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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
91
outstanding

242 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 42
Gots: 18 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002)
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Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dull, murky orange colour with a quickly-dissolving white 2 finger head. I like.

S- Clearly defined citrus with nice hopping and balanced by an afterthought of malt. Smells pretty damn good.

T- Nice, but not quite as robust as I thought it would be. Mainly, hops dominate the palate but are balanced by a pleasant level of malty sweetness. Could be more, to be honest, but this is still a good taste.

M- While I wouldn't call it 'crisp' per se the carbonation level is still very refreshing and welcome on the tongue. Medium to light body.

O- This was very enjoyable, reasonably tasty and highly drinkable. Very good.

aeolianshredhead, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright amber pour with small white head that leaves nice lacing.
Aroma is of grapefruit, peach, very green and grassy (presumably from dry-hopping with cascade or similar. Hints of pine. Low malt is just noticeable. This is definitely APA territory. Dunno why BA has it as english pale ale.
Malt is much more dominant in the taste, followed by a lingering metallic bitterness. Definitely more balanced than the aroma.
Rather weak body, high carbonation.
One of the best well-known (as in available in pretty much every bottle-o) beers in Australia.

CrazyDavros, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

SleepyMonk, May 24, 2009
Photo of tobelerone
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

tobelerone, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of LauraG
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Before I begin, can I just have a girl moment to dork out about the packaging? The cherub thing is too classic. I removed the bottle-cap ever so carefully... it's going to become a pin-back button. Love it.

Ahem. Onward.

Pours oddly light for a pale ale with a smidge of cloudiness, without that faintly coppery color I'm accustomed to. Not much head. Aroma is, according to my notes, "GOOD!" probably because I'd just tasted four dull lagers of varying degrees of skunkiness. Lovely floral and citrus-leaning-toward-orange aromas -- classic hops.

Flavor is well balanced with a good wheat/yeast element, nice citrusy taste, and is quite pleasant. Really enjoyable. Highly drinkable for a person who enjoys this style.

LauraG, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of amicar
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tatsed somewhere in Sydney...

Pours a cooper- tinged yellow with white head. Hey- what's that smell- there's a little Cascade- ish citrus in there, that shows up in the taste as well. A little light on the malt flavors, though. Mouthfeel is pretty nice; on the light side, which I like with this hop flavor. Also, they didn't use a heavy hand on the bittering hops. Easy to knock back one of these on a cool Sunday night at the pub.

Overall, pretty nice. It tastes a bit like Sierra Nevada Ale's kid brother...

amicar, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of koolk
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Little Creatures was such a revelation when I first tried it. It reminded me of all the great micro's I got to try overseas and had been longing for since I came home. The only problem is that I don't enjoy this as a 'session' beer, as it is just so floral and fruity. This, however, does not mean its no good!

Cloudy amber gold with a great head and good carbonation.

Aromas of floral hops and tropical fruits just come out in droves. A touch of malt in what is a very potent nose.

Taste is smooth and long with a touch of green bitterness. Flavours are also very powerful in the fruit/floral spectrum. Would like a bit more malt of the finish, but delicious none-the-less.

This is such a well made beer it is hard no to appreciate it as a hand craft brew. A beer that has crossed over many friends. Try it on your mates!

koolk, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of eric5bellies
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear Golden colour with a White fluffy head that reduces to a film.

S - Passionfruit aromas wit a little citrus.

T - Nice passionfruit and grapefruit flavours, witha nice piney flavoured finish, slightly bitter.

M - Light to medium body with medium to full carbonation. The best part of this beer.

O - I don't agree that this is Australia's
number 1 beer as there are so many better IMO. However as a sessionable beer, this is hard to beat.

eric5bellies, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of proctah
3.88/5  rDev -4%

proctah, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of juju7
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a pint bottle:
Bright copper/orange with a soft head that didn't hang around too long. Plenty of fresh citrus notes jumping out nicely with the hops. Not an overtly robust bitterness, quite pleasant and smooth. Have had this countless times and it still seems to be a pretty good benchmark for Aussie made American pale ales. Never say no to one of these.

juju7, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of CanuckRover
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

CanuckRover, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, May 13, 2011
Photo of NATOuk
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
A clear amber liquid, plenty of carbonation obvious on the pour, forms a large head which dissipates leaving fine layer across the liquid and good lacing.

