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Little Creatures Pale Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company

Little Creatures Pale AleLittle Creatures Pale Ale

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208 Ratings

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%

Brewed by:
Little Creatures Brewing Company visit their website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002)
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Photo of jarmby1711


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 11:37:14 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 16:23:59 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of Macca


3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a bright golden colour with some haziness. A half finger of head drops to light retention. Hoppy floral aromas and some sweetness. Both continue on the palate. I always refer to this as lolliwater but that is not necessarily a criticism. Medium carbonation. Some bitterness but I would prefer a bit more to give it a bit more balance. It all gets a bit much after a couple.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 09:27:16 | More by Macca
Photo of danieelol


4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 07:07:01 | More by danieelol
Photo of zerk


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at the Australian Hotel in Sydney and was pretty impressed, so I picked up a few bottles and brought it back to the States with me.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a thin white head that leaves some patches of lace. Aroma is a mixture of grassy and citric hops and a touch of biscuity malt. Flavor is quite complex, alternating between sweet, slightly sour, and bitter... with bread-like malts, caramel, grapefruit, and an extremely unique bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is low to medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is one of the most unique pale ales I've ever had... not overly hoppy - quite balanced actually... just very unique. I quite like it... a great reminder of Oz.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 02:43:20 | More by zerk
Photo of DaveFL1976


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little Creatures Pale Ale – Brunswick Hotel
After six months of visiting random pubs in Melbourne, this is the first time I’ve seen Little Creatures on tap. I’ve enjoyed a few bottles of it in the past so was delighted to see it on draught.
Appearance - It pours a golden straw colour with decent head. Lacing might be a bit below average.
Smell – Citrus, coriander, and sweetness of malt rule the nose.
Taste – Good stuff. Nice citrus hop bite up front, then a transition to sweet malt, then back to a little bitterness. There are lots of things going on here, but it’s a well balanced, drinkable brew. They could label this an IPA and get away with it.
Mouthfeel – a little overly carbonated on my particular pour, but otherwise it’s a quite drinkable, smooth brew. Gimme another!

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2005 04:17:02 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of charlesw

New York

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Listed here as an English PA but marketed around as an American PA. I'll review it as the latter (since it will score better there and I imagine that's what they were shooting for, anyway).

It's a pale orangy yellow with a low head. Lasting lacing.

Smells faintly of grassy and floral hops. Hints of caramel.

Tastes, well. Huh. There are the floral hops. Some bitterness up front (carbonation bite) but little later. VERY interesting for an Australian beer - something that you can pick up in your local bottle shop even in a smallish city on the other side of the country.

Probably be better with a touch less carbonation and a zap more aroma hops. Well, head (that lasts) would be nice, too. Still, a very solid beer and I enjoy it!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 07:53:51 | More by charlesw
Photo of MrKennedy


4.1/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 07:39:17 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of juju7


3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a pint bottle:
Bright copper/orange with a soft head that didn't hang around too long. Plenty of fresh citrus notes jumping out nicely with the hops. Not an overtly robust bitterness, quite pleasant and smooth. Have had this countless times and it still seems to be a pretty good benchmark for Aussie made American pale ales. Never say no to one of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 08:18:56 | More by juju7
Photo of doktorhops


4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 09:10:47 | More by doktorhops
Photo of diablo14


4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 11:54:58 | More by diablo14
Photo of Kulrak


4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish golden color with a decent amount of white foamy head that sticks around. Smells like cascade hops, nice and citrusy and a little floral. Also tastes like cascade hops with a good amount of bitterness behind it. I don't taste a whole lot of maltiness, but there is some sweetness to balance the bitterness out. The mouthfeel is a little tingly and heavy, but not too much of either, very nice. Overall, it's a great and tasty pale ale, especially if you're a cascade hop lover, which I am.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 11:41:40 | More by Kulrak
Photo of darklordlager


4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden colour with some orange highlights. Large head that recedes to a 1/2" then later to nothing...

Smell is of citrus, pale malt, grapefruit and oranges....Great!

Taste is hoppy goodness all the way through...

Mouthfeel is about where it should be for a sessionable pale ale.

Drinkability--No problem drinking these all night...

What a fantastic beer. Simply one of the best pale ale's out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 19:20:12 | More by darklordlager
Photo of haz77


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy light orange, with a half inch of head from a hard pour. This rapidly drops to a thin layer.

S - Juicy grapefruit, pear, passion fruit, grass, some honey, oily hops.

T - Initial mouthful of sweet fruits and citrus lead toward sweet malts in the middle. Hop bitterness builds to the end and follows into a refreshing aftertaste. Slight note of bubblegum in the background.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation.

D - Not bad at all. Well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 15:07:37 | More by haz77
Photo of JohnfromDublin


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this 330ml bottle on 21st Dec 06, best by 04.04.07.

