Little Creatures Bright Ale | Little Creatures Brewing Company

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Little Creatures Bright AleLittle Creatures Bright Ale

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Little Creatures Brewing Company

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 101
Photo of rowey77
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | 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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, pale straw colour with a thin white head. This looks okay.

Aromas of passionfruit and a light graininess are present. There is an obvious use of NZ hops.

The flavour here is well balanced with plenty of sweet, fruity hops with lots of passionfruit, stone fruits and citrus. Not too bitter and really quite tasty.

A light body and crisp carbonation make this an easy drinking refreshing beer. While I prefer the LCPA, the Bright Ale is a very good beer and I can easily see why some people will like it more.

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Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another beer i am revisiting,it pours a pale see thru straw colour with decent carbonation and sporadic lacing pretty much exactly like a good pilsner,it has a fruity,funky hop driven aroma with a dash of stonefruit in the background,it has an average mouthfeel with a real fruity stonefruit,passionfruit taste and finishes nice,dry and crisp like a fine wine,quite an easy drinking beer that could sink alot of in the summer.

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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden colour when it pours, clear and inviting. Can quench thirst by appearance alone.

S - Fruity fresh aroma, sweet and pleasing.

T - Like the aroma, I taste orange colour fruits, citrus, apricot. Bitterness comes through on the back of the tongue, balancesthe flavour very well.

M - Very cleansing

D - Could drink all night long, leaves your palate excited but not abused.

At this time, I had it with some tomato and beef rissoles in a gravy made with Tooheys Old, on a potato and pea mash. Very heavy meal, the Bright Ale cut through the thick gravy flavours.

Currently trying to get this beer, in bottle at my university's bar.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle @ Prince Alfred Hotel after uni.
Amber pour with a tiny head.
Aroma is of grassy hops and some sweet underlying malt.
Flavour is quite green and hoppy. Mild, slightly metallic bitterness.
Too highly carbonated.
Easy to drink but a bit boring.

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Photo of Stavage
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Average head with average retention and decent lacing. Light golden amber colour.

Smell was nice and fruity. Not a great deal of malt in the scent though. Pretty good all up.

Taste is unsurprisingly quite fruity. Not too sweet though, and the bitter hop finish tries to balance it out. The malt backbone is pretty thin though.

Fairly well carbonated, suits the style. I'd say its medium bodied but leaning towards the lighter side of things.

Drinkable enough. Personally not something I'd have as a session drink, the fruitiness this beer displays doesn't really work for me. Maybe if it had some stronger malt notes and a bigger hop bite it would have balanced out to my tastes more. The 4.5% ABV would make it ideal for some though.

Overall a decent beer. I think I'll stick to Little Creatures Pale Ale though

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Photo of vancurly
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Narrabeen Sands.

a) Very bubbly, courtesy of Headmaster schooner glass. Able to sustain half-inch head all the way to the end, leaving sudsy dregs. Golden honey.... bright...

s) Passionfruit & passionfruit seed. Brambly, wild vegetation. Not much malt, perhaps too cold. Light bitterness.

f) Lightly malty, tropical fruit, slightly spicy/seedy, like wattle seed.

m) Light up front, yet retaining some creaminess mid palate, which hangs around cloyingly after a crisp finish.

d) Fair session ale on a summer's day.

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Photo of tzchandler
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is like a watered down IPA from LCBC. Why would you have one of these beer when you can have their IPA. This beer is better than most but when compared to their IPA it comes up short in every dimension.

Crisp golden color with a nice head. Similar to many light beers. If you going to have this beer, drink it before you ever experience their IPA.

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Photo of Macca
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden colour with a nice head which drops away to some light retention and nice lacing. Fruity hoppy aromas. Citrus - lemons? Fruity flavours continue along with some maltiness. Low carbonation but a crisp mouthfeel and very easy drinking. Very sessionable.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden colour with a steady but thin bead up the sides. Slight bit of lacing, and not much head although looks can be deceiving, as the girl had to skim off the head twice while pouring.

Pleasant fruity nose with sour pineapple and paw paw seeping through. Subtle hint of floral hops. Nice.

Really nice fruity champagney flavour dominates with a subdued hop character on the front palate and then returning for the finish. Mostly the palate is very smooth and pleasant. Mild, almost, and able to quaff quite readily. Mouthfeel is sadly, however, a bit gritty and more difficult to plough through than the flavour.

Congratulations to the Eastwood Hotel for your latest arrival. Having this little baby on tap makes your pub worth drinking at again.

