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Little Creatures Pale Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 41
Gots: 14 | 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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnished gold with fluffy white head that puckers and clings in sheets. Toasty cookie malts and grapefruit and blossom nose. Solid country white loaf malt backbone with more bright grapefruity hops with a touch of resin. Tropical fruit sorbet finish and tingly linger. Medium, chewy, creamy.

Everything an APA should be, and the equal of SNPA in terms of both flavor and drinkability. A credit to Australian craft brewing. I'd always have this in the frig if it were easier to get.

StJamesGate, Jul 22, 2011
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 hoobaga
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass (the bottle says to pour into a glass and shows a picture of a pint glass)

Appearance: Nice deep golden amber color, with a 2 finger head that quickly settles down into a thin layer on top of the beer. Moderate amount of carbonation visible.
Minor about of lacing.

Smell: First thing that hits me is citrus. Mmm.
Citrusy, but with depth. Has a nice malt tang at the back of the nose.
Whilst smelling this, I'm trying not to take a big gulp.
Isn't strong smelling though. Had to stick my nose quite deep into the glass to pick up everything.

Taste: Here comes the good part, oh boy!
Sweet malty flavors all round my mouth. Slightly bitter too, more bitter than I expected, and I like that. Still, it is not as bitter as some ales which have hops taking the front.
The malt and hops work together quite well, I don't feel that one is overpowering the other.
Nice plesant bitter finish at the back of my mouth.
Wish there were more hop aroma though.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation isn't too strong and doesn't hide or overpower anything. Medium bodied beer. Doesn't feel too thin but isn't too thick.

Overall:
Great stuff. I'm really glad I went and got a 6 pack. Wasn't sure if I should have gotten this at first, but looking at the other crappy local beers at the supermarket, I decided to just grab this to try.
A beer with flavor that is easy to drink, and goes down well.

However, kinda pricey where I live (~23usd). A 6 pack of guinness costs ~18usd here. Singapore is a sad place.
This puts me off from buying this all the time to a rotational basis I guess. *le sigh*

hoobaga, Jul 06, 2011
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 heygeebee
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to review this mini-classic

Not an easy job, as Mrs heygeebee has been in the past known to remove LCPAs from the fridge at a reasonable rate leaving those in the cellar (at cellar temp) for me to 'enjoy'. Hmmmm. This one from the fridge....

Pours an amber colour, one head.

Strong aromas of citrus and passionfruit. One of the best aromas of any Aussie beer. Don't think I've given a 5 for aroma before.

Tastes well balanced, citrus, lovely fruit driven palate blast then finishes with a hoppy bitterness. Full flavoured. Goes down a treat.

One thing tho - shame about the price - not everyday drinking at regularly over $70 a carton...

heygeebee, May 26, 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 brewymcgee
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden-Amber with a slight haze with a thin white head after it settles

Aroma: Light, fresh and sweet citrus.

Taste: Sweet malts and a hint of yeast with with a definite lemon zest flavour popping through and a gently bitter finish. Honey creeps though on the aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, medium body with a constant bubbly tingle.

Drinkability: A very drinkable and noteworthy pale ale.

brewymcgee, May 10, 2011
Photo of Stew41
2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orange, slightly murky. Nose it a little austere, a bit hoppy and a bit citrussy. Serious palate, quite hoppy and finishes firm. Nice citrus traits run througout giving the beer a sharp feel. A bit too much fizz took the edge off a higher score. I think on some tastes this can look a touch sweet and cloying but probably a minor quible.

Stew41, May 08, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

568mL pint bottle shared with my wife in our hotel room in Canberra. BBD: March 2012.

First craft brew of our Australian adventure!

A nice golden-amber brew, certainly on the 'pale' end of the pale ale spectrum, with a half inch of creamy head. Good retention on that, some great lacing streaks as well.

Nose is nutty malts, caramel, citrus (orange, lemon), mildly bitter hops.

This is a great-tasting brew, refreshing, yet flavorful. Opens with a nutty, caramel malt flavor, then transitions to a citrus/bitter hop finish. While not the boldest APA I've come across, this is certainly enjoyable stuff.
Creamy, slightly watery, soft carbonation (though not flat by any means).

Great brew, something I'll certainly come back to again while I'm Down Under. Drinkability is very high - easy to quaff, flavorful enough to sip, several in one go would be ideal.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 20, 2011
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 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 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 burnheartsMKE
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first tried Little Creatures last year during the first part our honeymoon in Western Australia (WA) at Settler's Tavern in Margaret River on a recommendation from the bartender - then ended up picking up a 6-pack for our cottage fridge for the week.

We then actually ended up spending an evening, towards the end of our trip, chilling on the deck of their Fremantle (or Freo as they call it, Australians seem to shorten nearly every word) brewpub. We had just discovered that we were expecting a child so my wife, Jess, drank water as I managed to sneak in a quick pint or two. The food looked great, but it was slamming busy and we were way too hungry to wait - so we ate elsewhere. In retrospect, I wish we would've spent more time digging into their food and beers. Highly recommend stop if you find yourself in WA.

