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

145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 269
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 45
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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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: 145 | Hads: 269
Photo of hefevice
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favourite style, but this one appears to be a good representative. It is certainly an interesting comparison to the Grand Ridge Gippsland Gold Pale Ale, they are probably the best of the style Australia has to offer, and yet are quite different in their character. A lovely luminous though slightly hazy orange/gold with a nice compact creamy white head. Plenty of flowery/citrusy hops aroma on top of a nice malt foundation. The flavour starts with spice and citrus hops with a hint of green grapes in the background. Biscuity malt is next, followed by a reasonbly big and dry hops finish. Overall impression is clean and elegant. Aftertaste is pleasant and lasts well. A good effort. (692 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy rich and goldenwith a tight dense head

S: Fruity with a distinct late hop hit at the end

T; Sharp complex with distinct fruitThe finish is exquisitely dry

M:It tingles
D: I could drink this anytime, but I reckon it is too complex to drink a lot in one session (279 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to KBL Tim for obtaining this beer!

Appearance: Slightly opaque orange body with nice white head.
Aroma: Beautiful orange blossom aroma with lovley pale malt background.
Taste: Firm bitterness, full malt flavor, nice citrus.
Mouthfeel: This beer is a lot like SNPA, but has a smoother, bottle conditioned feel.
Drinkability: I could see this as an ideal session beer. Tasty, classic mouthfeel, and not too massive. (435 characters)

Photo of amicar
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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... (517 characters)

Photo of BeerNutta
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of Andy
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of annatar
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the best australian beer i've tasted (inc. cooper's line)

pours a beautiful light gold amber with a magnificnt inch and a half tall white head of fine bubbles. medium carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel.

wonderful smooth taste, malt on the top of the palate that becomes sweeter on the sides. faintest aftertaste of bitter hops.

easiest, smoothest drink in the island continent (385 characters)

Photo of foamer
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with little head which diminished to next to nothing almost instantly - looks real pretty in my Little Creatures glass though. Nose is strong citrusy hops - I get hints of tangerine. Taste is a strong citrus hop up front which diminishes to a pleasing finish with some malt coming in to balance the hops. The mouthfeel is thin and carbonated. By far the tastiest Australian beer I've tried - I will be having more of these. (442 characters)

Photo of keypocket
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being from Los Angeles, California, I was completely suprised by this find. I was becoming quite depressed by the lack of beers I found in Sydney that had any assertive hop character. My stay was about a month and I found this beer towards the end and then proceeded to try it as much as possible.

The beer has a similar quality to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Very drinkable, great hop nose and nice crisp taste. Refreshing and great along with Thai and Vietnamese food. Golden Amber with great carbonation. Very nice citrus and earthy/wood undertones. Nice malt / hop balance. A great addition to the normal everyday lagers. I only wish that I had the opportunity to try it on draft. If I could get this in the U.S. I believe it would be in my fridge all of the time. (768 characters)

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

I had a bottle of this at the Great British Beer Festival, and it was so good I had to get another one to take home.

Pours a light amber color with a frothy compact head. The lace on the glass is a copious patchwork. The aroma is very intense, incredibly floral and fruity, with citrus and apples notes. Theres also a delicious hop aroma and bitterness and malty breadyness in the nose.

The taste is dominated by hops, and all kinds of hop flavors at that. Theres a sharp bitterness as well as lemony, tangarine, grapefruit hops. Also earthy and cedary hops. Theres even some hop spicyness here. All this is anchored on a firm malt background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Its bottle conditioned which probably adds to its smoothness. An excellent beer, I hope I get the chance to come across it again. (838 characters)

Photo of Doiv
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange to honey colour with and off white head, leaving beads of lacing.

Aroma is of oranges, apples, woody notes, and reminded me more of a vintage cider than a beer! I'm not complaining in the slightest, I love cider.

Taste is of pears and apples, oaky and woody hints, vanilla, burnt sugar, followed by a really bitter finish and a lingering spicy citric aftertaste.

