Original Pale Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

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Original Pale AleOriginal Pale Ale

Brewed by:
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 wordemupg
3.74/5  rDev +17.6%
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 +8.8%
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 -34.3%
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 +17.3%
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 -5.7%
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 +11.6%
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 +0.9%
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 -3.5%
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 +2.8%
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 -21.7%
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 -0.3%
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 -11.6%
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 -16.4%
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 +11.6%
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 +34.3%
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 dudecandle
1.58/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle into chalice:

A: Light orange-golden, hazy color, with a large enough white head with good lacing.

S: Dear lord, that may be the worst thing I have ever smelled. It was somewhere between urine and skunk grain with a hint of lemon and way too much yeast.

T: I barely managed to make it to this step after the smell, but I figured I might as well. It tasted like nothing. At all. Carbonated water with a touch of skunk grain, and perhaps some lemony soap. The unfiltered yeast comes through, as well.

M: Crisp without any body.

D: If you can get past the horrific smell, it's technically "drinkable." There isn't anything to taste, but the physical action of drinking remains unimpeded mostly. The only thought I had when trying this was that it had possibly been drunk by someone before me and then rebottled.
And yes, it was rolled.

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Photo of Jayli
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had at Outback in Randolph 1/6

A: This beer pours a crystal clear copper color, no head or lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is very muted, some malts, grain and corn

T: Taste is akin to the nose. Grain, corn, some faint hops and a decently malty presence that gives this beer a bit of girth.

M: Heavier side of light body, low to moderate carbonation, somewhat oily on the tongue all the way through.

D: Somewhat tasty, goes down easily, not a bad macro alternative in a place that doesn't offer craft beers.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 ounce stubby bottle with best after date on label. Light yellow color with very little head. Scents of sweetness, other than that no outstanding smell. Crisp flavor, with citrus notes. Little bit of spice notes. More hoppy than malts. Pretty mild flavor, very subtle. Very drinkable.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up last night at work.

Appearance- orangish color, cloudy appearance, little to no head

Smell- a little bit of malt but couldn't smell much

Taste- a bit of malt, still wasn't able to taste too much

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- ok, I would drink it again. Not too bad

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Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank entirely too much of this way back when for a semester so when I saw a single on the shelf at Green's on Ponce I had to pick it up.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of nondescript light fruits with grainy pale malts and mild leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells however the malts hold a bit more sway. Rustic pale malt flavors up front with leafy hop flavors joining in shortly. Midway through the sip hints of nondescript light fruit make an appearance. A solidly bitter ending finishes things off.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a moderate thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Call me biased but I could have a few of these.

Overall I remember it being more flavorful when I was halfway around the world and I'm sure it loses at least a little bit of flavor when it's not fresh. Not one to seek out but not a terrible option.

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Photo of nanchen
2.11/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought this at a foreign grocery store in Beijing, craving a taste of real beer. I was not particularly impressed by this offer from Coopers. It poured cloudy, opaque and strawgold into the cup. About one finger of head. From the smell, I got mostly the bitterness of hops, perhaps a slight hint of butter if you are looking for it. The taste really accented the bitterness of hops also, leaving almost no trace of malt, or pine or citrus or anything else. It's crisp, if not a little bit fizzy on the tongue. The beer is drinkable, but to me, neither interesting nor really enjoyably well-balanced.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a short strange) best after 19 may 09
A- This beer has a crystal clear golden yellow with a slight orange hue with the second pour becoming a bit hazy. There is a fizzy white head that soon disappears and a slow carbonation of tiny carbonation.
S- Soft faint pale malt hint with a strange but faint bitter hops.
T- soft green hops note leads to a slightly bigger hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers soft but is bitter like dandelions.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight little fizz finish.
D- There is no depth just a pungent bitterness from the hops and no real malt flavors.

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Photo of JoshJ
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As one of my staples in the realm of my homeland, I was reluctant look this up to see the reviews it had received, but looking at the others results, I think most people have a very accurate idea about what this beer is all about.

It appears nice with a tiny bit of sediment which adds to the flavour.

It smells like a yeasty pale ale should, and tastes very similar. On the palate its a thirst quenching drink which can be consumed in some quantity.

Overall it is one of the better mass produced Australian beers. If you do plan to come to Australia, this should be a good place to start your tour of what is on offer!

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Photo of supperhater
4.4/5  rDev +38.4%
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 Stavage
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy bubbly lacy degrades fast into a thin lacing. Otherwise a very clear pale amber drop.

The maltiness here has a bready sourdough nature, though far less obvious than its big brother Sparkling. Bit of a citric touch and some herbal hops as well.

That bready sourdough smell comes through in the flavour, again pales (no pun intended) next to the Sparkling Ale. The lemon citric taste is there as well. The bitterness is well balanced. Very faint yeast and grain taste there too.

Crisp and well carbonated but a bit thin too.

One of the more common ales to be found at your average pub. Used to be my mainstay but recently James Squire Golden Ale has taken over as the beer I drink when I can't see anything better on offer.

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Original Pale Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 578 ratings