Highland Little Hump Spring Ale - Highland Brewing
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3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
05-23-2013 03:33:39 | More by macrosmatic
4.48/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
05-21-2013 17:35:36 | More by knoxtennessee
3.89/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
05-13-2013 03:52:11 | More by KickbacksSteve
3.41/5 rDev -8.1%
Pours a brilliant golden straw with a frothy one inch ivory head that leaves modest lacing as it slowly dissipates.
Grainy malt, floral hops, resin, and that amarillo umami note form the initial aroma. Grapefruit pith and onion add complexity.
Flavor is very minerally initially, with lime, lemon, and resin fading to bready malt into the finish. Underpinnings of lime and bitterness are somewhat fleeting, and the finish is only slightly bitter and peppery. More malt than expected.
Body is a touch light, with moderate to slightly high carbonation and a somewhat crisp finish. There's a noticeable amount of astringency.
Somewhat one note in hop flavoring, and I'm just not a fan of that minerally character.
More malt presence than expected, and bitterness balances well.
04-22-2013 23:22:05 | More by barczar
4/5 rDev +7.8%
"Can I get a Little Hump?"
It really matters which bar in which this question is asked.
Highland's spring seasonal ale opens with an extra pale straw color. Bright in clarity it shines with active carbonation. A fluffy and somewhat airy head builds upon the beer with cottony-white froth that easily endures the session and laces the glass with intricate collared patterns.
Bright and zesty aromas are distinctly of American hops. Grapefruit peels, freshly zested oranges and light herbal botanical all align on a base of dry cracker-like malts and the most of supple floral honey notes.
Little Hump's refreshing taste is terse dry bread, grainy-sweet bit early. But the sweetness easily gives way in order to favor hop flavor on the middle palate. True citrus zest simply bounce from the tongue with grapefruit, ripe oranges, light lemon zest, and fragrant grassy notes. Finishing bitter-balanced, a minerally taste similar to seltzer water.
Light and crisp throughout, the beer is effortless on the palate as the malts are easily carried by its zesty carbonation which ushers in a quick and snappy finish that makes the ale as quaffable as any lager. Finishing with a light minty-cool evaporation and mild sulfury scrubbing, the ale continues to surprise the palate even in its short-lived aftertaste.
Little Hump is a remarkably drinkable and enjoyable American Pale Ale. It tilts toward hops because of its suppressed malt taste and texture and its heightened citrus hop aromatics. But its so wonderful to drink that its style flaws are easily forgiven.
Welcome to Kentucky, Highland Brewing Company!
04-10-2013 16:39:48 | More by BEERchitect
Highland Little Hump Spring Ale from Highland Brewing
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