Coopers Original Pale Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Original Pale AleCoopers Original Pale Ale

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504 Ratings

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 16.98%
Wants: 8
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 03-27-2002

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Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best after 2/1/13.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, yeast, and some floral hop aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but pretty boring all around in my opinion.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LiamAhearn
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the missing styles which should have its own guidelines by which it is judged. I am reviewing this beer as an Australian Pale Ale as to judge it against the English Pale Ale guidelines does not do it justice.

A: As is my preference I roused the yeast before opening and pouring this beer. This is to bring out some of the more yeast derived flavors which can only come from the Coopers yeast. As such the appearance is a hazy golden straw colour with a rocky white head from zesty carbonation.

S: Fresh white bready malt aromas paired with spice, light pepper and pear notes that are inviting to the nose.

T: A light pale malt sweetness which finishes dry and lets a spicey bitterness shine through. Some bread like yeastiness in the middle but the carbonation level keeps this beer seeming lively.

M: As above this beer is fairly dry with a med-light body and a clean finish with some restrained bitterness. The yeast character also seems to give this beer a slight creamy softness which is why I prefer the Pale over the Sparking.

D: A very drinkable beer which can be enjoyed as a summer favorite lawnmower type beer. Thirst quenching and moreish.

This beer is an Australian classic and the Coopers Brewery is a National treasure. Thanks for the great work.



Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Kinda liked this one,the guy at the beer store said the bottle was sitting there for awhile but it held up great.Real hazy-orange color with a good head,smelled fresh and citriusy,body was a little thin to me for the style.Refreshing taste with some citrius-yeast note very easy to drink.I also think this would be a good warm weather ale.

Photo of RoyalT
2.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Light orange in color with a bit of sediment and a decent head.

Smell – This aroma is light, but it’s definitely filled with citrus orangey hops. There’s also a nice, firm, sugary malt base. Not bad.

Taste – This one crashed and burned at the taste. The malt structure fell apart, creating an absence of finish. This left the cheap flavors exposed (see below).

Mouthfeel – This one was strung out and flat, which made the flavors that much worst. It went from looking and smelling good to total disappointment.

Drinkability – I was able to finish this one, but it was very unpleasant and I will definitely not buy again.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
1.82/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

There is a thin, white head on this hazy gold beer. I can not stand the smell. It is awful. If smells like an awful potpourri of old diaper, band-aids, B.O., and general assiness. Terrible.

I taste, expecting maybe this sampole is spoiled, but it doesn't really seem so. I just get slightly skunky, old, noble hops, booze, soapiness, and a cracked grain finish. It's not doin much for me really and that smell is just horrendous. Drainpour.

Photo of mikechance
2.2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A ---- light and clear soft yellow, almost no head

S --- earthy and not much else. It really lacks any nose

T --- acid and flat/not much life too it/no strong presence of hops or malts

M --- low-medium body, lightly carbonated

O --- Boring and lacking. i'm not sure what the goal of this beer was, but it misses it on all fronts.

Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12.7 oz stubby brown bottle with a best before freshness date. Some sediment is noticeable on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Thin white lacing sticks well to the glass. I opted to leave the yeast in the bottle to leave some clarity in this pale golden bubbly brew.

Smell: Light lemony herbal hop, some doughy bread and nutty yeast in the nose.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Nice and neat bottle conditioned smoothness and crispness, fluffy medium body with a pale maltiness and slight buttery diacetyl on the palate. Hops drop a leveled bitterness and lemon / herbal flavor. Yeast is in the back with a fading graininess as well as a slow drying palate.

Drinkability & Notes: A decent pale, thankfully this is unfiltered and bottle conditioned and was able to retain a good amount of character. Not as good as the Sparkling Ale but something I’d definitely have again.

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.44/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah, Cooper's Pale. My old adversary. This one has been sitting and stewing for a while, I left it at my girlfriend's place and forgot about it.

*N.B. As this greatly affects the taste and mouthfeel, this bottle-conditioned beer was poured with all yeast sediment into the glass, because that's the way to drink it.

Appearance: Head retention not so good. Nice burnished nebulous hue of deep tangerine. Lacing's there too. Interesting cirro-stratus patterns on the headless surface.

Smell: Hard to put my finger on. Sounds funny but bubblegum is the first that comes to mind. Maybe some cereal grains. Possibly stone fruit - peach and maybe plum. Several things I haven't noticed before. Each bottle is substantially different - this one smells good!