So, you can say I'm a Little Creatures fan and this isn't a new discovery, but it's a great reintroduction to the burgeoning craft beer scene in Australia and a delicious beer.

Light & hoppy. Refreshing bitter notes and a clean mouthfeel. Well-crafted, this is an everyday beer; it doesn't demand your attention, it just has it.

burnheartsMKE, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful golden orange color. About 1 inch of white foamy head pops up, but doesn't stay for very long.

S- Nice fresh citrus hops on the nose. Orange and grapefruit are the dominant flavors. Not a surprise given the use of Cascade and Chinook hops. Not the most complex flavors, but it still smells great.

T- Awesome hop bite. Nice citrus floral flavors. The hops are present and make a statement, but not as over-the-top as an American IPA. There is also a malt presence, with a slight yeast / biscuit taste that doesn't quite balance out the hops, but the hops are so good that I don't care. (Sidenote: This beer tastes A LOT like Sierra Nevada PA. In a good way).

M- Smooth and easy to drink. Solid mouthfeel.

D- The lightness, flavors, and mouthfeel meet up well to make an extremely drinkable ale. If it were easier to obtain, then this would be an every day drinker for me.

IPA4LIFE, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of doktorhops
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It's taken 14 reviews to get to what is quite possibly my favourite ale and here it is: Little Creatures Pale Ale! [Warning: the below review will be tainted by bias]

Poured from a 568ml (pint-sized) bottle into a 500ml Stein glass (thank God the Germans give about an inch of head room on their glasses!).

A: Golden amber cloudy body, a very typical pale ale colour, with a slightly golden white 1.5cm head that retains very well... points there.

S: Floral hop aromas with crystal malts; the smell that ale dreams are made of... not much else to say.

T: The taste begins with light toasty malts that almost immediately surrender to the hops, sublime if you're a hop-head like I am. There are at least three distinct hop flavours I can detect in palate order: 1) buttery hops, 2) grassy citrus hops and 3) a final spicy hop - this ends on the expected bitter note, however it's not overpowering... to me this is the closest ale I've found to what I would make myself given the skills of brewing.

M: Creamy and medium bodied, well balanced.

D: If I had an infinite supply of this I would die a happy man. In reality though I'm hard pressed to afford it (it's in the upper echelons of Australian macro beers price-wise). It is a fantastically drinkable ale that puts pretty much all Australian brews to shame... sorry CUB, Tooheys, Fosters - this is a real beer!

Food match: Roasted game bird or poultry with a light salad. Thai cuisine is a spot on match in my books.

doktorhops, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aussie Aussie Oye Oye Oye!!! This pale ale is subtle but very nice!!! LCBC did a fine job in constructing this gem of a malted refreshment! The light Amber color with white foam head and perfect lacing give way to a mild citrus/hop aroma. This all culminates to a beautiful tasting montage of wonderful. The mouthfeel and drinkability of this fine ale will be equal to the legend of John Cook himself!!! Stay thirsty my friends!

WoodBrew, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a bottle from a little Christmas beer exchange, thanks Joe!

A - Pours a golden orange with a copper hue, slight haze, thin layer of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is loaded with lemon iced tea hops, a bit earthy, followed by some roasted nutty, caramel malts.

T - Impressive citrus hop presence, touch of bitterness, caramel malts linger on the finish. By no means a hop bomb, but it offers enough to keep you coming back for more. Very tasty take on the style, and easily the best Australian offering I've ever had.

M - Medium bodied, goes down with the slightest prickle and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - Highly recommended beer, offering a nice blast of hops, but not enough to leave your face looking sour. Great to see Australian craft is up to par with some of the North American craft offerings.

andrenaline, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of LiamAhearn
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little Creatures is one Australian brewery with I am really proud of. They make fantastic products and are driven to make great beer without compromise on quality and have stayed true to the ideals of craft beer. Their interpretation of an APA is one of the best brewed here in Australia and one of my fav beers.

A: Amber in colour with good clarity. The perfect level of carbonation which lends itself to maintaining head retention and lacing on the glass. This also helps push the aromas out of the beer.

S: Beautiful grapefruit citrus aromas with underlying malty sweetness underneath. Clean ferment with no esters present.

T: Pleasant upfront bitterness balanced by a well-rounded malt profile which includes a touch of caramel sweetness. Slight resiny hop flavour as an aftertaste.

M: Med-light bodied with this amount of carbonation makes this beer soft enough that the big malt and hop characteristics aren't too much. Finish in this beer is med and adds to the drinkability.

D: This is very much a session beer. The hops aren't too much that your pallet gets fatigued and the malt / body isn't so that you feel full or bloated.

This is a well-crafted beer and the fresher the better to really get the full benefits of the aroma and liveliness of this great example of an APA.

Cheers,

Liam

LiamAhearn, Jan 04, 2011
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.