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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
81
good

554 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 13
Gots: 22 | 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 CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber pour with nice head that slowly fades.
Citrus and floral aromas up front, before some solid bready malts made their entrance. Smells a bit stale, and I can't say I'm a fan of the coarse metallic Pride of Ringwood hop aroma.
Flavours are less satisfactory, with non-descript light malt followed by a sharp, slightly hoppy, bitterness. Again, I'm not that much of a fan of the metallic POR bitterness.
Good body, and the high carbonation works well with the sharp bitterness to create a refreshing dry finish.

CrazyDavros, May 10, 2009
Photo of Stavage
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish/orangish amber colour with a reasonably thick (for an ale) and frothy head. You can notice the sediment if you stare hard enough.

Smells a mostly yeasty bready smell. Perhaps a very very slight hint of honey.

A very yeasty taste, especially towards the end if the sediment has sunk to the bottom. Noticeable hops bitterness but not overly hoppy. There is a sourness/sweetness similar to what you get with rye but otherwise no other rye flavours. Not as complex as their Vintage can be but full flavoured and enjoyable all the less.

Mouthfeel is full smooth and creamy and certainly not as carbonated as the name may suggest for some. Just enough to provide refreshment and certainly not enough to get in the way of the flavours.

Highly drinkable, though not the most complex and subtle flavours it is full flavoured, I would describe it as a hearty beer. It compliments most savoury meals and provides a good dry refreshment.

This is my every day beer of choice (keeping in mind it is relatively well priced and easy to find where I am)

Stavage, May 06, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz brown glass screw-top bottle. "Best After" Date 10.02.08.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow tan with thin white bubbles.

Nose: Like a Czech pilsner. Aromas like oak and vanill, some red berry and smooth leather, plus crisp grain. Complex nose!

Palate: Crisp with a hint of sourness in with the bitterness on the finish. Not flawed sour, but crisp. Light bodied with nice edges. Pilsner-like flavors. Moderate finish.

Notes: Focused and crisp. Highly sessionable beer.

SFLpunk, May 02, 2009
Photo of elricorico
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold in colour with a slight haze. A fairly hard pour only generated a slim off-white head. What head there is fades rather fast to a thin ring.

A light caramel aroma of malt with just a thin edge of flowery hops. Not a very big aroma, certainly has an english lean though.

Caramel/toffee takes the lead in the taste department. It has a fairly pleasant sweetness, not overdone at all. Finish is fairly dry and herbal. Has a certain balance. Taste stands out as a strong point for this beer.

Fairly light, but it has a certain slickness to the body that fills it our. Carbonation is subtle but more than adequate.

Not a bad brew, but doesn't advertise itself well, it had a fairly dull look and smell.

elricorico, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy mandarin orange with lots of sediment. Medium head that is very sticky.

Very fruity, aromatic aroma. Sweet and candylike, like fresh candied plums.

Tastes sort of like sugar cane.. or really sweet n low. Very dry kind of sweetness that would go well with tea. This beer screams "different" compared to the almost 100% American craft beers I'm used to drinking. Watery, but in a good beer-like refreshing way. A very authentic brew, unlike a lot of American craft beer that seems to be pumping out hopped up beer soda.

Wish I knew about the bottle conditioning beforehand so I wouldn't be eating hop junk but oh well. Definitely a nice mix up to my usual lineup.

wiseguy142, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375mL bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold with a large, sticky white head. Some sediment. Grainy, slightly floral aromas with a bit of bitterness. Somewhat faint all around. Taste is a bit of lemon with sweet malts and a drier hoppy finish. Good carbonation with a light-medium body.

philipquarles, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light orange with an off-white head that disappeared quickly. No lacing. The sixer tipped over on the ride home (a violent brake squealer -- Careful, there's a beverage here!), and I noticed that in the fridge, the yeast was suspended in the brew along with some bubbles. Since it was already agitated and FUBAR, I just dumped all of it in the glass.

Some malt aromas, but some yeast and bitter citrus rind aromas as well.

Taste is not what I expected. Much drier and sharp. Alcohol presence and a light tart flavor reminds me of hard cider that has gone past it's prime -- the sugars are gone. Yeasty flavors combined with some toasted, slightly bitter grain. Light bitter finish that turns to a very noticeable grassy tartness as the palate clears.

Bunch of carbonation in this one keeps with the crisp tone of flavor and the overall drinkability. This will be great summer grilling beer. I got the 6 instead of the single, and need another round tonight to see how I like it. So far, first impressions make this worth trying and buying again. If you are into deep flavored, sweet-sided , fruity ales, don't go here.

