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Coopers Original Pale Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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471 Ratings

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 metter98
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with small particles floating in suspension It poured with a finger high dense white head that quickly died down yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are faint aromas of lemon citrus and pale malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the flavors are a little stronger. There are also some hints of grassy hops, which contribute a very slight amount of bitterness and combine with the citrus to form lemongrass flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish feels somewhat thin and watery.
O: There’s nothing particularly unique about the taste, but it is very light, refreshing and thirst quenching. This would make for a very sessionable beer on a hot summer day.

Photo of Btrue121
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don't know why this is is only a c+, i'll go with the bros/b.

A- A little yellow, small white head, little lacing. The yellow is thick, thick enough to go with the following...

S- smell of wild grass, hops, lemon/grapefruit.

T- Right with the smell,citrusy, not much other than the flavoring hops, and then the bittering hops slight towards end. Carbonation fair.

M- Mouthfeel is light. Some thickness with the swallow as the bittering comes out, some impressive flow to be a pale ale.

O- I will buy this beer again, pour good and all the yeast settles at bottom of bottle so my glass was pretty with this beer. If you see it buy it, may not be you, but buy it. I could drink a few and be ok for a while. Not a typical pale ale in my sense, but a good beer.B

Photo of Eramen
2.98/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours a hazy, honey-copper colour with a minimal head that dissipates quickly.

S: Scent quite good, grapefruit & melon, hops. Perhaps honey towards the end.

T: Not what I expected at all; an initial clove taste, then light fruit, grains - earthy hops latterly. It may sound good, and it is to a point, but it doesn't seem to mix well. Still, not too bad.

M: Medium body, the carbonation is just right.

O: Fairly solid beer, I reckon I'd pick this one up on occasion in the future.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never seen a "best after" date - this one was 9/17/2010.

Poured into a pint glass with a bunch of fluffy white foam that slowly deflates on top of a light honey gold.

Nose is grassy malts, almost clove.

Nice body and carbonation. Mostly a one-sided flavor, grassy sweet malts, a touch buttery, and a dry finishing bitterness.

It's got pretty solid drinkablility given it's basic flavor profile. Not the best Aussie beer I've had, but solid.

Photo of heygeebee
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy copper colour, finger of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Almost reminiscent of a hefe off the top, with some wheat and light cloves, with some grassy hops on the finish.

T - Again, a light clove flavour off the top, followed by wheat and grassy/leafy hops. Quite bitter on the finish, which is probably the biggest hop characteristic to this pale ale.

M - Medium bodied, a bit prickly on the way down, but finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Tasty, but not the pale ale I was expecting. I was hoping for something a with a bit more hops, and this one was certainly a bit of a disappointment. I'm wondering if it's an age thing, and they mellowed or if it's meant to be rather light on the hops.

Photo of kojevergas
2.33/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into An Brainblasta Goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of no cream but fair thickness. Fair retention. Hazy yellow with tinges of orange.

Sm: Light fruit cut by very fresh barley. A light pleasant scent.

T: Crystal hop body. Some bittering hops too. Very slight fruit. Generic barley. Too bitter, especially on the finish. Carbonara sauce-esque.

Mf: Very wet, but nice patches of coarseness.

Dr: It's unfairly priced, and not particularly good even for the style.

Photo of thekanna
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow with a fairly decent bit of white head.

S: Slightly yeasty with sweet malts. Generally clean and fresh.

T/M: Stinging effervescence hits the tongue almost immediately, with a nice, sweet corn malt taste and a bit of yeasty sourness to round it out. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Good to kick back a few and enjoy.

Photo of mjurney
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden-straw color, hazy. Lots of carbonation. Head looks really thick, bright white color.

Very crisp and clean aroma. A little light, I could some some clean malts and citrus hops.

Body is very crisp, clean and refreshing. Flavor isn't very complex, but I get sweet clean malts up front with slight citrus hops at the end.

Very crisp, clean and refreshing.

Overall Impressions:
Light on the flavor, but very refreshing. Perfect lawnmower beer.

Photo of speter
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Happy Australia Day! (Vowels count double!)

