Little Creatures Pale Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company

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Little Creatures Pale AleLittle Creatures Pale Ale

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90
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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 44
Gots: 37 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

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Photo of tobelerone
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of a handful of beers carefully packed and lovingly transported to my door from Sydney by some very thoughtful friends. This one is a solid if unspectacular pale ale that struck me as pretty traditional and middle-of-the-road, not in terms of quality, but in terms of approach. It's not an uber hoppy IPA-light like so many contemporary American pales; instead it has a fresh hoppiness well balanced by its malt and keeps the bitterness in check.

Pours a shimmering gold, nearly clear, with a sizeable white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Top notch appearance, and it's actually somewhat pale and not dark gold or amber like so many in this style these days. Aroma combines citrusy, grapefruit and grass hop notes with a mildly sweet biscuity malt character; this continues in the flavor, which goes right down the middle between the hops and the malt and ends up on a dry note with little lingering bitterness.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation, a bit lively, but still smooth overall in the feel. Quite nice but not exceptional; perhaps it's my American palate but I could have used more bright hoppy flavors in addition to, not in lieu of, the tasty biscuit malts.

Photo of mick303
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Luvian's Bottleshop, St. Andrews. Pours a nice medium gold, with good lacing retention. Good colour. Head goes down pretty quick.

Smell has pleasant fresh hops, good malt presence, is quite inviting and balanced. Nice, fresh and has character, and I like the hops.

Taste has sweet malt with a nice hop bitterness, which is slightly chewy. More richness develops afterward. Some bitterness to it, but pretty rounded. Pretty standard taste profile for an APA, with no flaws and a light, balanced flavour, I get some of the nice sweet vanilla note on the end, which is quite rich.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, carbonation is light but very refreshing. It is excellently drinkable. Finish is dry and medium full.

Pretty traditional styling, maybe a little extra hops, but these are tasty and integrated well. Excellent and refreshing beer. A great beer in the lighter category and worth a try.

Photo of BS-
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a highball glass

A: Golden brown and pleasantly cloudy. Surprisingly low head with little lacing.

S: Malty with a good measure of hops. Just a touch of citrus at the edges.

T: Slightly malty with a great balance of hops and citrus. There is a nice bitterness in the aftertaste like orange skin, with a hint of grass and lingering hops. The tastes in this beer don’t linger for very long though. It kind of just slips away, leaving a hint of rather pleasant grassy, honey taste in the mouth

M: Light to decent mouthfeel with some carbonation. Rather pleasant.

O: Very nicely balanced beer. I don’t usually like lighter beers, but this one is very nice. There is a good presence of malt balanced nicely by the hops. A very easy beer to drink. Great for a night out with friends where you need an easy beer that isn’t bland.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance; cloudy, golden yellow. Lots of yeast with a thick sticky head and beautiful lacing...perfect!

smell; nice grassy and steely malt complexities with some lemon zest and herbal hops, top quality balance and once again...perfect!

taste; well balanced, the hops are supreme with bitterness of citrus rind and herbs, just as the smell would suggest. The flavor carries from start to finish but leaves enough room for malt complexities to come through. Malts remind of fresh cereal grains with a faint sweetness. The yeast is present and noticable but in my opinion only helps marry the flavors into a pure delight for the palate. The best i've had of this style by far.

mouthfeel; slick with a moderate thickness. Very refreshing and crisp in the finish. Somewhat of a powdery carbonation for a lack of words, this is a good thing.

overall; I really like to spread the word on Australia's amazing beer offerings but no embellishing, this stuff is amazing! Anytime i'm bushcamping, I bring a few of these along as it's such a great beer that I don't mind it warm.

Photo of goodbeerallday
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: light to mid amber colouring with approx 1cm clean white head diminishing to a thin layer of white across the beer. small amount of carbonation appearance that is clear to the eye.

S: like an abundance of hops has been picked up and slammed into a bottle but with no overwhelming presence it seems, meaning just very distinct in what they are using.. chinook! orange rind is the predominant feature on the nose.

T: i love this beer. session-able with a great hop front that clears away pleasingly leaving a linger that you dont want to get rid of. reasonably well balanced and a carbonation that isnt over power but quit pleasant. big sips are welcome on this. this stacks up with the best of them! passion-fruit, peach and lime are jumping around on my tongue! VANILLA!

M: definitely not light bodied in any way but not quite mid feel. comfortable carbonation consistency.

O: personally i could bathe in this bad boy! love it! little creatures has done something pretty superb and i think most who have had this will see it! currently enjoying it while watching the game with a mate. what better way to do it

Photo of tbeckett
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Little Creatures Dining Hall. From notes.

A - Poured hazy, dark gold. One finger of fluffy white head left great rings of lace and a finger of retention.

S - Citrus, pears, rich grapefruit, a floral note and a light malt character.

T - Citrus, tropical fruit, floral notes, bread, a yeast character in the finish which really takes over aggressively.

M - Strong carbonation. Medium body and a dry finish.

O/D - Their menu says the beer is live-yeast conditioned and you can vertainly tell. It plays too big a part in the flavour profile. If it were not conditioned like that, the hops would shine alot more and create a much better flavour profile. All that said, it's still a fairly solid pale ale and probably one of the better examples of the style from Australia, it just needs to kick the yeast flavour.

