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Little Creatures Pale Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company

Little Creatures Pale AleLittle Creatures Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

209 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%


Brewed by:
Little Creatures Brewing Company visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002)
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Sam-VW

United Kingdom (England)

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a dark yellow colour with white head.

Smell citrus, malt, slight hop

Taste is great, citrus, slight but very nice hoppy bitterness to finish

Mouthfeel great, light with little to no dryness although quite carbonated

All in all a great beer! I can picture drinking on a beach

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 18:01:25 | More by Sam-VW
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark yellow color with 2 cm of foam, from the tap. Slightly sweet in the aroma with floral undertones and a bit of grassy bitterness. A weak malt presence followed by pineapple and citrus hops. Nothing overwhelming here, but a solid, drinkable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2014 03:27:15 | More by BeardedBoffin
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FLima

Brazil

3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a two finger head with short retention.
Light aroma of biscuit malt and some citric fruitiness.
Sweet malty flavor with notes of honey, biscuit, pears with some citrusy. Mildly dry aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Really a not bold brew, rather smooth, but still pleasant and well executed. I may need to try a fresher version, this one is due in 4 months.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 17:17:10 | More by FLima
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JohnnyRay

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a cloudy orange colour with two fingers of white head. The head faded slowly to next to nothing. There was no carbonation to speak of.

It smelled sweet, with some citrus.

The taste was rich & earthy with a lingering bitterness.

I'd heard a lot about this beer and it lived up to it's reputation.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:26:21 | More by JohnnyRay
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at a pub in London.

A: Cloudy, dark amber color with a nice white head. No lacing when the head recedes.
S: Extremely fruity! Strong caramel maltiness with tons of citrus peel aroma. Nice and fresh. I like it so far!
T: Taste follows the smell. Pleasing hop front balanced with some sweet maltiness. Passion fruit, nectarines, orange, peach. Just wonderful. Nice lingering flavor that leaves you wanting more.
M: High carbonation on a medium body. Slightly dry finish.
O: This is an awesome beer, glad I got to try it. Dangerously drinkable, great to have on a warm summer night.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 21:43:13 | More by standardcherry
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I've had this beer many, many times (as has any Aussie beer lover worth their salt), and I reviewed it very early on in my beer-drinking career, giving it an artificially inflated score when it was just about the only beer of any substance you could get in Australia. As such, I was keen to try it again at some point without the history and bias that had built up in my mind.

Knowing this, my friend Rich cleverly served it to me blind one Saturday afternoon, asking me to review it and pick what it was. Here's the result:

Pours a dense pale amber hue, deeply cloudy with a huge frothy head of eggshell white. Lacing is sticky and frothy, leaving maniacal streaks down the glass. The body is quite light though, and there's not a lot of visible carbonation. It does look very good overall.

Nose is slightly round with fresh hop characters, but also dusky and dark, with a faint grain husk character that makes it seem earthier than it is. Faint organic tones come through as well as a slight leafy note. Still, it's rather pleasant altogether.

Taste is light and clean. Pleasant straight up-and-down malt basis with a cleansing, but not particularly flavoursome hop balance. Back palate is slightly musky, which drops out quickly, leaving almost nothing in the finish. It's clean, but a little banal.

Feel is a bit light as well—a little more something, body, carbonation, or flavour in general, would really help it out.

Overall, though, it's a very drinkable brew. It's pretty light on flavour for the most part, but it has a vestige of interest running through it—it's enough to make me consider drinking it again.

And, I'll keep my original review below:

A beautiful looking beer. A clear, dark amber colour, with a good solid white head. Lacing sticks to the glass all the way down. 4.5

Wonderful sweet nose, definitely some aniseed spiciness and tropical fruits like mangos bananas and peaches. A heaven-scent (haha) aroma. 4.5

Very fine taste as well, complex and rich, punctuated by yeasty notes and floral hop bitterness. The after taste is very smooth, leaving you feeling refreshed and satisfied. 4.5

Feel: 5

Yes, this is a very fine beer. 4.5

(Ed: no, it's not that good).

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2013 07:33:25 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the final of three Australian beers from my store, and I think we might have a winner here.

It pours a really hazy dark orange with some brown notes - it looks like apple cider with some bubbles on top. The smell is also outstanding - very hoppy with some grapefruit aromas. It's like an IPA but not nearly as hoppy.

