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 introvertedone
2.36/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 12/28/08

This poured a golder amber. The smell was weak but hinted at a flowery aroma. The taste was, like the aroma, was weak. Not bad overall but weak. It presented light and smooth mouthfeel. Was easy to drink but I would rather drink Pabst Blue Ribbon (my favorite cheap beer) than this stuff.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/23/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus and lemon, light fruits, and flowery hops. Flavor is quite sweet with a sharp spicy carbonation bite in the finish. Some tropical fruit and citrus. Weak, watery palate. Not bad tasting per se, but the palate is lacking.
6/3/7/3/13 (3.2/5)

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first foray into good beer started with unfiltered wheat beers. This reminds me of a very average wheat beer. It is drinkable, mild, smooth, crisp and sweet. I could drink this on a summer afternoon while enjoying some BBQ or I could drink this with a few friends over. This is a definite session beer for me, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.26/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden and fizzy with a puffed white head that settles quickly. Retention is inferior--not much more than a bubbly white covering over the top. No lacing.

S: Weak and unimpressive. Pale malt and sweet grain. Kind of musty, too.

T&M: Tastes better than it smells. It's light and nuanced flavors are pleasant--pale bready malt, some slight diacetyl. A slightly herbal/lemony hop flavor on the tail end. Not too complex or complicated, but it does have some more subtlety than one would think. Bottle conditioning gives it a rather fluffy mouthfeel and a bubbly, effervescent carbonation that isn't too harsh.

D: Pretty easy to drink, lighter bodied and nice mouthfeel. All in all, this is an easy-drinking pale ale that would do well in the summer or springtime months. Nothing too complex or bold, but still nuanced enough to get the job done.

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Photo of magictrokini
1.97/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yuck. I like pale ales, I like blond ales, and I even like unfiltered/bottle conditioned ales (i.e. AleSmith Extra Pale). This beer tastes like none of the above. Its almost as if it was pre-skunked. Pours cloudy copper with plenty of floaties. Stinky nose of sour fruit and malt. Dry, harsh grainy taste with fruity hops that I can't quite place. Sour, not bitter, aftertaste. Keep this down-under, mate.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bright orange color with lots of floaties. minimal head and lacing.

S: Sweet malt and lemons on nose.

T: Big pungent sour lemons and bitterness upon first sip, almost overpowering but flavor fades very quickly. After that the bitterness becomes much more mellow and smoother. Some sour oranges, and a dry bitterness and light grassiness for hopping.

M: Body is very light. Very soft carbonation.

D: Moderate flavor and moderate drinkability, would get boring quickly.

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Photo of Hokies
2.52/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow color with a thin white head and little lace.

Not a strong aroma from this one just faint scents of grain and citrus.

The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma with some wheat and a strange hop taste.

Highly carbonated beer that does go down smooth. I won't be running out to get this one again.

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Photo of Jyubei
3.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Poured a yellow amber color with a 1 finger white head. Moderate lacing.

S. Strong hops and malts with a grainy, almost rice-like aroma.

T.Strong hops and malt here as well. IT also has a mildly astingent aftertaste.

M. Very smooth brew. Slides over the tongue.

D. Nothing great but still enjoyable.

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Photo of froghop
2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a cloudy pale yellow with a small white head, and no lacing.

smell is of grain, some funk, some malt, and a touch of citrus.

taste is crisp, somewhat tart, grain, corn, some malt, few hops, citrus, and a little spice in the back.

overall a dull brew.

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Photo of jake87
3.01/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L. Yellow amber with a two-finger white head
S. Floral hops followed by a pungent wheat and rice smell
T. Starts with a light hop bitterness followed by a floral sweetness and finishes with a cloying maltiness
F. Begins with a mild carbonation followed by a smooth and slick feel

An averagely OK beer, nothing special nothing stand out. Something you drink with pizza or other strong flavored foods.

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

Not my favorite pale by a long stretch, nor my favorite offering by Coopers. This is a respectable EPA that is crisp, smooth, light bodied, refreshing, and not overly complicated. It pours a cloudy orangey yellow from the sediment that I poured into my glass. There isn't much head at all, so there is nothing to lace or retain. The aroma is slightly musty, maybe some florals, maybe a bit of biscuity grain as well. The aroma is pretty indistinct overall.

