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Little Creatures Pale Ale | Little Creatures Brewing Company

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Little Creatures Pale AleLittle Creatures Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Little Creatures Brewing Company
Australia | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
298
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
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Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 298
Photo of HopHeadRyan
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle & on Tap in Adelaide & Darwin Australia - May 2010

This was an exceptional brew and the best one I experienced in Australia & New Zealand. I toured the Coopers brewery and tried their entire lineup. I visited several smaller brew pubs and tasted many local beers.

Little Creatures is one of my favorite beers. I only wish I could get it in Pennsylvania - USA : (

A- Beautiful hazy golden orange
S -Bountiful citrus-piney hops - a gorgeously dry hopped pale ale
T -Deliciously balanced, dry, crisp, light. An amazing session ale.
M - Light, nicely carbed, creamy, cask like
Overall - My favorite Pale Ale outside of the US!

I may have to beg my Australian friends to send me a case or two!

Cheers!

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of tzchandler
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is reason enough to visit Australia. A beautiful beer that is dry-hopped giving it a fantastic aroma and flavor that is never bitter.

This beer is a bit on the light side yet has lots of flavor. This is a big winner. Having this beer in Perth (Near Fremantel where its made) was a pleasure. The aromas and flavor were considerably better that the same beer in Sydney.

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Photo of Pouteria
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
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 TubaManJack
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aussie Aussie Oye Oye Oye!!! This pale ale is subtle but very nice!!! LCBC did a fine job in constructing this gem of a malted refreshment! The light Amber color with white foam head and perfect lacing give way to a mild citrus/hop aroma. This all culminates to a beautiful tasting montage of wonderful. The mouthfeel and drinkability of this fine ale will be equal to the legend of John Cook himself!!! Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of annatar
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the best australian beer i've tasted (inc. cooper's line)

pours a beautiful light gold amber with a magnificnt inch and a half tall white head of fine bubbles. medium carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel.

wonderful smooth taste, malt on the top of the palate that becomes sweeter on the sides. faintest aftertaste of bitter hops.

easiest, smoothest drink in the island continent

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Photo of doktorhops
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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

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Photo of Naerhu
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to KBL Tim for obtaining this beer!

Appearance: Slightly opaque orange body with nice white head.
Aroma: Beautiful orange blossom aroma with lovley pale malt background.
Taste: Firm bitterness, full malt flavor, nice citrus.
Mouthfeel: This beer is a lot like SNPA, but has a smoother, bottle conditioned feel.
Drinkability: I could see this as an ideal session beer. Tasty, classic mouthfeel, and not too massive.

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Photo of ALEBOY
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderfull little beer! The aroma reminds me of passionfruit, perhaps from cascade hops. Little Creatures is perhaps lighter in colour than some traditional pale ales but it is certainly not lacking in its flavour. This is a very drinkable beer, and I would have to rate it as one of Australias finest. I very much look forward to tasting this beer on draught.

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Photo of keypocket
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being from Los Angeles, California, I was completely suprised by this find. I was becoming quite depressed by the lack of beers I found in Sydney that had any assertive hop character. My stay was about a month and I found this beer towards the end and then proceeded to try it as much as possible.

The beer has a similar quality to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Very drinkable, great hop nose and nice crisp taste. Refreshing and great along with Thai and Vietnamese food. Golden Amber with great carbonation. Very nice citrus and earthy/wood undertones. Nice malt / hop balance. A great addition to the normal everyday lagers. I only wish that I had the opportunity to try it on draft. If I could get this in the U.S. I believe it would be in my fridge all of the time.

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Photo of Bobby12many
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a Pint bottle with a 'Best Before Date of Oct 14, 2011' The first of 6 Australian beers that my wonderful girlfriend gave to me upon her return from spending time in Newcastle and Sydney.

A - The slightest of haze falls upon this rich hay colored brew. Thin fleeting head with ample sticky lacing that immediately clings to the sides of my glass. Lots of lively carbonation dancing to the surface that surfaces and maintains the coaster like veil of beads. Looks refreshing!

S - Smooth citrusy hops that give way to Grapefruit and tangerine notes that shine through with a very crisp and fresh effervescence. A hint of grainy malt in the nose too. This smells incredibly fresh and lively.

