Original Pale Ale
Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Brewery Limited
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #203
Ranked #29,176
3.19 | pDev: 16.3%
Mar 25, 2022
Mar 27, 2002
Original Pale AleOriginal Pale Ale
Notes: Our 'Pale' is naturally conditioned in the bottle or keg. This traditional Coopers brewing method produces the trademark sediment that gives our ales a distinctive, fine cloudy appearance.

This beer is a deep golden colour and pours with a generous level of foam. To unlock its full flavour potential, make sure to roll before pouring. No additives. No preservatives.
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2.75 by mpenske from California on Mar 25, 2022
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3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours yellow orange with a small white head. Smells of sweet grain and slight citrus. Tastes of cereal grain with slight citrus notes. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a good beer.

Feb 04, 2022
3.17 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Jan 19, 2022
3.25 by arini10 from Oregon on Jan 10, 2022
2.63 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jan 01, 2022
3.64 by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts on Dec 30, 2021
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3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by dkoehler42 from New York

Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale hails from the land down under. It boasts a transparent amber/straw with a white head and a sharp malty nose. The flavor profile is a mirror of the nose, and has what I describe as a 'round' flavor, with traces of hop bitterness before fading away. It's not offensive, though I don't care for it. I'm glad to have tried it, how often does one get to sample Australian beer?

Dec 03, 2021
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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by elnachooo from Spain

De color dorado, con un dedo espumoso de corta retención. Cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Aroma a levadura y lúpulo. Sabor ligeramente con un amargor final.

Oct 14, 2021
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3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Hazy light orange. One finger of thick white head with good retention.

Smell: Slightly skunky hops and citrus.

Taste: Mild biscuity malt with a moderate, chemical bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, with high carbonation.

Overall: A poor, bitter brew.

Sep 28, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Nath91 from Australia

Coopers Original Pale Ale. The Original, and the best. Coopers Pale was my introduction into the pale ale scene, and the craft beer scene. Whilst not a 'craft beer' per se, it's an excellent style of the Australian Pale Ale, and has stood the test of time to not only be one of Australia's finest beers, but one of my favourites. It's my go-to when there's nothing else, because it never lets you down. This is going to be a bit biased, but it's one of my favourite beers.

Look - 5/5: Poured off tap or out of a bottle for this review, it looks great. The natural sediment in the bottle gives the beer this wonderful hazy, murky, ochre orange colour, and is as cloudy as a London summers day. The head starts off fairly nicely packed, a little soap sudsy, before dissipating into a thin foam.

Smell - 5/5: For me, it smells amazing. As mentioned earlier, it was my introductory beer into the pale ale scene, and it's kind of like that smell of home. Always brings a smile to the face. Orange, mandarin, and lemony citrus notes, a slight malt character, Smells refreshing, ready to be drunk.

Taste - 4/5: It's a common introductory beer for those entering into the pale ale scene, because it's inoffensive, and it's not going to smack you around with overly bold flavours. A nice earthy malty sweetness, with fruit notes lingering around the mouth,. The finish has a nice smooth bitterness that doesn't poke holes in the taste buds courtesy of the Pride of Ringwood hops that are more common in your Australian lagers, but compliment an Aussie Pale nicely.

Feel - 4/5: It's quite carbonated, but well balanced. Super refreshing on a hot summers day ice cold out of the esky or the fridge.

Overall - 4.5/5: Some find it boring, but as mentioned, I popped my Pale Ale cherry to this piece of, South Australian culture. It's never failed on a session, it's never failed to quench my thirst. It's bigger cousin, Coopers Sparkling Ale may have more oomph, but it's a classic easy drinking beer, that puts a smile on my dial.

