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Little Creatures Single Batch The Big Dipper

Formerly brewed at Little Creatures Brewing (Lion Co.)
Style: Imperial IPA
Fremantle, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
We just canít help it. Weíre addicted to fresh hops. So, itís no surprise that for our next Single Batch release we couldnít wait to make a massive hop fueled double IPA.... The Big Dipper.
When 215kg of fresh hops arrived at the brewery it took us all a little while to collect ourselves. Columbus, Cascade, Chinook, Stella, Centennial, Citra and Simcoe...mmmm.... we were like a bunch of kids in a hop flavoured candy store! (which on second thoughts and for anyone whoís been sipping on wort lately probably wouldnít be all that delicious but letís not let the truth get in the way of a good story) Weíve thrown a heap of these hops at this beer throughout the brewing process to create a big, double IPA full of flavour. Of course it didnít take long till we started calling it the Big DIPA and when we realised there were seven stars in the constellation and seven hop varieties going into this bad boy the name just stuck. As for the technical stuff itís about the biggest charge of hops ever seen in the Creatures brewhouse and has ended up with an IBU of 55, a EBC of 24 and a massive alcohol percentage of 7.8%. One for the true hopheads for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (5226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2011
568ml bottle. This one is right up there amongst the great North American double IPAís Solid in the glass with a weighty looking deep amber colour and aromas that leap out of the glass. Fills the mouth with flavour. Creamy smooth texture with a long piney aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cayleystheorem (3) - USA - OCT 28, 2011 does not count
Poured from the bottle, consumed two weeks after release. Overall, this is a well rounded, malty DIPA. The beer pours a very clear golden yellow with white head on the thin side. The aroma is my favorite part. There is certainly a lot of hop character -- the Columbus and Simcoe stand out -- but the round toffee malt is in perfect balance. The beer also presents other hop aromas such as citris and rosewater. The taste is also respectable, but much less malty that the aroma would suggest. The hops really lead the show here with a vegetable (maybe capsicum) chewiness presented up front followed with a nice citris bite. The hop spice can be found pulling a bit of the alcohol flavor out. The malt is really never at the center of the taste, but it seems totally content acting as a substrate for the hops. It does, however, keep the beer from seeming too bitter. The body is medium/heavy with a bit of stickiness towards the end of the sip, but overall it is quite appropriate for this style of beer. I also found the carbonation about right. The maltiness is only apparent in the finish, which I would describe as a butterscotch hop candy. Overall, this is a well made, balanced Double IPA. While not as hoppy as its American bretheren, this beer is still clearly about the hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2011
Clear copper golden body with short lasting head. Passion fruit on the aroma, a little grapefruit coming through in the taste, not a lot of bitterness and didnít really pick up on the alcohol but pretty easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mjollnir (398) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2011
Draught at All Bar Nun. Pours clear gold with a medium white head that slowly settles. Fresh aroma of citrus and pine, a little tropical, slightly malty. Mild sweetness, medium level bitterness that is slightly harsh but still reasonably clean and fruity. Light-medium bodied, average carbonation, fairly smooth with a lingering hoppy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dervock (1007) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle - When I opened the bottle I took a quick whiff and the first thing thta can to mind was the gin botanicals! Pours a pale copper with next to no head. massive aroma of flowery hops and sweet caramel, some orange citrus as well. Very rich and full on the palate. The hops come through nicely along with the caramel malt. the finish is dry and lingering. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3484) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours clear yellow-orange with a small , dense white head. Awesome lacing surrounds my glass. Nose is tropical fruits with a touch of sourness running through it - tangerine, mango with a finish of grapefruit. Taste reminds me a little of Hopwired. Tropical/stone fruits surround the palate. Starts out with apricot and mango, slight melon through the middle, a big finish of strong grapefruit. Quite mild and a little sweet for a double ipa but it works very well. Makes me want to come back for more. Deceptive abv. Fantastic beer and hard to believe it has come out of Creatures. Shits all over Hop Zombie

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3544) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle. Clear orangish amber with a large white head. Aroma of grapefruit and other citrus, nectarines, passionfruit. Slightly oily mouthfeel, rather lowish carbonation. Taste is slightly sweet with some stone fruit and biscuit, light tropical and heavier citrus flavours, before solid bitterness. Dry finish with aromatics returning to linger after being partially obscured in the gulp.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (1394) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2011
From a 568ml bottle on 25/10/2011. Pours a clear light golden with a small head. Has a lovely floral, tropical fruit (particularly passionfruit) aroma. Flavour wise, you get orange, marmalade and a bit of grapefruit. It has a solid hop presence, though itís quite subdued for something described as a DIPA. This is a very enjoyable beer, and quite quaffable. Strikes me as being more of a standard IPA than a double/imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle,from the Brewery, Fremantle Bright Coppery/golden limited and quickly dissipating white head, Lovely citrus adn tropcial furiot noce with nice bright light malts, Body is quite thin making it quaffable, with excellent complex hop flavours from citrus to tropical and grassy, with a definite hint of alcohol crisp and sharp dry finich, perfect spring beer. reminds me of Epic Hop Zombie

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2011
Pours a nice copper with a head similar to the pale ale. Tropical fruits and hopy resin on the nose, a big citrus/resin flavour hit perfectly balanced with malt i cant believe this one is 7.8%. Its only 55 IBU which is low for an imperial but wow i would not change that at all, little creatures has done it again!

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