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Coopers Original Pale Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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427 Ratings

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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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2.55/5  rDev -19.3%

A little too pale for a pale ale. Looks murky yellow, much like a wheat beer. Moderate carbonation. White dense head with nice retention. Smells a little malty and a little fruity, like you would expect from a wheat beer. Quite sour smelling for a pale ale. Faint hop aroma. Tastes fruity, like citrus lemons and oranges. Faint hop flavor and souring. Low hop bittering. Beer gets weak through the body and finish. Bitter grainy mouthfeel. A bit too acidic and metalic. Thin and remains a bit sour. Some vegetable like and earthy. Not a particularly good pale ale, but glad I tried it. Tastes like a failed attempt of an American Blonde.

06-27-2005 13:36:03 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev +14.9%

A clean pale yellow beer. Has a small fizzy white head and some lace. The main aspect of the aroma is a malty biscuit character with a lemony citrus background. The taste starts with the lemony citus up front followed by a light malt biscuit note. The finish has a light peppery hop character. a pleasing hot weather drink.
Note: If you empty the entire bottle int a glass you will get a cloudy beer.

06-23-2005 23:21:12 | More by ybnorml
Photo of Maestro


2.85/5  rDev -9.8%

This beer sits right around average. I like the bottle conditioned character but question the hops in this brew. There seems to be no aromatic hops whatsoever, leaving the smell very dull. The taste is a bit bitter but the yeasty character is overwhelming with this absence. The mouthfeel is not too bad, but some floaties seem to tingle in my mouth. Drinkability is average. I would choose this beer over some, but not many.

06-13-2005 20:41:44 | More by Maestro
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3.43/5  rDev +8.5%

Ah, Cooper's Pale. My old adversary. This one has been sitting and stewing for a while, I left it at my girlfriend's place and forgot about it.

*N.B. As this greatly affects the taste and mouthfeel, this bottle-conditioned beer was poured with all yeast sediment into the glass, because that's the way to drink it.

Appearance: Head retention not so good. Nice burnished nebulous hue of deep tangerine. Lacing's there too. Interesting cirro-stratus patterns on the headless surface.

Smell: Hard to put my finger on. Sounds funny but bubblegum is the first that comes to mind. Maybe some cereal grains. Possibly stone fruit - peach and maybe plum. Several things I haven't noticed before. Each bottle is substantially different - this one smells good!

Taste: Put against the floral EPAs like Landlord, James Squire Golden Ale and Mountain Goat Sparkling, it's not great, but it's satisfying in its own robust way. Bitter, real English-tasting hops, who knows what they are, though appropriately aleish. Tangy, ashy (possibly imparted by the flocculent yeast). Surprisingly lemony on the palate - this beer would meld better with a lemon in the neck than Corona, but I wouldn't be seen dead with a lemon in the neck of my beer! Besides, I'd be drinking it from a glass. How are you supposed to drink a beer with a lemon in its neck anyway?

Mouthfeel: A bit lightweight but OK. Nothing too distracting, and very like any other ale of this style.

Drinkability: Fairly light but dare I say it a little too bland for all-night consumption. But you could do worse, especially in Australia, the land that beer forgot (but is beginning to remember).
Good one.

05-29-2005 11:36:32 | More by Weizenmensch
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2.95/5  rDev -6.6%

Coopers Original Pale Ale is like the limp wristed brother to the sparkling ale.

It is a light straw colour with little to no aroma. There is yeast floaties which adds to the ugliness of the beer. The taste is bland, slight hop blandness.

Average beer to slightly below average beer.

Drink the sparkling ale instead.

05-26-2005 23:55:49 | More by BeerNutta
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -5.1%

Cooper's Original Pale Ale

Appearance- Tangerine orange with a thin head.
Smell- weak yet a slight citrus flavor. Light malt.
Taste- watery. Smooth malt.

Overall- not a bad beer, not something good either. A definite out of the Aussie Macro's and if I can find it cheap enough an excellent chugging, or Beirut beer!

