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Coopers Original Pale Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 7
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of goochpunch
1.43/5  rDev -54.9%
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 -42.6%
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 +9.8%
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 +6.6%
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 +3.2%
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 +7.6%
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 -1.6%
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 +4.7%
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 +9.5%
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 -1.6%
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 -13.2%
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 +2.8%
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 -7.3%
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

Photo of beeragent
2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. The beer poured a very hazy dark yellow, with a 1/4 inch head, that quickly faded, but left decent lacing on the glass. Slightly sweet aroma, but not as strong as most pale ales. Mouthfeel is about average for the style. Taste is very weak for a pale ale, resembling more of a light lager, than the style it is being passed as. An easy enough beer to drink, but if you're looking for the characters of a pale ale , I would recommend looking elsewhere.

Photo of mrmanning
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one fills the glass with a hazy yellow liquid (bottle conditioned?) with tiny yeast particles floating. Head is short lived, and bleached white. Aromas are mildly yeasty and bready, and mild mannered hops that are well behaved. FLavours are funky yeast with some semi-sweet bready malts/cookie, and subtle soft hops (like fuggels?). Finishes quick, and fairly spritzy. Session style.

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

Kind of a weird pale ale as it has low hops but a nice citrus finish that almost suggest Belgian in its softness. I like this beer though it doesn't fit the type. Like the other Cooper's I have tried, the sublte nuances are the best part of the beer. You have to slow down to really enjoy the light mix of flavours.

Photo of KyleVick4
1.35/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1


A: Pours a weak mainly yellow some gold color with little head and tiny lacing. Cloudy, but I did dump the yeast in also. Either way it just looks unappetizing and lacking aesthetics.

S: Ummm more lack of smell, but I get lemon out of it followed quickly by a light sweetness that could be adjuncty. Just smells much to similiar to a BMC beer than Id like. Bleh.

T: Ha. What taste. Sorry to bash I try not to do this, but it tastes like fizz. LIght as hell and devoid of a real taste, I guess I pick up mostly malt with a touch, a tiny touch of hops.

M: Nasty. Carbonated. Really carbonated. Light bodied with loads of fizzy carbonation. Terrible.

D: I am only drinking it to review it. Sad really. I will never buy it again, and I was so excited when I did buy it because I have worked at Outback as a side job through college all my life. Australian beer you know? What a let down...

Photo of Phatz
4.02/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a darn tasty pale ale. It is in league with Fuller's London Pride even if it is runner up by a hair.

Appearance: The pour included the yeasties and resulted in a very cloudy gold color. little head fades fast. no lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fruity with apricots and peaches, malts, yeast and some canned pears syrup and a splash of lemon.

Taste: The taste does follow the nose. With peach and apricot flavors swirling around with the yeast and zippy citrus (what might be hop) peppery zing, the it ends quickly and cleanly.

Mouthfeel: The light mouthfeel is apropos for the style. The carbonation hold solid and the malty center and the hint of spices keep the beer alive in the mouth.

Drinkability: This beer is built for drinkin not thinkin. Have at it!

Hope this is helpful.

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

Appearance: light straw, slight haze, lots of rising bubbles, brief bit of ginger ale-like froth then nothing

Aroma: biscuity malt with a hint of roasted corn, strawberries, hay

Flavor: dry malt backbone with an herbal hop flavor followed by a very slight bitterness; finishes dry with a grassy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, lively carbonation, watery texture like a club soda

Other comments: All in all, a bit disappointing. I like thier Sparkling Ale, but this is like a club soda with a dash of pale ale. Had to dump in the yeast dregs to get a bit of flavor.

