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
Ratings:
319
Reviews:
155
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.4%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
82
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Presario. A very good and uniquely tasting pale. Some hop aroma, very fresh smeling. Grapefruit body and white soapy head. Good taste, with some orange and honey and the power of suggestion of passionfruit although a bit astringent initially. Good drinker.
The second body I shared a few weeks later with Milos et al. Here the mango and kimkuat taste really came through.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, not the cheapest beer in the locally available lot, but it sure comes from damned near the farthest away...

This beer pours a bright, but not totally clear pale golden amber colour, with one bony finger of thinly foamy white head, which leaves a few turtle heads of lace around the glass in its brief wake. It smells of semi-sweet pale malts, earthy yeast, and some lemon citrus hops. The taste is nutty caramel malt, almost honeyed, with a muted, but still bitter grassy citrus hoppiness. The carbonation is moderate, and just a bit edgy, the body on the south side of medium weight, and equally off-center for smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malt mostly steadied by the tame, yet persistent citrus hops.

A fairly decent pale ale, hoppy, but in that other-worldly sense, the hops' fruity character not exactly 100 percent familiar, and that's a-ok. But for the price, I could easily justify having a few more of these.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
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 feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, lovely golden hue, big, active, frothy white head.
Aroma is bursting with fruit, fresh and citrusy, and just a touch sour, too, with a hoppy edge.
Very smooth drinking, with a sunny disposition. Fruitiness(peaches, oranges) continues through subsequent sipping. Light in body, sweet finish, pleasant character. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada PA in flavor. Bright and beautiful, this is a keeper. Goes down so easy, it's a perfect session ale. Never lets you forget that it's all about flavor!
thanks to rastaman for this bottle!

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Photo of stevoj
3.29/5  rDev -18.6%
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 DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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 tobelerone
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of a handful of beers carefully packed and lovingly transported to my door from Sydney by some very thoughtful friends. This one is a solid if unspectacular pale ale that struck me as pretty traditional and middle-of-the-road, not in terms of quality, but in terms of approach. It's not an uber hoppy IPA-light like so many contemporary American pales; instead it has a fresh hoppiness well balanced by its malt and keeps the bitterness in check.

Pours a shimmering gold, nearly clear, with a sizeable white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Top notch appearance, and it's actually somewhat pale and not dark gold or amber like so many in this style these days. Aroma combines citrusy, grapefruit and grass hop notes with a mildly sweet biscuity malt character; this continues in the flavor, which goes right down the middle between the hops and the malt and ends up on a dry note with little lingering bitterness.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation, a bit lively, but still smooth overall in the feel. Quite nice but not exceptional; perhaps it's my American palate but I could have used more bright hoppy flavors in addition to, not in lieu of, the tasty biscuit malts.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derek
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold with a light orange hue, nice white head subsides w/o lace.

Seriously fruity aroma: nectarine, tangerine, candied pineapple, mango.

Pleasant amount of fruit in the flavour as well, solid bitterness, not the least bit harsh.

Well-attenuated with a crisp, dry finish. A bit more bubbly than I'd prefer.

Overall, a really nice drinker. The hops from the southern hemisphere are a nice change.

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Photo of biegaman
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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 BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 33ml bottle given to me by my wife after a shopping trip to Birmingham (England). Best before 26 Aug 09, drank 13 Jun 09, poured into a Hougaerdse DAS branded tumbler.

Orange hue to it, a true amber colour I suppose, very little head though. Left the sediment in the bottle, so the body of the beer was clear and you could see the bubbles rising through to the top and settling. What head there was produced lacing as I drank down the glass.

My nose isn't what it used to be, or this beer had very little aroma. Some yeast hints and maybe hops too, but not much of either.

Spritzy feel and taste to it, not overly hopped, but the hops were the driving force in the taste stakes. Had I been given it in a blind tasting I would have said it wasn't the finished article, not fully fermented, green. However that is the style this brewery likes to produce and it makes a pleasnt change to have something like this now and again.