Aug 20, 2021
2.86 by Seshin from California on Jul 16, 2021
3.2 by Daneve76 from Australia on Jun 07, 2021
3.17 by Kiro from Russian Federation on May 08, 2021
3.71 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Apr 26, 2021
3.56 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Feb 21, 2021
3.2 by marcrech from Brazil on Jan 09, 2021
3.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Dec 21, 2020
3.54 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Oct 01, 2020
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3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by misteil from Ireland

look: no head, few bubbles there initially but very quickly fades, no lacing, beer is murky amber colour, lots of sediment, not particularly attractive but not bad either.

smell: not much malt character, it’s grainy and biscuity i suppose, stale bread, really quite sweet, somewhat sugary sweet, honey, orange, hint of lemon zest, some grass, slight earthy flavour, doesn’t smell off putting nor does it smell overly inviting.

taste: i mean, doesn’t taste bad, but it doesn’t taste of much, some malt flavour there, definitely grainy and earthy, the sweetness is there but it’s not as potent as the nose, honey and orange, bit of bitterness on the finish, i mean it’s perfectly drinkable, not a lot to say about it though.

feel: light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and refreshing, but also quite watery, really lacking in depth and variety of flavour.

overall: it was definitely a beer , not much else to say.

Jun 24, 2020
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2.89/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Popped the cap then realised it's a screw-cap; haven't seen one of those in years. Rested for a day since purchase, still pours with moderate haze that should be neither too much for me, nor denying the beer it's potential. 3-4mm white head, receding slowly.
S- Not that distinct, I just get some mild grains from it.
T- Quite bright hops, bring a bitter note, some graininess, but overall there doesn't seem much to it.
F- Well carbonated in the mouth, a thin bitter hoppy edge but little can be distinguished from the rather bland body that follows.
O- It would be refreshing though it's quite uninteresting. There isn't anything I notice that makes me think 'I want to drink THIS beer again'. There isn't anything wrong as such, just there isn't anything at all special either.
Bought from WholeFoods London W8 £2.29/375ml bottle BB: (on front lable) 10/04/21

Jan 02, 2020
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3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Mclusal from Colombia


Jan 01, 2020
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2.81/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by Nass from Florida

The pour is light orange. The taste is sort of muted for style just some faint hops, malts & grains, a touch of floral. I came into this expecting better, it's too bitter tasting for the style. Cheers! C

Dec 30, 2019
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3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by shambeano from Australia

750 ml longneck, best after 23/05/2019, given a little roll then poured into a tulip.
Look: Cloudy gold, with about 2 cm of bubbly white head, Pretty good head retention, but it does subside to a thin film. Looks pretty good.
Smell: Its quite yeasty straight up, and a little bready, a little grassy hop straight after. Pleasant but a little plain.
Taste: less yeasty, a bit of grassy hop comes through. malty and still with that yeast flavour to the end.
Feel: lighter bodied, prickly carbonation, not much length.
Overall: I like it, I have fond memories though and find it hard to be objective.

Sep 20, 2019
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3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by mishi_d from Romania

Hazy golden color with white head, grainy, malty aroma with hints of biscuits, taste is grassy, malty and hoppy, medium bitter, medium body and carbonation.

Jul 17, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ssweeney961 from Maryland

One of my favorite summer beers. I typically take 2 cases for a week at the beach (outer Banks). A big breakfast at 7-8 AM and I'm ready to crack a Coopers Pale on the beach by 10 AM. Not over hoppy (though I do like hops) and very refreshing. I'm looking forward to having one down under (in the winter) on the beach. Cheers

Jun 25, 2019
3 by fairdeels from Maryland on Jun 15, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DrBeergood from Ohio

Pours golden, hazy with sediment. There aren't many beers with sediment in it in America--the last time I saw one was Weyerbacher's Merry Monks--The look can be offputting and I'm not an exception to that, but it must be reviewed.

It's easy on the nose, forward palate, doesn't linger. Very malty. Very smooth. It's kind of sweet, even. Usually in a pale ale, the hops are so overpowering that you don't think about the malt, or even that it's an ale.

There's a good balance in this brew. It's a beer you can drink with your mates, Oi! Oi! Oi!

I appreciate that it brewed in 12.7oz bottles. It feels like every other brewery is trying to squeeze you into an 11.x bottle and that just ain't right. Then again, I heard something once, in passing, that in America, you get taxed more for 12oz+ beers.

I'll take a Coopers over a Bud/Coors/Miller any day.

