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Highland Little Hump Spring Ale - Highland Brewing

Highland Little Hump Spring AleHighland Little Hump Spring Ale

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
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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Photo of rapidsequence


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a six pack. Thanks Chris.

Appearance: Clear dark yellow, white head, damn nice lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and a bag of weed. A very light, sweet grain aroma.

Taste: Bitter hoppy grapefruit. Slightly grassy. Resiny. Light pale malt backbone with just a slight sweetness. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin body. Sticky hops resin on the finish. Refreshing, thirst quenching.

Overall: I really like the idea of a hoppy, low alcohol beer, but it never quite works out like I hope. This is good, but there's just not enough malt to stand up to the hops. I can see drinking lots of these on a hot day, or at the beach.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 01:49:52 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 01:38:03 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bone white foam, touch over one finger, very fine microfoam, too much so to even dimple, dissolves steadily to a respectable surface coating, the lacing forms as a thin sheet which gently breaks apart as gravity pulls it downwards. The liquid is a base yellow with a soft metallic orange edge, full transparency, only a few scattered bubbles to be viewed, slow moving at that. The nose has a cleansing, high-toned feel focusing on tangerine, mandarin orange, white grapefruit citrus and pretzel dough with a good dose of white pepper, granola and fresh grain cereal, at times it really does come across as pilsner-like, given its erect and lean nature there's ample sweet apricot, peach, nectarine fruit scents. Medium-bodied, sort of a stern mouth feel, not "serious" per se but built like an old school, traditional beer that is cleansing and mouth-watering while also strong enough to stand up to all kinds of food. The carbonation has a tight weave and it's damn dry from start to finish. Salt and pepper, pretzel dough to rye, quinine, dried lawn grass, all these tend to outscore the peach, apricot, apple fruit, even pushing the grapefruit, blood orange citrus back some. All that scrubbing leaves the palate alive and pulsating at the end, however, maybe fatigued as well. It brings the word "honest" to mind. Not sure I could drink more than two bottles in a sitting, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 00:50:32 | More by farrago
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow-gold body with an inch of sustained, white foam.

Smell: A very faint hint of mild-mannered pale malts carried away, to far-off destinations by a trickling minerally mountain stream, hoppy citrus fruit notes, and an earthy grassiness tucked underneath.

Taste: A light, though not particularly sweet taste of pale malted barley in the fore. Sip of spring water. Lemon and white grapefruit follow, not particularly fruity, instead swaying towards being pithy and a tad citric. Hint of orange blossom. Moderate bitterness. Faintly grassy near the end from the dry-hopping. Dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Some slight watery aspects to the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Refreshing and crisp, it's a bit lean on the malts, giving a definite balance towards the hops, which are amply bitter, but not overbearingly so. Not bad. The low ABV is appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 23:38:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 15:39:50 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of shand


4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden colour with a finger of fluffy head that retains and laces well. Looks a lot more like a pilsner than a traditional pale ale. The smell on this, on the other hand, is amazing! Super bright hops, grapefruit and citrus, with a bit of a grassy aspect. Smells very good. The taste is also quite good, it's smooth, grassy hops and some nice tropical fruits and citrus aspects. A substantial amount of grapefruit here as well. Aftertaste is nicely hoppy. For sure, a taste profile closer to an IPA than a traditional pale ale, just lighter and more delicate in every way. A session brew for the IPA fan.

The mouthfeel is this brew's weak point. It feels too thin and also a just a bit undercarbonated. It's not unpleasant by any means, but isn't optimal either. The drinkability is quite good though, this is very easy drinking. I love that it's so flavor packed for how easy this is to drink. A great and surprising pale ale from a brewery I've tended to shy away from. It's just very easy-drinking and full of flavor for such a light brew. I'm looking forward to trying more from these guys - at least if I had some way of knowing they were fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:38:31 | More by shand
Photo of babaracas


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear gold with very fine sediment, two finger foamy white head leaves a couple of splotchy rings of lace. Smell: pale malt, grassy, spicy, lemon, a little musty. Taste: light bready component, grassy and spicy with a little citrus zest. Light bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. A nice spring (or maybe better in summer when it's not a high of 45 deg. in Asheville) sessioner. More like a PA pils than an APA.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 05:23:59 | More by babaracas
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 21:41:00 | More by wedge
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always up to try brand new stuff from Highland, especially something that has "Hump" in the title. Just because. Pours a bright golden color with perfect clarity and a creamy, wet head.
The nose is so sweet and full of grapefruit citrus that it seems surreal.

