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Coopers Sparkling Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

503 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 503
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%


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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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came from the liquor store with a date coded bottle with shrink wrap over the crown to prent spoilage. Mine was fairly fresh only about 6 weeks from release date. Poured a cloudy orangey-gold with a wonderful puffy-chunky cap that reduced to a firm lace half way through the drink. Very naturally effervescent...big bubbles stream up the glass and make the ample yeast sediment dance about in the glass (bottle conditioned ale?). Aromas of spoiled bananas and fresh baked bread. Starts sharp and a bit peppery (from the carbonation) then a richer, oily mouthfeel builds with a wonderfully pronounced malty nuttyness accented with fruity tastes like pears and apples then the finish is clean with a wonderful slight aftertaste of bread and cider. I like this ale and if the LCBO stocks it there will always be 6 or so for the hot days....thius is a very satisfying and refreshing oldstyle bottle conditrioned ale...a wonderful treat at the price.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 20:55:31 | More by pootz
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dedalus

Kansas

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i didn't know if i was supposed to include the yeast sediment in the pour, so i did. the resultant appearance was an appetizingly hazy and burnished bronze, with some floating bits of yeast. the aromas were like a subdued hefe, with light banana and citrus overtones (no clove, of course). smooth mouthfeel, with wheaty malt flavors, pear flavors, and some mellow banana and citrus coming through on the palate. this is a nicely textured beer, and a nice change of pace from the hop monsters i've been hooked on lately. sometimes an austere flavor profile can be just as satisfying as a hugely flavored beer's less subtle flavors, and that certainly holds true for coopers sparkling ale.

cheers,

s.d.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2004 21:40:53 | More by dedalus
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aracauna

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is actually a pretty tasty light ale. Light and a little on the spritzy side. Pours a bit cloudy since this apparently isn't a filtered beer. Nice, soft, spring-like fruitiness reminding me mostly of melons an pears. If it was a little cheaper, I'd consider this a great summer beer as it's got a little taste, but is nice and crisp

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 02:34:02 | More by aracauna
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dannyvee

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served @ fridge temperature (seems appropriate, just look at that photo). Color was a cloudy, golden yellow and even reserving a fair amount of brew in the bottle, much sediment was in suspension. Smell was a touch malty, yeasty and citrusy. Taste was slighty hoppy, metalic and citrusy in the end. Mouthfeel suffers a bit with the floaties taking over the glass.

Overall a highly quaffable brew which I'll be undoubtablly be sessioning over the warm summer months, maybe just with a more careful pour next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 00:12:59 | More by dannyvee
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CortexBomb

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an exceptionally hazy yellow with plenty of sedimentation, also a rather monstrous head, as one would expect with a sparkling ale, and has a wheat dominant nose.

The thing that strikes me about the flavour isn't so much the flavour itself, which is like the smell, mainly wheat and fairly bland. The interesting thing is the citrus sensation, not flavour, that I get from it, my mouth was tingling from it!

Overall an average to bland wheaty beer though.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 22:37:09 | More by CortexBomb
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

2.15/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12.7 oz bottle
I have to admit that I usually am not bothered by yeast sediment in bottle-conditioned beers, but this one was a little over the edge. The color of the beer was a faded gold, but the massively thick sediments were too overpowering. It looks like sawdust floating! The aroma was pretty simple with a wheaty citrus smell.
Now for the taste....
It came off very flat tasting. To think about it, this is as far from anything I would consider to be "sparkling". As I was sipping, I could not get over the appearance of this one. So I have no option but to say that this was on my "worst list"

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 01:10:52 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 01:10:45 | More by RoyalT
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - as soon as I uncapped the bottle, a carbonic reaction ensued with the bubbles coming right up to the top of the un-poured bottle. Pouring into the glass released an avalanche of suds. Continued with a very slow pour to keep them from overflowing the glass. It has a hazy, flat peachy-orange color with lots of suspended yeast, resembling cinnamon. Off white head holds at a covering.

Aroma - lots of apples and pears to start. Cinnamon and yeast (clove, etc.) components have me raising my expectations here...

Taste - a fine brew. Doesn't taste as well as the first impression, but it's still good. Average malt base, I can pick out some apple flavor. Plenty of bubbles for an intermission before the yeast and hops come through. Very good balance of all flavor components, even if nothing in particular wows me. Some cinnamon spices are evident in the aftertaste, particularly following a burp (escuze me...) Finishes slightly sour with traces of grapefruit. A very nice beer with lots to explore.