Smell
Sweet light malts, some citrus and earthy, grassy hop notes. Quite a pleasant aroma, not too strong but not too weak either.

Taste
Lovely sweet malts to begin with, citrus zest coming through in the middle and a light bitterness on the finish. Light carbonation sensation during the taste.

Mouthfeel
Slightly higher than medium carbonation, medium body. The higher level of carbonation here does present itself during the taste, however it is not a harsh carbonation so it doesn't taint the taste with an acidity.

Overall
A great pale ale definitely well suited as a session beer. A well balanced beer, more subtle aroma and taste compared to the more popular 'hardcore' IPAs on the market, however lends itself very well to drinking a few on a warm day. My new favourite Australian beer.

NATOuk, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of PolarBear3
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

PolarBear3, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of rowey77
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great beer, tried at little creatures brewery in Fremantle.. Great with food and poors a great head. Full of flavour but not to harsh on the pallet. Recommend for a beer with dinner or even just a social after work drink.. Have tried in bottle form and beer is just as good as on tap.

rowey77, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Wattsox
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, consumed Mar 2011, BBE Sep 2011.

A - Amber body, decent head that dissipates relatively quickly, leaving a light covering and thin lacing.

S - Sweet toffee / caramel malt notes with some citrusy, grassy hop notes.

T - Similar to the nose, sweet malts to open, zesty citrus hop in the middle and light bitterness on the finish. Well-balanced and the hop doesn't get too much in your face like some American IPAs can do on occasion.

M - Medium body, light but punchy carbonation.

O - Very pleasant pale ale, either on its own or as a session.

Wattsox, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of shambeano
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

have not had this beer for ages, so lets see how we go

L- Pours a really light amber, with about a half an inch of head that is taking a really long time to subside, never really leaving, with the tiniest bit of lacing. looks pretty damn good

s-mainly just getting a nice hit of hops upfront, quite grassy, a faint sweetness is detectable but is really hidden by the hops.

t-upront one gets the tiniest sweet malty biscuit, before the grassy hops come on. Pretty gutsy this one, and rather bitter, more so than i remember. after a little bit the malt comes through a bit more, a slight golden syrupy sweetness along with the biscuit, furthermore it has a relatively long finish. This is pretty good, more going on here than i remember.

m- initially it really tingles on the middle of the tongue, but as the bitterness comes to the for it is all at the back. smooth the entire way through though, and you can feel it for a while after each sip.

D- YES! i could definitely see myself being able to get through a whole bunch of these.

Overall, i am surprised with how much i enjoyed this one. But im really glad i had this.

shambeano, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of willjansen
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has an expiration date of 5 July 2008.

Appearance - Cloudy golden/amber color with decent head, reducing to clumpy blotches on the surface and sticking nicely to the side of the glass. A delicious-looking brew no doubt.

Smell - Fruity whiffs (peaches and apple detected) with a distinct hoppy nose of floral/citrus smells and the tiniest hint of spiciness(?). Neither overpowering nor weak. Smells of an average, yet inviting, pale ale.

Taste - Delicious, thirst-quenching pale ale above all. Great hop presence and all that goes with it - grassiness and citrus notes playing off one another - followed up by a semi-metallic, but not unpleasant, bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat smooth, yet oily mouthfeel, but very appropriate for the style and definitely not out-of-place. Perfect level of carbonation for a pale ale.

Drinkability - Great beer for session or otherwise. Certainly an excellent everyday aussie beer to keep in the fridge. Little Creatures hit the nail on the head with their take on a pale ale. It's even better fresh on tap at the Little Creatures brewery in Fremantle. Keep up the good work LC...

willjansen, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of harryhops
3.96/5  rDev -2%

harryhops, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of chickenm
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

chickenm, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of TreeTopFlyer
3.98/5  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.

TreeTopFlyer, May 06, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev -1%

csmartin6, Nov 15, 2013
Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.