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Coopers Original Pale Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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490 Ratings

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 16.98%
Wants: 7
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 03-27-2002

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Ratings: 490 | Reviews: 279
Photo of Reidrover
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden ale in colour with a large thick off white head. Aroma is pretty weak, just malty, slightly caramel. Pretty basic malty flavoured ale, a touch of grassy hop and la touch of citric. Palte is quite nice but nothing stunning’ Average beer all round.

Photo of tweeder263
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazy gold brew with one finger head that dissipates quiickly,highly carbonated.Has a bit of yeasty estery smell to it,,kinda lika a belgian.Taste hmmm,,mild,,a bit dry,,lightly hopped.Not bad,,not one i would crave either. Mouthfeel is ok,,drinkability is ok also i dont know if i could totally session this beer. Definitely worth a try but i wouldnt buy a case.

Photo of cjgator3
2.14/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12.7oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before date clearly shown on neck (19.02.08). Pours a slightly golden yellow color with one finger fizzy white head. The aroma is extremely faint with just a touch of malt and hops. The taste much like the aroma is pretty underwhelming in flavor with some malt and ops in a dry and watery finish. Overall, this was simply not a very enjoyable beer. The aroma and tastes were watered down and the mouthfeel was overly fizzy. Not recommended.

Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad little pale ale. A little simplistic. Hops not as prominent as i'd like in a pale ale. Not enough depth from crystal malts. But basic, certainly above average among the tiny bit of Australian beers that make it to the U.S. Wish there was a little more, though.


Photo of aussielars
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Decent long lasting head. Straw coloured with lots of yeast sediment.

S- Nothing that really stands out, maybe a bit fruity.

T- Fruity and refreshing with a bitter after taste.

M- Fizzier then most ales I tried.

D- Not a bad call when it comes to value for money. It was priced the same as xxxx, VB, and Fosters. This one is easier to drink then Victoria Bitter since less polluted by Aussie favorite Pride Of Ringwood.

Photo of dmamiano
2.2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not very excited about this one. It was the only beer on the menu I hadnt yet tried, so I figured "why not?"
Pour a very, very cloudy medium straw color with all kinds of stuff floating in the glass. Even leaving the last 1/2 inch unpoured, it was amazingly cloudy and full of junk.
Fairly nice head that hung on for a bit. Highly carbonated.
Smell was weak, not much hops or malt detected.
Taste was also very poor.

Photo of sleazo
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy yellowish blonde with a fluffy two fingered head with decent retention due to a good stream of bubbles. Settles into a nice top. lace sticks to the sides as this is consumed.

S-Toasted biscuits and malt with a twinge of some grassy hops. Nothing off here

T-SLightly sweet with less biscuits than the smell. There is a little vegetable taste here and the aftertaste has a certain tobacco like astringency to it. The toasted aspect appears throughout and the hops are noticeably restrained. bitterness comes through in the aftertaste as well as the tobacco spicyness.

M-just slightly thicker than with a medium carbonation.

D-Easy drinking yet there are some complexities to it. The complexities aren't neccessarily what the type I love but it does make it interesting.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Straw color with lots of bubbles, but little head. Strange. Bit of dark colored sediment at the end (I say hooray for bottle-conditioning). Smells a bit of apple candy, definitely heavy on the pale malts, as befits the English style. A bit of leafy hops came out on the finish. It's thin and fizzy, but I think it tastes decent enough, and it certainly would work well as a session pale ale. I'm thinking summer barbecues for this one. BTW, regarding what other reviewers have written, I found this has much more of the subtle characteristics of an English pale or mild ale than of macro lager. Would definitely drink this over Heineken any day.

Photo of Tang07
4.35/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff is WAY better on tap than in a bottle.

After spending a few months down under, it's one of my favorite beers.

It is cloudier on tap and has a much fresher taste.

The beer comes in a pint or pitcher a very foggy golden color.
it smells of hops with light malt.

it tastes fresh and hoppy, (but not super strong if you're into that)

The carbonation is very good, lots of small bubbles. Very drinkable

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

Pale straw color. Clear. Very mild head.

