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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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Photo of mjurney
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden-straw color, hazy. Lots of carbonation. Head looks really thick, bright white color.

Very crisp and clean aroma. A little light, I could some some clean malts and citrus hops.

Body is very crisp, clean and refreshing. Flavor isn't very complex, but I get sweet clean malts up front with slight citrus hops at the end.

Very crisp, clean and refreshing.

Overall Impressions:
Light on the flavor, but very refreshing. Perfect lawnmower beer.

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Photo of speter
3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Happy Australia Day! (Vowels count double!)

A: Pours a hazy light straw color with a fluffy two-finger white head that leaves nice lacing as it fades to a thin layer.

S: Coopers maritime malt (smell the sea) and Pride of Ringwood hops. The hops could be a bit more prominent, but the shipment times to North America don't seem to be quick.

T: Very refreshing. Not the most complex ale on the planet, but it wasn't designed to be so. Like its bigger brother Sparkling Ale, this has a nice apple touch, along with a slightly salty malt profile and Aussie hops.

M: Medium body and good carbonation.

D: Given the abv, I can easily put away a few of these away.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Coopers is an old favourite of mine (especially the Sparkling Ale), so I thought it appropriate to review a beer from Australia's largest family owned brewery.

Poured from a 375ml stubbie into an Irish tulip-pint glass (aka "Guinness glass"). I "rolled" the stubbie before pouring to get the yeast at the bottom excited (this is a standard ritual for South Australian drinkers).

A: Body is a cloudy golden straw colour with a bit of fizz in the head (possibly due to recent transit from the bottle-shop). The head is a slight beige off white, which quickly shrunk to almost nothing (no lacing in the glass either).

S: The nose is fairly fruity (not overpowering but enough to notice). I would best describe it as passion-fruit with melon, and a little bit of citrus - I suspect the bottle-conditioned yeast has much to do with this.

T: Quite refreshing! A classic "Australian" Pale Ale - built more to refresh than to impress (we do have hot summers here). The flavour is similar to the nose (no surprises there), I would say it sits in the range of citrus/acidic region, with a dry finish. There is not much to taste of hops (but we know that they're there) or malt.

M: This ale has a very strong Champagne fizz to it (points off not being a real ale in this department), which I believe is due to the yeast used in fermentation. It is also a bit watery - there's no heavy ale body to it.

D: I could go another couple of these. I wouldn't have a whole night though - I would get a bit bored after the second or third pint. That aside it's definitely a good beer for summer, winter on the other hand I prefer a stronger ale.

Food match: Grilled chicken or fish with a light salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar, maybe calamari or other seafood (crab, lobster).

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Photo of dgilks
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
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 drizzam
3.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Best after" date of 11 AUG 09.

A - A cloudy yellow/light orange body with very light sediment floating throughout. A very thin white cap topped the body, but even than thin cap pretty much disappeared after just a minute. No lacing to speak of.

S - Grainy aroma with very little hop presence. There also seems to be a very light sweet citric presence just lingering in the background.

T & M - That lingering citric aroma represents itself in a larger manner in the taste. There was very little in the hop department. It does seem to have a bit of acidic bite toward the back end. Mouthfeel is thinnish, bordering on watery. Finishes crisp and very clean.

D - All in all, this is an extremely sessionable brew. It may npt be the perfect example of the style, but it is something that you could drink all day long on a hot Summer day.

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Photo of LiamAhearn
3.87/5  rDev +21.3%
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 Bitterbill
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice cloudy dark yellow colour with a small and shrinking head of foam.

The nose is a mix of lemon zest and a honey like malt sweetness.

Lots of that lemon zest in the taste with a decent grain flavour and a bit of sweet malt. It was more bitter than I expected but I'm not disappointed.

Lots of carbonation to go with this medium bodied Pale ale...maybe a tad too much. Still, a decent mouth feel.

It's an odd tasting take on the style but it sure is easy enough to drink despite the overload of carbo.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
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 drtth
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
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 ΒΌ" 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 Macca
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a honey golden colour with not a lot of head. Cloudy.

