Little Creatures Brown Ale | Little Creatures Brewing Company

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Little Creatures Brown AleLittle Creatures Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Little Creatures Brewing Company

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by SleepyMonk:
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled pint sized bottle poured into a seidel.

Body takes on a dark toffee color with a beige-ish head of two fingers. Head retention is good with creamy lace tracking the beer down the glass.

Aroma is rather basic and very in line with the standard ale array of flavors. Malt sits strong and there is a sweet butterscotch and fruit flavor.

Taste is strongly characterized by hefty malt flavor with bitter tea elements blending through with some yeast

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Photo of jbowers56
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super clear light brown nearly amber colour. Ok head retention, not a whole heap of lacing. Quite light for the style.

I can definitely pick the galaxy and the cascade in the aroma - contributing passionfruit and sharp citrus respectively. A nice combo. Blends well with a slight caramel note from the malt, as well as some slight toastiness.

Just barely a brown ale as far as taste is concerned. Very faint notes of chocolate are there, with some caramel sweetness being the main malt presense. Again a slight toastiness is present. Hops are very much at the forefront adding some fruitiness as well as some more tart/rindy grapefruit notes. I don't really see this as a brown ale though? Though, not really sure what else to call it.

It feels good in the mouth, but nothing exceptional here. Carbonation level is moderate, great for the style.

Doesn't scream 'drink me', but it's still very easy to put down.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Bombardier traditional pint glass.

A - Pours a dark clear mahogany colour with a slightly off white head that laces and hangs around.

S - I don't get much other than some hopps.

T - Way too hoppy for a brown ale for me, the cascades hopps are overpowering and it doesn't fall into the brown ale category for me, not to say it's not a decent beer though.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation.

D - I had a Newcastle Brown beforehand and this doesn't rank alongside it all that well. This brewery produces one very special beer in the Pale Ale, I'm starting to think it was a fluke. A single Batch release should be a bold statement, this is not.

1 Year on (21/08/2012)

A - A red colour has invaded this beer, with a large off white head that stays around for a long time.

S - From the bottle there are some major hops, once poured it balances out at bit and I believe has some cherry / dark fruit notes.

T - Doesn't really display the characteristics of a Brown Ale. Finishes with a medicinal type flavour. Up fron there are plenty of hops, but little malt to speak of.

M - Light to medium body and well balanced carbonation.

D - Drinking a lot better than 1 year ago, I have two bottles left and will review in one years time.

3.5 years on

A - Pours a clear mahogany colour wth a nice two fingered head that retains wee

S - Not much i9n the way of aroma other than some small malt.

T - Really nice malts and small hop that are really well balanced

M - Medium body and carbonation

o - This beer certainly has gotten smoother with age. I'm glad I kept a few.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Little Creatures Pale Ale is a great favourite of mine so I was excited to get this. It poured a deep amber/black tea colour that was crisp and clear. Aroma is citrus and Turkish Delight/rose perfume. Flavour is a typical LC citrus bombardment with a crisp bitter finish and great length. In amongst all the grapefruit and lime is some nice toffee and malt with just a hint of butterscotch. It's a lovely complex drop but for me the drinkability is a little down due to the heavy hoppiness. OK, so it's not a true Brown Ale but if it bugs you put it in another category.

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Photo of Macca
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear light brown with a slightly off white head. Good retention.

A big whack of hops on the nose as you'd hope from the spiel on the side of the bottle. I'm guessing it's the galaxy and cascade that are responsible the pine resin aromas. A bit of tropical fruit as well. Not a lot of malt.

The malt is there on the palate. Balances the big hops nicely. Really well balanced. But did I want that? I think I was hoping for something a bit more out there.

That said, this could be quite sessionable.

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Photo of juju7
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with a head that didn't last long but laced well. Really pleasant mango , tropical nose-not at all overtly forward, quite inticing. Soft and approachable on the palate with some dark fruit, raisin flavours and a nice line of bitterness. Really well balanced. A perfect everyday beer that's interesting enough to hold your attention but not too over the top to distract.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

568 ML bottle poured into a Left Hand Pint glass

A-- Aggressive pour got me a medium butterscotch color. Pour got a massive off white head that finally settled down to just under one finger. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Decent head retention with this.

S-- Smells a lot like the Pale ale, just a bit sweeter though. Chocolate and roasted malts hide the LCPA smell more. Still has a floral and fruity nose (I get some mango).

T-- Ok, a Pale Ale with roasted malts and sweet chocolate. Different. Far more bitter than I expected. Might be more bitter than the IPA they did a few months ago.

