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Coopers Sparkling Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

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375 Reviews

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 603
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 18
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website

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 RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a ton of floaties and a half inch white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average as well. It has a weak malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It has a light hop and slightly fruity yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a dry, yet mildly sweet pale malt flavor with a bit of yeast fruitiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer was a let down. I really was expecting something better.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An afternoon of AUS beers continued at my aunt's house and ain't that the truth!

From the bottle: "Real Aussie Ale"; "Brewed in Australia"; "No Additives-No Preservatives-Australian Made-Australian Owned"; "Best After [!] 19 Nov 10"; "Coopers Ales and Stout are brewed using the centuries old top fermentation method and natural bottle conditioning, resulting in a characteristic fine sediment forming on the base of the bottle. This sediment is completely natural and can be gently mixed before drinking or poured carefully leaving the sediment in the bottle."

I applaud their willingness to bottle-condition their beers, but it was slightly unexpected and I tilted the bottle to get a better look at the label (I need (at least) bifocals) and that movement stirred things up briefly, settling as I wrote.

I went with a gentle pour to start, leaving maybe 1/2 of the liquid in the bottle and causing no more than 1/4 finger of bone-white head to form. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden yellow, but I was unsure that my pour could have been any more gentle. Nose had an interesting spring-like flowery/perfume smell and my aunt said apricots. Mouthfeel was medium with really tight scrubbing bubbles on the tongue. Taste had a yeasty mustiness initially, followed by that same flowery/perfume taste. Finish was semi-dry and I still felt like I was tasting essence of perfume.

Post-agitation, I had a much different beer. The head was now denser and had taken on a French Vanilla color along with specks of yeast that resembled a dusting of cinnamon. Nose was now quite musty and I was now willing to agree with my aunt on the apricot odor. Mouthfeel was medium, but the taste was much more tart than before. Finish was bone-dry, Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert dry, so dry that I needed a drink of water.

Bottom line: decide which you prefer before pouring OR slowly decant half of the bottle's contents and then decide if you want a totally different taste sensation.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

An opaque marmalade orange body, with some minor floaties and orange amber hues is made off the pour. Head is three fingers and creamy white, quickly settling to two fingers and a big bubbled pinhead puck.

Nose is biscuity malt. Mineral water and slightly spritzy. Yeast slight fruit like esters, and hits of mild herbal/floral hop angle.

Palate comes with a bit of a wet body, and borderline seltzery carbonation. Toasty and biscuity malt is hidden, but there manages to be some astringent like lime hop aftertaste on the finish. There's a little bit of alcohol warmth to this.

Overall, the body behind this beer and weak palate sort of leaves me a bit disappointed, but it's drinkable and it could be a lot worse to have out there for sure.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Real Aussie Ale" is labled on the neck of the bottle, and the bottle is a little larger too; 12.7 ounces. But what's a sparkling ale? I had never heard of such a style, so I gave it a try. On to the beer:

It pours like a golden pale ale, with the addition of sediment floating in the body. I didn't know what to think of the sediment at first, but the back of the bottle said not to worry, as it's totally natural. The smells a little fruity, and the taste is extrememly well balanced, with a yeasty apricot tang to it. A very interesting beer, sort of like a Belgian Extremely Light Pale Ale.

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Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is just a really plain beer that's easy to drink and can be refreshing. There's no real malt to it, but some sweetness and fruit. It's a bit like apple, but bland. The guy at the Party Source apparently really likes this beer, I found it to be an easy drinking beer. Save this for a hot day in Australia.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle,

A: Cloudy yellow-orange with lots of yeast floaties in it, high in carbonation with a good thick off-white head.

S: Noble hopping, and plenty of acidity, along with some bready malts.

T: Banana and bubblegum esters abound, almost like a hefe, but more reserved. There is also a bit of metallic noble hopping, possibly Pride of Ringwood? Not sure on that.

M: Very dry with lots of carbonation - "scrubbing bubbles."

D: Very refreshing, smooth, and easy to drink. Not exactly an English Pale Ale, but a good tasty ale to drink. Would be a good palate cleanser.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.03/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Maybe I am missing something here, but I am underwhelmed by this beer.

Poured into a Duval glass from a 375ml brown bottle, thought I had stopped before the sediment got out, but the brew was not a clear golden colour, more a dull copper, with no head to talk of.

