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Coopers Original Pale Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Brewery Limited
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Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by purplehops on 03-27-2002

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Photo of bmwats
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.71/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of tonton
3.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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

I tried Coopers Pale Ale after a friend spoke highly of it while in Australia a few years ago. years later trying it while listening to a band from Australia. Maybe a faint grain malt smell. The malt character is bread, yeast. Most of the sediment was mixed, would leave that out next time.Not enough hops for my liking. I'll stick with the band before the brew.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle served in the tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow to baige color forming a medium bubbled white head which dissipates quite quickly leaving pratically no lacings

S: Quite grainy in the nose. Good touch of flowery hops and bready yeasts

T: Follows the nose. Quite grainy in the mouth. Upfront is made of a light sweet malts taste, followed by nice hops and a bready taste. Bready yeasts which are very Coopers trademark (the ones that use the Coopers Kits to homebrew will know what I mean :))

M: Light body. Sparkling carbonation. Aftertaste is made of mainly malts and flowery hops. Mild bitterness

O: Classic Pale Ale. A session Ale for hot wheater. Simple but pleasant. Quite average...

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Photo of GodOfBeer
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy urine yellow with a thin head, not very nice to look at.

Not much of an interesting aroma, some malty grains etc...

Tastes rather bland, no hops to speak of, musky beady malts.

Really not that good of a beer certainly won't buy again. Their sparkling ale is better!

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Photo of nimrod979
2.61/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown bottle. Standard pint glass.

Appearance: Poured with the sediment produced a hazy yellow with a small white head. No retention or lacing.

Aroma: What aroma? Faint bready and perhaps some hops?

Taste: Bland, adjunct-y, diacetyl, bread, slight floral hop on the finish.

Mouthfeel: The main thing saving this beer was the bottle conditioning. Makes for a creamy smooth body that helped this beer be a bit more drinkable. Still it lacks in flavor and finish. Light body and hardly any carbonation.

Wasn't impressed with this at all. Didn't make me think of an English pale at all. Tasted like macro-swill.

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Photo of rd2nowhere
3.93/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy and yellow. Looks.a.lot like a witbier. No head or lacing. Carbonated.
S- very little to report, weak orange juice maybe?
T- clean and dry, little bit of malt, little bit of hop spice. Refreshing and easily sessionable.
M- light and heavily carbonated

Quite like this as an everyday type beer. It's nothing special but I'd rather drink this over a macro any day of the week.

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

Would really like to try this one again as I only had it once. Has a lovely appearance with the top fermenting and secondary fermenting process giving this one that distinctive Cooper's cloudy appearance. Nice aromas with noticeable hops and malts but really nice how this one does not go overboard with the bitter taste. It really finds a nice balance and this is one of Cooper's most easy-drinking beers and should be suitable for most palates. This is more of an entry-level beer for a brewer that does some interesting things and should be recommended to anyone that wants to try something other than the multitude of lagers and carbonated lagers that are available. Having a really pale ale like this one is a nice change with a nice head, nice taste and strikes a beautiful balance. This is highly recommended for those wanting a step up from the ordinary lager but someone who doesn't have as much experience as other drinkers. It's a solid beer.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.49/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I once worked in a bar in Western Australia and this was the only thing in the fridge that resembled beer. It was always served ice cold and my instructions were to roll the bottle on the bar top before serving. The bar owner told me it was to redistribute the 'cinnamon' but I think she meant sediment. I remember it tasting somewhat lager-like.

SMELL: Strong metallic lager smell from the glass. Up close smells yeasty and pukey. Some citrus.

APPEARANCE: Cloudy. More like a Belgian pale ale. Golden yellow with a white disspiating head. Loads of dark sediment.

TASTE: Bready like a malt liqour. Lots of citrus and a bit of honey. Not very bitter. Very, very distant hops spice in the background. It's like a cross between an English and a Belgian ale, without the ethereal yeastiness and banana of the Belgian. The last swig was not so pleasant; probably not meant to be drunk.

MOUTHFEEL: Watery; suitable in Australian heat.

OVERALL: Much nicer than I remember but then it's the first time I've had it without condensation around the glass. I think its citrusy wateriness suits the scorching Aussie heat.

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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.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer has a semi dark(dirty blonde) with a gritty body and is topped off with a tan thick head that’s very frothy and has hints fermentation. It has some faint smells of lemons, apple, and orange. Its crisp and harsh on the tip of your tongue, the hops are pretty present but not overpowering-it is slightly bitter overall. It’s pretty easy to drink and the bitterness becomes more tames in its aftertaste. It does has a light to medium mouth feel.

