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Coopers Sparkling Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

568 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002)
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Photo of NATOuk
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance
This beer contains a hefty amount of sediment which is easily disturbed. According to an Australian colleague, it is customary to 'roll' the bottle to evenly spread the sediment across the whole liquid. This beer is very visibly carbonated, hazy golden in colour and with visible bits of yeast sediment distributed throughout the liquid. Forms a thin bright white head which clings to the glass.

Smell
Sweet malts, grassy notes and hints of citrus fruit

Taste
Quite a thin and watery and lacking in any significant taste. Noticeable acidity due to the carbonation and some light sweetness through to a slight bitterness in the finish. The sediment adds a yeasty taste to the mix.

Mouthfeel
Well carbonated, the carbonation dominates the mouthfeel initially. Thin body.

Drinkability
Not really for me. In a hot climate, this would be okay to drink for refreshment but I found it lacking in taste.

NATOuk, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of jk3
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

jk3, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of braican
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

braican, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of tbeck
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up from the Belmont in Portland, OR.

Pours a clear yellow with orange highlights. Fair amount of sediment in bottle. Develops a thin white head with no retention into a light collar. Smell is of belgium sugars and malt. Taste has a slight metallic hint and is watery. A sour, skunky aftertaste is present. Thin and simple texture. Not much flavor to this beer so would pass on the oppurtunity to try again.

tbeck, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of newbeeraday
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

newbeeraday, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of beermanbrian
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy yellow/gold color. Very small white head and no lacing to speak of. Lots of yeast floaties. Certainly does not sparkle in the appearance category. Smell of lemon and a grassyness that is somewhat musty. Taste is very underwhelming. Again i get a musty wet grass taste. Some very light maltyness but really very thin in taste and body. Some bitterness to the finish but not that nice hops bitterness that makes you want to come back for more. It's more of a stale old hops taste. Nothing about this makes me want to try it again. A below average offering.

beermanbrian, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of Stew41
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy light brown / caramel in the glass - looks inviting. Nose is a little sudued but has some fruity, slightly sweet notes. Good mouthfeel, a little plain in the flaour stakes but finishes ok with some mild hoppiness and bitterness. Needs a bit more omph to be really interesting. Had the Pale Ale last night and for once probably showed better than the red label.

Stew41, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of sneaks2210
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

sneaks2210, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of dweeuu
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

dweeuu, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of flood
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Above average appearance - dark orange - chunky bottom (unfiltered solids settle out). Overall above average appearance - like you are drinking a slurry of goodies. Swirling it mixes everything together - especially towards the bottom.

Smell - fruity not too striking.

Taste and mouthfeel - At first I thought the sparkling name was a misnomer however after a few swallows you definitely notice the carbonation. Taste however is limited - betwix a lager and wheat with extra bubbles.

Drinkability - Definitely a drinkable beer but rather unremarkable other than the carbonation. Can't say I would pick it out of a crowd. The last drink is definitely the best (i.e. with the sediments).

flood, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of xare
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours as a hazy cloudy and transparent orange color with tons of sediment and absolutely no head whatsoever. Rather fizzy though, which is what it's supposed to be when it's sparkling.

Smells like a faint aroma of malt and hops with some fruit overtones. It isn't really appealing to me but might remind some of hefeweizzens. Tastes like a malted orange but isn't fizzy, which is surprising. Then again, I'm drinking an aged bottle (1 year in the cellar).

Mouthfeel - has some fizz but for some reason, it doesn't feel very good in my mouth. Drinkability is somewhat decent, but doesn't impress me very much. A bit below average but it isn't too horrible.

Overall, I wouldn't drink this beer regularly but might want to pull it out once a year or so, just for the novelty value.

xare, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of allergictomacros
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Clear with floaties due to a bad pour. (My fault though, not the beer). Really pale yellow/straw colour with constant rising bubbles. I guess it's supposed to be a sparkling wine-type similarity.

S - A bit of a yeasty smell. Honey-like smell with citrus.

T - Little bit of bitterness. No sweetness to speak of. Some lemony cirtrus, but lackluster overall. Mild bitter aftertaste, but it sticks around forever.

M - Slightly syrupy. Carbonation is (thankfully) much lighter than expected. Drying finish but with a wield tongue-numbing feel.

D - Disappointing. Better than most macros, but certainly not something I would buy again.

allergictomacros, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of popery
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer looks bad. It's a relatively light fizzy beer with basically no head besides a few stray bubbles that are clinging on for dear life. The bigger problem is that it looks like a failed sea monkey farm in a crappy pilsner. Ok, that's a bit harsh, but I like thick, funky beers with even more sediment and I still don't like this look. The sediment is somehow off-putting in such a soda-ish beer.

It smells just fine. It smells like a hops a bit but rather generic and unimpressive. There's nothing really wrong with the smell. It's just not much of a selling point.

The beer also tastes fine, but I'm marking it down a bit because there's very little need for another unimpressive pale ale. It's weak. It critically lacks in hoppy flavor for a pale ale. It's just a fizzy, mediocre beer.

The mouthfeel is really poor. It's sort of watery. There's very little body. I guess it's somewhat drinkable because it's watery. I could drink a lot of them if it was the only thing available. It's not sour. It beats a lot of American macros by a tad, but I'd probably switch over at some point if somehow that was the night.

popery, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dull orange-hued body gunked up with more than a fair share of over-sized particulate matter. Thin, white head. Now I wish I hadn't taken a good look at it.