Mouthfeel - a little heavier than average and tons of carbonation. Just sticky enough in the mouth to prolong the nice taste.

Drinkability - I find this highly drinkable if for no other reason than to see how many flavors I can identify. A little bit of everything in this beer, just watch your yeast intake as it has its own 'exhaustive' effect, um, down the road.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 18:05:52 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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koolk

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber-orange in colour with large pieces of sediment floating about.

Nose is somewhat fruity mixed with a good dose of malt and a little bit of yeast.

Great palate that is dry with strong fruity flavours and deeper malts, but leaves a little spicey/hot alcohol flavours on the finish - almost anise like.

Good Aussie drop, and for the price is basically unbeatable here in Oz.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 00:33:39 | More by koolk
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joecast

Australia

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

has a "best after" date on the bottle to allow for conditioning.
golden color appears cloudy from yeast. if pouring into more than one glass, you should expect a bit of sediment. it doesnt affect the beer much unless you get quite a bit of it (which there is).
nice aroma to it with a slight bitter finish and a dry-ish flavor (dont ask me to explain, but thats what i put in my notes).
the alcohol will hit you, though it doesnt come through in the taste.
a good pale ale over all, coming in just a bit behind little creatures.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 21:50:19 | More by joecast
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting ale from Down Under. This little brew came from the bottle with big flakes of sediment and a cloudy apricot-colored body with a good off-white head that held well and laced with gusto. The nose is very fruity and that sense follows in the flavor as well. Nice taste but a bit too acidic. The feel is better with a nice snap in the finish that is quite nice. Very drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 03:45:11 | More by AtLagerHeads
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 16:36:05 | More by WVbeergeek
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diablo14

Australia

4.75/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

theres not too many coopers beers i dont like, and this, for me, is truly one of the worlds greats. i sometimes take it for granted because i can get this anywhere, but every so often i am reminded of its greatness.

sometimes i will try to pour this minus the sediment, depending on my mood. there is a noticable difference with and without, but the beer is certainly more robust when the floaties are in it.

the classic golden color and white fluffy head scream drink me, and that blast of bananas and citrus when i put it to my nose are always a winner. the bubble action gives it an intense mouthfeel, just the right level of maltiness and the use of pride of ringwood hops gives it a typical aussie bitterness, but one that doesnt go overboard like most others.

the finish minus the sediment is very clean and crisp (and fruity too), with the yeast it has a caramelly finish that packs a bit of punch. either way, from start to finish it is a spectacularly balanced beer.

you can drink this anytime, anywhere, and goes great with food, especially spicy stuff. the slightly higher than normal AV always gives me a nice glow, no matter what the weather.

if youre not from australia i can say this is a beer best consumed fresh, and is even better on tap than it is out of the bottle. in a sea of dismal lagers and light (color wise) beers in this country (and even worldwide) this is truly a giant of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 14:53:51 | More by diablo14
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marburg

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of an ideal end-of-summer, beginning-of-football-season kind of brew. Cloudier than all hell -- might scare any potential converts away. But nonetheless, very light -- yellow-orange.

Very easy drinking. Simultaneously full flavored. Aroma is a little anemic but dominated with some esters. Flavor begins fruity -- is that banana? -- and closes with a nice, almost-citrus hop bitterness that is far from overpowering. Truly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 00:48:29 | More by marburg
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 11.2 oz bottle. The appearance is a cloudy copper color with quite a bit of yeast sediment, and a bit of bubble cascading. The smell is slightly sweet. The taste is mostly lemon, a slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a few of these.

Not a bad beer. Though the taste hints are slight, and I'm unsure whether the beer should have this much sediment, this is still enjoyable nonetheless. The REAL Australian for beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 02:22:21 | More by beergeek279
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the look of this. Honey gold in colour, foggy and with bits of yeast floating about. Looks like a good solid sweet apple cider (something I really like). Looks handsome and wholesome and substantial to me. Poured up a short head that settled down in short order.

Smells of yeast and hops. The taste is dominated by the yeast, slightly fruity. There are some bitter hops to finish it out. Decent mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, don't fear the floaters, they slip by fine.

