1 Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2018 7:26 AM

Hey guys
So since coopers released their Session ale, ive been trying to get my hands on some…but been in Vic…it was a bit harder as only a few places had it on tap. However it got bottled and i finally found some last night while buying some other beer.
Had a try and was very impressed. Its slightly fruity but then the slight bitterness/spicyness from the Melba comes through and finishes off nicely. Great “new craft beer” addition to their core range…hopefully making more people drink Coopers… Plus the blue label looks fantastic…really stands out!

I made a clone based off the tasting notes of this and i feel mine was stronger in flavour, but probably not quite as sessionable (although i certainly had a few sessions on it) due to the stronger flavour.

So have others tried it…and what did they think?

2 Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2018 11:01 AM

Hi RepSpec.

Yep I've had it both on tap & purchased a 6 pack the other day. Coopers have done a good job with it & it is a nice slightly hoppy session beer with nice aroma.

I did a side by side tasting against SAB Miller/Carlton United's 'Wild Yak' Pacific Ale & they are very, very similar. I imagine Kirin/Lion Nathan's James Squire ‘Swindler’ Tropical Ale would taste much the same.

The style is becoming quite popular among the younger brigade of drinkers as I'm selling variants of this type of beer a little more these days.

This offering is really Coopers wanting their share of this pie (IMHO).



3 Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2018 12:27 PM

Sounds tasty, I wonder when I'll be able to get my hands on some here in Canberra?

Coincidentally I was planning to brew a moderate gravity and bitterness, hop burst session ale, fermented with CCA yeast as my next batch. Back to a no sparge all grain method for this one and keen to make use of some of my new hops (Mosaic, Nelson, Galaxy, Enigma and Aramis).

2.3kg Voyager Atlas malt
500g Best Malz Wheat malt
6g Enigma at 15 mins
12g Enigma at 5 mins
8g Galaxy at 5 mins
12g Enigma at flameout
8g Galaxy at flameout
18g Enigma dry hop
12g Galaxy dry hop

1.040 og and 25 ibu (from the 15 and 5 minute additions, plus a bit more from a flameout addition). The ratio of the hop blend is based on the average total oil content for both varieties. With hops being added for only the last 15 mins of the boil I'm tempted just to do a 30 minute boil for this batch.



4 Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2018 2 PM

I have made a few lately and am a fan of the style.
Means I can have a few and not sleep. I have not tasted the Coopers one yet but will do.
Cricketer's Arms Session Ale is quite good too.

5 Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 3:08 PM

gee i was pretty close with mine…going by the recipe of the month
mine was a bit spicier with the bitterness from the 10min boil from the Melba…

My session ale clone
1 x APA
1 x 1kg LDM
us-05 rehyrdated
25g Melba @ 10mins
25g melba f/o
25g galaxy f/o
30g galaxy dry hopped
30g melba dry hopped
OG 1037

recipe of the month
1 x 1.7kg Australian Pale Ale
2 x 500g Coopers Light Dry Malt
1 x 25g Galaxy Hop Pellets
1 x 25g Melba Hop Pellets
Use brew can yeast or Coopers commercial yeast culture
1 x 250g Coopers Carbonation Drops

6 Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 4:17 PM

Right oh,

Next brew on the list are

- Neslon Sauvin Saison (once the bits are in stock)

- RepSess ale, going by your pale ale multi hop im sold on your brewery

Love the new / modern lighter ales with nice light but full hop punch.

7 Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 4:31 PM

I tried the Session Ale a few months ago at a pub, and was a bit underwhelmed. It was really nice and flavourful first, but by the time I was finishing my glass, I could hardly taste all this flavour - my tastebuds must have developed some sort of tolerance to it very quickly. The ale also seemed very watery and lacked body. If it was a new craft brewery, then I probably would think that it's a good start, but somehow I expected a bit more of Coopers. Then again, it seems to be their first commercial dry-hopped beer, so maybe that explains it?

Anyway, Session Ale is the current recipe of the month, so I have ordered it, the price is great too. If I like it, great, if not, I may try to improve it next time. I don't want to “harvest” Coppers commercial yeast, what sachet yeast do you guys think will be best - something in American ale style?

8 Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 7:32 PM

I agree Jag.
Have just purchased the session ale kit and will make it up this week…can't wait for it to finish so I can tweak it to my taste - yum!

9 Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:04 AM

I found some on tap in Gilhooleys in the city a couple of weekends ago. I'd agree with what Lusty describes about it, although I do feel it was stronger in flavor than the Wild Yak (that was actualy quite bland when I tried it). The Swindler is probably closer to it but out of all three I preferred the Coopers.

10 Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:12 AM


- RepSess ale, going by your pale ale multi hop im sold on your brewery

haha got a fan! You making me think about brewing that again Mike…havent brewed the same brew twice yet

11 Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 5:36 PM

Does the Coopers use the Cooopers yeast?

I found it in Darwin and the beer is VERY enjoyable from an esky. Love how crisp it is.

12 Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 6:03 PM

Ben 10:

Does the Coopers use the Cooopers yeast?

I found it in Darwin and the beer is VERY enjoyable from an esky. Love how crisp it is.

Yes it does.

It doesn't have the noticeable ester profile that the Pale Ale does, so I'd suggest it is fermented sub 20°C.

If I was going to brew this beer I'd ferment it with the commercial ale strain at around 17-18°C.

Coincidentally, I'm drinking this beer right now.



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