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Coopers Original Pale Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

Coopers Original Pale AleCoopers Original Pale Ale

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397 Ratings

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 16.77%

Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 03-27-2002)
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Photo of dansmcd


3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Looks like a witbier, cloudy and very pale with a finger of dense creamy clean white head, followed by some subdued sheet lacing.

S - Faint grassy hops and distant stonefruit, low malts.

T - Soft hops note leads to a slight bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and decent carbonation.

O - Fairly low profile pale ale, nothing spectacular but drinkable when faced with lesser alternatives.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 00:12:51 | More by dansmcd
Photo of jjkatter


3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

served on tap in pub in Singleton, NSW...

A- golden amber (mostly golden) in color with slight head and fair carbonation.

S- nice hoppy aroma. Slight citrus notes.

T- a nice upgrade from the typical lager-only offerings of most pubs in the area. Hoppy and flavorful with a dryish finish. Drinkable.

MF- medium body with fair amount of carbination and dryish finish. Nice

O- with lager being nearly the only option at most pubs of the area, its nice to find something to revive a guy from a boredom induced coma. There are better examples of Oz Pale Ale, but there are worse too. This is worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 04:08:52 | More by jjkatter
Photo of laituegonflable


2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale straw colour with odd green tinge to it, mostly just from the thick organic haze throughout the body. Bead is slow but very prolific. Head is white, tight, hangs around. Pretty good, but has that look of chemical enhancement. Flaws add character; nowhere is this truer than in the look of a beer.

Smell is mostly organic and bitter, plenty of dry aroma with straw, soil and starchy notes. Slight green apple touch and perhaps some tobacco. Pretty dour and non-uplifting smell.

Taste is bland from the get-go, organic and soil-esque with notes of steamed greens, grass and cardboard. POR bitterness reaches an apex of off-putting grittiness midway with a slight metallic flavour. Finish has a real cloying yeast note to it - not overblown but definitely a duff note as far as smooth enjoyment goes. It's not really an offensive palate because it's all organic form the ingredients used, but the flavours just aren't pleasant, certainly can't love this.

Lots of fizz for the texture that really seems out of place in an ale. Bland, thin body. It's a lager texture, not very good.

Bland, and at times unenjoyable, this is a very meh drop of ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 05:15:00 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of heygeebee


3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the local RSL. The first time I have decided to review it, as finally they have turned the fridge down in the chiller room so the beer isn't served with ice floating in it.

A one finger head doesn't hang around too long, and the body is clearer than when poured from the bottle. Some malty aromas, but not much else. It's still served too cold for that.

Taste is quite smooth, some malts, and only moderate hop bitterness to offset. Easy drinking without blanding-out.

Prefer out of bottle, actually. More complex.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2011 05:01:36 | More by heygeebee
Photo of dgilks


3.83/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a moderately hazy light gold colour with a moderate white head. Fair retention and good lacing.

Mild malt aroma with some fruitiness.

Crisp, clean malt with moderate bitterness and classic fruit esters. Tasty.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A classic Aussie Pale Ale with plenty to like.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2011 01:55:53 | More by dgilks
Photo of drtth


4.08/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken on a recent trip to Sydney.

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a slightly cloudy pale straw yellow with a ¼" white head that persists a while but recedes steadily and leaves some scattered lacing. By the end of the beer the lacing is gone.

Smell: The aroma has nice light pale malt character with touches of floral hops and a wee bit of lemony citrus in it.

Taste: The flavors are fresh, clean and in good balance. As expected from the nose there are touches of pale malt sweetness counterpointed by light lemon zest and floral hop notes that permeate the flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with fine persistent carbonation. Finish is medium to short in length with some moderate dryness and a lightly bittered ending.

Drinkability: While in Sydney I've had this several times both from the bottle and on tap. I'm only reviewing this on tap since that is where it shows best. Also based on the bottles I've had in Sydney, I'm suspecting that the subtle flavors involved here simply don't stand up well to being bottled and shipped great distances. The beer when fresh is lightly crisp, quite refreshing to drink and a great option when out for an evening with friends.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 12:04:29 | More by drtth
Photo of Stavage


3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy bubbly lacy degrades fast into a thin lacing. Otherwise a very clear pale amber drop.