The taste has a hint of lemony tartness once things settle a bit, but overall the beer is quite crisp but also very smooth. There is a combination of bittering hops and peppery spice in the finish. The beer isn't particularly dry, and it might have some florals hidden underneath, but the peppery bite in the finish is what is most pronounced and is the signature element to this beer. The beer is decent but it lacks the creaminess, the hop esters, and the old world taste to make this an interesting EPA. If you have the itch to try Coopers, go for their sparkling beer, which is much better.

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Photo of Getinthevan
3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this for the first time and I gotta say, this is good stuff!

Appearance is a very light golden amber color with a pretty nice frothy head and lots of sediment floating around this glass. Thick, unfiltered and a great looking beer, this is top notch looking stuff.

Smell was pretty nice with a touch of mild hops. This certainly possessed a overall nice, sweet aroma.

Taste was pretty awesome. The sediments left a nice sweet taste behind the primary bitterness of the ale. This is certainly a great beer either out of the bottle or straight off the tap; definitely top notch.

Mouthfeel was a little bit less than I expected. While the overall taste was great, the finish was a bit dry and unfinished. Not that it's a bad thing, it finished rather quickly without too much of an aftertaste.

Drinkability however is pretty damn good. A bottle of this is great to commence with friends over, and a great looking beer! Coopers is certainly a great summer brew to indulge into.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice translucent orange color, with carbonation bubbles floating around the center of the beer. Little head that fizzled to just about nothing. Smell was a nice mix of grainy malts and some floral hops, plus a touch of sweetness (orange?). Taste, overall, was fairly bland: generically malty flavor, with a touch of bitter hops at the end, but not much. Became more watered down as it warmed up, and the taste evaporated from my mouth within seconds of swallowing it. It was better than a macro light beer, it was a more full body and nice carbonation, but it was a farily forgetable beer, and I had no intention of drinking another.

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Photo of everetends
3.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle I got from BamaBeerBuff and AmishT as an extra. Poured into a standard shaker pint.

A: Poured a hazy yellow with a bit of debris. It actually looks like a glass of chicken broth. Poured a bit of head but had zero retention.

S: Light pale malt and thats about it. The malt is very faint and hard to find. Kind of a let down.

T: Taste is pale malt, floral hops, a touch of citrus. It is simple but it works.

M: This is light bodied brew. It isn't heavy in any sense at all and has a more watery consistency than creaminess. Goes down clean. Very refreshing with decent carbonation for the style.

D: Taste is ok, smell blows. It is so light, you can drink this as a lawnmower beer. Its not bad, but I wanted more because I am such a fan of the Cooper's Sparkling Ale. Ah well, not every girl at the party is going to be pretty.

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Photo of KeefD
3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy golden golder with a lot of little floaties hanging about, not much in the way of foam or lacing, but otherwise looks pretty good. Smell is right up there as well. Good hop aroma backed up by some sweet malts. Taste is about average. Definite malt sweetness up front, followed by a crisp, fruity hop middle, and dry finish. Mouthfeel is decent, average carbonation and pretty easy to drink. An average Pale, and I like them unfiltered like this one.

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

Grabbed a bottle of this at the Phoenix Landing in Cambridge last Saturday night. This is not a bottle you see often at an Irish bar, so I gave it a shot. Poured into a hoegaarden style short pint glass. Orange color, bit cloudy, lots of carbonation. Smell was a bit hoppy. Taste was above average. If I had to choose between a Bass and this, I'd go with this beer. A bit lighter and smoother. A nice surprise.

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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 tronester
2.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a thin white head. Smells sort of sour and skunky, not very good. Taste is better, the beer is sort of cidery, with a hint of malt. A tiny bit of hops balance. Mouthfeel is pretty good with slightly high carbonation. An easy drinking beer that tastes ok, but I would not consider this an English Pale Ale, it tastes much more like an Americanized Kolsch.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy orange-yellow color with minimal white head. The body is not very attractive.

S - The scent is not one often associated with a pale ale. There is a strong malt aroma, which is very inviting.

T - There's an odd bitterness to the beer. It is very unique. I've had a few of these and I thought it might grow on me but it hasn't.

M - The feel is crisp. There's a texture here that assists in bringing out the flavor.

