Coopers Pale Ale

Total Score: 6.05/10 Lemon1 Passionfruit1 CutGrass1 Nonicpint1

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 [my below mention of “no sign of hops” after clearly stating a “citric” flavour is a classic example of a rookie error from 3yrs ago].

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). 4/10.

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. 6/10.

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. 7/10.

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. 3/10.

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. 6/10.

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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