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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
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
302
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
14.57%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
69
For Trade:
0
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Photo of standardcherry
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at a pub in London.

A: Cloudy, dark amber color with a nice white head. No lacing when the head recedes.
S: Extremely fruity! Strong caramel maltiness with tons of citrus peel aroma. Nice and fresh. I like it so far!
T: Taste follows the smell. Pleasing hop front balanced with some sweet maltiness. Passion fruit, nectarines, orange, peach. Just wonderful. Nice lingering flavor that leaves you wanting more.
M: High carbonation on a medium body. Slightly dry finish.
O: This is an awesome beer, glad I got to try it. Dangerously drinkable, great to have on a warm summer night.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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 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 BeardedBoffin
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark yellow color with 2 cm of foam, from the tap. Slightly sweet in the aroma with floral undertones and a bit of grassy bitterness. A weak malt presence followed by pineapple and citrus hops. Nothing overwhelming here, but a solid, drinkable brew.

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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 mulder1010
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

568 ml bottle ( one pint) poured into a tulip glass.

A-- poured a dark gold color, very big head that quickly died off. Left some good lacing. lightly carbonated. Not as cloudy as the Coopers version of a Pale Ale.

S-- Floral, citrus and hops, more floral and citrus though. Got that immediate salivation in the back of my mouth. Yep, a pale ale.

T-- citrus and floral forward. Very well balanced between the 2.

M-- Get that cotton mouth feeling from the hops but not as big as some American versions of this. Light carbonated but very solid. Lighter than I thought it would be.

D-- Easily sessionable. 2-3 would be nice thank you. Very good Australian beer. Easily one of the best 10 beers from Australia. This beer would do very well in the USA and a very good version of a APA. A slight lean to this over Coopers. Reminds me of the Flying Dog Pale Ale.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Cute logo of a cherub holding a foamy mug on label and the cap, comes in a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Poured into a Leffe glass, appears a hazy amber color, with a one finger off-white head. Lively carbonation, but mediocre head retention and little lacing.

Smell: Aroma is reminiscent of a proper American Pale Ale, something I haven't tasted in too long, living on the other side of the Atlantic. Resiny, juicy hops on top of ale fruitiness. Citrus and pine both come to mind, though the former is more dominant. A bit of candy/sweet malt underneath.

Taste: Sweeter and maltier than I was expecting, based on the aroma, but balanced with a solid bitterness at the back of your tongue. Very well balanced. On the palate, hops are more earthy than citrusy. Faint biscuit notes emerge as it warms. Juicy hops at the middle, before a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation. Medium body, but not syrupy. Velvety texture. Very long finish, but clean and refreshing.

Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable beer, the best Australian beer I have had to date and a breath of fresh air for me, personally. Very refreshing, sessionable.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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 cypressbob
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle

Pours with a light amber body, slight haze from the yeast

Smell, strong whiff of cascade, some slight pine coming off. Little touch of yeast on the nose also, some slight malt in the background

Taste, thick piney hops, biscuity hops coming through, some hint of english hops too maybe goldings

A tasty pale ale, reminds me of snpa but perhaps not as smooth

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Photo of vancurly
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Narrabeen Sands

a) Heavily persistent head formation courtesy of Headmaster schooner glass. Hazy orange glow. Head persists to the end leaving sudsy dregs.

s) Citrus, tropical fruit. It seems more leaning towards the latter than as I recall.

f) Nice balanced malt profile, with good bitterness in support. Citrus & seeds.

m) Not the same mouthfeel that I get from the bottle. Maybe the recipe has altered

d) On-tap ale of choice. Hard to find though, but worth the effort.

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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 LittleCreature
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time to revisit an old friend.

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a two fingers of dense, rocky, barely off-white head which took its time disappearing in patches. The colour is a pale amber-orange, very clear with small bubbles rising.

Smell - 4.5
By far the fruitiest beer I have ever smelled that is not actually a fruit beer. Passionfruit is by far the strongest smell, but there is also grapefruit, flowery hops and a little citrus. There is a little bitterness to the smell, but this is mostly overpowered by the fruity sweetness. Wow, this smells even fruitier than I had remembered.

Taste - 4.0
Fruity! At first there is the passionfruit sweetness, which is taken over by a strong citrus bitterness, and a bone dry finish that leaves one longing for another sip. For many this may actually be a little too fruity, but I love it! This may be classified as an EPA, but I feel it is definitely nearer APA in style.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Moderate carbonation which holds strong over time. Weight in the mouth is moderate to heavy, and has a slightly syruppy feel to it.

Drinkability - 4.5
The number of times I have drank this as a session beer and never tired of the taste, I am close to giving it a 5. Recent samples have tended to be a little too bitter. You wouldn't know it was 5.2% ABV, the taste overwhelms any alcohol flavour.

OVERALL - 4.25
I'm not sure if this is a better bottled example than I tried on my last review, but I was close to giving it a 4.5 for taste, which would have upped the overall score to 4.35! My favourite session beer, one of the best Pale Ales in the world. Well worth the premium over mainstream Aussie beers, so the value is good too.

Edit: It seems to me that LCPA has been somewhat "dumbed down" to make it more approachable to the masses. Not as fruity or as bitter as it used to be, though still very good and one of Australia's best. I now give it a 4.15.

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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 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 Sam-VW
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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 jarmby1711
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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 CanuckRover
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw gold. Nice pure white, dense, head. Well marked lacings to the finish.

Very grassy hops on the nose with some pretty strong citrus zest thrown in for good measure.

Not quite sure what to think of this one taste-wise. Perhaps not a fan of the hop profile. Starts off pretty clean with honey sweetness. Hops are citrus zest but with a not so subtle astringency running through. Good crisp finish though.

It's totally drinkable, a good session ale, but not sure the hopping is for me.

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Photo of Macca
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a bright golden colour with some haziness. A half finger of head drops to light retention. Hoppy floral aromas and some sweetness. Both continue on the palate. I always refer to this as lolliwater but that is not necessarily a criticism. Medium carbonation. Some bitterness but I would prefer a bit more to give it a bit more balance. It all gets a bit much after a couple.

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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 Hoppsbabo
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold with a bubbly white head.

S: Tropical fruit and a weird metallic smell.

T: Mango and other tropical fruits (not overly pronounced but pleasant) mixed with a lager-like corn/metallic flavour.

O: I first had this at Little Creature's awesome brewpub in Freemantle and it tasted great but in 40°C even VB would have tasted good. The few times I've had it bottled it hasn't tasted good. Not a great brewery but if you're in the Freemantle area definitely check out this brewpub, albeit, if you can stomach being around so many hipsters.

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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 DaveFL1976
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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 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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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 MrKennedy
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cylinder glass at the Riverview, Balmain.

Poured a lightish golden colour with a slight haze to it. White head that was a finger in depth and stayed at half that while lacing on the way down.

Smell has passionfruit, grapefruit, citrus all working beautifully well together and they come in that order.

Taste has the grapefruit is decent measures along with caramel, which helps back it up.

Nice body, good bitterness from front to the finish. Still quite sessionable.

I've been super impressed with this on tap lately...less so with the bottled version. Hoppy, flavoursome, very drinkable and widely available for Australian craft. Hard to beat for a go to craft beer.

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Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 302 ratings.
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