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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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Photo of mariposafan
3.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy with a decent creamy head that fades to minimal lacing.

The aroma isn't bad but it is unremarkable. Some sweetness, a little mild hoppiness, maybe just a hint that somewhere some yeast had had a 'hand' in the creation of the beer.

The flavor is sweeter than I expected but there's not a whole lot more there than a little biscuitiness and some herbal hoppiness that leads to a mild but annoyingly persistent bitterness. Mostly it comes off as slightly bitter sweetened water.

Thin bodied and the carbonation is a bit too much on the prickly side - creamy carbonation would have helped a lot here.

Overall it's not too bad, better than other (non-Belgian) pales ales I've tried, but nothing I'd seek out in the future.

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Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color with a nice head and lacing.

S: Mild aroma of citrus and fresh grain. Noting exotic.

T: Mild malt sweetness, fresh grain with an easy bitterness and a clean finish.

F: fairly medium body, subtle crispness and decent balance.

O: Easy drinker, not a unique pale ale but still an enjuoyable beer. Goes good with food.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
2.35/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nostalgia hurts the stomach and the wallet. I remembered enjoying this beer a few years ago before I started my beer tasting hobby. I even like Cooper's Lager. But, this beer is a serious disappointment and reminds me why beer tasting has become such a useful hobby. The beer pours a murky peach yellow. It's supposed to be bottle-conditioned but there is no noticeable sediment.

I'd prefer some life in this beer with dulle lifeless aroma of grains. I'll give it credit there is a light juice-like quality to the beer. Some marmalade. But the hop characters are so at a lack that this beer almost smells and taste like a poor example of a hefeweizen. The balance is strange and overly malty. The taste is too tart, the body to watery for my liking. This ale makes me grieve. It's too insipid to inspire me.

Sorry Cooper's I wanted to like this. I'll give you a try on tap if I ever make my way down under, but until then it's adieu to Cooper's Pale ale.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.58/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little beaut of a beer alright.

Pouring a light amber body with a tight white head perfectly carbonated giving off a zesty malty aroma.

well hopped with plenty of bitter tones the bottle conditioning doesn't overpower the brew but compliments the tastes and produces a lively highly drinkable beverage.

probably my favourite bottled pale ale right now.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.22/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance; cloudy pale yellow with fine sediment. Nice white head that sticks around through the drink leaving nice lacing of rings and messy spider webs.

smell; upfront some herbal hops with hints of lemon that form a bridge between the hops and malts. The malts are at first weak and watery but with patience some complex notes of warm cereal and brown sugar come out.

taste; nice mild hops, somewhat herbal and lightly bitter, leaving a lemony aftertaste that is softened by some bready yeast. All in all very well balanced and no one flavor overpowers the other. Malts are grainy yet very subdued but not off balance, really a pleasant example of the style. Some sourness in the backround.

mouthfeel; really pillowy and soft with active but gentle carbonation, medium bodied. Slightly puckers in the finish but very smooth and easy to drink.

overall; this was a pleasant surprise, a pale ale with some saison-like hops. A great pale ale for people who appreciate hops but don't seek their overwhelming dominance in a beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

you know what? in australia where by and large, beer is awful and over priced, this coopers product really gets the job done. its much more of a beer than tooheys or carlton or any of the other domestic offerings, and its available everywhere. pours a cloudy (bottle-conditioned) golden color with a good head on it. its a crisp beer with a body on the lighter side of medium. i cant count the nights i split a slab of these with the boys on the beach. always refreshing, and even better on tap. if you live in australia, this makes a great daily brew.

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

Enjoyed this 12.7 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Slightly hazy pale blonde ale with a thin one-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Whiffs of lemon and wheat grass fill the nose.

T: Very light crisp tasting ale, similar to the smell, lemon and wheat grass cross the palate. This brew has a pale maltiness, good yeast backbone, and herbal hop flavor.

M: Light body and medium carbonation

O: This is a decent pale ale. Nothing extradionary but pretty well rounded and balanced.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a very cloudy light amber colour with a 2 finger head which slowly dissolves. Looks like a pale ale which is good.

