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Little Creatures Pale Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

146 Reviews
THE BROS
90
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 272
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 45
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Little Creatures Brewing Company visit their website
Australia

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 foles
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottled is great and having on tap is a rare treat. I've had it on draught at many pubs and really enjoyed it. The only strange thing is it isn't quite as good at the brewery in Fremantle for some reason.

The taste profile is enjoyably complex with touches of citrus, orange and lemon all falling over one another. There is a nice amount of carbonation for an ale (as opposed to hand pulled english ales).

This little beauty is seems to be a unique cross between an American and an English Pale ale. Honed to perfection! (526 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very standard amber colour, almost lagery in appearance with a good thick snow-white head. A good amount of steady carbonation and hints of sticky lacing. Pretty average appearance.

Nose is very pleasant with a strong hit of hops dominating with the slightest hint of pineapple or some other tropical fruit lingering in the background. It's subtle; perhaps a bit too subtle but it promises a smooth-drinking beer with pleasant hoppy flavours.

Taste is also very pleasant, with a hoppy front palate giving way to a decent long finish containing sweet fruity characters and a herbal hoppy finish. I wouldn't say overall it's the most complex drop but the palate is long, very pleasant and all the flavours are blended so that they announce themselves all at the right time. Basically this is a truly excellent everyday beer, with really nice flavours and a really smooth clean mouthfeel, and while it's not the most orgasmically brilliant beer I've ever had I think it'd be hard to improve upon it.

There's definitely a reason this is my beer of choice for everyday consumption. (1,087 characters)

Photo of basica
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been curious about this one for quite a while already; I reccomended it to Junde at Ice Cold Beer while I got myself a Leffe Brune. I had a sip from his glass and after that got myself a bottle to go so that I could review it at the comfort of my own home; good tasting conditions and with my notebook where I could take down notes as I drink it. LCPA is listed as a Pale Ale but I think it is closer to an IPA due to its well-hopped nature and good amount of bitterness. This beer pours out a slightly off shade, golden orange with an average one inch head that retains rather well. It finally reduces to a thin layer of creamy foam clinging onto the edge of the glass. The smell starts of with aromatic floral hops and I could also sense some fruits and yeast; the floral/perfumy hops aroma goes pretty strong on this one and I could really appreciate it. I took a sip and the first taste that hits me is an obvious taste of passion fruit; it was like the moment it entered my mouth, I said passion fruit out loud. There is also a nice citrus backing to the taste and I could detect some malts towards the finish. The finish was bitter dry and the bitterness was somewhat analagous to that of an IPA; it is understandably well hopped. At the finish, it leaves lot's of fruity aromas on the nose with a malt backing down running down my palates. The bitterness stays with the after taste of grapes and citrus which is
pretty faint compared to the Belgian dark ales though it does linger. The mouthfeel of the LCPA is between medium to light bodied and carbonation was on a slightly high level which was alright. It has a fine and smooth texture which allows the beer to go down smooth and
dry; good drinkability on this one. I am not a big fan of Aussie beers and my favourite Aus beer has always been the Coopers Sparkling ale though I believe that this one does go close. Indeed, it is reckoned as one of the most popular Australian craft beers. (1,957 characters)

Photo of Epicurian
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of Kulrak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish golden color with a decent amount of white foamy head that sticks around. Smells like cascade hops, nice and citrusy and a little floral. Also tastes like cascade hops with a good amount of bitterness behind it. I don't taste a whole lot of maltiness, but there is some sweetness to balance the bitterness out. The mouthfeel is a little tingly and heavy, but not too much of either, very nice. Overall, it's a great and tasty pale ale, especially if you're a cascade hop lover, which I am. (507 characters)

Photo of willjansen
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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... (1,144 characters)

Photo of LittleCreature
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time to revisit an old friend.

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a two fingers of dense, rocky, barely off-white head which took its time disappearing in patches. The colour is a pale amber-orange, very clear with small bubbles rising.

Smell - 4.5
By far the fruitiest beer I have ever smelled that is not actually a fruit beer. Passionfruit is by far the strongest smell, but there is also grapefruit, flowery hops and a little citrus. There is a little bitterness to the smell, but this is mostly overpowered by the fruity sweetness. Wow, this smells even fruitier than I had remembered.

Taste - 4.0
Fruity! At first there is the passionfruit sweetness, which is taken over by a strong citrus bitterness, and a bone dry finish that leaves one longing for another sip. For many this may actually be a little too fruity, but I love it! This may be classified as an EPA, but I feel it is definitely nearer APA in style.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Moderate carbonation which holds strong over time. Weight in the mouth is moderate to heavy, and has a slightly syruppy feel to it.