OtherShoe2, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy brownish gold with two fingers of head. Great head retention and good lacing as well

The nose has a lot of fruity esters: lemon and orange, green apple. Yeasty smelling too, bready

Bready buttery taste with a clean bittering hop bite to it. Not overly fruity, but there is a citrus flavour to the hops.

Medium to thick bodied, with a moderate, soft carbonation. Easy drinking

EatsTacos, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of juju7
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best session beers around! All the attributes of a great beer; cloudy solid orange/copper with a tight head. Not an overly generous nose but enough there hop-wise to keep it interesting, a bit of lemon and yeastiness. Smooth and unobtrusive. Not a show-stopper but just a great beer for any situation. Even better on tap of course.

juju7, Mar 08, 2009
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 Beejay
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brownish/ orange amber.. Little amount of foam on top. Lot's of sediment in the glass. -hmmm.... (Been drinking this one for a little bit, sediment has settled to the bottom of the glass, dark black cloud.. Minus points...)

S: Sour, tart, slightly fruity... cherries maybe?

T:refreshing and slightly fruity.. Not a lot of flavor.. Slightly watery. Reminds me of something, but I am not sure what.. Maybe a fruit cider..

M: A little watery.. Not much to tell about..

D: Easy drinking and refreshing, but not anything I would get regularly. There is almost a little spice in the finish, and I am not sure if it's a good thing

Beejay, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 6/29/2007 (12.7oz bottle @ Outback):

Pours a cloudy orangish colored body, with some non-moving bubbles, frozen in place it seems. Has some head, diminshing. Has a very malty aroma, not hoppy or very ale-ish. Malty & lagerish, clean taste. Not very much taste, plain.

jujubeast6000, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of bigdeuce
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty easy drinking beer, but not much of a beer lovers delight. Overly carbonated, not a bit of lacing and a soapy head. Musky scent, but nothing as horrifying as Heineken, tastes decent..cannot describe the flavors, just quite ordinary. Not bad but not something I will reach for in the future.

bigdeuce, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of tommccabe
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours well with small head. Smells good. Good end of week beer. First beer goes down well, but subsequent beers go down smooth. Great start to a good night. My favorite beer at Outback Steakhouse - good compliment to steak. Sediment at bottom of bottle.

tommccabe, Jan 11, 2009
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 spointon
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12.7oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This ale initially poured a clear pale golden color with a lively 1" snow white head. There was a lot of lighter colored yeast particles in the end of the pour which I included, stopping short of adding the thick brown yeast. Overall bright and pleasant.

S= Aroma was modest and contained bisctuit malts, citrus, slightly funky yeast, and a very mild sulfuric quality. Slight alcohol.

T= Small but sweet malt presence lead into a green orchard fruit and herbal flavor. Hops were moderate but distinct. The finish was dry and slightly tart.

MF= Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation level.

D= Very drinkable. This was an unexpected surprise. I really enjoyed the yeast character of this ale and the crispness made it a perfect palate cleanser.

spointon, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bronze pour with a small white head. Wood, dirt, straw and malt make up the nose. Not a good start, to say the least. Taste is sharp and tangy, with some earthiness that seems to be the hallmark of every Cooper's beer. Golding hops give it a bite. Overall, a decent beer.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Jablonski
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle from Outback earlier tonight not knowing anything about the beer (figured it had to be better than Foster's), and I was pleasantly surprised.

Appearance: Small head, with no traces of it after it goes down; beer was an deep orange-red color and was cloudy.

Smell: The smell was amazing; the citrus smell was most apparent and followed by the smell of hops

Taste: Taste was similar to the smell; tasted like a tangy Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but slightly less bitter

Mouthfeel: Beer was a bit watery, but the carbonation was good

Drinkability: Very light beer, and I ordered a second after I finished the first

Recommended to all if you enjoy beers with citrus overtones.

Jablonski, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of beveritt
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

P: Poured from a brown bottle into a small weizen glass. Server held bottle upside down prior to pour to loosen sediment.

A: Pours with very little head, maybe 1/4 inch. This settles quickly leaving no trace of its existence. Beer itself is orange and cloudy.

S: Crisp citrus aroma with a slight wheat tang.

T: Significant carbonation bite upfront. Initial flavor is mild hefe like with some spice and orange followed by a not insubstantial bitterness.

M: Higher than average carbonation. Body is decent.

D: Okay, but nothing special. Seems to be a mix of styles. Too bitter for a hefe, yet too cloudy and estery to be a pale ale.

beveritt, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
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.

KarlHungus, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Greggy
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.

Greggy, Oct 23, 2008
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 Raligitano
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.

Raligitano, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of SFRider
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.

SFRider, Oct 08, 2008
Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.