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Little Creatures Pale Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 42
Gots: 15 | 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 mattipt
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in Oxford, UK; BB 23/06/2011. Poured quite cool into a goblet.

A - Pale golden yellow, slightly cloudy. Pours with very little head. Doesn't appear very gassy.

S - Subtle for the style. Aromatic floral hops. Peach with a slight hint of melon; as the beer warms, resin starts to dominate.

T - Bitter notes coming through. Dry hoppiness, resiny character which becomes more prominent as the beer warms a little.

M - Compared to the appearance, surprisingly lively and well carbonated. Light and almost thin, perhaps as a result of the relatively cool serving temperature.

D - Easy drinking at 5.2% ABV. Balanced, light but well hopped.

mattipt, Jan 01, 2011
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 Bobby12many
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a Pint bottle with a 'Best Before Date of Oct 14, 2011' The first of 6 Australian beers that my wonderful girlfriend gave to me upon her return from spending time in Newcastle and Sydney.

A - The slightest of haze falls upon this rich hay colored brew. Thin fleeting head with ample sticky lacing that immediately clings to the sides of my glass. Lots of lively carbonation dancing to the surface that surfaces and maintains the coaster like veil of beads. Looks refreshing!

S - Smooth citrusy hops that give way to Grapefruit and tangerine notes that shine through with a very crisp and fresh effervescence. A hint of grainy malt in the nose too. This smells incredibly fresh and lively.

T - Very much like the nose. Not very complex, but it hits the hop and citrus notes softly, but perfectly in unison. With just enough of a malt backbone, this beer is wonderfully balanced and easy on the palette. Finish is both bitter and citrusy sweet with no off flavors. Very simple, but refined and delicious.

M - Perfect for the style. It has a medium body that is neither sticky, or resinous. My mouth feels sad that it may never have this beer again! That is Mouthfee(lings) right there folks.

D - Perfect. If this was available in the states I can see it being a go-to beer in my fridge. Amazingly sessionable. It has bright fresh hops and bitterness but doesn't scorch your palette. Happy I was able to try this wonderful brew.

Bobby12many, Nov 23, 2010
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
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 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 philphilphil
3/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

philphilphil, Sep 13, 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 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 xylophonica
2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

xylophonica, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of maddux91
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

A - Exactly the way an ale should pour. Large amounts of carbonation, although it this dissapears too along with the head which is initially very thick with nice lacing. Nice amber colour. head is perfectly white.

S - Smells so good I can taste it, citrus, fruits, slightly metallic.

T - Quite bitter, but very very tasty. Notes of citrus are evident.

M - Smooth and velvety, leaves a very nice taste in your mouth afterwards, nice carbonation.

D - One of my favourite beers, ever. I could drink this bottle after bottle. Goes great with seafood.

maddux91, Jun 08, 2010
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 dqrull
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow amber with a crisp white head that lasts quite a while, leaving no lacing, there seems to be some small floating yeast particles in it at closer inspection actually, not sure if I like it or not.

Smells of mellow and robust hops, without being in your face or overly aromatic, with a distinct hint of white bread and hay, pretty fresh, butnot that usual thing you get from a typical APA, I also get an ever so slight hint of non-perfumed detergent. Alot more complex and interesting than most APAs.

Taste is slightly reserved, at first, but then some nice herbal hops spring forth, caressing your tastebuds with light floral citru. A very elegant hoppyness here, not at all the usual suspects like grapefruit or tropical simcoe-stuff, this is alot more down-to-earth, I would guess that there are some noble hops in this, or at least some of the mutated noble hop varieties they have on New Zeeland, but its damn delicious, really an elegant and smooth taste profile. The hops are balanced out really well by a white breadiness from the malts.

Mouthfeel is actually a little bit sticky, which takes away some of the refreshing feeling I otherwise get from this brew.

dqrull, May 22, 2010
Photo of DoktorZee
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle into large pint glass. There is a unique number stamped on the bottle, but it's unclear how to figure out the date from this (though it's probably there).

