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Coopers Original Pale Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Original Pale AleCoopers Original Pale Ale

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416 Ratings

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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 CrazyDavros


2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw pour, solid 1cm head which lasts forever! Loads of fine carbonation.
Aroma is subtle, mostly grainy malt, with some very faint hops.
Bready malt dominates taste, with some lemon and sweet pear. Lacking in bitterness.
Very watery, too much carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 11:15:20 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of philipquarles


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

375mL bottle. Pours nearly opaque ruddy gold with a small, fizzy white head. Some sediment present. Smells of honey-like malt with some faint floral character. Tastes of sweet grainy malt and a bit of pepper, with only the slightest bitterness at the end. Fairly weak and boring.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 00:29:18 | More by philipquarles
Photo of charlesw

New York

2.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale and a cloudy orange color without the cloudiness (get it?). No head. Smells faintly of budweiser. Sigh. Very light flavor - macro-lager bitterness (??). Surely it's being served too cold, here. Would being warmer help it? Well, it would probably take some of the bite off and it might not seem quite so over-carbonated. But would it help? I don't really think so.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 10:11:35 | More by charlesw
Photo of Madigan


2.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've tried Cooper's Pale Ale a few times now and I'm always left a little unsatisfied. It's bottle conditioned and it looks and smells very interesting - it pours a murky wheat-beer sort of texture with a decent head and has a nice bit of bacteria floating in the bottom of the bottle. Its smells fresh and hoppy too yet while the mouthfeel is nice, the taste is disappointing. It's refreshing alright but it just doesn't have the hoppy bite of a good pale ale. This isn't a bad brew (it certainly beats the hell out of any of the more commercial Australian beers) but I just feel it promises a bit more than it delivers.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 22:53:34 | More by Madigan
Photo of Daredevil


3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

turbid with a firm head (looks rather like a Weizen than anything close to an ale) ...
very fresh hoppy smell ...
taste is somewhere between a Weizen and a Lager ... nice sweet (although not sticky) & sour taste, however the finish is a bit too watery for my taste ... the aftertaste is quite malty ...
interesting brew, but not a love at first sight ....

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 14:12:57 | More by Daredevil
Photo of APNumber3


2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Acquired this beer via a trade w/ my neighbor.

It pours hazy gold into a pint glass. Lots of small bubbles floating around, along with a few yeast particles. .5" head dissipates quickly. Very little lacing left as I drink.

Mild aroma consists of some sweet malts and citrus.

Taste is somewhat citrusy at the start, followed by some bready malt flavors, then some grapefruit like bitterness. However, none of these flavors is particularly strong. Not much aftertaste either.

This brew is crisp and light as I drink it. It is definitel refreshing. Good for drinking while out in the sun. An improvement over say, Foster's or Heineken for sure. But it is not a beer I would seek out.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 00:47:17 | More by APNumber3
Photo of vancurly


3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, Best After 29/10/2008

a) Pale golden, hazy, effervescent, bubbles clinging to the side. White rocky head sinks.

s) Initial metallic note; uniquitous Aussie macro PoR nose. But supported by fruity pear notes. Later some fleshy "meat pie" aromas.

f) Nice pale malt flavour, light grainy sweetness. PoR evident in the mid-palate. Touch of honey, with a husky aftertaste.

m) Light and zingy, with a touch of dextrinous cloy at the back.

d) This is my "go-to" beer.

Whole > Σ Parts

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 08:27:59 | More by vancurly
Photo of Seanibus


3.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a fluffy, bright white head. Falls quickly leaving only slight lacing. There is huge carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is surprisingly malty, highlighting a pilsnery pale malt, with a slightly lemony spritz.

The flavor is thin and slightly citrusy, with a good bite of pale malt and some floral hops. There is a slight hop bitterness on the back end.

The mouthfeel is slightly more substantial than you might expect, with just a little cling, a little viscosity, and a good bite of carbonation.

Not a bad beer. Not world shattering, but not a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 20:35:14 | More by Seanibus
Photo of tbeck


3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from the Belmont Station in Portland, OR.