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Photo of Zimbo
2.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, it started well at least. Popping the cork brought a fresh sweet beery aroma and when it went into the glass the smell just expanded as I watched the bright hazy yellow fill the glass. Reasonably forceful beading though this turned out to be rather forced and fiery: much like what was to come. To taste, the mouthfeel just invades with a hugely unpleasant carbonic crunch in the mouth and throughout the drinking experience.

I love Cooper's Sparkling Ale, their stout, their Vintage but this really is a blemish on their reputation. and that's always been the case I'm afraid.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, typical sunny yellow with a decent, if not persistent, white head. Aroma is - hello? OK, not strong, just malty, a teeny fruity, nothing special but still acceptable. Malty flavor has hints of fruit and hops, and is on the wan side. Smooth texture has average body and little fizz. This is best as a party beer or along with a meal.

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Photo of avalon07
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A malty, slightly hoppy aroma, with traces of bread as well.

T: Tasted of light hops and malt, a little lemon, and a kind of biscuity/bready quality in the finish. There's something oddly off-putting and flat about the flavor. It never seems to rise above average.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp, clean finish. Light-bodied.

O: Could have been better than it was. Not a terrible beer, but pretty forgettable.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.12/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at a pub in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy, dark golden. Good carbonation with a film of head. Yeast sedinment in the glass and a little lace and film of retention.

S - Citrus, grass, grapefruit.

T - Pear, apple, lagery-y. Lemon is strong, yeast and biscuit notes.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body and a lingering fruitiness.

O/D - Quite lemony and not too interesting of a pale ale. Doesn't really fit the style but it's decently enjoyable. Quite cheap as well.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.27/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into a pint glass by freshness date.

Cloudy rich gold/honey color, decent foamy white head with decent retention, the head recedes to thin white film on the surface and leaves with just tiny lace, rather high carbonation.

The smell consists of yeast, fruity note, grainy malt, husk, honey, lemon and toffee.

Yeasts produce fruity trait and slight tartness along with lemon zest from hop. Malt reveals by a trait of sweet and husky grain that slowly dries up the palate while slight bitterness from hop lies beneath.

Medium body, smooth mouthfeel with some lively carbonation, finish is pleasantly dry.

Another worthy brew from Coopers, no regret for picking it up.

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Photo of jjkatter
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of rjimlad
2.71/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque amber with foamy energetic head that dissipates quickly. Little on the nose except some bread notes. Flavour is crisp and bready but no mid-palate which makes it a little unsatisfying. Pride of Ringwood hops are very bland and are a common Oz hop which explains a lot I suppose. Drinkability is good with a nice sparkly mouthfeel so it is good at a BBQ. Not a great beer for art's sake.

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Photo of mikechance
2.2/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

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Photo of opalchemist
2.66/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice hazy gold... a good start.

Nose is fruity [not so citrusy] hops.

Taste: well some malts, some yeasty aromas - and soft hoppy bitterness.

After-play: clean finish with some bitterness, which turns into a slightly metallic mouthfeel - not too bad - but definitely also not very enjoyable...

Overall - not remarkable - though still better than the average joe beers around.

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Photo of gtermi
2.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer is a cloudy yellow with a very thin head.

S: The beer smells way too much BPR. Maybe some corn and wheat, but cant really figure out exactly what it is.

T: This tastes a lot like a basic adjunct lager. I am shocked, because I was expection more of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Just not much there.

M: The beer has a decent amount of carbonation and crispness. It isnt bad, but not very good either.

O: This is a very basic boring beer. I know that the beer is suppose to be like this, but man I want more hops. Just not very good.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a golden color and a ton of flakey sediment in the bottle. The head was fluffy and white. The smell of the beer was a little bit on the hoppy side and then there were some malt aromas too. The taste of the beer was pretty crisp I thought, leaving a bitterness in the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel of the beer isn't too bad, It's light and drinkable. Overall not my favorite pale ale, they could have filtered it a little better I think but too each his/her own.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy with a decent creamy head that fades to minimal lacing.

The aroma isn't bad but it is unremarkable. Some sweetness, a little mild hoppiness, maybe just a hint that somewhere some yeast had had a 'hand' in the creation of the beer.

The flavor is sweeter than I expected but there's not a whole lot more there than a little biscuitiness and some herbal hoppiness that leads to a mild but annoyingly persistent bitterness. Mostly it comes off as slightly bitter sweetened water.

Thin bodied and the carbonation is a bit too much on the prickly side - creamy carbonation would have helped a lot here.

Overall it's not too bad, better than other (non-Belgian) pales ales I've tried, but nothing I'd seek out in the future.

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Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color with a nice head and lacing.

S: Mild aroma of citrus and fresh grain. Noting exotic.

T: Mild malt sweetness, fresh grain with an easy bitterness and a clean finish.

F: fairly medium body, subtle crispness and decent balance.

O: Easy drinker, not a unique pale ale but still an enjuoyable beer. Goes good with food.

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Coopers Original Pale Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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