Poured a hazy straw coloured brew with an orange hue. Thin head, with no lacing evident.
The smell was an excellent floral hoppy one, enticing.
The taste did not disappoint either, quite a strong hop flavour with a few touches of complexity.
Very smooth in the mouth, very drinkable brew. This is the best beer I have had from downunder this far.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 14:25:21 | More by JohnfromDublin
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 20:51:22 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of belgbeerdrinker


3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: copper color with light haze & lots of carbonation, little head
s: hoppy smell with a sweet tinge
t: spicy (bitter) beginning with a crisp finish, lots of grapefruit influene
m: medium body and carbonation. too spicy to be called smooth
d: not a bad one, certainly stands out from some of the other local brews in australia

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 08:17:03 | More by belgbeerdrinker
Photo of Sachsenfreude


4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 01:07:01 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of koolk


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 12:36:53 | More by koolk
Photo of basica


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been curious about this one for quite a while already; I reccomended it to Junde at Ice Cold Beer while I got myself a Leffe Brune. I had a sip from his glass and after that got myself a bottle to go so that I could review it at the comfort of my own home; good tasting conditions and with my notebook where I could take down notes as I drink it. LCPA is listed as a Pale Ale but I think it is closer to an IPA due to its well-hopped nature and good amount of bitterness. This beer pours out a slightly off shade, golden orange with an average one inch head that retains rather well. It finally reduces to a thin layer of creamy foam clinging onto the edge of the glass. The smell starts of with aromatic floral hops and I could also sense some fruits and yeast; the floral/perfumy hops aroma goes pretty strong on this one and I could really appreciate it. I took a sip and the first taste that hits me is an obvious taste of passion fruit; it was like the moment it entered my mouth, I said passion fruit out loud. There is also a nice citrus backing to the taste and I could detect some malts towards the finish. The finish was bitter dry and the bitterness was somewhat analagous to that of an IPA; it is understandably well hopped. At the finish, it leaves lot's of fruity aromas on the nose with a malt backing down running down my palates. The bitterness stays with the after taste of grapes and citrus which is
pretty faint compared to the Belgian dark ales though it does linger. The mouthfeel of the LCPA is between medium to light bodied and carbonation was on a slightly high level which was alright. It has a fine and smooth texture which allows the beer to go down smooth and
dry; good drinkability on this one. I am not a big fan of Aussie beers and my favourite Aus beer has always been the Coopers Sparkling ale though I believe that this one does go close. Indeed, it is reckoned as one of the most popular Australian craft beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 16:36:06 | More by basica
Photo of BeerNutta


3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 11:02:17 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of TubaManJack


4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20oz Imperial Pint
Appearance- A massive thick wispy, suddies head, that retained for the full session. The body was an IPA orange, that thickly laced down the glass.
Smell - Sweet and Bitter Orange and Grapefruit Notes. A full on experience that almost overwhelms the sweet carmel malt.
Taste- Sweet Hops that have a heavy mouthfeel that is reflected in the nose. The malt is rather upfront because its sweet and very slightly bitter at the end. The hops dominate just as they should in the style. As the beer nears the bottom of the glass, it acquires a piney taste from the hops.
Mouthfeel- Moderatly Carbonated, It has a heavy mouthfeel for an APA but its appropriate for the heavy dose of hops. Very Smooth and gradual finish.
Drinkability- Sweet and really nice especially considering the high doses of hops.

This is the best APA I have had and wish I had more time in Australia to track down the rest of the LC line.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 03:41:50 | More by TubaManJack
Photo of foles


4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottled is great and having on tap is a rare treat. I've had it on draught at many pubs and really enjoyed it. The only strange thing is it isn't quite as good at the brewery in Fremantle for some reason.

The taste profile is enjoyably complex with touches of citrus, orange and lemon all falling over one another. There is a nice amount of carbonation for an ale (as opposed to hand pulled english ales).

This little beauty is seems to be a unique cross between an American and an English Pale ale. Honed to perfection!

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2008 04:26:17 | More by foles
Photo of Finite


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I’m not a HUGE fan of Pale Ales but I do like to try them out from time to time. Hearing good things about this number from this site and a friend I was looking forward to trying this one.

Poured a nice golden colour which was very inviting with a white head. I looked to have decent carbonisation with 1/2 inch of head which dropped very fast to nothing. However the beer was quite a nice strangley inviting amber.

The smell was fruity, with hints of honey or citrus fruits. A definite fresh clean hop smell was prominent. Quite fruit and really quite nice. Perfect balance of flavours. Aftertaste was great. Bitter and fresh but with a nice fruit flavour still present.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 08:13:57 | More by Finite
Photo of Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold with a bubbly white head.

S: Tropical fruit and a weird metallic smell.

T: Mango and other tropical fruits (not overly pronounced but pleasant) mixed with a lager-like corn/metallic flavour.

O: I first had this at Little Creature's awesome brewpub in Freemantle and it tasted great but in 40°C even VB would have tasted good. The few times I've had it bottled it hasn't tasted good. Not a great brewery but if you're in the Freemantle area definitely check out this brewpub, albeit, if you can stomach being around so many hipsters.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 13:16:43 | More by Hoppsbabo
Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.