Little Creatures Pale Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company
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Reviews by zerk:
4/5 rDev -0.7%
Tried this on tap at the Australian Hotel in Sydney and was pretty impressed, so I picked up a few bottles and brought it back to the States with me.
Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a thin white head that leaves some patches of lace. Aroma is a mixture of grassy and citric hops and a touch of biscuity malt. Flavor is quite complex, alternating between sweet, slightly sour, and bitter... with bread-like malts, caramel, grapefruit, and an extremely unique bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is low to medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is one of the most unique pale ales I've ever had... not overly hoppy - quite balanced actually... just very unique. I quite like it... a great reminder of Oz.
08-10-2005 02:43:20 | More by zerk
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4/5 rDev -0.7%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.
In Australia, Little Creatures Pale Ale is more or less the quintessential fallback beer, and a reliable standard for many--seemingly available everywhere either on tap or bottled. No additives. No preservatives. Unfiltered.
Due to the sediment in the bottle, it pours a slightly cloudy amber that shines with golden hues. Topped with a healthy white cascading head that drops to a sticky foam lace--very appealing and lasting. Slightly musty orchard aroma, with soft apple skins, pale malt husks and metallic notes in the background. Crisp up front, firm mouthfeel, smooth and creamy on the palate. Underneath is a semi-sharp bite of carbonation and a citric hop character that's also grassy at times. Mild fruitiness and a juicy quality, with a base of pale malt sweetness. A nice toasty flavor rounds things off and provides depth, with faint caramel notes shining through as the beer warms. A powdery malt forms in the finish, which is pleasing and fairly clean.
This Little Creatures release is a delicious Pale Ale and an awesome session beer, offering plenty of flavors with a very simple and approachable drinkability. Our only problem with it is that it's not available where we live. Bummer.
09-27-2010 18:47:32 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.3/5 rDev +6.7%
I'm not 100% on how to describe this beer. It's a got a great balanced spicy/ dank hop end. Worth getting for the balance and hop profile. Maybe simcoe hops?
Smells way weaker than it tastes. Very well balanced. Would make a great session ale. A standout. Interesting too as an Aussie take on an apa.
09-10-2010 19:51:40 | More by charlieos
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
568mL pint bottle shared with my wife in our hotel room in Canberra. BBD: March 2012.
First craft brew of our Australian adventure!
A nice golden-amber brew, certainly on the 'pale' end of the pale ale spectrum, with a half inch of creamy head. Good retention on that, some great lacing streaks as well.
Nose is nutty malts, caramel, citrus (orange, lemon), mildly bitter hops.
This is a great-tasting brew, refreshing, yet flavorful. Opens with a nutty, caramel malt flavor, then transitions to a citrus/bitter hop finish. While not the boldest APA I've come across, this is certainly enjoyable stuff.
Creamy, slightly watery, soft carbonation (though not flat by any means).
Great brew, something I'll certainly come back to again while I'm Down Under. Drinkability is very high - easy to quaff, flavorful enough to sip, several in one go would be ideal.
04-20-2011 07:27:29 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.15/5 rDev +3%
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.
08-20-2013 21:43:13 | More by standardcherry
British Columbia (Canada)
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
Pours a pale golden orange color that is a little bit cloudy. Decent white head. Really strong aroma when I poured this, with citrusy hops and tropical fruits. Taste was good although not as nice as the smell. Bitter hops with some fruity sweetness, but not very much malt. Average mouthfeel, I thought the body was a bit thin. Still this is a pretty good pale ale.
01-09-2010 23:23:05 | More by chickenm
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
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
04-14-2012 11:58:14 | More by goodbeerallday
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev -0.7%
A very hoppy beer indeed, very lovely floral perfume aroma, fruity on the palate (mandarin, passionfruit), with a hoppy bitter finish, my only problem with it is, it must suffer from bad batches, because i've had great ones and i've had poor ones, still tasty, especially when fresh.
04-09-2002 00:45:34 | More by rastaman
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours a hazy amber with little head which diminished to next to nothing almost instantly - looks real pretty in my Little Creatures glass though. Nose is strong citrusy hops - I get hints of tangerine. Taste is a strong citrus hop up front which diminishes to a pleasing finish with some malt coming in to balance the hops. The mouthfeel is thin and carbonated. By far the tastiest Australian beer I've tried - I will be having more of these.
12-15-2004 01:51:55 | More by foamer
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
(Served in a short nonic)
best before 17 jun 10
A- This beer pours a light orange hued crystal clear body with a thin bubbly head on top that quickly fizzes and disappears. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.
S- This beer has a soft green hops aroma with a slight rubber tire quality to it that grows a bit as it warms. There is a pleasant fresh pale malt aroma that comes through as the beer warms aswell.
