Coopers Sparkling Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 16
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured nice, good head nice unfiltered orange haze.I expected more in the flavor though,somewhat orangy but would have liked a more bitter tinge to it.

Photo of RoyalT
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice, hazy orange in color with a pretty good head. It didn’t froth up much but it lasted for quite a while. I also noticed some flotsam and jetsam floating around in there.

Smell – This is interesting. There’s a light, sweet malt aroma here to go along with the grain, but the big news is all of the fruits. I can especially pick up green apples.

Taste – This isn’t bad. There’s a bit of a hoppy grapefruit compliment here and the malt balance picks things up a notch.

Mouthfeel – Well carbonated and crisp. This medium-bodied Pale Ale is chewy in the mouth.

Drinkability – It’s a little off the beaten path, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is kind of a nasty, dirty water color. It is opaque with haze and has big yeast floaties in it. Thin white head. While the appearance is rather unappealing, the aoma makes up for it with gentle ale fruit, spicy hop fruit, and very light sourdough bread.

Starts bracing bitter and goes into a sourness, chased quickly by hop spice and pepper. There isa mildly soapy finish. This beer is very funky but I like it. Berry fruit, phenols, citric hop, and a touch of alcohol emerge with warmth. Hardly a masterpiece, but I'm partial to it.

Mouthfeel is midwieght, spritzy, fuzzy.

Photo of generallee
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was served in a bottle with a frosted mug at the Outback Steakhouse. I let the glass warm up a bit for I poured in the beer.

Appearance: The body has a bright yellow color with lots of carbonation and yeast particles in suspension even with a careful pour. On top sits a soapy bright white which gradually settles out and makes only a little bit of spotty slick lace.

Smell: The aroma is light and crisp. There is a light grainy character with herbal mineral like hop notes and a touch of lemon zest.

Taste/Palate: It has a snappy pale grainy maltiness with some bready yeast and light fruity notes like citrus fruit with apples and pears. Hops add a nice light bitterness to the mildly sweet malt and some herbal notes to the finish which is fairly short. The body has a refreshing and easy drinking light to medium feel and texture with crisp lively carbonation.

Notes: This is a refreshing and tasty beer that is just fun to drink. They would be much more drinkable however if they were not five bucks a pop at the Outback Steakhouse. I could easily take down quite a few of these if I had more money.

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz brown stubby with a best before date on the neck.

Appearance: Thin layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle, I decanted the ale so no sediment would pour into the glass. Tight one finger of white bubbly lace, lots of streaming bubbles rising to the top. Mild haze in the bright golden hue.

Smell: Faint lemon zest and earthy yeast up front, mild hop oil and light biscuity malt in the back of the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Almost as smooth as it is crisp, moderate body. Clean fruitiness of plum and apple with a through grain and hop mix. Noticeable alcohol. Grainy with a mild toasted husk, hops are just bitter enough with a quick pucker in the tail end. Finishes with a slight herbal hop and semi-sweet malt.

Notes: Quite delicious, very balanced and very, very drinkable. Yet light enough to be approachable to most beer drinkers.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.8/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pedigree of a beer is, in my opinion, almost as important as the beer's actual taste. Speaking from the experience of drinking mostly Australian beers, one will probably find that the run-of-the-mill Aussie pleb beers will have many slamming reviews on this site. See VB, MB, Tooheys New, Reschs Real and Tooheys Red for examples. All of these beers taste the same (all being "adjunct lagers", all taste far better on tap save the last two which are not available on tap).

Anyone that enjoys a good beer will soon discover that it's not necessarily the breweries that sell large quantities of beer that are the best, rather the family-owned ones with decades of good reputation. New beers come on the market all the time, and it is usually those produced by reputable brewers (or those produced with the aid of millions of dollars' worth of marketing aids) that survive.

