Little Creatures Single Batch Brown Ale

Formerly brewed at Little Creatures Brewing (Lion Co.)
Style: Brown Ale
Fremantle, Australia


on tap


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Following on from the India Pale Ale earlier in the year, us brewers have been debating what to do next. The result of these passionate discussions our version of a Brown Ale! For this one we focused on Australian hops, in particular Tasmanian Hallertau and Cascade, Topaz and Galaxy, which have been added in four additions in the brewing process early and late kettle, whirlpool and hopback. The result a beer with a fantastic hop aroma combined with a punchy bitterness. There is plenty of malt in the back to balance out the hops including pale ale, munich, crystal, rye and roast malt. 5.4% alcohol.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (2365) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2010
568mL pint bottle. Deep amber body with small beige foam persisting. Quite a mild aroma; subtle yet complex. Resiny hops, fruity lime, bit of tropical fruit (pineapple maybe?). Toffee malt in the background, a hint of chocolate and bread dough. Texture has a distinct husky dryness about it, some sweetness adds body with a medium carbonation. Decidely spicy flavour of medium intensity. Burnt caramel, rye bread, cocoa combine well with resinous hops with notes of tobacco leaf, tomato stalk, orange rind and guava. Bitterness is oddly subdued considering the hop intensity, drying rye-spice finish. Quite a different offering from these boys. Very well made and hoppy, like their legendary pale ale, but somewhat understated in comparison, with a complex malt backbone. Enjoyable, in a unique sort of way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (2079) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Tap. Great brown ale. Aromas of caramel, toast, cola, and grass, Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long finish. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Brown, with a frothy white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2010
pours a deep clear brown with an average off white head. roasted malts with a really tasty caramel malt on the finish. quite a tasty drop

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jade (434) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2010
Cracking looking beer, beautiful dark amber colouring, with a biege head and a moderate carbonation. Aroma is a sweet barley. Smooth to the taste, and leaves a sour aftertaste. If it has a bad note, it is very, VEY bitter on the after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rocket39 (16) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2010
pours a copper brown colour with a nice cream/off-white head. a malty/, nutty taste with hoppy bitterness after taste. not a big fan of brown ale especially the UK ones but i really enjoyed drinking this version from the little creatures boys

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2010
Tried a few pints on tap at L/C and some pint bottles at home. Clear light reddy brown body with short head. Picked up on the hops more from the tap version with the caramel and crystal showing from the bottle, I have drunk a few of these now and dont mind drinking plenty more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2010
Boitle thanks to Owen. Borwn ale is one of my favourite styles so I am really keen to give this one a go. Pours a great copperish brown with a decent white head. A little lacing as this one falls away. Aromas are dominated by the citrus / tropical fruit aromas of the hops. Heaps of mango coming through. Some dark caramel and a little toasted malts, but the hops most definately dominate. Not your typical brown ale I guess. Whilst the aromas are reasonably good, I find the flavours a little muddled. To my palate the sweetness of the malt does not really work with the flavours coming through from the hops. And whilst the bitterness is there at the finish it is not as aggresive as I thought nor does it seem to sit well with the rest of the beer. Palate is a little thin. For me a dark pale ale if that is possible rather than a brown ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2687) - JAPAN - JUL 2, 2010
Well its a dark malts little creatures pale..I guess thats what we expected in the end. Nose is chocolate and citrus. In the mouth it is well bodied and light chocolate with the same kind of bitter, muddled finish the IPA had. Decent drinking, but not worth the $9 they are charging at some places in QLD!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2010
Bottle. Clear brownish amber pour with a creamy off-white head that lasts a while. Aroma is equal parts resiny hops and nutty, caramelly malt. Flavour is pretty similar; the hops are still resiny but slightly fruitier, with hints of passionfruit and lemon, while the nuttiness from the malt comes through quite strongly. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with moderate carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. Not a bad brown ale, a little rich but easy to drink. Its nice to see Little Creatures broadening their horizons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (3817) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2010 Tap. Served insanely cold, left to warm to around 10C. Clear mid-brown with a light beige head. Aroma of caramel, grass and pears. Sweet and rather simple caramel backed with a grassy/ earthy bitterness that lingered. [3.1] ------- Bott 11C. Liked the hop aroma a bit better this time - theres a bit of resin as well as grass. The malt side too shows a bit more complexity with some tropical fruit as well as big caramel. Doesnt really go, though.

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