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Coopers Sparkling Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

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547 Ratings

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 13
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002)
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Photo of LittleCreature


3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance - 3.5
Poured 2 and a half fingers or loose, bubbly white head, which disappeared in patches. Reasonably cloudy, looks like a scrumpy cider but far more carbonated. Quite golden when the light passes through it.

Smell - 3.5
Actually smells a bit like a scrumpy, with a definite apple smell. A bit of lemon tartness with a vague whiff of vinegar

Taste - 3.5
Really quite interesting, not your average English pale ale. Still has some cider character; it is actually quite tart, with a little malty sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable, but only just, as there is a lot of flavour. Aftertaste is slightly herbal and moderately bitter with a clean finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Moderate carbonation that reduces considerably when the beer warms up. Feels somewhat weighty in the mouth, and very smooth when it isn't ice cold.

Drinkability - 3.0
I feel that this beer has a little too much personality for its own good, as I wouldn't choose to drink too many.

This is definitely a better than average beer, and has more personality than Coopers Pale Ale. Like all Coopers beers, I believe this is good value, as it is far tastier than the mainstream options. However, the bitter residue and tart flavours mean drinkability is average at best. Interesting!

08-15-2007 11:05:30 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of jbsteiny


3.65/5  rDev +2%

Poured an cloudy light amber. Lots of sediment floating about the fizzy bubbles. Not much retention on the thin head. Smells of all sorts of ale characteristics -- bready malts, fruity yeast, earthy hops. Very nice. Taste is very unique -- a bit sour, like a green apple, but also earthy/bready. Too fizzy (but I guess it is the "sparkling ale"), but it's very sessionable for the 5.8%. A nice creation -- nothing I'd actively seek out, but I'd buy another sixer of this...

08-11-2007 21:40:38 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of gotweid


2.9/5  rDev -19%

From the bottle it poured a dirty gold color with about a 1" head. Looked highly carbonated with a fair amount of bubbling...almost like a soda. There were also some sediment/floaties, but that is supposed to be normal for this brew. Smelled kind of fruity and sweet. The taste is somewhat bitter and a little sweet. High in yeast. This is a medium bodied brew and leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Drinkable, but not something I would seek out.

07-30-2007 00:55:11 | More by gotweid
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

It's not very sparkling as this brew pours a very cloudy old gold with a lot of sediment (if you choose to decant with the sediment). A slight head forms but quickly disappears, aroma is apples, pears and prunes. Taste is smooth and refreshing, pears and plums shine through. Not much bitterness to speak of in the taste of the finish. A solid brew, very drinkable, but not very inspiring.

07-25-2007 09:42:53 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of Halcyondays


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

07-14-2007 22:45:48 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a muddy golden color with plenty of floaters as I decided to swirl the bottle before I poured the last 2 ozs. The head is white and kind of flat, no lacing detected. The smell is very faint, a pick up a hint of granny apple. The taste is a little grainy, a slight grassy hop taste in the backend to add some bitterness. The feel is light and well carbonated, perhaps a bit too carbonated as it seems to kills some of the taste. A very drinkable brew and for whatever reason I like it more than my review would tell. Not sure about the EPA classification but whatever. When at Outback this is the beer to get.

06-29-2007 23:44:03 | More by Gmann
Photo of dirtylou


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

this has become one of my staples when available here in Sydney...this tap is reviewed from the Brooklyn Hotel, near Circular Quay in Sydney

appearance: very yeasty and full of sediment...a glossy clear copper colour, frothy beige head

smell: mild floral notes, light citrus, corn-honey

taste: pretty tasty...sweet honey-citrus, herbal traces, mildly bready...a nice easy driking australian ale

mouthfeel: medium-light

drinkability: easy street

06-21-2007 14:27:58 | More by dirtylou
Photo of bigpatvoodoodad

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -19%

Never tried it, so I picked up a couple of 6 packs from the local beer store. I didn't realize it had all the sediment at the bottom, which kinda put me off it at first. Well, I've tried other beers with a little sediment and they were great....this one... well not so much. Poured into a glass with decent head and an orange amber color. On looking closer you can see all the gritty, mud-colored sediment. The smell isn't that great and neither is the taste. It had a malty, metallic, slightly musty taste, which I didn't find appealling at all. Needless to say, after a drain pour this one will never be bought again.

06-20-2007 17:40:33 | More by bigpatvoodoodad
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +7%

12.7 oz brown screw-off cap bottle.

