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Little Creatures Pale Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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146 Reviews
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 272
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 45
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of CanuckRover
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,154 characters)

Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (1,473 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
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! (428 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of LiamAhearn
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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 (1,305 characters)

Photo of mattipt
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (442 characters)

Photo of Bobby12many
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (1,442 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,341 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (1,249 characters)

Photo of shambeano
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,127 characters)

Photo of philphilphil
3/5  rDev -26.3%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of charlieos
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of rowey77
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of xylophonica
2.92/5  rDev -28.3%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of maddux91
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of dqrull
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,198 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
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!!! (660 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of chickenm
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.6/5  rDev +13%
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 (277 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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 (828 characters)

Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.