Beer is a popular beverage in the nation of Australia. The country ranks among the highest in the world in terms of per capita beer consumption and it is common to find taps flowing in many types of restaurants and other establishments. However, Australians are not known for exporting a wide assortment of great tasting beer and one good example is Coopers Original Pale Ale. Let’s take a look at this Australian brew:
Just the Facts:
- Style: English Pale Ale
- Ingredients: Unknown
- Alcohol level: 4.5 percent by volume
Coopers Original Pale Ale doesn’t look or taste like the pale ale to which most Americans have grown accustomed. Starting with the appearance, this ale is golden/yellowish in color and its nose is yeast- accented with a touch of fruit- mainly green apple. There is a good deal of sediment in the bottom of each bottle and, as expected, it imparts a cloudiness to the body of this brew. There isn’t much foam with Coopers Original Pale Ale, but it does maintain a thin, white layer as you consume.
Moving to the taste, Coopers Original Pale Ale, again, is not what one would expect for this style. The flavor emphasizes grains and yeast, with some bread- like notes and a touch of citrus. The taste is tart, and there is little hop character. This ale is light to medium bodied with a creamy texture that makes it easy to drink.
Coopers brews and bottles several different malt beverage products and Coopers Original Pale Ale is one of the easier Cooper products to find in the United States. Unfortunately, for the beer connoisseur, it is also one of the least memorable products in the Cooper lineup. On the positive side, Coopers bottle- conditions this product, and this is what produces the yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Some will not like this, but bottle conditioning is music to the ears of beer lovers everywhere because it means the brew is purer and more natural. I like that Cooper presents this ale in its purest form, free from the man- made alterations so common in the modern age of brewing.
Natural is certainly a good quality with most any food or drink, but it isn’t enough to rescue Coopers Original Pale Ale from mediocrity. The main issue I have with this beer is that it is rather bland. There just isn’t anything interesting or exciting about this product. In addition to that, Coopers Original Pale Ale tastes nothing like an English or American pale ale. The yeasty, grainy attributes, along with the appearance, make it seem like hefeweizen or a similar style.
Going back to the sediment in the bottom of the bottle, consumers may be tempted to pour the beer into a glass slowly in order to avoid releasing any sediment. However, the results will be less than satisfying. Without the yeast sediment, the beer has a skunky aroma and is even less exciting, both in appearance and in taste. Coopers Original Pale Ale actually tastes better with the yeast sediment mixed in with the ale itself and consumed like normal.
Taken as a whole, Coopers Original Pale Ale is an acceptable beer product, thanks mainly to the bottle conditioning process. It isn’t offensive, but its lack of anything interesting and its inability to mimic anything resembling a true English pale ale make it average at best.
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