I wanted to kick it all off with a classic beer. If you haven’t run into this one, you haven’t been going to the right places. Maybe you should try a little closer to the centre of your nearest capital city (or check the links)? Anyway, if its bypassed you but somehow you’ve made it to this blog, Little Creatures has been one of the mainstays of the local craft brewing industry since its founding in 2000.
I haven’t been drinking that long, so my first experience with it that I can remember was in ’10 when I started visiting the Archive. It must have been too big a hit with the hipster crowd. The beer is no longer a mainstay on the taps that it once was and perhaps its suffering from “I used to like it before it was mainstream” syndrome. That’s a shame because it is an excellent beer and one I can sit on for an indefinite period. The word “indefinite” here meaning until I need to speak to Ralph on the big white phone.
Putting technicolour yawning to one side, the Little Creatures Pale Ale (from Wikipedia)
…is an American Pale Ale brewed with Cascade (aroma) and Chinook (bittering) whole hop flowers, self-propagated yeast with a secondary bottle fermentation, and Australian malts.
The aroma is a touch sweet but the floral Cascade hops drives the smell. The first taste reveals an overwhelming floral flavour provided by the same. As it moves over the tongue, the bitterness typical of American Pale Ales is appreciable – thanks Chinook hops.
The finish is a dry taste but not dehydrating, which lends to its sessionable quality. The other ancillaries are there too. The colour is an appealing golden hue. The beer is clear. The bubbles are well proportioned and the head is white and long lived.
In short, this is a fucking delicious and attractive beer. It has been and will continue to be the foundation of some very good nights for yours truly and I hope it will do the same for you too.
- Genre: Pale ale
- Regionality: Fremantle, WA
- Strength: 5.2%
- Rating: 3 / 3 taste + 2 / 2 ancillaries = 5 / 5
- Plus: Quality beer that’s widely available
- Minus: The only downside is that this is so familiar now