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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
littlecreatures.com.au

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,900
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
325
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
87
Trade:
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Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to triple5 for this one.

Poured from a 330ml. bottle. Best before July 9, 2010.

Appearance: Golden-yellow body with lazy wisps floating around under a generous white head that reminds me of bubbling marshmallows. Very nice looking.

Smell: Some hops, discreet and earthen with a touch of floral notes. Has a light mineral feel to it with a hint of corn maybe.

Taste: Earthy hops with a bit of corn that thankfully fades. A nice subdued bitterness rounds it off. No idea why but i'm reminded of leaves a little bit. Good but would have liked a more fuller taste.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation coupled with a nice crisp and clean feel to it. Has a little bit of a dry edge to it.

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to drink. I could see myself having this semi-regularly.

Overall: A nice crisp pale ale with decent enough taste. I'd have it again and would recommend it if you ever see it.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Little Creatures Dining Hall. From notes.

A - Poured hazy, dark gold. One finger of fluffy white head left great rings of lace and a finger of retention.

S - Citrus, pears, rich grapefruit, a floral note and a light malt character.

T - Citrus, tropical fruit, floral notes, bread, a yeast character in the finish which really takes over aggressively.

M - Strong carbonation. Medium body and a dry finish.

O/D - Their menu says the beer is live-yeast conditioned and you can vertainly tell. It plays too big a part in the flavour profile. If it were not conditioned like that, the hops would shine alot more and create a much better flavour profile. All that said, it's still a fairly solid pale ale and probably one of the better examples of the style from Australia, it just needs to kick the yeast flavour.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of SmashPants
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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 warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Rwalford74
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of JGZ
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Ishmael_Kooldip
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of CairnsBeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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 sirsteve42
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HookemHops13
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of MylesMac
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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 scottwurst
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled pint size bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours with a striking orange to amber color with an acceptable amount of head and lacing to match.

Nose is thick with Pine like activity and the remaining aroma follows the agricultural theme. Grass and hops grain is a delight to the nose.

Taste is thick with a malt and it practically dominates the flavor palate of the beer as its rolls across the taste spectrum in grainy waves. Rich fruits and hops bite into the malt however not enough to break the hold.

On the mouth the Little Creatures Pale Ale is a treat. Well balanced and a keen level of carbonation. The Malt taste hits, wanes in and out a little and then dies off to a dry finish.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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 CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright amber pour with small white head that leaves nice lacing.
Aroma is of grapefruit, peach, very green and grassy (presumably from dry-hopping with cascade or similar. Hints of pine. Low malt is just noticeable. This is definitely APA territory. Dunno why BA has it as english pale ale.
Malt is much more dominant in the taste, followed by a lingering metallic bitterness. Definitely more balanced than the aroma.
Rather weak body, high carbonation.
One of the best well-known (as in available in pretty much every bottle-o) beers in Australia.

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Photo of kdown
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LauraG
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Before I begin, can I just have a girl moment to dork out about the packaging? The cherub thing is too classic. I removed the bottle-cap ever so carefully... it's going to become a pin-back button. Love it.

Ahem. Onward.

Pours oddly light for a pale ale with a smidge of cloudiness, without that faintly coppery color I'm accustomed to. Not much head. Aroma is, according to my notes, "GOOD!" probably because I'd just tasted four dull lagers of varying degrees of skunkiness. Lovely floral and citrus-leaning-toward-orange aromas -- classic hops.

Flavor is well balanced with a good wheat/yeast element, nice citrusy taste, and is quite pleasant. Really enjoyable. Highly drinkable for a person who enjoys this style.

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Photo of biegaman
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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 BAsbill
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of amicar
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tatsed somewhere in Sydney...

Pours a cooper- tinged yellow with white head. Hey- what's that smell- there's a little Cascade- ish citrus in there, that shows up in the taste as well. A little light on the malt flavors, though. Mouthfeel is pretty nice; on the light side, which I like with this hop flavor. Also, they didn't use a heavy hand on the bittering hops. Easy to knock back one of these on a cool Sunday night at the pub.

Overall, pretty nice. It tastes a bit like Sierra Nevada Ale's kid brother...

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dull, murky orange colour with a quickly-dissolving white 2 finger head. I like.

S- Clearly defined citrus with nice hopping and balanced by an afterthought of malt. Smells pretty damn good.

T- Nice, but not quite as robust as I thought it would be. Mainly, hops dominate the palate but are balanced by a pleasant level of malty sweetness. Could be more, to be honest, but this is still a good taste.

M- While I wouldn't call it 'crisp' per se the carbonation level is still very refreshing and welcome on the tongue. Medium to light body.

O- This was very enjoyable, reasonably tasty and highly drinkable. Very good.

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Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 325 ratings
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