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Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

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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82
Ratings:
271
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

"Brewed with grains from America's heartland, using Simcoe hops for bittering and dry hopped with Amarillo and Cascade for aromatics."

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with an off-white head with decent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is pale malts and fresh citrusy hops. Smells like a nice fresh pale ale. Looking forward to tasting.

T- The taste like the aroma is pale malt up front with a nice little bite from the citrusy hops in the finish. Again, this one tastes fresh which probably makes all the difference in the world with a pale ale such as this one.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I though Little Hump is a pretty solid APA that is worth a try. I bought this when it first hit the shelves here so the freshness was probably a key to my enjoyment.

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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 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 Immortale25
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Barleycorn Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Mild hop aroma is quite lovely. A bit floral, a touch of citrus.

T- Very easygoing with the hops still tiptoeing their way around the palate. Low on the bitterness scale and the malt is also pretty subdued but there's still just enough flavor to keep things from being dull.

M- Crisp, quenching. Right where a "spring ale" should be. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- When I first had this, was very pleasantly surprised. I don't normally expect much from Highland but they were right on the money with this one. A great sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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 mrfrancis
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear honey gold with a stable, thin white head.

S: Very muted, restrained aromas of biscuit, grain, honey, pine, and lemon rind are detectable on the nose.

T: Distinctive, surprisingly bold flavors of herbs, pine, spruce, lemon rind, lime zest, kumquat, and bitter orange are present on the entry and are more or less evened out by delicate notes of biscuit, honey, grain, grass, and cedar by mid-palate. The finish is smooth, displaying an admirable integration of biscuit, honey, pine, cedar, and lemon notes.

M: Fairly light in body and relatively slick throughout. Carbonation is active, yet subtly firm, emphasizing the small amount of malt heft displayed by this ale. In other words, this beer is light enough to be sessionable, but it still feels like a beer.

O: A very smooth, easily sessionable ale that could serve as a gateway to stronger ales as the season progresses. This is definitely a quality pale ale. I could see myself coming back to it next year.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Magic Hat shaker. Poured golden yellow with a one and a half finger pure white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, skunky hop, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, skunky hop, earth, and very subtle citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Not one of the best of the style I've ever had, but still pretty solid. Really wish that the subtle citrus I got in the flavor would have been more pronounced and forward. It would have helped couple all of the aspects of this brew. Granted though it was still pretty nice to see a beer like this come out from Asheville.

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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 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 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 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 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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