glass.

A: Completely clear, medium gold. Just over a finger's worth of white head and a fair amount of lively carbonation.

S: Not a big nose on this. Citrus, pine, and grassy hops over very light cracker malt.

T: Follows the nose in notes. It's fairly balanced, with a finish that's lightly bitter with residual citrus hop flavor.

M: Light body, medium carbonation sensation, no alcohol presence in particular.

O: Solid enough APA. An enjoyable session beer, but nothing I would actively seek out repeatedly.

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Photo of knoxtennessee
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's in Knoxville. Great clear straw gold color.

That great dry hopped aroma. Citrus and spice, a little grassy.

Has good hop flavor and a great unexpected malt complexity. Biscuits and bread doe.

Good med-light mouth feel.

Nice clean finish with malt and hop balancing very well.

Great pale ale/bitter. More balance and character that. Most APAs.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Fluffy, white head, good retention on a clear, golden body. Soapy lacing. Aroma includes a fresh hop bitterness, including lemon zest, grass, pine, maybe a touch of lime and the slightest aroma of earthy cheese. Taste is actually less bitter than expected. Very palatable, I would think, to the average beer drinker and satisfying to the most discerning palates. Very sessionable and nice.

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Highland Little Hump Spring Ale from Highland Brewing
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