Highland Little Hump Spring Ale | Highland Brewing

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Highland Little Hump Spring AleHighland Little Hump Spring Ale

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Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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

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Photo of nms1987
4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received as a surprise from my wife. Pours a very light golden color with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of fruity, grassy hops and a little light grain. Tastes of grapefruit, pine, grass and some nice light grains. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice crisp carbonation. Overall, I think it is a great rendition of its style, really nice one from Highland.

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Photo of BeatBama
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If only I could get more of this release...my 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.

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Photo of Falcone
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light gold. Excellent filtered clarity. Head is a bit thin but has good retention. Just a slight bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lovely and strong. Plenty of dank tropical fruity American hop goodness. Characteristic grapefruit aroma from the Cascade and orange from the Amarillo. Smells very fresh.

Taste follows the aroma with lots of hop flavor but with low hop bitterness. Ideal for an American pale ale. The amount of hop flavor almost qualifies this to be a session IPA. Mouthfeel is crisp light and very refreshing. The finish isn't as dry as expected and overall the experience is quite thirst quenching.

The sessionable abv seals the deal - one of the most flavorful beers I've ever had below 5%. Highly recommended.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orangish with about a finger of offwhite head. Very good lacing.

S: Piney hops and forest. Light notes of citrus. Perfect pale ale smell.

T: Strong leading hop bite and some citrus twang. Complex and layered.

M: Peppy and carbonated. Not too fizzy or too flat.

Overall an excellent pale ale.

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Photo of knoxtennessee
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of beer2day
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of shand
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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)

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Photo of PDXHops
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip (back in March when it was very fresh). See-thru light gold topped with a thickish, almost meringuelike white head that sticks around impressively and leaves nice soapy lacing.

The dry hopping is apparent from the first sniff. Pine resin, grapefruit zest and lightly toasted grains are the chief components in the very fresh nose. A ton of grapefruit and pine flavors, yet it's smooth drinking with a nice juiciness until the swallow. At that point, things turn clean and grainy. There's a load of hop character crammed into this small (ABV) brew, yet it doesn't necessarily feel like an 'IPA Light' kinda APA. Just a really nice sessionable brew with a ton of hop flavor, but not a lot of bitterness to get in the way of drinkability. Easily the best Highland brew.

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Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of StLThrash
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in a 'build your own sixer' in Knoxville, TN. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. No expiration date.

A - pours a clear golden yellow with a 1 finger head. Left light lacing throughout.

S - very nice foral and citrus hop aroma from the Amarillo and Cascade dry hopping.

T & M - Very reminiscent of Sam Adams Noble Pils. Lots of hop character brought on by the Simcoe bittering hops. Very juicy and chewy mouthfeel.

Overall - a damn good beer. Best beer out of the sampler by far. Had some Sweetwater, Lazy Magnolia, etc... and this was by far the best. Will be looking for more on our trip to Myrtle Beach.

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Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a New Belgium Tulip

A - Clear golden yellow with a thin dense white head. Big bubbled lacing lasting throughout the whole drink.

S - Grassy aroma with some earthy hops. A little bit of citrus hops coming through.

T - Bitter, but not to much. Definitely an earthy bitterness. Very light bodied. There wasn't much too it after the bitterness, but it finished clean.

M - It bit the tongue in a good way. The carbonation was just right. All and all I felt like it had a medium mouthful.

D - If you like the flavor it is definitely a sessionable beer. I could easily down a six pack of these without thinking twice.

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Photo of cnjohn19
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not going into much detail here, but this seasonal offering from Highland is fantastic...very light, crisp, with a strong citrus backbone...it screams spring is here in NC and i like it...great session beer...

song pairinings: broken bells "windows," bob marley "exodus," jack johnson just about any song...

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.19/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Caml
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: served in a wide snifter, clear golden in color, floating a nice layer of white carbonation

s: lovely first sniff - grapefruit pith and grassy hop aromas first noticed, striking but well within APA bounds, supported by a body of clean pale malts, perhaps a slight biscuity but quite crisp and bright

m: carbonation around moderate, just a touch lively, with a body that's clean and light, but not thin

t: clean pale malts hold a balanced hop flavor profile that's a combination of fresh grass and dried grapefruit rind, mostly dry, a refreshingly acidic citrus bitterness takes over two-thirds through and occupies the finish

o: a great little APA that's balanced, interesting, and exceedingly drinkable

picked up a single back in NC

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Photo of Merkur
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow body with a dense and creamy head, minimal size, that leaves some spotty lacing.

S: A light grassy hop nose with notes of pale grainy malts & citrus fruits.

T: A light and crisp flavor of sweet pale malts balanced with bitter grassy hops.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, refreshing mouthfeel.

O: Very easy to drink. Great for spring or summer when you're sitting outside. Wish I could get this in NY. I think this may be one of top favorites from Highland.

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