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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best after 2/1/13.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, yeast, and some floral hop aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but pretty boring all around in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

you know what? in australia where by and large, beer is awful and over priced, this coopers product really gets the job done. its much more of a beer than tooheys or carlton or any of the other domestic offerings, and its available everywhere. pours a cloudy (bottle-conditioned) golden color with a good head on it. its a crisp beer with a body on the lighter side of medium. i cant count the nights i split a slab of these with the boys on the beach. always refreshing, and even better on tap. if you live in australia, this makes a great daily brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a golden color and a ton of flakey sediment in the bottle. The head was fluffy and white. The smell of the beer was a little bit on the hoppy side and then there were some malt aromas too. The taste of the beer was pretty crisp I thought, leaving a bitterness in the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel of the beer isn't too bad, It's light and drinkable. Overall not my favorite pale ale, they could have filtered it a little better I think but too each his/her own.

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Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with small particles floating in suspension It poured with a finger high dense white head that quickly died down yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are faint aromas of lemon citrus and pale malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the flavors are a little stronger. There are also some hints of grassy hops, which contribute a very slight amount of bitterness and combine with the citrus to form lemongrass flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish feels somewhat thin and watery.
O: There’s nothing particularly unique about the taste, but it is very light, refreshing and thirst quenching. This would make for a very sessionable beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.55/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle, on the patio at the new Aussie-themed pub on Whyte Avenue.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with two skinny fingers of weakly puffy, foamy, and somewhat soapy dirty white head, which leaves a little bit of coral reef lace around the glass, as well as some swirling, upwardly mobile visible effervescence.

It smells mildly of pale grainy malt, a hint of stale orchard fruit, and tame herbal, weedy hops. The taste is dry, gritty, and somewhat crackery pale malt, a stoney flintiness, and bitter grassy, weedy, and herbal hops.

The carbonation is rather high, with a tight, almost prickly high palate frothiness, the body a timid medium-light weight, and a bit on the thin side, with little to recommend it as smooth. It finishes quite dry, with a sort of mineral cleanliness.

Not bad, but not really a pale ale in bearing, there's just no sweetness to the malt, and that becomes a drag after a short while. Dryness usually has lots to recommend it, but it must be used much more deftly than it is here. One and done, I'm afraid.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.37/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into An Brainblasta Goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of no cream but fair thickness. Fair retention. Hazy yellow with tinges of orange.

Sm: Light fruit cut by very fresh barley. A light pleasant scent.

T: Crystal hop body. Some bittering hops too. Very slight fruit. Generic barley. Too bitter, especially on the finish. Carbonara sauce-esque.

Mf: Very wet, but nice patches of coarseness.

Dr: It's unfairly priced, and not particularly good even for the style.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into pint glass, best after 8/22/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste lemon, pear, apple, cracker, lightly toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, lightly toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very solid English pale ale style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The cloudiness is part of the character and charm of this bottle conditioned beer. It's golden/peach in color with a bold, rocky, bright-white head that holds extremely well (as it's constantly buoyed by an intense effervescence) and leaves some excellent lace. The aroma is fruity and lightly malty. The body is light-medium, and when combined with the very fine & effervescent carbonation - as well as it's light acidity - the mouthfeel is quite crisp. The flavor offers the standard Cooper's yeast character with lots of fruitiness (apples, pears, apricot, mild banana) and a good deal of hop bitterness. There's a light acidity and a minor hop flavor from Pride of Ringwood. It finishes dry with just a minimal, lingering yeastiness. Very nice. Quite similar to their Sparkling Ale but with far less character.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, a light amount of fine light colored particles in suspension, and a hint of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of pale and grainy malts with a light aroma of floral hops. Very light aromas of light fruit/spicy yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale and grainy malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of light fruit/spicy yeast and just a light amount of floral hops. A light amount of bitterness is present in the finish and fades away fairly quickly.

M: Just slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Light and refreshing, somewhat thirst quenching - this would be a good sessionable beer for a hot summer day. Easy to drink.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.41/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, gold body with a tiny ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Light pale malts, some graininess. Grassy hops, though light. More chicken broth.

Taste: Rather light malt character along with a subdued sweetness. A bit floral, grassy, but not much in the way of bitterness. Grows a bit watery. Dry, abrupt finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit of a disappointment, really.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.71/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clouded, hazed yellow-gold containing variously-sized bubbles rising at varying speeds. The head is on the small side since I gave the beer a gentle pour to keep the considerable quantity of sediment out of the glass. I love adding yeast to my hefe weizens, but I'm not so sure about it in this case. 'Simple white cap, soft, short-lived, almost no lace' just about sums it up.

