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Coopers Original Pale Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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468 Ratings

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 6
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 KeefD
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of morebeergood
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.42/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, gold body with a tiny ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Light pale malts, some graininess. Grassy hops, though light. More chicken broth.

Taste: Rather light malt character along with a subdued sweetness. A bit floral, grassy, but not much in the way of bitterness. Grows a bit watery. Dry, abrupt finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit of a disappointment, really.

Photo of tronester
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a thin white head. Smells sort of sour and skunky, not very good. Taste is better, the beer is sort of cidery, with a hint of malt. A tiny bit of hops balance. Mouthfeel is pretty good with slightly high carbonation. An easy drinking beer that tastes ok, but I would not consider this an English Pale Ale, it tastes much more like an Americanized Kolsch.

Photo of cdkrenz
2.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy orange-yellow color with minimal white head. The body is not very attractive.

S - The scent is not one often associated with a pale ale. There is a strong malt aroma, which is very inviting.

T - There's an odd bitterness to the beer. It is very unique. I've had a few of these and I thought it might grow on me but it hasn't.

M - The feel is crisp. There's a texture here that assists in bringing out the flavor.

~ I'm not going to be purchasing anymore of this pale ale. However, because of the uniqueness of this brew I will likely buy other Coopers Brewery beers in order to round my Australian tastes.

Photo of botham
2/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a pale yellow color, with a mild haze. three fingers of tight white head top it off, and last for a couple minutes.

aroma is of light malts, with a stale quality. light floral hops are in the background, along with a hint of vanilla. not impressive in the nose.

taste is watery, with hints of pale malts and floral hops. little else. finishes with a touch of pale malt. very thin and weak in profile.

mouthfeel is water thin. finishes with no residual flavors.

drinkability is bad. this brew is very weak in flavor, not to mention the watery texture. not impressive.

Photo of BDTyre
2.98/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really light in colour for a pale ale - this looks almost like a lager. Thin, nearly non-existent head.

Really bland smell. Faint malt, hints of lemon, hardly any hops.

Tastes...carbonated, sort of champagne-y, similar to their sparkling ale, but blander and less exciting. Hardly any hop on the taste, but decent malts.

Feels overly carbonated, but not a bad beer. Much better ice cold, tends to get too sweet as it warms.

Photo of zook74
2.65/5  rDev -16.4%
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 Gehrig
2.98/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first I've tried from Coopers, grabbing this at Sun Singer, this was a disappointment. Thin white foam tops a moderately cloudy orange-yellow body, leaving practically no lacing. The smell is much more akin to American lager than English Pale Ale--more malt than hops and, with the taste as well, retaining a predominant bitterness without the hopped body. Occasional whiffs of floral hops arise, but not enough to redeem this mediocre beverage. I had half a mind to leave it but, since I paid $4 for the bottle, figured I'd finish it in the hopes it would improve. I was left wanting.

Honestly this reminded me very much of Molson Canadian, a lager, in both smell and taste. Next time I'll grab Molson--I'll know what I'm getting, and it's much cheaper. Ordinary.

Photo of Graham5161986
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy, deep, pale gold with a 1 finger fizzy head that quickly reduces to a ring and leaves no lacing. lots of visible sediment.

S: nice grassy hop character on the nose with some caramel malts in the background.

T: hoppy up front, slight bready maltiness in the middle ending with somewhat of a bottled mineral water-like aftertaste - where did all the flavour go?

M: medium bodied but a tad watery, decent carbonation but somewhat of a soda water-like, dryish finish.

D: it's a refreshing beer on a hot day, but the flavour dies off far too quickly and it leaves somewhat of an unpleasant minerally, metallic aftertaste. I'd drink it again if it was offered to me, but I wont be buying it again.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked up several various Coopers bottles and this is my first to try. A 12.7 oz. brown twist-off poured to a pint glass. Laser printing on the neck notes a date of 09.27.2007; I've seen plenty of 'Best Before's but never a 'Best After' like this has...

A: Pretty color, a cheerful golden/honey. Pillow-y white head which retains pretty well - a couple minutes - before falling to a thin star-shaped film and clingy ring. Good rising carbonation and slipping lace. Big negative marks for lots of suspended yeasty bits and a sprinkling of dark dust that settles on the bottom. Since I'm confused by this whole 'Best After' thing (which is almost 6 months ago to the day), maybe this is 'old'?

