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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

246 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 42
Gots: 21 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of istarilord
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a pint on sale at the supermarket, expecting a run-of-the-mill ale. I was very pleasantly surprised.

Poured a nice gold color with a good hop aroma. Very nice balance of hops and malt, with a fruity/citrusy edge, though not too strong.

Good carbonation, not a particularly smooth drink but good with food (vegemite & vita-wheat crisps?)

Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Little Creatures Pale Ale pours a translucent golden colour with a tight, creamy white head. Little to no lacing.

Aroma is full of fresh, floral hops. Plenty of citrus in there too with a light tart edge.

A nice light hoppy taste is present made evident through fruity notes consisting mostly of stone fruit. It is really a pleasant flavour here with a nice bitter edge on the finish.

Lightish body with vibrant carbonation, this is refreshing and perfect for a warm (or cold) day.

Plenty of flavour that doesn't beat down the palate but maintains interest without being challenging. This tasty brew clocks in a a great ABV as well making for a highly drinkable brew.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Stavage
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper/amber colour with a fingertip of head that doesn't last especially long but leaves just enough lacing to protect your beer til the end (if you don't drink too slow).

The smell is nice, a very pleasant mingling of grassiness and floral hops hits your nose at first but malt and yeast smells are there too in the background.

Malt dominates the taste much more than you'd expect from the smell, the aromatic floweriness is present mostly in the aftertaste. At first I found the hops bitterness faint but refreshing. Not sure if it was served too cold or because it was masked by the food but after downing a quarter of the brew the hops bitterness had become quite obvious as you'd expect from an APA.

Again I can only describe this brew as feeling medium bodied in the mouth and I thought it could do with a little less carbonation though my drinking partner disagreed.

This is a very drinkable beer and I can't really fault it for what it achieves. Crisp and clean, goes down easy and has the refreshing hoppiness lovers of this style go for. The malty flavours weren't especially complex but this doesn't bother me so much for a crisp easy drinking beer like this, I just wish the malt flavours lingered longer.

I grew up with Coopers Sparkling Ale but when I want something less heavy, crisper and more refreshing I think that this might end up being the other brew constantly in my fridge

Photo of TubaManJack
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20oz Imperial Pint
Appearance- A massive thick wispy, suddies head, that retained for the full session. The body was an IPA orange, that thickly laced down the glass.
Smell - Sweet and Bitter Orange and Grapefruit Notes. A full on experience that almost overwhelms the sweet carmel malt.
Taste- Sweet Hops that have a heavy mouthfeel that is reflected in the nose. The malt is rather upfront because its sweet and very slightly bitter at the end. The hops dominate just as they should in the style. As the beer nears the bottom of the glass, it acquires a piney taste from the hops.
Mouthfeel- Moderatly Carbonated, It has a heavy mouthfeel for an APA but its appropriate for the heavy dose of hops. Very Smooth and gradual finish.
Drinkability- Sweet and really nice especially considering the high doses of hops.

This is the best APA I have had and wish I had more time in Australia to track down the rest of the LC line.

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.

Photo of charlesw
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Listed here as an English PA but marketed around as an American PA. I'll review it as the latter (since it will score better there and I imagine that's what they were shooting for, anyway).

It's a pale orangy yellow with a low head. Lasting lacing.

Smells faintly of grassy and floral hops. Hints of caramel.

Tastes, well. Huh. There are the floral hops. Some bitterness up front (carbonation bite) but little later. VERY interesting for an Australian beer - something that you can pick up in your local bottle shop even in a smallish city on the other side of the country.

Probably be better with a touch less carbonation and a zap more aroma hops. Well, head (that lasts) would be nice, too. Still, a very solid beer and I enjoy it!

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.

Photo of vancurly
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of darklordlager
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden colour with some orange highlights. Large head that recedes to a 1/2" then later to nothing...

Smell is of citrus, pale malt, grapefruit and oranges....Great!

Taste is hoppy goodness all the way through...

Mouthfeel is about where it should be for a sessionable pale ale.

Drinkability--No problem drinking these all night...

What a fantastic beer. Simply one of the best pale ale's out there.

Photo of tzchandler
4.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is reason enough to visit Australia. A beautiful beer that is dry-hopped giving it a fantastic aroma and flavor that is never bitter.

This beer is a bit on the light side yet has lots of flavor. This is a big winner. Having this beer in Perth (Near Fremantel where its made) was a pleasure. The aromas and flavor were considerably better that the same beer in Sydney.

Photo of Macca
3.43/5  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.

Photo of WHROO
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden amber, with a frothy head that held good sudsy lacing. Very feminine ale...aroma was full of floral notes - musk lollies / pinkish. Not too much maltiness in smell,more floral hops.
The taste...well...musky, flowery, fruity, sweet, & then to top it off, good bitterness to finish. This has good complexity & very enjoyable.
The mouthfeel for a pale ale was very light & alive
Drinkabilty was incredibly inviting as well, it was like I was chewing on musk lollies & more...but finished beautifully with hop bitterness.
Just a really nice Pale Ale that is perfumed, fruity & light enough to want to go back for more than 1.

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.

Photo of hunteraw
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Cute logo of a cherub holding a foamy mug on label and the cap, comes in a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Poured into a Leffe glass, appears a hazy amber color, with a one finger off-white head. Lively carbonation, but mediocre head retention and little lacing.

Smell: Aroma is reminiscent of a proper American Pale Ale, something I haven't tasted in too long, living on the other side of the Atlantic. Resiny, juicy hops on top of ale fruitiness. Citrus and pine both come to mind, though the former is more dominant. A bit of candy/sweet malt underneath.

Taste: Sweeter and maltier than I was expecting, based on the aroma, but balanced with a solid bitterness at the back of your tongue. Very well balanced. On the palate, hops are more earthy than citrusy. Faint biscuit notes emerge as it warms. Juicy hops at the middle, before a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation. Medium body, but not syrupy. Velvety texture. Very long finish, but clean and refreshing.

Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable beer, the best Australian beer I have had to date and a breath of fresh air for me, personally. Very refreshing, sessionable.

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

Pours an amber colour with a thick creamy head that hangs around for a while. Has a lovely sweet odour, very fruity and hoppy. Tastes just as fruity and hoppy as it smells and its something you want to hold on your tongue and savour. Very smooth and very moreish. Not heavily carbonated either. A very pleasant drop that I will be savouring again in the not too distant future. Most definitely isn't a beer for sharing ;)

Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.