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Little Creatures Pale Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company

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90
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255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 44
Gots: 25 | 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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Ratings: 255 | Reviews: 143
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a glass. Best before 19 September 2015.

Golden with good effervesence and nice head.

Lightly fruity hops. Crisp, clean, and basic.

Good! Nice beer. Clean-crisp and plain. The aftertaste has got a nice hop bite and splash of carbonation.

Easy-drinking and unobjectionable. Would drink again.

Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LIghtly cloudy apricot gold, with a beautifully rocky head of off-white to khaki. Sugar cookie malts with yeast and sharp pungeant hop notes and some citrus make up the nose. Taste starts with undersized biscuit and cookie malt. Light fruity esters. Big hop bitterness. Resinous to somewhat citric sour/tang. Yeast is noticeable. Dry, bitter, long finish. Medium-bodied. Bottle conditioned enough, but still kind of a creamy feel. A good find down here in NZ.

Photo of canucklehead
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
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

Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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 andrenaline
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of FLima
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a two finger head with short retention.
Light aroma of biscuit malt and some citric fruitiness.
Sweet malty flavor with notes of honey, biscuit, pears with some citrusy. Mildly dry aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Really a not bold brew, rather smooth, but still pleasant and well executed. I may need to try a fresher version, this one is due in 4 months.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 330 mL bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a lot of vibrant-looking carbonation. The head isn't terribly impressive; it's a one finger eggshell color that fades fairly quickly. The lacing is good, though.

S: I'm noticing that it blends both English and American sensibilities toward the style - this definitely doesn't seem like another SNPA clone (not like that's a bad thing). The malt profile seems to be very toffee forward, with strong tones of earth, caramel, and biscuit. There's also an underlying quality of Cascade hops, providing grapefruit peel, pine, and black pepper.

T: There's a nice balance of hop/malt interplay here. Hops don't seem evident on the first sip, but after another swig, they provide a light grapefruit finish that's quite pleasant. Otherwise, it's mildly sweet with its malt profile, especially in the middle of the palate. I won't call it a standout, but its delicate balance still manages to set it a notch above many pales.

M: The carbonation could really be toned down slightly to help the soft texture of the malts shine through more clearly. On the plus side, it helps lighten up the initially thick body. It has an almost 'nectary' feel provided by the combination of malty sweetness and subtle hop resin.

O: This really is the kind of offering that could single handedly change the perception of Australian beer around the world. The bottle conditioning and great malt backbone means I wouldn't have many reservations if I ever found this in a local shop a few months old, though I wouldn't make it my first choice to seek out. Little Creatures Pale Ale - Australian for Real Beer.

Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a light golden orange colour... White head poured pretty small and faded to light ring around the edge of the glass.... no real lacing to talk about...

Aroma - Very fruity (oranges, pears?), cream soda, grassy, light spiciness, hay notes, sweet nuttiness, light honey traces...

Taste - Nice light spicy hop bitterness, creamy, bitter oranges, very light sweetness, grassy, juicy fruits (lemony, grapefruit ?)...

Feel - Very sharp and dry. Light body. Very refreshing and drinkable..

Overall - An excellent beer !! Highly recommended !!

Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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 joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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

Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of soju6
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden copper color with a nice head that fades to good lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh hops, bit of malt sweetness, grain and fruit.

T: Taste strats with a nice citrus nip, mild malt sweetness, bit of grain and fruit in the background. Nice bitterness and a clean, dry finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. very well balanced.

O: Very enjoyable beer. Good example of what a Pale Ale should be. Well worth a try.

Photo of chickenm
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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.

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 flyingpig
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice, medium golden colour with a thumb sized, bubbly white head that halves in size and leaves bits of lace on the side of the glass as it does so.

Quite fresh smelling with some grassy hops and a background caramel malt aroma that hints at some sweetness. There are a few malts present along with some citrus and a hint of bitterness at the end.

Sweet malts and caramel upfront with some toffee and a nice helping of bitterness. There is a biscuit malt flavour in there and some light grapefruit, nothing too strong but noticeable nonetheless. There is also a few hops coming through around the middle and some light, tropical fruits.

Lively carbonation to begin with a lot of sweetness hitting upfront. The body is about medium and the beer is pretty well balanced overall.

Just as good at the first time I tried it. This one is an excellent session beer and one that I am quite partial to any time I spot it out and about. It always goes down well.

Photo of Poupae
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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...

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

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Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.