M-- Chocolate drops off very quickly and get a lot of citrus in the mouth. Grapefruit, lemon and Orange. Just touches of sweetness in this. Wish it had more malt sweetness. Finishes clean and crisp and with a sweet citrus finish. Spot on carbonation and lower medium bodied.

D-- Is it good?? Yes. Is it drinkable? Yes. Is it eerily similar to their Pale Ale?? YES. Is it an American Brown Ale? Not really. If they packaged this as a dark Pale Ale it would be excellent. Maybe I expected the 2 brothers Growler, more like hoped really. Good on a lot of levels but when it still tastes like their Pale Ale it is a bit disappointing. If the single batch stout is like this I would be thrilled. A black Pale Ale would be great.

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Photo of Baldpacker
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of vancurly
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best By 18 Mar 11.

a) Pours a pale beige, rocky head, which lingers and leaves a nice lace. Very little bubbling. Haze-free copper/chestnut with olive green highlights. Looks good in my Squires half-pint glass.

s) Nose initially very American: tropical fruit, guava, grapefruit, some kiwi also. Warming to a gamey funkiness reminiscent of the marsupial enclosure at the zoo. This is not a bad thing; simply indicative of the spicy volatiles. Quite appealing in fact.

t) A complex experience. Up front, the hop continues to work the tropical theme, adding some stonefruit and honeydew. Follows this up with some biscuit & bread, and some caramel. After this comes a good hit of fresh, late hops. Warms into spearmint notes. Quite a journey, and rounded up with a reasonable bitterness.

m) Gently smooth up front, but with a distinct sherbetty tongue tingle. Proceeds smoothly, with the late hop giving a mid-palate sharpness. Not unattractive, mind you. Seems to end a bit short, with the front palate still zinging but nothing much happening at the back.

d) A high-brow offering. Lots to discover and discuss. I would have liked a touch more dextrinous back palate, but beyond that is a decent ale, worthy of a few pints.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper colour with interesting slow cascade of bubbles up to form the thin bubbly beige head. Lace looks decent. Not sure about the colour, looks more red than brown. But otherwise good.

Smells quite fresh and pleasant. Good hop character to that, but not a huge amount. Slight citric note with a bit of detergent aroma to it. Bit of dark malt but not a huge amount, nice mild caramel edge to it. Decent, subdued. I do like those hops though.

Taste has an amber malt character to it. Hints of toffee at the start. Hops come through quickly and early, nice tangy notes with a hint of pine and mild lemon. Slight detergent again and whisper of musk. Malt lasts to the end but is slightly overpowered by hops. I like the hops but they're not powerfully bitter, just potent enough to dominate. A bit off-balanced, it lacks the sweetness of other brown ales I've come to love.

Body is okay, a bit of a fizzy texture and slightly thin but not bad.

Yeah, pleasant beer. Good bitterness, quite drinkable indeed.

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Photo of LiamAhearn
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to a Bonj for getting me this beer after one of his trips down south.

A: Deep brown in colour but still clear enough to notice brightness of the beer. Carbonation low but to style with fair head retention and foam.

S: Big upfront citrus aroma from hops. Sweet caramel and light chocolate notes come through with a very slight brown sugar aroma in the background.

T: Quite resiny and bitter, malt is fairly lower and a bit out of balance to my likes for this style. Malt flavours are fairly restrained but other than the caramel notes I also detect a touch of roastiness, this could also be adding to the perception of bitterness.

M: The body is light enough to make this drinkable but the bitterness which carries through to the finish gives this beer an almost acrid aftertaste.

D: I like a beer with a strong bitterness and this one has that but its missing the malt richness to balance this out and would also make it more drinkable. Added malt sweetness would also bring this beer closer to the Brown Ale style guidelines.



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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Local Taphouse Sydney.

Pours a dark amber colour, very deep but tending to brown rather than red. Head is filmy and big bubbled. Not sure how much that's to do with the pour. Good clarity. Looks pretty good.

Slightly doughty mixture of green hop fragrance and a light biscuit character. Together they give an odd fragrance like marzipan. Pretty nice.

Taste is really good, a fragrant new world hop bitterness, mixed with a light hint of fruit and a rounding malt sweetness to temper it slightly and provide a slight counterpoint. Mouthfeel light and crisp.

Yep this is a really nice beer. Little Creatures really don't do enough seasonal and one-off releases. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable drop, and I'd love to see them do things like this on a more regular basis.

