Highland Little Hump Spring Ale | Highland Brewing

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Highland Little Hump Spring AleHighland Little Hump Spring Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
highlandbrewing.com

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
272
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 272 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden clear yellow with rapidly dissipating white head. Little lace. Clear and golden.

S: floral, grapefruit aroma

T: very very floral with herbal and grainy notes. Mild bitterness.

M: dry. Mild bodied. Crisp finish.

O: the dryness was unexpected. In my early experience rating beers, I have not have a beer as floral as this one. I like this one.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barley's Taproom, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus, floral and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts and and grassy hops, the latter of which contributes a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has just enough hops to keep things interesting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a clear pale yellow liquid capped by a decent head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Vague but pleasant hints of pine and citrus

Taste: Hop forward, with a floral hint of pine and citrus; the malt base adds a bready, slighly grainy character

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and enjoyable

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, golden body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves only light lace.

S - Spicy hops with a green note of pine and a touch of toffee.

T - Bready malt up front with some spicy hops. More green hop flavor in the middle with a touch of dry toast. Moderate bitterness and dry malt in the finish with a bit of spicy hop flavor.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The beer has a nice hop character with pine showing up in both the aroma and flavor. The malt is present in small doses, but it is excessively dry and the beer would be quite a bit more drinkable with a bit more sweetness.

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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 dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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 atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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 AlexFields
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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Highland Little Hump Spring Ale from Highland Brewing
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