A - copper colored, and slightly cloudy. Head appears quickly, non-voluminous and dissipates quickly. Initially its got huge apparent carbonation but that disappears fairly quickly.

S - citrus and perhaps a bit of copper/iron metallic odor on the nose. Nice rich hops as well.

T - moderately bitter with a strong hops/citrus backabone. Well balanced.

M - quite carbonated but seems right for the taste. Nice, not overpowering bitter aftertaste.

D - very drinkable - can drink a lot of this!!!

DoktorZee, Apr 23, 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 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 canucklehead
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a treat to find this in the BC private stores as this beer has a rep for being among Australias best. It is a incredibly hoppy pale ale that tasted very fresh and complex. I can see how this would have a revelation down under when it came . I need to buy more of this beer

canucklehead, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass (like the bottle tells me) dec16 2009

A hazy pale golden with a fingers worth of head that falls quickly to a 1/4 inch film leaving a few patches of lace. you can see the haze in the form of suspended particles all throughout the glass

S bread, pine, mild grapefruit and just a little caramel, pretty well balanced if you ask me

T not far off the smell but not quite as strong, still quite nice and a good example of the style

M crisp and clean with good carbonation that thickens it out a bit

D gone in an instant so that says something

I was stoked on this beer because it was such a nice surprise. I have lived in oz and my girlfriend's from Melbourne and I'm pissed off I never discovered this one while down under. well worth trying with out doubt and I will be drinking this again

wordemupg, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of jbowers56
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jbowers56, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

papat444, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of kmadison
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer available both on tap or in bottle almost throughout Australia. Nice hop aroma showing the APA characteristics used to from American hops. Pours a nice golden color and with a nice creamy head as well. Very drinkable and great beer for the warmer weather. One of my go to 6'ers when in Australia.

kmadison, Nov 02, 2009
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 mulder1010
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

568 ml bottle ( one pint) poured into a tulip glass.

A-- poured a dark gold color, very big head that quickly died off. Left some good lacing. lightly carbonated. Not as cloudy as the Coopers version of a Pale Ale.

S-- Floral, citrus and hops, more floral and citrus though. Got that immediate salivation in the back of my mouth. Yep, a pale ale.

T-- citrus and floral forward. Very well balanced between the 2.

M-- Get that cotton mouth feeling from the hops but not as big as some American versions of this. Light carbonated but very solid. Lighter than I thought it would be.

D-- Easily sessionable. 2-3 would be nice thank you. Very good Australian beer. Easily one of the best 10 beers from Australia. This beer would do very well in the USA and a very good version of a APA. A slight lean to this over Coopers. Reminds me of the Flying Dog Pale Ale.

mulder1010, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of ADZA
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I cant lie this is the very first micro beer i reckon i had that took me into my fascination with micro beers in general and to be honest prob started off Australia's growing love and acceptance of micro breweries as an accepted beer to drink as it definately was the pioneer,anyways the beer pours a see thru light redgum honey colour with nice carbonation and even nicer lacing,the aroma is straight up pure fresh,fruity,pine driven hops with a honeyish malt aroma just at the end beautiful just how i remember,it has an above average mouthfeel with a nice piney,passionfruit flavour to it just how APA's should so drinkability is high,prob one of Australias best takes on this style so far and definately our first.

ADZA, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have so many unfortunate friends that criticize this beer, at the same time as they are sipping a Carlton Draught, I can see them wince as the bland taste of death sweeps across their mouth.

A - Light golden colour, the body sometimes seems frosty or hazy. The head disappears to a bright white ring, some lacing left behind. Very inviting.

S - Herbal and floral hop notes straight of the bat. Its almost as good to smell as it is to taste.

T - Superb. Fruity, flowery hop flavour comes through, lingers a bit and has a conversation with you tongue, right before the end there is a little hello from the malt. And then the hops take over again.

M - Crisp, clean, nothing special. Normal carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, would drink on end.

IHasaFlavaFlav, Aug 16, 2009
Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.