Photo of MrKennedy
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cylinder glass at the Riverview, Balmain.

Poured a lightish golden colour with a slight haze to it. White head that was a finger in depth and stayed at half that while lacing on the way down.

Smell has passionfruit, grapefruit, citrus all working beautifully well together and they come in that order.

Taste has the grapefruit is decent measures along with caramel, which helps back it up.

Nice body, good bitterness from front to the finish. Still quite sessionable.

I've been super impressed with this on tap lately...less so with the bottled version. Hoppy, flavoursome, very drinkable and widely available for Australian craft. Hard to beat for a go to craft beer.

Photo of jjkatter
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

568ml bottle poured into a goblet...

A- golden color and pretty clear. A bit of a white heas that settles quickly.

S- plenty of hops with an apple and caramel

T- very much like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. THAT is a big compliment. Fresh straw and grapefruit. Nice dry finish.

MF- again, very much like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Pleasant and inviting. Well balanced.

O- there's a lot to like here. Of the beers I've had from Australia, this ranks in the top 3, and it is widely available. I would recommend this beer and will drink it again.

Photo of danieelol
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint bottle served chilled out of freezer; into Victory shaker

Appearance is a honeyed yellow (has a slightly syrupy appearance) with reasonable head.

Smell is initially some pleasant mild hops, tending more towards citrus. While warming I progressively get a vaguely fishy graininess and finally a somewhat rich malty, honey-like smell. Definitely doesn't seem as hoppy as I've had it in the past, although they are there.

In the taste there's modest honey and a relatively mild citrus note. Bitterness on the palate mounts, and incorporates some pine. When fully warmed it has mango and guava notes.

On reflection this does remind me quite a lot of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but it has a hoppier note which pulls it ahead (this may also be because we don't Sierra Nevada quite as fresh).

Low-medium body, high carb which emphasises the hops and perceived bitterness. Well done, and the handling of this element of the beer is not to be downplayed as a factor in its success. Carbonate your (I)PAs brewers. Carbonate them good. Epic's carbonation is also why it pulls ahead in the IPA field.

Definitely a deserved Australian classic. Was initially feeling let down but it picks up when the bittering hops start to mount.

Photo of PolarBear3
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a pale golden amber colour with two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer

S - Instant citrus aroma and a little hoppy.

T - Passionfruit and citrus flavours shine through. Fairly hoppy but well balanced. Get a little bitterness at the end.

M - Light to medium body with good carbonation

O - A very refreshing beer that is great in hot climates, being very easy to drink.

Photo of HopHeadRyan
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle & on Tap in Adelaide & Darwin Australia - May 2010

This was an exceptional brew and the best one I experienced in Australia & New Zealand. I toured the Coopers brewery and tried their entire lineup. I visited several smaller brew pubs and tasted many local beers.

Little Creatures is one of my favorite beers. I only wish I could get it in Pennsylvania - USA : (

A- Beautiful hazy golden orange
S -Bountiful citrus-piney hops - a gorgeously dry hopped pale ale
T -Deliciously balanced, dry, crisp, light. An amazing session ale.
M - Light, nicely carbed, creamy, cask like
Overall - My favorite Pale Ale outside of the US!

I may have to beg my Australian friends to send me a case or two!

Cheers!

Photo of aBeeraWeek
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at the Cornish Arms, Brunswick, Victoria.

Pours a great golden amber with a light and near white head.

A light and complex smell with initial citrus through to a passionfruit and even hints of melon.

The taste is where a more caramel sweetness comes through from the malt with the citrus still there to continue the great combinations. A medium bitterness comes through to round off the first mouthful perfectly.

A medium body feel with sufficient amount of carbonation to agree with the citrus from the nose and taste.

Overall a fabulous taste with the balance on everything working in harmony. A complex drink to be savoured.... but very hard not to just gulp it down as it just so damn drinkable.

Photo of windypete
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up this 330ml bottle as i could'nt get other stuff at th e shop! & wow what a loverly pale ale!!.
Poured a nice light straw color with gd carbonation & a light thin head that stuck around till i finished the beer.
Smell was fresh light hoppy & citrus.
Taste was crisp & hoppy with those citrus notes coming through in the middle.

Overall a great little pale ale, so light & crisp making it so easy to drink. Damn i wish i'd picked up more! I wont be making this mistake again. Recommend this beer highly.

Cheers

Photo of dansmcd
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh pint at the Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle.

A - Rich, hazy light amber. Thin white head, ample lacing.

S - Clean and fruity. Citrusy hops dominate.

T - Not a huge amount of depth but o so delicious. Heavy on the ripe passionfruit with a malt backing. Less hops than the most applauded pale ales make it very accessible.

M - Lively carbonation and a light to medium body.

O - So easy to drink. Dont be tempted to try anything else here at the brewery, especially the pilsner, just stick with this little ripper and you wont be sorry.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of hoobaga
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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*

Photo of eric5bellies
3.84/5  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.

Photo of heygeebee
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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...

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  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.

Photo of brewymcgee
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Stew41
2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Wattsox
3.92/5  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.

Photo of NATOuk
3.92/5  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.

Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.