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Little Creatures Pale Ale - Little Creatures Brewing Company

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Little Creatures Pale AleLittle Creatures Pale Ale

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230 Ratings

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 41
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 drtth
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%

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
Photo of dansmcd
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

dansmcd, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Poupae
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Poupae, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of standardcherry
4.15/5  rDev +3%

12oz bottle purchased at a pub in London.

A: Cloudy, dark amber color with a nice white head. No lacing when the head recedes.
S: Extremely fruity! Strong caramel maltiness with tons of citrus peel aroma. Nice and fresh. I like it so far!
T: Taste follows the smell. Pleasing hop front balanced with some sweet maltiness. Passion fruit, nectarines, orange, peach. Just wonderful. Nice lingering flavor that leaves you wanting more.
M: High carbonation on a medium body. Slightly dry finish.
O: This is an awesome beer, glad I got to try it. Dangerously drinkable, great to have on a warm summer night.

standardcherry, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%

The beer pours a dark yellow color with 2 cm of foam, from the tap. Slightly sweet in the aroma with floral undertones and a bit of grassy bitterness. A weak malt presence followed by pineapple and citrus hops. Nothing overwhelming here, but a solid, drinkable brew.

BeardedBoffin, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of danieelol
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

danieelol, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of scottwurst
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

scottwurst, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of joecast
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%

light golden color with a floral aroma. very inviting to the eye and nose. tightly packed, stable head.
very smooth to drink, has a slight bitter/hoppy finish and good mouthfeel.
good example of a light colored beer, not really being a light beer. after a few of these you (ok, i) may be surprised. i must say after hearing so much about this beer here and on other websites, i wasnt as impressed as i hoped. still a good beer though.

finally got around to trying this again after nearly a year. not sure what the hell i was talking about with not being impressed. this is a great example of an apa.
cloudy appearance, citrusy aroma, great balance in the flavor. the bitterness and hop flavor are outstanding for an aussie made beer. others should take note. could not possibly get tired of drinking this. ratings have been adjusted to reflect my new found respect for lcpa.

joecast, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of mulder1010
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

568 ml bottle ( one pint) poured into a tulip glass.

A-- poured a dark gold color, very big head that quickly died off. Left some good lacing. lightly carbonated. Not as cloudy as the Coopers version of a Pale Ale.

S-- Floral, citrus and hops, more floral and citrus though. Got that immediate salivation in the back of my mouth. Yep, a pale ale.

T-- citrus and floral forward. Very well balanced between the 2.

M-- Get that cotton mouth feeling from the hops but not as big as some American versions of this. Light carbonated but very solid. Lighter than I thought it would be.

D-- Easily sessionable. 2-3 would be nice thank you. Very good Australian beer. Easily one of the best 10 beers from Australia. This beer would do very well in the USA and a very good version of a APA. A slight lean to this over Coopers. Reminds me of the Flying Dog Pale Ale.

mulder1010, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of jamie2dope
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

Little Creatures Pale Ale...I've had this beer once before, but only out of the bottle, so I decided to give it a try in the glass. Pours a hazy orange pumpkinish color, with a small white lace head that didn't stick much on the glass. In the nose was a good dosage of hoppyness, along with some grapefruit and lemon smells showing up. Taste was quite impressive, with a really striking hop presence hitting you right up front, almost aggressively. The hops start off rather dry only to end with a nice citrus twang. There was also a hint of orange tangerine in there also. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and very bitter for most of the duration. It is a very tasty beer, refreshing while at the same time very complex, yet not overly so. I would suggest pairing this with a sharp cheese or spicy cusine perhaps. Either way, enjoy.

jamie2dope, May 30, 2006
Photo of Agentveba
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Agentveba, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of cypressbob
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

330ml bottle

Pours with a light amber body, slight haze from the yeast

Smell, strong whiff of cascade, some slight pine coming off. Little touch of yeast on the nose also, some slight malt in the background

Taste, thick piney hops, biscuity hops coming through, some hint of english hops too maybe goldings

