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Little Creatures Bright Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Little Creatures Brewing Company visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerNutta on 05-09-2006

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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by doktorhops:
Photo of doktorhops
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little Creatures has fast become a favourite Aussie brewer of mine and befitting this accolade I now bring a review of the Little Creatures Bright Ale.

Poured from a 568ml pint bottle into a 500ml Stein glass (yes it all fits thanks to the ridiculous head room the Germans put on their glasses).

A: Purest of pure gold body. Clear. The head started out as white and 0.5cm and soon left nothing but a ring of lacing.

S: Similar to the Hop Rocker by Mac's (an NZ brewery). There is a strong presence of earthy, herbaceous hops with undertones of nutty malts... nice and suits the style well.

T: It's the same in the flavour department - nutty malt base with a nice earthy, herbaceous hop finish... good but nowhere near as interesting and complex as the Pale Ale and as a result I'm left both a) wanting, and b) wishing I had just bought a Pale Ale instead. It's almost as if this ale is their "B" grade brew to their awesome Pale Ale.

M: Ticks all the boxes of an ale; carbonation - minimal, tick, body - medium, tick, texture - slight oiliness, tick... Nothing out of place here.

D: Yeah it's drinkable, but so is the Pale Ale, which is a much better beer at the same price. I can see the niche for Roger's (which is a damn fine mid-strength ale) but I'm not sure why Little Creatures even sell this when their single batch brews kick ass over this and are only made once... go figure.

Food match: I would normally say a curry but you wouldn't taste this beer after a curry so I'll say something traditionally Australian (i.e. English): Lamb chops, roast vegetables and mint sauce.

More User Reviews:
Photo of nznick
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Its not a spectacular beer but i'd say its now my favorite session beer.
Its not a connoisseurs beer, but there was something about it I enjoyed.
Light on the palate, not hoppy at all.
You may dine at michelin star dining, but that doesn't mean the Chinese takeaways have to be that style! horses for courses.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This just came in today, and someone already beat me to the review! No matter - the first sip of this told me I had a very pleasing beer in my hands.

Yellow lager colour, not too orange, not too pale, but filtered clear. Nice fine bubbles, dense, frothy pure white head that doesn't recede quickly, and copious lacing. Beautiful appearance - although I don't know if this cleanly fits into the APA category. But whatever you want to call this type of beer, it's my favourite style.

Smell is not overly strong, but hoppy and fruity. Hops used create a peachy, stone-fruity grapey aroma which is very good. This comes out in a rich sweet tropical fruit flavour that I'm a fan of.

Mouthfeel, drinkability: all fine. Could handle a few of these, but I only got one.

Good beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The future is so Bright....I got to get a bigger mug!!! Holy crap what a tasty little imp (Little Creature) of a beer! I was nervous when I read English style pale ale...cuz usually they are solid but boring...this break convention like Aussie rules football...AKA Footie! A lighter Amber, almost golden color is accentuated by white head and nice lacing. The smell reveals some citrus and hop, but nothing over powering. The taste....this aint you Bass baby....this is much better. On a hot summer day this would cool even the hotties aboriginol!!! Drink up!

Photo of MrKennedy
2.13/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Schooner at the Royal George.

Golden. Good clarity. White foam on top falls all too quickly to nothing. It comes back with some agitation, but falls once more, too soon.

Muted hop aroma. A tiny bit of passionfruit and very little else.

A little bit of the passionfruit comes through along with grass cuttings. Not real good at all.

Ok body and the bitterness is slightly higher than the rest would lead you to believe. However I'd hardly call it sessionable as I won't be ordering another. But this is more a reflection of taste than anything else.

I thought this used to be ok. This glass wasn't. Not the best use of calories. A way too muted sibling of their Pale Ale, falling well short of the flavour level of the stablemate. Seems like they are really paring this one back.

Photo of Andrewziggy
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Worth a try just like the Rodgers to me

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle @ Prince Alfred Hotel after uni.
Amber pour with a tiny head.
Aroma is of grassy hops and some sweet underlying malt.
Flavour is quite green and hoppy. Mild, slightly metallic bitterness.
Too highly carbonated.
Easy to drink but a bit boring.