The taste is soooo smooth for a Pale Ale with a little bit of lingering bitterness on the tongue and a restrained amount of carbonation - all of which makes this one very easy drinking but flavourful beer. The feel, naturally, is exceptional.

Fantastic beer, just great.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 07:26:25 | More by Olek4374
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold with a bubbly white head.

S: Tropical fruit and a weird metallic smell.

T: Mango and other tropical fruits (not overly pronounced but pleasant) mixed with a lager-like corn/metallic flavour.

O: I first had this at Little Creature's awesome brewpub in Freemantle and it tasted great but in 40°C even VB would have tasted good. The few times I've had it bottled it hasn't tasted good. Not a great brewery but if you're in the Freemantle area definitely check out this brewpub, albeit, if you can stomach being around so many hipsters.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 13:16:43 | More by Hoppsbabo
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soju6

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden copper color with a nice head that fades to good lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh hops, bit of malt sweetness, grain and fruit.

T: Taste strats with a nice citrus nip, mild malt sweetness, bit of grain and fruit in the background. Nice bitterness and a clean, dry finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. very well balanced.

O: Very enjoyable beer. Good example of what a Pale Ale should be. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 02:29:10 | More by soju6
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TreeTopFlyer

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fresh 16 oz bottle while in Sydney. This is a remarkable pale ale. It pours a hazy golden orange and provides nice lacing as it goes down. The aroma is lemon and tropical fruit (reminds me of some citra-hopped beers I've brewed). The flavor follows the aroma nicely with light malt sweetness, some mango and well played bitterness. Finish is nice, clean and dry.

I love this pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 11:50:38 | More by TreeTopFlyer
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VaRy

California

3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy amber. Very delicate nose of yeast and lemon. Same sort of flavors on the palate, with just a bit of pleasant bitterness and a touch of acidity reminiscent of light Belgian ales. The body is a bit thin and averagely carbonated. Not too much in the excitement department though. The aftertaste is mostly a pleasant refreshing bitterness on the top of the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 11:34:50 | More by VaRy
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold with a light orange hue, nice white head subsides w/o lace.

Seriously fruity aroma: nectarine, tangerine, candied pineapple, mango.

Pleasant amount of fruit in the flavour as well, solid bitterness, not the least bit harsh.

Well-attenuated with a crisp, dry finish. A bit more bubbly than I'd prefer.

Overall, a really nice drinker. The hops from the southern hemisphere are a nice change.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 04:01:10 | More by Derek
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Fusion7777

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A sentimental brew for me, as my cousin treated me to this beer for my birthday while I was in Australia. Poured on tap at the Australian Heritage Hotel and paired with a crocodile pizza. Hazy orange with a razor-thin head. A lot going on in this beer, with biscuit, lemon, and oranges the most prominent. Leaves a lingering bite of bitterness. Crisp and sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 05:50:52 | More by Fusion7777
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 330 mL bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a lot of vibrant-looking carbonation. The head isn't terribly impressive; it's a one finger eggshell color that fades fairly quickly. The lacing is good, though.

S: I'm noticing that it blends both English and American sensibilities toward the style - this definitely doesn't seem like another SNPA clone (not like that's a bad thing). The malt profile seems to be very toffee forward, with strong tones of earth, caramel, and biscuit. There's also an underlying quality of Cascade hops, providing grapefruit peel, pine, and black pepper.

T: There's a nice balance of hop/malt interplay here. Hops don't seem evident on the first sip, but after another swig, they provide a light grapefruit finish that's quite pleasant. Otherwise, it's mildly sweet with its malt profile, especially in the middle of the palate. I won't call it a standout, but its delicate balance still manages to set it a notch above many pales.

M: The carbonation could really be toned down slightly to help the soft texture of the malts shine through more clearly. On the plus side, it helps lighten up the initially thick body. It has an almost 'nectary' feel provided by the combination of malty sweetness and subtle hop resin.

O: This really is the kind of offering that could single handedly change the perception of Australian beer around the world. The bottle conditioning and great malt backbone means I wouldn't have many reservations if I ever found this in a local shop a few months old, though I wouldn't make it my first choice to seek out. Little Creatures Pale Ale - Australian for Real Beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 03:47:21 | More by ThisWangsChung
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice, medium golden colour with a thumb sized, bubbly white head that halves in size and leaves bits of lace on the side of the glass as it does so.

