1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Coopers Sparkling Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

Not Rated.
Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

534 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 534
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 13
Gots: 18 | 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)
View: Beers (16) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Coopers Sparkling Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 534 | Reviews: 366 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 00:40:16 | More by zeff80
Photo of KarlHungus
KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color with a lot of visible floaties. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of toffee, nuts, with a nice floral hops presence. The taste is a nice balance of malt and hop. Caramel, toffee, nuts, and a lengthy floral hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture from the suspended yeast, and nice lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice English Pale Ale. I could easily drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 22:42:26 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Greggy
Greggy

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a 1/2 finger head with decent retention. The body is golden in color with ample sediment.

S- Large graininess with hints of lemon and honey, also some light hopiness coming through.

T- Starts with notes of grains, slight lemon and honey with a sweeter dryness in the finish. The hops in this beer are very balanced.

M- The carbonation on this is pretty cloying as it's high.

D- This beer didn't bring to much to the table for me. It very much resembled a miller lite in taste, but with more character. The ABV and carbonation are both to high to session this. It was neat to try, but I probably wouldn't have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 02:17:59 | More by Greggy
Photo of popery
popery

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 04:14:39 | More by popery
Photo of Raligitano
Raligitano

Slovak Republic

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It looks practically opaque while being poured into a pint glass. This color is crazy, like melting orange juice concentrate. Little swirls and sediments dance inside the glass. I can smell strong citrus and peachiness even from a distance.

The taste favors orange, but it's not overpowering. Alcohol is present and a pleasant bitterness hits the sides of my mouth. ooh It lingers. "Authentic" is the first word I think of when I drink this. ...Whatever that means. Maybe a homebrewer can explain better.

One of several import beers from the Carrefour supermarket in Chiang Mai, Thailand that kept me from bitching daily about crap Thai beer. This review was with a bottle whose cap lost pressure on the airplane trip back to the States. Beer abuse, yes! But other than a loss of carbonation it still tastes as good as it did back in Thailand.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 00:38:34 | More by Raligitano
Photo of SFRider
SFRider

California

4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Little head. Cloudy Golden/Orange (though could have been the light). Sediment at the bottom of the glass.
Smell: Little fruity. Wheat (like a Hef). No Hops in the smell.
Taste: Incredible. Sweet hops. Little orange flavor. Similar to a Hef. Freakin' loved this beer!
Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. I could've had a pitcher. Very smooth, kinda light but not watery. Held the carbonation perfectly. Went down easy and refreshing. I would absolutely buy and plan to drink this beer again.

Wow wow wee wow wow! I LOVED this beer from "down unda"! Makes sense I suppose - every Aussie I've met brags of their drinking ability. Their brewers ought to know what they're doing. Alright, back to the beer. Not only is it KOSHER (even has Hebrew on the side of the bottle), but I found sediment at the bottom of my glass! Some may knock a brewery for allowing a little sediment to creep into their production line. To me - I see that as a little extra flavor. And that "small batch" touch. All of my Home Brew has a little sediment at the bottom of the glass, and I know that packs a flavorful punch - as did this beer. I give this beer an A all the way! Enjoy it with a light meal or simply by itself.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 19:34:59 | More by SFRider
Photo of daythree16
daythree16

Tennessee

3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy golden with a .5 finger head.

Smell is citrus with a little bit of grapes/wine aromas. The taste is pretty bland actually. Except for just the tiniest hint of ctirus, there isn't much hop presence at all. There is a touch earthy yeastiness on the finish.