A sweet grainy aroma dominates but not in a bad way. A bit of lemon. No hops to speak of.

Sweetness really dominates in the mouth up front. Reasonable bitterness at the back. Very grainy. Not enough hops for mine.

Once upon a time I drank a lot of this beer, mainly directly from the stubby. My palate has changed a lot since then & know I find it nowhere as drinkable. Still a good starting point for lager drinkers to get into ales.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.74/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into pint glass oct27 2010

A cloudy pale yellow with loads of sediment and even a few chunks being moved around by crazy amount of bubbles that feed a thumbs width of head that just sits there but leaves only a patch or two of lace

S a little grassy hops with some cereal and lemon rind

T a nice citrus zing and just a little tropical fruit on top of what I smell

M very light in the mouth, rather refreshing

D not bad at all for a 4.5% pale, I could drink a few of these without issues

I'm a little surprised this one doesn't get more love, I liked it but it's a pricey here in Alberta

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Photo of keitho
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-Pours a cloudy golden with big frothy white head,lots of fizz and yeast floating around as it's bottle conditioned,leaves lacing all the way down the glass.looks good.

Smell-Yeast and lemon a bit grassy not unpleasant.

Taste-Well balanced,nice bitter taste of hops at the end,could be longer but its refreshing.

Mouthfeel-Slightly watery,feels a bit thin.

Drinkability-Enjoyable brew,could definitely have a session on this beer sat out in the sun, a refreshing ale.

Im a fan of Coopers beers they are easy to get hold of here and are good value.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.09/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

We've got a gusher folks! Yellow appearance and crap in the beer. Not much of a discernable aroma.

Taste was just carbonation and corn. Very light mouthfeel, no hops. Might as well call this Coors Light or Foster's. And its expensive. Forget you! There just wasn't any redeeming quality in this beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
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 rtepiak
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a lemony pale with a light color of yellow/orange. has a hop quality more so than anything else. not too good for a malt character. giving it a lack luster body. nose of lemon and lemon grass. i wouldn't call it a grassy beer. not particularly sweet in palate with a citrus quality hop. no really finish of bitter. some protein after a bit. had much better from this brewery.

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Photo of bala747
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice pale ale from Coopers' Brewery.

A: A cloudy yellow pour with a lot of carbonation that leaves a permanent 1/2 cm head on the beer.

S: Nothing of note here, smells of sweet esters, grain and some herbs, but nothing really stands out.

T: Strangely enough I tasted chocolate truffles and some turkish delight in this. Sweet tasting, slightly cloying but really pleasant sweet tastes emerge from this beer. Some yeasty flavours are present as well, as well as some caramel. Deceptively complex taste.

M: Medium bodied and somewhat fizzy in a nice way. Nice mouthfeel, with no metallic/bitter skunky aftertaste.

D: Very very drinkable, especially if you have a sweet tooth.

Overall, a very nicely sweet beer with lots of 'indulgent' flavours of chocolates and sweets.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear gold color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to a skim. Decanted lightly. Random patches of lace.

S: Lemon citrus and green apples with a little yeast ester. A little slightly sweet malt character.

T: Very light flavor; crackers and hay. Light bitter enough for a crisp finish (not as bitter as many EPA's I've had.

M: Medium body; belies light flavor. Medium carbonation.

D: Low abv and nothing seriously wrong make it drinkable. Just nothing special.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy dark yellow color with a small fizzy head that disappears rapidly.

S - Aroma is lightly malty, yeasty with light apricot notes.

S - Flavor is moderately sweet and with some sourness. Hop taste is diminished. Clean finish.

M - Body is light, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. Has the feel of a wheat beer.

D - Overall it's a nice beer. But there is nothing remarkable about it. It's not really a pale ale though. What is it really?

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Photo of witster18
3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a solid pale ale. be careful about getting an outdated bottle... the best by date is stamped on the side, but can be hard to read. This is also one of those beers that, if you're in the wrong place, can sit around for a while. If it's not fairly fresh it loses carb and taste.