A: Pours a hazy light straw color with a fluffy two-finger white head that leaves nice lacing as it fades to a thin layer.

S: Coopers maritime malt (smell the sea) and Pride of Ringwood hops. The hops could be a bit more prominent, but the shipment times to North America don't seem to be quick.

T: Very refreshing. Not the most complex ale on the planet, but it wasn't designed to be so. Like its bigger brother Sparkling Ale, this has a nice apple touch, along with a slightly salty malt profile and Aussie hops.

M: Medium body and good carbonation.

D: Given the abv, I can easily put away a few of these away.

Photo of doktorhops
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Coopers is an old favourite of mine (especially the Sparkling Ale), so I thought it appropriate to review a beer from Australia's largest family owned brewery.

Poured from a 375ml stubbie into an Irish tulip-pint glass (aka "Guinness glass"). I "rolled" the stubbie before pouring to get the yeast at the bottom excited (this is a standard ritual for South Australian drinkers).

A: Body is a cloudy golden straw colour with a bit of fizz in the head (possibly due to recent transit from the bottle-shop). The head is a slight beige off white, which quickly shrunk to almost nothing (no lacing in the glass either).

S: The nose is fairly fruity (not overpowering but enough to notice). I would best describe it as passion-fruit with melon, and a little bit of citrus - I suspect the bottle-conditioned yeast has much to do with this.

T: Quite refreshing! A classic "Australian" Pale Ale - built more to refresh than to impress (we do have hot summers here). The flavour is similar to the nose (no surprises there), I would say it sits in the range of citrus/acidic region, with a dry finish. There is not much to taste of hops (but we know that they're there) or malt.

M: This ale has a very strong Champagne fizz to it (points off not being a real ale in this department), which I believe is due to the yeast used in fermentation. It is also a bit watery - there's no heavy ale body to it.

D: I could go another couple of these. I wouldn't have a whole night though - I would get a bit bored after the second or third pint. That aside it's definitely a good beer for summer, winter on the other hand I prefer a stronger ale.

Food match: Grilled chicken or fish with a light salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar, maybe calamari or other seafood (crab, lobster).

Photo of dgilks
3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of drizzam
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Best after" date of 11 AUG 09.

A - A cloudy yellow/light orange body with very light sediment floating throughout. A very thin white cap topped the body, but even than thin cap pretty much disappeared after just a minute. No lacing to speak of.

S - Grainy aroma with very little hop presence. There also seems to be a very light sweet citric presence just lingering in the background.

T & M - That lingering citric aroma represents itself in a larger manner in the taste. There was very little in the hop department. It does seem to have a bit of acidic bite toward the back end. Mouthfeel is thinnish, bordering on watery. Finishes crisp and very clean.

D - All in all, this is an extremely sessionable brew. It may npt be the perfect example of the style, but it is something that you could drink all day long on a hot Summer day.

Photo of LiamAhearn
3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
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 Bitterbill
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice cloudy dark yellow colour with a small and shrinking head of foam.

The nose is a mix of lemon zest and a honey like malt sweetness.

Lots of that lemon zest in the taste with a decent grain flavour and a bit of sweet malt. It was more bitter than I expected but I'm not disappointed.

Lots of carbonation to go with this medium bodied Pale ale...maybe a tad too much. Still, a decent mouth feel.

It's an odd tasting take on the style but it sure is easy enough to drink despite the overload of carbo.

Photo of tubacharlie
3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The silky white head is substantial, and only recedes to about a half inch, which is constantly replenished by highly active carbonation rushing up from below. Swirling the last of the yeast sediment before pouring into the mix leaves some brown traces in the otherwise pristine white head, which leaves numerous trailers along the sides of the glass. The brew is a murky honey-amber color with some clarity at the edges of the glass. Probably would be much more clear if the sediment was left in the bottle, but who wants to miss the extra flavor and vitamins?

Fruity aromas greet the nose, with a yeasty background. This is carried through in the taste, which has some light grapefruit notes and good grain characteristics that are hard to isolate due to the exuberant carbonation. Enough hops to brighten the flavor, but not too bitter or overpowering. Altogether a mellow mouthful.