I enjoyed this well enough. It didn't blow me away, but I think I'll be giving it another try.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 00:17:37 | More by TerryW
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beerguy101

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color (cloudy), small head. A medium bodied ale, light and refreshing. Mild and smooth malts, mild hop bite. Champagne yeast added to bottle for natural soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and dry. Aftertaste has a slight bite, malty and slightly bitter. Interesting beer, Nice taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 02:44:49 | More by beerguy101
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ALEBOY

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer ! An ideal beer for any season, or session for that matter. A lovely hazy gold that is quite a contrast to the average Aussie brew, a dense white head tops off the pour. Aroma is not very aggresive , yeasty and lemony are perhaps my best descriptions. The flavour reminds me of some belgian pales except that it is a touch more mineraly.Medium body and very drinkable.

A great Australian beer

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 11:30:47 | More by ALEBOY
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putnam

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of this beer is nothing short of "viscous." There is a sense on the nose of dense, boiled bananas and tropical green growth. Dried mint leaf aromas fold into elements of mustard greens and chamomile. Quite exquisite really. (this bottle was picked up at an Ontario beer store by the way) And then there is the experience of submitting one's mouth to the liquid.
Strident lines of gas slash deep grooves onto my tongue. There is vigorous, powerful atmospheric pressure in this bottle. What a perfect complement to the banana/clove aromatics and thick texture. It remains dry with powdered pencil dust resins on the finish. Efficient. Powerful. Impeccable quality.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 01:21:59 | More by putnam
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came in a 375ml brown stubbie, as part of a 6 pack. Has one of the most curious appearances I've ever encountered. A cloudy light amber with enough suspended particles in it to make it look like there is sand floating in my beer when held up to the light. How Australian! (although it reminds me of that motocross scene in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Aroma is of sweet, boozy, cirtusy malt. Flavour has a sweet, yeasty tang to it, a bit boozy, not much body to carry it all. Perhaps I picked up an old case of this, but it doesn't do anything for me at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2003 14:37:59 | More by IronDjinn
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lipschitz

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 375ml Pseudo-stubbie bottle, with no freshness date stamped.

Pours hazy, orange / gold with no head or lace to speak of – perhaps I was a bit remiss in my glass rinsing. The smell is quite bready, with noticeable grassy notes. Taste is clean grains, with a touch of citrus. There are some suggestions of fruit in there as well as a glance of hops. Mouthfeel is dry and generously carbonated – nicely tingles on the back of your tongue.

Notes: Sparkling…it’s downright glittering! This is quite a refreshing treat. It possesses an almost ginger ale-like carbonation – yet it is a rather enjoyable beer. The yeast / fruit & grains all work together quite well. Worth checking out on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 13:21:47 | More by lipschitz
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francisweizen

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This australian ale from Coopers poured a slightly cloudy golden colour with a minimal head. It had the aromas of hops, slight malts, and fruit. It tasted like a standard, pretty hoppy, euro-ale with some nice, light, malty tastes. The mouthfeel of this beer was very crisp yet creamy. The drinkability was very good, and this beer would make a great hot day, summer beer.
Cheers!
-F

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 13:01:37 | More by francisweizen
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Morris729

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium golden color with a creamy white head that fades into a nice amount of lace. Nose is sweet malts, bread dough, and a bit of citrus. Medium in body with a good amount of active carbonation. Taste is sweet malts and grains with some fruity notes (apple, pear, melon, and banana) followed by a bit of yeast and some citrusy hops. A nice pale ale and a step up from their “Original Pale Ale.”

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2003 17:28:40 | More by Morris729
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: pleasant hop spiciness with a mellow malt backbone, some apple-cidery/champagnelike qualities

Appearance: golden lager color, good clarity despite the sediment in the bottle, very effervescent, but low head

Flavor: crisp hop flavor and a subdued bitterness, finishes dry but there is a substantial amount of maltiness rounding it out, the efferevescence plays a large role in the flavor progression as it takes the place of a more profound hop bitterness, a very lager-like brew, doesn't exhibit much of the usual ale attributes (namely esters)

Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied (made moreso by the ever-lasting bubbles), prickly champagne-like carbonation, quite a refreshing beer

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 12:19:50 | More by GreenCard
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle conditioned ale is a cloudy golden color that has a thin and light head. The nose was a bit weak and fruity but nice pleasant. The flavor is a fruity malt flavorored by the hops in a nice and balanced taste. The mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent. The finish is hoppy with a moderate lemony/citrus taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 07:13:46 | More by AtrumAnimus
Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.