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Photo of Cs1987
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Gold, 2 fingers of head which reduced.

Smell - Not as strong as LCPA, but similar characteristics, in particular the summer fruits.

Taste - Much sweeter and less bitter than LCPA. Passionfruit and orange are the standout flavours.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation level and aftertaste both very good.

Drinkability - Not much to complain about here. This will go down easily.

Overall - I wasn't expecting to give this such a high score, certainly not any higher than LCPA. However, I think this beer may actually taste better from the bottle than the tap, for some bizarre reason.

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Photo of brendan13
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden colour with a few centimetres of white head that slowly falls away, some small lacing.
S - Citrusy, grapefruit hop notes - that's about it. Fairly refreshing though.
T - Some grainy malt comes through as well as the hoppy fruit flavours.
M - A bit on the light side in terms of body. Medium carbonation.
D - Nice enough for what it's trying to be. Personally I'd drink the LCPA or the many other better true micro pale ales before this one. It's not like 4.5%ABV is that low anyway - may as well drink a proper beer.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured about 2 fingers of rocky white head that quickly settled to a thinish frothy layer. Quite golden in colour, could even be mistaken for a bold-looking lager.

Smell - 3.5
Like LCPA and Rogers, the smell is immediately strong and very nice. There is a strong fruity and floral aroma, that includes kiwi fruit and mandarin. Unlike the LCPA, the smell is greatly diminished soon after pouring, which is a disappointment. The aftertaste is fine, but nothing special.

Taste - 3.5
Extremely refreshing. At first there is a strong tanginess, followed by citrussy sweetness, ending with a dry, hoppy bitterness that leaves one wanting another sip. The aftertaste is fine, but nothing special, especially when compared to LCPA.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Like most Little Creatures beers, it feels quite heavy in the mouth. Carbonation is moderate and it does not have nearly so much of a syruppy quality as LCPA.

Drinkability - 4.5
The lower alcohol content makes this a more sensible session drink choice than the pale ale. It goes down rather easily and is thirst-quencing. However, I actually couldn't see myself drinking this all night because in the end of the day, it is not as good as LCPA, which is available everywhere that this is.

OVERALL - 3.75
This beer is really quite similar to LCPA, which is not a bad thing. Unfortunately it costs exactly the same and doesn't taste or smell quite as good. The upside is a slightly lower ABV, but for most it is not worth it. At 5.2% LCPA is a little heavy for a session drink, and this beer is supposed to be the answer, and it is certainly not a bad effort. Very good beer, but Little Creatures Pale Ale is still king in Fremantle.

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Photo of rizzo
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale Ale light. Probably good for those who find the Pale Ale too hoppy but after 4 schooners I had to move on the Pale Ale (even though the pub only had it in bottle) to get the real experience. Some hop aroma and flavour, a little to light in the body for my liking.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Indistinct mid golden , witha moderate carboantion and a low forming head that left little lacing.
The boquet is certaining like there Pale Ale , perhaps sweeter and less flowery.
The taste is pretty unusual .It is not gob smackingly hoppy or fruity but more subtle in these areas.
The fruitines seems to change and I kept tasting a coconut quality as well as some stone fruit.
It is a bit of an in between beer Not setting the hurdle too high , which probably makes it very drinkable over a long period of time

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Photo of joecast
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

its hot outside, had a hard day at work. need something to lighten the mood.
330ml bottle, same type of label as the pale ale. 4.5%abv. best before 05/07

pours disappointingly with no head. clear golden color with low to medium bubbleage.

nice full hoppy aroma. mostly citrus with the generic floral tendency that most "hoppy" beers seem to exhibit.

flavor has a delicate start but finishes with a decent level of bitterness that gets your attention. light hop flavor but it doesnt seem to miss anything. certainly a lighter version of the near-legendary lcpa, but lighter than that is still pretty damn good. would make for a great session brew if its bottle conditioned big brother gets a bit heavy.

i admit to having a hesitant reaction when hearing about this beer. i would now like to admit to it exceeding my mediocre expectations.
thanks to finite for sending this my way.

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Photo of Finite
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good alround 4/5 for this brew. Its good but looses some marks because it is just pretty close to the pale ale product. Clear and golden in coliur with a nice head and lacing which stays for quite a while. Smells quite hoppy and lemony. Taste is kinda like the pale ale but fruitier? I concour on the cascade hops. Goes down very smooth a bit to much for my liking could aford to be a bit sharper.

