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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

In Australia, Little Creatures Pale Ale is more or less the quintessential fallback beer, and a reliable standard for many--seemingly available everywhere either on tap or bottled. No additives. No preservatives. Unfiltered.

Due to the sediment in the bottle, it pours a slightly cloudy amber that shines with golden hues. Topped with a healthy white cascading head that drops to a sticky foam lace--very appealing and lasting. Slightly musty orchard aroma, with soft apple skins, pale malt husks and metallic notes in the background. Crisp up front, firm mouthfeel, smooth and creamy on the palate. Underneath is a semi-sharp bite of carbonation and a citric hop character that's also grassy at times. Mild fruitiness and a juicy quality, with a base of pale malt sweetness. A nice toasty flavor rounds things off and provides depth, with faint caramel notes shining through as the beer warms. A powdery malt forms in the finish, which is pleasing and fairly clean.

This Little Creatures release is a delicious Pale Ale and an awesome session beer, offering plenty of flavors with a very simple and approachable drinkability. Our only problem with it is that it's not available where we live. Bummer.

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Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very hoppy beer indeed, very lovely floral perfume aroma, fruity on the palate (mandarin, passionfruit), with a hoppy bitter finish, my only problem with it is, it must suffer from bad batches, because i've had great ones and i've had poor ones, still tasty, especially when fresh.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Australian Hotel, The Rocks - Sydney

appearance: served in an imperial pint...a hazy copper orange body with a nice hue and a light foamy froth

smell: aroma is of fresh hops which suggest "american ipa" to me...peach/citrus aromas as well

taste: definitely the best beer i have sampled thus far in australia (though wine has been ordered in a 5:1 ratio to beer at this point)...a nice hoppy citrus body with crisp lemon and a nice floral characteristic...definitely a winner, even by "american ipa" standards

mouthfeel: smooth and fresh

drinkability: very good

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Photo of basica
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been curious about this one for quite a while already; I reccomended it to Junde at Ice Cold Beer while I got myself a Leffe Brune. I had a sip from his glass and after that got myself a bottle to go so that I could review it at the comfort of my own home; good tasting conditions and with my notebook where I could take down notes as I drink it. LCPA is listed as a Pale Ale but I think it is closer to an IPA due to its well-hopped nature and good amount of bitterness. This beer pours out a slightly off shade, golden orange with an average one inch head that retains rather well. It finally reduces to a thin layer of creamy foam clinging onto the edge of the glass. The smell starts of with aromatic floral hops and I could also sense some fruits and yeast; the floral/perfumy hops aroma goes pretty strong on this one and I could really appreciate it. I took a sip and the first taste that hits me is an obvious taste of passion fruit; it was like the moment it entered my mouth, I said passion fruit out loud. There is also a nice citrus backing to the taste and I could detect some malts towards the finish. The finish was bitter dry and the bitterness was somewhat analagous to that of an IPA; it is understandably well hopped. At the finish, it leaves lot's of fruity aromas on the nose with a malt backing down running down my palates. The bitterness stays with the after taste of grapes and citrus which is
pretty faint compared to the Belgian dark ales though it does linger. The mouthfeel of the LCPA is between medium to light bodied and carbonation was on a slightly high level which was alright. It has a fine and smooth texture which allows the beer to go down smooth and
dry; good drinkability on this one. I am not a big fan of Aussie beers and my favourite Aus beer has always been the Coopers Sparkling ale though I believe that this one does go close. Indeed, it is reckoned as one of the most popular Australian craft beers.

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Photo of hefevice
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favourite style, but this one appears to be a good representative. It is certainly an interesting comparison to the Grand Ridge Gippsland Gold Pale Ale, they are probably the best of the style Australia has to offer, and yet are quite different in their character. A lovely luminous though slightly hazy orange/gold with a nice compact creamy white head. Plenty of flowery/citrusy hops aroma on top of a nice malt foundation. The flavour starts with spice and citrus hops with a hint of green grapes in the background. Biscuity malt is next, followed by a reasonbly big and dry hops finish. Overall impression is clean and elegant. Aftertaste is pleasant and lasts well. A good effort.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a bottle from a little Christmas beer exchange, thanks Joe!

A - Pours a golden orange with a copper hue, slight haze, thin layer of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is loaded with lemon iced tea hops, a bit earthy, followed by some roasted nutty, caramel malts.

T - Impressive citrus hop presence, touch of bitterness, caramel malts linger on the finish. By no means a hop bomb, but it offers enough to keep you coming back for more. Very tasty take on the style, and easily the best Australian offering I've ever had.