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Photo of ADZA
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When i went into my fav bottleshop and saw this i was so stoked as ive been looking forwards to it ever since i heard about it in the pipeline,anyway on the label its states that "we've sourced some great Aussie grown hops;Tasmanian Hallertau and Cascade in addition to Victorian Galaxy and Topaz,not holding back,the final bitterness is 48IBU.A whole host of malts keep it all in balance-pale,munich,crystal....along with a touch of rye malt for a bit of toastiness.A dash of chocolate malt rounds it all out and contributes to the cracking dark colour"and it pours a nice cherry,mahogany hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger off white head with heaps of lacing,the smell is a nice fruity hop driven aroma with notes of cherry,passionfruit and mango with a tinge of sweet malts and is definately very inviting,it has a nice sessionable mouthfeel with tastes of sweet candy,mangoes,lychee and some nice dark roasty malts with a tinge of cherry on the end and the bitterness for me is just perfect not very bitter but definately moreish,overall this is a way better attempt of a single batch brew as it has more definition to it then their last single batch which tasted a little similar to their flagship brew LC Pale Ale but obviously the use of more than just one hop makes this brew alot different to most of LC's brews and i will stock up before it dissapears im really digging it and recommend.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Factor: 75mL taster at Beervana 2014, served by the brewers.

Appearance: pours a clear copper-brown with some chunky carbonation visible. Head is a fluffy tan one-finger that slowly settles to a half-finger with good lacing.

Aroma: a fresh aroma of sweet bread malts, floral and earth. The earth is quite strong and heavy.

Taste: some caramel and toffee leads to a strong earth and resin fug, some floral hops also. Decent.

Aftertaste: quite dry on the finish, with earth and resin again.

Mouth feel: moderate in feel with too big a carbonation - comes across being a bit fizzy, hence the fug from the earth and resin.

Overall: a decent brown ale for not a bad price at AU$67 a case of 24 x 330mL. Good flavours across the profile, the only down factor is the sharp metallic carbonation.

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Photo of shambeano
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a browny amber, with just under half a centimeter of head, which bubbles away slowly.

S- a little bit of caramal, malty sweetness, a tad fruity, with a tiny bit of citrusy hop to round it off.

T- little bit of malt, a little toasty, bready, then slightly citrusy, piney hop comes through on the finish, a little bitter. not as much malt as i was expecting.

M- pretty good, niether particularly heavy nor light, very light carbonation, can feel the bitterness at the back of the tongue, although it doesnt last particularly long, not bad.

D- this is a pretty drinkable beer, if feels pretty good, and i could have a few pretty easily.

Pure Creatures. Nothing particularly out there, but a very solid version of the style.

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Photo of brendan13
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very clear reddish hued light brown with a 3cm off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Floral and citrus hop notes up front with some slight nutty malt character.
T - Hop character not unlike the smell with the malt also bringing some toasty touches.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a light carbonation.
D - In a blind taste test this would seem pretty close to the LCPA. A nice enough beer but some more malt character to make it stand out would be good.

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Photo of danieelol
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dgilks
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rounded malty aroma with a light citrussy hop character. Good.

Nice, clear copper colour with a creamy, foamy, light tan head. Decent head retention.

Nice, crisp hop flavour with a classic Little Creatures hop profile. Nice, solid crystal malt backbone to support it all. Tasty but slightly oxidised.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. I'd like it if the carbonation was slightly lower.

A good beer with solid flavour and that doesn't overwhelm the palate.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a finger of moussy beige head over a clear, copper to reddish brown body.

Smell - 3.5
Quite perfumy with a lot more hop aroma than malt. Smells of grapefruit, flowers, damp wood and toast.

Taste - 3.5
For a brown ale (even an American one) this beer is assertively hoppy with just a little malt character. Hop flavours are broad and include grapefruit, wood, a little pine and a lingering metallic taste. Malt is toasty with just a little caramel, not quite balancing out the 48 IBUs. Finishes dry with lingering hop flavour.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Moderately carbonated with fine bead makes for a very smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 3.5
A fairly easy drinking brown ale, though not something I would seek out again.

OVERALL - 3.65
Don't make the mistake I did and pour this beer too cold. At first all I could taste was the hops, and I had to let it sit for almost 30 minutes before I could get anything close to the full flavour experience. This said, while it was enjoyable, I was hoping for a brown ale with a lot more malt character and a little more sweetness for balance.

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Little Creatures Brown Ale from Little Creatures Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 19 ratings