S- Not a whole lot. Smells a little yeasty with maybe a touch of POR hops but I'm left a little wanting. It doesn't actually smell bad though.

T- What? Where's the robustness? Hell, where's the actual flavour? All there is is basically yeast with the FAINTEST hop character and a doughy lingering aftertaste. This is hugely disappointing, I suspect this beer may be more geared towards macro-drinkers. It's not horrible, it's just incredibly boring.

M- A decent, crisp mouthfeel saves this beer somewhat. The body is maybe a little too light.

O- What a shame! I find this brewery can definitely make some good beer. It's just, their pale ale recipe is quite mediocre. I was expecting a fair bit more than this.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle thanks to my Dad (his go-to beer for as long as I can recall) and poured into a small tumbler.

Pours a light golden colour, with some suspended particles and a bit of haze in the appearance. Has a modest head of white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell is yeast mainly with a touch of pear and some farm cereal aromas coming through early.

Taste is yeasty and slightly fruity and refreshing.

Mouthfeel has the aforementioned refreshing manner to it, a touch dry.

Overall a decent beer that suffers a bit from comparisons to style guidelines.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An afternoon of AUS beers continued at my aunt's house and ain't that the truth!

From the bottle: "Real Aussie Ale"; "Brewed in Australia"; "No Additives-No Preservatives-Australian Made-Australian Owned"; "Best After [!] 19 Nov 10"; "Coopers Ales and Stout are brewed using the centuries old top fermentation method and natural bottle conditioning, resulting in a characteristic fine sediment forming on the base of the bottle. This sediment is completely natural and can be gently mixed before drinking or poured carefully leaving the sediment in the bottle."

Again a film of bone-white head thanks to my gentle pour. Color was a slightly hazy straw-yellow. Nose had a more pronounced apricot/peach/pear fruitiness than the Sparkling Ale, but the yeast strain was certainly in the family. Taste was crisp and fruity, this time putting me in mind of the Fall season. The flavor profile was just different enough from the Sparkling Ale to make it noticeable. Finish was as dry as a cider, reinforcing the concept of this as a Fall beer. My my.

Second pour, aggressive, lees incorporated: A finger of rocky French Vanilla head with low retention. Color was a murky orangish-yellow, much akin to fresh-squeezed apple or grapefruit juice. Nose was very musty, but not much else. Mouthfeel had become thin and I got a perfume-y/yeasty sweet mustiness on the tongue. Were hops involved here? I began to think of a gruit. Finish was bone-dry, not quite gasping, but close. Worth a try.

Note: NOT reviewed to style.

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Photo of ADZA
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a see through pale straw hue with floaties and decent carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing two finger head and only a rim of lacing,the smell is grains,herbal hops and pale malts,the mouthfeel is light bodied and has tastes of white grapes,grains and herbal hops and overall another average big Aussie brewery beer thats better than a couple but not alot.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.71/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale straw colour with odd green tinge to it, mostly just from the thick organic haze throughout the body. Bead is slow but very prolific. Head is white, tight, hangs around. Pretty good, but has that look of chemical enhancement. Flaws add character; nowhere is this truer than in the look of a beer.

Smell is mostly organic and bitter, plenty of dry aroma with straw, soil and starchy notes. Slight green apple touch and perhaps some tobacco. Pretty dour and non-uplifting smell.

Taste is bland from the get-go, organic and soil-esque with notes of steamed greens, grass and cardboard. POR bitterness reaches an apex of off-putting grittiness midway with a slight metallic flavour. Finish has a real cloying yeast note to it - not overblown but definitely a duff note as far as smooth enjoyment goes. It's not really an offensive palate because it's all organic form the ingredients used, but the flavours just aren't pleasant, certainly can't love this.

Lots of fizz for the texture that really seems out of place in an ale. Bland, thin body. It's a lager texture, not very good.

Bland, and at times unenjoyable, this is a very meh drop of ale.

