highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Little Creatures virtually created a market in Australia for floral, hoppy ales with their excellent pale ale. And if imitation is flattery, the brewery should be flattered to death by the flood of inferior copies from rivals. However, they have struggled to repeat that success. Their pilsener was a crashing disappointment, although I dare say it is selling passably well to those who want the kudos of drinking a "hot" brand without the challenge of hops you can actually taste. This latest launch is a filtered ale brewed with Pale, Carapils, Wheat and Vienna malts, New Zealand B Saaz Flowers and "varieties from the North West of USA", according to the brewery website. There’s a suggestion that it is being pitched as a sort of halfway house between the pilsener and the pale ale. It’s a deep gold colour and raised a good 1cm-high plug of shaving cream-like foam. The aroma is is light and fruity - orange marmalade, violets and passionfruit. Seemed a bit worty. The mouthfeel is very soft, making this an easy swigging ale. The flavour mix is watered grapefruit juice, passionfruit, honey and an unfortunate hint of soda water. Hmm.. the more I drank, the less I liked. The only advantage this has over the pale ale is that it is more sessionable. It might make a passable summer thirst-quencher, but that’s about it. Now that the brewery is listed on the stock market, shareholder returns will drive the brewing decisions. That does not bode well for the future. The pale ale may be as good as it gets. (330ml bottle from Clovelly Vintage Cellars, best before 15/2/07)
GreyShadow (18) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a glass. A nice clear gold colour with a frothy, white foam, head. A slight citrus taste, but it doesn’t last. No aftertaste. Probably works well on a hot summer day at the beach.
Lunkie (1401) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hop malt aroma with fruit. Clear amber colour with good head and lacing. Sweet malt hop flavour. Fizzy palate.
Rangi (567) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a bad bright ale. Nice, refreshing and crisp is awesome on an especially hot night.
northropfrye (2198) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I should have ordered the LC Pale Ale. Oh well. Kind of generically sweet tasting. Not too complex.
varanid99 (491) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear gold pour, no head. Slightly fruity aroma, very mild. Malty, watery flavour, easily drinkable but not really much to recommend - better than a lot of the Australian macros at least.
Travlr (11016) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Beervana. Clear yellow color, small white head. Aroma of subtle pepper. Taste starts sweet then peppery hops. Simple.
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Claims to be a cross between their Pale Ale and their Pilsener, well what’s the point, are they trying to attract the diehard lager drinkers that don’t like their pale ale or trying to find a way to unload surplus pilsener.
1st tried on tap at Clancys Freo:
Pale looking clear golden body and an average head. Nose not that flash, cut grass hop aroma, some lacing though, hops in the taste but doesn’t seem that fresh, well carbonated, filtered ( maybe unfortunately ), lemon citrus notes showing late in the aroma and grapefruit in the taste. 2nd Attempt 330ml bottles at home: A little more golden than I remember, hints of apricot, a touch thinner and not as offensive as I thought last night, also I had a couple of these whereas I can’t usually have more than one of the pale ale. Reminds me a little bit of a better version of J.S Hop Thief.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2006 They obviously decided that the market needed a beer that looked like all of the other clean and crisp offerings out there. Can’t have a murky looking beer (which means that LC should theoretically be known as ’dull’ to juxtapose this beer). Like all of the others out there this pours well and has the usual creamy head. There is the typical amber/gold body and usual muted aromatic nose of passionfruit and sweetness. I agree that it does have a worty finish as there is a slight cloying nature in the mouthfeel. This actually seems to be offering some competition to the JS Golden Ale without that hint of wheatiness in the finish. I am still happy with the LC but hold little hopes like our previous reviewer that their stable will branch out significantly. Once again I cry out for a good IPA and I know that the big creatures in the accounting department whispering into the ear of the brewers will not be encouraging big beers. Keep them simple, conservative in ABV and marketable to the masses is the message I’m sure.
Lilith (242) - Santiago, CHILE - AUG 18, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2006 Bright, yellow color, flat with few, small, rising bubbles. Typical cask ale hops aroma with notes of fruits and herbs. Watery flavor, sweet with a bitter end. Light body, well carbonated, brief finish.
<FONT SIZE=1>Thanks to <a href = http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=7208&g Sully who brought this beer all the way ’round from Australia :D</FONT>
<FONT SIZE=1>Bottle shared with <a href = http://www.ratebeer.com/View-User-30044.htm> Panzerfaust and <a href = http://ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=35128> Nigredo </FONT>