Total Score: 6.95/10
Little Creatures has fast become a favourite Aussie brewer of mine [wait till you get to the Feral Hop Hog me of 3 years ago!] and befitting this accolade I now bring a review of the Little Creatures Bright Ale.
Poured from a 568ml pint bottle into a 500ml Stein glass (yes it all fits thanks to the ridiculous head room the Germans put on their glasses).
A: Purest of pure gold body. Clear. The head started out as white and 0.5cm and soon left nothing but a ring of lacing. 6/10.
S: Similar to the Hop Rocker by Mac’s (a NZ brewery, I already reviewed Hop Rocker aiight). There is a strong presence of earthy, herbaceous hops with undertones of nutty malts… nice and suits the style well. 7/10.
T: It’s the same in the flavour department – nutty malt base with a nice earthy, herbaceous hop finish… good but nowhere near as interesting and complex as the Pale Ale and as a result I’m left both a) wanting, and b) wishing I had just bought a Pale Ale instead. It’s almost as if this Ale is their “B” grade brew to their awesome Pale Ale. 7/10.
M: Ticks all the boxes of an Ale; carbonation – minimal, tick, body – medium, tick, texture – slight oiliness, tick… Nothing out of place here. 7/10.
D: Yeah it’s drinkable, but so is the Pale Ale, which is a much better beer at the same price. I can see the niche for Roger’s (which is a damn fine mid-strength Ale) but I’m not sure why Little Creatures even sell this when their single batch brews kick ass over this and are only made once… go figure. 7/10.
Food match: I would normally say a curry but you wouldn’t taste this beer after a curry so I’ll say something traditionally Australian (i.e. English): Lamb chops, roast vegetables and mint sauce.