M - Medium bodied, goes down with the slightest prickle and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - Highly recommended beer, offering a nice blast of hops, but not enough to leave your face looking sour. Great to see Australian craft is up to par with some of the North American craft offerings.

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Photo of zerk
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at the Australian Hotel in Sydney and was pretty impressed, so I picked up a few bottles and brought it back to the States with me.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a thin white head that leaves some patches of lace. Aroma is a mixture of grassy and citric hops and a touch of biscuity malt. Flavor is quite complex, alternating between sweet, slightly sour, and bitter... with bread-like malts, caramel, grapefruit, and an extremely unique bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is low to medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is one of the most unique pale ales I've ever had... not overly hoppy - quite balanced actually... just very unique. I quite like it... a great reminder of Oz.

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Photo of dansmcd
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh pint at the Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle.

A - Rich, hazy light amber. Thin white head, ample lacing.

S - Clean and fruity. Citrusy hops dominate.

T - Not a huge amount of depth but o so delicious. Heavy on the ripe passionfruit with a malt backing. Less hops than the most applauded pale ales make it very accessible.

M - Lively carbonation and a light to medium body.

O - So easy to drink. Dont be tempted to try anything else here at the brewery, especially the pilsner, just stick with this little ripper and you wont be sorry.

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Photo of Finite
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I’m not a HUGE fan of Pale Ales but I do like to try them out from time to time. Hearing good things about this number from this site and a friend I was looking forward to trying this one.

Poured a nice golden colour which was very inviting with a white head. I looked to have decent carbonisation with 1/2 inch of head which dropped very fast to nothing. However the beer was quite a nice strangley inviting amber.

The smell was fruity, with hints of honey or citrus fruits. A definite fresh clean hop smell was prominent. Quite fruit and really quite nice. Perfect balance of flavours. Aftertaste was great. Bitter and fresh but with a nice fruit flavour still present.

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Photo of haz77
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy light orange, with a half inch of head from a hard pour. This rapidly drops to a thin layer.

S - Juicy grapefruit, pear, passion fruit, grass, some honey, oily hops.

T - Initial mouthful of sweet fruits and citrus lead toward sweet malts in the middle. Hop bitterness builds to the end and follows into a refreshing aftertaste. Slight note of bubblegum in the background.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation.

D - Not bad at all. Well worth trying.

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Photo of charlesw
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Listed here as an English PA but marketed around as an American PA. I'll review it as the latter (since it will score better there and I imagine that's what they were shooting for, anyway).

It's a pale orangy yellow with a low head. Lasting lacing.

Smells faintly of grassy and floral hops. Hints of caramel.

Tastes, well. Huh. There are the floral hops. Some bitterness up front (carbonation bite) but little later. VERY interesting for an Australian beer - something that you can pick up in your local bottle shop even in a smallish city on the other side of the country.

Probably be better with a touch less carbonation and a zap more aroma hops. Well, head (that lasts) would be nice, too. Still, a very solid beer and I enjoy it!

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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LIghtly cloudy apricot gold, with a beautifully rocky head of off-white to khaki. Sugar cookie malts with yeast and sharp pungeant hop notes and some citrus make up the nose. Taste starts with undersized biscuit and cookie malt. Light fruity esters. Big hop bitterness. Resinous to somewhat citric sour/tang. Yeast is noticeable. Dry, bitter, long finish. Medium-bodied. Bottle conditioned enough, but still kind of a creamy feel. A good find down here in NZ.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a light golden orange colour... White head poured pretty small and faded to light ring around the edge of the glass.... no real lacing to talk about...

Aroma - Very fruity (oranges, pears?), cream soda, grassy, light spiciness, hay notes, sweet nuttiness, light honey traces...

Taste - Nice light spicy hop bitterness, creamy, bitter oranges, very light sweetness, grassy, juicy fruits (lemony, grapefruit ?)...

Feel - Very sharp and dry. Light body. Very refreshing and drinkable..

Overall - An excellent beer !! Highly recommended !!

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Photo of mick303
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Luvian's Bottleshop, St. Andrews. Pours a nice medium gold, with good lacing retention. Good colour. Head goes down pretty quick.

Smell has pleasant fresh hops, good malt presence, is quite inviting and balanced. Nice, fresh and has character, and I like the hops.

