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Little Creatures Pale Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company

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Little Creatures Pale AleLittle Creatures Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

259 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 44
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

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Ratings: 259 | Reviews: 145
Photo of Act25
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite beer in Oz so far. Down under hops.

A- Lasting head and lace over a cloudy apricot body, a beautiful beer. Great retention and stick.

S- Original grassy and fruit, soft green hops aroma couple with fresh pale malt aroma getting better as it warms.

T- Follows smell. The pale malt gives way to the grassy hop snap in the finish with a slight citrus note to it. The hops have are a dry pungent almost far east feel. Great with asian food. This pungent hop is earthy, dirty, chalky. (one review named sulphur)

M- Great chalky mouth feel and weight, lovely finish. Want to keep drinking this.

O - One unique pale ale. Best of Oz? Must try!

Photo of Decko
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - light straw colour and slight haze in the glass. S - hard to pick apart the smell but slight fruitiness with hoppy scent dominating. T - a nice satisfying dryness from the hops balances out a bit of malty sweetness very nicely. M - good carbonation and very refreshing feel in the mouth. O - one of my favourite session beers with a really well balanced flavour. Little bit on the pricey side to buy regularly but can't say it isn't worth it. One of the best Australia has to offer.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a glass. Best before 19 September 2015.

Golden with good effervesence and nice head.

Lightly fruity hops. Crisp, clean, and basic.

Good! Nice beer. Clean-crisp and plain. The aftertaste has got a nice hop bite and splash of carbonation.

Easy-drinking and unobjectionable. Would drink again.

Photo of Stato
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried on draught woolooloo hotel bar Sydney
Great tasting pale ale but colour a bit hazy

Photo of Pouteria
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If you don't like a very strong 'floral' taste you will hate this beer. I find it amazing and my all time favourite. Holds up well in a cold glass. Beer is very expensive in Ausralia. This commands top dollar so ofen buy Cooper's sparkling or their pale ale. I'm a fan of lagers and pilseners.

Photo of True_Brew_Sean
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Perfect pale ale

Photo of SmashPants
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: a brown embossed 330mL bottle with a cute and different label. Stylish and old-fashioned.

Appearance: pours a vibrant amber-yellow in colour with plenty of visible carbonation. A two-finger white head drops to a half-finger and hangs about for a good while.

Aroma: a fair bit of floral hops up front with some hops and a light grain backing.

Taste: follows the nose quite closely - definite floral, honey and some citrus. Again the light grain and some malts. Very refreshing.

Aftertaste: lingers for a time, with some bitterness coming through. Not that much though - still a fairly sweet flavour.

Mouth feel: light- to-moderate in feel with moderate carbonation. Pretty good feel, though a touch heavier might work out a bit better.

Overall: a typically good-quality Little Creatures ale - this is one of their staples. Very well put together, quite sweet and backed up by a light grain / bread malt. A bit steep at AU$70 for a case of 24 x 330mL bottles, but hey, it's a good beer.

Photo of CairnsBeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

First tried this beer at Grill'd burger restaurant. Surprisingly pleasant first impression with playful fruity aromas and a combination of hops that seem to complement one another. Relatively low carbonation, maybe a little low. Very low bitterness, probably could do with some more in my opinion. Doesn't finish very clean and tends to linger, however makes up for it with its unique hop mouth-feel and sweetness. A nice treat but not perfect and not really a session contender.

Photo of drakemily
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer tastes like fucking vanilla biscuits and we don't understand why.
this beer tastes like fucking vanilla biscuits and we don't understand why.
this beer tastes like fucking vanilla biscuits and we don't understand why.
this beer tastes like fucking vanilla biscuits and we don't understand why.
this beer tastes like fucking vanilla biscuits and we don't understand why.
this beer tastes like fucking vanilla biscuits and we don't understand why.
this beer tastes like fucking vanilla biscuits and we don't understand why.
this beer tastes like fucking vanilla biscuits and we don't understand why.
this beer tastes like fucking vanilla biscuits and we don't understand why.
this beer tastes like fucking vanilla biscuits and we don't understand why.

Photo of Sam-VW
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of FLima
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of JohnnyRay
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of standardcherry
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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).

Photo of Olek4374
4.16/5  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 very pleasant, with a predominantly grapefruit aroma, accompanied by the usual hoppy smell that these beers tend to have. It works nicely, and makes the beer feel brighter than it really is.

The taste is extremely 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 grapefruit taste also comes through, albeit very faintly. It's certainly a noticeable component of the beer, but it's not overwhelming enough to make you think this is a fruit beer; it's firmly in pale ale territory. The finish is pleasant with some moderate carbonation. I can't quite put my finger on why I really like this beer, but it's just really enjoyable.

Fantastic beer, just great.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of soju6
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of TreeTopFlyer
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of VaRy
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Fusion7777
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of flyingpig
4.11/5  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.

Photo of tobelerone
3.83/5  rDev -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.

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Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.