Cooper's is arguably drunk by the most loyal drinkers in Australia (possibly followed by Matilda Bay drinkers). This may be due to the Aussie battler spirit sticking up for the family-owned breweries which the big brewers are always trying to extinguish, but it is even more due to the fact that their beers are reliably great, and the fact that every beer is subtly different in flavour and texture. Anyone that knows anything about beer in Australia drinks Cooper's. The remainder drink VB or Carlton Draught because they're cheaper. Cooper's Sparkling is an excellent beer by an excellent brewery.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First non-Fosters Aussie beer. Not sure what the "sparkling ale" is supposed to mean - sparkling water or sparkling wine, I can understand, but 'ale'? Eh, we'll see.

The bottle warned me of sediment, and i tried to keep it out, but failed, so I poured it all in. Pours an opaque peach colour, a thin ring of head, a little bit of lacing. Sediment is suspended throughout the glass, with a little bit collecting near the base.

The nose is yeasty with a little bit of malt and citrus (orange).

The taste is quite good actually; the fruit notes work quite well together. This is a hard beer to pin down, but the balance is solid. The sediment provides a little bit of late bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin, but the sediment provides a little bit of grit. I'll probably avoid pouring it in next time. There's nothing wrong with it, it's just not my thing.

Despite the name, I'm fairly impressed with this brew. It's unique enough to not be pencilled in as an EPA, but something else entirely. Worth a try, probably will pick up a few more myself!

Photo of Snyder18
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Soft white to off white head begins at two and three quarters inches falling to one quarter of an inch within five minutes leaving no lace on the glass.

Hazy dirty gold in color. Large quantity of sediment entered glass despite careful pouring efforts.

Aroma was weak almost sterile smelling with a faint hop background that was very hard to detect and possibly a simple figment of the imagination.

Medium body with slow developing flavors. A clean, sterile tasting start fades into what seems somewhat like sour cherries. Possibly a result of yeast sediment making it into the glass. Finish is dry and hoppy.

Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bronze pour with a small white head. Wood, dirt, straw and malt make up the nose. Not a good start, to say the least. Taste is sharp and tangy, with some earthiness that seems to be the hallmark of every Cooper's beer. Golding hops give it a bite. Overall, a decent beer.

Photo of btmo
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer.

It looks funny, it smells funny, it tastes funny.. it is me in a bottle!


I grew up less than 100km where they make this stuff, and this was the beer than all of the locals aspired to drink and fall over with / from. Most of them didn't bother, as they preferred their trip to oblivion to be short, sediment free and inexpensive.


The secret of this beer, the thing that makes it really special is its finishing in the bottle. This means there is a lot of sediment in it. This often puts people off. I think this is a mistake. The world is full of filtered, tamed, predictable and bland beers. See above.

A beer with a yeasty sediment as this one has is so uncommon it should be embraced! Sought out! Bought and paid for yourself!

The taste and mouthfeel are good, if a little unusual. Southern hemisphere beers are designed to be chilled until your tongue sticks to the glass - they are for quaffing when the sun is beating down, or shortly thereafter. The citrusy character of this beer supports this well.

It is the sort of beer that can be imbibed all day IF it is kept cold, and you have a solid liver. 5.8% alcohol means that you will be seeing small fuchsia pachyderms early in the evening if you are not used to it...

If it warms up a bit to much, the excessive bitterness starts to break through, and it becomes a much less comfortable experience.

As with all sensory experiences, this one can be enhanced by engaging all areas of the limbic system. I remember one fine sunny day, sitting near the beach in Adelaide knocking a few of these back. The blond young lady I was with that day enjoyed this beer as much as I did. Our conversation was as sparkling as the very ale itself.

We laughed, we cryed, we belched.


Almost for this reason alone, I consider this beer something special.

Just one warning. If you ever find yourself with a choice of Coopers beers, and you see one with a green label, and one with a red label, shun the green labelled one.

It has already been through at least one goat...

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 375ml bottle with a BB of June 2012. Acquired a while back from my local beer specialist. Tons of yeast sediment visible at the bottom of the bottle.