S: A light floralness, a bit sweetly spicy and bready wafts pleasantly from the glass.

T: Crackery maltiness and a notable lemon/grass quality. Some honey notes, a bit of buttered biscuits, a mild tartness that hints at apricots. Dry hops in the background come sweeping through after those initial malty and fruity flavors. Nice balance!

M: Decent carbonation, a hopping that makes this sharp and crisp; clean finishing. Light-medium body.

D: Good - quite easy to drink and completely sessionable at 4.5%. Has it's weaknesses, appearance being the most glaring, but it's one I would be happy to have again.

Photo of JEdmund
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light yellow/orange body that is very cloudy due to the sediment left in the bottle I neglected to keep in while pouring; lots of particles floating about. Looks more like a wheat than a pale. Minimal head, even after trying to pour one out of it.

Very faint and it leans more towards the malt side than the hops. Kinda biscuity, but again, very faint and hard to tell.

Taste & Mouthfeel
It's definitely not an American style pale ale from the get-go. It has a hop profile, but they're very subdued and take either a backseat or a level ground with the bready/cookie malt flavors. It's a pretty balanced beer and has an extremely clean and dry finish with a medium body. I like it OK, but I have certain expectations now when drinking a pale ale, and after this tasting, I must say I prefer the American style much more.

I liked it and would certainly enjoy trying this brewery's other offerings, however, I won't seek it out again. I would agree with others on this site that it's worth a try.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle conditioned, with a good bit of sediment clumped to the bottom. I aggitated it up a bit at the end of my pour, and into my glass went a cloud of yeasties.

Noticable skunking/oxidation present. No drink by date, but there was a "best after" date, which was 9/07. (its now 3/08).

Peach colored with a small head.

Yeasty carbonation and slightly skunky aroma.

carbonation laden mouthfeel, with an english hop presence. Lemony, maybe lemongrass, with breadiness there too.

The skunk left after a bit of breathing in my glass. It's unfiltered and bottle conditioned qualities saved this one from being a C/C-.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into mug.

A- Slightly hazy golden-yellow color. I poured the bottle yeast and all which added to the haziness. One finger head that stayed around. Limited lacing.
S- Very faint smell of some herbal hops.
T- Very little hop bitterness. There is no one thing that jumped out at me about the taste. I could never decide if that was because there was no taste or if ut was just very balanced.
M- Crisp and smooth. Light carbonation that seemed to go well with the drink.
D- Very drinkable but I would prefer something a little stronger in the taste.

Photo of Rayek
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not overly complex, but a very drinkable ale.

A: Straw color with active carbonation and firm white head. The head stays with the beer the whole way down, but leaves no lace. Mine was marred by a pronounced chill haze.

S: Biscuit and bread from the malt. Hops are subtle and a grassy quality.

T: Nice balance of malt and hops. Has a bread-like quality with a mild bitterness. Not much else going on, but good tasting nonetheless.

M: Light body with the right amount of carbonation.

D: A very good session or social beer. The light body makes is go down easy. Very unassuming. Perhaps a good beer for a macro drinker who wants to get their feet wet with better beers. I would buy this again.

Photo of Atlas1
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always wanted to give the Coopers line a go, so I grabbed one of their Pale Ales the other day at the store. Bottle says best if by July '07. Yikes! Better drink this one fast...

Pours a cloudy banana color (admittedly, I did let some of the yeast sediment slip into my glass) with a nice healthy looking one-finger white head that has serious staying power. I mean it. No unsavory fizzle of foam here; this is thick, heady stuff. Hmmm, the nose is, well, bland. Not much there at all. Maybe some very faint citrus, or light lemongrass, but that's about it. I do also detect a faint note of alcohol, but it's nothing really worth calling too much attention to. Unfortunately, the taste follows suit to the aroma. Very bland, very weak. I might chalk some of this up to the fact that it's past its "best by" date, but I really don't think that has much to do with it. It doesn't taste stale or old, and the carbonation has remained intact well. It's just a dull tasting beer. Some buttered popcorn flavor, with a hint of lemon. Maybe some herbal grassy taste as well. Otherwise, just not much there. Mouthfeel is sturdy, but not spectacular.

Meh. I've enjoyed better versions of the English pale ale (mostly from England!). The Coopers is okay, but not great. I'd call it a lawnmower beer - certainly better than a macro alternative, but not my first (or second) choice off the shelf.