Pours a pale golden yellow with a thin white head. Clear with some sediment. Head dissipates quickly, no collar or laciness. Faint citruis, hoppy scent with some malt. Taste is also faint with hops and malt. Slight bitterness and decent balance. Not robust with flavor, on the watered down side. Decent body and thin texture. Not a bad beer, on the light side. Could handle a couple of these at a BBQ on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 04:49:38 | More by tbeck
Photo of introvertedone


2.38/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 12/28/08

This poured a golder amber. The smell was weak but hinted at a flowery aroma. The taste was, like the aroma, was weak. Not bad overall but weak. It presented light and smooth mouthfeel. Was easy to drink but I would rather drink Pabst Blue Ribbon (my favorite cheap beer) than this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 20:09:07 | More by introvertedone
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

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

Reviewed on 9/23/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus and lemon, light fruits, and flowery hops. Flavor is quite sweet with a sharp spicy carbonation bite in the finish. Some tropical fruit and citrus. Weak, watery palate. Not bad tasting per se, but the palate is lacking.
6/3/7/3/13 (3.2/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 17:59:43 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of cadenwhitaker


3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first foray into good beer started with unfiltered wheat beers. This reminds me of a very average wheat beer. It is drinkable, mild, smooth, crisp and sweet. I could drink this on a summer afternoon while enjoying some BBQ or I could drink this with a few friends over. This is a definite session beer for me, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 00:57:07 | More by cadenwhitaker
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden and fizzy with a puffed white head that settles quickly. Retention is inferior--not much more than a bubbly white covering over the top. No lacing.

S: Weak and unimpressive. Pale malt and sweet grain. Kind of musty, too.

T&M: Tastes better than it smells. It's light and nuanced flavors are pleasant--pale bready malt, some slight diacetyl. A slightly herbal/lemony hop flavor on the tail end. Not too complex or complicated, but it does have some more subtlety than one would think. Bottle conditioning gives it a rather fluffy mouthfeel and a bubbly, effervescent carbonation that isn't too harsh.

D: Pretty easy to drink, lighter bodied and nice mouthfeel. All in all, this is an easy-drinking pale ale that would do well in the summer or springtime months. Nothing too complex or bold, but still nuanced enough to get the job done.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 23:52:27 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of magictrokini


1.98/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 22:22:40 | More by magictrokini
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bright orange color with lots of floaties. minimal head and lacing.

S: Sweet malt and lemons on nose.

T: Big pungent sour lemons and bitterness upon first sip, almost overpowering but flavor fades very quickly. After that the bitterness becomes much more mellow and smoother. Some sour oranges, and a dry bitterness and light grassiness for hopping.

M: Body is very light. Very soft carbonation.

D: Moderate flavor and moderate drinkability, would get boring quickly.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 23:18:32 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Hokies

Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow color with a thin white head and little lace.

Not a strong aroma from this one just faint scents of grain and citrus.

The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma with some wheat and a strange hop taste.

Highly carbonated beer that does go down smooth. I won't be running out to get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 23:58:58 | More by Hokies
Photo of Jyubei

New Mexico

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

A. Poured a yellow amber color with a 1 finger white head. Moderate lacing.

S. Strong hops and malts with a grainy, almost rice-like aroma.

T.Strong hops and malt here as well. IT also has a mildly astingent aftertaste.

M. Very smooth brew. Slides over the tongue.

D. Nothing great but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 05:17:28 | More by Jyubei
Photo of froghop


2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a cloudy pale yellow with a small white head, and no lacing.

smell is of grain, some funk, some malt, and a touch of citrus.

taste is crisp, somewhat tart, grain, corn, some malt, few hops, citrus, and a little spice in the back.

overall a dull brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 22:44:24 | More by froghop
Photo of jake87


3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L. Yellow amber with a two-finger white head
S. Floral hops followed by a pungent wheat and rice smell
T. Starts with a light hop bitterness followed by a floral sweetness and finishes with a cloying maltiness
F. Begins with a mild carbonation followed by a smooth and slick feel

An averagely OK beer, nothing special nothing stand out. Something you drink with pizza or other strong flavored foods.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 19:14:46 | More by jake87
Photo of albern


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

Not my favorite pale by a long stretch, nor my favorite offering by Coopers. This is a respectable EPA that is crisp, smooth, light bodied, refreshing, and not overly complicated. It pours a cloudy orangey yellow from the sediment that I poured into my glass. There isn't much head at all, so there is nothing to lace or retain. The aroma is slightly musty, maybe some florals, maybe a bit of biscuity grain as well. The aroma is pretty indistinct overall.