A tasty pale ale, reminds me of snpa but perhaps not as smooth

cypressbob, Apr 04, 2006
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

csmartin6, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of KalanM
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of vancurly
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%

On tap at Narrabeen Sands

a) Heavily persistent head formation courtesy of Headmaster schooner glass. Hazy orange glow. Head persists to the end leaving sudsy dregs.

s) Citrus, tropical fruit. It seems more leaning towards the latter than as I recall.

f) Nice balanced malt profile, with good bitterness in support. Citrus & seeds.

m) Not the same mouthfeel that I get from the bottle. Maybe the recipe has altered

d) On-tap ale of choice. Hard to find though, but worth the effort.

vancurly, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%

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

belgbeerdrinker, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of nanobrew
4/5  rDev -0.7%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of fionn13
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

fionn13, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of benloho
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

benloho, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of hunteraw
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Presentation: Cute logo of a cherub holding a foamy mug on label and the cap, comes in a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Poured into a Leffe glass, appears a hazy amber color, with a one finger off-white head. Lively carbonation, but mediocre head retention and little lacing.

Smell: Aroma is reminiscent of a proper American Pale Ale, something I haven't tasted in too long, living on the other side of the Atlantic. Resiny, juicy hops on top of ale fruitiness. Citrus and pine both come to mind, though the former is more dominant. A bit of candy/sweet malt underneath.

Taste: Sweeter and maltier than I was expecting, based on the aroma, but balanced with a solid bitterness at the back of your tongue. Very well balanced. On the palate, hops are more earthy than citrusy. Faint biscuit notes emerge as it warms. Juicy hops at the middle, before a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation. Medium body, but not syrupy. Velvety texture. Very long finish, but clean and refreshing.

Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable beer, the best Australian beer I have had to date and a breath of fresh air for me, personally. Very refreshing, sessionable.

hunteraw, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Time to revisit an old friend.

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a two fingers of dense, rocky, barely off-white head which took its time disappearing in patches. The colour is a pale amber-orange, very clear with small bubbles rising.

Smell - 4.5
By far the fruitiest beer I have ever smelled that is not actually a fruit beer. Passionfruit is by far the strongest smell, but there is also grapefruit, flowery hops and a little citrus. There is a little bitterness to the smell, but this is mostly overpowered by the fruity sweetness. Wow, this smells even fruitier than I had remembered.

Taste - 4.0
Fruity! At first there is the passionfruit sweetness, which is taken over by a strong citrus bitterness, and a bone dry finish that leaves one longing for another sip. For many this may actually be a little too fruity, but I love it! This may be classified as an EPA, but I feel it is definitely nearer APA in style.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Moderate carbonation which holds strong over time. Weight in the mouth is moderate to heavy, and has a slightly syruppy feel to it.

Drinkability - 4.5
The number of times I have drank this as a session beer and never tired of the taste, I am close to giving it a 5. Recent samples have tended to be a little too bitter. You wouldn't know it was 5.2% ABV, the taste overwhelms any alcohol flavour.

OVERALL - 4.25
I'm not sure if this is a better bottled example than I tried on my last review, but I was close to giving it a 4.5 for taste, which would have upped the overall score to 4.35! My favourite session beer, one of the best Pale Ales in the world. Well worth the premium over mainstream Aussie beers, so the value is good too.

Edit: It seems to me that LCPA has been somewhat "dumbed down" to make it more approachable to the masses. Not as fruity or as bitter as it used to be, though still very good and one of Australia's best. I now give it a 4.15.

LittleCreature, Aug 02, 2007
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of ggaughan
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

My friend obtained this bottle while on vacation in England. The beer poured a nice golden color with a vibrant white head. This beer had a hoppy smell to it with some clean fruit notes. The taste is a good bunch of hops up front with some fruity tones to back it up. The bitterness of the hops is balanced well with the fruit but doesn't linger for long. Overall the beer has a medium body that makes it fairly drinkable. I would not mind getting my hands on another bottle of this some day.

ggaughan, Feb 26, 2006
Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.