May 29, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by gvickery from Texas

The look is a little disconcerting. Very hazy with loads of various sizes of sediments. Smell is quite nice, light caramel, grass, slight sweetness. Taste is similar, semisweet, a little caramel, clean bitterness of a nondescript hop. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy, I couldn’t drink more than 5 or 6 of these. Maybe more on an empty stomach. I think it’s underrated, this has tons of flavor, complex and way better than our adjunct lagers. I’m reading all the reviews about no head and that has me perplexed, since it had a 2 finger, white head with very good retention. Half way done with a glass and it still has a quarter inch. I bet folks aren’t pouring it correctly. I also don’t understand why people are complaining about it having a twist cap, what does that have to do with the taste???? Must be some beer snobbery.

May 18, 2019
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3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Reviewed as part of BJCP training, 12B Australian Sparkling Ale. Best AFTER 19/03/18. Also seriously, screw cap?!

Pours clear at first, but I stirred the sediment and let it roll in, now it's cloudy and some yeast chunks, light fizzy head with low retention, medium gold color, def should have more head and retention

Nose a little toasted bready grainy malt, little malty sweet, some fruity esters, light herbal earthy maybe floral hop, hint fruity hop notes too I think and a touch peppery-spice, fairly light

Taste starts with the malty sweet flavors, a little toasty grainy but mostly smooth pale malts, some fruity esters kick in, pear, maybe a little banana as well, then more apple late and quite a bit of it, medium hop flavor a little earthy herbal, faint sulfury note and maybe minerals, very dry and quick finish, bit of bitterness but not nearly as bitter as I expected (maybe age?)

Mouth is medium bodied but feels full rounded, with tingly prickly carbonation that tingles the tongue

Overall an interesting style, not one I've had before, neat characters, I woudl really like to try it fresh and see how different it is, but otherwise not something I would likely get regularly

Feb 07, 2019
3.25 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Feb 05, 2019
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3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by jamesroses from Argentina

Cloudy orange. Lots of sediment. Low carbonation. White fluffy head dissapeared quickly.

Smells grassy, herbal and a bit lemony.

Taste follows the nose. Lemony notes are obvious, grassy hops too.

Light mouthfeel.

Weird pale ale. Smells and drinks almost like a "fruity" pilsner.

Nov 16, 2018
3.74 by BlueSpader from Washington on Oct 11, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by RichardLeahy from Australia

The first pale ale that I drank seriously, 10 years or so ago when craft beers were starting to make an impression in Australia. Not that I consider this a craft beer. It has apparently been brewed this way for a long time. My feeling, however, is that the taste and feel have been dulled in the last 5 years to seek a wider audience. Poured from tap into pint glass. L. Cloudy, dull yellow/orange with a foamy head that fades quickly. Nothing wrong with that. S. A little grassy, grainy and floral but not a lot. T. Smooth, a bit of grain, some grassy floral hints. F. I am sure it is not as cloudy as it once was. So now a little lighter, but not fizzy. Appropriate. O. The pale ale that started it in Australia. First few times that I drank this, coming from a background of XXXX bitter since the 1980s, I found it hard going. But probably the beer I have drunk most in the last 10 years and I am a fan.

Sep 26, 2018
3.42 by robotic_being from Florida on Sep 23, 2018
3.11 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Aug 18, 2018
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3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by potatosallad from Australia

Sweet, grassy smell and goes down easily at a hot summer day. Sometimes you can find sediments collected at the bottom of the bottle which isn't too exciting to see. Very pleasant for the cheapest ale you can find at bottle-os. I'd have this over the carlton draught or "vile-brews" any day.

Jul 28, 2018
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3.22/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Is there good Australian beer? This is mediocre at best, not that it tastes or smells bad, it just doesn't have much flavor at all. Thought the feel was spot on, but again not exciting. Watery and mild in appearance, smell and taste, with some malt, some bitter citrus and some crispness, but none of which really come out to a full degree, just kind of faintly there. Pray for Australia

Jul 07, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Ceddd99 from Michigan

Very refreshing pale ale. Underrated in my opinion. I am not a fan of the ultra hop flavored American Pale Ales, so this is much more my style. I can see people thinking it's a bit dull, bland and watery but if you're in the mood for a mild tasting pale ale this is an excellent choice.

Jun 12, 2018
3.3 by edthehead from New York on May 30, 2018
3.5 by paulish from New York on May 09, 2018
Original Pale Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 620 ratings