Little Creatures Single Batch The Big Dipper

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


on tap


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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 cant help it. Were addicted to fresh hops. So, its no surprise that for our next Single Batch release we couldnt 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 whos been sipping on wort lately probably wouldnt be all that delicious but lets not let the truth get in the way of a good story) Weve 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 didnt 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 its 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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Navarre (11) - - NOV 3, 2011
first opening this beer its aroma was amazing. i had little hints of citrus fruits mixed with a delicate summer style fruit then the hops bleed through. tast was very diffrent to the smell you get a amazing hoppy taste with every mouth full becoming more taste involved. this single batch is awesome

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gav12c (119) - Wollongong, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2012
got lucky and found a couple at dan murphys today.pours a beutiful golden colour with a thick white head that leaves some impressive lacing. aroma is lots of fruit peach,passionfruit and a little citrus with some sweet malts in the background. tastes even better than it smells with plenty of fruity and earthy hops without an unpleasent bitterness, all backed up by plenty of malty of my favourite IPAs, just wish they would do it again.

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (5524) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2011
568ml bottle. This one is right up there amongst the great North American double IPAs 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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (2072) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle at Blackheart&Sparrows. Great mix of flavours. Aromas of caramel, butter, and grass. Taste is sweet, with sour and bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is velvety, and almost creamy. Amber, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dervock (1151) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M_Jager (106) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2011
Great beer. Smelt fruity but the taste was different, more hops. It was forgiving for the 7.8%, I didnt even notice the alcohol. A great beer, definitely my favourite little creatures effort so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. By far my favourite little creatures beer. Aromas full of lychee, grapefruit, pine and tropical hops. Huge tropical fruit hop presence! Taste is a tropical fruit bowl with a caramel malt backing. Nice long crisp bitterness. Don't notice the 7.8%. Massive beer love this! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (1440) - 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 its 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.

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