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Beer – #634 – Coopers – Original Pale Ale

It was my big brothers birthday recently, he resides in Australia now, and so as a birthday tribute I brought some ‘strayan liquid-gold, the amber nectar. I could have picked his favourite VB,  or a Tooheys, a Carlton or indeed one of the craft brewers, but instead I went to the bottle-o  for something original, pale, with a common touch and authentic, just to drink whilst I toss another prawn on the barbie.

fruity character, and robust flavour

A fair dinkum  750ml bottle of a 4.5% ABV and 135 calories a serve size beer, making it 2.66 drink units in the bottle.

Brewed by Coopers Brewery in the style that is  Golden Ale/Blond Ale  and they do that at Regency Park, South Australia, Australia

G;'day mate

G;’day mate

“With its fruity character, and robust flavour, Coopers Pale Ale is perfect for every occasion. Naturally fermented in the ‘Burton-on-Trent’ style, a secondary fermentation creates the trademark sediment that gives ‘Pale’ its fine cloudy appearance. This cloudy residue can be stirred through the beer by tipping or rolling the bottle before drinking.

So what could possibly go wrong? As far as I can tell this is just everyman beer, so it’ll go ok, and pass without incident.

Bugger me, that smells exactly like a malt based beer. Strewth.

Pour really does explore and play on the pale aspect, this is so pale as to me almost see-thru and the nice looking head couldn’t hack the pace and disappeared quite quickly.

Coopers OriginalThe taste is almost that of a beer undrinkable. It’s harsh, over carbonated, and really peaky in the flavour point it has, it’s a really eye-opener and brought an instant frown to my otherwise calm visage.

A shocker, It really is exactly like home-brew of old, I just don’t know where to begin with it.

I think what’s worse is that I thought that this might at least be palatable, to my taste, as a beer, as other everyman beers, but this plumbed a new depth and really took me by surprise, one that really wasn’t prepared for.

I don’t think that I’ll be doing this again, and it’s not like I didn’t anticipate what was going to happen, but it was a birthday and I’m a good brother.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 3 of its things from the thing. It’s an avoid from me, but I know that his is a beer that is enjoyed by many drinkers of beer in Australia, mostly because they might not know better of course. I thought it was really worth missing, but it’s not as bad that I’d pour it in the drain, and I don’t really like the unfitted ‘dross’ that now floats and sits in the bottom of the glass it really is exactly like home-brew of old.

The double dip review

Photo on 17-07-15 at 5.16 pmAm I enjoying it? No, I nearly spat it out in shock and horror.
Would I have another? I have sadly to finish the bottle, I’m loath to pour it out, it’s not off, it’s just awful.
Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? For comedy perhaps, to keep a friend not a chance.

Music for this, ‘ Veruca Salt’   an American alternative rock band founded in Chicago, Illinois, their album ‘ Ghost Notes’ that I’m listening to on Spotify of course. This is ‘the Gospel according to Saint me’


There are a few different types of blond ale. The first is the traditional “Canadian Ale”, an adjunct-laden, macrobrewed, top-fermented equivalent of the American Standard. The second is common in US brewpubs – a light starter ale, with marginally more hop and body than a macrobrew, fewer adjuncts, but still not a flavourful beer by any means. The British interpretation is easily the boldest, hoppiest blond ale rendition. Some of these can almost be considered American Pales they are so hopped up – very crisp, refreshing, with relatively low alcohol compared with their North American counterparts.

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