Sweet caramel/toffee. Very light floral hop.

Toasty caramel sweet malt. Light floral balance.

Fizzy foam. Light carbonation and thin bodied.

Light easy beer. Not good for solo consumption, needs to be a food accompaniment. Also, it-a be better really cold.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz screw-top brown bottle:

* this is there Pale ale which is strange because the "sparkling ale" is listed as an English pale ale as well. which seems strange.

AP: a cloudy, sediment filled (which you can choose to filter out) plae golden color with a minimal 1/4" white head.

Nose: Very herbal with sour-corn scented yeast, earthy hop, mild wheat malt scent way down deep.

Flavor: a thin wheat-malted flavor with herbal and sour yeast notes with the earthy but WAY to subtle hop finish.

Feel: light bodied, grainy but crisp.

DA: not to shabby concidering this stuff travels a long way.

Photo of brendan13
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy pale straw colour with quite small head.
S - Some fruity esters and pale malt sweetness.
T - Much the same as the taste with a bit of a bitter kick at the back.
M - Medium mouthfeel with a slight spritz.
D - Nothing that makes me go "wow" but its probably the cheapest, most readily available beer that is actually somewhat decent.
The pizza restaurant next door to my work has this alongside the typical euro lagers & shitty mainstream aussie beers so it comes in handy from time to time if I'm eating there.

Photo of goochpunch
1.43/5  rDev -55%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This gem pours out looking like cloudy and dirty white grapefruit juice. Has a thin ring of "head." This really smells akin to a macro lager: just clean and with nothing standing out. Flavor is grainy and nearly tasteless: like drinking a cocktail of 90% club soda and 10% beer. Light and fizzy doesn't begin to describe the mouthfeel here. I'd take a Budweiser or Coors Banquet over this any day.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
1.82/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

There is a thin, white head on this hazy gold beer. I can not stand the smell. It is awful. If smells like an awful potpourri of old diaper, band-aids, B.O., and general assiness. Terrible.

I taste, expecting maybe this sampole is spoiled, but it doesn't really seem so. I just get slightly skunky, old, noble hops, booze, soapiness, and a cracked grain finish. It's not doin much for me really and that smell is just horrendous. Drainpour.

Photo of Redwood21
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Has a nice wheat haze to it with a white frothy head, decent enough
S: there is some malt with a litttle bit of hops. its ok but nothing that makes you think wow.
T:; way to weak and watery it has the pale ale taste but nothing to get excited about. there is a malt and hops character i think but just to cut with a watery taste.

M/D: its ok, its solid, but too weak and waery, too macro in nature, though that may not be fair or descriptive enough

Photo of Vancer
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hey, not a bad lil’ brew from the down under. Would make a solid session brew if readily available around here.

Liked the 12.7 bottle conditioned brew, it went down smooth and easy. Murky straw yellow was a lead-in to the sediment on the bottom. Dead head, just a bit on the thin side, but expected with the low alcohol.

Sweet bubblegum and sugarcane in the aroma, progressing into a lite and tasty quaff. Sweetish molasses, lemon and toffee also sneak in there. Fairly reminiscent of a summer Wit brew. Finishes crisp and clean – I could go for a sixer of these critters.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.27/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2.5
Pours the colour of a murky, cloudy ginger beer with about one finger of head that quickly all but disappears. Sediment is noticeable, particularly at the bottom of the glass.

Smell - 3.0
Very little detectable smell at all, particularly when the head has settled. What there is, is very pleasant, a bit of a cider-like, red apple smell.

Taste - 3.0
Instantly it is extremely refreshing, with very little alcohol taste. There is a little malty sweetness, and overall a very mellow but plesant taste. Hard to discern individual flavours in this one. The aftertaste is tangy and tasty, but with only a little hops.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
At first there is an almost champagne like fizziness, with lots of small bubbles that dance over the tounge, that disappear to leave a very light and mellow feel. Somewhat unusual for an ale.

Drinkability - 4.0
As it is rather thirst-quenching, this beer has a lot higher drinkability in the summer. The residue in the bottom looks somewhat unpleasant, and would stop me from wanting to drink too many from a glass.

