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Little Creatures Pale Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 272
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 46
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Little Creatures Brewing Company visit their website

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

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Reviews: 146 | Hads: 272
Photo of Stew41
2.88/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orange, slightly murky. Nose it a little austere, a bit hoppy and a bit citrussy. Serious palate, quite hoppy and finishes firm. Nice citrus traits run througout giving the beer a sharp feel. A bit too much fizz took the edge off a higher score. I think on some tastes this can look a touch sweet and cloying but probably a minor quible.

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Photo of xylophonica
2.92/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 568ml bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pale amber, minimal head.

S - Fairly hoppy with some sweet yeast, honey & bread as well.

T - Strong and bitter. Really struggling to get much out of this other than yeast and hops..

M - Very full flavoured in the mouth but surprisingly bitter. Bitter all the way down with some sourness at the end.

D - The sourness is a real killer. The bitterness is hardly endearing as well.

Had heard good things about this brewery but this beer certainly doesn't live up to them. As there is some secondary fermentation in this beer it's possible I just got a bad one.. but alas I'm not in a rush to drink this again any time soon. Note: the sourness did fade somewhat as it warmed.

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Photo of philphilphil
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance was browny amber with disapating head.
Smells kinda floral.
Flavour is my upper bitterness level, not much else.
Mouthfeel, carbonation is high but all good.
Drinkability is okay, too bitter for my taste and on the pricier side.
Never been a massive fan of APA's and little creatures makes other very good beers.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 33ml bottle given to me by my wife after a shopping trip to Birmingham (England). Best before 26 Aug 09, drank 13 Jun 09, poured into a Hougaerdse DAS branded tumbler.

Orange hue to it, a true amber colour I suppose, very little head though. Left the sediment in the bottle, so the body of the beer was clear and you could see the bubbles rising through to the top and settling. What head there was produced lacing as I drank down the glass.

My nose isn't what it used to be, or this beer had very little aroma. Some yeast hints and maybe hops too, but not much of either.

Spritzy feel and taste to it, not overly hopped, but the hops were the driving force in the taste stakes. Had I been given it in a blind tasting I would have said it wasn't the finished article, not fully fermented, green. However that is the style this brewery likes to produce and it makes a pleasnt change to have something like this now and again.

The 5.2% ABV suits it, and sits happily within the effervescence of the beer.

Not sure I could drink a lot of these in a row, a bit gassy for a session beer and I can't help thinking it is going to carry on fermenting inside me.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: copper color with light haze & lots of carbonation, little head
s: hoppy smell with a sweet tinge
t: spicy (bitter) beginning with a crisp finish, lots of grapefruit influene
m: medium body and carbonation. too spicy to be called smooth
d: not a bad one, certainly stands out from some of the other local brews in australia

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Photo of FLima
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of vancurly
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Narrabeen Sands

a) Heavily persistent head formation courtesy of Headmaster schooner glass. Hazy orange glow. Head persists to the end leaving sudsy dregs.

s) Citrus, tropical fruit. It seems more leaning towards the latter than as I recall.

f) Nice balanced malt profile, with good bitterness in support. Citrus & seeds.

m) Not the same mouthfeel that I get from the bottle. Maybe the recipe has altered

d) On-tap ale of choice. Hard to find though, but worth the effort.

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Photo of VaRy
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Macca
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a bright golden colour with some haziness. A half finger of head drops to light retention. Hoppy floral aromas and some sweetness. Both continue on the palate. I always refer to this as lolliwater but that is not necessarily a criticism. Medium carbonation. Some bitterness but I would prefer a bit more to give it a bit more balance. It all gets a bit much after a couple.

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Photo of rec
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps my favourite Australian boutique beer, although I have over-indulged in recent times, killing what made it so special.

While the first seconds of pour are promising, the head does quickly dissapate and you're left with something not at all visually impressive. It's refreshing, complex and very tastey with predominant spicey fruits and florals coming through the malt flavour. It also has a strong hop presence.

Definately one to try, although unless you're buying it in WA prices are similar to Belgian imports. Be sure to keep it reserved for a "special occasion" beer too, otherwise you'll get sick of it relatively soon.

