Highland Little Hump Spring Ale - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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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Ratings: 256 | Reviews: 81
Reviews by Fergyx825:
Photo of Fergyx825
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Granderson really?...really?Little Hump poured into a standard pint glass a clear light to medium golden with a thin white head that was gone very quickly.Wow I love Simcoe and Amarillo hop aromas,citric and deeply resiny,just fresh smelling.A little lighter in the body,it could use a little more structure.Big citric flavors,again just bright and fresh,the malt base is light with just a little biscuit sweetness.This is a quaffing fresh hoppy tasting ale,its great as is,give a little more malt structure and it would be nearly perfect in my mind.Great Amarillo hop burps.

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highland's spring seasonal pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Average retention gives way to some sporadic patchy lacing.

Aroma is floral hops with a citrusy accent. Orange blossoms come to mind. A bit of grassiness in there as well.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and crisply carbonated.

Taste has a dry and crackery pale malt base. Seems to have some English inspiration. Bitter floral hops dominate and are complimented by hints of citrus and grassiness. Finishes clean with a lasting dry bitterness.

An excellent session beer without any real alcohol presence. I would guess the abv is less than 5%, making for a fine warm weather brew.

Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I popped the cap on this bottle without inspecting it, so I was pleasantly surprised by the very hoppy aroma emanating from a bottle labelled "Spring Ale": it smells a lot more like an IPA than like the light fare I was anticipating. Aroma is notably fresh, with a malt component largely overpowered by the hops.

Excellent hoppy flavor to go with the aroma, yet with a rather limited bitterness. Hops (Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade) have citrus and earthy elements with a little spruce, and leave a lasting and quite enjoyable aftertaste.

The beer itself is golden, clear, and covered with a modest but durable white head.

M - More body than the color suggests but still on the light side; semi-dry, markedly crisp finish. Ample carbonation.

O- an excellent Spring seasonal that I'd be happy to have year-around.

Photo of CoalPorter
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from the mix and match case at my local Whole Foods. Poured into a pint glass.

A - 1/2 inch head dissapates to a thin layer that hangs on, no lacing to speak of
color is golden yellow, with a lot of suspended sediment causing a haze, (didn't see a warning about bottle yeast when I poured)
carbonation is evident in little streams of bubbles

S - amarillo and cascade hops come through with cirtus notes, lemon and tangerine at the fore

T - hop cirtus and grapefruit peel up front lead to a pleasant bready middle, then into an astringent bitterness that lingers
mouthfeel is quite bubbly, medium to light

D - the bitterness that comes through the end of the brew makes it difficult to go back for more than one, but the sediment leads me to believe I might have gotten a bad bottle

Photo of tastybeer
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with a short layer of loose, foamy, soft white head that has decent retention. The nose has a light, spicy, floral hop aroma. The flavor is light malt up front with an herbal, spicy, lightly bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and crisp.

This is a drinkable, smooth, refreshing beer, but ultimately it's simple, one-dimensional, and a little unbalanced. If the malt character had some backbone it may stand up better to the earthy, spicy hop bitterness. The hops overpower what little malt shines through. Overall, this is probably a one and done for me.

Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

"Brewed with grains from America's heartland, using Simcoe hops for bittering and dry hopped with Amarillo and Cascade for aromatics."

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with an off-white head with decent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is pale malts and fresh citrusy hops. Smells like a nice fresh pale ale. Looking forward to tasting.

T- The taste like the aroma is pale malt up front with a nice little bite from the citrusy hops in the finish. Again, this one tastes fresh which probably makes all the difference in the world with a pale ale such as this one.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I though Little Hump is a pretty solid APA that is worth a try. I bought this when it first hit the shelves here so the freshness was probably a key to my enjoyment.

Photo of nms1987
4.74/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 3/22/11, enjoyed on 4/18/11

Holy crap. I don't understand how this beer is so good. This is the American answer to a great pilsner or bitter. Low alcohol (ABV not listed here or on bottle but elsewhere I've seen it listed at 4.5abv) but so much flavor.