Taste: Put against the floral EPAs like Landlord, James Squire Golden Ale and Mountain Goat Sparkling, it's not great, but it's satisfying in its own robust way. Bitter, real English-tasting hops, who knows what they are, though appropriately aleish. Tangy, ashy (possibly imparted by the flocculent yeast). Surprisingly lemony on the palate - this beer would meld better with a lemon in the neck than Corona, but I wouldn't be seen dead with a lemon in the neck of my beer! Besides, I'd be drinking it from a glass. How are you supposed to drink a beer with a lemon in its neck anyway?

Mouthfeel: A bit lightweight but OK. Nothing too distracting, and very like any other ale of this style.

Drinkability: Fairly light but dare I say it a little too bland for all-night consumption. But you could do worse, especially in Australia, the land that beer forgot (but is beginning to remember).
Good one.

Photo of zook74
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huh. Not impressed. This was my first from coopers and I'd be hard-pressed to pick up another of their brews, especially at the price I paid.

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass; palish, orangish bland straw...stuff.

Very average aroma and less than average flavor. Felt okay on the toungue and I could drink a few of 'em if I was just in the mood to get a buzz, but definitely wouldn't do so just for the taste.

Very unremarkable beer. It'll sit in the back of my fridge for a good long wile. Maybe I'll use it to steep some brats in. That might be something...

Photo of magictrokini
1.97/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yuck. I like pale ales, I like blond ales, and I even like unfiltered/bottle conditioned ales (i.e. AleSmith Extra Pale). This beer tastes like none of the above. Its almost as if it was pre-skunked. Pours cloudy copper with plenty of floaties. Stinky nose of sour fruit and malt. Dry, harsh grainy taste with fruity hops that I can't quite place. Sour, not bitter, aftertaste. Keep this down-under, mate.

Photo of JoshJ
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As one of my staples in the realm of my homeland, I was reluctant look this up to see the reviews it had received, but looking at the others results, I think most people have a very accurate idea about what this beer is all about.

It appears nice with a tiny bit of sediment which adds to the flavour.

It smells like a yeasty pale ale should, and tastes very similar. On the palate its a thirst quenching drink which can be consumed in some quantity.

Overall it is one of the better mass produced Australian beers. If you do plan to come to Australia, this should be a good place to start your tour of what is on offer!

Photo of david_b
2.27/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I'm sorry but this is Something like a a plain light beer, nothing of a pale ale.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.09/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

We've got a gusher folks! Yellow appearance and crap in the beer. Not much of a discernable aroma.

Taste was just carbonation and corn. Very light mouthfeel, no hops. Might as well call this Coors Light or Foster's. And its expensive. Forget you! There just wasn't any redeeming quality in this beer.

Photo of ADR
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow (quite light), dark yeasty chunks in the bottle-conditioned style. Decent body in the head. Tangy aroma. Flavor has decent hop/malt balance, mostly a mild flowery hop impression in mid mouth, but far from overpowering. OK beer in most aspects, not complex but with subdued impressions of both malts and hops in the British style. A little chalkiness in the mouth, though.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy golden orange tint with a nice creamy textured white head, no lacing forms on this one. Aroma: A slight citrus note here a bit zesty with deep bready malt tones heavy sediment as well adds to the breadiness I speak of. Taste: A mild biscuit sweetness with some balancing light hops main component here is the yeast and malt tones providing for a bready finish and overall profile in the flavor. Mouthfeel: Somewhat of a residual texture that coats the tongue not bad at all very nice crisp tone brought on by the medium body and mild carbonation. Drinkability: Not crazy but solid ale from Austrailia just glad to see another brand other than Foster's on American shores.

Photo of roggia
2.16/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beer with yellow liquid and with good foaming with good duration. The foam is white and the last drops beer made ​​from this slightly brown foam. Malt aroma. In taste the bitterness of the hops leaving a bitter aftertaste and fast. Light beer good drinkability. Good for summer.

Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank entirely too much of this way back when for a semester so when I saw a single on the shelf at Green's on Ponce I had to pick it up.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of nondescript light fruits with grainy pale malts and mild leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells however the malts hold a bit more sway. Rustic pale malt flavors up front with leafy hop flavors joining in shortly. Midway through the sip hints of nondescript light fruit make an appearance. A solidly bitter ending finishes things off.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a moderate thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Call me biased but I could have a few of these.

