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Wednesday
Sep252013

LITTLE CREATURES IPA

Little Creatures IPA. There has been an air of excited anticipation around the release of this beer, Little Creatures’ first new permanent release to hit the shelves since 2006.

Beer nerds everywhere have been debating: will it be like the previous Single Batch IPA or more recent hoppy Single Batch releases such as the Shepherd's Delight? Or something less exciting like a slightly hoppier version of the pale ale or just plain ordinary like the Celebration Ale?

The brewers are tight lipped on the specs other than it is 60 IBU and 6.4% ABV. I’m sure, down the track, what hops they used will become public knowledge. Disappointingly, it has been released in wanky four packs rather than a six pack. It’s the first of their range to be released in this format. Hopefully it’s not a sign of things to come.

It looks like the pale with a citrus, tropical and slight pine aroma. Caramel malt flavour upfront leading into citrus, tropical, and stonefruit hop flavours followed by a bit of a pine and weed-like aftertaste. The weedy tobacco aftertaste is probably as a result of dry hopping. It has a moderately bitter finish which is in the middle of the spectrum for an American IPA. Little Creatures are very good at creating balanced beers so the 60 IBU is kept in check with a decent dose of malt. It’s neither bitter nor sweet it’s somewhere in the middle.

This beer is in a similar vein to their pale ale in that that it’s refreshing and flavoursome. No doubt hopheads will complain its lacking hop flavour and bitterness. There are already plenty of beers out there that tick those boxes if strong hop flavours and high levels of bitterness float your boat. It’s a bit like eating an apple and expecting an orange.

This beer would be a good stepping if you’re starting to get into hoppy beers and are keen to delve into the world of American IPAs.

 

8/10

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