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

nothing special here.

pours a hazy yellow with floaties throughout the brew. Decent 1/2 inch head that goes away quickly.
Smell was fairly weak on the hops.
taste was slightly hoppy, little citrus in there and it was quitye thin. Actually reminded alot of Fosters only with a slightly hoppy bite to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 18:09:22 | More by kegerator
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New Hampshire

2.63/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two-finger white head that goes quickly leaving nothing. Cloudy amber color with a lot of chunky bits. Medium carbonation and light bodied. Nose is faintly hoppy. Starts with a light mix of hops and malts with the hops dominating, hoppy finish but not a lot of flavor. $1.80 for a 375ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. Best by 11/28/05.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 01:50:38 | More by jdhilt
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North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I didn't realize this was bottle conditioned until I accidentally poured the whole bottle into my pint glass, turning the beer into a snow-globe. Straw yellow in color with a light white head that quickly fizzles off. Zero lace. Smell is mild, bready and sweet/sour. Flavor is light, way too light. Slight bready malts upfront with a faint dose of hops. Light buttery green apple flavor, lemony, and grassy. Simply too mild for me to enjoy. Extreme carbonation and light watery body. Some may find this appealing, but it is not for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 21:01:46 | More by AlexJ
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4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Atrractively stubby bottle with a green kangaroo on the wrap-around neck label.

Pours with a shallow, soapy head, buttery white. I forgot for a moment that this is bottle conditioned and ended up dumping a large cloud of sediment into the glass. Nevertheless, the appearence is attractive: glowing pumpkin orange, and very densely grainy due to the sediment.


Bready yeast chewiness, backed by a fresh waft of hops and a subtle sugar cookie sweetness.


Upfront lemony pinch of bitterness around the periphery of my palate, followed by a French bready middle -- hops kick around the top. The finish is a tingling hop citrus pinch, yet subtle, like a touch of zest. Also slighty dry.

Full yet refreshing, grainy -- chewy -- due, I reckon, to the sediment.

A stand up pale ale. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 04:35:54 | More by RootedFool
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North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy golden straw with a low white head that just barely laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a slight wheat or yeast aroma and a barely noticeable hop aroma.

The flavor was fruity with wheat and yeast flavor and a subtle malty caramel with bittering just enought to keep caramel in check.

The finish was dry with slight yeasty/bready lasting flavor into aftertaste. The body was medium.

12.7 ounce bottle. Best before 23.03.05. Easy drinking yet boring beer...YAWN...

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 21:45:08 | More by GCBrewingCo
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New York

3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pale malt scent along with a slightly fruity English yeast finish. t seems a bit bitter and bisquity. The taste is average. It has a pale malt flavor with a slight zing in the aftertaste. It is light and a bit watery. I don't detect much in the hop department. It is dry and musty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average pale ale at best. It just doesn't have much flavor and what little it has sucks. It's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 22:04:15 | More by WesWes
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Ontario (Canada)

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

This ale arrived a very pale murky golden hue with a short crown of limited duration leading to a thick glass ring and minor lace.
Aroma is very light of green grass and bread.
The body is full and the carbonation is thin.
The taste is that of a light bitter with the late introduction of a sweet biscuit that tones down the bitterness but ever so lightly.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2004 18:13:23 | More by Shiloh
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2.78/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12.7 oz bottle. Best by date of Nov. 2004 on packaging.
The beer pours a cloudy yellow color with no head.minimal carbonation. It had a very mild grainy,malty sweet taste , light bodied but decent presence on the palate. Mild hop flavor to finish.
Would have been much better with more carbonation

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 18:42:41 | More by beerceller99
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North Carolina

