Coopers Original Pale Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Original Pale AleCoopers Original Pale Ale

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Coopers Brewery Limited

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by purplehops on 03-27-2002

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Reviews: 288 | Ratings: 553
Photo of aussiebeer
5/5  rDev +58.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Giving this a 5 because its a great beer from a great country I like to call home. Only Aussie beer I can get here in Chicago pretty much, which totally sux

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.58/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little beaut of a beer alright.

Pouring a light amber body with a tight white head perfectly carbonated giving off a zesty malty aroma.

well hopped with plenty of bitter tones the bottle conditioning doesn't overpower the brew but compliments the tastes and produces a lively highly drinkable beverage.

probably my favourite bottled pale ale right now.

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Photo of supperhater
4.4/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A tasty and somewhat complex Pale Ale from the Coopers Brewery.

My ideal session beer. Very affordable too considering the quality.

Tastes much better if you tip or roll the bottle to mix the sediment into the drink.

Delicious in a glass, but sometimes it's even better straight out of the bottle...strangely

Good on tap too, though the bottled brew is a bit more consistent.

Right up there with Little Creatures Pale Ale as the best Pale Ale in Australia (to my knowledge anyway)

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Photo of Tang07
4.35/5  rDev +38.1%
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

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Photo of odonnekg
4.27/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Survived in Australia off of this beer. Obviously more of a macro then an exquisite craft, however justifiably the best tasting overall mass produced beer in the Southern Hemisphere.

A unique product that requires a roll before opening to mix the sediment. Don't let that throw you off, certainly a unique feature worthy of acknowledgment.

Not heavy, but very flavorful for a refreshing type beer. Miss it greatly, some imported bottles in the US. Draught is the way to go.

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Photo of mhuber
4.25/5  rDev +34.9%

Cooper's Pale Ale from Australia. Unfiltered, pours cloudy, light golden color. Light and refreshing. Just a slight citrus note. I like this one, even though I'm not a big fan of the citrus. If I ever move to Australia I think I would drink a lot of Cooper's.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.22/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance; cloudy pale yellow with fine sediment. Nice white head that sticks around through the drink leaving nice lacing of rings and messy spider webs.

smell; upfront some herbal hops with hints of lemon that form a bridge between the hops and malts. The malts are at first weak and watery but with patience some complex notes of warm cereal and brown sugar come out.

taste; nice mild hops, somewhat herbal and lightly bitter, leaving a lemony aftertaste that is softened by some bready yeast. All in all very well balanced and no one flavor overpowers the other. Malts are grainy yet very subdued but not off balance, really a pleasant example of the style. Some sourness in the backround.

mouthfeel; really pillowy and soft with active but gentle carbonation, medium bodied. Slightly puckers in the finish but very smooth and easy to drink.

overall; this was a pleasant surprise, a pale ale with some saison-like hops. A great pale ale for people who appreciate hops but don't seek their overwhelming dominance in a beer.

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Photo of rallyr32
4.11/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So here I am, eating some 'roo and watching some cricket, and decide to try this bad boy. Smells better than it tastes, but still a very tasty beer. Definitely will drink again.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.1/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my favourite beer from my time in Australia. Pours a hazy pale orange which sparkles, small foamy white head. Aromas of lemon and malt. Tastes of light sweet malt, a citrus & fruity aftertaste. Some light yeast qualities coming through from the bottle conditioning. Very much a Aussie session ale, one to drink when your having a few.

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Photo of Finite
4.1/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Classic Pale Ale murky straw with a bit of sediment in the bottom. Stunning head with even better retention and lacing. Pour this into a pewter goblet reasonably cold and it laces perfectly.

Smell: Floral hops, sweet malts perfect pale ale smell.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Malty and hoppy. It’s a refreshing beer and always a good pick for a summer drink. Leaves a bitter aftertaste which isn’t overly dry.

Drinkability/Overall: I could knock these back all day. Refreshing in the mouth and goes down smooth. I’ve had this beer for ever since I started drinking and it has always been a fave. This one was particularly nice.

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Photo of Phatz
4.02/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An afternoon of AUS beers continued at my aunt's house and ain't that the truth!

