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Brewed by Little Creatures Brewing
Style: American Pale Ale
Fremantle, Australia

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RATINGS: 599   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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We love our Pale Ale. Many of us from the brewery have made pilgrimages around the world in search of great varieties of this wonderful style. Surprisingly, there are no great secrets to brewing this type of ale but there are most definitely no great shortcuts. Bag loads of Cascade and Galaxy whole hop flowers that we source direct from hop growers in Victoria, Tassie and the US are thrown at this beer, creating an intense citrus and grapefruit aroma and flavour that we balance with a careful selection of specialty malts and a local pale malt made to our own specifications. Preservative and additive free our Pale Ale is live-yeast conditioned in bottles and kegs for unmatched freshness and character. From brewing to release, a batch of pale ale takes about six weeks, allowing for two weeks conditioning in the bottle after packaging. No artificial additives are included, just great ingredients. Pour it into a glass to enjoy it at its best! The beer’s character is driven by the use of fresh whole hop flowers. Hop Flowers are carefuly selected that are bursting with aroma and contain all the essential oils and acids that deliver an uniqe flavour experience. Drink a few pints of this beer and you’ll soon become one of us…a certified "hophead" craving those crisp citrus flavours of grapefruit and passionfruit and maybe a bit of honey, all backed up with a good balance of bitterness. If you’re wondering what on earth malt or hops actually are then click on the two hop characters to the left and find out more. It’s not just the hops that make Little Creatures Pale Ale what it is though. Selected malts are kilned in small batches to our specifications and are used exlusively in our pale ale. Two different yeasts are used to both ferment and bottle condition the beer. The latest technology and equipment is used to maintain absolute quality control and one of the main ingredients in the pale ale has got to be the amount of passion that it takes to produce a seriously good beer...we live for it! From brewing to release, a batch of pale ale takes about six weeks, allowing for two weeks conditioning in the bottle after packaging. No artificial preservatives or additives are included, just great ingredients.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2463) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
Murky gold in colour, slight sediment. Aroma is of citrus, with mild hops. Flavour of pine, earthy, peppery. Finishes with medium bitterness and slight sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11913) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2003
(WCC2003) Light hazy golden body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet pine, fruity. Taste is passionfruit, pine, medium sweet. Light-medium body, medium crisp. Pleasant beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4720) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
(Bottle) Grapefruit nose with full-on passion fruit. Orange-amber body and white head. Delicious passion flavour. Gorgeous. Finishes slightly tart. Thanks Ol_Juntan for bringing this...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2003
The Little Creatures brewery is in Fremantle W.A just 20Km south west of Perth. They only make 3 brews at present, with the 3rd one being a light beer, so will never rate a mention here. This pale ale however is an award winner. It is light straw in colour with medium sized bubbles. It has tart bitterness with a refreshing sweet bouquet, which may be honeydew. A pint will set you back $6.50

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2003
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 This is a magnificent beer, but not one to be thrown down quickly. Big on taste, you coud do far, far worse than to grab a six-pack of this stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5361) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 July, 2003: Bottle. Gift from Duff. Divine orange flowers aroma - like walking through an orange grove in spring time; there’s a light breeze coming up from the ocean, and there’s dirty straw and rabbit droppings underfoot. Next to the orange grove is a fresh mown field, in which sits a farm worker who has just made a cup of Earl Grey tea. The beer tastes fresh and fruity, with tannics clinging to all surfaces of the mouth. Very tasty. [3.6]
Dec, 2004: Head to head with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale reveals just how much of a clone this is, and how well the Aussies copied the original. In this blind tasting the Aussie beer nudged ahead purely on freshness - it was 5 months younger than the Nevada. [3.4]

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
philb (20) - Wangaratta, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2003 My brain hurts. Not from too much of this beer, but from trying to guess which fruit and spice overtones make up this complex gift from West Aus. ecz did hit the nail on the head (definitely lychees - maybe with a touch of grapefruit). The hops are perfection. Not too much of a bitter aftertaste. Downside... (and probably not possible with this type of beer) is the quickly disappearing head. Hope a few more Americans can try this for a more even judgment. Re-rate: No change for ratings, but I gave a bottle to the local pub guys to try. They (both} said it smelled like perfume and tasted like s**t. This has left me doubting my good taste!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13185) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Slightly hazy, lots of carbo. Big fruity aroma. Crisp, moderate bitterness. A bit chewy and the hops are akin to a fresh, flowery cascade. Nicely balanced. Good sessioning beer.

Original rating: Hazy light tan. Fruit (honeydew, grapefruit) and well-done biscuits. Lemony, citric bitterness, fine balance with pale malts. American pale as it’s meant to be - like Full Sail Amber - only made in Oz. 7 3 8 4 16 = 3.8

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MCARIDI (1) - Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2003 does not count
That citrus-bitter flavor that only little creatures has... mmmm, this one is my favorite by a mile.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maestro (36) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2003 How wrong can I be. I rated this beer when it first appeared on the Oz maket and found it to be crap. I have re-visited it after a tasting at the International Beer Awards and WOW. This little ale is magnificent. Full bodied, golden, great hops and malt balance, beautiful hops aroma and easy to drink. Just fantastic.


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