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 wl0307
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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: 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 Brauluver
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught version is more cloudy than bottle, but more subdued on hops aroma.

Still got a strong hops/citrus nose though.

Maltiness is subdued and comes through late in a faint backbone.

Hop driven and spritzy with a light mouth feel and citric(grape fruit) zing.

almost too sweet for me but borderline on IBU''s.

Bottled version is more quenching than tap IMHO.

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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 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 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 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 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 Naerhu
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to KBL Tim for obtaining this beer!

Appearance: Slightly opaque orange body with nice white head.
Aroma: Beautiful orange blossom aroma with lovley pale malt background.
Taste: Firm bitterness, full malt flavor, nice citrus.
Mouthfeel: This beer is a lot like SNPA, but has a smoother, bottle conditioned feel.
Drinkability: I could see this as an ideal session beer. Tasty, classic mouthfeel, and not too massive.

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Photo of amicar
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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 BeerNutta
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Easily one of Australia's nicest beers.

Appearance: Light amber, with slight foam head.

Smell: Fruity aroma that lingers.

Taste: Slight hoppy taste, with very fruity finish.

Mothfeel: Good, not too carbonated.

Drinkability: Good, easily drinkable in heathy quantities. Although a little pricey for an australian beer.

Just re-editing my review because my taste in beer has changed. Still a great beer, I just feel, that I gave it too high a score.

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Photo of Andy
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A wildly over-hyped beer when taken out of its Australian context. An adequate description might be, a slightly dumbed down and grainier version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I looked very forward to having this beer on a recent trip down under. While it was easily one of the best beers I had in Australia, that doesn't translate particularly well when it's put up against similar beers from around the world.

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Photo of annatar
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the best australian beer i've tasted (inc. cooper's line)

pours a beautiful light gold amber with a magnificnt inch and a half tall white head of fine bubbles. medium carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel.

wonderful smooth taste, malt on the top of the palate that becomes sweeter on the sides. faintest aftertaste of bitter hops.

easiest, smoothest drink in the island continent

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Photo of foamer
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with little head which diminished to next to nothing almost instantly - looks real pretty in my Little Creatures glass though. Nose is strong citrusy hops - I get hints of tangerine. Taste is a strong citrus hop up front which diminishes to a pleasing finish with some malt coming in to balance the hops. The mouthfeel is thin and carbonated. By far the tastiest Australian beer I've tried - I will be having more of these.

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Photo of keypocket
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being from Los Angeles, California, I was completely suprised by this find. I was becoming quite depressed by the lack of beers I found in Sydney that had any assertive hop character. My stay was about a month and I found this beer towards the end and then proceeded to try it as much as possible.

The beer has a similar quality to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Very drinkable, great hop nose and nice crisp taste. Refreshing and great along with Thai and Vietnamese food. Golden Amber with great carbonation. Very nice citrus and earthy/wood undertones. Nice malt / hop balance. A great addition to the normal everyday lagers. I only wish that I had the opportunity to try it on draft. If I could get this in the U.S. I believe it would be in my fridge all of the time.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this at the Great British Beer Festival, and it was so good I had to get another one to take home.

Pours a light amber color with a frothy compact head. The lace on the glass is a copious patchwork. The aroma is very intense, incredibly floral and fruity, with citrus and apples notes. Theres also a delicious hop aroma and bitterness and malty breadyness in the nose.

The taste is dominated by hops, and all kinds of hop flavors at that. Theres a sharp bitterness as well as lemony, tangarine, grapefruit hops. Also earthy and cedary hops. Theres even some hop spicyness here. All this is anchored on a firm malt background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Its bottle conditioned which probably adds to its smoothness. An excellent beer, I hope I get the chance to come across it again.

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Photo of Doiv
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange to honey colour with and off white head, leaving beads of lacing.

Aroma is of oranges, apples, woody notes, and reminded me more of a vintage cider than a beer! I'm not complaining in the slightest, I love cider.

Taste is of pears and apples, oaky and woody hints, vanilla, burnt sugar, followed by a really bitter finish and a lingering spicy citric aftertaste.

Creamy mouthfeel, drinks really well. Fantastic.

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Photo of koolk
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Little Creatures was such a revelation when I first tried it. It reminded me of all the great micro's I got to try overseas and had been longing for since I came home. The only problem is that I don't enjoy this as a 'session' beer, as it is just so floral and fruity. This, however, does not mean its no good!

Cloudy amber gold with a great head and good carbonation.

Aromas of floral hops and tropical fruits just come out in droves. A touch of malt in what is a very potent nose.

Taste is smooth and long with a touch of green bitterness. Flavours are also very powerful in the fruit/floral spectrum. Would like a bit more malt of the finish, but delicious none-the-less.

This is such a well made beer it is hard no to appreciate it as a hand craft brew. A beer that has crossed over many friends. Try it on your mates!

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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 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 rizzo
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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 feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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 ALEBOY
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderfull little beer! The aroma reminds me of passionfruit, perhaps from cascade hops. Little Creatures is perhaps lighter in colour than some traditional pale ales but it is certainly not lacking in its flavour. This is a very drinkable beer, and I would have to rate it as one of Australias finest. I very much look forward to tasting this beer on draught.

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as it sets in the glass a translucent gold color, the head moderate in size, bright white and the texture creamy and the lace decent covering sheets. Nose is mostly malt, light floral hints, crisp and fresh citrus like appeal. Front is malt and lightly sweet, finish is mild in its acidity, hops pleasing in their spiciness, droughty and long lasting aftertaste. Quite a good drinking beer and I’m sure a session beer down under.

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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 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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