The maltiness here has a bready sourdough nature, though far less obvious than its big brother Sparkling. Bit of a citric touch and some herbal hops as well.

That bready sourdough smell comes through in the flavour, again pales (no pun intended) next to the Sparkling Ale. The lemon citric taste is there as well. The bitterness is well balanced. Very faint yeast and grain taste there too.

Crisp and well carbonated but a bit thin too.

One of the more common ales to be found at your average pub. Used to be my mainstay but recently James Squire Golden Ale has taken over as the beer I drink when I can't see anything better on offer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 10:45:21 | More by Stavage
Photo of MiScusi


2.5/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ.
Pours a hazy straw color, half a finger of head with not much retention on the pour. Taste is like a mildly sweeter, fruity corona or something. Very very grainy, not a flavor I would like to enjoy often. Very fizzy mouthfeel, harsh.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 15:32:33 | More by MiScusi
Photo of Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the decent brews largely available in Australia, where I was in the inland of NSW so a bit remote. This one is pretty good. Really fresh taste, easy to drink,good looking and much better in my taste than the other available. Try it on tap. its worth it.
not a gold winning, but still good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2009 07:41:13 | More by Otterburn
Photo of TubaManJack


3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- A grapefruit gold/copper body capped by a limited head. Moderately heavy carbonation and yes some particulates floating, but not quite unfiltered.
Smell- Limited citrus hops and a small sweet malt. Its quite toned down.
Taste- Somewhat grapefrutiy at the start with some bitterness at the back end. The malt doesn't really provide a counter balance. The aftertaste fads rather unexpectedly for an EPA.
Mouthfeel- Smooth and slick. The carbonation excites the tounge.
Wow I had quite a different experience than the rest of you bottle drinkers. I am sorry, but its a nice sessionable PA. Great with a fish n'chips or back deck beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 08:11:05 | More by TubaManJack
Photo of Tang07


4.35/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff is WAY better on tap than in a bottle.

After spending a few months down under, it's one of my favorite beers.

It is cloudier on tap and has a much fresher taste.

The beer comes in a pint or pitcher a very foggy golden color.
it smells of hops with light malt.

it tastes fresh and hoppy, (but not super strong if you're into that)

The carbonation is very good, lots of small bubbles. Very drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2007 20:20:57 | More by Tang07
Photo of rec


3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It's almost too cloudy and not the best looker, but remains my favourite beer in the Coopers range.

Like the Sparkling Ale, it's malt-heavy and intentionally lacks complexity. While being slightly overcarbonated, it's a drink perfect for sessions and as far as reputation is concerned has become an Australian icon.

Due to its well-priced nature, it's extremely popular and something I'll continue to buy despite far superior imports.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2007 09:44:06 | More by rec
Photo of DaveFL1976


3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hard Rock Café Melbourne AU 2005-08-18
A cloudy ale, similar in looks to a wheat beer with a bright white head that likes to stick to the side of the glass. Not a whole lot of smell. Faint hops and a sweet malt smell. Not nearly the citrus smell as its Sparkling Ale brother. Taste is nice and crisp. Nothing at all offensive about this beer, but it won’t knock your socks off, either. A good summer session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2005 10:15:54 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of goodbyesoberday


3.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An opaque cloudiness that I like and is part of its charm and identity, though not to some people's liking.

Aroma primarily bready with some slight hint of fruit as well as grass if the beer is fresh.

Mouthfeel is good for a beer with a finishing gravity of 1.003.

Do not expect any level of bitterness from this, there is just enough to complement the malt, which is also subdued.

It is not a good beer to follow on from big beers, unless you are suffering from palate fatigue and need a refresher. It is, however, a good beer to choose from the tap when you are limited in your other choices. Hold it up to other mainstream australian tap beers and it an excellent session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2005 05:55:14 | More by goodbyesoberday
Photo of tone77


3.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12.7 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, actually a bit skunky. Taste is grains, mild hops, a bit of malts, refreshing but not exactly flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is OK, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 21:55:07 | More by tone77
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12.7oz bottle into 16oz Roanoke College branded tumbler pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden in color with a medium-sized white head that looks a bit thin and dissipates quickly yielding only a bit of thin, bubbly lace.

Smell: Buttery with slight herbal and citric notes.