Drinkability - 4.5
The number of times I have drank this as a session beer and never tired of the taste, I am close to giving it a 5. Recent samples have tended to be a little too bitter. You wouldn't know it was 5.2% ABV, the taste overwhelms any alcohol flavour.

OVERALL - 4.25
I'm not sure if this is a better bottled example than I tried on my last review, but I was close to giving it a 4.5 for taste, which would have upped the overall score to 4.35! My favourite session beer, one of the best Pale Ales in the world. Well worth the premium over mainstream Aussie beers, so the value is good too.

Edit: It seems to me that LCPA has been somewhat "dumbed down" to make it more approachable to the masses. Not as fruity or as bitter as it used to be, though still very good and one of Australia's best. I now give it a 4.15. (1,892 characters)

Photo of brendan13
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know how this is listed as an English Pale Ale but anyway...

A - Pours a dark straw colour with a few centimetres of white head.
S - All about the hops here. Citrus, floral, herbal, just a blissful mix of hoppy goodness.
T - A bit of wee bit of caramel malt comes through on the taste but the hops still dominate.
M - Quite a full, creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Bitter hops notes linger in a good way.
D - Pretty damn drinkable beer with enough character to make it interesting.
So yeah, APA would be much more appropiate for this style IMO.

PS. The 330ml bottles are good for homebrew as the labels come off easily and there isn't any embosed marketing crap on the bottles. (705 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (589 characters)

Photo of Cs1987
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A cloudy golden colour with a small amount of head.

Smell - Definitely an interesting mixture of fruits in the smell, particularly tropical fruits and melons.

Taste - A good mixture of fruitiness and hoppiness - a somewhat kiwi fruit like flavour.

Mouthfeel - A bitter aftertaste, but otherwise feels great.

Drinkability - You won't have a problem knocking back a few of these, interesting enough not to make you want something more expensive.

Overall - Drinking this in a glass from the bottle was far from the great drinking experience you get from the tap at the Little Creatures brewery, but it is still a great, good value bottled beer.

EDIT - I have tried this a few more times since my first review, and this most definitely deserves a 4.5 for taste. (776 characters)

Photo of rjimlad
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favourites. A nice aromatic head that had reasonable persistance into the glass. Initial passionfruit/grapefruit notes off the head and all the way through the serve. The colour is bronze but a little cloudy. Taste is a magnificent balance of malt and hop with fruity characteristics to the end. This is a medium body ale with full flavour that is not cloying and great length of hop flavour. Carbonation is on the high side but this gives a crisp finish. I love this beer (490 characters)

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
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 (330 characters)

Photo of rec
3.46/5  rDev -15%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this 330ml bottle on 21st Dec 06, best by 04.04.07.

Poured a hazy straw coloured brew with an orange hue. Thin head, with no lacing evident.
The smell was an excellent floral hoppy one, enticing.
The taste did not disappoint either, quite a strong hop flavour with a few touches of complexity.
Very smooth in the mouth, very drinkable brew. This is the best beer I have had from downunder this far. (412 characters)

Photo of norwichboy
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I do have mixed feelings about Little Creatures. People rave about it in Australia, but I often find myself rather disappointed.

Orange-amber, with small long lasting white head, which leaves blobs of lacing on the side of the glass. Very hoppy in both smell and taste, against a background of biscuity malt. Quite a strong tongue-tingling carbonation, a bit too much for my taste. So far it's a rather hoppy but average Australian beer. But then comes the finish, and that's what it's all about for me with Creatures. It has such a lovely satisfying lingering length of bitterness, with the hops and malt sticking around for ages. Heaven. That's what is keeping me wanting more and more of this beer.

I drank the new pint size bottle for this, and it was only towards the end when it was nicely warmed up that I really got into the great finish on this beer. Pint size is definitely the way to go with this - I wonder if it would improve further with a litre sized bottle.... (982 characters)

Photo of haz77
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy light orange, with a half inch of head from a hard pour. This rapidly drops to a thin layer.

S - Juicy grapefruit, pear, passion fruit, grass, some honey, oily hops.

T - Initial mouthful of sweet fruits and citrus lead toward sweet malts in the middle. Hop bitterness builds to the end and follows into a refreshing aftertaste. Slight note of bubblegum in the background.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation.

D - Not bad at all. Well worth trying. (495 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a light golden orange colour... White head poured pretty small and faded to light ring around the edge of the glass.... no real lacing to talk about...