Overall I remember it being more flavorful when I was halfway around the world and I'm sure it loses at least a little bit of flavor when it's not fresh. Not one to seek out but not a terrible option.

Photo of rastaman
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A good beer, but i guess its not my style, kind of reminded me of Bass, but a mile better, very drinkable in summer, refreshing and slightly fruity.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a short strange) best after 19 may 09
A- This beer has a crystal clear golden yellow with a slight orange hue with the second pour becoming a bit hazy. There is a fizzy white head that soon disappears and a slow carbonation of tiny carbonation.
S- Soft faint pale malt hint with a strange but faint bitter hops.
T- soft green hops note leads to a slightly bigger hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers soft but is bitter like dandelions.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight little fizz finish.
D- There is no depth just a pungent bitterness from the hops and no real malt flavors.

Photo of biboergosum
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle, on the patio at the new Aussie-themed pub on Whyte Avenue.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with two skinny fingers of weakly puffy, foamy, and somewhat soapy dirty white head, which leaves a little bit of coral reef lace around the glass, as well as some swirling, upwardly mobile visible effervescence.

It smells mildly of pale grainy malt, a hint of stale orchard fruit, and tame herbal, weedy hops. The taste is dry, gritty, and somewhat crackery pale malt, a stoney flintiness, and bitter grassy, weedy, and herbal hops.

The carbonation is rather high, with a tight, almost prickly high palate frothiness, the body a timid medium-light weight, and a bit on the thin side, with little to recommend it as smooth. It finishes quite dry, with a sort of mineral cleanliness.

Not bad, but not really a pale ale in bearing, there's just no sweetness to the malt, and that becomes a drag after a short while. Dryness usually has lots to recommend it, but it must be used much more deftly than it is here. One and done, I'm afraid.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cooper's Original Pale Ale

Appearance- Tangerine orange with a thin head.
Smell- weak yet a slight citrus flavor. Light malt.
Taste- watery. Smooth malt.

Overall- not a bad beer, not something good either. A definite out of the Aussie Macro's and if I can find it cheap enough an excellent chugging, or Beirut beer!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz screw-top brown bottle:

* this is there Pale ale which is strange because the "sparkling ale" is listed as an English pale ale as well. which seems strange.

AP: a cloudy, sediment filled (which you can choose to filter out) plae golden color with a minimal 1/4" white head.

Nose: Very herbal with sour-corn scented yeast, earthy hop, mild wheat malt scent way down deep.

Flavor: a thin wheat-malted flavor with herbal and sour yeast notes with the earthy but WAY to subtle hop finish.

Feel: light bodied, grainy but crisp.

DA: not to shabby concidering this stuff travels a long way.

Photo of Daniell
2.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: few fingers of head, nice pale ale colour, some sediment. Completely appropriate for the style.

S: the nose for me is very faint. Hops, sourness, yeast. Apple, apple peel. Creaminess. Not unpleasant.

T: has some nice albeit light bitterness kinda reminiscent of a german beer. Also very faint fruity taste. Not much here, truth be told.

M: Could do with more carbonation. I don't particularly like the mouthfeel either in fact.

D: Low alcohol and low flavor so yeah, drinkable, although I wouldn't be bothered having more than one because I don't enjoy it enough.

Photo of Bcant
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottled conditioned ale poured with a large white head with lackluster retention. Straw colored and very hazy, I left about ½ in the bottle but a fair amount of sentiment made it to my glass anyway.

The nose has lots of citrus, with some hints of spice. Lemon zest dominates the flavor which stats with some grains, finishes with some hops but keeps the citrus going the whole time. Nice mouthfeel, soft and even on the palate with delicate carbonation.

Note: The beer is marked best before 21-09-07 which leads me to believe two tings. One, that it is not very old (since there is a lot of shelf life ahead) so unless the shipping was traumatic, my bottle should be pretty much what it is supposed to taste like. Two, Coopers thinks their beers (even bottled conditioned ones) keep longer than they probably do.

Photo of tweeder263
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazy gold brew with one finger head that dissipates quiickly,highly carbonated.Has a bit of yeasty estery smell to it,,kinda lika a belgian.Taste hmmm,,mild,,a bit dry,,lightly hopped.Not bad,,not one i would crave either. Mouthfeel is ok,,drinkability is ok also i dont know if i could totally session this beer. Definitely worth a try but i wouldnt buy a case.

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Coopers Original Pale Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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