Taste: Begins sweet and lemony, rounding out to a bready flavor. Finish is nutty and a tad earthy before rounding out to more citric notes.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with light carbonation and a watery finish.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but nothing too exciting either. I wouldn't seek this beer out again, but I wouldn't be opposed to drinking it again, either.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 22:17:29 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of clarknova


1.48/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

poured from a 375ml bottle

a - cloudy, dirty yellow with almost no head

s - almost nothing, slightly slightly maltly

t - little sour, little malty, no aftertaste at all

m - like sour sparkling water

o - what the ... was that? just awful or did I get a bad bottling?

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 10:13:11 | More by clarknova
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 03:30:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of roggia


2.15/5  rDev -32%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 00:47:07 | More by roggia
Photo of FLima


3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with a fluffy head with low retention. Gets hazy when the residual yeast is poured with lots of floating particles.
Refreshing aroma of sweet pale malt and herbal hops. Later got some oranges.
Flavor is a bit different, given the English hops notes. Perfect balance. Some nice citrusy and earthiness going on as well. Mildly dry aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation and a pleasant spicy feeling.
Pretty decent quaff, great as a Session beer, but still reasonably flavorful. You can really tell the English influence which I liked. I wish I had in my country a major brewery with such decent quality, good beer for the masses.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 15:39:04 | More by FLima
Photo of jimiboi


2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Coopers Pale Ale looks great, on account of the bottle fermentation and subsequent sediment. The smell is ok as is the taste. It's a little too high on the carbonation for my liking, but it will have its adherents due to the marketing of their unique approach to brewing.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 11:58:54 | More by jimiboi
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold. Head is fizzy white and dissipates to a skim. Bottle conditioning leads to some yeasty cloudiness.

Light malt, some mineral scents, some hop leaf, and grassy elements.

Tough to view this one as a pale ale. Lean dried out malt, with bitter grassy flavors. Herbal hoppy flavors. You get a touch of fruit, but the sweetness never really comes through. This one finishes bitter, and has a slight watery edge.

Medium light, a little loose, but decent carbonation. I works.

Decent, and ok for the summer. I kinda liked this one, and could drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 03:44:29 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of bmwats


3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Hazy hay color. Pours a quarter finger, foamy, white head. Settles quickly, but not completely. Spotty lacing.

S: Sourdough bread and a soapy hop character, with lemon and lime citrus.

T: Light grainy flavor, with a crisp hop bite. Accentuated with a little indistinct citrus.

M: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

D: Drink session style, not much resistance.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Unusual hue, fair head, and spotty lacing. Smell of pungent citrus notes accentuate a light bread malt, and a soapy hop. A little grainy, with a light citrusy hop. Overall, this is a pretty decent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:42:21 | More by bmwats
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Peckhams, Glasgow (375ml, £1.95):
Hazy, pale yellow with a thin, quarter centimetre, foamy white head one top that stays relatively consistent throughout. There is also some darker sediment at the bottom of the glass as a result of my pouring skills.

Light hops and a bit of bread along with some light, floral notes too. There was some noticeable grain and a smell not unlike a pale lager but for the most part it was pretty basic and bland with not much strength.

Bread & some lighter, lager hops along with some grain make up most of the taste. There is some lemon, citrus and a touch of bitterness too but again this one is fairly basic and plain with only a touch of fruit towards the end to liven things up any.

Light medium body, perhaps a little thin but with fairly strong carbonation. There was also a bitter tang but overall it was slightly water and very plain.

Pretty bland and unexciting with not a whoe lot going for it really. It didn't seem much like an English pale ale or even a golden ale to me either, it was just so ordinary and bland. The carbonation was a bit strong and the body a bit light with almost no taste or smell to speak of.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 10:39:00 | More by flyingpig
Photo of tonton

Hong Kong

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad light pale ale, almost a copy of Coopers Sparkling Ale, without the carbonation, which I thought improved the Sparkling Ale. Plus there was visible black sediment in the suspension that was off putting, as well as a slight funky smell that was only there an instant on the nose.

I would definitely never choose this over Coopers Sparkling Ale, and there are a bunch of other pale ales that are better.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 22:53:34 | More by tonton
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Coopers Original Pale Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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