The taste reveals that some of that sweet grapefruit has wondertwinned into hop bitterness but for plenty of the rest, the song remains the same. The hops take over early but the airy sweet candy comes back in the finish. There is a ton of flavor here. Even among APAs this is unique and very cool for what I figured was a one shot seasonal. I would love to try this one on tap after a day of hiking in the mountains.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 03:45:09 | More by daliandragon
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure of the abv, but labeling claims this beer to be sessionable. Saw one online reference that states this to be 4.5% but couldn't find anything official on the Highland site.

Very clear light gold pour with 1-finger near white head. Not much retention nor lace. Probably what they were shooting for, but it's just an average looking glass of beer.

Nose is very nice. Very fruity, with lots of grapefruit and tropical citrus.

Hits fruity with tons of grapefruit for the style. If this really is a 4.5% beer, they packed in a ton of flavor. Some malt backbone 2/3 through the sip with a light bready feel. This is a really nice glass of beer and a welcome craft addition, going up against the stronger abv's I've been enjoying lately.

I'll definitely get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 01:51:39 | More by beer2day
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 01:55:57 | More by wcudwight
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer seems like it must be insanely fresh, judging by the vibrance of the quality.

A - The brew pours an ultra-translucent copper-gold and is capped with a prodigous volume of white froth.

S - The nose is like candied apricot, with splashes of tangerine, pineapple and mango thrown in for tropical fruits' sake. Very similar to Sculpin. As the glass empties, some vaguely grassy notes emerge.

T - The flavor is much more subdued than the tropical throwdown that is the nose, but it is still exceedingly pleasant. The pale base contributes mild grain flavors, there is a refreshing mineral water element, and mostly there is an understated yet dominant hop bouquet. The hop contribution is again in the tropical range, centered around pineapple and mango but also inclusive of tangerine, white grapefruit pith, limon, and peach-apricot. The finish is bitter-dry and extra-long. This is great stuff, nearly granted the highest score for taste and smell.

M - This beer is well-done from the bottom to the top. The feel is bright enough to illuminate the hop to a showcase level without requiring a tongue-bruising IBU to get there.

D - One of the most surprising finds in a while. Really really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 05:15:24 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a completely clear consistency. There was a small amount of fairly long-lasting, foamy head. OK lacing.

S: A very sweet, almost sugary smell, that had notes of hops, malt, and grain.

T: Tasted of mild hops, a definitive maltiness and and a grassy/grainy quality. There was also a little bit of citrus mixed in there for good measure. A pretty tasty beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: A generally well made, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 14:18:53 | More by avalon07
Photo of elgiacomo


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottled Jan 26, 2011.

Pours clear gold with a small white head, leaves moderate lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is citrus, grassy and floral hops, noble hop almost skunky character as well as grains, bread. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is lemon citrus and grassy hops, grainy malt, mild sweetness but finishes dry with lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, medium to high carbonation.

Despite technically being an APA, the appearance, aroma, flavor profile, etc all make this feel like a hopped-up Pilsener, Still, a good refreshing beer for the upcoming warmer weather.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:38:56 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of JoeBloe

New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

looks like I'm the first review -
pours a light straw color with a 1/2 finger head - smells a little like funky meadow air - taste is a little sweet with a grassy bite and an earthy backbone, a little funky - good carbonation - goes down easy - a welcome taste of spring in february.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 19:28:19 | More by JoeBloe
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Highland Little Hump Spring Ale from Highland Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.