Little Creatures Pale Ale
Little Creatures Brewing Company

Little Creatures Pale AleLittle Creatures Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #197
Ranked #5,862
4.03 | pDev: 10.17%
Little Creatures Brewing Company
Little Creatures Pale AleLittle Creatures Pale Ale
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Photo of arunb
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

So, this is the first beer in my great 'beer tasting project'. I don't know much about beers. Don't know the types or differences. So, I decided to get the list of Top Australian Beers, drink them, and rate them - to get a sense for what i like. This was the first on the list of top 10 I could find. I figure my rating system will work like this:
1- disgusting
2- bad, but not memorably bad
3- tolerable if I wanted to drink for a reason (e.g. social convention)
4- this is good
5- gonna preference this if I have a chance, over other beers
SO basically, the scale is kinda relative to other beers (at the top ratings) and my interest in beers overall (noting the lower ratings).
I'm not a big fan of drinking, someone concerned re: addiction and health benefits. But, thought I'd have a little fun and boost my knowledge.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L- Mid gold, slightly hazy, thin head that holds well.
S- I get fruits, almost a very gentle whiff of orange.
T- It's gentle, it's distinctly NOT a currently fashionable hop-bomb of a brew. And employing such subtlety requires skill to arrive at a balanced flavour end point. I think they succeed, it's subtle on taste, and the 5.2% fits in a balanced way into that too.
M- Refreshing, quite light [alc wise]. Leaves the palate zinging-clean.
Bought from a supermarket in west London. BB 03/11/18.

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Photo of gudthing
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice dense head. Interestingly the bottom seems paler than the top. Slightly cloudy, seems quite carbonated. Head dissipates to 1/2 cm after about 30 seconds, looks refreshing.

Smell is crisp malt with a little tingle of hops. Can certainly smell the citrus. Smells good.

The grapefruit is very prominent along with a little bit of sweetness from the honey with a great balance given by the hops and malt. It's crisp and its absolutely delicious. Its simple, but all the flavours are perfectly blended together. Goes down extremely easily, I could make this my de facto summer beer!

HB 4.5

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Photo of vinicole
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Light amber. Haze. Thin head.
Light caramel malt with fruit and grass hop smell.
Taste reflects the aroma.
Moderate body. Quite well carbonated.
A reasonable all rounder but I don't understand the high BA score. Close to modern EIPA.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Because of poor distribution in the U.S., I had to go Down Under to get this copy.
Little Creatures Pale Looks average. Is Smells average also, with mostly malt notes and some yeastiness working the flavors.
Tastes are particularly well put together, initially bright and refreshing and later a delicate interplay between the malt and hops. It also Feels nice in my mouth, still sparkly and still a subtle balance... and approaching the softness of the English masters.

I will have Little Creatures again... but for that to happen, they should broaden their distribution in the States.

Listed on the 1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die", I'm glad I did. It also deserves to be on the list primarily as the reviewer notes that Little Creatures started the second generation of Aussie crafters. While I am only one-quarter through that list of 34 Aussie beers, I sense the point. The Master Brewer helped with the iconic Bridgeport IPA that helped start the second generation in the States. For now, Little Creatures Pale deserves to be on the list.

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Photo of Easton70
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm back in Scotland for a vacation and visited a local supermarket on my first day. I picked out a few beers that I used to drink when I lived here including this one. Having sampled Canadian and US beers for the past 10 years I was pleased to this this again and sample it. It didn't disapoint.

It pours a light and slightly cloudy caramel colour with little head. It has a subtle aroma of marmalade, caramel and a hint of tropical fruit. The taste is the same as it was 10 years ago; sweet, caramel and burnt orange with a slightly bitter finish but it's the oily mouthfeel that makes this a favourite. I wish I could get it in Ottawa.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2017. Acquired a little while back from Waitrose.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden-amber colour with moderate carbonation and plentiful fine sediment. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of sweet malt with hints of floral hops, grass/hay, subtle spice, earthy yeast, light grain and faint caramel. Balanced and satisfying.

T: Tastes of understated aromatic hops with notes of grass/hay, floral hints, faint leafiness, earthy yeast, caramel malt, barley sugar and mild grain. A crisp, restrained bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, herbal hints, earthy yeast and pale malt.

O: Pretty good - a balanced, easy-drinking pale ale. Looks nice, while the aroma and flavour are a pleasing blend of sweet malt, aromatic hops and yeast. Great body. Perhaps the hops could be a tad more forthright, but this is a nicely judged brew that goes down a treat. Well worth sampling.

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Photo of wsummerell
3.14/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a 330mL stubbie poured into a glass.