Photo of Kulrak
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light (bright?) straw color with a tight white head that fades away pretty quickly, to leave a layer about 2-3mm thick across the top that clings to the glass. Wow, I actually smell hops. Some citrusy notes as well. There's some citrus in the taste as well. Grapefruit, actually. Other than that, it's fairly dry and clean, very 'bright' I guess.. The mouthfeel is fairly fizzy, but not harsh. Finishes very cleanly. A very drinkable beer, I'm liking this a lot. Unusual too. Refreshing.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a bright yellow color. The nose is pretty subdued with some tart apple, a bit of crackery grain and hint of hops. It's not much more complex on the palate, but it's also not meek. There's just enough hoppy bite to make it interesting and very drinkable. Reminiscent of a kolsch, this is a great session beer. It's got plenty of flavour, just the right amount of body and it's absolutely refreshing.

Photo of norwichboy
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap poured into branded pint glass. Golden hue with a medium sized head that is retained very well and leaves some good lacing. Not much smell, just a bit of hops. To taste, plenty of hops, nicely balanced with malt. Not as intense as Creatures Pale Ale, and not the length of finish. Moderate carbonation.

A pleasant easy-drinking pale ale with just enough flavour to be satisfying, a refreshing mini-Creatures, perfect for the setting (sitting outside on a sunny day down Chapel Street).

Photo of foles
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has the makings of a decent session beer, with one exception. The harshness of the hops, similar to what is going on with James Squire beers. Can taste some bubble-gummy kiwi hop flavours, but the harshness of what I presume are some Aussie hops overwhelmes. Needs to be cleaner-tasting to qualify as a well crafted ale.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear Golden colour, with a White head that dies quickly.

S - Honey, malt and yeast aromas.

T - Quite well balanced in that it offers some malt, grain, hops and sweetness.

M - Light body and medium carbonation

O - A nice solid brew from Little Creatures, but again, its there to please the masses without pushing boundaries.

Photo of joecast
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

its hot outside, had a hard day at work. need something to lighten the mood.
330ml bottle, same type of label as the pale ale. 4.5%abv. best before 05/07

pours disappointingly with no head. clear golden color with low to medium bubbleage.

nice full hoppy aroma. mostly citrus with the generic floral tendency that most "hoppy" beers seem to exhibit.

flavor has a delicate start but finishes with a decent level of bitterness that gets your attention. light hop flavor but it doesnt seem to miss anything. certainly a lighter version of the near-legendary lcpa, but lighter than that is still pretty damn good. would make for a great session brew if its bottle conditioned big brother gets a bit heavy.

i admit to having a hesitant reaction when hearing about this beer. i would now like to admit to it exceeding my mediocre expectations.
thanks to finite for sending this my way.

Photo of Stavage
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Average head with average retention and decent lacing. Light golden amber colour.

Smell was nice and fruity. Not a great deal of malt in the scent though. Pretty good all up.

Taste is unsurprisingly quite fruity. Not too sweet though, and the bitter hop finish tries to balance it out. The malt backbone is pretty thin though.

Fairly well carbonated, suits the style. I'd say its medium bodied but leaning towards the lighter side of things.

Drinkable enough. Personally not something I'd have as a session drink, the fruitiness this beer displays doesn't really work for me. Maybe if it had some stronger malt notes and a bigger hop bite it would have balanced out to my tastes more. The 4.5% ABV would make it ideal for some though.

Overall a decent beer. I think I'll stick to Little Creatures Pale Ale though

Photo of Macca
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden colour with a nice head which drops away to some light retention and nice lacing. Fruity hoppy aromas. Citrus - lemons? Fruity flavours continue along with some maltiness. Low carbonation but a crisp mouthfeel and very easy drinking. Very sessionable.

Photo of tzchandler
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is like a watered down IPA from LCBC. Why would you have one of these beer when you can have their IPA. This beer is better than most but when compared to their IPA it comes up short in every dimension.

Crisp golden color with a nice head. Similar to many light beers. If you going to have this beer, drink it before you ever experience their IPA.

Photo of soju6
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a good head that fades to some lacing.

S: MIld aroma of citrus and bit of malt sweetness.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma with a bit of citrus and malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp smooth and refreshing, has a nice freshness.

O: Not a fancy but is a good session beer that goes down easy.

Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.26/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden colour when it pours, clear and inviting. Can quench thirst by appearance alone.

S - Fruity fresh aroma, sweet and pleasing.