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

Very smooth drinking. Unfortunately, the bar would not give me a glass (they did not have any). The carbonation was very weak. Sweet hops with a backnote of what made me think of vanilla. The sweet hops came with the finish, they were ever-so-slightly bitter at first, but quickly became sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 23:52:38 | More by MuddyFeet
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3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THe color was light gold but murky. Not much head, but was there dwindled quickly.
Not much at all present in the aroma. Very light malt hints, maybe a hint of some hops.
Taste was light but not bad by any means. Sort of sweet at first sip along with slight hints of citrus. This was a very balanced beer but on a subdued level.
A medium mouthfeel, easy to drink.
Good drinkability, would be a good beer for potential crossovers.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 02:03:47 | More by Bruiser81
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3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz (whoo-hoo, an extra .7 oz.!) bottle, it's vibrant gold with lots of floating yeasty bits. The yeast settles at the bottom, with a reddish tint that makes it look a bit like a pile of rust. The smell and taste are lightly fruity with hops that are just detectable. Nothing spectacular, but a nice flavor. It went down well over a hot barbecue on a scorching mid-summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 04:34:10 | More by mickeymac
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New York

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

This beer is a clear, rich gold with hallucinations of amber. A cloudy last pour turns it an opaque orangey-gold and adds dark floaties. Head is medium-sized, off-white, bubbly, fizzy. There's a touch of spoonk in the nose, with some grains, some sugar and a little citrus. Fresh! in the front: a little nutty and quite bitter. The middle turns sweet, tingly, quenching but thin. Finish is very dry, bitter, fresh. This is a good, bitter/dry beer. It gets a little fruitier and less bitter with temperature: more pale aley. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 16:09:32 | More by kbub6f
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3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy appearance with very little head. Smell was oddly wheaty. Taste was wheaty but nothing spectacular. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a bit of carbonation that was somewhat pleasant. Drinkability was not too bad. This reminded me of a wheat beer rather than a pale ale. Wouldn't be too bad on a hot day, although under other circumstances, I would not rush out to buy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 01:18:51 | More by edchicma
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2.6/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Altogether a decent looking beer, with a nice smell to it, but the appearance is below average. Head dissipated very quickly. Smell seemed citrusy, sweet. Taste is OK, kind of thick, yeasty taste at first, leaves a funky gym sock aftertaste. I am not a big fan of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 00:46:43 | More by Trentonator
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2.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I went ahead and mixed the yeast in the glass as I usually do with bottle conditioned beers. A finger or so on the head but it didn't last long. Body is kind of a dull, cloudy golden likely due to the sediment that is present.

I get a faint spicy, citrusy smell from this. I usually prefer a stronger smell in a pale.

The taste is kind of dull. A bit bready in the front and bitter in the back. Not objectionable only because the flavor just isn't there.

Nothing really wrong with the mouthfeel. Average consistency, you don't really feel the sediment going down.

This might be drinkable because it isn't harsh, but I really don't want any more of these.

Overall, I've had worse but thought this would be better.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 06:21:07 | More by DPMomutant
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3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head.
aroma was yeasty but also sweet/malty as well.
very clean tasting. good body and no off aftertaste.
yeast sediment was noticeable at bottom of glass.
overall, an average pale ale. disappointing after having their sparkling ale which is much better.

-so had this on tap durring dinner a few weeks ago and was pretty happy with it. a recent deal (6 pack for $13) convinced me to try it again.

cloudy and very pale in color. nice lasting white head sits above.
yeasty/lemon zest aroma. fairly light.
taste, well, its nicely balanced. nothing really standing out.
pretty basic, easy drinking pale. still, a much better alternative to the usuall draught offerings around.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 00:54:44 | More by joecast
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2.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Light orange in color with a bit of sediment and a decent head.

Smell – This aroma is light, but it’s definitely filled with citrus orangey hops. There’s also a nice, firm, sugary malt base. Not bad.

Taste – This one crashed and burned at the taste. The malt structure fell apart, creating an absence of finish. This left the cheap flavors exposed (see below).

Mouthfeel – This one was strung out and flat, which made the flavors that much worst. It went from looking and smelling good to total disappointment.