T- A light flavor of pale malt gives way to a soft green hop snap in the finish with a slight citrus note to it. The hops have a light bamboo quality to them and there is a dry pungent note in the finish as it warms. This pungent hop note is accented by a light hint of sulfur.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with an airy fizzy finish that gets a little bitey when it is warm.
D- This beer has a soft but fresh hop flavor with a big fizz and it is a unique pale ale.
09-24-2009 15:54:23 | More by rhoadsrage
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
My friend obtained this bottle while on vacation in England. The beer poured a nice golden color with a vibrant white head. This beer had a hoppy smell to it with some clean fruit notes. The taste is a good bunch of hops up front with some fruity tones to back it up. The bitterness of the hops is balanced well with the fruit but doesn't linger for long. Overall the beer has a medium body that makes it fairly drinkable. I would not mind getting my hands on another bottle of this some day.
02-26-2006 03:19:12 | More by ggaughan
3.93/5 rDev -2.5%
330ml bottle, not the cheapest beer in the locally available lot, but it sure comes from damned near the farthest away...
This beer pours a bright, but not totally clear pale golden amber colour, with one bony finger of thinly foamy white head, which leaves a few turtle heads of lace around the glass in its brief wake. It smells of semi-sweet pale malts, earthy yeast, and some lemon citrus hops. The taste is nutty caramel malt, almost honeyed, with a muted, but still bitter grassy citrus hoppiness. The carbonation is moderate, and just a bit edgy, the body on the south side of medium weight, and equally off-center for smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malt mostly steadied by the tame, yet persistent citrus hops.
A fairly decent pale ale, hoppy, but in that other-worldly sense, the hops' fruity character not exactly 100 percent familiar, and that's a-ok. But for the price, I could easily justify having a few more of these.
05-13-2011 21:50:45 | More by biboergosum
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
Very hoppy indeed, extremely hoopy, still quite nice to drink though. hints of grassy and hints of smoky flavours actually.
It's bottle conditioned, so i've chucked a few in the cellar. opening these babys on xmas. And it's gonna be a merry xmas for me i tell you.
07-01-2002 02:52:36 | More by Anonmatel
3.46/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
03-27-2013 11:34:50 | More by VaRy
3.95/5 rDev -2%
Bottle from Presario. A very good and uniquely tasting pale. Some hop aroma, very fresh smeling. Grapefruit body and white soapy head. Good taste, with some orange and honey and the power of suggestion of passionfruit although a bit astringent initially. Good drinker.
The second body I shared a few weeks later with Milos et al. Here the mango and kimkuat taste really came through.
01-25-2010 21:34:06 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours straw gold. Nice pure white, dense, head. Well marked lacings to the finish.
Very grassy hops on the nose with some pretty strong citrus zest thrown in for good measure.
Not quite sure what to think of this one taste-wise. Perhaps not a fan of the hop profile. Starts off pretty clean with honey sweetness. Hops are citrus zest but with a not so subtle astringency running through. Good crisp finish though.
It's totally drinkable, a good session ale, but not sure the hopping is for me.
03-04-2011 16:23:59 | More by CanuckRover
4/5 rDev -0.7%
on tap at the Australian Hotel, The Rocks - Sydney
appearance: served in an imperial pint...a hazy copper orange body with a nice hue and a light foamy froth
smell: aroma is of fresh hops which suggest "american ipa" to me...peach/citrus aromas as well
taste: definitely the best beer i have sampled thus far in australia (though wine has been ordered in a 5:1 ratio to beer at this point)...a nice hoppy citrus body with crisp lemon and a nice floral characteristic...definitely a winner, even by "american ipa" standards
mouthfeel: smooth and fresh
drinkability: very good
06-16-2007 08:12:43 | More by dirtylou
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
Pale gold with fairly large white head. Subdues in to a rough layer. Looks good.
Floral hops, a little sweetness. Fairly reserved compared to some american examples, but still very nice.
Not as bitter as I remember. Nice fruity hops, a little bit of earthyness. Some sweetness.
Mouthfeel is great for the style. So is drinkability. If I was eating/drinking at the right pace, I doubt I would ever need to stop drinking these.
Edit: Just got that slight vanilla-esque touch that comes from the hops and malt playing against each other. That's the part I remember I love about this, going to lift the taste rating up to a 4.
12-11-2009 12:49:26 | More by jbowers56
4.68/5 rDev +16.1%
Aussie Aussie Oye Oye Oye!!! This pale ale is subtle but very nice!!! LCBC did a fine job in constructing this gem of a malted refreshment! The light Amber color with white foam head and perfect lacing give way to a mild citrus/hop aroma. This all culminates to a beautiful tasting montage of wonderful. The mouthfeel and drinkability of this fine ale will be equal to the legend of John Cook himself!!! Stay thirsty my friends!
02-11-2011 05:55:18 | More by WoodBrew
Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.