Little Creatures Pale Ale | Little Creatures Brewing Company

Little Creatures Pale AleLittle Creatures Pale Ale
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4.02/5
322 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#3,762
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
322
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
84
Trade:
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Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of FLima
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a two finger head with short retention.
Light aroma of biscuit malt and some citric fruitiness.
Sweet malty flavor with notes of honey, biscuit, pears with some citrusy. Mildly dry aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Really a not bold brew, rather smooth, but still pleasant and well executed. I may need to try a fresher version, this one is due in 4 months.

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Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Little Creatures Pale Ale pours a translucent golden colour with a tight, creamy white head. Little to no lacing.

Aroma is full of fresh, floral hops. Plenty of citrus in there too with a light tart edge.

A nice light hoppy taste is present made evident through fruity notes consisting mostly of stone fruit. It is really a pleasant flavour here with a nice bitter edge on the finish.

Lightish body with vibrant carbonation, this is refreshing and perfect for a warm (or cold) day.

Plenty of flavour that doesn't beat down the palate but maintains interest without being challenging. This tasty brew clocks in a a great ABV as well making for a highly drinkable brew.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 330 mL bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a lot of vibrant-looking carbonation. The head isn't terribly impressive; it's a one finger eggshell color that fades fairly quickly. The lacing is good, though.

S: I'm noticing that it blends both English and American sensibilities toward the style - this definitely doesn't seem like another SNPA clone (not like that's a bad thing). The malt profile seems to be very toffee forward, with strong tones of earth, caramel, and biscuit. There's also an underlying quality of Cascade hops, providing grapefruit peel, pine, and black pepper.

T: There's a nice balance of hop/malt interplay here. Hops don't seem evident on the first sip, but after another swig, they provide a light grapefruit finish that's quite pleasant. Otherwise, it's mildly sweet with its malt profile, especially in the middle of the palate. I won't call it a standout, but its delicate balance still manages to set it a notch above many pales.

M: The carbonation could really be toned down slightly to help the soft texture of the malts shine through more clearly. On the plus side, it helps lighten up the initially thick body. It has an almost 'nectary' feel provided by the combination of malty sweetness and subtle hop resin.

O: This really is the kind of offering that could single handedly change the perception of Australian beer around the world. The bottle conditioning and great malt backbone means I wouldn't have many reservations if I ever found this in a local shop a few months old, though I wouldn't make it my first choice to seek out. Little Creatures Pale Ale - Australian for Real Beer.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a bottle from a little Christmas beer exchange, thanks Joe!

A - Pours a golden orange with a copper hue, slight haze, thin layer of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is loaded with lemon iced tea hops, a bit earthy, followed by some roasted nutty, caramel malts.

T - Impressive citrus hop presence, touch of bitterness, caramel malts linger on the finish. By no means a hop bomb, but it offers enough to keep you coming back for more. Very tasty take on the style, and easily the best Australian offering I've ever had.

M - Medium bodied, goes down with the slightest prickle and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - Highly recommended beer, offering a nice blast of hops, but not enough to leave your face looking sour. Great to see Australian craft is up to par with some of the North American craft offerings.

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Photo of BAsbill
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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 dirtylou
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Australian Hotel, The Rocks - Sydney

appearance: served in an imperial pint...a hazy copper orange body with a nice hue and a light foamy froth

smell: aroma is of fresh hops which suggest "american ipa" to me...peach/citrus aromas as well

taste: definitely the best beer i have sampled thus far in australia (though wine has been ordered in a 5:1 ratio to beer at this point)...a nice hoppy citrus body with crisp lemon and a nice floral characteristic...definitely a winner, even by "american ipa" standards

mouthfeel: smooth and fresh

drinkability: very good

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Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to triple5 for this one.

Poured from a 330ml. bottle. Best before July 9, 2010.

Appearance: Golden-yellow body with lazy wisps floating around under a generous white head that reminds me of bubbling marshmallows. Very nice looking.

Smell: Some hops, discreet and earthen with a touch of floral notes. Has a light mineral feel to it with a hint of corn maybe.

Taste: Earthy hops with a bit of corn that thankfully fades. A nice subdued bitterness rounds it off. No idea why but i'm reminded of leaves a little bit. Good but would have liked a more fuller taste.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation coupled with a nice crisp and clean feel to it. Has a little bit of a dry edge to it.

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to drink. I could see myself having this semi-regularly.

Overall: A nice crisp pale ale with decent enough taste. I'd have it again and would recommend it if you ever see it.

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Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright amber pour with small white head that leaves nice lacing.
Aroma is of grapefruit, peach, very green and grassy (presumably from dry-hopping with cascade or similar. Hints of pine. Low malt is just noticeable. This is definitely APA territory. Dunno why BA has it as english pale ale.
Malt is much more dominant in the taste, followed by a lingering metallic bitterness. Definitely more balanced than the aroma.
Rather weak body, high carbonation.
One of the best well-known (as in available in pretty much every bottle-o) beers in Australia.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of laituegonflable
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Ristaccia
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdagnew
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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 patre_tim
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lemony and copper with a slight haze, lots of fine bubbles and 2 fingers of off white head.

Smells of wet dog, pineapple candy, fruity peaches, and overall a light bouquet.

Tastes of grainy, dog food malt, and a wonderfully balanced fruit plate, bouquet of flowers. Hints of pine bitterness.

Medium, light and refreshing body, moderate, smooth but foamy and powdery carbonation.

Got in Rimping today, and now drinking it in Chiang Mai. Excited to finally have this brew from Australia. Drank May 8th, 2017.

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Photo of sirsteve42
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of canucklehead
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
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 +0.2%
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 +4.5%
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 6thstreetbrewpub
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little Creatures Pale Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 322 ratings
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