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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 laituegonflable
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very standard amber colour, almost lagery in appearance with a good thick snow-white head. A good amount of steady carbonation and hints of sticky lacing. Pretty average appearance.

Nose is very pleasant with a strong hit of hops dominating with the slightest hint of pineapple or some other tropical fruit lingering in the background. It's subtle; perhaps a bit too subtle but it promises a smooth-drinking beer with pleasant hoppy flavours.

Taste is also very pleasant, with a hoppy front palate giving way to a decent long finish containing sweet fruity characters and a herbal hoppy finish. I wouldn't say overall it's the most complex drop but the palate is long, very pleasant and all the flavours are blended so that they announce themselves all at the right time. Basically this is a truly excellent everyday beer, with really nice flavours and a really smooth clean mouthfeel, and while it's not the most orgasmically brilliant beer I've ever had I think it'd be hard to improve upon it.

There's definitely a reason this is my beer of choice for everyday consumption.

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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 canucklehead
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a treat to find this in the BC private stores as this beer has a rep for being among Australias best. It is a incredibly hoppy pale ale that tasted very fresh and complex. I can see how this would have a revelation down under when it came . I need to buy more of this beer

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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 ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I cant lie this is the very first micro beer i reckon i had that took me into my fascination with micro beers in general and to be honest prob started off Australia's growing love and acceptance of micro breweries as an accepted beer to drink as it definately was the pioneer,anyways the beer pours a see thru light redgum honey colour with nice carbonation and even nicer lacing,the aroma is straight up pure fresh,fruity,pine driven hops with a honeyish malt aroma just at the end beautiful just how i remember,it has an above average mouthfeel with a nice piney,passionfruit flavour to it just how APA's should so drinkability is high,prob one of Australias best takes on this style so far and definately our first.

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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 joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heard about this from a friend, surprised to see this in Calgary recently.
A - clear bright golden, medium head left a decent foam lacing
S - herbal and citrus, peppery with sharp malty grains
T - dank and herbal hops with a juicy citrus quality, grainy malt with a peppery note
M - healthy carbonation kick, thin with a mild bitter
D - hop dominant but the balance of hop flavours is fantastic, drinks extremely easy, dangerously sessionable

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Photo of flyingpig
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice, medium golden colour with a thumb sized, bubbly white head that halves in size and leaves bits of lace on the side of the glass as it does so.

Quite fresh smelling with some grassy hops and a background caramel malt aroma that hints at some sweetness. There are a few malts present along with some citrus and a hint of bitterness at the end.

Sweet malts and caramel upfront with some toffee and a nice helping of bitterness. There is a biscuit malt flavour in there and some light grapefruit, nothing too strong but noticeable nonetheless. There is also a few hops coming through around the middle and some light, tropical fruits.

Lively carbonation to begin with a lot of sweetness hitting upfront. The body is about medium and the beer is pretty well balanced overall.

Just as good at the first time I tried it. This one is an excellent session beer and one that I am quite partial to any time I spot it out and about. It always goes down well.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: copper color with light haze & lots of carbonation, little head
s: hoppy smell with a sweet tinge
t: spicy (bitter) beginning with a crisp finish, lots of grapefruit influene
m: medium body and carbonation. too spicy to be called smooth
d: not a bad one, certainly stands out from some of the other local brews in australia

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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 chickenm
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden orange color that is a little bit cloudy. Decent white head. Really strong aroma when I poured this, with citrusy hops and tropical fruits. Taste was good although not as nice as the smell. Bitter hops with some fruity sweetness, but not very much malt. Average mouthfeel, I thought the body was a bit thin. Still this is a pretty good pale ale.

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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 heygeebee
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to review this mini-classic

Not an easy job, as Mrs heygeebee has been in the past known to remove LCPAs from the fridge at a reasonable rate leaving those in the cellar (at cellar temp) for me to 'enjoy'. Hmmmm. This one from the fridge....

Pours an amber colour, one head.

Strong aromas of citrus and passionfruit. One of the best aromas of any Aussie beer. Don't think I've given a 5 for aroma before.

Tastes well balanced, citrus, lovely fruit driven palate blast then finishes with a hoppy bitterness. Full flavoured. Goes down a treat.

One thing tho - shame about the price - not everyday drinking at regularly over $70 a carton...