Pours a clear gold with a white head.
The aroma is amazing, being quite fresh helps tremendously I'm sure but there is so much good ol American hop aroma coming off of this bad boy, but not in an overwhelming pungent sense and theres a wee touch of a sweet malt note. Its all very fresh and natural smelling.

The most impressive thing about the palate of this beer is now balanced it is. It could be very easy for a beer like this be hoppy but watery but instead this stuff is legitimately medium bodied but oh so crisp. There is enough light malt here to make the beer whole, instead of just hop-water. The hoppiness on the nose comes through on the palate as well. A nice pine-y or citrus rind sensation sticks to the top of the tongue and this finish lasts and lasts and lasts.
Completely refreshing, hoppy but in balance.

Though you wouldn't confuse it for a pilsner, its clearly an American ale, its great hop aroma and long, crisp finish really satisfies that same part of the palate.

One of the most perfect warm weather beers I've ever had.

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Magic Hat shaker. Poured golden yellow with a one and a half finger pure white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, skunky hop, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, skunky hop, earth, and very subtle citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Not one of the best of the style I've ever had, but still pretty solid. Really wish that the subtle citrus I got in the flavor would have been more pronounced and forward. It would have helped couple all of the aspects of this brew. Granted though it was still pretty nice to see a beer like this come out from Asheville.

Photo of KYGunner
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at 42 degree into a pint glass.

A: It pours a macro-esque pale-yellow with a finger of pure white head that recedes into a clumpy ring and laces better than expected.

S: Big juicy grapefruit, super fresh hoppiness, and some cereal malts.

T: Fresh grapefruit, orange zest, light grainy maltiness, and a touch of honey.

M: The body is very light and features above average carbonation, yet some flavors still linger.

D: This features lots of flavor despite being incredibly light and sessionable.

Photo of Caml
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glassware: DFH Signature

Aggressive pour leaves a tall, very white but slightly loose head, dissipating after a bit into some strong lacing. Brilliant gold, very clear but not quite crystal.

Smells of herbal hops, bready malt, and yeast that come together to uncannily resemble homemade pizza dough. I dig, though perhaps a bit yeasty for an APA.

Hops are the feature flavor but there's more malt than I was expecting from a spring beer. I'd love to wax more on it but they mingle together in a way to pick apart. Moderately long hop finish.

Medium-bodied, amply carbonated, clean & very drinkable. Feels good.

I've been wanting one of of these after work every day since I bought the 6er, and it seems appropriate whether that particular spring day is marked by warm sun or chilly showers. Darn drinkable and very versatile with food. I hope Highland doesn't roll out the summer beer too soon because I'd love to sip on this for a while.

Photo of NapoleonInRags
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- thanks to my buddy Trask for this brew

A-clar pale yellow with a twinge of green it seems. huge frothy head that looks like a foam pillow with air sacs.

S-orange and wildflower aromas. earthy malts as well.

F- bready malts and light floral hop flavor. Surprsingly very simple but very tasty.

M- earthy and smooth. Very crisp and leaves minimal aftertaste.

D- decent APA and could drink it very weekend. Nice during the summer.

Photo of knoxtennessee
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear light gold with a dense and creamy white hear that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind some soapy lacing.
S - Fresh, crisp aromas of grassy American hops with a lightly toasted caramel malt profile.
T - More clean flavors of grassy hops, citrus, and lightly toasted bready malt. Nice and drinkable, perfect on a hot day.
M - Smooth and light, with a thin body and good carbonation.
O - I love all the sessionable hoppy beers that have been hitting shelves lately (Founders All Day IPA, Terrapin Easy Rider, New Belgium Dig), and this is another nice addition. Keep it up!

Photo of wedge
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a small, pure white head of soapy bubbles. Sweet grapefruit aroma...lemons, apricots, a bit of peppercorn spice, and cereal malts. Flavor is a nice, light-yet-flavorful blast of hops. Leafy, citrusy, piney, grassy hops over a dry, grainy base. Very crisp and refreshing, light and drinkable with a respectable amount of bitterness. I hope this is still around when the weather gets warmer...