Quite fresh smelling with some grassy hops and a background caramel malt aroma that hints at some sweetness. There are a few malts present along with some citrus and a hint of bitterness at the end.

Sweet malts and caramel upfront with some toffee and a nice helping of bitterness. There is a biscuit malt flavour in there and some light grapefruit, nothing too strong but noticeable nonetheless. There is also a few hops coming through around the middle and some light, tropical fruits.

Lively carbonation to begin with a lot of sweetness hitting upfront. The body is about medium and the beer is pretty well balanced overall.

Just as good at the first time I tried it. This one is an excellent session beer and one that I am quite partial to any time I spot it out and about. It always goes down well.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 15:25:20 | More by flyingpig
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of a handful of beers carefully packed and lovingly transported to my door from Sydney by some very thoughtful friends. This one is a solid if unspectacular pale ale that struck me as pretty traditional and middle-of-the-road, not in terms of quality, but in terms of approach. It's not an uber hoppy IPA-light like so many contemporary American pales; instead it has a fresh hoppiness well balanced by its malt and keeps the bitterness in check.

Pours a shimmering gold, nearly clear, with a sizeable white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Top notch appearance, and it's actually somewhat pale and not dark gold or amber like so many in this style these days. Aroma combines citrusy, grapefruit and grass hop notes with a mildly sweet biscuity malt character; this continues in the flavor, which goes right down the middle between the hops and the malt and ends up on a dry note with little lingering bitterness.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation, a bit lively, but still smooth overall in the feel. Quite nice but not exceptional; perhaps it's my American palate but I could have used more bright hoppy flavors in addition to, not in lieu of, the tasty biscuit malts.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 23:30:07 | More by tobelerone
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Luvian's Bottleshop, St. Andrews. Pours a nice medium gold, with good lacing retention. Good colour. Head goes down pretty quick.

Smell has pleasant fresh hops, good malt presence, is quite inviting and balanced. Nice, fresh and has character, and I like the hops.

Taste has sweet malt with a nice hop bitterness, which is slightly chewy. More richness develops afterward. Some bitterness to it, but pretty rounded. Pretty standard taste profile for an APA, with no flaws and a light, balanced flavour, I get some of the nice sweet vanilla note on the end, which is quite rich.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, carbonation is light but very refreshing. It is excellently drinkable. Finish is dry and medium full.

Pretty traditional styling, maybe a little extra hops, but these are tasty and integrated well. Excellent and refreshing beer. A great beer in the lighter category and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 18:02:37 | More by mick303
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BS-

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a highball glass

A: Golden brown and pleasantly cloudy. Surprisingly low head with little lacing.

S: Malty with a good measure of hops. Just a touch of citrus at the edges.

T: Slightly malty with a great balance of hops and citrus. There is a nice bitterness in the aftertaste like orange skin, with a hint of grass and lingering hops. The tastes in this beer don’t linger for very long though. It kind of just slips away, leaving a hint of rather pleasant grassy, honey taste in the mouth

M: Light to decent mouthfeel with some carbonation. Rather pleasant.

O: Very nicely balanced beer. I don’t usually like lighter beers, but this one is very nice. There is a good presence of malt balanced nicely by the hops. A very easy beer to drink. Great for a night out with friends where you need an easy beer that isn’t bland.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 14:37:27 | More by BS-
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance; cloudy, golden yellow. Lots of yeast with a thick sticky head and beautiful lacing...perfect!

smell; nice grassy and steely malt complexities with some lemon zest and herbal hops, top quality balance and once again...perfect!

taste; well balanced, the hops are supreme with bitterness of citrus rind and herbs, just as the smell would suggest. The flavor carries from start to finish but leaves enough room for malt complexities to come through. Malts remind of fresh cereal grains with a faint sweetness. The yeast is present and noticable but in my opinion only helps marry the flavors into a pure delight for the palate. The best i've had of this style by far.

mouthfeel; slick with a moderate thickness. Very refreshing and crisp in the finish. Somewhat of a powdery carbonation for a lack of words, this is a good thing.

overall; I really like to spread the word on Australia's amazing beer offerings but no embellishing, this stuff is amazing! Anytime i'm bushcamping, I bring a few of these along as it's such a great beer that I don't mind it warm.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 01:07:01 | More by Sachsenfreude
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goodbeerallday

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: light to mid amber colouring with approx 1cm clean white head diminishing to a thin layer of white across the beer. small amount of carbonation appearance that is clear to the eye.