Lots of citrus up front. the hop bite is rather mellow for a pale ale. The is actually overall a bit light for the style, but it's a pretty easy drinker. Just a touch of off-putting sweetness/tartness.

Above average. Sierra is probably a more flavorful and cheaper option, but this is a nice change of pace too. I bet most of the really bad reviews here had some pretty old bottles. New/fresh - this one is pretty hard to dislike.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
2.49/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours into a pint glass a slightly turbid golden-yellow with a thick white, rapidly-settling head.

Smells slightly of lemons and sweet malts. Little hop presence in the nose.

Very subtle malt taste. No roasted grains, very little hop bitterness, and a semi-tart flavor. Very little carbonation. Drinkability is below average. I don't know if this beer is bad, or what, but something is just off about it.

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Photo of Durge
3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this cold from the bottle, showing a slightly orange-ish clear yellow gold with a fair white head and minor lacing. Noted a good deal of brownish sediment at the bottom, like cinnamon. The nose picks up a decided sour mash and bayberry, sort of a dry grass hop perhaps. The flavor gives a pretty good grassy kick, again a dry hop effect, fairly sharp and no sweetness. It's hard to pick up much else, a little malt maybe way in the background, and a clove-orange hint if you stretch your imagination. It has a spicy overtone, fair carbonation in a mid to light body. The feel is generally crisp and refreshing but a bit aqueous. I can't say this floats my boat but I can drink it. Would be fine with pizza but otherwise, not one to search out. Drinkable but not highly desirable.

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Photo of Daniell
2.81/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: few fingers of head, nice pale ale colour, some sediment. Completely appropriate for the style.

S: the nose for me is very faint. Hops, sourness, yeast. Apple, apple peel. Creaminess. Not unpleasant.

T: has some nice albeit light bitterness kinda reminiscent of a german beer. Also very faint fruity taste. Not much here, truth be told.

M: Could do with more carbonation. I don't particularly like the mouthfeel either in fact.

D: Low alcohol and low flavor so yeah, drinkable, although I wouldn't be bothered having more than one because I don't enjoy it enough.

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Photo of ralree
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Really cloudy, lots of sediment, washed out yellow color. Looks pretty gross, actually, like swamp water. No head, no lacing.

S: Lots of grain and a little alcohol and hops, but not much else. Pretty plain and uninteresting.

T: A little fruitier than the smell - some nice light fruit in here, a bit tangy and sweet. Grain is up front and isn't bashful - nice strong taste. Hops are very slightly there, but I'd prefer more.

M: Overcarbonated, slightly astringent, medium-body. Very dry.

D: Goes down OK, but I would only drink it with a meal. On its own it's a little mundane.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ML poured into a SA Perfect Pint-- Was rolled!!

A-- Poured a hazy dull yellow. Lots of floaties in the pour. Got a half finger bright white head. Tight compact bubbles on the side of the head and good head retention and a bit of lacing.

S-- Malt is more prominent then citrus. What was there was mostly lemon and a faint bit of pine. Nowhere near as big a smell as other pale ales in Australia but this is an EPA.

T-- Malt and lemon. Hops are very secondary. A good balance but if you like more of the APA style you will be very disappointed in this. Malt taste lasts longer than the lemon and no real pine taste and no grapefruit.

M-- Creamy yet flavor dies off fairly quickly. Needs a lot more hops. Could be much bolder. Nearly perfect in carbonation. Just lacking in something.

D-- Can drink several of these easily. Solid beer...BUT... If you are a hophead avoid this beer. You will be disappointed. Much smoother and balanced than the APA style. This is no longer one of my first choices in Australia for accessible beer. Little Creatures is far more aggressive and bolder than this. Still think Coopers Stout, Sparkling and Vintage Ale are far superior to this. If I grade this against AU APA's this is a D. As an EPA it is a good beer and a good choice for a Sunday session. I think holds up well against the UK style.

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Photo of odonnekg
4.27/5  rDev +33.9%
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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