Little Creatures Bright Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company

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Little Creatures Bright AleLittle Creatures Bright Ale

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 95
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 95
Photo of MrKennedy
2.13/5  rDev -40%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of Stew41
2.32/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If aesthetics count for anything this beer doesn’t cut the mustard. Thin rocky head disappears in a nano second. Lightish amber in colour with a orange, rusty tinge. Unremarkable and quite macro in appearance. Sweet malts on the nose, subtle and simple. Palate is essentially light and bland. Light malts, so clean and crisp I could almost accuse it of being filtered. Finishes like a golden ale, almost Coopers Pale like, with that yeasty, minerally finish. Just going. Call me un-Australian but I think these guys live off the success of the Pale Ale too much….the other beers have continually failed to match that (slightly over-rated) flagship. (652 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

hmmm, lets do some acronyms shall we....

LCPA? yes, you at the back of the class... - 'Little Creatures Pale Ale' is CORRECT, little Jimmy

LCBA? anyone.. anyone?

So does this sit well and truly in the shadow of it's better known sibling? yes it does sadly.

Pours a zero head, with a big pour, so yes it might be an ale, but it doesn't look good.

Sweet macro-lagerish aromas, and sadly taste to follow, sweet-ish, malt-ish, Aussie Macro-ish. Just a hint of honey. No hops.

Oh dear, mouthfeel is neither one thing nor the other, crisp nor smooth.

Sad. (556 characters)

Photo of BeerNutta
2.62/5  rDev -26.2%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of koolk
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
2.97/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light and clear with a thin quick head, no lacing whatsoever.

S - Mild citrusy hops, some grass and corn backing.

T - Follows the nose, grapefruit, lemon, slightly hoppy, corn, some grainy malt.

M - Thin light body, medium carbonation.

O - Pretty bland really, not a patch on it's more flavourful pale ale brother. (322 characters)

Photo of vancurly
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of foles
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of Gorilla
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of baumaxx1
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled beer served in a pint glass.

Appearance -
Forms a thin, white 1 cm head which very quickly dissipates to a thin film. A bright yellow colour (hence the name), which is slightly hazy. Plenty of fizz and random lacing can be observed. Not much to see here.

Smell -
Standard pale ale territory - floral notes, pine, citrus, and as a point of difference, a hint of sweetness and dried apricot. On the weaker side.

Taste -
Mostly malt, a touch of yeast, and a touch of bitterness. The obvious flavours are citrus and hops, but it's sweeter and maltier than a typical pale. A soda water base, which makes for a slightly bland brew, but there's a hint of that apricot and Manuka honey to set it apart. Overall the flavours are well balanced, even if it's not the most unique one out there.

Mouthfeel -
Lots of fizz, like pop rocks on the tongue. Medium body, a smooth creamy feel and a bit of foaming.

Overall -
Not a bad brew, but uninspiring. A standard pale ale, but doesn't stand above the cheaper Coopers Pale, and you wouldn't pick this over the well known Little Creatures Pale. Moderately enjoyable and goes well with food - not being overly heavy or rich. (1,170 characters)

Photo of nznick
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of Stavage
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
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 (817 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden colour with a few centimetres of white head that slowly falls away, some small lacing.
S - Citrusy, grapefruit hop notes - that's about it. Fairly refreshing though.
T - Some grainy malt comes through as well as the hoppy fruit flavours.
M - A bit on the light side in terms of body. Medium carbonation.
D - Nice enough for what it's trying to be. Personally I'd drink the LCPA or the many other better true micro pale ales before this one. It's not like 4.5%ABV is that low anyway - may as well drink a proper beer. (542 characters)

Photo of tzchandler
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (1,588 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another beer i am revisiting,it pours a pale see thru straw colour with decent carbonation and sporadic lacing pretty much exactly like a good pilsner,it has a fruity,funky hop driven aroma with a dash of stonefruit in the background,it has an average mouthfeel with a real fruity stonefruit,passionfruit taste and finishes nice,dry and crisp like a fine wine,quite an easy drinking beer that could sink alot of in the summer. (426 characters)

Photo of machalel
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very light and clear gold colour. Small amount of white head (1 cm), quickly disappearing in around 10-15 seconds. I would have rated it higher if it wasn't for the lack of head retention.

Aroma: The first thing that hit me was passionfruit. A bit of citrus, apple, and honey afterwards. Very vibrant and pleasing.

Taste: Quite different from what I was expecting from the aroma. A slight amount of honey and very mild citrus, but the main body of it was a sweet, crisp yeasty taste, with a slightly mineral-y aftertaste. A disappointment after the vibrant and 'bright' bursts of aroma beforehand.

Mouthfeel: Light body and a bit sharp. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, although after finishing the bottle, I felt like a second wouldn't have been as pleasant. Definitely one for summer, or to help introduce macro-drinkers to other styles. (876 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, citrus and tropical-leaning fruits balanced by sweeter caramel and biscuity malts. Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Very nice and enjoyable. (162 characters)

Photo of xylophonica
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 568ml bottle into a pint glass.

A - Good finger of head, nice golden colour.

S - Sweet honey & yeast aromas.

T - Creamy & sweet. Slightly bitter - exactly what a golden ale should be! Bit of a hoppy aftertaste. Nice & refreshing.

M - Smooth and calming but nicely bitter with a hint of sourness at the end.

D - Lovely to drink. Pleasant and soothing. (371 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Indistinct mid golden , witha moderate carboantion and a low forming head that left little lacing.
The boquet is certaining like there Pale Ale , perhaps sweeter and less flowery.
The taste is pretty unusual .It is not gob smackingly hoppy or fruity but more subtle in these areas.
The fruitines seems to change and I kept tasting a coconut quality as well as some stone fruit.
It is a bit of an in between beer Not setting the hurdle too high , which probably makes it very drinkable over a long period of time (515 characters)

Photo of norwichboy
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
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). (496 characters)

Photo of JackieKu
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. BB 11/2015. Poured into tulip.

A: Clear yellow.
S: Citrus, mainly lemon.
T: Intense citrus, medium- bitterness. Dry.
M: Light bodied. Medium carbonation. Quite crisp.
O: Good session beer at right price. Will buy again. (234 characters)

Photo of Finite
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good alround 4/5 for this brew. Its good but looses some marks because it is just pretty close to the pale ale product. Clear and golden in coliur with a nice head and lacing which stays for quite a while. Smells quite hoppy and lemony. Taste is kinda like the pale ale but fruitier? I concour on the cascade hops. Goes down very smooth a bit to much for my liking could aford to be a bit sharper.

Easy to drink though perhaps a little weak. bit weaker than the standard PA (476 characters)

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Little Creatures Bright Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
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