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Little Creatures Bright Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Little Creatures Brewing Company visit their website

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerNutta on 05-09-2006)
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Photo of doktorhops


3.48/5  rDev 0%

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.

03-15-2011 09:55:53 | More by doktorhops
Photo of philphilphil


3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

Appearance is lager coloured with a cm of head which stays the whole time.
Smell is of hops, hops and maybe some hops, leads you to expect bitterness.
Taste, the hops are far less pronounced than the smell makes you expect. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel is a little thin but decent, this probs counts as style bias, but w.e.
Drinkability is good, highly available, inexpensive, good.

02-14-2011 00:15:56 | More by philphilphil
Photo of WoodBrew


4.38/5  rDev +25.9%

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
Photo of koolk


2.9/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

07-25-2010 09:53:40 | More by koolk
Photo of xylophonica


3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

07-23-2010 11:36:45 | More by xylophonica
Photo of rowey77


4.13/5  rDev +18.7%

Great beer, tried at little creatures brewery in Fremantle.. Great with food and poors a great head. Full of flavour but not to harsh on the pallet. Recommend for a beer with dinner or even just a social after work drink.. Have tried in bottle form and beer is just as good as on tap.

07-14-2010 23:04:04 | More by rowey77
Photo of dgilks


3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

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
Photo of ADZA


3.48/5  rDev 0%

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
Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav


4.28/5  rDev +23%

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.

08-08-2009 10:13:46 | More by IHasaFlavaFlav
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%

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
Photo of Stavage


3.33/5  rDev -4.3%

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

05-22-2009 08:56:29 | More by Stavage
Photo of vancurly


2.98/5  rDev -14.4%

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
Photo of tzchandler


3.48/5  rDev 0%

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.

12-20-2008 04:11:08 | More by tzchandler
Photo of Macca


3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

11-20-2008 09:22:03 | More by Macca
Photo of laituegonflable


3.85/5  rDev +10.6%

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
Photo of Cs1987


4.15/5  rDev +19.3%

Appearance - Gold, 2 fingers of head which reduced.

Smell - Not as strong as LCPA, but similar characteristics, in particular the summer fruits.

Taste - Much sweeter and less bitter than LCPA. Passionfruit and orange are the standout flavours.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation level and aftertaste both very good.

Drinkability - Not much to complain about here. This will go down easily.

Overall - I wasn't expecting to give this such a high score, certainly not any higher than LCPA. However, I think this beer may actually taste better from the bottle than the tap, for some bizarre reason.

12-15-2007 12:29:17 | More by Cs1987
Photo of brendan13


3.4/5  rDev -2.3%

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
Photo of LittleCreature


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%

Appearance - 4.0
Poured about 2 fingers of rocky white head that quickly settled to a thinish frothy layer. Quite golden in colour, could even be mistaken for a bold-looking lager.

Smell - 3.5
Like LCPA and Rogers, the smell is immediately strong and very nice. There is a strong fruity and floral aroma, that includes kiwi fruit and mandarin. Unlike the LCPA, the smell is greatly diminished soon after pouring, which is a disappointment. The aftertaste is fine, but nothing special.

Taste - 3.5
Extremely refreshing. At first there is a strong tanginess, followed by citrussy sweetness, ending with a dry, hoppy bitterness that leaves one wanting another sip. The aftertaste is fine, but nothing special, especially when compared to LCPA.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Like most Little Creatures beers, it feels quite heavy in the mouth. Carbonation is moderate and it does not have nearly so much of a syruppy quality as LCPA.

Drinkability - 4.5
The lower alcohol content makes this a more sensible session drink choice than the pale ale. It goes down rather easily and is thirst-quencing. However, I actually couldn't see myself drinking this all night because in the end of the day, it is not as good as LCPA, which is available everywhere that this is.

OVERALL - 3.75
This beer is really quite similar to LCPA, which is not a bad thing. Unfortunately it costs exactly the same and doesn't taste or smell quite as good. The upside is a slightly lower ABV, but for most it is not worth it. At 5.2% LCPA is a little heavy for a session drink, and this beer is supposed to be the answer, and it is certainly not a bad effort. Very good beer, but Little Creatures Pale Ale is still king in Fremantle.

06-25-2007 09:26:37 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of rizzo


3.83/5  rDev +10.1%

Pale Ale light. Probably good for those who find the Pale Ale too hoppy but after 4 schooners I had to move on the Pale Ale (even though the pub only had it in bottle) to get the real experience. Some hop aroma and flavour, a little to light in the body for my liking.

05-02-2007 04:45:46 | More by rizzo
Photo of jarmby1711


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%

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

02-15-2007 01:49:40 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of joecast


4.05/5  rDev +16.4%

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
Photo of Finite


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%

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

11-24-2006 10:53:12 | More by Finite
Photo of norwichboy


3.7/5  rDev +6.3%

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).

11-12-2006 11:27:59 | More by norwichboy
Photo of Kulrak


4.05/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

10-26-2006 11:52:40 | More by Kulrak
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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
Little Creatures Bright Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
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