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

Aroma here is a bit of toffee malts...some citrus perhaps...a little muted.

Carbonation here seems low to me. Taste profile doesn't seem overally complex or really all that apparent. There is some tart citrus character. The malts are pretty restrained for style, and left mostly to the background. What malts do exist are somewhat toffee-ish in nature but hard to pick up. There isn't much for hops in the finish, but there is a tart citrus snap to finish it all off and wrap it up pretty cleanly.

It's drinkable, this is true, but it isn't really what I'd expect for a beer of this style or any beer, really.

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Photo of onid678
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the thing with pale ale is that due to the way they filter out the spent yeast in the fermentation process then put fresh yeast back into the beer before bottling.

if this beer is keep under correct conditions it could be kept forever.
interesting anyway

its a goldern hazy yellow beer.

mouthfeel carbonation, mellow.

drinkability not bad

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Photo of MiScusi
2.51/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ.
Pours a hazy straw color, half a finger of head with not much retention on the pour. Taste is like a mildly sweeter, fruity corona or something. Very very grainy, not a flavor I would like to enjoy often. Very fizzy mouthfeel, harsh.

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Photo of argock
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12.7oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.99.

A: Hazy lemon juice yellow with frothy 1-2 finger nearly white head with average retention but a good crusting of lace.

S: Musty with fruity maltiness of light fruits and a very soft herbal hops edge

T: The flavor does not fit the style at all as this is more reminiscent of a kolsch ale or something like that as the hopping is very light and the flavor fruity. Pale malt is pretty well represented with yellow apple and pear sweetness. THe hops side of the equation, however, is lacking, even for the English pale ale category. As the beer warms, more herbal character comes in to match the lemony aspect, but the brew overall is not well-matched for flavor. The finish is hyper-acidic and astringent as hell.

M: The astringency of the feel is off-putting. The aftertaste has a mellow citrus-lemon and grain flavor.

D: The Sparkling Ale was decent, but this beer is a mess with a puckering astringency that puts this one in the "skip it" category for me.

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Photo of olmatty
2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a very fizzy carbonation and very little head.

Smell- Faint, pale malts

Taste- Watery up front, light, dry, malts and light presence of bitter hops.

Mouthfeel- Thin and watery and crisply carbonated.

Drinkability- Just not much happening here. Perhaps good for a hot day.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

1-finger, white head emerges on a slow pour. Some sediment in the bottom of the bottle is poured into the glass making the pale, orange-brown ale a bit cloudy.

Unusual smell that I can't quite place. It's not sweet--a little bit sour but I can't describe.

There is a complex taste. Any sourness in the aroma is not present in the flavors, but what is present--a bitter-sweet mixture with hints of melon and mild citrus and tropical fruits showing up first and a bitter aftertaste--spicy hops to be more specific.

A very nice level of carbonation add to drinkability.

A very interesting pale ale.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the decent brews largely available in Australia, where I was in the inland of NSW so a bit remote. This one is pretty good. Really fresh taste, easy to drink,good looking and much better in my taste than the other available. Try it on tap. its worth it.
not a gold winning, but still good.

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Photo of Gmann
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with an average white head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is light, some lemon tea like characteristics. The taste is lemony, perhaps some green apple skins, light grassy notes and an earthy bitterness in the end. The feel is light and very fizzy, a bit tart on the palate; finishes quite dry. An ok EPA, probably a bit too fizzy and too dry. Could use more malt flavor.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle, on the patio at the new Aussie-themed pub on Whyte Avenue.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with two skinny fingers of weakly puffy, foamy, and somewhat soapy dirty white head, which leaves a little bit of coral reef lace around the glass, as well as some swirling, upwardly mobile visible effervescence.

It smells mildly of pale grainy malt, a hint of stale orchard fruit, and tame herbal, weedy hops. The taste is dry, gritty, and somewhat crackery pale malt, a stoney flintiness, and bitter grassy, weedy, and herbal hops.

The carbonation is rather high, with a tight, almost prickly high palate frothiness, the body a timid medium-light weight, and a bit on the thin side, with little to recommend it as smooth. It finishes quite dry, with a sort of mineral cleanliness.

Not bad, but not really a pale ale in bearing, there's just no sweetness to the malt, and that becomes a drag after a short while. Dryness usually has lots to recommend it, but it must be used much more deftly than it is here. One and done, I'm afraid.

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Photo of Offa
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent ale but a bit thin and one-dimensional.

Golden and slightly hazy, it has a medium white head that dissipates steadily to a very thin, but permanent, head. It leaves no real lace.

The aroma is rather malty bread dough and yeasty with wet green grass.

The taste is light, very subdued, and a bit thin, but it's persistent and it at least hold up well. It has light grain that lasts from start to finish with a faint bubblegum quality near the finish along with toasted grain. Initially, there is brief sweetness with definite grassy bitterness and flavour coming up before the finish. The start seems a buit creamy but the finish is dry and a bit watery.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Austrailian's are a drunken, silly people -but beer is serious business. Here's hoping this is better than Fosters.