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Photo of Andy
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A wildly over-hyped beer when taken out of its Australian context. An adequate description might be, a slightly dumbed down and grainier version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I looked very forward to having this beer on a recent trip down under. While it was easily one of the best beers I had in Australia, that doesn't translate particularly well when it's put up against similar beers from around the world.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Easily one of Australia's nicest beers.

Appearance: Light amber, with slight foam head.

Smell: Fruity aroma that lingers.

Taste: Slight hoppy taste, with very fruity finish.

Mothfeel: Good, not too carbonated.

Drinkability: Good, easily drinkable in heathy quantities. Although a little pricey for an australian beer.

Just re-editing my review because my taste in beer has changed. Still a great beer, I just feel, that I gave it too high a score.

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Photo of baumaxx1
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
Pours a hazy gold-amber colour, plenty of suspended solids. Has a 1-2 finger off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Moderate effervescence is visible.

Smell -
A bit of orange, pine, grapefruit and carrot cake. On the mild side.

Taste -
Grapefruit, citrus, hop resin, plenty of bitterness in the aftertaste with a hint of cut grass. Slight mineral water qualities. A little bit of a honey and malt character to balance the bitterness. Stronger flavour than the aroma would suggest, but it's dominated by citrus and grass. Not the biggest flavoured APA out there, but a solid showing - don't get me wrong, the flavour is nowhere near weak, but I've had stronger (not many though).

Mouthfeel -
Plenty of fizz on the tongue - like little pin pricks. A little bit of the watery side. Clean, light and refreshing overall.

Overall -
One of the most popular premium beers down under for a good reason. Has a strong, hoppy flavour and is very drinkable. One of my benchmark brews, available almost anywhere and a reliable choice when out and about. An icon of the craft brewing revolution in Aus (even though it's technically not a craft beer anymore) - a little beer from WA that introduced the beer muggles to big, fruity brews, and generated interest in local craft beers.

Note that it looks like I've rated this one pretty harshly - Taste and Appearance are great, Smell and Mouthfeel only a little bit better than average.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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).

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of Epicurian
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I discovered this beer in a local pub in Melbourne. Cloudy appearance and chamomile flavor dominates the palate. I haven't had the same pleasure from bottle. So I'm just enjoying this if I find it on tap. There are not much decent Australian beer but I wouldn't say no, comparing other local ales.

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Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to triple5 for this one.

Poured from a 330ml. bottle. Best before July 9, 2010.

Appearance: Golden-yellow body with lazy wisps floating around under a generous white head that reminds me of bubbling marshmallows. Very nice looking.

Smell: Some hops, discreet and earthen with a touch of floral notes. Has a light mineral feel to it with a hint of corn maybe.

Taste: Earthy hops with a bit of corn that thankfully fades. A nice subdued bitterness rounds it off. No idea why but i'm reminded of leaves a little bit. Good but would have liked a more fuller taste.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation coupled with a nice crisp and clean feel to it. Has a little bit of a dry edge to it.

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to drink. I could see myself having this semi-regularly.

Overall: A nice crisp pale ale with decent enough taste. I'd have it again and would recommend it if you ever see it.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, golden colour, slightly hazy, Two-finger white head. Aroma citrusy flavour, malt note somewhere in the background. Well carbonated, citrus and grapefruit up front. Bitter and dry mouthfeel that lasts frorever. A tasty, refreshing, well hopped pale ale without much malt notes to it.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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

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Photo of SmashPants
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of CairnsBeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled pint size bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours with a striking orange to amber color with an acceptable amount of head and lacing to match.

Nose is thick with Pine like activity and the remaining aroma follows the agricultural theme. Grass and hops grain is a delight to the nose.

Taste is thick with a malt and it practically dominates the flavor palate of the beer as its rolls across the taste spectrum in grainy waves. Rich fruits and hops bite into the malt however not enough to break the hold.

On the mouth the Little Creatures Pale Ale is a treat. Well balanced and a keen level of carbonation. The Malt taste hits, wanes in and out a little and then dies off to a dry finish.

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Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.