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

If you go into any Australian pub which only has the standard selection, and you see this, it's the one to go for.
A. On tap it is perhaps a little clearer than from the bottle, although that's to be expected with bottle conditioned beers. A hazy gold colour with a thin and light head - that head can get out of hand as the carbonation is outstanding.
S. The sticky-sweet smell of the original pale ale takes be back to my teenage years and hence I personally dont think very much of it - although I know its fine. Sweetness from the malts comes first, and that unmistakable pride of ringwood floral note makes me want to gag. I hold it back. Yeast is stronger from the bottle than on tap.
T. The difference between tap and bottle is again the strenght of the yeast flavour, and the bitterness is enhanced with the additional carbonation of the bottle variety. Maltyness is very balanced with those vile pride of ringwood hops. Don't get me wrong, I love a bitter beer, but those hops man, I can only associate them with the kinds of teenage behaviour that one regrets having done, or for that matter not done. I'm sure friends in the states feel similar with bud lite or perhaps corona. In this case however, its a mixture of the taste of by all means a fine beer with a pavlovian conditioned reaction.
M. The carbonation tickles the tongue a lot more in the bottle than on tap, yet it still feels creamy - or if you perfer - slimy. Those hops linger on with more tenacity than they ought to, but so does the sweet malty back of mouth.
O. Coopers Original Pale Ale is one of the better standard beers that is readily avalible across Australia, however, their Sparkling Ale and Best Extra Stout are the nicer drops.

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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 tillmac62
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

BAD 8/18/14. Being bottle conditioned, the pour is cloudy and light amber in color. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Very light nose of light hops over biscuit. Lemon is present as well as a slight spicy note.

Light medium body that is smooth. Nice carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The flavor profile is intense, not complex and not very balanced. It begins with a muddled flavor that eventually allows some lemon to be identified. The middle is mildly bitter with nothing to balance. The finish is slightly dry and a muddled off flavor lingers.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has fruity and floral characters, balanced with a crisp bitterness, Coopers Pale Ale has a compelling flavour which is perfect for every occasion. A secondary fermentation creates the trademark sediment that gives Pale its fine cloudy appearance.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.61/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz bottle
served in a nonic glass
Best after 21/4/14

It is pale yellow in color and very hazy. Chunks of yeast are floating in suspension. It looks like the 20 year old Busch that I poured a couple months ago. It has a couple of inches of off-white head that settled to a thin veil just covering the top of the beer.

It has a sweet grain smell along with some floral aromas.

This taste is surprisingly good. It tastes like sweet bread with hints of honey.

Prickly carbonation dances across my tongue for a dry, clean finish.

It's been a few years since I have had this beer. It is a pretty darn good English pale ale.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of Andrewziggy
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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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 SmashPants
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Format: a brown 375mL bottle with the standard Coopers macro label.

Appearance: pours out a cloudy straw yellow with visible carbonation against the floating sediment. A finger of off-white head lingers for quite a time - patchy lacing down the glass.

Aroma: aromas of pale malts, some citrus and grass hops with those classic Coopers yeasts over the top.

Taste: now there's a very familiar taste. Sharp citrus and grass hops with some earth, those pale malts and yeast.

Aftertaste: the flavours all hang around for some time, with the sharp earth and the yeasts taking the fore.

Mouth feel: medium in feel with a moderate to higher carbonation. A thick feel due to the sediment in the beer.

Overall: this is definitely Coopers most popular beer and their best seller. Although they have better beers such as Best Extra Stout and Extra Strong Vintage Ale, this is the one that they are best known for. Decent flavours across the palate, and now for a good price at AU44 a case (though I think they usually retail closer to $50).

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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 baumaxx1
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
Golden honey colour and cloudy with suspended yeast. Head dissipates quickly to a thin film. Mild, but lasting effervescence.

Smell -
A weak aroma overall, with predominantly yeast, baked bread and citrus characteristics, and hints of banana and sugar.

Taste -
Lots of yeast and bread, with hints of lemon and lime. Finishes with a soda water aftertaste.

Mouthfeel -
Prickly carbonation, with a viscous, frothy feel when swished. Foams up and lines the mouth when chewed.

Overall -
An old reliable friend. This is on the cheap end of the scale locally, so it's my go-to everyday beer or if I want to supply a quality choice at parties without breaking the bank.
Easy to drink, with a pleasant flavour, albeit on the weak end of the flavour scale. The beer equivalent of a soda with lime; a tad on the bland side, but crisp and refreshing. Not the best Coopers brew, but it's usually cheap on tap and there is no better beer in its price range. Get a cheap jug of this next time you're at a bar in an Aussie uni; made for many good nights.