From the bottle: "Real Aussie Ale"; "Brewed in Australia"; "No Additives-No Preservatives-Australian Made-Australian Owned"; "Best After [!] 19 Nov 10"; "Coopers Ales and Stout are brewed using the centuries old top fermentation method and natural bottle conditioning, resulting in a characteristic fine sediment forming on the base of the bottle. This sediment is completely natural and can be gently mixed before drinking or poured carefully leaving the sediment in the bottle."

Again a film of bone-white head thanks to my gentle pour. Color was a slightly hazy straw-yellow. Nose had a more pronounced apricot/peach/pear fruitiness than the Sparkling Ale, but the yeast strain was certainly in the family. Taste was crisp and fruity, this time putting me in mind of the Fall season. The flavor profile was just different enough from the Sparkling Ale to make it noticeable. Finish was as dry as a cider, reinforcing the concept of this as a Fall beer. My my.

Second pour, aggressive, lees incorporated: A finger of rocky French Vanilla head with low retention. Color was a murky orangish-yellow, much akin to fresh-squeezed apple or grapefruit juice. Nose was very musty, but not much else. Mouthfeel had become thin and I got a perfume-y/yeasty sweet mustiness on the tongue. Were hops involved here? I began to think of a gruit. Finish was bone-dry, not quite gasping, but close. Worth a try.

Note: NOT reviewed to style.

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Photo of RootedFool
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Getinthevan
3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this for the first time and I gotta say, this is good stuff!

Appearance is a very light golden amber color with a pretty nice frothy head and lots of sediment floating around this glass. Thick, unfiltered and a great looking beer, this is top notch looking stuff.

Smell was pretty nice with a touch of mild hops. This certainly possessed a overall nice, sweet aroma.

Taste was pretty awesome. The sediments left a nice sweet taste behind the primary bitterness of the ale. This is certainly a great beer either out of the bottle or straight off the tap; definitely top notch.

Mouthfeel was a little bit less than I expected. While the overall taste was great, the finish was a bit dry and unfinished. Not that it's a bad thing, it finished rather quickly without too much of an aftertaste.

Drinkability however is pretty damn good. A bottle of this is great to commence with friends over, and a great looking beer! Coopers is certainly a great summer brew to indulge into.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Kinda liked this one,the guy at the beer store said the bottle was sitting there for awhile but it held up great.Real hazy-orange color with a good head,smelled fresh and citriusy,body was a little thin to me for the style.Refreshing taste with some citrius-yeast note very easy to drink.I also think this would be a good warm weather ale.

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Photo of drtth
3.97/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on a recent trip to Sydney.

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a slightly cloudy pale straw yellow with a ¼" white head that persists a while but recedes steadily and leaves some scattered lacing. By the end of the beer the lacing is gone.

Smell: The aroma has nice light pale malt character with touches of floral hops and a wee bit of lemony citrus in it.

Taste: The flavors are fresh, clean and in good balance. As expected from the nose there are touches of pale malt sweetness counterpointed by light lemon zest and floral hop notes that permeate the flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with fine persistent carbonation. Finish is medium to short in length with some moderate dryness and a lightly bittered ending.

Drinkability: While in Sydney I've had this several times both from the bottle and on tap. I'm only reviewing this on tap since that is where it shows best. Also based on the bottles I've had in Sydney, I'm suspecting that the subtle flavors involved here simply don't stand up well to being bottled and shipped great distances. The beer when fresh is lightly crisp, quite refreshing to drink and a great option when out for an evening with friends.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Murky muted apricot orange to amber body color, with a nice creamy bright head with little retention. Settles to a soft and small puck after a while, with a bright top. Some nice mix of color through the glass from lemon to orange, even a hint of red peach like colors as well.

Chewy smelling malts and soft fruit like quality. Kind of an estery strawberry going on, soft malt sweetness of grain, and almost a good sense of cream. Pretty solid and inviting.

