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Highland Little Hump Spring Ale - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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!

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Highland Little Hump Spring Ale from Highland Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.