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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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Little Creatures Brewing Company

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful golden orange color. About 1 inch of white foamy head pops up, but doesn't stay for very long.

S- Nice fresh citrus hops on the nose. Orange and grapefruit are the dominant flavors. Not a surprise given the use of Cascade and Chinook hops. Not the most complex flavors, but it still smells great.

T- Awesome hop bite. Nice citrus floral flavors. The hops are present and make a statement, but not as over-the-top as an American IPA. There is also a malt presence, with a slight yeast / biscuit taste that doesn't quite balance out the hops, but the hops are so good that I don't care. (Sidenote: This beer tastes A LOT like Sierra Nevada PA. In a good way).

M- Smooth and easy to drink. Solid mouthfeel.

D- The lightness, flavors, and mouthfeel meet up well to make an extremely drinkable ale. If it were easier to obtain, then this would be an every day drinker for me.

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Photo of rjimlad
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favourites. A nice aromatic head that had reasonable persistance into the glass. Initial passionfruit/grapefruit notes off the head and all the way through the serve. The colour is bronze but a little cloudy. Taste is a magnificent balance of malt and hop with fruity characteristics to the end. This is a medium body ale with full flavour that is not cloying and great length of hop flavour. Carbonation is on the high side but this gives a crisp finish. I love this beer

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Photo of dw0216
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rizzo
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Little Creatures Pale Ale is in the American style. It's a moderate amber colour with a light frothy white head. The aroma is a combination of the american ale yeast and late cascade hops - fruity, citrus with notes of apple and peaches. The flavour is a great balance of malt, moderate bitterness and those citrus hops. It is rounded with a sweetness, probably from the bottle conditioning and secondary fermentation using a lager yeast. This beer is at its best when fresh and, although is shipped cold, does not travel well. Overall, I think it's a great representation of the style and one of the best beers made in Australia

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Photo of wl0307
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB date 29/01/06, re-reviewed on 17/02/06, half-a-month after the expiry date~~
Compared with my last bottle consumed five months ago, there's nothing different on the appearance, while the nose has equally rich and complex aroma to enjoy, albeit with an extra resinous hoppy touch and a heavier pollen-like floral scent upfront. On the palate, the story is the same, showing good consistency of the quality and its ageing potentials. Something I did not record in my last review is a subtly aromatic bitter taste, like lychee-fruit shells, lingering at the end of the palate. Overall the palate and nose are just so smoothly perfumy that it's utterly irresistable... The mouthfeel is as creamy-bubbly as ever, not sharp in any sense. I hate to say that this is my last bottle of this little gem, and my local supermarket doesn't seem to stock it anymore... Definitely worth seeking out and stocking a whole crate of it~~

BB date 02/01/06, reviewed on 25/08/05.
A: served slightly chilled in a goblet, it pours a slightly hazy, orangey amber colour, with an effervescent, off-white beer head settling to a thin layer of buttles within two minutes, leaving uneven but quite tight lacing.
S: ...wow... deeply perfumy aroma--lightly sweet orange-zest, red apple, preserved peach, flowery ester, elderflower wine, fruit-candy, lightly oily hops, a refreshing and stimulating smell of wild-flower pollen... the nose is so vividly 3D-structured and overwhelming (but not overpowering and pungent~~)...
T: a slow flow of aromatic fruits, flowers and pale malts caress the palate ever so smoothly... the lightly sweetish malts are balanced with orange-zesty yet also rounded hops, a soft palate of flowery ester sustains, while the oily and peppery hoppy bitterness manisfests steadily, leading to a medium-length finish with a citrussy-clean finish in the end, with just a touch of medium bitterness and spice. Overall quite typical of an APA, but this beer's thickness of hops are in need of more pronounced bitterness as a balancer.
M&D: throughout the drink the rounded and creamy texture never goes away and the fizz stays low and just sufficient to make the palate lively. A medium-rich bodied pale ale at just 5.2%abv, this is without doubt the most impressive beer from Australia I've tasted and one of the most enjoyable punching-above-its-weight pale ales (in all categories) I'd love to revisit time and time again!

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Photo of goodbeerallday
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: light to mid amber colouring with approx 1cm clean white head diminishing to a thin layer of white across the beer. small amount of carbonation appearance that is clear to the eye.

S: like an abundance of hops has been picked up and slammed into a bottle but with no overwhelming presence it seems, meaning just very distinct in what they are using.. chinook! orange rind is the predominant feature on the nose.

T: i love this beer. session-able with a great hop front that clears away pleasingly leaving a linger that you dont want to get rid of. reasonably well balanced and a carbonation that isnt over power but quit pleasant. big sips are welcome on this. this stacks up with the best of them! passion-fruit, peach and lime are jumping around on my tongue! VANILLA!

M: definitely not light bodied in any way but not quite mid feel. comfortable carbonation consistency.

O: personally i could bathe in this bad boy! love it! little creatures has done something pretty superb and i think most who have had this will see it! currently enjoying it while watching the game with a mate. what better way to do it

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Photo of foles
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of Juancarlos57
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmosey
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BS-
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a highball glass

A: Golden brown and pleasantly cloudy. Surprisingly low head with little lacing.