Creamy mouthfeel, drinks really well. Fantastic. (441 characters)

Photo of koolk
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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! (834 characters)

Photo of diablo14
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the guys from little creatures brewed some of australias great beers under the matilda bay/redback name before CUB bought them out, and now they back with a brew that represents everything aussie beers should be about. impossible not to like this beer.

cloudy deep golden color with a soft, crisp white head. the color seems to change in hue as you look down the glass and the retention is perfect. the aroma is wild! like a fruit salad, theres orange, grapefruit, lemon, passionfuit and i even detected a bit of mango in there and floral hoppy scents. spectaclar! the flavor resembles the same. with wonderful subtle malt undertones that is always present but merely there in a supporting role to the complex fruity tastes. the hop bitterness gives a real bite that gives an initially dry finish which subsides into a smooth semi sweet and once again fruity finish thats a little tart. goes down a treat, especially in hot waether. no better beer for a barbie, or just having a couple while kicking back on the beach or by the pool.

im hoping these guys expand on what they have done here. im salivating at the thought of what they could do with a bock or a belgian ale. one of the best in the country without any doubt whatsoever. (1,240 characters)

Photo of joecast
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light golden color with a floral aroma. very inviting to the eye and nose. tightly packed, stable head.
very smooth to drink, has a slight bitter/hoppy finish and good mouthfeel.
good example of a light colored beer, not really being a light beer. after a few of these you (ok, i) may be surprised. i must say after hearing so much about this beer here and on other websites, i wasnt as impressed as i hoped. still a good beer though.


finally got around to trying this again after nearly a year. not sure what the hell i was talking about with not being impressed. this is a great example of an apa.
cloudy appearance, citrusy aroma, great balance in the flavor. the bitterness and hop flavor are outstanding for an aussie made beer. others should take note. could not possibly get tired of drinking this. ratings have been adjusted to reflect my new found respect for lcpa. (887 characters)

Photo of rizzo
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Little Creatures Pale Ale is in the American style. It's a moderate amber colour with a light frothy white head. The aroma is a combination of the american ale yeast and late cascade hops - fruity, citrus with notes of apple and peaches. The flavour is a great balance of malt, moderate bitterness and those citrus hops. It is rounded with a sweetness, probably from the bottle conditioning and secondary fermentation using a lager yeast. This beer is at its best when fresh and, although is shipped cold, does not travel well. Overall, I think it's a great representation of the style and one of the best beers made in Australia (629 characters)

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

Bright, lovely golden hue, big, active, frothy white head.
Aroma is bursting with fruit, fresh and citrusy, and just a touch sour, too, with a hoppy edge.
Very smooth drinking, with a sunny disposition. Fruitiness(peaches, oranges) continues through subsequent sipping. Light in body, sweet finish, pleasant character. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada PA in flavor. Bright and beautiful, this is a keeper. Goes down so easy, it's a perfect session ale. Never lets you forget that it's all about flavor!
thanks to rastaman for this bottle! (536 characters)

Photo of ALEBOY
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderfull little beer! The aroma reminds me of passionfruit, perhaps from cascade hops. Little Creatures is perhaps lighter in colour than some traditional pale ales but it is certainly not lacking in its flavour. This is a very drinkable beer, and I would have to rate it as one of Australias finest. I very much look forward to tasting this beer on draught. (362 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as it sets in the glass a translucent gold color, the head moderate in size, bright white and the texture creamy and the lace decent covering sheets. Nose is mostly malt, light floral hints, crisp and fresh citrus like appeal. Front is malt and lightly sweet, finish is mild in its acidity, hops pleasing in their spiciness, droughty and long lasting aftertaste. Quite a good drinking beer and I’m sure a session beer down under. (439 characters)

Photo of Anonmatel
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hoppy indeed, extremely hoopy, still quite nice to drink though. hints of grassy and hints of smoky flavours actually.
It's bottle conditioned, so i've chucked a few in the cellar. opening these babys on xmas. And it's gonna be a merry xmas for me i tell you. (266 characters)

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

A very hoppy beer indeed, very lovely floral perfume aroma, fruity on the palate (mandarin, passionfruit), with a hoppy bitter finish, my only problem with it is, it must suffer from bad batches, because i've had great ones and i've had poor ones, still tasty, especially when fresh. (284 characters)

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Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.