S: like an abundance of hops has been picked up and slammed into a bottle but with no overwhelming presence it seems, meaning just very distinct in what they are using.. chinook! orange rind is the predominant feature on the nose.

T: i love this beer. session-able with a great hop front that clears away pleasingly leaving a linger that you dont want to get rid of. reasonably well balanced and a carbonation that isnt over power but quit pleasant. big sips are welcome on this. this stacks up with the best of them! passion-fruit, peach and lime are jumping around on my tongue! VANILLA!

M: definitely not light bodied in any way but not quite mid feel. comfortable carbonation consistency.

O: personally i could bathe in this bad boy! love it! little creatures has done something pretty superb and i think most who have had this will see it! currently enjoying it while watching the game with a mate. what better way to do it

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 11:58:14 | More by goodbeerallday
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Little Creatures Dining Hall. From notes.

A - Poured hazy, dark gold. One finger of fluffy white head left great rings of lace and a finger of retention.

S - Citrus, pears, rich grapefruit, a floral note and a light malt character.

T - Citrus, tropical fruit, floral notes, bread, a yeast character in the finish which really takes over aggressively.

M - Strong carbonation. Medium body and a dry finish.

O/D - Their menu says the beer is live-yeast conditioned and you can vertainly tell. It plays too big a part in the flavour profile. If it were not conditioned like that, the hops would shine alot more and create a much better flavour profile. All that said, it's still a fairly solid pale ale and probably one of the better examples of the style from Australia, it just needs to kick the yeast flavour.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 21:56:33 | More by tbeckett
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MrKennedy

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cylinder glass at the Riverview, Balmain.

Poured a lightish golden colour with a slight haze to it. White head that was a finger in depth and stayed at half that while lacing on the way down.

Smell has passionfruit, grapefruit, citrus all working beautifully well together and they come in that order.

Taste has the grapefruit is decent measures along with caramel, which helps back it up.

Nice body, good bitterness from front to the finish. Still quite sessionable.

I've been super impressed with this on tap lately...less so with the bottled version. Hoppy, flavoursome, very drinkable and widely available for Australian craft. Hard to beat for a go to craft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 07:39:17 | More by MrKennedy
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jjkatter

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

568ml bottle poured into a goblet...

A- golden color and pretty clear. A bit of a white heas that settles quickly.

S- plenty of hops with an apple and caramel

T- very much like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. THAT is a big compliment. Fresh straw and grapefruit. Nice dry finish.

MF- again, very much like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Pleasant and inviting. Well balanced.

O- there's a lot to like here. Of the beers I've had from Australia, this ranks in the top 3, and it is widely available. I would recommend this beer and will drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 07:41:27 | More by jjkatter
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danieelol

Australia

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint bottle served chilled out of freezer; into Victory shaker

Appearance is a honeyed yellow (has a slightly syrupy appearance) with reasonable head.

Smell is initially some pleasant mild hops, tending more towards citrus. While warming I progressively get a vaguely fishy graininess and finally a somewhat rich malty, honey-like smell. Definitely doesn't seem as hoppy as I've had it in the past, although they are there.

In the taste there's modest honey and a relatively mild citrus note. Bitterness on the palate mounts, and incorporates some pine. When fully warmed it has mango and guava notes.

On reflection this does remind me quite a lot of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but it has a hoppier note which pulls it ahead (this may also be because we don't Sierra Nevada quite as fresh).

Low-medium body, high carb which emphasises the hops and perceived bitterness. Well done, and the handling of this element of the beer is not to be downplayed as a factor in its success. Carbonate your (I)PAs brewers. Carbonate them good. Epic's carbonation is also why it pulls ahead in the IPA field.

Definitely a deserved Australian classic. Was initially feeling let down but it picks up when the bittering hops start to mount.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 07:07:01 | More by danieelol
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PolarBear3

Australia

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a pale golden amber colour with two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer

S - Instant citrus aroma and a little hoppy.

T - Passionfruit and citrus flavours shine through. Fairly hoppy but well balanced. Get a little bitterness at the end.

M - Light to medium body with good carbonation

O - A very refreshing beer that is great in hot climates, being very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 06:42:19 | More by PolarBear3
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Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.