T - Like the aroma, I taste orange colour fruits, citrus, apricot. Bitterness comes through on the back of the tongue, balancesthe flavour very well.

M - Very cleansing

D - Could drink all night long, leaves your palate excited but not abused.

At this time, I had it with some tomato and beef rissoles in a gravy made with Tooheys Old, on a potato and pea mash. Very heavy meal, the Bright Ale cut through the thick gravy flavours.

Currently trying to get this beer, in bottle at my university's bar.

Photo of hefevice
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice work, Little Creatures. I was initially concerned that this would be a "dumbed down" version of the Pale Ale, but I do not believe this to be the case. Pours clear golden with a nice dense white head. Aroma is wonderful and dominated by the hops, grapefruit citrus and apricot with a little spice in the background. Citrusy hops shine through in the flavour but are well balanced by the malt. I have noticed a little variability between bottles on the malt, some give a subtle english biscuit finish, others don't. Bitterness is there, but barely noticable. Mouthfeel best described as light and fluffy, with a slightly peppery finish. A very drinkable beer.

Photo of brewymcgee
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden colour with barely any head remaining after it is poured.

Aroma: Dominated by honey with yeast behind it

Taste: Honey again and mild fruity malts with a hint of green apple freshness. Citrus hops come through on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body and smooth, higher carbonation but pleasant

Drinkability: A lighter beer with a bit more flavour, easily sessionable, especially on a hot day!

Photo of koolk
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted this blind as part of an Aussie ale experiement and was very surprised when I saw the bottle revealed. BB 18feb11

Fairly light "pils" ish look both in colour and clarity. Fat bubbles lead to a small weak head that leaves quickly. After 1 min no head/lacing to be seen at all.

Weedy nose, some what unpleasant hop pungency. Very Saaz like. Some sweeter bubble gum notes. Very strange. Not nice.

Same flavours on the palate. More Saaz and some very extract like flavours. Metallic aftertaste.

Tangy after taste that has a real Micro lick to it. Good creaminess.

Very odd. I swore this was just a badly made Pils. Bad hop aroma and flavour, odd malt characters. Not very good. This has reaffirmed my belief that they are a one trick pony.

Photo of vancurly
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Narrabeen Sands.

a) Very bubbly, courtesy of Headmaster schooner glass. Able to sustain half-inch head all the way to the end, leaving sudsy dregs. Golden honey.... bright...

s) Passionfruit & passionfruit seed. Brambly, wild vegetation. Not much malt, perhaps too cold. Light bitterness.

f) Lightly malty, tropical fruit, slightly spicy/seedy, like wattle seed.

m) Light up front, yet retaining some creaminess mid palate, which hangs around cloyingly after a crisp finish.

d) Fair session ale on a summer's day.

Photo of Gorilla
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an attractive pale amber colour with a thin white head which disappated quickly. Some lacing. Smells quite pleasant - citrus and pine aroma. Less citrusy than the Pale Ale. Taste has strong pine and citrus with light malt flavour. Clean, dry, bitter finish. Overall a pleasant session beer, but not at all worth the hefty price tag that typically accompanies Little Creatures beers. Basically seems like a lighter version of the Pale Ale, which I think was pretty unnecessary. Good thing I bought it on discount.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden colour with a steady but thin bead up the sides. Slight bit of lacing, and not much head although looks can be deceiving, as the girl had to skim off the head twice while pouring.

Pleasant fruity nose with sour pineapple and paw paw seeping through. Subtle hint of floral hops. Nice.

Really nice fruity champagney flavour dominates with a subdued hop character on the front palate and then returning for the finish. Mostly the palate is very smooth and pleasant. Mild, almost, and able to quaff quite readily. Mouthfeel is sadly, however, a bit gritty and more difficult to plough through than the flavour.

Congratulations to the Eastwood Hotel for your latest arrival. Having this little baby on tap makes your pub worth drinking at again.

Photo of BeerNutta
2.62/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A = Poured a light amber colour with a thin foam head.

S = Slightly citrus smell with a slight hint of hoppiness. Very Faint!!

T = The taste is like subdued little creatures pale ale. Very dissapointing. Slight fruity flavour followed by a slight hop bitterness. So damn bland.

M = Was average. Slightly low carbonation.

D = Pretty average. Maybe I got a dud batch. Seeing its only been out for a two days. It seems unlikely. I will try a few more in a few days.

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Little Creatures Bright Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.