Coopers Original Pale Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Original Pale AleCoopers Original Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited
Australia | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by purplehops on 03-27-2002

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very smooth drinking. Unfortunately, the bar would not give me a glass (they did not have any). The carbonation was very weak. Sweet hops with a backnote of what made me think of vanilla. The sweet hops came with the finish, they were ever-so-slightly bitter at first, but quickly became sweet.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THe color was light gold but murky. Not much head, but was there dwindled quickly.
Not much at all present in the aroma. Very light malt hints, maybe a hint of some hops.
Taste was light but not bad by any means. Sort of sweet at first sip along with slight hints of citrus. This was a very balanced beer but on a subdued level.
A medium mouthfeel, easy to drink.
Good drinkability, would be a good beer for potential crossovers.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz (whoo-hoo, an extra .7 oz.!) bottle, it's vibrant gold with lots of floating yeasty bits. The yeast settles at the bottom, with a reddish tint that makes it look a bit like a pile of rust. The smell and taste are lightly fruity with hops that are just detectable. Nothing spectacular, but a nice flavor. It went down well over a hot barbecue on a scorching mid-summer afternoon.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear, rich gold with hallucinations of amber. A cloudy last pour turns it an opaque orangey-gold and adds dark floaties. Head is medium-sized, off-white, bubbly, fizzy. There's a touch of spoonk in the nose, with some grains, some sugar and a little citrus. Fresh! in the front: a little nutty and quite bitter. The middle turns sweet, tingly, quenching but thin. Finish is very dry, bitter, fresh. This is a good, bitter/dry beer. It gets a little fruitier and less bitter with temperature: more pale aley. Nice.

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Photo of edchicma
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy appearance with very little head. Smell was oddly wheaty. Taste was wheaty but nothing spectacular. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a bit of carbonation that was somewhat pleasant. Drinkability was not too bad. This reminded me of a wheat beer rather than a pale ale. Wouldn't be too bad on a hot day, although under other circumstances, I would not rush out to buy it.

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Photo of Trentonator
2.62/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Altogether a decent looking beer, with a nice smell to it, but the appearance is below average. Head dissipated very quickly. Smell seemed citrusy, sweet. Taste is OK, kind of thick, yeasty taste at first, leaves a funky gym sock aftertaste. I am not a big fan of this beer.

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Photo of DPMomutant
2.78/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I went ahead and mixed the yeast in the glass as I usually do with bottle conditioned beers. A finger or so on the head but it didn't last long. Body is kind of a dull, cloudy golden likely due to the sediment that is present.

I get a faint spicy, citrusy smell from this. I usually prefer a stronger smell in a pale.

The taste is kind of dull. A bit bready in the front and bitter in the back. Not objectionable only because the flavor just isn't there.

Nothing really wrong with the mouthfeel. Average consistency, you don't really feel the sediment going down.

This might be drinkable because it isn't harsh, but I really don't want any more of these.

Overall, I've had worse but thought this would be better.

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Photo of joecast
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head.
aroma was yeasty but also sweet/malty as well.
very clean tasting. good body and no off aftertaste.
yeast sediment was noticeable at bottom of glass.
overall, an average pale ale. disappointing after having their sparkling ale which is much better.

-so had this on tap durring dinner a few weeks ago and was pretty happy with it. a recent deal (6 pack for $13) convinced me to try it again.

cloudy and very pale in color. nice lasting white head sits above.
yeasty/lemon zest aroma. fairly light.
taste, well, its nicely balanced. nothing really standing out.
pretty basic, easy drinking pale. still, a much better alternative to the usuall draught offerings around.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Light orange in color with a bit of sediment and a decent head.

Smell – This aroma is light, but it’s definitely filled with citrus orangey hops. There’s also a nice, firm, sugary malt base. Not bad.

Taste – This one crashed and burned at the taste. The malt structure fell apart, creating an absence of finish. This left the cheap flavors exposed (see below).

Mouthfeel – This one was strung out and flat, which made the flavors that much worst. It went from looking and smelling good to total disappointment.

Drinkability – I was able to finish this one, but it was very unpleasant and I will definitely not buy again.

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Photo of arizcards
2.82/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Onto the 2nd Beer of the World...This immediately reminded me of apple cider in appearance, cloudy with a lot of sediment. No head to speak of. Nice citrusy smell and citrusy hop finish but the taste is definitely lacking a lot. The mouthfeel is very thin, nothing that holds my interest. I would drink this beer if offered to me but would definitely not buy it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.39/5  rDev -24.4%
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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Photo of BeerBuilder
2.41/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very carbonated witha thick, chunky white head. The color is golden-straw. There is a light hop fruitiness in the aroma, along with a bit of graininess. It has a real plain flavor, with a ligh fruitiness and medium bitterness throughout. It is a light-medium bodied brew. I can't find much good in this beer, I didn't enjoy it at all. Not impressed at all with this one.