Easy to drink though perhaps a little weak. bit weaker than the standard PA

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Photo of norwichboy
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap poured into branded pint glass. Golden hue with a medium sized head that is retained very well and leaves some good lacing. Not much smell, just a bit of hops. To taste, plenty of hops, nicely balanced with malt. Not as intense as Creatures Pale Ale, and not the length of finish. Moderate carbonation.

A pleasant easy-drinking pale ale with just enough flavour to be satisfying, a refreshing mini-Creatures, perfect for the setting (sitting outside on a sunny day down Chapel Street).

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Photo of Kulrak
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light (bright?) straw color with a tight white head that fades away pretty quickly, to leave a layer about 2-3mm thick across the top that clings to the glass. Wow, I actually smell hops. Some citrusy notes as well. There's some citrus in the taste as well. Grapefruit, actually. Other than that, it's fairly dry and clean, very 'bright' I guess.. The mouthfeel is fairly fizzy, but not harsh. Finishes very cleanly. A very drinkable beer, I'm liking this a lot. Unusual too. Refreshing.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml brown tapered bottle. Aesthetically pleasing blue on tawny yellow label bearing the LC label and Bright Ale. Best before date: 18 May 2007

Appearance: Pale golden honey-yellow, just tending to a hue like peach. Minimal carbonation, and I had to pour quite vigourously to induce any head. Still, this looks like a nice brew. Head collapses to a filmy collar quite quickly, minimal lacing.

Nose: Ooh yes. Very pleasant. Hints of tropical fruits, pineapple, passionfruit, plus a little aniseed. Nicely hoppy - my guess Cascade being dominant. Very pleasant indeed.

Taste: Hmm, more subdued than the nose. Little fruit sweetness, and none of the pert bitterness I was expecting after the fragrant nose. Still, there's a smoother type of grainy flavour here, with just a dollop of fruity, grassy hoppiness. This makes it very smooth drinking, without an overwhelming complexity. However, this seems to suit the beer, while not making it all that spectacular.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the taste - not over carbonated, but a little spritzy and refreshing.

My guess is LC were going for a slightly lighter, clearer, more simple-drinking beer than the Pale Ale here, and I think they've come up with a winner. The flavours of LCPA can end up being a little overpowering over a night, but this one would stay fresh and pleasant for longer.

Not as good as the Pale Ale, but definitely a good replacement for a long session.

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Photo of hefevice
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice work, Little Creatures. I was initially concerned that this would be a "dumbed down" version of the Pale Ale, but I do not believe this to be the case. Pours clear golden with a nice dense white head. Aroma is wonderful and dominated by the hops, grapefruit citrus and apricot with a little spice in the background. Citrusy hops shine through in the flavour but are well balanced by the malt. I have noticed a little variability between bottles on the malt, some give a subtle english biscuit finish, others don't. Bitterness is there, but barely noticable. Mouthfeel best described as light and fluffy, with a slightly peppery finish. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Gorilla
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an attractive pale amber colour with a thin white head which disappated quickly. Some lacing. Smells quite pleasant - citrus and pine aroma. Less citrusy than the Pale Ale. Taste has strong pine and citrus with light malt flavour. Clean, dry, bitter finish. Overall a pleasant session beer, but not at all worth the hefty price tag that typically accompanies Little Creatures beers. Basically seems like a lighter version of the Pale Ale, which I think was pretty unnecessary. Good thing I bought it on discount.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This just came in today, and someone already beat me to the review! No matter - the first sip of this told me I had a very pleasing beer in my hands.

Yellow lager colour, not too orange, not too pale, but filtered clear. Nice fine bubbles, dense, frothy pure white head that doesn't recede quickly, and copious lacing. Beautiful appearance - although I don't know if this cleanly fits into the APA category. But whatever you want to call this type of beer, it's my favourite style.

Smell is not overly strong, but hoppy and fruity. Hops used create a peachy, stone-fruity grapey aroma which is very good. This comes out in a rich sweet tropical fruit flavour that I'm a fan of.

Mouthfeel, drinkability: all fine. Could handle a few of these, but I only got one.

Good beer.

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Photo of BeerNutta
2.62/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A = Poured a light amber colour with a thin foam head.

S = Slightly citrus smell with a slight hint of hoppiness. Very Faint!!

T = The taste is like subdued little creatures pale ale. Very dissapointing. Slight fruity flavour followed by a slight hop bitterness. So damn bland.

M = Was average. Slightly low carbonation.

D = Pretty average. Maybe I got a dud batch. Seeing its only been out for a two days. It seems unlikely. I will try a few more in a few days.

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Little Creatures Bright Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
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