~ I'm not going to be purchasing anymore of this pale ale. However, because of the uniqueness of this brew I will likely buy other Coopers Brewery beers in order to round my Australian tastes.

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Photo of botham
2.06/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a pale yellow color, with a mild haze. three fingers of tight white head top it off, and last for a couple minutes.

aroma is of light malts, with a stale quality. light floral hops are in the background, along with a hint of vanilla. not impressive in the nose.

taste is watery, with hints of pale malts and floral hops. little else. finishes with a touch of pale malt. very thin and weak in profile.

mouthfeel is water thin. finishes with no residual flavors.

drinkability is bad. this brew is very weak in flavor, not to mention the watery texture. not impressive.

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Photo of BDTyre
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really light in colour for a pale ale - this looks almost like a lager. Thin, nearly non-existent head.

Really bland smell. Faint malt, hints of lemon, hardly any hops.

Tastes...carbonated, sort of champagne-y, similar to their sparkling ale, but blander and less exciting. Hardly any hop on the taste, but decent malts.

Feels overly carbonated, but not a bad beer. Much better ice cold, tends to get too sweet as it warms.

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Photo of zook74
2.7/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huh. Not impressed. This was my first from coopers and I'd be hard-pressed to pick up another of their brews, especially at the price I paid.

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass; palish, orangish bland straw...stuff.

Very average aroma and less than average flavor. Felt okay on the toungue and I could drink a few of 'em if I was just in the mood to get a buzz, but definitely wouldn't do so just for the taste.

Very unremarkable beer. It'll sit in the back of my fridge for a good long wile. Maybe I'll use it to steep some brats in. That might be something...

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Photo of Gehrig
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first I've tried from Coopers, grabbing this at Sun Singer, this was a disappointment. Thin white foam tops a moderately cloudy orange-yellow body, leaving practically no lacing. The smell is much more akin to American lager than English Pale Ale--more malt than hops and, with the taste as well, retaining a predominant bitterness without the hopped body. Occasional whiffs of floral hops arise, but not enough to redeem this mediocre beverage. I had half a mind to leave it but, since I paid $4 for the bottle, figured I'd finish it in the hopes it would improve. I was left wanting.

Honestly this reminded me very much of Molson Canadian, a lager, in both smell and taste. Next time I'll grab Molson--I'll know what I'm getting, and it's much cheaper. Ordinary.

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Photo of Graham5161986
2.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy, deep, pale gold with a 1 finger fizzy head that quickly reduces to a ring and leaves no lacing. lots of visible sediment.

S: nice grassy hop character on the nose with some caramel malts in the background.

T: hoppy up front, slight bready maltiness in the middle ending with somewhat of a bottled mineral water-like aftertaste - where did all the flavour go?

M: medium bodied but a tad watery, decent carbonation but somewhat of a soda water-like, dryish finish.

D: it's a refreshing beer on a hot day, but the flavour dies off far too quickly and it leaves somewhat of an unpleasant minerally, metallic aftertaste. I'd drink it again if it was offered to me, but I wont be buying it again.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked up several various Coopers bottles and this is my first to try. A 12.7 oz. brown twist-off poured to a pint glass. Laser printing on the neck notes a date of 09.27.2007; I've seen plenty of 'Best Before's but never a 'Best After' like this has...

A: Pretty color, a cheerful golden/honey. Pillow-y white head which retains pretty well - a couple minutes - before falling to a thin star-shaped film and clingy ring. Good rising carbonation and slipping lace. Big negative marks for lots of suspended yeasty bits and a sprinkling of dark dust that settles on the bottom. Since I'm confused by this whole 'Best After' thing (which is almost 6 months ago to the day), maybe this is 'old'?

S: A light floralness, a bit sweetly spicy and bready wafts pleasantly from the glass.

T: Crackery maltiness and a notable lemon/grass quality. Some honey notes, a bit of buttered biscuits, a mild tartness that hints at apricots. Dry hops in the background come sweeping through after those initial malty and fruity flavors. Nice balance!

M: Decent carbonation, a hopping that makes this sharp and crisp; clean finishing. Light-medium body.

D: Good - quite easy to drink and completely sessionable at 4.5%. Has it's weaknesses, appearance being the most glaring, but it's one I would be happy to have again.

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Coopers Original Pale Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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