Taste has sweet malt with a nice hop bitterness, which is slightly chewy. More richness develops afterward. Some bitterness to it, but pretty rounded. Pretty standard taste profile for an APA, with no flaws and a light, balanced flavour, I get some of the nice sweet vanilla note on the end, which is quite rich.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, carbonation is light but very refreshing. It is excellently drinkable. Finish is dry and medium full.

Pretty traditional styling, maybe a little extra hops, but these are tasty and integrated well. Excellent and refreshing beer. A great beer in the lighter category and worth a try.

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Photo of soju6
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden copper color with a nice head that fades to good lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh hops, bit of malt sweetness, grain and fruit.

T: Taste strats with a nice citrus nip, mild malt sweetness, bit of grain and fruit in the background. Nice bitterness and a clean, dry finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. very well balanced.

O: Very enjoyable beer. Good example of what a Pale Ale should be. Well worth a try.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this 330ml bottle on 21st Dec 06, best by 04.04.07.

Poured a hazy straw coloured brew with an orange hue. Thin head, with no lacing evident.
The smell was an excellent floral hoppy one, enticing.
The taste did not disappoint either, quite a strong hop flavour with a few touches of complexity.
Very smooth in the mouth, very drinkable brew. This is the best beer I have had from downunder this far.

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Photo of mickwin
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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 Act25
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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 ggaughan
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My friend obtained this bottle while on vacation in England. The beer poured a nice golden color with a vibrant white head. This beer had a hoppy smell to it with some clean fruit notes. The taste is a good bunch of hops up front with some fruity tones to back it up. The bitterness of the hops is balanced well with the fruit but doesn't linger for long. Overall the beer has a medium body that makes it fairly drinkable. I would not mind getting my hands on another bottle of this some day.

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Photo of norwichboy
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I do have mixed feelings about Little Creatures. People rave about it in Australia, but I often find myself rather disappointed.

Orange-amber, with small long lasting white head, which leaves blobs of lacing on the side of the glass. Very hoppy in both smell and taste, against a background of biscuity malt. Quite a strong tongue-tingling carbonation, a bit too much for my taste. So far it's a rather hoppy but average Australian beer. But then comes the finish, and that's what it's all about for me with Creatures. It has such a lovely satisfying lingering length of bitterness, with the hops and malt sticking around for ages. Heaven. That's what is keeping me wanting more and more of this beer.

I drank the new pint size bottle for this, and it was only towards the end when it was nicely warmed up that I really got into the great finish on this beer. Pint size is definitely the way to go with this - I wonder if it would improve further with a litre sized bottle....

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Photo of mattipt
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in Oxford, UK; BB 23/06/2011. Poured quite cool into a goblet.

A - Pale golden yellow, slightly cloudy. Pours with very little head. Doesn't appear very gassy.

S - Subtle for the style. Aromatic floral hops. Peach with a slight hint of melon; as the beer warms, resin starts to dominate.

T - Bitter notes coming through. Dry hoppiness, resiny character which becomes more prominent as the beer warms a little.

M - Compared to the appearance, surprisingly lively and well carbonated. Light and almost thin, perhaps as a result of the relatively cool serving temperature.

D - Easy drinking at 5.2% ABV. Balanced, light but well hopped.

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Photo of Anonmatel
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hoppy indeed, extremely hoopy, still quite nice to drink though. hints of grassy and hints of smoky flavours actually.
It's bottle conditioned, so i've chucked a few in the cellar. opening these babys on xmas. And it's gonna be a merry xmas for me i tell you.

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Photo of Decko
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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 danieelol
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint bottle served chilled out of freezer; into Victory shaker

Appearance is a honeyed yellow (has a slightly syrupy appearance) with reasonable head.

Smell is initially some pleasant mild hops, tending more towards citrus. While warming I progressively get a vaguely fishy graininess and finally a somewhat rich malty, honey-like smell. Definitely doesn't seem as hoppy as I've had it in the past, although they are there.

In the taste there's modest honey and a relatively mild citrus note. Bitterness on the palate mounts, and incorporates some pine. When fully warmed it has mango and guava notes.

On reflection this does remind me quite a lot of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but it has a hoppier note which pulls it ahead (this may also be because we don't Sierra Nevada quite as fresh).

Low-medium body, high carb which emphasises the hops and perceived bitterness. Well done, and the handling of this element of the beer is not to be downplayed as a factor in its success. Carbonate your (I)PAs brewers. Carbonate them good. Epic's carbonation is also why it pulls ahead in the IPA field.

Definitely a deserved Australian classic. Was initially feeling let down but it picks up when the bittering hops start to mount.

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Photo of Spike
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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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Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 306 ratings.
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