Photo of wl0307
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 10/04/08, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: murky, dark yellow in colour, with a fluffy white beer head without much movement, against a moderately-carbonated body. I pour the beer with some care so as not to have the full yeasty intervention in the glass.
S: subtly lemony and floral touch a bit like German noble hops, plus a touch of rough, semi-sharp, slightly stinky-hayish and pineapple-ish yeasts. Straight-forward yet subtle, quite pleasant. Alas, the weak aroma dissipates further as it breathes...
T: sparkling-textured lemony, floral hops and very restrained pale-malts upfront--overall the foretaste is a bit neutral... the palate is coated with lively yet fine fizziness; turning increasingly dryish down the sides of the tongue, reminiscent of the tangy mouthfeel of citrus-zests rid of flavours, leaving an intriguing palate like rough woodchips, yeasts, and a soothing, understated bitterness from hops.
M&D: if one was to taste Coopers for the first time, the texture of this beer could be overly spritzy, but since I've luckily tried some of their beers, I guess I could try to appreciate it from a slightly objective perspective. This bottle shows a more lively (yet still thin) body throughout than my last bottle, maybe due to younger bottling yeasts. I wouldn't say I'd love this beer as of its own category, but for what it is and the brewery's consistent efforts to make good ales, one has to try this beer to form his/her own fair judgement. A different, yeasty and dry-ish pale ale this is.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.4/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice bottle with tons of sediment floating around near the bottom. I tried (unlike I would for a hefe) to avoid getting lots of this sediment in my pint glass. This pours a tubid carrot orange with almost no head (though I did pour very conservitively to avoid getting sediment in the glass). Some lacing, but it glides down the glass quickly. Lots of white flecks in the beer. It's unique looking, but not very appetizing.

The aroma is vegetal and fruity. I smell apricot, peaches, carrots, and tomatos. I also get a distinct mineral laden well-water aroma form this one.

The taste is very vegetal and almost like mixed vegetables from a can soaked in V8 fruit juice (not the original V8 tomato stuff, but the new juicier fruity kind). Tastes a bit like sparkling mineral water, and feels like it in the mouth too due to the high level of carbonation. I get a bit of a blandly sour taste....not good sour like citrusy hops, but a bad sour like something has spoiled. Firm metallic and mineral overtones are unique and not really horrible, but it's not what I want to taste in a beer.

This on is intersting for sure, but not very good. I don't really think I'll ever drink another one. The carbonation is the only thing making this even slighty drinkable. I'm gonna hurry and get this one down before it gets warm and goes flat....I have a feeling that it will be pretty disgusting if I let that happen.

Photo of beermanbrian
2.23/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow cloudy color. Thin bone white head. Smell - nothing, maybe a little bit of malt. Taste - very thin. Mouthfeel - watery. Drinkability - i guess it's a little better than water. There is nothing really bad about this brew it's just very bland, which is the only reason it scored as high as it did. To get 1's there has to be something really wrong and I can't say I noticed anything wrong with this one, can't really say I noticed anything at all.

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

Pours out a somewhat limpid, slightly cloudy dark yellow. Head is small, lacing light. Aroma is grainy, sweet malt, without any noticible hops in the nose. Hoppy bitterness--but not flavor--shows up more in the taste, where it pleasantly balances out a clean maltiness. Yeast character is very neutral, and finish is clean and dry. Crisp mouthfeel, light bodied.

Drinkable, but not exceptional. Really, it resembles more of a continental pils--or maybe a slightly bitter helles--than a pale ale.

Photo of zebedee
2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The label on the bottle mentioned some "fine sediment" in the bottle. The word fine was a bit of an understatement. I poured this REALLY slow, so as not to get any of the gritty looking sediment in my glass. There was no head at all, just a hazy orange coloured liquid, with little carbonation. The smell I got was pears and oranges, with a bit of malt chucked in.

On drinking it, I noted that it had an almost cordial quality to it, not really nasty, but unimpressive. A watery brew it be, with a seltzer like feel to it at first, before it goes flat due to lack of attention. Maybe the bottle suffered in transit, so to be fair, I'll review another bottle some day, but not in the near future.

Photo of Enola
2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a lighter shade of yellow with a very thin head. There is a ton of suspended matter. The smell is strong. The taste is of a lighter beer with some hops thrown in. I guess this beer could be sessioned but there are better choices for that. Average for a session beer. Nothing outstanding. This beer is better cold.

Coopers Original Pale Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
73 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.