Aroma - Very fruity (oranges, pears?), cream soda, grassy, light spiciness, hay notes, sweet nuttiness, light honey traces...

Taste - Nice light spicy hop bitterness, creamy, bitter oranges, very light sweetness, grassy, juicy fruits (lemony, grapefruit ?)...

Feel - Very sharp and dry. Light body. Very refreshing and drinkable..

Overall - An excellent beer !! Highly recommended !! (607 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle

Pours with a light amber body, slight haze from the yeast

Smell, strong whiff of cascade, some slight pine coming off. Little touch of yeast on the nose also, some slight malt in the background

Taste, thick piney hops, biscuity hops coming through, some hint of english hops too maybe goldings

A tasty pale ale, reminds me of snpa but perhaps not as smooth (381 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LIghtly cloudy apricot gold, with a beautifully rocky head of off-white to khaki. Sugar cookie malts with yeast and sharp pungeant hop notes and some citrus make up the nose. Taste starts with undersized biscuit and cookie malt. Light fruity esters. Big hop bitterness. Resinous to somewhat citric sour/tang. Yeast is noticeable. Dry, bitter, long finish. Medium-bodied. Bottle conditioned enough, but still kind of a creamy feel. A good find down here in NZ. (459 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (492 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB date 29/01/06, re-reviewed on 17/02/06, half-a-month after the expiry date~~
Compared with my last bottle consumed five months ago, there's nothing different on the appearance, while the nose has equally rich and complex aroma to enjoy, albeit with an extra resinous hoppy touch and a heavier pollen-like floral scent upfront. On the palate, the story is the same, showing good consistency of the quality and its ageing potentials. Something I did not record in my last review is a subtly aromatic bitter taste, like lychee-fruit shells, lingering at the end of the palate. Overall the palate and nose are just so smoothly perfumy that it's utterly irresistable... The mouthfeel is as creamy-bubbly as ever, not sharp in any sense. I hate to say that this is my last bottle of this little gem, and my local supermarket doesn't seem to stock it anymore... Definitely worth seeking out and stocking a whole crate of it~~

BB date 02/01/06, reviewed on 25/08/05.
A: served slightly chilled in a goblet, it pours a slightly hazy, orangey amber colour, with an effervescent, off-white beer head settling to a thin layer of buttles within two minutes, leaving uneven but quite tight lacing.
S: ...wow... deeply perfumy aroma--lightly sweet orange-zest, red apple, preserved peach, flowery ester, elderflower wine, fruit-candy, lightly oily hops, a refreshing and stimulating smell of wild-flower pollen... the nose is so vividly 3D-structured and overwhelming (but not overpowering and pungent~~)...
T: a slow flow of aromatic fruits, flowers and pale malts caress the palate ever so smoothly... the lightly sweetish malts are balanced with orange-zesty yet also rounded hops, a soft palate of flowery ester sustains, while the oily and peppery hoppy bitterness manisfests steadily, leading to a medium-length finish with a citrussy-clean finish in the end, with just a touch of medium bitterness and spice. Overall quite typical of an APA, but this beer's thickness of hops are in need of more pronounced bitterness as a balancer.
M&D: throughout the drink the rounded and creamy texture never goes away and the fizz stays low and just sufficient to make the palate lively. A medium-rich bodied pale ale at just 5.2%abv, this is without doubt the most impressive beer from Australia I've tasted and one of the most enjoyable punching-above-its-weight pale ales (in all categories) I'd love to revisit time and time again! (2,426 characters)

Photo of Brauluver
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught version is more cloudy than bottle, but more subdued on hops aroma.

Still got a strong hops/citrus nose though.

Maltiness is subdued and comes through late in a faint backbone.

Hop driven and spritzy with a light mouth feel and citric(grape fruit) zing.

almost too sweet for me but borderline on IBU''s.

Bottled version is more quenching than tap IMHO. (375 characters)

Photo of Finite
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I’m not a HUGE fan of Pale Ales but I do like to try them out from time to time. Hearing good things about this number from this site and a friend I was looking forward to trying this one.

Poured a nice golden colour which was very inviting with a white head. I looked to have decent carbonisation with 1/2 inch of head which dropped very fast to nothing. However the beer was quite a nice strangley inviting amber.

The smell was fruity, with hints of honey or citrus fruits. A definite fresh clean hop smell was prominent. Quite fruit and really quite nice. Perfect balance of flavours. Aftertaste was great. Bitter and fresh but with a nice fruit flavour still present. (683 characters)

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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! (795 characters)

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