Continuing in the NC theme for NC Beer Month, today I’m drinking a Highland Little Hump Spring Ale. This American Pale Ale is one of six seasonal offerings from the brewery, located in Asheville (Beer City USA).
The label features rolling hills from, I’m guessing, the foothills of NC. It’s a little different than the standard Highlands label, but I like it. It speaks to their location (which they’re obviously proud of) and is a visual representation of Little Hump (all of Highland’s seasonal beers are named after parts of the Southern Appalachian Mountains).
Little Hump pours a clear, pale straw color (the picture is a bit misleading as it was taken around dusk, it’s actually a more yellow). It has about two fingers of big head which leaves a good lacing.
Scent of grain and pine resin, with a touch of a sweet floral.
A light bready-malt flavor mixes things up with some subtle sweet floral notes. There’s a little bitterness towards the middle and finish. It’s not a big beer, light and simple.
Light body and crisp carbonation keep things moving.
4-out-of-5. What a great beer for a post-yard mowing refresher. Clean and simple, you could easily have a couple and go right back to mowing without risking life and limb. I’m not 100% sure why they went with this beer as a spring seasonal, it feels more like something I’d drink in the heat of the summer. Really though, regardless of when you drink it this is a really nice light beer that easily serves as a tasty session beer. In fact, it won ”2012 Best Session Beer” by the USBTC.