T - Very much like the nose. Not very complex, but it hits the hop and citrus notes softly, but perfectly in unison. With just enough of a malt backbone, this beer is wonderfully balanced and easy on the palette. Finish is both bitter and citrusy sweet with no off flavors. Very simple, but refined and delicious.

M - Perfect for the style. It has a medium body that is neither sticky, or resinous. My mouth feels sad that it may never have this beer again! That is Mouthfee(lings) right there folks.

D - Perfect. If this was available in the states I can see it being a go-to beer in my fridge. Amazingly sessionable. It has bright fresh hops and bitterness but doesn't scorch your palette. Happy I was able to try this wonderful brew.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
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!!!

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Photo of windypete
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up this 330ml bottle as i could'nt get other stuff at th e shop! & wow what a loverly pale ale!!.
Poured a nice light straw color with gd carbonation & a light thin head that stuck around till i finished the beer.
Smell was fresh light hoppy & citrus.
Taste was crisp & hoppy with those citrus notes coming through in the middle.

Overall a great little pale ale, so light & crisp making it so easy to drink. Damn i wish i'd picked up more! I wont be making this mistake again. Recommend this beer highly.

Cheers

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of maddux91
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

A - Exactly the way an ale should pour. Large amounts of carbonation, although it this dissapears too along with the head which is initially very thick with nice lacing. Nice amber colour. head is perfectly white.

S - Smells so good I can taste it, citrus, fruits, slightly metallic.

T - Quite bitter, but very very tasty. Notes of citrus are evident.

M - Smooth and velvety, leaves a very nice taste in your mouth afterwards, nice carbonation.

D - One of my favourite beers, ever. I could drink this bottle after bottle. Goes great with seafood.

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Photo of istarilord
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a pint on sale at the supermarket, expecting a run-of-the-mill ale. I was very pleasantly surprised.

Poured a nice gold color with a good hop aroma. Very nice balance of hops and malt, with a fruity/citrusy edge, though not too strong.

Good carbonation, not a particularly smooth drink but good with food (vegemite & vita-wheat crisps?)

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Photo of diablo14
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Doiv
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange to honey colour with and off white head, leaving beads of lacing.

Aroma is of oranges, apples, woody notes, and reminded me more of a vintage cider than a beer! I'm not complaining in the slightest, I love cider.

Taste is of pears and apples, oaky and woody hints, vanilla, burnt sugar, followed by a really bitter finish and a lingering spicy citric aftertaste.

Creamy mouthfeel, drinks really well. Fantastic.

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Photo of joecast
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of WHROO
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden amber, with a frothy head that held good sudsy lacing. Very feminine ale...aroma was full of floral notes - musk lollies / pinkish. Not too much maltiness in smell,more floral hops.
The taste...well...musky, flowery, fruity, sweet, & then to top it off, good bitterness to finish. This has good complexity & very enjoyable.
The mouthfeel for a pale ale was very light & alive
Drinkabilty was incredibly inviting as well, it was like I was chewing on musk lollies & more...but finished beautifully with hop bitterness.
Just a really nice Pale Ale that is perfumed, fruity & light enough to want to go back for more than 1.

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Photo of aBeeraWeek
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at the Cornish Arms, Brunswick, Victoria.

Pours a great golden amber with a light and near white head.

A light and complex smell with initial citrus through to a passionfruit and even hints of melon.

The taste is where a more caramel sweetness comes through from the malt with the citrus still there to continue the great combinations. A medium bitterness comes through to round off the first mouthful perfectly.

A medium body feel with sufficient amount of carbonation to agree with the citrus from the nose and taste.

Overall a fabulous taste with the balance on everything working in harmony. A complex drink to be savoured.... but very hard not to just gulp it down as it just so damn drinkable.

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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have so many unfortunate friends that criticize this beer, at the same time as they are sipping a Carlton Draught, I can see them wince as the bland taste of death sweeps across their mouth.

A - Light golden colour, the body sometimes seems frosty or hazy. The head disappears to a bright white ring, some lacing left behind. Very inviting.

S - Herbal and floral hop notes straight of the bat. Its almost as good to smell as it is to taste.

T - Superb. Fruity, flowery hop flavour comes through, lingers a bit and has a conversation with you tongue, right before the end there is a little hello from the malt. And then the hops take over again.

M - Crisp, clean, nothing special. Normal carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, would drink on end.

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