Very carbonated and dry. I could see this being something I might want to drink a couple of on a hot summer day, but there really isn't much flavor going on at all, and I'd probably buy something else instead.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 19:22:38 | More by daythree16
Photo of PatrickJR
PatrickJR

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 07:46:12 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of TheTrevor
TheTrevor

New York

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy yellow with a lot of what I assume to be yeast floating around in it and very little head. The smell is pretty tight, with perhaps just a bit of bit of malts. The starts off with some malts and almost apple-like sugars that are quickly cut by some citrusy hops that give way to a fairly crisp finish. The mouthfeel is pleasantly crisp thanks to its medium body and carbonation. I'd consider this beer to be fairly drinkable and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 00:12:47 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of beerthulhu
beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 13:19:34 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of 1759Girl
1759Girl

California

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A>Looked an awful lot like Trader Joe's organic cider., Small white head, very cloudy, floating chunks of sediment.

S>lager yeasts, almost vinagery. Hmmm. It was strange and unexpected, really.

T>Crisp, more like a very complex lager than an English Pale. The hang goes from a nice resiny pale-like hang, but turns ever so slightly metallic.

Mouf> Fun fizzy, small bubbles like champers=)

Drinkability> es okay

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 01:46:54 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of albern
albern

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Right after the pour, the beer does sparkle and effloresce. There isn't much head, but you will find a cloudy golden colored beer with little pieces of yeasty bits floating around. Zero lacing and retention. The aroma begins a tad bit skunky with lots of malt upfront. The skunk departs and you're left with a bready beer with some citrus notes, maybe a tad bit of florals.

The taste is quite good. This is a medium bodied beer with lots of character. There is a puckerishness in the finish, and lots of citrusy hops and bready malts in the mid section. You can definitely taste the ABV which is surprising with a 5.8 ABV beer. As things settle down a bit, there is a sweetish, slightly acerbic lemony flavor that comes out, with a bit of spice in the finish. There is also a drying hop taste that you'll experience as well. This is a surprisingly robust ale well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 19:52:43 | More by albern
Photo of Patrick999
Patrick999

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Outback.

A - Poured amber-gold, a little misty, good head, good lacing.

S - Pretty average, some flowery hop, crackery malts.

T - Tasty. Nothing incredibly complex, but it hits all the right notes. Refreshing hop character, fruit notes, light malts. Slight powdery yeast, too - seems well put-together.

F - Light to medium body. Well-carbonated.

D - A surprise, this was a very credible, worthy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 22:12:05 | More by Patrick999
Photo of RblWthACoz
RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 01:33:23 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of argock
argock

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12+oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date etched on bottle collar.

A: Orange-gold with copious sediment falling through the brew. Head is thin and champagne-like with no stickiness.

S: Light lemon, grassy hops, and pale malts aromas are there but pretty light.

T: The flavor is inobtrusive and light but not unpleasant. Pale malt sweetness is the most prominent flavor with a bit of lemon-citrus hops to balance it out. Yeast flavors are strong for a pale ale, and toasted malt is more clearly present with warming.

M: Pleasant with a medium-body that has a creamy feel. Carbonation is relatively low. Aftertaste is nearly nonexistent.

D: A decent beer but nothing special -- good if you're in the mood for a lightweight ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 02:01:44 | More by argock
Photo of PerzentRizen
PerzentRizen

Mississippi

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cooper's Sparkling Ale is an average run of the mill tasting beer. There is nothing special about this beer in any regard except that it taste surprisingly like a homebrewed beer.

I poured my Cooper's, at around 52 degrees, into a tulip rimmed goblet. It poured a cloudy carmel color. It had the same glow as a homebrew. This beer is definately unfiltered (which is nice to see).

The Aroma was nothing special. This beer needs more hops was my first impression. I think if they dry hopped this beer a touch more it would improve greatly. I would also raise the alcohol to around 6.5% ABV. I think these changes would bring this beer from a C+ to a B+ maybe higher.

The taste, like I said, was remeniscient of homebrew - which is not a bad thing, but I expect a more refined, professional brew.

In short, the cost and hype definately did not fit this beer. There wasn't enough to back up the rave reviews from Michael Jackson (the beer geek, not pop singer), Robert Protz, or BA. I just did not understand why this average beer is so well liked. I will not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 23:37:36 | More by PerzentRizen
Photo of wl0307
wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 17:01:43 | More by wl0307
Photo of GodOfBeer
GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy peachy colour with large chunks of sediment with a nice white fluffy head that statys throughout the whole drink.

