Little Hump Spring Ale
Highland Brewing

Little Hump Spring AleLittle Hump Spring Ale
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Pale Ale - American
3.72 | pDev: 14.52%
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Little Hump Spring AleLittle Hump Spring Ale
Notes: 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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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Between its straw color and crystal-clear light body, this seasonal APA from Highland Brewing Company is on the "lighter" end of the spectrum for the style; as far as aroma and flavor go, Highland nailed it. The nose is a very nice blend of stronger pine and grapefruit with weaker floral notes; on the palate these flavors are well-balanced against a proper amount of hops bitterness. A bitter finish- both hops and grapefruit- lingers as it should but does not overstay its welcome. This is a great example of the how enjoyable this style can be when properly executed. (12 oz bottle, 91 days after pkg)

Jun 06, 2015
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jun 21, 2015
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brauseboof from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Jun 03, 2013
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GRG1313 from California

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Jul 07, 2013
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KickbacksSteve from Florida

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

May 13, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew appears a clear yellow color with rising bubbles that maintain a fingeroif yellowish stained head. Some spotty fingers of stringy lace coat the glass.

The aroma is minorly cheesy with plenty of fruity and floral hop notes that get somewhat grassy, herbal and dank. As it warms, some notes of sulfur emerge.

The taste has an impressive amount of hop flavoring without much bitterness. It is somewhat catty and sulfuric with a flavor herbs and fruity to floral quality mixing overtop a bready grain base.

This is a light bodied brew. It is modestly carbonated, clean, crisp, easy drinking and pretty much poundable. With the recent upswing of sessionable ipas, this falls right in line with that sorta feel. It is something I would drink in excess if given the opportunity.

Sep 05, 2013
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Caml from Germany

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Mar 30, 2011
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EasyReader from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Dec 31, 2011
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mdillon86 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.4%

Jun 20, 2013
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AgentZero from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Peach/orange colored beer with a minimal white head that didn't stay for long and left no lace or anything else on the glass.

S - A litle bit of resin bitterness, some pale sweet malts, slight bitter grapefruit. There is some sort of sweeter smell i here as well.

T - There is an interesting taste of apricot in this one. It's a sweeter, more malt-forward APA. Not a hoppy ABA, by any means. Decent malt profile, and easy enough to get down, it's not bad.

M - Lower carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied.

O - I was fairly whelmed by this one. Not a bad beer, and it's actually slightly above average if you like a sweeter APA.

Sep 19, 2011
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carrollmel7 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Mar 09, 2012
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SonOfKyuss from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 18, 2015
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BeatBama from Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If only I could get more of this 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.

Mar 26, 2011
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zestar from California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Aug 19, 2014
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barczar from Kentucky

3.46/5  rDev -7%
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.

Apr 23, 2013
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chickenflea from Florida

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle. Began with anticipation. Highland has some solid offerings in their line-up. Beer pours a light clear orange. Stiff white head that settles into a rocky meringue-like foam within 5 minutes. Good lacing. Aroma is orange and dandelions with a hint of spice. Taste is pleasant and clean. Not sweet, but not that bitter. Texture is soft. Low carbonation. Refreshing and easy drinking. A dry finish. Not a sipping beer. Tastes best in big swallows.

Jun 23, 2012
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack of this for $8.99 at a local package store. I've had Little Hump a many times before but only reviewed on tap. Lets see if my opinion of this beer changes.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a pint glass. Served at 43ยบ Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of a pure white color. Retention is average. Body color is a pale golden yellow. Carbonation is abundant, varied and active. It's a pretty nice looking American Pale Ale, although head quality could improve significantly. 3.5

(Smell) Pale malts, a touch of grain, grapefruit hops and a lesser grassy hop presence. Hop presence is really nice in this beer and the malt bill adds an equal amount of complexity and depth to the aroma as well. Potency is above average. Really nice aroma. 4.5

(Taste) A mild bitterness and crisp pale malt front grows in intensity to a bold bitter and grainy finish. The hop presence is pretty nice and makes this a really good tasting beer, but there is a definite limited flavor brought in by the malt character, leaving the taste quite unbalanced and a bit shallow. Aside from the malt limitation, the hop flavor has real potential and is spot-on. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Crisp but not striking carbonation presence is pretty good texture for the flavor, although body limitations leaves the beer tasting a bit watery and shallow. Alcohol presence is low. Body is low. Nice texture pairing but a shallow body leaves for something more desired. 3

(Overall) Second time around I am more susceptible to more of the flaws in this beer which include a limited body that leaves a blank spot where more flavor should be. Hops are ideal in this beer but I'm finding that a bit more malt flavor to balance would perfect this beer's recipe. Aside from a few of the usual culprits of the style (head quality and limited flavor profiles), this beer is quite enjoyable and is certainly a decent American Pale Ale to be savored or consumed in sessions. 3.5

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Little Hump Spring Ale

May 29, 2012
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AlexFields from Tennessee

3/5  rDev -19.4%

Dec 16, 2014
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ktrillionaire from Florida

4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Feb 26, 2011
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Heavenisbeer from Georgia

2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A cloudy lager body, with lively carbonation and a bleach white lasting head. The light lacing is enough to reveal its non-lager being.

S: Light funky hops with a touch of citrus. A sprinkle of grains on the backend.

T: Hollow dry hops lead the way into a grainy middle and a flat finish.

M: Very slight tickle from the hops midway lead into a dry finish.

Certainly sessionable, but not much else to say.

Apr 06, 2012
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kwesib from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%

May 15, 2013
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smithj4 from New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

May 30, 2013
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Vonstein15 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Jun 21, 2014
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bucklemyshoe from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Mar 16, 2011
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rolltide from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 17, 2015
Little Hump Spring Ale from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 272 ratings