The bottle assures me that it was brewed under the strict supervision of Rabbi Mordechai, so thats good. Drank this out of a nonic pint glass. Pours a hazy golden color despite my gentle pour off the yeast. Fluffy white head. The thing smells a lot like some European lagers I've had. Noble hops, a little bit of skunkiness to it maybe. Tastes light and crisp. Theres a bit of a pale, malty, aftertaste. There's a bit more hop bitterness than I expected from the way the thing smelled, not a bad surprise. It's highly carbonated, makes for a light, easy drinking, beer. I kinda wonder about the "English Pale Ale" style. They may have used ale yeast but this thing tastes a hell of a lot like Heineken (only like I said, I tad more bitter). Since I went for a run a few minutes ago and it's like a billion degrees out there an easy drinker is fine with me. I'm alright with it as a beer -but not really as an English Pale Ale. I wanted some earthy hops. It's not a bad, but I'm not gonna run out and pay import prices for it again.

(P.S. it's better than Fosters)

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- A grapefruit gold/copper body capped by a limited head. Moderately heavy carbonation and yes some particulates floating, but not quite unfiltered.
Smell- Limited citrus hops and a small sweet malt. Its quite toned down.
Taste- Somewhat grapefrutiy at the start with some bitterness at the back end. The malt doesn't really provide a counter balance. The aftertaste fads rather unexpectedly for an EPA.
Mouthfeel- Smooth and slick. The carbonation excites the tounge.
Wow I had quite a different experience than the rest of you bottle drinkers. I am sorry, but its a nice sessionable PA. Great with a fish n'chips or back deck beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw pour, solid 1cm head which lasts forever! Loads of fine carbonation.
Aroma is subtle, mostly grainy malt, with some very faint hops.
Bready malt dominates taste, with some lemon and sweet pear. Lacking in bitterness.
Very watery, too much carbonation.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375mL bottle. Pours nearly opaque ruddy gold with a small, fizzy white head. Some sediment present. Smells of honey-like malt with some faint floral character. Tastes of sweet grainy malt and a bit of pepper, with only the slightest bitterness at the end. Fairly weak and boring.

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Photo of charlesw
2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale and a cloudy orange color without the cloudiness (get it?). No head. Smells faintly of budweiser. Sigh. Very light flavor - macro-lager bitterness (??). Surely it's being served too cold, here. Would being warmer help it? Well, it would probably take some of the bite off and it might not seem quite so over-carbonated. But would it help? I don't really think so.

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Photo of Madigan
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've tried Cooper's Pale Ale a few times now and I'm always left a little unsatisfied. It's bottle conditioned and it looks and smells very interesting - it pours a murky wheat-beer sort of texture with a decent head and has a nice bit of bacteria floating in the bottom of the bottle. Its smells fresh and hoppy too yet while the mouthfeel is nice, the taste is disappointing. It's refreshing alright but it just doesn't have the hoppy bite of a good pale ale. This isn't a bad brew (it certainly beats the hell out of any of the more commercial Australian beers) but I just feel it promises a bit more than it delivers.

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Photo of Daredevil
3.22/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

turbid with a firm head (looks rather like a Weizen than anything close to an ale) ...
very fresh hoppy smell ...
taste is somewhere between a Weizen and a Lager ... nice sweet (although not sticky) & sour taste, however the finish is a bit too watery for my taste ... the aftertaste is quite malty ...
interesting brew, but not a love at first sight ....

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Photo of APNumber3
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Acquired this beer via a trade w/ my neighbor.

It pours hazy gold into a pint glass. Lots of small bubbles floating around, along with a few yeast particles. .5" head dissipates quickly. Very little lacing left as I drink.

Mild aroma consists of some sweet malts and citrus.

Taste is somewhat citrusy at the start, followed by some bready malt flavors, then some grapefruit like bitterness. However, none of these flavors is particularly strong. Not much aftertaste either.

This brew is crisp and light as I drink it. It is definitel refreshing. Good for drinking while out in the sun. An improvement over say, Foster's or Heineken for sure. But it is not a beer I would seek out.

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Photo of vancurly
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, Best After 29/10/2008

a) Pale golden, hazy, effervescent, bubbles clinging to the side. White rocky head sinks.

s) Initial metallic note; uniquitous Aussie macro PoR nose. But supported by fruity pear notes. Later some fleshy "meat pie" aromas.

f) Nice pale malt flavour, light grainy sweetness. PoR evident in the mid-palate. Touch of honey, with a husky aftertaste.

m) Light and zingy, with a touch of dextrinous cloy at the back.

d) This is my "go-to" beer.

Whole > Σ Parts

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Photo of Seanibus
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a fluffy, bright white head. Falls quickly leaving only slight lacing. There is huge carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is surprisingly malty, highlighting a pilsnery pale malt, with a slightly lemony spritz.

The flavor is thin and slightly citrusy, with a good bite of pale malt and some floral hops. There is a slight hop bitterness on the back end.

The mouthfeel is slightly more substantial than you might expect, with just a little cling, a little viscosity, and a good bite of carbonation.

Not a bad beer. Not world shattering, but not a disappointment.

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Photo of tbeck
3.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from the Belmont Station in Portland, OR.

Pours a pale golden yellow with a thin white head. Clear with some sediment. Head dissipates quickly, no collar or laciness. Faint citruis, hoppy scent with some malt. Taste is also faint with hops and malt. Slight bitterness and decent balance. Not robust with flavor, on the watered down side. Decent body and thin texture. Not a bad beer, on the light side. Could handle a couple of these at a BBQ on a hot day.

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Photo of introvertedone
2.36/5  rDev -25.8%
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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Original Pale Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 581 ratings