Photo of drtth
4.08/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

Photo of Macca
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a honey golden colour with not a lot of head. Cloudy.

A sweet grainy aroma dominates but not in a bad way. A bit of lemon. No hops to speak of.

Sweetness really dominates in the mouth up front. Reasonable bitterness at the back. Very grainy. Not enough hops for mine.

Once upon a time I drank a lot of this beer, mainly directly from the stubby. My palate has changed a lot since then & know I find it nowhere as drinkable. Still a good starting point for lager drinkers to get into ales.

Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into pint glass oct27 2010

A cloudy pale yellow with loads of sediment and even a few chunks being moved around by crazy amount of bubbles that feed a thumbs width of head that just sits there but leaves only a patch or two of lace

S a little grassy hops with some cereal and lemon rind

T a nice citrus zing and just a little tropical fruit on top of what I smell

M very light in the mouth, rather refreshing

D not bad at all for a 4.5% pale, I could drink a few of these without issues

I'm a little surprised this one doesn't get more love, I liked it but it's a pricey here in Alberta

Photo of keitho
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-Pours a cloudy golden with big frothy white head,lots of fizz and yeast floating around as it's bottle conditioned,leaves lacing all the way down the glass.looks good.

Smell-Yeast and lemon a bit grassy not unpleasant.

Taste-Well balanced,nice bitter taste of hops at the end,could be longer but its refreshing.

Mouthfeel-Slightly watery,feels a bit thin.

Drinkability-Enjoyable brew,could definitely have a session on this beer sat out in the sun, a refreshing ale.

Im a fan of Coopers beers they are easy to get hold of here and are good value.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.05/5  rDev -35.3%
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 flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says best after 4 October 2009, which today certainly is.

Appearance: body is a pale yellow color with a thin finger of fizzy white foam. There's a bit of haze to the body, as well as a fair bit of floaties I introduced with a rather vigorous pour. It's bottle-conditioned, so there was a fair bit of sediment; this doesn't count against it.

Smell: extremely light malt aroma with a hint of noble hops. It's not bad, per se, but it's way too light.

Taste: the flavor is actually pretty good. Sweetish malt combines with citrusy, earthy hops to create a very refreshing flavor. Bitterness and malt are well balanced; a solid brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with moderate carbonation; still, it manages to convey a pretty creamy and silky mouthfeel. I am rather pleasantly surprised here.

Drinkability: flavor and feel are pretty darn good. Though this beer basically smells like nothing, it is refreshing, tasty and quite drinkable indeed.

Photo of rtepiak
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a lemony pale with a light color of yellow/orange. has a hop quality more so than anything else. not too good for a malt character. giving it a lack luster body. nose of lemon and lemon grass. i wouldn't call it a grassy beer. not particularly sweet in palate with a citrus quality hop. no really finish of bitter. some protein after a bit. had much better from this brewery.

Photo of bala747
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice pale ale from Coopers' Brewery.

A: A cloudy yellow pour with a lot of carbonation that leaves a permanent 1/2 cm head on the beer.

S: Nothing of note here, smells of sweet esters, grain and some herbs, but nothing really stands out.

T: Strangely enough I tasted chocolate truffles and some turkish delight in this. Sweet tasting, slightly cloying but really pleasant sweet tastes emerge from this beer. Some yeasty flavours are present as well, as well as some caramel. Deceptively complex taste.

M: Medium bodied and somewhat fizzy in a nice way. Nice mouthfeel, with no metallic/bitter skunky aftertaste.

D: Very very drinkable, especially if you have a sweet tooth.

Overall, a very nicely sweet beer with lots of 'indulgent' flavours of chocolates and sweets.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear gold color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to a skim. Decanted lightly. Random patches of lace.

S: Lemon citrus and green apples with a little yeast ester. A little slightly sweet malt character.

T: Very light flavor; crackers and hay. Light bitter enough for a crisp finish (not as bitter as many EPA's I've had.

M: Medium body; belies light flavor. Medium carbonation.

D: Low abv and nothing seriously wrong make it drinkable. Just nothing special.

Coopers Original Pale Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
74 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.