Photo of JamesS
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice light amber color with a bit of floaties in it, almost like a wheat ale, with a very fizzy head from a massive amount of carbonation. It does have a hoppy scent, but it's very faint and weak, not very crisp, clean, or fresh. It has a decent taste, nothing great. The flavor and feel is almost like a wheat ale, too, clean and crisp, very refreshing, but it has a very low hoppy/bitter aspect to it. It does go down very smoothly, though. It's worth a try, but there are much better pale ales out there, unless you're looking for something a bit more thirst quenching than hoppy.

Photo of Zorro
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold colored ale with a smallish white head. This really looks more like a Lager in the glass.

Smells dry with a quite herbal scent. Can't really pick out any scents except herbal and bitter with a little grain aroma.

The taste starts out mild and fairly grainy at the start. Fairly strong mineral water flavor in this is taste a little like there is baking soda in it. Very mild flavor this is pretty much like a regular Lager.

Mouthfeel is light.

Very easy to drink and pretty much a dead one lawnmower beer. Light beer for a hot climate.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from a jenny lou's in beijing

slightly hazy, deep straw color. moderate head but fades quickly, almost no lacing. at least this time the yeast decanted properly.

faint citrusy notes in the hop aroma. slightly yeasty, hints of grain.

again the somewhat citrusy hops appear, and are complimented by the slight acidity and apple sweetness. malt character is again a bit too subdued, though the bitterness is less than the "sparkling ale".

a bit thinner and fizzier than i'd like.

not horrible, and certainly cheaper than other import ales here in bejing.

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

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a thin white head

S - Is of malt with some hops

T - Is very light with hints of malt backed by a little hops

M - A whole lot of carbonation in this one

D - I expected more out of it nothing really special just ok but its better than a macro

Photo of SargeC
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold color with a rustic white head.

Smell: Yeast and subdued malt character.

Taste: Very tame ale. Smooth malt character with a minor bite. Citrus and yeast dominate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but still provides a quenching finish.

Drinkability: Overall a very easy drinking brew.

Photo of dickroop
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured pale and cloudy, with lots of floaties, basically a yellow brew with a white, translucent head that faded fast. There was a pleasing aroma, traditional-smelling hops and yeasty.

The taste was light on malt and selzery. There was rather little flavor to grab onto, and the finish was indistinctly bitter, but weakly so. Mouthfeel was watery with a good tangy feel from the carbonation.

It's winter here, and lots of winter ales are available. But it's summer in Australia, and that's what I think this beer is for. It's sort of like a Fosters pale ale, a pseudo-micro? suitable as a pale-ale lawnmower beer? Not bad to drink, but nothing really special. Just mighty thin for this time of year.

Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a one-finger head. and some lacing. Aroma is mainly malty/bready and somewhat sweet. Taste is thin and biscuity/bready. Also somewhat fruity. Fades very thin in the aftertaste. Little or no hop bitterness. Just not too impressive here. Barely drinkable.

Photo of Shadman
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have seem these in a local beer/wine store for awhile now, but the $14.99/sic price tag is a bit of a put off.

Seeing as they are from Australia, the $$$ tag makes sense. Pours a hazy hay yellow with a some head retension and attempts at lacing before settling down to a fairy robust white ring. No overly complex aromas, some floral hop and slight husky, grainy malt. Hop and carbonation tend to bite. The hop really takes hold with a dry, almost puckering feel. Some smooth, grainy maltiness makes the ride more than one dimensional. Found it a bit overcarbonated initially, but otherwise a decent ale that could serve as a decent thirst quencer due to the dryness of the aftertaste.

Photo of champ103
2.38/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Gold yellow in color. A very small white head forms and leaves just as fast. Some spotty lacing down the glass.
S: What smell? Almost nothing here. If you stick your nose in the glass, I detect some bready malt, faint hops, and very faint citrus notes.
T: A heavy metallic taste comes first. After it warms, the taste is very similar to the nose.
M/D: A light body with way to much prickly carbonation. I can drink some if I had to. Nothing I care to have again though.

Had this at a poker party not to long ago. Not that it is that rare of a beer, but a guy from Australia brought this and the sparkling ale (did not get a chance to try that one though). I was not impressed with this beer. I find it about the same as macro lager crap. Next time I go for the sparkling ale.

Coopers Original Pale Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
74 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.