Palate seems to give the goods and keeps it simple. Light bodied touch of a wet for even a pale, but real nice sweet and creamy flavors. Popsicle tasting orange, with tea like cream and sweet malt body. Chewy sensing grains almost as if it had a good wheat like component to it. Fruit small apricot and some other possible stone fruit as well just a touch.

A real nice flavorful pale ale that just gets the job done.

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Photo of rd2nowhere
3.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy and yellow. Looks.a.lot like a witbier. No head or lacing. Carbonated.
S- very little to report, weak orange juice maybe?
T- clean and dry, little bit of malt, little bit of hop spice. Refreshing and easily sessionable.
M- light and heavily carbonated

Quite like this as an everyday type beer. It's nothing special but I'd rather drink this over a macro any day of the week.

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Photo of goodbyesoberday
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of LiamAhearn
3.87/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the missing styles which should have its own guidelines by which it is judged. I am reviewing this beer as an Australian Pale Ale as to judge it against the English Pale Ale guidelines does not do it justice.

A: As is my preference I roused the yeast before opening and pouring this beer. This is to bring out some of the more yeast derived flavors which can only come from the Coopers yeast. As such the appearance is a hazy golden straw colour with a rocky white head from zesty carbonation.

S: Fresh white bready malt aromas paired with spice, light pepper and pear notes that are inviting to the nose.

T: A light pale malt sweetness which finishes dry and lets a spicey bitterness shine through. Some bread like yeastiness in the middle but the carbonation level keeps this beer seeming lively.

M: As above this beer is fairly dry with a med-light body and a clean finish with some restrained bitterness. The yeast character also seems to give this beer a slight creamy softness which is why I prefer the Pale over the Sparking.

D: A very drinkable beer which can be enjoyed as a summer favorite lawnmower type beer. Thirst quenching and moreish.

This beer is an Australian classic and the Coopers Brewery is a National treasure. Thanks for the great work.



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Photo of doppelmeup
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Nice looking head, some lacing. Farily cloudy.

Not much aroma.

Good, mild, light malty flavor. A bit metallic, slightly bitter. Clean after taste.

I liked this beer. It would make a good session beer for me. Not a lot to it, but very drinkable.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Poured a cloudy, golden yellow, with a the residue of fermentation suspended in the bottle. Very little head or lacing, which kept this score from going higher. Started out slightly bitter, but settled in around mid-bottle, to a nice smooth tasty beer with a good finish. Not quite qwhat I expected from a Pale Ale, almost more like a Weiss at the end, but at on 4.5% abv, I could, and probably will, drink several on a hot day this summer.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The silky white head is substantial, and only recedes to about a half inch, which is constantly replenished by highly active carbonation rushing up from below. Swirling the last of the yeast sediment before pouring into the mix leaves some brown traces in the otherwise pristine white head, which leaves numerous trailers along the sides of the glass. The brew is a murky honey-amber color with some clarity at the edges of the glass. Probably would be much more clear if the sediment was left in the bottle, but who wants to miss the extra flavor and vitamins?

Fruity aromas greet the nose, with a yeasty background. This is carried through in the taste, which has some light grapefruit notes and good grain characteristics that are hard to isolate due to the exuberant carbonation. Enough hops to brighten the flavor, but not too bitter or overpowering. Altogether a mellow mouthful.

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Photo of dgilks
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a moderately hazy light gold colour with a moderate white head. Fair retention and good lacing.

Mild malt aroma with some fruitiness.

Crisp, clean malt with moderate bitterness and classic fruit esters. Tasty.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A classic Aussie Pale Ale with plenty to like.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.79/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Light slightly hazy amber in colour with a fizzy foam head that dies almost instantly to a heavy lace cover. Mild fizzy CO2 bubbles in the glass throughout.

Smell - Light floral tones and light malty sweetness and light hops. The overall aroma is of sweet water and biscuit.

Taste - Lightly burnt and malty flavour of light caramel biscuit with some lightly bitter hop nip in the follow through that makes this very well balanced and tasty.

MF - Pretty good body to this one, it has a fizzy tingle as you drink from all that CO2. There is also a light linger but it is long lived.

Overall - Well balanced in the flavour but off style in some of the categories having said that it is still very drinkable and very tasty.

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