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

Added by thagr81us on 02-11-2011

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Photo of NCMatt
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Was probably great when fresh. My bottle was from 3/2015 and it shows. Doesn't age gracefully. Ends up being lighter on flavor which is really bad for an already lighter beer. Was still refreshing, no real bitterness and slightly citrusy, but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another fairly mediocre low abv beer. I'm all for session beers- I wish there were more of them, but I'm beginning to suspect that most breweries can't make them very well, hence their dearth. This one pours golden with a moderate head and constant streams of bubbles. I'd go so far as to say it is "fizzy". Smells, grainy, grassy, mildly bitter, and light. Washed out comes to mind. The taste is a little bizarre- quite bitter but with little discernible hop flavor on a grainy watery base with little overall flavor. Perhaps there is some flavor lurking there, but who could tell with the bitterness overwhelming everything. Unbalanced and a disappointment.

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Photo of NapoleonInRags
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I picked up this Spring ale during the summer and I feel it's a bit too far out of the bottling date. Appearance is a clear yellowish gold. The nose is bleu cheese and pine. The taste is lemon, pepper, and grass. Finishes clean with a little too much tart linger. I love Highlands and I would love to try this on tap during spring in Asheville.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: light golden with a thick white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: light citrus, orange, pineapple

T: not much flavor, light grapefruit hops, bitterness is ok

M: thin, watery, low carbonation

M: jumped on the "session" IPA bandwagon

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Photo of argock
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass goblet. No freshness date. Single purchased at Ingles (Boone, NC) for $1.49.

A: Slightly hazy golden with short 1-finger off-white head with decent retention and lacing.

S: The aroma is pretty off-putting and reminds me of sweat/BO and spring onions.

T: There is a pale maltiness that provides some body and some residual sweetness. The hoppiness is thankfully much different than the aroma with a lot of lemon citrus, herbal tones, and floral notes.

M: Light-to-medium bodied with medium-high carbonation.

O: Not too bad once you get past the aroma.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gotta try this seasonal. Pour has a very light yellow body. Thick large bubbles cling to the side of the SA perfect pint. Low carbonation, especially considering the glass involved.

Smells malt forward. What hops I find are medicinal and earthy.

Its an APA for sure, but in a different category than Zombie Dust. Its so balanced, with a earthy feeling. Tastes slightly skunked, maybe I should revisit this sometime soon.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of chamberscreek
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Going in, seemed like this had all the attributes of a good pale ale, but in the end, the finish was lacking. Even for a pale ale, this lacked flavor and character. Was brewed five months ago -- maybe it lost some character over time. Nice crispness, hoppy bitterness, but for my tastes, just not enough back end to differentiate this pale ale from a lager.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lot like an adjunct lager as it had a straw yellow appearance and a fizzy yet stable white head. The nose is light with some lemon and floral hops. The flavor is corn with floral hops washing over but the adjunct corn flavor is prevalent. This is quite easy to drink, sprite and refreshing. Easy session beer but the corn malt is a touch strong.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a spring sampler pack. Poured into Spieglau IPA glass.

Color is light gold, clear, bubbly. Decent head and some retention. I get scents of citrus fruit, orange rinds, some floral essences. A little bit of sweet maltiness in there too. The taste is light and crisp. Mild floral hops up front followed by some sweet fruitiness and a well-balanced malty finish. Not overpowering but still pretty flavorful; better as it warms up. Mouthfeel is smooth and light yet enough body to leave that light coating after you're done; pretty nice. Overall a nice little pale ale, good hop flavor, malt balance. Perfect for a hot summer day in the backyard.

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Photo of barczar
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of CoalPorter
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from the mix and match case at my local Whole Foods. Poured into a pint glass.

A - 1/2 inch head dissapates to a thin layer that hangs on, no lacing to speak of
color is golden yellow, with a lot of suspended sediment causing a haze, (didn't see a warning about bottle yeast when I poured)
carbonation is evident in little streams of bubbles

S - amarillo and cascade hops come through with cirtus notes, lemon and tangerine at the fore

T - hop cirtus and grapefruit peel up front lead to a pleasant bready middle, then into an astringent bitterness that lingers
mouthfeel is quite bubbly, medium to light

D - the bitterness that comes through the end of the brew makes it difficult to go back for more than one, but the sediment leads me to believe I might have gotten a bad bottle

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

appearance: Clear golden color. Carbonation bubbles floating throughout.

Smell: Citrus and hops. Little more hops than a typical summer ales, but it is classified as an APA.

Taste: Just like it smells. Can taste the simcoe hops right away. Great citrus and not too bitter.

Mouth. A very light beer with a nice clean feel. Just right on the carbonation.

Overall. A nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is yeasty, woody, and rather grassy. It pours a rather wan clear yellow, but at least the white head is thick and fluffy. Malty flavor has a strong hoppy, grassy overtone with a subtle note of yeast and a fair amount of bitterness, rather like an IPA. Texture is rather thin, though it has a good tingle. Though not Highland’s best effort, still worth at least a try. (And refreshing on a May day that feels like August!)

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This hits the mark at a pale ale, but falls short of the American Pale Ale style in the hops department. Moderate malt base with a touch of caramel sweetness. Hopping is moderate, with some mild grassy notes. Pleasant, but not enough complexity to earn a sessions suggestion.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold. Head is bright-white and creamy. Moderate retaention on a small loose cap and collar. Some lacing. Moderate to lively carbonation.

Smell: Floral. mega floral. Flower petals and some citrus. Very light malt body has some crackery elements coupled with a light bready aroma. Dank in turn. Legit weed on the front of this one. Light pale malt sweetness. Bright and clean. Some pine.

Taste: More of the nose. Dank and grassy with more pine than originally thought. Light and clean. Touches of citrus with a pale, light malt sweetness. Some cracker and a ton of floral elements. A bit bready and grainy. Balanced and easy.

Mouthfeel: Light body pushes to medium. Slightly above average carbonation. Crisp and clean. Slightly dry.

Overall: Eases the passing of the week.

Summer drinking beer and then some. Light, crisp, and clean, with enough hop flavor. Delightful.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Lovely85
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Malty with some grassy hops, kind of bland overall. A dry, slightly astringent finish. Drinkable but not particularly enjoyable I don't think I will be trying this again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with a short layer of loose, foamy, soft white head that has decent retention. The nose has a light, spicy, floral hop aroma. The flavor is light malt up front with an herbal, spicy, lightly bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and crisp.

This is a drinkable, smooth, refreshing beer, but ultimately it's simple, one-dimensional, and a little unbalanced. If the malt character had some backbone it may stand up better to the earthy, spicy hop bitterness. The hops overpower what little malt shines through. Overall, this is probably a one and done for me.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw yellow, lacking carbonation, a small white head that dissipates way too fast. There is decent lacing from the bubbles gathered around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Pine needles

Taste: Pine needles, floral. Not too pine and very tasty. Perfect for a hop attack.

This is an excellent quality beer, very refreshing, nicely hopped.

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Highland Little Hump Spring Ale from Highland Brewing
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