S: Malty with a good measure of hops. Just a touch of citrus at the edges.

T: Slightly malty with a great balance of hops and citrus. There is a nice bitterness in the aftertaste like orange skin, with a hint of grass and lingering hops. The tastes in this beer don’t linger for very long though. It kind of just slips away, leaving a hint of rather pleasant grassy, honey taste in the mouth

M: Light to decent mouthfeel with some carbonation. Rather pleasant.

O: Very nicely balanced beer. I don’t usually like lighter beers, but this one is very nice. There is a good presence of malt balanced nicely by the hops. A very easy beer to drink. Great for a night out with friends where you need an easy beer that isn’t bland.

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Photo of GP79-AUS
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jarmby1711
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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

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Photo of Parrotshake
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drink this stuff all the time, but I'm home by myself and just got fired so can't afford the heavier and inevitably more expensive beers the current weather demands... time to review.

Until recently this was classified on this site as an EPA and was overall 2nd in that particular category. It's NOT an EPA, but I believe the high ranking was justified. I haven't tried Hop Trip or Alpha King Kong or whatever it's up against now, because unlike most folks on this site I don't live in the US, but I'd put this up against any of those blind, national pride be damned, because man, this shit is delicious.

Pours a not-entirely-clear light amber without much head. Very inviting, nonetheless.

Aroma of fresh-mowed lawn, pine resin, girly shampoo, citrus & flowers.

Maltier than the nose would have you believe, pilsener caramel with huge tropical fruit flavors - lychee, passionfruit, a taste like ripe pineapple smells but doesn't necessarily taste like (if that makes sense). Dances on the edge of perfume-like, but doesn't tip over and thus never becomes sickly.

Almost perfect balance, but
the only problem I have with it is that the flavor drops off pretty quickly... there's a *slight* watery quality to it. Adds to drinkability, detracts from taste, I guess. The Little Creatures Bright Ale, for those who were wondering, is essentially the same beer but with more carbonation and less bittering, or so it seems - the same big hoppy flavors straight up but with absolutley no aftertaste. The girly version, I guess.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness that's surprisingly up-front (and most welcome) after the tropical explosion that is the initial taste. Medium bodied and carbonated just right (on tap perhaps, a bit much).

This will err on the side of less or more drinkable depending on who you are - some might feel it's a bit much. Not me. Every time I have a slab of this in the fridge it disappears in no time. Almost as widely available as all the big Aussie macros and immeasurably better. Most people's first Aussie craft beer, and one that's not often bettered.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very standard amber colour, almost lagery in appearance with a good thick snow-white head. A good amount of steady carbonation and hints of sticky lacing. Pretty average appearance.

Nose is very pleasant with a strong hit of hops dominating with the slightest hint of pineapple or some other tropical fruit lingering in the background. It's subtle; perhaps a bit too subtle but it promises a smooth-drinking beer with pleasant hoppy flavours.

Taste is also very pleasant, with a hoppy front palate giving way to a decent long finish containing sweet fruity characters and a herbal hoppy finish. I wouldn't say overall it's the most complex drop but the palate is long, very pleasant and all the flavours are blended so that they announce themselves all at the right time. Basically this is a truly excellent everyday beer, with really nice flavours and a really smooth clean mouthfeel, and while it's not the most orgasmically brilliant beer I've ever had I think it'd be hard to improve upon it.

There's definitely a reason this is my beer of choice for everyday consumption.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of risenz
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The legendary Little Creatures Pale Ale (LCPA); the SNPA of Australia according to some. I don't plan on going to Oz anytime soon, but I had to chance to try a bottle in Vancouver. "To enjoy, drink from a glass", says the label. From a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

It's got a clean orange amber appearance to it, topped by a sizeable head with good retention. The aroma is like fresh hops. A little green, but succulent. The notes of key lime are distinguishable, and are a nice twist to this pale ale. Taste: believe it. Little Creatures is very pleasant beer to drink on. It's got lime, a little squeeze of lemon, a crush of caramel, all while being well balanced. And it's very laid back. A mixed fruit note appears as the beer warms, but the beer is already a good one. A little pinch of lime lingers on in the aftertaste of this Australian beer.

I'm from California, and this may sound like heresy, but I'll take a Little Creatures over a Sierra Nevada. You'd think an American importer would have already brought this to the States, but no. If the price were right, I'd put this in my rotation of everyday drinking beers.

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Photo of BeerSweeper
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of charlieos
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not 100% on how to describe this beer. It's a got a great balanced spicy/ dank hop end. Worth getting for the balance and hop profile. Maybe simcoe hops?

Smells way weaker than it tastes. Very well balanced. Would make a great session ale. A standout. Interesting too as an Aussie take on an apa.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heard about this from a friend, surprised to see this in Calgary recently.
A - clear bright golden, medium head left a decent foam lacing
S - herbal and citrus, peppery with sharp malty grains
T - dank and herbal hops with a juicy citrus quality, grainy malt with a peppery note
M - healthy carbonation kick, thin with a mild bitter
D - hop dominant but the balance of hop flavours is fantastic, drinks extremely easy, dangerously sessionable

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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 Dinkel
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 323 ratings
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