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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 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 Jerseyislandbeer
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from Waitrose. Pours cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma is light & fresh with a citrus fruity hoppiness. Taste is also fruity with citrus present as well as apricot, grapefruit & freshly cut grass and fruit hops. Mouth feel is soft and smooth and has a very light bitterness. Aftertaste is there’s some freshly cut grass and fruity hops. Overall having not had this for a few years I'd forgotten just how good this beer is.

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Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken on a recent trip to Sydney.

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is rich bright golden color with a ½" white head that persists for a while and leaves some lacy sheets and rings on the side of the glass. Sipping leaves some lacing for a while but most lacing is gone well before the beer.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, clean has a definite fruity citrus character from the hops. The pale malt keeps a well defined place as a supporting cast member but is definite in its presence..

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose, with the malt backbone supporting crisp citrus and floral notes and echoes from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish begins with atouch of bready malt sweetness and then slides gently into some mild hop bitterness leading to the ending.

Drinkability: This was an easy drinker with one sip following another quite naturally. It was easy to have a second and a third. I'd easily place this beer among the top two or three of the 15-20 different beers I had on my visit. While I often prefer just a touch more hop character to the pale ale, this was a very nice interpretation of the style and I could see making it a regular purchase.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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 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 brendan13
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know how this is listed as an English Pale Ale but anyway...

A - Pours a dark straw colour with a few centimetres of white head.
S - All about the hops here. Citrus, floral, herbal, just a blissful mix of hoppy goodness.
T - A bit of wee bit of caramel malt comes through on the taste but the hops still dominate.
M - Quite a full, creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Bitter hops notes linger in a good way.
D - Pretty damn drinkable beer with enough character to make it interesting.
So yeah, APA would be much more appropiate for this style IMO.

PS. The 330ml bottles are good for homebrew as the labels come off easily and there isn't any embosed marketing crap on the bottles.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear Golden colour with a White fluffy head that reduces to a film.

S - Passionfruit aromas wit a little citrus.

T - Nice passionfruit and grapefruit flavours, witha nice piney flavoured finish, slightly bitter.

M - Light to medium body with medium to full carbonation. The best part of this beer.

O - I don't agree that this is Australia's
number 1 beer as there are so many better IMO. However as a sessionable beer, this is hard to beat.

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

568mL pint bottle shared with my wife in our hotel room in Canberra. BBD: March 2012.

First craft brew of our Australian adventure!

A nice golden-amber brew, certainly on the 'pale' end of the pale ale spectrum, with a half inch of creamy head. Good retention on that, some great lacing streaks as well.

Nose is nutty malts, caramel, citrus (orange, lemon), mildly bitter hops.

This is a great-tasting brew, refreshing, yet flavorful. Opens with a nutty, caramel malt flavor, then transitions to a citrus/bitter hop finish. While not the boldest APA I've come across, this is certainly enjoyable stuff.
Creamy, slightly watery, soft carbonation (though not flat by any means).

Great brew, something I'll certainly come back to again while I'm Down Under. Drinkability is very high - easy to quaff, flavorful enough to sip, several in one go would be ideal.

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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 doktorhops
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It's taken 14 reviews to get to what is quite possibly my favourite ale and here it is: Little Creatures Pale Ale! [Warning: the below review will be tainted by bias]

Poured from a 568ml (pint-sized) bottle into a 500ml Stein glass (thank God the Germans give about an inch of head room on their glasses!).

A: Golden amber cloudy body, a very typical pale ale colour, with a slightly golden white 1.5cm head that retains very well... points there.

S: Floral hop aromas with crystal malts; the smell that ale dreams are made of... not much else to say.

T: The taste begins with light toasty malts that almost immediately surrender to the hops, sublime if you're a hop-head like I am. There are at least three distinct hop flavours I can detect in palate order: 1) buttery hops, 2) grassy citrus hops and 3) a final spicy hop - this ends on the expected bitter note, however it's not overpowering... to me this is the closest ale I've found to what I would make myself given the skills of brewing.

M: Creamy and medium bodied, well balanced.

D: If I had an infinite supply of this I would die a happy man. In reality though I'm hard pressed to afford it (it's in the upper echelons of Australian macro beers price-wise). It is a fantastically drinkable ale that puts pretty much all Australian brews to shame... sorry CUB, Tooheys, Fosters - this is a real beer!

Food match: Roasted game bird or poultry with a light salad. Thai cuisine is a spot on match in my books.

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Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
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