*note: Well, This is a strange english pale ale, and cooper's also brews a specific Pale ale as well so the style is suspect at best here.

AP: This one pours out sediment filled with lot's of floaty bits! (that's o.k in my book, especially since it states it clearly on the back lable that this is normal) extemely carbonated, yellow-wheat coloration with a two-finger tight-ass white head with a little brownish colored sediment settling on the top of the head that dissipted slowly and eventually became just a thin white ring around the edge.

Nose: sweet bready malt, herbal and tangy with an eartthy, mossy hop scent and sourized yeast.

flavor: fresh-bread malt, wheat and grains, metallic, earthy hop and a unique tart and tangy sour and herbalized yeast that really makes this brew enjoyable. The balance is strange but it works. There is a mildly tangy and bitter aftertaste (which can be curtailed if you were to leave the sediment out) There is a mild banana-like fruity current at the very end.

Feel: light to medium bodied, depending on if you leave the sediment in...crisp bite and a refreshing dry-edged finish.

DA: This seems like really good quality stuff coming all the way from australia. It came along way and is rather unique. i actually had no problem finishing off a 6-pack with my girlfriend.

06-19-2007 18:08:39 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

This beer is kind of a nasty, dirty water color. It is opaque with haze and has big yeast floaties in it. Thin white head. While the appearance is rather unappealing, the aoma makes up for it with gentle ale fruit, spicy hop fruit, and very light sourdough bread.

Starts bracing bitter and goes into a sourness, chased quickly by hop spice and pepper. There isa mildly soapy finish. This beer is very funky but I like it. Berry fruit, phenols, citric hop, and a touch of alcohol emerge with warmth. Hardly a masterpiece, but I'm partial to it.

Mouthfeel is midwieght, spritzy, fuzzy.

06-05-2007 06:20:27 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of neenerzig


4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass/tumbler. This beer pours a hazy/cloudy medium golden/brown color. It had lots of little bubbles rising up towards the surface. Overall the appearance reminded me of a hefe weizen. Has a nice white head about 1/2 inch when poured that settles to a nice surface layer. Not very much lacing here though. Has sweet, malty aromas with hints of spice and citrus. Tastewise it is sweet and a bit spicy upfront with malty and citrus flavors. It is rounded out by a touch of pine hops and has a sort of bitter aftertaste. Has a very crisp and full bodied mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. Quite easy to drink. While there isn't really anything sparkling about this beer and I don't think it is a good representation of they style its brewers claim it to be, it is a good sort of unique beer and I thought it was pretty good. I would certainly drink this again.


06-03-2007 05:10:11 | More by neenerzig
Photo of Vancer


2.48/5  rDev -30.7%

Ah oh, a sparkling ale? WTF is that? Guess I’ll find out, the hard way.

Pour is ok, hazy straw yellow, small and quick dying white head. But the aroma and taste of sweetish lemon sugar cane is kinda tough to get through. Seems more like an alcopop than beer, certainly not an English PA.

The sticky sweetness lingers in the finish, I wouldn’t go back for anymore of these Sweet-tart bombs.

06-02-2007 20:41:41 | More by Vancer
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2.9/5  rDev -19%

12oz. bottle, with a best before date of either 2/08 or 8/08. I should be OK!

Hazy, dull dark straw yellow. LOTS of large floaties. Modest, creamy, off white head. Visually, unapplealing. Nothing sparkling about it.

Scent improves, but is very mild. Oranges and honey. Some floral notes. Yeast & bread dough.

OK, here we go....Taste is bitter more than sweet, citrus in character. Grassy & herbal, with a bit of a medicinal taste. Not entirely pleasant. Biscuity middle. On the whole, well balanced.

Light body. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

This beer starts off in a hole based on the appearance. Scent and taste improve things, but not hugely. Easy enough to drink, but not something I will revisit.

05-21-2007 20:20:11 | More by
Photo of theopholis


3.03/5  rDev -15.4%

Appearance- Pours a cloudy golden with a decent, off-white head. No lacing at all.

Aroma- Very fruity. Some green apple and white grape notes, maybe a whiff of banana. Also smells grainy/woody. No hop aroma at all.

Taste- Starts out with a decent malt sweetness and some graininess. Not much hop presence tho, which there should be some for an English pale ale. Has a pleasant yeasty clove fafter-taste.

Mouthfeel- Pretty light body for an English pale ale. Carbonation is light and bubbly. It's more like a cider than a beer.

Drinkability- Considering it's not to styly, this is a very easy-drinking pleasant beer.

