Coopers Sparkling Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
81
good

375 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 598
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 16
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK summer beer. Light pale Crisp Very carbonated. Apparently good only when fresh - bottle conditioned. Sweet malts and light bodied. Light lemony Apple pear melon herbal grass. Slight Lemon and Bannana aroma. Hoppy finish and dry but tangy aftertaste. (252 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best after 1/27/13.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and slight citrus-like hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, floral, and citrus hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is decent but the aromas and flavors on this one seem fairly muted. (592 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with lots of small particles floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter-finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of pale malts and yeast in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of pale malts and yeast. Only some hints of bitterness are noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very sessionable—it’s not particularly flavorful but it sure goes down very easily. (687 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a massive head that leaves a good bit of remembrance

Smell: Crackery malt with a yeasty element and a tea-like character

Taste: Crackery, up front, with a developing sweet and metallic bitter character that is somewhat tea-like; after the swallow, the metallic character builds into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I just cannot warm up to the flavors in this beer - though unusual and a style-defier, I would prefer a more traditional English Pale Ale hop bill to balance out the other flavors (584 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of the great Australian brews, unique and bright, like Australia itself. it pours a hazy golden color, sunny, with some yeast floaters and a large but relatively short lived white head. the nose is clean and crisp like a lager, but with quite a bit of hops, pale and maybe even wheat malts, a summer beer of sorts, with a good kick. the flavor profile is pure refreshment. the yeast and hops make it much more flavorful than other beers at this price point, and the excessive carbonation really wakes you up, keeps you chipper, and cleanses the palate. great in hot or cool weather, on tap or from the bottle, this is a versatile beer, and a fine example of Australian brewing culture. I really really enjoy this, probably my favorite from coopers. I spent many an evening sucking these back. the floral hop profile is just lovely. (835 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't really all that sparkling. It had a dull, pale, copper / straw color. It wasn't all that clear or clean looking. And, it didn't have the efforvescent quality that 'sparkling' suggest. It's decent beer anyhow. Murky copper / amber because of bottle conditioning. English malts become quite sweet and heavy. Earthy hops give a must-y, grassy flavor and bittering. Fruity (ripe and over-ripe). The sweetness of the fruit flavors and malts overpower the hops for a sweet balance and a less-than-clean finish. (511 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoy this beer when ever I'm at Outback. This is my goto beer when eating there. The Sparkling Ale is rolled in the bartenders hands before pouring to shake up the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. As the beer is poured it had a really nice golden color to it with a strong looking white head. The yeast is visible has the carbonation tosses it around. The smell of the beer is mostly grainy, nothing overly special there but it is pleasant. The taste of the beer is slightly sweet and has a nice malt character to it. The mouthfeel is about medium, It can fill you up with a good meal for sure. Overall I love the preperation of the beer and the the look of it. It's one of my favorites from Australia for sure. (721 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.26/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a bright clear golden color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry cereal with light lingering sweetness. Taste is also dominated by some unrefined malt notes and light sweetness with a dry finish with no discernible hops. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing to write home about at the end of the day with a sub-standard malt bill. (406 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.07/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Turbid, funked-up, junked-up, butterscotchy orange that looks more solid than liquid. The beer contains such a load of dark, suspended bits that I'm half afraid to ingest it. On close inspection, the particles are falling at a snail's pace and are sure to be riled up again as soon as I take a drink. The head is singularly unimpressive. It's small, dirty white and flaccid. No lace.

Sparkling Ale smells like what it is, a yeasty pale ale that uses English hops (though which ones, I have no idea). The nose isn't all that hoppy and, in fact, it's pretty pedestrian as pale ale noses go. Strangely enough, the aroma seems to have faded as fast as the head. I can't smell much at all now.

Here goes. A small, tentative sip tells me that the beer isn't bad, as in spoiled. But neither is it good, as in... good. It has weak flavor and a weaker body. In fact, I'm having a hard time appreciating it as a pale ale at all. It's lightly malted, lightly hoppy and lightly bitter. Although I've never had any, it tastes like what I imagine cold, watered down hop tea would taste like. No thanks.

I'm pretty sure I didn't notice it at the time of purchase, but the cap has a price sticker of $2.99 on it! I wouldn't pay 99 cents for another bottle of this stuff. I was going to say that I've now had an Australian beer that beats Fosters (no mean feat, I know), but now I'm not so sure. This beer from Down Under will now go down under my kitchen sink as it splashes down the drain. (1,483 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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? (1,122 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a semi-cloudy, orange/amber color with a foamy, white, one-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled grassy and of caramel malt.