Smells of dried fruit, some alcohol and sort of like a lager.

Tastes like a heavy lager with some citrus, alcoholic notes and nice and bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 00:28:05 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of rbettis
rbettis

California

4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was looking for Sierra Nevada at Outback Steak House. They didn't have it. Tried a nut brown ale (Newcastle tried before) not my kind of beer. Saw Coopers Sparkling Ale and thought what the heck never tried a Autralian ale. Made a good decision. I like the extra carbonation on my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 20:09:53 | More by rbettis
Photo of gpogo
gpogo

California

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

A- Hazy gold. Definitely chill haze, this was clear before cooled. Small white head that quickly dissipates to a small foam cover and ring.

A- Sweet fruity malt aroma. Apple and pear.

T- A sweet malt, notes of apple. Slightly bittered finishes very crisp.

M- Medium body with moderate-high carbonation. A bit of yeast suspension giving a heavier mouthfeel impression.

D- It's great that Cooper's is keeping the Sparkling Ale style alive. A refreshing and enjoyable session beer. BMC buddies won't mind it either!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 01:22:52 | More by gpogo
Photo of otakuden
otakuden

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

pours bright and golden from the bottle, with a decent amount of yeast trickling out with the last of the bottle. personally, i enjoy some of the yeast settled in the bottom of my beer, but usually not all of it. it basically boils down to personal preference. one can pour so as to leave all the settled yeast on the bottom, or enjoy all of its bready yeasty goodness in their brew by swirling the last dregs around in the bottle before pouring it in the glass.

Coopers Sparkling Ale is described as a golden english ale, but it reminds me more of a lighter Belgium blonde ale. i can definitely taste the crisp zing of bitter lemon and a hint of spiced hops, almost reminiscent of spiced apples. the yeast and malt balance each other out very well, hinting of fresh sourdough. a crisp mild bitterness lingers in the back of the tongue, accenting the overall characteristic of the beer.

while thin on the head, it does have a nice nose of lemon and yeast. again, i am reminded of my Belgium golden ales and tripels which have refermented in the bottle. that musky, spicy smell that makes my mouth water.

overall, a fine example of a blonde ale, or as Coopers calls it, a Sparkling Ale. semantics aside, it can sparkle in my glass any day.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 14:32:35 | More by otakuden
Photo of johanvond
johanvond

Wisconsin

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

Honey colored golden amber with a strong white head that dissipates into a thin cap. The aroma is of bread,yeast and some apple. The opaque body is moderate in viscosity with a sharp cider twinge. There is a cleansing amount of carbonation that finishes dry and slightly hoped. Cooper Sparkling Ale is refreshing and enjoyable. Try with a Red pepper hummus or a mild chana marsala.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 23:35:37 | More by johanvond
Photo of ectomorph
ectomorph

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tried this beer at the Outback Steakhouse here in Chattanooga.

A - Pours thick and cloudy (inverted before opening) golden orange. Tons of carbonation, looks/behaves like champagne almost.

S - One word - Citrus

T - Again citrus with a hoppy finish. Slight chalky after effects.

M - Hearty and 'sparkling'...

D - You will want more than one!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 17:54:40 | More by ectomorph
Photo of RBorsato
RBorsato

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden color with a low white head but nice carbonation. Fruity ale aromas and flavors ... apples and some pear on the nose. Primarily apples in the flavor with some tart characteristics. Light-medium bodied with a dry tart/sour fruit finish.

Don't bother.

Per Label: "Est. 1862" & "Bottle Fermented"

Best Before: 08.08.08
Tasted: 06/28/07

($1.99 / 12.7 oz. brown twist off bottle with "Coopers" logo embossed around the neck (4X)"

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 17:19:00 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Georgiabeer
Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 22:49:23 | More by Georgiabeer
Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.