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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Ratings: 319 |  Reviews: 155
Photo of benjaminkhlaw
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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 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 jjdunce
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kgmm77
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Westen948
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of baumaxx1
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
Pours a hazy gold-amber colour, plenty of suspended solids. Has a 1-2 finger off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Moderate effervescence is visible.

Smell -
A bit of orange, pine, grapefruit and carrot cake. On the mild side.

Taste -
Grapefruit, citrus, hop resin, plenty of bitterness in the aftertaste with a hint of cut grass. Slight mineral water qualities. A little bit of a honey and malt character to balance the bitterness. Stronger flavour than the aroma would suggest, but it's dominated by citrus and grass. Not the biggest flavoured APA out there, but a solid showing - don't get me wrong, the flavour is nowhere near weak, but I've had stronger (not many though).

Mouthfeel -
Plenty of fizz on the tongue - like little pin pricks. A little bit of the watery side. Clean, light and refreshing overall.

Overall -
One of the most popular premium beers down under for a good reason. Has a strong, hoppy flavour and is very drinkable. One of my benchmark brews, available almost anywhere and a reliable choice when out and about. An icon of the craft brewing revolution in Aus (even though it's technically not a craft beer anymore) - a little beer from WA that introduced the beer muggles to big, fruity brews, and generated interest in local craft beers.

Note that it looks like I've rated this one pretty harshly - Taste and Appearance are great, Smell and Mouthfeel only a little bit better than average.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lajones
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aza_w87
4.76/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of life_of_agony
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Act25
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Decko
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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 innominat
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AgentMunky
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a glass. Best before 19 September 2015.

Golden with good effervesence and nice head.

Lightly fruity hops. Crisp, clean, and basic.

Good! Nice beer. Clean-crisp and plain. The aftertaste has got a nice hop bite and splash of carbonation.

Easy-drinking and unobjectionable. Would drink again.

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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 ddaedalus
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of personpitch
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JKCooper
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stato
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried on draught woolooloo hotel bar Sydney
Great tasting pale ale but colour a bit hazy

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Photo of pagriley
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pouteria
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If you don't like a very strong 'floral' taste you will hate this beer. I find it amazing and my all time favourite. Holds up well in a cold glass. Beer is very expensive in Ausralia. This commands top dollar so ofen buy Cooper's sparkling or their pale ale. I'm a fan of lagers and pilseners.

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Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 319 ratings.
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