Original Pale Ale
Coopers Brewery Limited

Original Pale AleOriginal Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #455
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
74
Ranked #48,831
Avg:
3.21 | pDev: 16.51%
Reviews:
310
Ratings:
603
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Coopers Brewery Limited
 
Australia
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  12
Gots
  106
SCORE
74
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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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misteil from Ireland

3.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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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Nass from Florida

2.81/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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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shambeano from Australia

3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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mishi_d from Romania

3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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Ssweeney961 from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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gvickery from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

May 18, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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jamesroses from Argentina

3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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
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RichardLeahy from Australia

3.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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potatosallad from Australia

3.97/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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REVZEB from Illinois

3.22/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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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Ceddd99 from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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Tone from Missouri

3.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of floral hops, pale malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of a cola. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of tea, and a hint of a cola. Overall, weak aroma and body, and the cola qualities are odd.

Apr 27, 2018
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DrMullet from Florida

3.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly cloudy orange/gold with minimal head and very thing lacing.
Smell is sweet grain and some floral notes.
Taste is sweet up front with some grassy mildly bitter finish.
Well balanced and surprisingly pleasant.

Feb 25, 2018
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of a flight at Outback, so it makes sense they try to slip in an Australian beer. A little flavorless. Not much in the way of hops though you would expect that from a pale ale.

Jan 05, 2018
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the_awesometeer from California

3.09/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer is cloudy and has a lot of floaties in it but it is a couple years old. The head didnt last long. The aroma has a mixture of sweetness and earth smells as well as a hint of holiday spice. The beer tastes like a watered down version of the smell. The beer has a nice carbonation, bubbly feel to it.

Nov 18, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours golden with hardly any head despite the obvious high carbonation. The aroma is bready and with some malty sweetness. A surprising fruity presence. The taste is well balanced and fairly rich for a beer of this style. Medium body.

Aug 14, 2017
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srv33 from Michigan

2.4/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange. Decent head that fades entirely over a couple minutes with some lacing with medium size bubbles.

Aroma: Suprisingly I get some Belgian yeast-like scents from this, along with the usual breadiness and hints of hay and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Very very thin, more so than more AALs, even the lightest. Moderate medium size carbonation.

Taste: After the rather nice scent I was unfortunately let down by the taste. It was extremely lacking in depth and did not linger on the palate at all. I'm hesitant to give specifics on the taste as there was very little. Much more like a light AAL rather than a pale ale.

Overall: Maybe my hopes were too high after reading other ratings, but I was very let down by this beer. I do not think that it deserves the rating it gets on here at all. Though I'm open to giving their other varieties a shot, perhaps I just got a bad one.

Jun 10, 2017
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 375ml bottle with a BB of July 2018. Purchased quite recently from Morrisons. A classic Australian ale.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A golden hue with good carbonation and tons of floating sediment. Produces a smallish head of white foam that settles rapidly and disappears.

S: Aroma of earthy yeast with hints of pale malt, mild grain, faint grassy hops and a twinge of herbal spice. Subtle but balanced.

T: Tastes of dry, earthy yeast with notes of grain, light malt, faint grassiness and stewed hops. A delicate bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Smooth and spritzy, with good body and texture. Very dry; yeast coats the palate. Aftertaste of yeast, mild grain and stewed leaves.

O: A decent brew, though I can sympathise with those who consider it dull. Lacklustre looks, mainly due to the lack of head. The aroma and flavour are yeast dominated and subtle, while the body is nice. What this has in it's favour is drinkability - I could see this going down OK in the Australian heat. Anyway, worth trying as long as you don't expect to be blown away.

May 23, 2017
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Stockatron from Australia

3.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is not, and not meant to be, a hops driven pale ale. But it is a solid beer, although it can vary widely between taps in Sydney pubs.
Bottle product not as good overall, it can be a bit bitter and rusty tasting.

Apr 13, 2017
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IsaacCraft from Korea (South)

2.6/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Just kinda underwhelming all around. Look is pretty poor, taste isn't too bad but seems a bit off in a Metallic way. I did get some grassy lemony flavors which were nice, though.

Feb 22, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

2.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Savannah, GA. The appearance is a Light orange color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is mostly citrus and hops and very musty. The taste was not good. It was musty and acidic. Not a good beer.

Dec 04, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.46/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

These can be consistently bleh, bad or whatnot, but the inconsistency seems to lie in their penchant for sometimes being infected, or really over carbonated.

The appearance is yellow. The aroma is negligible.

Taste is an excessive mouth feel of carbonation, corn and two row barley. Like no hops. I seriously think Coors has more hops. I don't get why anyone would want to ship this half way around the world. There are plenty of bland similar beers here you can get for a cheaper price. Even their artwork sucks, how uninspired. Has a weighty presence despite the carbonation, from the lack of hopping.

Would not bang again.

Nov 16, 2016
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