highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2006
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
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 (1934) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2007
Hop malt aroma with fruit. Clear amber colour with good head and lacing. Sweet malt hop flavour. Fizzy palate. nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2008
Pours a light golden colour with a low head. Light malt with some fruit on the nose, flavour has wheat malt and citrus. Medium bodied with a slight bitter finish. Rangi (672) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2012
Not a bad bright ale. Nice, refreshing and crisp is awesome on an especially hot night.
northropfrye (3593) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 7, 2012
I should have ordered the LC Pale Ale. Oh well. Kind of generically sweet tasting. Not too complex. varanid99 (1212) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2012
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 (24739) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Bottle at Beervana. Clear yellow color, small white head. Aroma of subtle pepper. Taste starts sweet then peppery hops. Simple. bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2006
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.
Lilith (242) - Santiago, CHILE - AUG 18, 2006
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>
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