Poured into a straight pint glass (leaving most of the sediment behind). A golden-amber colour with medium carbonation and plenty of chunky floating sediment. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before collapsing. Aroma of dry, earthy yeast with hints of stewed veg, unripe apples and faint malt.

Tastes of light malt and yeast, with a dry finish. Notes of stewed veg, unripe apples and a hint of solvent. Sweet overtones. Very dry upon swallowing, bordering on harsh. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and full-bodied. Highly astringent. Aftertaste of dry yeast and a harsh note.

OK, but not too special. Balanced, but the aroma and flavour are quite dull and dominated by yeast esters. Perhaps this bottle is a bit too old - I'll try and review it again sometime. No need to go out of your way for this.

Photo of monkeybeer
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy golden-orange amber with a to of carbonation, looks more like a champagne or a cider in the glass than a beer.
S- A lot of citrus with some hops and malt mixed in.
T/M- It was very crisp and refreshing. It was defiantly sparkling. The beer has a nice citrus taste and was well balanced with hops and malt.
D- I would defiantly get this again. I tried it when I was out to dinner at the outback, but I will pick it up next time at my local BevMo

Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with lots of fine grained "floaties" and plenty of upcharging bubbles to replenish a nice small-bubbled head. Laces quite simply. Fruity apple and citrus aromas, a little yeast. The malts dominate the flavor in a light and clean manner, senses of apple and peach with a simple finish. A little overcarbonated to me, but helps stand in place for the reserved hopping. There is a creaminess here, as well. Not bad as a somewhat unique beer, not a personal favorite for me, either...

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden with chunks of sediment floating in a suspension like appearance, white head bubbly not much lacing going on here. Aroma: Bready malt sweetness with an air of grassiness in the background very mild hop aroma that's about it simple. Taste: Crisp sweetness bready finish with a decent bitterness to it, this beer just doesn't have anything that really set's it apart from anything else. Mouthfeel: A bit watery no texture no hoppy oils left on the palate high carbonatinon, light bodied ale. Drinkability: Mediocre just couldn't picture craving for another one of these brews, glad I sampled that's about it.

Photo of tommccabe
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours well with small head. Smells good. Good end of week beer. First beer goes down well, but subsequent beers go down smooth. Great start to a good night. My favorite beer at Outback Steakhouse - good compliment to steak. Sediment at bottom of bottle.

Photo of kylers
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, looks to be bottle conditioned. Tons of bubbles rising throughout the entire pint.
S: Intense orange peel with a hint of yeasty malt presence.
T/M: Incredibly dry and bubbly. Slight sweetness and finishes almost like a budweiser. Tastes a little thin, maybe they use plain sugar to dry it out?
D: Crisp and refreshing with just a touch of sweetness and slight hop flavor aroma, you could put a few of these down on a nice hot day.

I bet this is delicious if you get it in Australia. Travels better than most beers, though.

Photo of rastaman
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good beer, but i just feel that its lost a lot lately. Nice fruity notes of apricot and pear, and good bitterness, and a bit of a belgian character, but is a bit subdued.

Photo of FleeVT
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.8oz brown bottle with "Best Before" date, poured into pint glass:

A: Slight sediment in the bottom, as expected. This one pours a hazy straw colored yellow, just like a hefe but slightly more orange. Nice short white head.

S: Citrusy hops dominate the with a tinny odor on the back end.

T/M: A good medium bodied English Pale Ale with a moderate to heavy carbonation. The hop oils give this a bitter character that is expected from Aussie beers. Slight pine taste in the middle, then back to the hops for the closer.

D: Sessionable. This one has everything you need with nothing over the top.

Photo of sloejams
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing complex or special about this Australian beer. I was hopeful as the color, tint and aroma were inviting. A slight welcome bitter bite was expected but the delivery was tinny and somewhat stale.

It was tucked into those one of those "Great Beers of the World" that many of us beerlovers where given for Christmas. Sadly, most of the beers fall remarkably short of said accolades. Coopers Sparkling Ale is drinkable but ultimately forgettable.

Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle, at the Metro in the downtown warehouse district of Edmonton.

