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Highland Little Hump Spring Ale - Highland Brewing

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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 02-11-2011)
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Reviews by Merkur:
Photo of Merkur
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%

Beer pours a straw color with a good amount of thick white head.

Beer smells bittersweet. Very strong grapefruit smell.

Beer tastes very bitter at first. Very sharp grapefruit taste before giving way to a very crisp finish.

Beer is very light in body and very drinkable. Excellent session beer.

Merkur, Mar 03, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

oberon, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Shakerman
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Shakerman, May 20, 2012
Photo of sdsimkins
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

sdsimkins, May 04, 2013
Photo of markallmon
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

markallmon, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

merlin48, Mar 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Freehouse, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

avitallo, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of jmbraxton
2/5  rDev -46.1%

jmbraxton, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

chinchill, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

ltdantheman, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of CoalPorter
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

CoalPorter, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of tastybeer
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

tastybeer, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of syntheticwings
3/5  rDev -19.1%

syntheticwings, May 13, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

tdm168, Mar 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Bonster, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Damian74Shensky, May 03, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

cjgator3, Mar 26, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

qcbrewer, Jul 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Kegatron, Apr 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

rworkman, May 22, 2014
Photo of nms1987
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%

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.

nms1987, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

thagr81us, May 23, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

GRG1313, Jul 07, 2013
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Highland Little Hump Spring Ale from Highland Brewing
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