On a hot summer's day this stuff is pure magic, as it is really refreshing, even when it is not ice cold. The yeast residue may put off some, but when drinking it is hardly detectable. This is a little more expensive than the mainstream Aussie beers, but then it is better quality, so actually pretty good value. Not the most interesting pale ale, but it's easy-drinking, affordable and above all, tastes pretty damn good!

Photo of Graebner
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-amber, not much to it, not much head. Interesting, though, are the red-amber tiny flecks suspended in the brew. It's not like normal yeast....theyre literally at all levels of the beer. Strange. If I die after this review, you all will know why.

Smells of citrus and some apple juice with a little bread. Simple

It's quite smooth, and though theres a medium body to it it sits very lightly on the tongue, almost like a hefe. Also gets quite buttery like brie after the swallow. Interesting. In terms of flavor, nothing extraordinary, but not bad. Citrusy, light hopping, a little malt in the back.

You could drink this a long time, but it might sour after a few. Still drinkable and not too bad. Probably willn't buy again, though.

Photo of tempest
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ho-hum. This beer comes off like a pale Euro lager even though its an ale. This is probably because it's fairly light but has a mellow, creamy fruit (without any specific fruit discernible) flavor. Basically its light and sweet beer. You know, its like Heineken and its ilk with a little heavier mouthfeel and a bready aroma.

Photo of Stephen63
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very weak head but nice cloudiness, long live bottle conditioned beer!

S - Lemony citrus aroma is quite striking.

T - Sharp and the malt really dominates here. However there was thinness about this, almost watery.

M - Pretty much OK, quite dry.

D - Easy drinking beer.

Slightly let down by this beer as expected something more. Perhaps it's a grower. Felt there was a blandness, maybe needs to be tried again....

Photo of sewald
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on a pint. Interesting cloudy, unfiltered yellow appearance, looks like a weiss. Small creamy head with no lace. Interesting floral and herbal aromas. Some malt smells too.

The beer feels very light on mouth, with a mild bitterness in the end. A little bit of hop and malt flavors. The medium carbonation sustains its body, which is not that heavy, by the way. Very light aftertaste too, hoppy flavors in the end.

Overall a pretty much average beer, good for starters on the style, due to its low bitterness.

Photo of BeerSox
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7oz bottle into pint glass. Served with yeast sediment poured into glass.

Deep gold hue with a thin off white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Sediment can be seen floating in the beer.

Mild malts with a little bit of leafy hop aroma.

Cracker like malts stand out with a little bit of hop flavor coming through toward the end. Medium bodied with lower carbonation. Finish has a little bit of hop left over.

It felt this one was a little bland, and missing some of the good characteristics I look for in a good English Pale Ale.

Photo of shadow1961
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cooper's Pale Ale pours out a thin head over a cloudy yellow
brew, with considerable suspended particles. Carbonation is
moderate, the nose (barely) is of English yeast and malt. The
flavor is bland. There's a sort of a grain presence and not much
hop at all. No aftertaste. This is a premium beer?

Photo of rec
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It's almost too cloudy and not the best looker, but remains my favourite beer in the Coopers range.

Like the Sparkling Ale, it's malt-heavy and intentionally lacks complexity. While being slightly overcarbonated, it's a drink perfect for sessions and as far as reputation is concerned has become an Australian icon.

Due to its well-priced nature, it's extremely popular and something I'll continue to buy despite far superior imports.

Photo of biergeniesser
2.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This 12 oz bottle of Cooper’s Pale Ale poured a clear gold and had a thin white head which dissipated quickly. A fair amount of sediment from the bottle conditioning made it into the glass and remained suspended throughout.

The aroma is mild to be sure. Elements of biscuity and toasty malt are most evident evident; no real hop character is apparent in the aroma.

The flavor is quite mild as well. Dry and slightly alcoholic; biscuity/toasty malt characteristics come through in the finish. A lingering, moderately high degree of bitterness is also present.

The body is remarkably light. There is little to no mouth coat. Carbonation is low to moderate

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Coopers Original Pale Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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