05-23-2005 19:33:39 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of goodbyesoberday


3.9/5  rDev +23.4%

An opaque cloudiness that I like and is part of its charm and identity, though not to some people's liking.

Aroma primarily bready with some slight hint of fruit as well as grass if the beer is fresh.

Mouthfeel is good for a beer with a finishing gravity of 1.003.

Do not expect any level of bitterness from this, there is just enough to complement the malt, which is also subdued.

It is not a good beer to follow on from big beers, unless you are suffering from palate fatigue and need a refresher. It is, however, a good beer to choose from the tap when you are limited in your other choices. Hold it up to other mainstream australian tap beers and it an excellent session beer.

05-12-2005 05:55:14 | More by goodbyesoberday
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.2/5  rDev +1.3%

375ml bottle

Pours with a light yellow body, quite a few yeasty particles, fairly good head

Smell, limited, some hint of yeast, a little dry fruit

Taste, dry and fairly crisp, clumpy yeast

A pretty crappy and bland ale, similar to the sparkling ale, but this is actually worse...., time to crack the goudenband and get some flavour on these taste buds

04-16-2005 18:08:33 | More by cypressbob
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3.53/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours golden with a rapidly dissipating white head; a little cloudy from the yeast in the bottle. Has a light aroma of grass and citrus. A little more on the taste with the slightest bannna as well. Nice crisp taste with a mild bitterness that's just a little more than other Aussie beers I've had. Full, slick mouthfeel and easy drinking, but I did have a slight headache the next day (likely more quantity related)

03-29-2005 02:30:40 | More by amicar
Photo of Jason


3.6/5  rDev +13.9%

Presentation: 12.7 oz stubby brown bottle with a best before freshness date. Some sediment is noticeable on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Thin white lacing sticks well to the glass. I opted to leave the yeast in the bottle to leave some clarity in this pale golden bubbly brew.

Smell: Light lemony herbal hop, some doughy bread and nutty yeast in the nose.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Nice and neat bottle conditioned smoothness and crispness, fluffy medium body with a pale maltiness and slight buttery diacetyl on the palate. Hops drop a leveled bitterness and lemon / herbal flavor. Yeast is in the back with a fading graininess as well as a slow drying palate.

Drinkability & Notes: A decent pale, thankfully this is unfiltered and bottle conditioned and was able to retain a good amount of character. Not as good as the Sparkling Ale but something I’d definitely have again.

03-04-2005 21:02:08 | More by Jason
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3.28/5  rDev +3.8%

Opaque amber gold body with a light white loose-bubbled head which quickly disappears to nothing.
Lots of yeast sediment floating thoughout, and sitting at the bottom of the bottle looking like pond gunk.

Sweet malt on the nose, with touches of honey, lemon... that's about it. The nose is rather flat on this one. Not a lot to offer.

Taste provides a rather sweet entry immediately contrasted with some hoppy bitterness and lemon zest. Dry finish with a yeasty aftertaste. Palate is long, the mouthfeel is rich and extended.
Reasonably drinkable, easy to drink, easy to enjoy.

While this is not one of my particular favourites (and I do consider the Coopers like a little overrated here in Oz), it's a drinkable, hell, even enjoyable beer.

02-13-2005 05:36:45 | More by lacqueredmouse
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2.95/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

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

2.63/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

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

2.63/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

01-17-2005 21:01:46 | More by AlexJ
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4/5  rDev +26.6%

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.

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

3.23/5  rDev +2.2%

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...

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

3.13/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

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

3.38/5  rDev +7%

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.

09-15-2004 18:13:23 | More by Shiloh
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2.78/5  rDev -12%

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

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

3.38/5  rDev +7%

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.

08-06-2004 23:52:38 | More by MuddyFeet
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3.68/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

08-04-2004 02:03:47 | More by Bruiser81
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3.6/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

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

3.58/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

06-11-2004 16:09:32 | More by kbub6f
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3.33/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

04-24-2004 01:18:51 | More by edchicma
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2.6/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

04-13-2004 00:46:43 | More by Trentonator
Coopers Original Pale Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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