Smell: Mixed bag aroma smelling of fruit, watered down honey, and a dash of alcohol.

Taste: Lightly biscuity maltiness with a light, honeyish sweetness. A big sip of spring water (filled with particulate matter) follows. Fruity tastes of yellow apples and lemons. Spicy hop character with a medium-low bitterness. Slight souring yeastiness. Some juicy acidity on the dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Yes, it's even a bit sparkling.

Drinkability: After the deficient appearance, I really took my time with this brew to see if it could redeem itself. It never did. Sour and a bit watery, I just didn't care for it.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At outback steakhouse, I wasn't expecting anything decent for beer selection, but I was happy to see an Australian made ale on the menu. Waitress was actually pretty knowledgeable and "warned" me that the yeast sediment is normal and in fact tasty. Well, I wasn't expecting much so I made sure to disturb the yeast sediment to squeeze as much flavor out of this bottle I possibly could. Into a frosted pint, (typical chain restaurant) this ale is cloudy pale with a thin head. Yeast clouds this beer up, but there is some clumpy brown yeast chunks that sink to the bottom that aren't too pleasing.

Aroma is very strange. It has a clear cleaning product character to it, which is weird. It's exactly like oxyclean. Yeast character is very plain and characterless. It smells like the yeast at the bottom of the fermenter of a batch where yeast wasn't supposed to have any role or character in the beer. As it warms up, there is a slight citric hop shining through.

Flavor is just plain, and doesn't have much character to it. Plain bitterness from hops and toasty, grainy malt flavor that is pretty plain. Mouthfeel is light with a tickling carbonation.

This is one of those beers that fits only because it's Australian and I'm at an Australian themed restaurant (think Peroni at an Italian place). I'll say that if you aren't expecting much and you appreciate trying to match your beers that way, this isn't an awful beer. As far as reviewing it as an English Pale, I can't recommend it.

jeffthecheff, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of 1fastz28
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a very cloudy hazy yellow color with tons of sediment, has a slight head that disappears quickly, not much of smell, just of malt, yeast, and water. tastes just the same, but unfortunately the water is the most prevalent taste. this is my first bottle fermented beer and i'm not a big fan.

1fastz28, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally managed to pour this one and forego MOST of the yeast, so I figured I'd review this one again. I will say this came from the same six pack. Murky yellow body with almost no head to it. Smells kind of malty with some skunk maybe, but I won't jump to conclusions. Somewhat sweet with citrus hints, but skunky. Better than it was with the yeast, but would be even better if the skunk quality wasn't there... It's a shame since I couldn't buy this by the bottle, and the stout these guys make is exquisite. I hate to give such a mediocre rating, but this was the beer I had in front of me, I'm affraid.

MrHurmateeowish, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of PatrickJR
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very cloudy orange/yellow with noticable specs of yeast floating around. A finger of head rose and fell quickly like soda pop, leaving no lacing.

S - There is hardly any smell. The best I can detect is a faint sourness reminiscent of lemonade.

T - Like the aroma, there just isn't anything happening here. I am trying to taste something but it's very difficult. A mild grainy sweetness tries to come through, but never really makes it, and the same sour/sweetish lemony component from the nose makes it's way in near the finish. Otherwise there's nothing.

M - Wobbly light to medium body that can't really stand up to the insane carbonation here. I have a feeling the carbonation is also doing a lot to attenuate the subtleties.

D - It certainly wouldn't be difficult to put this back all night because it is damn close to drinking club soda. While this beer doesn't taste bad or have any off flavors, it's complete lack of character keeps it below average.

PatrickJR, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of flyingpig
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy ornage colour with a thin, bubbly white head that is more like a thin lacing than anything else. There is a lot of bubbles , expected given the name really.

Light and hoppy aroma with a touch of fruit coming through as well as some sweet malts throughout. There is a sort of light floral note in there too and over all this one is light on the nose.

Sweet malts to begin with along with a fruit like taste that the nose hinted at. There is some sugar and apples in there as well a hint of pear but again nothing too strong here.

Smooth and medium in body with a citrus tang and rather strong carbonation coming through. Basic but nothing offensive really.

Lacking strength in both the nose and the taste and was a little to sparkling although the name was a giveaway I guess. It was almost like a cider in parts and there was nothing particularly great about it.

flyingpig, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Snyder18
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Snyder18, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of kbnooshay
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this at outback so the glass is so fucking frozen i can't a good look at the body. it seems to be orange with a super foamy head that shrunk quickly. aroma is sweet and carmelly with a touch of hops. tastes like a weird amber ale. sweetness is caramelly but annoying. weird. but not awful.

kbnooshay, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of canoehornpoint
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle conditioned. Pours like ginger ale, bubbles cling to sides. No head at all. I poured half a glass and it was clear and had a crips taste of earthy pride of ringwood hop. I poured the rest and the yeast sediment clouded it all up. I've not seen yeast sediment in this type of beer be so loose and pour so easily. The sediment made it slightly sour. not too impressed.

canoehornpoint, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of gotweid
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle it poured a dirty gold color with about a 1" head. Looked highly carbonated with a fair amount of bubbling...almost like a soda. There were also some sediment/floaties, but that is supposed to be normal for this brew. Smelled kind of fruity and sweet. The taste is somewhat bitter and a little sweet. High in yeast. This is a medium bodied brew and leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Drinkable, but not something I would seek out.

gotweid, Jul 30, 2007
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