05-12-2007 18:17:26 | More by theopholis
Photo of prototypic


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: It's a very cloudy, golden color. Looks like it has some yeasty debris floating around. Head is foamy and about one finger. Retention and lacing were light.

Smell: Definitely has a fruity taste (some orange, grapes, and maybe some banana). Somewhat of a grainy aroma. Not picking up much in the hops or malt departments.

Taste: Pleasantly surprising considering the smell. It's got a nice, crisp taste. It is fruity and a bit spicy. Fruity flavors are mostly orange, a bit of lemon, and a very light banana taste. There is a light bit of hop bitterness that kicks in at the end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Perfect for a hot day. I probably could session this beer. It's very easy to drink. Overall, it's pretty good. Definitely worth a shot.

05-09-2007 01:24:03 | More by prototypic
Photo of jj21


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%

Great head on top of a speckled gold body. Lots of floaters throughout. Aromas of citrus and yeast. Not bad flavor, just not impressive. I can see drinking a few of these on a hot day. I tried with and without the sediment mixed and I preferred mixed, but still not impressed.

05-04-2007 16:35:35 | More by jj21
Photo of Slatetank


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

04-23-2007 23:03:06 | More by Slatetank
Photo of tempest


3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

03-31-2007 01:34:41 | More by tempest
Photo of jtslay


4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

This beer caught me off guard in a good way. This is my first sparkling ale and it will not be my last. This beer is bottle fermented and has a mild yeast flavor that I really enjoy.This style has a very interesting mouth feel similar to champagne. The carbonation doesn't last quite as long and there isn't any dryness. Very good beer that everyone should try at some point.

03-30-2007 03:47:48 | More by jtslay
Photo of DoubleJ


3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

"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.

03-12-2007 04:10:33 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Snyder18


2.8/5  rDev -21.8%

Soft white to off white head begins at two and three quarters inches falling to one quarter of an inch within five minutes leaving no lace on the glass.

Hazy dirty gold in color. Large quantity of sediment entered glass despite careful pouring efforts.

Aroma was weak almost sterile smelling with a faint hop background that was very hard to detect and possibly a simple figment of the imagination.

Medium body with slow developing flavors. A clean, sterile tasting start fades into what seems somewhat like sour cherries. Possibly a result of yeast sediment making it into the glass. Finish is dry and hoppy.

02-26-2007 14:55:19 | More by Snyder18
Photo of skipabeat

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

This beer caught my eye based on its label - seemed to have a classic "old fashioned look". Unfortunately I did not read the back of the bottle which talks about the sediment and I emptied the contents in to a glass far too quickly - mixing the sediment throughout.

This beer is very "hoppy", which is a person favourite of mine. Upon first glance in the glass, there doesn't appear to be much going on - rather flat looking. However, it is not flat at all. It has a good bite on the tongue.

There is a definite after taste of malt on the back of the tongue that lingers.

Although I would buy again, this will not be a regular buy for me.

02-17-2007 22:32:28 | More by skipabeat
Photo of 1fastz28


2.68/5  rDev -25.1%

pours a very cloudy hazy yellow color with tons of sediment, has a slight head that disappears quickly, not much of smell, just of malt, yeast, and water. tastes just the same, but unfortunately the water is the most prevalent taste. this is my first bottle fermented beer and i'm not a big fan.

02-12-2007 04:17:54 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of rec


3/5  rDev -16.2%

Sparkling Ale, like all from the Coopers brewery, is bottle fermented, so despite being clearer than it's heavier brother the Coopers Pale Ale, it's still cloudy.

The beer has a strong malt presence with a dry yeasty finish, and due to its relatively incomplex nature is a beer you can continue drinking well into the night.

It's refreshing, and one of the better South Australian brews which competes with Australia's best offerings.

01-21-2007 09:40:31 | More by rec
Photo of Hibernator


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

Coopers Sparkling Ale
12.7 oz brown bottle
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours a hazy yellow with a light orange tint. Mini head on top with no lacings to report. Chunks of sediment float into the glass.

Light nose with whiffs of apples and spicy hops

A prickly, pressured carbonation blast lays down the foundation. Grainy, slick and oily mouthfeel with a pronounced hop snap on the finish.

Reminds me of a hopped up English style bitter or Pale Ale with a unique carbonation. Different. There is something I like about this beer. The 5.8% is very well hidden. This could be an alternative to common, quality session beers.

01-20-2007 00:37:42 | More by Hibernator
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