Drinkability – I was able to finish this one, but it was very unpleasant and I will definitely not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 01:49:34 | More by RoyalT
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2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Onto the 2nd Beer of the World...This immediately reminded me of apple cider in appearance, cloudy with a lot of sediment. No head to speak of. Nice citrusy smell and citrusy hop finish but the taste is definitely lacking a lot. The mouthfeel is very thin, nothing that holds my interest. I would drink this beer if offered to me but would definitely not buy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 23:59:46 | More by arizcards
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2.4/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A lightly hazy gold color. It forms a white head when roused in my glass. A weak beery aroma emanates from my glass, a bit of spicy hop notes as well. Fairly mild tasting, it ends with a bit of carbonic acid bite. Slightly bready, and a tad too thin. Really not much here, not offensive, but nothing worth drinking either.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 22:12:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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2.38/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very carbonated witha thick, chunky white head. The color is golden-straw. There is a light hop fruitiness in the aroma, along with a bit of graininess. It has a real plain flavor, with a ligh fruitiness and medium bitterness throughout. It is a light-medium bodied brew. I can't find much good in this beer, I didn't enjoy it at all. Not impressed at all with this one.

Sampled 10/3/03

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 22:56:18 | More by BeerBuilder
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3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an excellent beer to drink in summer when you dont want to get too wasted, coopers pale has great charcter, that is not as complex as other beers they brew but is still a fine drinking beer, particularly when its really hot. (the weather not the beer lol)

light in its golden hue, with a cloudy appearance from the sediment. lacks enuff head retention which is a minus. nose has orchard fruits, with a hint of malty, yeast strains, and some floral hoppy tones. flavor is quite yeasty, lots of caramel, especially as it warms, with the presence of pears, and a dash of lemon. full in body for a reasonably clean pale ale, its got a good balance of hops which finishes on the dry side, but pleasingly so. lacks a bit in carbonation, but still, its nice to see a beer letting the hops do the work rather than the other way around.

il go for the sparkling ale any day of the week, but occasionally if im looking at a long night and i want a nice intro to a big night of drinking, this is a fair place to start. its not hard to drink a worse beer in australia than this one. while its not a huse beer, its quite tasty, and stacks up well compared to a lot of other beers i could be drinking locally.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 06:00:46 | More by diablo14
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured strangely, a hazy yellow color, thin head, and large chunks of sediment. I did not expect this. The small head quickly disappeared. The aroma was weak, barely a hint of hops was present. The mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied. The malt flavor was most prevelent, with some hints of fruit. Slight bitterness came through on the aftertaste. Drinkable but not overly exciting.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2003 03:48:40 | More by Gavage
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2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coopers Original Pale Ale: from Australia. I am immediately struck by how cloudy this beer is. Does not spill out a lot of head. The color is yellow with a deep orange tint. The aroma is somewhat cidery. Hmm, this beer does not quite want to leave an impression on me, a bare wisp of malt sweetness, and it quickly disappears. There are some fruit/citrus flavors here, but little aftertaste of hops, in fact not much taste at all. Fairly smooth mouthfeel, which just helps it leave the palate that much more quickly. I guess you’d call this a session beer, because there isn’t much to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 21:59:48 | More by jackndan
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West Virginia

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

Appearance: Cloudy golden orange tint with a nice creamy textured white head, no lacing forms on this one. Aroma: A slight citrus note here a bit zesty with deep bready malt tones heavy sediment as well adds to the breadiness I speak of. Taste: A mild biscuit sweetness with some balancing light hops main component here is the yeast and malt tones providing for a bready finish and overall profile in the flavor. Mouthfeel: Somewhat of a residual texture that coats the tongue not bad at all very nice crisp tone brought on by the medium body and mild carbonation. Drinkability: Not crazy but solid ale from Austrailia just glad to see another brand other than Foster's on American shores.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 00:50:20 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is copper, with a lot of yeast sediment clouding it up, with no head to speak of. The smell is of lemon. The taste is slightly hop bitterness, with a good bit of citrus taste. Mouthfeel is smooth. As for drinkability, I could definitely session with this beer.

Another good Cooper's beer. Probably a bit less than the Sparkling Ale, but I don't think the gap is that great. I'll probably definitely have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 00:59:01 | More by beergeek279
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