This beer is what style again? A pale ale? Surely you jest. Shouldn't there be some semblance of hops in a pale ale's nose. COPA is doing a drop dead perfect impersonation of a Euro Pale Lager. And one that is aroma deficient to boot. A little grainy, a little musty hoppy... that's it.

Upon tasting... still comfortably within the bounds of the EPL style. Too bad it's supposed to be something else. Modestly sweet pale malt base that tastes much more grainy that I'd like, largely as a result of very little hop flavor. There's a moderate amount of semi-harsh hop bitterness, but whatever hop flavor may have been present initially hasn't survived the long, hot ocean voyage (of course I'm speculating based on what the beer tastes like).

The finish retains a modicum of sweetness, even as bitterness picks up steam and lingers the longest. The body is closer to light than to medium and there's a well-sustained, fine carbonation that does its best to make the mouthfeel seem interesting, but fails. It's not quite as dull as the flavor though, I'll give it that.

No how, no way is Cooper's Original Pale Ale an English Pale Ale. I think these guys should release Cooper's New-and-Improved Pale Ale because this one doesn't cut it, not by a long shot. I've now had two good to excellent beers from this 'down under' brewery (Best Extra Stout and Extra Strong Vintage Ale) and two lousy ones (Sparkling Ale and this one). Maybe it's time to re-name Coopers Brewery Limited the Jekyl and Hyde Brewing Company.

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Photo of russpowell
3.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours (carefully) a clear golden to straw colored witha a 2 fingers deep white head that drops off quickly to nada& stays that way. No lacing either

Smell: Slight fruitiness & hints of peppery hops

Taste: Fruitty & slight grainyness. Finishes quenching & fruitty

MF Spritzy & light bodied. could use a little more heft

Drinks easy, just not much character there for a bottle conditioned beer. I remember this being slighlty better in OZ. Worth a shot, especially as a summer time change of pace

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Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 WVbeergeek
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy golden orange tint with a nice creamy textured white head, no lacing forms on this one. Aroma: A slight citrus note here a bit zesty with deep bready malt tones heavy sediment as well adds to the breadiness I speak of. Taste: A mild biscuit sweetness with some balancing light hops main component here is the yeast and malt tones providing for a bready finish and overall profile in the flavor. Mouthfeel: Somewhat of a residual texture that coats the tongue not bad at all very nice crisp tone brought on by the medium body and mild carbonation. Drinkability: Not crazy but solid ale from Austrailia just glad to see another brand other than Foster's on American shores.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color, under a small white head. Aroma is fresh and fruity, notes of peach apricot, some citrus. Mellow mouthfeel, decent showing of hops, but very minimal bitterness, and a lackluster finish. Pleasant and sweet, but nothing really sticks out. A fine session ale, if you don't mind unassuming, easy-going flavor in your mug.

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Photo of Gavage
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured strangely, a hazy yellow color, thin head, and large chunks of sediment. I did not expect this. The small head quickly disappeared. The aroma was weak, barely a hint of hops was present. The mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied. The malt flavor was most prevelent, with some hints of fruit. Slight bitterness came through on the aftertaste. Drinkable but not overly exciting.

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Photo of tempest
3.12/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12.7 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, actually a bit skunky. Taste is grains, mild hops, a bit of malts, refreshing but not exactly flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is OK, but nothing special.

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Photo of WesWes
3.14/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says best after 4 October 2009, which today certainly is.

Appearance: body is a pale yellow color with a thin finger of fizzy white foam. There's a bit of haze to the body, as well as a fair bit of floaties I introduced with a rather vigorous pour. It's bottle-conditioned, so there was a fair bit of sediment; this doesn't count against it.

Smell: extremely light malt aroma with a hint of noble hops. It's not bad, per se, but it's way too light.

Taste: the flavor is actually pretty good. Sweetish malt combines with citrusy, earthy hops to create a very refreshing flavor. Bitterness and malt are well balanced; a solid brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with moderate carbonation; still, it manages to convey a pretty creamy and silky mouthfeel. I am rather pleasantly surprised here.

Drinkability: flavor and feel are pretty darn good. Though this beer basically smells like nothing, it is refreshing, tasty and quite drinkable indeed.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.39/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A lightly hazy gold color. It forms a white head when roused in my glass. A weak beery aroma emanates from my glass, a bit of spicy hop notes as well. Fairly mild tasting, it ends with a bit of carbonic acid bite. Slightly bready, and a tad too thin. Really not much here, not offensive, but nothing worth drinking either.

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