Sampled 10/3/03

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Photo of diablo14
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an excellent beer to drink in summer when you dont want to get too wasted, coopers pale has great charcter, that is not as complex as other beers they brew but is still a fine drinking beer, particularly when its really hot. (the weather not the beer lol)

light in its golden hue, with a cloudy appearance from the sediment. lacks enuff head retention which is a minus. nose has orchard fruits, with a hint of malty, yeast strains, and some floral hoppy tones. flavor is quite yeasty, lots of caramel, especially as it warms, with the presence of pears, and a dash of lemon. full in body for a reasonably clean pale ale, its got a good balance of hops which finishes on the dry side, but pleasingly so. lacks a bit in carbonation, but still, its nice to see a beer letting the hops do the work rather than the other way around.

il go for the sparkling ale any day of the week, but occasionally if im looking at a long night and i want a nice intro to a big night of drinking, this is a fair place to start. its not hard to drink a worse beer in australia than this one. while its not a huse beer, its quite tasty, and stacks up well compared to a lot of other beers i could be drinking locally.

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Photo of Gavage
3/5  rDev -5.1%
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 jackndan
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coopers Original Pale Ale: from Australia. I am immediately struck by how cloudy this beer is. Does not spill out a lot of head. The color is yellow with a deep orange tint. The aroma is somewhat cidery. Hmm, this beer does not quite want to leave an impression on me, a bare wisp of malt sweetness, and it quickly disappears. There are some fruit/citrus flavors here, but little aftertaste of hops, in fact not much taste at all. Fairly smooth mouthfeel, which just helps it leave the palate that much more quickly. I guess you’d call this a session beer, because there isn’t much to it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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 beergeek279
3.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is copper, with a lot of yeast sediment clouding it up, with no head to speak of. The smell is of lemon. The taste is slightly hop bitterness, with a good bit of citrus taste. Mouthfeel is smooth. As for drinkability, I could definitely session with this beer.

Another good Cooper's beer. Probably a bit less than the Sparkling Ale, but I don't think the gap is that great. I'll probably definitely have this one again.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a thin golden yellow. It looks like lemonade. A nice head but no lacing. A minor amount of yeast floaties. Scent is lemony and floral. An earthy grain and some nuts. Nice but not strong or powerful.

Flavors are lemon and citrus hop. A very smooth mild bitterness from the hops. A grain and bread flavor follow up the initial hops. A nice dry aftertaste. Simple and easy.

It feels watery and weak in the mouth. There is an initial crispness but that is quickly lost with the watery quality. This ale is easy to drink.

Overall a good simple ale.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a friend who drank this alot on tap in Australia during a recent trip. We finally located the beer here in Chicago, and he claims it tastes pretty much the same as in Aust. The beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden with a bit of sediment if you look close. This is what I call a slammer beer. Not overly memorable, but real easy to drink. I'd be happy to shoot some pool and suck a few of these down in a dark Aussie pub. The nose is rather malty and hints of sweet corn. The taste also is a bit malty/corny with just a faint bit of cloying fruitiness and not much in the way of hops. My only fear is that in a lot of brews that I encounter this malty/corny character I find that it means adjunct/filler and hence-headache. I call it the PBR syndrome. Never drink more than three in a sitting! I don't think I'll drink more that two or three of these at time to play it safe. Not a bad little slammer though all in all.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.74/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light gold color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is a little citrusy and a little hoppy, but neither is very assertive. Thin- to medium-bodied, with flavors of hops, wheat and fruit. Finish is a little flat and fruity. I enjoyed their Stout but this beer leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light golden color with a medium-sized white head and lively carbonation. Flakes of sediment rise and fall in the streams of carbonation, rendering the appearance of a snow globe. The lacing is quite good. Aroma consists of bready yeast and citrus hops. Taste begins with lively carbonation, light malts, and lemony hops. The hops dominate the taste towards the dry finish, leaving in their wake a crisp citrus oil bitterness. The mouth feel is creamy and pleasant. A refreshing warm weather beer.

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Photo of Morris729
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with tiny yet noticeable flakes of sediment floating in the beer. The head is creamy white and fades into a good amount of lace. Nose is sourdough bread and a bit of citrusy hops. Taste starts off with sweet malts and a mild fruitiness followed by some nutty yeast flavors. Some bitter hops and acidic lemon notes come through in the end leaving a crisp finish. A pretty nice pale ale but nothing special.

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Photo of purplehops
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Coopers Pale Ale pours a hazy honey yellow with a white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Being bottle-conditioned there is or can be a fair amount of trub suspended in your glass. The aroma is very malty with notes of citrus and honey. The taste starts with a fruity yeast bite along with citrus flavors and a hint of caramel. The finish is dry with lemon flavors and hop bitterness starting to emerge. Aftertaste is a power struggle for your taste buds between citrus flavors, hop bitterness, and pale malt flavors. There is no winner in this struggle. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.
Overall a fairly average Aussie pale ale. Great potential that never seems to go anywhere. Nice visually with good aroma but no balance in the taste and a watery mouthfeel; IMO.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +25.6%
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 Mark
3.61/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know that this beer is a pale ale or a lager. O.K. the label says pale ale but... A very cloudy pale gold topped by a nice sugar white head, lacing was solid and offset the rather strange color and appearance. Fresh lager like aroma was standard. Taste was pretty standard too but had a bit of lemony zest to it and actually was quite refreshing. I think this would be a good warm weather quaffer. This sample came out of a Beers Of The World gift box. I have never seen this brew anywhere before now.

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Coopers Original Pale Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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