T - It tasted of mild bitterness. Nice sweet caramel malt flavor. Nice balance.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice pale ale. It seemed more American than English, but it was still good. (399 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (154 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.62/5  rDev -26.4%
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. (904 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Coopers: Australian for prosecco? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of glowing off-cream foam. The nose comprises light grapefruit peel, mild toffee, buttery biscuit, and a vague whiff of pine needle. The taste continues the grapefruit-pine alliance, but it's old due to negligence, and when it gets called to action, things look their age on the battlefield. Everything is old, musty, and graham cracker-y. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a weak little pale ale with nothing memorable about it. (616 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Michael Jackson actually gives this beer it's own category in his "Beer Companion" and describes it as "an early breed of British pale ale, adapted to colonial conditions..." With that thought in mind, it does seem perfectly suited for the Australian climate. Crisp and light, but also full of flavor. Great for winter or summer. I'm also amazed at the way this beer can be poured crystal clear, or entirely cloudy. Two possible beers from one bottle! Poured carefully, the beer is crystal clear with a golden appearance and the clearly visible carbonation of tiny, rising bubbles. With the yeast, it's a murky orange-ish but tends to give a better head and has much more character. The aroma is fruity with notes of apple and banana. The flavor follows in much the same manner, but with much more intensity. Although there's not much malt in the aroma, there is some in the flavor. The hops seem to be used only for bitterness and give a dryness to the flavor and finish at @ 25 bitterness units. A really unique ale. (1,018 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, honey, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with a mild hops presence that provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while but there are other beers in the style that I would choose first. (733 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a lager mug cold from a brown 12oz bottle
A - Cloudy golden ale cascading w/ yeast particles. Pale vanilla ice cream colored head.

S - Very fruity, green appley, white grape smell with a woody undertone.

M - White wine spritzer tartness, ginger ale-like carbonation with a creamy lightly spiced finish.

T - Taffy sweetness with tannic tartness of lemons with creamy cantoloupe and honeydew essence. Cardomom nuttiness is hinted at in the last sparkling sips. A nice yeasty clove flavor hangs on for minutes after the taste.

D - A bit sweet and overly carbonated but it fits the name. A light bitterness and feel makes it easy to drink several. It has a slightly lingering sour flavor, but overall may be a good lawnmower beer. (751 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed gold. No head off a gentle pour. Nose is grainy and earthy - almost dirty. Flavor is fruity and smooth. Biting bitter tone. Feel has a biting carbonation. Liquid is typical. This is an okay at best beer. There's nothing that stands out about it. Best served damn cold. (282 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poored to produce a golden/honey color (clear) with a 1/4" white head & loads of effervescence.

S: Huge fruitty smell & hints of breadyness

T: Big fruittyness & citric (orange peel) hops. A little biscuittyness follows as it warms. Some appleskin notes & juicyfruit comes through as it warms. Finishes with citrussy hops & quenching juicyness!

MF: Medium bodied & efferevescent, very well balanced

Very drinkable, was slightlty better when I had it downunder, but still pretty tasty & quaffable, epsecially for the abv. Reminds me a lot of worthington whiteshield from back in the day (88-93 UK). Pour this very carefully! Easily one of the best beers I have had from Australia (699 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into An Brainblasta goblet in Galway, Ireland.

A: 2.5 finger thin head of very poor retention. Yellow-orange colour, very hazy.

Sm: Fresh scent of barley and maybe citrus hops.

T: Lovely orange esters, an almost buttery finish. Built typically for the style, but certainly well. The orange and butter add complexity to an otherwise mediocre beer. Yeast! You can even see the yeast floating about if you pour it as such (I tried). Unexpected in a beer of this price point.

Mf: Very light on the palate; nicely smooth and wet. Subtle.

Dr: A bit pricey, but I assume this is only in Ireland. A good beer for what it is and its style. (647 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including in a trade -
Had on 02/29/08, reviewed from notes:

Pours golden with a thin head.

The smell is of sweet grain, some light fruitiness, some grassy notes.

The taste is of sweet grain and light fruits.

Light, effervescent and pretty crisp.

Might be okay as a heat-beater. It has something to it, but nothing particularly special, IMO. A classic that was probably better years ago relative to what was out there then compared to now.

A classic brew that I'm glad to have a chance to have - Thanks again, John. (543 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into pint glass, best after 4/21/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep golden color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, apple, pear, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, apple, pear, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English pale ale style. All around great robustness and balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,423 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy deep golden yellow in color with some light amounts of fine particulates in suspension, light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, and a moderate amount of honey orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of pale malts with a light to moderate aroma of yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with a light flavor of light fruit (apple/pear) yeast. There is a very light flavor of earthy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable even though it is fairly bland in flavor. Alcohol is well hidden and it would pair easily with lots of different foods. (1,055 characters)

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