Smell was non existant, not even dirty pants, or even fresh running spring water.

The taste, what taste? We are talking about fizzy water here, very unimpressed. Where the 5.8% comes from beats the hell out of me.

I have 3 more of these in my garage, I think my son is getting them for Christmas (he drinks anything, as long as it is crap).

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a very finely beaded head that fades to a thin swirl. Slight lacing. The aromas are sweet with bready malt and some bright fruit, but it is by no means heavy. The taste is similar with nicely balanced fruit and bready malt, with a fruity and crisp bitterness on the finish. Smooth and easy to drink. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of Zorro
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange brew.

Smell is lightly fruity and grainy. Smell is tutee fruity and lemon and faint bubble gum.

Taste is mild and fruity with lots of wheat flavor. Not what I would have expected from a pale ale, this beer seems to blend elements of several different styles. Fruity and bitter note to the hops, tastes much like English ale.

Mouthfeel is average.

Very drinkable brew, Cloudy like a wheat beer, fruity like an English ale, bottle fermented like a Belgian. A unique and tasty brew.

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Photo of biegaman
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Sparkling Ale' is perhaps the most ironically named beer I know of. This turbid, marmalade-looking beverage is replete with yeast particles resembling torn finger nails and has a complexion only as bright as a rainy autumn evening. While a harder pour might exacerbate some of the former, head needs to be generated somehow; this looks awfully flat.

Leaving beer unpasteurized usually affords it a little extra padding for long journeys, but the trip from Down Under to these North American shores must have been pretty rough - the smell of budding green hops has faded substantially and its biscuity maltiness comes across as frail and battered. The thing seems to have gotten sea sick.

The taste allows us a more fair and accurate glimpse into how the beer is surely meant to be; its firm bready flavours and underlying zest characterize the English Pale Ale style to a tee. While both are moderate flavours they are fairly assertive on the palate and suit one another well. A hint of honeyed oats lingers softly on the aftertaste.

I've drank my fair share of Coopers Sparkling over the years and have often noticed great inconsistencies bottle to bottle; unfortunately this particular sample isn't suiting my fancy quite like others have. Mostly this stems from two discrepancies, the first regarding carbonation (tonight nil) and the other being hoppiness (less bitter, less animate than usual).

Nevertheless, it's still made clear that the Australians learned a thing or two from their British ancestors when it comes to crafting mild and sessionable beers. This is exactly the kind of offering you'd want to find fresh on cask at your local pub... having it stale and battered in bottle shipped from the other side of the planet is less ideal, but still alright.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow gold, nice carbonation, with a small head. Lots of lacing afterwards. Could smell some hops, malt, and some sweetness. Very nice tasting beer, with a medium body. This brew would make a very nice session drink, would recommend.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of my attempt to get a more comprehensive coverage of the most readily available Australian beers. Purchased at Liquorland - it's a nice experience to get reviewable beers from such a massive chain.

Pours a pale yellow-golden colour, cloudy with yeast sediment which I agitated and added to the glass. Head is initially frothy and boisterous, a just-eggwhite off-white colour that leaves good lacing. Looks pretty good.

Nose unmistakably has an Australian edge to it - I believe that Pride of Ringwood is used in this brew, giving that slightly earthy, slightly rank character. But there's a cleanness to it which is better than a lot of other examples of its usage. Not bad.

Taste is better -- it has a smooth clean palate, bittered with a slight phenolic edge, but largely clean, round and slightly buttery. Pleasant fresh finish gives a slight twang of green, but it's all very mellow and approachable. Mouthfeel is clean and slick.

It's a nice brew, this one. Certainly easy to drink and very sessionable. Not something that's going to wow you, but it's something that you could keep going with all night.

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Photo of wl0307
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 22/03/09, served lightly chilled and clouded (with yeast sediments) in a straight imperial pint glass, as the "clear serving" I experimented in the past didn't tell an interesting story about this beer.