Looks nice with light copper colour
Smells of fruity ale
Good first initial taste however the after taste is very hoppy almost like an oil
Feels very smooth with light carbonation

Overall a decent beer

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Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy golden color as a showcase, the pour builds up thick frothy white head that withstands with pretty good retention before gradually subsiding to a long-lasting bubble sheet on the surface and leaving some lacing on the glass-side.

Obviously fruity hop in the aroma, it yields notes of citrus, pineapple, green apple, peach, as well as floral and grass. Malt is there too with its husky grain and bread.

The taste is of course led by hop with notes of citrus, pineapple, peach, floral, and grass. Hop runs in good harmony and balance with malt that lends its bread, husk, and some sweet biscuit. Also, hop wraps up again in the finish and moderately lasting in the aftertaste with some bitter kick.

The body is between light to medium with smooth mouthfeel and good lively carbonation, the feeling is crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. Good APA from Australia that is presented in crisp and quite intense fashion.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lemony and copper with a slight haze, lots of fine bubbles and 2 fingers of off white head.

Smells of wet dog, pineapple candy, fruity peaches, and overall a light bouquet.

Tastes of grainy, dog food malt, and a wonderfully balanced fruit plate, bouquet of flowers. Hints of pine bitterness.

Medium, light and refreshing body, moderate, smooth but foamy and powdery carbonation.

Got in Rimping today, and now drinking it in Chiang Mai. Excited to finally have this brew from Australia. Drank May 8th, 2017.

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Photo of Spike
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours an attractive orange/copper colour with lots of suspended sediment. A half finger of pale head reduces to a thin cap with rings of lacing.

S: Drinking this cold so the nose is light to say the least. New world hops and wet hay.

T: Sweet malts. Understated hops. Gentle bitterness. Doesn't taste like an American pale ale (no citrus/tropical fruit/pine, not bitter). More like a less austere version of an English pale ale. Suggested style therefore is 'Ozzie pale ale'.

F: Smooth. Gentle carbonation.

O: Excellent session pale ale. I'd definitely drink this if it was available in a pub near me. Would like to try it on draught...but I will need to be in Australia for that.

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Photo of CervezaMe72
2.74/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark golden colour, with average head which held for an appropriate time. Good lacing in the glass at the end. Citrus and fruit on the nose, though a bit subtle. mild hop on the palate with average malt back bone. A good beer but not what I remembered 10 years ago when they were independent and much smaller. The wow hop aroma has gone. Still a good beer, just not a wow beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery. Heard so much about this, left feeling underwhelmed. Light golden, more grain than hops, not bitter by APA standards, but appropriate for British style

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Photo of mickwin
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden colour, generous head which dissipates rapidly. Realy appetising aroma of citrus and flowers invites a taste. Rich full bodied taste, hoppy but neither too sour or too sweet. A very polished, smooth beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, golden colour, slightly hazy, Two-finger white head. Aroma citrusy flavour, malt note somewhere in the background. Well carbonated, citrus and grapefruit up front. Bitter and dry mouthfeel that lasts frorever. A tasty, refreshing, well hopped pale ale without much malt notes to it.

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Photo of biegaman
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Little Creatures Pale Ale looks like a beer with integrity; its bronzed tone, hazy complexion, and sturdy head all indicate good quality ingredients and a characterful recipe. The slightly deeper colouration leads me to expect more body and flavour while the bubbles are a sure signal of impending refreshment.

What's the difference between smelling a pale ale and wanting to drink a pale ale? About one second, assuming it's properly hopped which, fortunately, this one is. This bouquet has a balmy, spring-fresh air and suggestions of budding flower blossoms and ripe orchard fruits.

Something about warm weather gives me a constant graving for hops. Last I checked, it gets pretty hot in Australia - no wonder this one's so popular. While it doesn't go overboard like many American examples, it nonetheless provides a generously 'green' amount of grassy lupulin flavour.

What about malt, you ask? It plays a big part too but isn't showy about it. Despite the deeper golden colour and the Aussie disposition for British-leaning ales, this flavour has zero caramel or toffee-like notes whatsoever. There isn't a trace of residual sweetness. Instead, it tastes of dry, toasty grain husks.

It's accurate to call Little Creatures Pale Ale the Australian equivalent to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - it's a well-rounded, reliable, crowd-pleasing fallback with a hoppiness as delicate and ethereal as the cherub that serves as the brewery's mascot. It's delicious enough that thirst really need not factor into the equation, but should it, then you're really in for a treat. Its solid reputation is well earned.

