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Coopers Original Pale Ale

Rating: 2.8

I’ve had Coopers beers in the past, their Sparkling Ale which I hated and their Best Extra Stout which I loved and this is the first of the three that doesn’t feature in the 1001 Beers list so who knows where this one will fall. In addition to this I’ve also bought a kit of Coopers IPA homebrew mix and since made a batch which turned out not to bad for a first homebrew attempt so I do have some knowledge of the brewery. Going in I thought that this one was the breweries flagship beer which I believe it still is although I also mistakenly thought it would be their ‘best’ and as such feature on the 1001 beers list but sadly that is not the case. I picked up a bottle over the weekend in a Glasgow branch of Peckhams with high hopes based on the brewery’s Best Extra Stout and while I don’t realistically be as good as that offering but hopefully it’s not a bad one at least.
Coopers Original Pale Ale

Appearance (4/5): Pours a hazy, pale yellow with a thin, quarter centimetre, foamy white head one top that stays relatively consistent throughout. There is also some darker sediment at the bottom of the glass as a result of my pouring skills.
Aroma (5/10): Some light hops and a bit of bread along with some light, floral notes too. There was some noticeable grain and a smell not unlike a pale lager but for the most part it was pretty basic and bland with not much strength.
Taste (6/10): Bread and some lighter, lager hops along with some grain make up most of the taste. There is some lemon, citrus and a touch of bitterness too but again this one is fairly basic and plain with only a touch of fruit towards the end to liven things up any.
Palate (2/5): Light medium body, perhaps a little thin but with fairly strong carbonation. There was also a bitter tang but overall it was slightly water and very plain.

Overall (10/20): As I’ve mentioned, this one is pretty bland and unexciting with not a whole lot going for it really. It didn’t seem much like an English pale ale or even a golden ale to me either, it was just so ordinary and bland. The carbonation was a bit strong and the body a bit light with almost no taste or smell to speak of. I’m just glad the brewery does a better pale ale brew kit than this beer suggests.

Brewed In: Regency Park, South Australia, Australia
Brewery: Coopers Brewery Limited
First Brewed: Brewery since 1862
Type: English Pale Ale
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (375ml)
Purchased: Peckhams
Price: £1.95

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