The 5.2% ABV suits it, and sits happily within the effervescence of the beer.

Not sure I could drink a lot of these in a row, a bit gassy for a session beer and I can't help thinking it is going to carry on fermenting inside me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I've had this beer many, many times (as has any Aussie beer lover worth their salt), and I reviewed it very early on in my beer-drinking career, giving it an artificially inflated score when it was just about the only beer of any substance you could get in Australia. As such, I was keen to try it again at some point without the history and bias that had built up in my mind.

Knowing this, my friend Rich cleverly served it to me blind one Saturday afternoon, asking me to review it and pick what it was. Here's the result:

Pours a dense pale amber hue, deeply cloudy with a huge frothy head of eggshell white. Lacing is sticky and frothy, leaving maniacal streaks down the glass. The body is quite light though, and there's not a lot of visible carbonation. It does look very good overall.

Nose is slightly round with fresh hop characters, but also dusky and dark, with a faint grain husk character that makes it seem earthier than it is. Faint organic tones come through as well as a slight leafy note. Still, it's rather pleasant altogether.

Taste is light and clean. Pleasant straight up-and-down malt basis with a cleansing, but not particularly flavoursome hop balance. Back palate is slightly musky, which drops out quickly, leaving almost nothing in the finish. It's clean, but a little banal.

Feel is a bit light as well—a little more something, body, carbonation, or flavour in general, would really help it out.

Overall, though, it's a very drinkable brew. It's pretty light on flavour for the most part, but it has a vestige of interest running through it—it's enough to make me consider drinking it again.

And, I'll keep my original review below:

A beautiful looking beer. A clear, dark amber colour, with a good solid white head. Lacing sticks to the glass all the way down. 4.5

Wonderful sweet nose, definitely some aniseed spiciness and tropical fruits like mangos bananas and peaches. A heaven-scent (haha) aroma. 4.5

Very fine taste as well, complex and rich, punctuated by yeasty notes and floral hop bitterness. The after taste is very smooth, leaving you feeling refreshed and satisfied. 4.5

Feel: 5

Yes, this is a very fine beer. 4.5

(Ed: no, it's not that good).

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass (like the bottle tells me) dec16 2009

A hazy pale golden with a fingers worth of head that falls quickly to a 1/4 inch film leaving a few patches of lace. you can see the haze in the form of suspended particles all throughout the glass

S bread, pine, mild grapefruit and just a little caramel, pretty well balanced if you ask me

T not far off the smell but not quite as strong, still quite nice and a good example of the style

M crisp and clean with good carbonation that thickens it out a bit

D gone in an instant so that says something

I was stoked on this beer because it was such a nice surprise. I have lived in oz and my girlfriend's from Melbourne and I'm pissed off I never discovered this one while down under. well worth trying with out doubt and I will be drinking this again

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Photo of wl0307
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
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 rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a short nonic)
best before 17 jun 10
A- This beer pours a light orange hued crystal clear body with a thin bubbly head on top that quickly fizzes and disappears. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- This beer has a soft green hops aroma with a slight rubber tire quality to it that grows a bit as it warms. There is a pleasant fresh pale malt aroma that comes through as the beer warms aswell.

T- A light flavor of pale malt gives way to a soft green hop snap in the finish with a slight citrus note to it. The hops have a light bamboo quality to them and there is a dry pungent note in the finish as it warms. This pungent hop note is accented by a light hint of sulfur.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with an airy fizzy finish that gets a little bitey when it is warm.

D- This beer has a soft but fresh hop flavor with a big fizz and it is a unique pale ale.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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 StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnished gold with fluffy white head that puckers and clings in sheets. Toasty cookie malts and grapefruit and blossom nose. Solid country white loaf malt backbone with more bright grapefruity hops with a touch of resin. Tropical fruit sorbet finish and tingly linger. Medium, chewy, creamy.

Everything an APA should be, and the equal of SNPA in terms of both flavor and drinkability. A credit to Australian craft brewing. I'd always have this in the frig if it were easier to get.

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