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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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243 Ratings

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 42
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Little Creatures Brewing Company visit their website

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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Photo of jamie2dope
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Little Creatures Pale Ale...I've had this beer once before, but only out of the bottle, so I decided to give it a try in the glass. Pours a hazy orange pumpkinish color, with a small white lace head that didn't stick much on the glass. In the nose was a good dosage of hoppyness, along with some grapefruit and lemon smells showing up. Taste was quite impressive, with a really striking hop presence hitting you right up front, almost aggressively. The hops start off rather dry only to end with a nice citrus twang. There was also a hint of orange tangerine in there also. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and very bitter for most of the duration. It is a very tasty beer, refreshing while at the same time very complex, yet not overly so. I would suggest pairing this with a sharp cheese or spicy cusine perhaps. Either way, enjoy.

jamie2dope, May 30, 2006
Photo of jarmby1711
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy rich and goldenwith a tight dense head

S: Fruity with a distinct late hop hit at the end

T; Sharp complex with distinct fruitThe finish is exquisitely dry

M:It tingles
D: I could drink this anytime, but I reckon it is too complex to drink a lot in one session

jarmby1711, May 15, 2005
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little Creatures Pale Ale – Brunswick Hotel
After six months of visiting random pubs in Melbourne, this is the first time I’ve seen Little Creatures on tap. I’ve enjoyed a few bottles of it in the past so was delighted to see it on draught.
Appearance - It pours a golden straw colour with decent head. Lacing might be a bit below average.
Smell – Citrus, coriander, and sweetness of malt rule the nose.
Taste – Good stuff. Nice citrus hop bite up front, then a transition to sweet malt, then back to a little bitterness. There are lots of things going on here, but it’s a well balanced, drinkable brew. They could label this an IPA and get away with it.
Mouthfeel – a little overly carbonated on my particular pour, but otherwise it’s a quite drinkable, smooth brew. Gimme another!

DaveFL1976, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The legendary Little Creatures Pale Ale (LCPA); the SNPA of Australia according to some. I don't plan on going to Oz anytime soon, but I had to chance to try a bottle in Vancouver. "To enjoy, drink from a glass", says the label. From a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

It's got a clean orange amber appearance to it, topped by a sizeable head with good retention. The aroma is like fresh hops. A little green, but succulent. The notes of key lime are distinguishable, and are a nice twist to this pale ale. Taste: believe it. Little Creatures is very pleasant beer to drink on. It's got lime, a little squeeze of lemon, a crush of caramel, all while being well balanced. And it's very laid back. A mixed fruit note appears as the beer warms, but the beer is already a good one. A little pinch of lime lingers on in the aftertaste of this Australian beer.

I'm from California, and this may sound like heresy, but I'll take a Little Creatures over a Sierra Nevada. You'd think an American importer would have already brought this to the States, but no. If the price were right, I'd put this in my rotation of everyday drinking beers.

DoubleJ, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of charlieos
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

charlieos, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heard about this from a friend, surprised to see this in Calgary recently.
A - clear bright golden, medium head left a decent foam lacing
S - herbal and citrus, peppery with sharp malty grains
T - dank and herbal hops with a juicy citrus quality, grainy malt with a peppery note
M - healthy carbonation kick, thin with a mild bitter
D - hop dominant but the balance of hop flavours is fantastic, drinks extremely easy, dangerously sessionable

joemcgrath27, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Parrotshake
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drink this stuff all the time, but I'm home by myself and just got fired so can't afford the heavier and inevitably more expensive beers the current weather demands... time to review.

Until recently this was classified on this site as an EPA and was overall 2nd in that particular category. It's NOT an EPA, but I believe the high ranking was justified. I haven't tried Hop Trip or Alpha King Kong or whatever it's up against now, because unlike most folks on this site I don't live in the US, but I'd put this up against any of those blind, national pride be damned, because man, this shit is delicious.

Pours a not-entirely-clear light amber without much head. Very inviting, nonetheless.

Aroma of fresh-mowed lawn, pine resin, girly shampoo, citrus & flowers.

Maltier than the nose would have you believe, pilsener caramel with huge tropical fruit flavors - lychee, passionfruit, a taste like ripe pineapple smells but doesn't necessarily taste like (if that makes sense). Dances on the edge of perfume-like, but doesn't tip over and thus never becomes sickly.

Almost perfect balance, but
the only problem I have with it is that the flavor drops off pretty quickly... there's a *slight* watery quality to it. Adds to drinkability, detracts from taste, I guess. The Little Creatures Bright Ale, for those who were wondering, is essentially the same beer but with more carbonation and less bittering, or so it seems - the same big hoppy flavors straight up but with absolutley no aftertaste. The girly version, I guess.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness that's surprisingly up-front (and most welcome) after the tropical explosion that is the initial taste. Medium bodied and carbonated just right (on tap perhaps, a bit much).

This will err on the side of less or more drinkable depending on who you are - some might feel it's a bit much. Not me. Every time I have a slab of this in the fridge it disappears in no time. Almost as widely available as all the big Aussie macros and immeasurably better. Most people's first Aussie craft beer, and one that's not often bettered.

Parrotshake, May 13, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken on a recent trip to Sydney.

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is rich bright golden color with a ½" white head that persists for a while and leaves some lacy sheets and rings on the side of the glass. Sipping leaves some lacing for a while but most lacing is gone well before the beer.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, clean has a definite fruity citrus character from the hops. The pale malt keeps a well defined place as a supporting cast member but is definite in its presence..

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose, with the malt backbone supporting crisp citrus and floral notes and echoes from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish begins with atouch of bready malt sweetness and then slides gently into some mild hop bitterness leading to the ending.

Drinkability: This was an easy drinker with one sip following another quite naturally. It was easy to have a second and a third. I'd easily place this beer among the top two or three of the 15-20 different beers I had on my visit. While I often prefer just a touch more hop character to the pale ale, this was a very nice interpretation of the style and I could see making it a regular purchase.

drtth, Nov 10, 2010
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Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.