This beer pours a rather hazy medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves chunky strips of arched lace around the glass as it steadily fades away.

It smells of slightly biscuity, grainy pale and bready malt, a bit of acrid yeast, a hard-water flintiness, and weak leafy, weedy hops. The taste is more biscuity pale grainy malt, some soft, dry orchard fruitiness, a wet stoniness, and tame grassy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is crackly and coarse, at first, but still moderate in its bearing overall, the body medium-light in weight, and settles to smooth after all that initial spritz. It finishes off-dry, with some mild, innocuous graininess and somewhat bitter floral hops.

Discovering the lees at the bottom of the bottle lends credence to the bottle-conditioning claim, however, this is still just a barely better than average ale, the flavours never really rising above the gimmick of the 'sparkling ale' - aren't all beers sparkling, or ya know, 'carbonated' to some extent?

Photo of mintjellie
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and hazy from the sediment I chose to pour into the glass along with my beer. Little white flecks of lees are visible in the glass. The frothy white head isn't very retentive and doesn't lace. It has a biscuity, earth sort of aroma with a hint of lemon. Flavours of green apple and mild lemon and unsalted wheat cracker. Leafy hops give it a mild but firm bitterness. Light bodied with spritzy carbonation. Feels crisp and refreshing. An easy and quenching beer to slake your thirst on a hot sunny day. Decent.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coopers Sparkling Ale

Appearance- light orange and bubbly with a decent head.
Smell- light corn and hops. sweet smell maybe some lemon.
taste- ligth and crisp. I detect Ginger Ale with a touch of macro corn beer.
Mouthfeel- light and watery, carbonated like soda.

Overall- an easy to drink beer, but not worth a second try. A refreshing beer after mowing the lawn I bet.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz brown screw-off cap bottle.

*note: Well, This is a strange english pale ale, and cooper's also brews a specific Pale ale as well so the style is suspect at best here.

AP: This one pours out sediment filled with lot's of floaty bits! (that's o.k in my book, especially since it states it clearly on the back lable that this is normal) extemely carbonated, yellow-wheat coloration with a two-finger tight-ass white head with a little brownish colored sediment settling on the top of the head that dissipted slowly and eventually became just a thin white ring around the edge.

Nose: sweet bready malt, herbal and tangy with an eartthy, mossy hop scent and sourized yeast.

flavor: fresh-bread malt, wheat and grains, metallic, earthy hop and a unique tart and tangy sour and herbalized yeast that really makes this brew enjoyable. The balance is strange but it works. There is a mildly tangy and bitter aftertaste (which can be curtailed if you were to leave the sediment out) There is a mild banana-like fruity current at the very end.

Feel: light to medium bodied, depending on if you leave the sediment in...crisp bite and a refreshing dry-edged finish.

DA: This seems like really good quality stuff coming all the way from australia. It came along way and is rather unique. i actually had no problem finishing off a 6-pack with my girlfriend.

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

look - golden color, a little hazy from the sediment, phenomenal head retention and lacing

smell - molasses is prominent

taste - bitter and malty, but not so pleasant, kind of tastes old

feel - highly carbonated, easy drinker

overall - not impressed with the flavor

Photo of Daniell
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden darker pilsnerish colour with lots of floating bits. Head not forthcoming but comes good in the end and hangs around.

S: citrus (lemon), grain, creamy milky agnostura bitters, can smell the same appleyness I get with the pale ale but this is stronger. Also pick up some good maltiness.

T: citrusy sourness and decent bitters. Tastes/smells a bit like a decent german lager with some citrusy stuff also going on.

M: Creamy and thick, I think carbonation is about right.

D: Could drink a few of these easily.

I prefer this greatly to their pale ale which tastes of nothing to me. This one has more bitters (not necessarily bitterness) and maltiness and altogether has more to give. Good stuff. I like the raw flavour of this beer and think it would be worth tracking down for overseas beer aficionados, at least for a try. It has a bit of a "macho" quality to it, I think.

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Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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