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Photo of baumaxx1
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
Pours a hazy gold-amber colour, plenty of suspended solids. Has a 1-2 finger off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Moderate effervescence is visible.

Smell -
A bit of orange, pine, grapefruit and carrot cake. On the mild side.

Taste -
Grapefruit, citrus, hop resin, plenty of bitterness in the aftertaste with a hint of cut grass. Slight mineral water qualities. A little bit of a honey and malt character to balance the bitterness. Stronger flavour than the aroma would suggest, but it's dominated by citrus and grass. Not the biggest flavoured APA out there, but a solid showing - don't get me wrong, the flavour is nowhere near weak, but I've had stronger (not many though).

Mouthfeel -
Plenty of fizz on the tongue - like little pin pricks. A little bit of the watery side. Clean, light and refreshing overall.

Overall -
One of the most popular premium beers down under for a good reason. Has a strong, hoppy flavour and is very drinkable. One of my benchmark brews, available almost anywhere and a reliable choice when out and about. An icon of the craft brewing revolution in Aus (even though it's technically not a craft beer anymore) - a little beer from WA that introduced the beer muggles to big, fruity brews, and generated interest in local craft beers.

Note that it looks like I've rated this one pretty harshly - Taste and Appearance are great, Smell and Mouthfeel only a little bit better than average.

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Photo of Act25
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite beer in Oz so far. Down under hops.

A- Lasting head and lace over a cloudy apricot body, a beautiful beer. Great retention and stick.

S- Original grassy and fruit, soft green hops aroma couple with fresh pale malt aroma getting better as it warms.

T- Follows smell. The pale malt gives way to the grassy hop snap in the finish with a slight citrus note to it. The hops have are a dry pungent almost far east feel. Great with asian food. This pungent hop is earthy, dirty, chalky. (one review named sulphur)

M- Great chalky mouth feel and weight, lovely finish. Want to keep drinking this.

O - One unique pale ale. Best of Oz? Must try!

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Photo of Decko
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - light straw colour and slight haze in the glass. S - hard to pick apart the smell but slight fruitiness with hoppy scent dominating. T - a nice satisfying dryness from the hops balances out a bit of malty sweetness very nicely. M - good carbonation and very refreshing feel in the mouth. O - one of my favourite session beers with a really well balanced flavour. Little bit on the pricey side to buy regularly but can't say it isn't worth it. One of the best Australia has to offer.

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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.

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Photo of Pouteria
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If you don't like a very strong 'floral' taste you will hate this beer. I find it amazing and my all time favourite. Holds up well in a cold glass. Beer is very expensive in Ausralia. This commands top dollar so ofen buy Cooper's sparkling or their pale ale. I'm a fan of lagers and pilseners.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from Waitrose. Pours cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma is light & fresh with a citrus fruity hoppiness. Taste is also fruity with citrus present as well as apricot, grapefruit & freshly cut grass and fruit hops. Mouth feel is soft and smooth and has a very light bitterness. Aftertaste is there’s some freshly cut grass and fruity hops. Overall having not had this for a few years I'd forgotten just how good this beer is.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: a brown embossed 330mL bottle with a cute and different label. Stylish and old-fashioned.

Appearance: pours a vibrant amber-yellow in colour with plenty of visible carbonation. A two-finger white head drops to a half-finger and hangs about for a good while.

Aroma: a fair bit of floral hops up front with some hops and a light grain backing.

Taste: follows the nose quite closely - definite floral, honey and some citrus. Again the light grain and some malts. Very refreshing.

Aftertaste: lingers for a time, with some bitterness coming through. Not that much though - still a fairly sweet flavour.

Mouth feel: light- to-moderate in feel with moderate carbonation. Pretty good feel, though a touch heavier might work out a bit better.

Overall: a typically good-quality Little Creatures ale - this is one of their staples. Very well put together, quite sweet and backed up by a light grain / bread malt. A bit steep at AU$70 for a case of 24 x 330mL bottles, but hey, it's a good beer.

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Photo of CairnsBeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

First tried this beer at Grill'd burger restaurant. Surprisingly pleasant first impression with playful fruity aromas and a combination of hops that seem to complement one another. Relatively low carbonation, maybe a little low. Very low bitterness, probably could do with some more in my opinion. Doesn't finish very clean and tends to linger, however makes up for it with its unique hop mouth-feel and sweetness. A nice treat but not perfect and not really a session contender.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a dark yellow colour with white head.

Smell citrus, malt, slight hop

Taste is great, citrus, slight but very nice hoppy bitterness to finish

Mouthfeel great, light with little to no dryness although quite carbonated

All in all a great beer! I can picture drinking on a beach

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Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 343 ratings