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Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with small particles floating in suspension It poured with a finger high dense white head that quickly died down yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are faint aromas of lemon citrus and pale malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the flavors are a little stronger. There are also some hints of grassy hops, which contribute a very slight amount of bitterness and combine with the citrus to form lemongrass flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish feels somewhat thin and watery.
O: There’s nothing particularly unique about the taste, but it is very light, refreshing and thirst quenching. This would make for a very sessionable beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Btrue121
3.42/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don't know why this is is only a c+, i'll go with the bros/b.

A- A little yellow, small white head, little lacing. The yellow is thick, thick enough to go with the following...

S- smell of wild grass, hops, lemon/grapefruit.

T- Right with the smell,citrusy, not much other than the flavoring hops, and then the bittering hops slight towards end. Carbonation fair.

M- Mouthfeel is light. Some thickness with the swallow as the bittering comes out, some impressive flow to be a pale ale.

O- I will buy this beer again, pour good and all the yeast settles at bottom of bottle so my glass was pretty with this beer. If you see it buy it, may not be you, but buy it. I could drink a few and be ok for a while. Not a typical pale ale in my sense, but a good beer.B

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Photo of Eramen
3.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours a hazy, honey-copper colour with a minimal head that dissipates quickly.

S: Scent quite good, grapefruit & melon, hops. Perhaps honey towards the end.

T: Not what I expected at all; an initial clove taste, then light fruit, grains - earthy hops latterly. It may sound good, and it is to a point, but it doesn't seem to mix well. Still, not too bad.

M: Medium body, the carbonation is just right.

O: Fairly solid beer, I reckon I'd pick this one up on occasion in the future.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never seen a "best after" date - this one was 9/17/2010.

Poured into a pint glass with a bunch of fluffy white foam that slowly deflates on top of a light honey gold.

Nose is grassy malts, almost clove.

Nice body and carbonation. Mostly a one-sided flavor, grassy sweet malts, a touch buttery, and a dry finishing bitterness.

It's got pretty solid drinkablility given it's basic flavor profile. Not the best Aussie beer I've had, but solid.

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

On tap at the local RSL. The first time I have decided to review it, as finally they have turned the fridge down in the chiller room so the beer isn't served with ice floating in it.

A one finger head doesn't hang around too long, and the body is clearer than when poured from the bottle. Some malty aromas, but not much else. It's still served too cold for that.

Taste is quite smooth, some malts, and only moderate hop bitterness to offset. Easy drinking without blanding-out.

Prefer out of bottle, actually. More complex.

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

A - Pours a hazy copper colour, finger of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Almost reminiscent of a hefe off the top, with some wheat and light cloves, with some grassy hops on the finish.

T - Again, a light clove flavour off the top, followed by wheat and grassy/leafy hops. Quite bitter on the finish, which is probably the biggest hop characteristic to this pale ale.

M - Medium bodied, a bit prickly on the way down, but finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Tasty, but not the pale ale I was expecting. I was hoping for something a with a bit more hops, and this one was certainly a bit of a disappointment. I'm wondering if it's an age thing, and they mellowed or if it's meant to be rather light on the hops.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.37/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into An Brainblasta Goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of no cream but fair thickness. Fair retention. Hazy yellow with tinges of orange.

Sm: Light fruit cut by very fresh barley. A light pleasant scent.

T: Crystal hop body. Some bittering hops too. Very slight fruit. Generic barley. Too bitter, especially on the finish. Carbonara sauce-esque.

Mf: Very wet, but nice patches of coarseness.

Dr: It's unfairly priced, and not particularly good even for the style.

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Photo of thekanna
3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow with a fairly decent bit of white head.

S: Slightly yeasty with sweet malts. Generally clean and fresh.

T/M: Stinging effervescence hits the tongue almost immediately, with a nice, sweet corn malt taste and a bit of yeasty sourness to round it out. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Good to kick back a few and enjoy.

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Photo of mjurney
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +11.1%
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 +11.4%
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 +20.3%
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 +16.1%
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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