The taste has a hint of lemony tartness once things settle a bit, but overall the beer is quite crisp but also very smooth. There is a combination of bittering hops and peppery spice in the finish. The beer isn't particularly dry, and it might have some florals hidden underneath, but the peppery bite in the finish is what is most pronounced and is the signature element to this beer. The beer is decent but it lacks the creaminess, the hop esters, and the old world taste to make this an interesting EPA. If you have the itch to try Coopers, go for their sparkling beer, which is much better.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 19:39:09 | More by albern
Photo of Getinthevan


3.98/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this for the first time and I gotta say, this is good stuff!

Appearance is a very light golden amber color with a pretty nice frothy head and lots of sediment floating around this glass. Thick, unfiltered and a great looking beer, this is top notch looking stuff.

Smell was pretty nice with a touch of mild hops. This certainly possessed a overall nice, sweet aroma.

Taste was pretty awesome. The sediments left a nice sweet taste behind the primary bitterness of the ale. This is certainly a great beer either out of the bottle or straight off the tap; definitely top notch.

Mouthfeel was a little bit less than I expected. While the overall taste was great, the finish was a bit dry and unfinished. Not that it's a bad thing, it finished rather quickly without too much of an aftertaste.

Drinkability however is pretty damn good. A bottle of this is great to commence with friends over, and a great looking beer! Coopers is certainly a great summer brew to indulge into.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 22:47:47 | More by Getinthevan
Photo of micahgoldfus

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice translucent orange color, with carbonation bubbles floating around the center of the beer. Little head that fizzled to just about nothing. Smell was a nice mix of grainy malts and some floral hops, plus a touch of sweetness (orange?). Taste, overall, was fairly bland: generically malty flavor, with a touch of bitter hops at the end, but not much. Became more watered down as it warmed up, and the taste evaporated from my mouth within seconds of swallowing it. It was better than a macro light beer, it was a more full body and nice carbonation, but it was a farily forgetable beer, and I had no intention of drinking another.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 20:44:29 | More by micahgoldfus
Photo of everetends


3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle I got from BamaBeerBuff and AmishT as an extra. Poured into a standard shaker pint.

A: Poured a hazy yellow with a bit of debris. It actually looks like a glass of chicken broth. Poured a bit of head but had zero retention.

S: Light pale malt and thats about it. The malt is very faint and hard to find. Kind of a let down.

T: Taste is pale malt, floral hops, a touch of citrus. It is simple but it works.

M: This is light bodied brew. It isn't heavy in any sense at all and has a more watery consistency than creaminess. Goes down clean. Very refreshing with decent carbonation for the style.

D: Taste is ok, smell blows. It is so light, you can drink this as a lawnmower beer. Its not bad, but I wanted more because I am such a fan of the Cooper's Sparkling Ale. Ah well, not every girl at the party is going to be pretty.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 04:34:28 | More by everetends
Photo of KeefD


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

Poured a very hazy golden golder with a lot of little floaties hanging about, not much in the way of foam or lacing, but otherwise looks pretty good. Smell is right up there as well. Good hop aroma backed up by some sweet malts. Taste is about average. Definite malt sweetness up front, followed by a crisp, fruity hop middle, and dry finish. Mouthfeel is decent, average carbonation and pretty easy to drink. An average Pale, and I like them unfiltered like this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 18:21:03 | More by KeefD
Photo of morebeergood


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

Grabbed a bottle of this at the Phoenix Landing in Cambridge last Saturday night. This is not a bottle you see often at an Irish bar, so I gave it a shot. Poured into a hoegaarden style short pint glass. Orange color, bit cloudy, lots of carbonation. Smell was a bit hoppy. Taste was above average. If I had to choose between a Bass and this, I'd go with this beer. A bit lighter and smoother. A nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 01:10:21 | More by morebeergood
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