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice and deep dark amber with lots of carbonation visible coming up from the bottom of the glass. There was not really much of a head here, rather just a thin film of foam lace covering the top and a tiny bit of side glass lace down the sides. Overall fairly average look for me. The aroma was rather nice. An English IPA type of smell that was muc sweeter then your average british version. Instead of having the huge amounts of floral and citrus hops, this was much more earthy with a a nice grainy and grassy dominance that had a touch of bitter in it towards the end. This was rahter nice and had a good bread like malty back bone coming though in it as well

The flavor to was very nice especially for an English IPA. There started out a very nice grainy and grassy like hoppiness that was very dominant even from the beginning. This evolded nicely into a finely grained and bread like base that really pushed the envelope as far as hop much malt could go into this one while still keeping it true to its IPA roots. This then showed a touch of sweetness, almost caramel like, but more toned down then that. The finish was strong with dominant bitter Ero like hops draing out the finish and really drying everything out waiting for you to take the next sip from it. Very nice medium bodied IPA. To be honest I was quite impressed with this one and it really seemed to make a nice little addition to the Great Lakes Brews I have been trying as of late. Rich and almost creamy like in the feel the crbonation held up great throughout the entire session and really have nothing bad to say about this one here.

A really nice and different session beer for me here. I normally like the deep citrus bomb for my session ale, however this was quite different and really thoroughly enjoyed every last drop. I could really see this one as a classic session ale if I lived around here. It was really quite tight profile was and had little ABV which made it just about perfect.

Photo of wcudwight
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gold in color that's as clear as mountain spring water. Large soft white head quickly recedes to a tight lace on top of the glass. Looks just a touch watery. Smells like grapefruit with sugar sprinkled on top. Mmmmm!! This beer packs a lot of flavor for such a soft subtle beer. Lot's of tropical fruit flavors. Mango, Pineapple, Tangerine, Grapefruit. But where is that sugary sweetness coming from? Very flavorful yet in a suductive subtle way. Mouthfeel is very light which may help explain the softness of the beer. I could put a few of these away. When I saw the bottle I thought, "It seems like Highlands would do something a lot "cooler" for thier spring seasonal." After drinking this beer I feel this is the perfect way to welcome spring...with another tasty APA from the Tarheel state.

Photo of Immortale25
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: served in a wide snifter, clear golden in color, floating a nice layer of white carbonation

s: lovely first sniff - grapefruit pith and grassy hop aromas first noticed, striking but well within APA bounds, supported by a body of clean pale malts, perhaps a slight biscuity but quite crisp and bright

m: carbonation around moderate, just a touch lively, with a body that's clean and light, but not thin

t: clean pale malts hold a balanced hop flavor profile that's a combination of fresh grass and dried grapefruit rind, mostly dry, a refreshingly acidic citrus bitterness takes over two-thirds through and occupies the finish

o: a great little APA that's balanced, interesting, and exceedingly drinkable

picked up a single back in NC

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This hits the mark at a pale ale, but falls short of the American Pale Ale style in the hops department. Moderate malt base with a touch of caramel sweetness. Hopping is moderate, with some mild grassy notes. Pleasant, but not enough complexity to earn a sessions suggestion.

Photo of BeatBama
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If only I could get more of this release...my local store is likely not getting more. When I cracked open the top to let this fine beer out of the bottle, I noticed a fresh citrus fragrance that reminded me why I like an APA. Highland hit it deep over right-center here with a well-balanced, fairly low-alcohol beer...a session beer at its core.

The color reminds me of a kolsch-style beer, or a light lager.

If only it were about 90+ degrees outside right now, because this is a very refreshing beer. After cutting the grass, three of these would hit the spot.

The mouthfeel is present, but releases quickly enough that I do not need to charge rent for staying around too long.

I have not been blown away by too many Highland beers, yet this one has my attention.

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Highland Little Hump Spring Ale from Highland Brewing
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