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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 Mosstrooper
3.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12.7oz bottle into 16oz Roanoke College branded tumbler pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden in color with a medium-sized white head that looks a bit thin and dissipates quickly yielding only a bit of thin, bubbly lace.

Smell: Buttery with slight herbal and citric notes.

Taste: Begins sweet and lemony, rounding out to a bready flavor. Finish is nutty and a tad earthy before rounding out to more citric notes.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with light carbonation and a watery finish.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but nothing too exciting either. I wouldn't seek this beer out again, but I wouldn't be opposed to drinking it again, either.

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Photo of clarknova
1.47/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

poured from a 375ml bottle

a - cloudy, dirty yellow with almost no head

s - almost nothing, slightly slightly maltly

t - little sour, little malty, no aftertaste at all

m - like sour sparkling water

o - what the ... was that? just awful or did I get a bad bottling?

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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 roggia
2.16/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beer with yellow liquid and with good foaming with good duration. The foam is white and the last drops beer made ​​from this slightly brown foam. Malt aroma. In taste the bitterness of the hops leaving a bitter aftertaste and fast. Light beer good drinkability. Good for summer.

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Photo of FLima
3.26/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with a fluffy head with low retention. Gets hazy when the residual yeast is poured with lots of floating particles.
Refreshing aroma of sweet pale malt and herbal hops. Later got some oranges.
Flavor is a bit different, given the English hops notes. Perfect balance. Some nice citrusy and earthiness going on as well. Mildly dry aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation and a pleasant spicy feeling.
Pretty decent quaff, great as a Session beer, but still reasonably flavorful. You can really tell the English influence which I liked. I wish I had in my country a major brewery with such decent quality, good beer for the masses.

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Photo of jimiboi
2.96/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Coopers Pale Ale looks great, on account of the bottle fermentation and subsequent sediment. The smell is ok as is the taste. It's a little too high on the carbonation for my liking, but it will have its adherents due to the marketing of their unique approach to brewing.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.52/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold. Head is fizzy white and dissipates to a skim. Bottle conditioning leads to some yeasty cloudiness.

Light malt, some mineral scents, some hop leaf, and grassy elements.

Tough to view this one as a pale ale. Lean dried out malt, with bitter grassy flavors. Herbal hoppy flavors. You get a touch of fruit, but the sweetness never really comes through. This one finishes bitter, and has a slight watery edge.

Medium light, a little loose, but decent carbonation. I works.

Decent, and ok for the summer. I kinda liked this one, and could drink it again.

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Photo of bmwats
3.11/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Hazy hay color. Pours a quarter finger, foamy, white head. Settles quickly, but not completely. Spotty lacing.

S: Sourdough bread and a soapy hop character, with lemon and lime citrus.

T: Light grainy flavor, with a crisp hop bite. Accentuated with a little indistinct citrus.

M: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

D: Drink session style, not much resistance.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Unusual hue, fair head, and spotty lacing. Smell of pungent citrus notes accentuate a light bread malt, and a soapy hop. A little grainy, with a light citrusy hop. Overall, this is a pretty decent quaff.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.71/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Peckhams, Glasgow (375ml, £1.95):
Hazy, pale yellow with a thin, quarter centimetre, foamy white head one top that stays relatively consistent throughout. There is also some darker sediment at the bottom of the glass as a result of my pouring skills.

Light hops and a bit of bread along with some light, floral notes too. There was some noticeable grain and a smell not unlike a pale lager but for the most part it was pretty basic and bland with not much strength.

Bread & some lighter, lager hops along with some grain make up most of the taste. There is some lemon, citrus and a touch of bitterness too but again this one is fairly basic and plain with only a touch of fruit towards the end to liven things up any.

Light medium body, perhaps a little thin but with fairly strong carbonation. There was also a bitter tang but overall it was slightly water and very plain.

Pretty bland and unexciting with not a whoe lot going for it really. It didn't seem much like an English pale ale or even a golden ale to me either, it was just so ordinary and bland. The carbonation was a bit strong and the body a bit light with almost no taste or smell to speak of.

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Photo of tonton
3.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad light pale ale, almost a copy of Coopers Sparkling Ale, without the carbonation, which I thought improved the Sparkling Ale. Plus there was visible black sediment in the suspension that was off putting, as well as a slight funky smell that was only there an instant on the nose.

I would definitely never choose this over Coopers Sparkling Ale, and there are a bunch of other pale ales that are better.

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Coopers Original Pale Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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