A: cloudy dark-tangerine-amber in colour, coming with a fast dissipating white froth and abundant but fine carbonation.
S: dryish citrus-peel, a touch of wet wholemeal toast and sugary pale malts seem to dominate the aroma, albeit not overly strong, balanced by a flow of natural fruit-esters (reminiscent of sweet pineapples) as well as barn-house mustiness from the yeast sediments, almost reminiscent of saison+witbier+Yakult... Not particularly complex, but the hoppyness and yeastiness seem to define the special features of this ale. Lovely!
T: a sprizty mouthful of roughly grainy & lightly caramely maltiness comes on top of sour-sweet citrus-fruits, prunes, fennel-like herbs, chalk, gristy malts, and peppery hops, while a powdery palate of yeasts brings up increasingly dryish, slightly licorice-root like bitter-sweetness and a light touch of tangy zests that both linger in the dry & yeasty finish.
M&D: sparkling? well, the texture is in fact spritzy, but with very fine, light and refreshing fizziness; medium-bodied as it is, this ale has retained a rough balance b/w yeasts and malts, while hops sort-of retreat to the second tier to provide a key bitter element overall. This ale is best enjoyed when served cloudy, IMO, and what a thirst-quenching ale this could be!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says best after 18 June 2009, which was over a year ago; who knows what the best-before date might have been.

Appearance: pale golden-orange hue with a fair bit of haze. There also seem to be some tiny floaties in the body. Head poured two fingers of frothy white foam but dissipated rapidly to a thin layer. Overall, good, but a little weird with those floaties.

Smell: quite mild, slightly sweet malt with some floral hop character. Low-intensity, but good.

Taste: malty at the beginning, then a solid, moderate bitterness takes over with those floral hops again. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very enjoyable level of carbonation. Probably my favorite part of this beer.

Drinkability: distinctly drinkable. It might be a hair too sweet, however, to quaff a lot of 'em. I'd definitely have this again, though.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy soft rustic orange with a thin, fizzy head that quickly dissipated. There was a great deal of turbidity at first with a noticeable haze of suspended, speckled yeast particles that lazily drifted about. The beer eventually cleared a little bit while leaving a silt sediment coating on the bottom of the glass. Visible carbonation was very aggressive and rapid.

S: There was not a lot to speak of aroma wise, overall was very light with only slight hints of warm oranges. Pretty mundane.

T: spicy oranges with a slight sourness that soon followed. You can definitely detect the yeasty nature here. The finish was tart and musky with some dry grains and yeastiness.

M: very fizzy and active, light bodied while leaving a powdery tart yeastiness and malting behind.

D: Average drinkability, not one I would enjoy in multiples but worthy of a try.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12.7? oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a small head. Smell is of malts and hops. Taste like it smells, good balance of hops and malts, some hints of fruit. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle dated 10 JUN 09-14:26. Sampled on May 20, 2010. There is something incedibly refreshing about this beer from start to finish. I drank it cold when the temperature was 84 degrees outside. The pour was a pale yellow but also quite cloudy with a long lasting good sized head. There is a vague sensation of malts in the aroma but otherwise it tends to speak to me in fruity tones.The taste has a biting sharpness to it but speckled with citrus and muted hopped notes. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of DrJay
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy apricot colour with a thin wisp of white head. Musty peach aroma, slightly vegetal, but fairly mild. Light sweetness backed by some herbal hoppiness. Lightish body, moderate carbonation. Seemed quite average, nothing really wrong but nothing really great.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many times in the past, now I get to review it.

The bottle has a best after date. Sept 1, 2009.

I've always loved the name of the brew as compared to what it looks like when you pour it in a glass. Sparkling? It's a cloudy orange yellow. Small head of foam with some good lacing.

I note some citrus and a strongish smell of malt. Just like I remember.

Taste wise, it brings the lemony citrus hops and brings a solid malt background though it's not as sweet as in the smell. Could be a good thing. Also has some fruity tones I can't stick solely on the lemon I'm tasting. A nice plus.

A nice medium or at least close to medium body with a little less carbonation than a few of their other offerings...definitely an improvement in the mouth feel department.

Finally, I could drink copious quantities of this sparkling ale. Lots of good flavours and not a high price tag when it comes to the abv. Just generally, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Viggo
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold, some particles floating around, small white head forms but goes fast, no lace. Smell is caramel, some honey, citrus, maybe some peach. Taste is sweet, some skunkiness, citrus, slightly fruity in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Kind of weak, I thought the carbonation was overdone, although I'd try it again.

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Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.