Little Creatures Bright Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev +8.1%
Presentation: 330ml brown tapered bottle. Aesthetically pleasing blue on tawny yellow label bearing the LC label and Bright Ale. Best before date: 18 May 2007
Appearance: Pale golden honey-yellow, just tending to a hue like peach. Minimal carbonation, and I had to pour quite vigourously to induce any head. Still, this looks like a nice brew. Head collapses to a filmy collar quite quickly, minimal lacing.
Nose: Ooh yes. Very pleasant. Hints of tropical fruits, pineapple, passionfruit, plus a little aniseed. Nicely hoppy - my guess Cascade being dominant. Very pleasant indeed.
Taste: Hmm, more subdued than the nose. Little fruit sweetness, and none of the pert bitterness I was expecting after the fragrant nose. Still, there's a smoother type of grainy flavour here, with just a dollop of fruity, grassy hoppiness. This makes it very smooth drinking, without an overwhelming complexity. However, this seems to suit the beer, while not making it all that spectacular.
Mouthfeel is spot on for the taste - not over carbonated, but a little spritzy and refreshing.
My guess is LC were going for a slightly lighter, clearer, more simple-drinking beer than the Pale Ale here, and I think they've come up with a winner. The flavours of LCPA can end up being a little overpowering over a night, but this one would stay fresh and pleasant for longer.
Not as good as the Pale Ale, but definitely a good replacement for a long session.
10-10-2006 07:40:42 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.88/5 rDev +11.8%
375ml bottle poured into pint glass 15/3/14
A clear bright golden yellow with bubbles big and small, a finger of soapy head doesn't have much for retention but somehow leaves lots of random lace even after it fell
S honey, pineapple juice, some cracker, just a faint hint of spruce, some floral and grassy hops, smells pretty good
T not far from the smell but a little less citrus and more cracker and bread, still a fair bit of hops but the nose has the edge
M quite slick on the palate almost slimy, coats my mouth but I don't mind, light bodied but bubbles cream it up a bit, grainy lemon finish
O not bad at all, hopped up and has a fair bit of flavour for 4.5%, I'm not head over heels but I'm surprised this one doesn't get more love
I could session this under a hot Aussie sun and I would if it wasn't pissing rain outside right now. Little Creatures was the only brewery I recognized at the Ma and Pa liquor store I went to today and could easily drink this again.
03-15-2014 07:04:54 | More by wordemupg
4.38/5 rDev +26.2%
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!
02-11-2011 06:00:03 | More by WoodBrew
3.88/5 rDev +11.8%
Crystal clear, pale straw colour with a thin white head. This looks okay.
Aromas of passionfruit and a light graininess are present. There is an obvious use of NZ hops.
The flavour here is well balanced with plenty of sweet, fruity hops with lots of passionfruit, stone fruits and citrus. Not too bitter and really quite tasty.
A light body and crisp carbonation make this an easy drinking refreshing beer. While I prefer the LCPA, the Bright Ale is a very good beer and I can easily see why some people will like it more.
09-28-2009 01:14:30 | More by dgilks
3.85/5 rDev +11%
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.
07-25-2008 02:07:25 | More by laituegonflable
3.93/5 rDev +13.3%
Bottle from a liquor store in Melbourne. From notes.
A - Poured golden with good carbonation. Bright. No head, no retention or lace.
S - Light citrus and nice hops and some crackery malt.
T - Noble and grassy hops with some sweet malt and orange peel.
M - Nice carbonation and a light to medium body. Sweet kinda finish with an orange peel finish.
O/D - Nice and refreshing. Enough hops for flavour but not overpowering. A good EPA. Maybe lacking malt profile, so I'd call it more of a golden ale, but it's tasty and well done.
02-17-2012 12:03:37 | More by tbeckett
3.3/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
05-29-2009 05:40:17 | More by CrazyDavros
3.48/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-25-2009 13:28:42 | More by ADZA
3.24/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
06-01-2013 02:32:17 | More by soju6
3.4/5 rDev -2%
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.
09-04-2007 11:20:25 | More by brendan13
2.58/5 rDev -25.6%
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.
11-27-2011 07:51:42 | More by heygeebee
3.83/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
03-24-2011 13:13:15 | More by eric5bellies
2.98/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
04-22-2012 06:45:31 | More by dansmcd
4.05/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
12-21-2006 09:43:48 | More by joecast
2.98/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
01-20-2009 21:51:25 | More by vancurly
Little Creatures Bright Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.