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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: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website

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 Tim2000

Quebec (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -40.5%

330 mL brown bottle

Straw yellow brew full of suspended yeast particles. Fizzy head that disappears in seconds.

Aroma is faintly grainy and stale.

Not much going on here. Grainy brew with a bit of malt sweetness and some indistinct hop bitterness towards the end. Faint sour apple notes are also present. Body is on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Very unappetizing beer with a flavour similar to your average macro.

01-03-2007 00:55:19 | More by Tim2000
Photo of goochpunch


2/5  rDev -44.1%

Pours out carefully a chill-hazed golden color with a thin head that fizzles into absolutely nothing. Smells awfully watery with a faint scent of nutty malt. If the smell of malt was faint, the smell of hops is nearly non-existent. Flavor is watery with some pale malts in there somewhere and a kick of yeast and bittering hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is watery and too bubbly. I'm not into this.

12-29-2006 08:34:50 | More by goochpunch
Photo of Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a cloudy whitish-yellow with the tiniest of pure white heads, which dissipates quickly, leaving scanty lacing. Hugely effervescent, one can see the giant bubbles surfacing and clinging to the sides of the glass. Smell is very yeasty, with some lemon and breadiness at the forefront, some apple and pear hanging back, and a faintly grassy tone in the mix as well. Taste is full of grains and breads, with a mild citrus note from the hops, and a definite alcohol note as well. Apple and orange and both apparent, and the yeast makes itself known in the dry finish. Mouthfeel is very crisp and well carbonated, would make a great summer beer, and drinkability is good. A bottle conditioned ale from Australia was a surprising find, but it's a reasonably worthwhile one.

12-08-2006 22:06:40 | More by Mandrake
Photo of beeragent


2.93/5  rDev -18.2%

Poured into a pint glass, from a 12oz. bottle. The beers from Coopers, regardless of the style, seem to have alot of sediment at the bottom of the beer, creating a very hazy appearance. Poured a deep yellow, with a 1/4 inch head, that faded to a slight head, but resulting in some decent lacing. Alot of sediment floating around. The aroma is sweet and citrusy. The flavor is slightly citrus, not as much as a pale ale normally tastes, but more like a cross between a pale ale, and a lager. It goes down easy enough, but not a beer that I would care to have more of. Coopers stout seems to be there best offering so far.

12-08-2006 08:34:37 | More by beeragent
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.65/5  rDev +2%

This beer has a dcent appearance and a faint pheol smell. It is light, yet crisp and very refreshing. It is an easy beer to drink. It is very sessionable. I enjoyed it. I did not realize it was a 5.8% alcohol Beer. I will try more offerings from ths brewery.

11-27-2006 06:37:40 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -12%

Picked up a single at the NSLC. New addition there.

Appearance: Pours a golden straw colour with a modest bone white head that maintains a good lacing. Bottle fermented, so it's quite hazy.

Aroma: Strong malt presence with citrus, florals.

Taste: Decently balanced, perhaps a bit malt heavy. Light flavour. Very sessionable. Slight yeast flavour in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lots of substance, a little too carbonated. Refreshing.

Final Statement: Much better than Fosters! It's redeems Aussie beers in my mind. Very refreshing, very quaffable. Decently priced here so I will likely continue to buy.

11-17-2006 01:43:44 | More by MMansfield
Photo of se7enchurches


4.08/5  rDev +14%

Lydia and I were eating at Outback Steakhouse and saw they were advertising some new australian beers they had, this one included. We decided it looked the most interesting, and ordered it, old to be told by the waitress that "that one is NASTY!"

Upon observing the majority of the beers outback has to offer, we decided to stand by our choice, and were pleased to discover a nice, cloudy, belgian-feeling ale.

This beer is bottle fermented and has a ton of sediment in it as a result, so you might want to invert it before drinking it (a process we had to explain to the Outback staff). It pours nicely afterward, with a nice foamy head and a cloudy appearance. The taste was very even, and somewhat sweet (like a belgian).

Next time anyone one here who likes belgian style ales is in an Outback, please order this so that they keep carrying it. It's a good beer, and really stood out on a list that otherwise has Newcastle as its most interesting member.

11-08-2006 21:31:15 | More by se7enchurches
Photo of cerveza5150


3.58/5  rDev 0%

A: Pours a light amber with sediment, almost reminding me of a Hefeweizen. Small, intense bubbles of carbonation lead to a nice head, although somewhat more soapy than creamy.

S: Smells of sweet caramel malts and yeast. The hops are a little non-existent.

T: Yeast, yeast, and more yeast!! Normally, I don't think I would have liked this, but it somehow balances nicely with the malt. The hops are only slightly noticeable.

M: A little chewy, but the small carbonation bubbles from the bottle conditioning dry out the palette nicely.

D: This is an interesting amber ale. Looks like a Hefeweizen, pours like an Alesmith, and tastes like an amber ale. Not the best, but enjoyable!!

10-09-2006 21:37:54 | More by cerveza5150
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United Kingdom (England)

2.03/5  rDev -43.3%

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).

10-06-2006 21:01:37 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of russpowell


4.08/5  rDev +14%

Carefully poored to produce a golden/honey color (clear) with a 1/4" white head & loads of effervescence.

S: Huge fruitty smell & hints of breadyness

T: Big fruittyness & citric (orange peel) hops. A little biscuittyness follows as it warms. Some appleskin notes & juicyfruit comes through as it warms. Finishes with citrussy hops & quenching juicyness!

MF: Medium bodied & efferevescent, very well balanced

Very drinkable, was slightlty better when I had it downunder, but still pretty tasty & quaffable, epsecially for the abv. Reminds me a lot of worthington whiteshield from back in the day (88-93 UK). Pour this very carefully! Easily one of the best beers I have had from Australia

10-04-2006 03:40:07 | More by russpowell
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Finally managed to pour this one and forego MOST of the yeast, so I figured I'd review this one again. I will say this came from the same six pack. Murky yellow body with almost no head to it. Smells kind of malty with some skunk maybe, but I won't jump to conclusions. Somewhat sweet with citrus hints, but skunky. Better than it was with the yeast, but would be even better if the skunk quality wasn't there... It's a shame since I couldn't buy this by the bottle, and the stout these guys make is exquisite. I hate to give such a mediocre rating, but this was the beer I had in front of me, I'm affraid.

09-30-2006 03:07:35 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of BEERchitect


3.83/5  rDev +7%

Wasn't really all that sparkling. It had a dull, pale, copper / straw color. It wasn't all that clear or clean looking. And, it didn't have the efforvescent quality that 'sparkling' suggest. It's decent beer anyhow. Murky copper / amber because of bottle conditioning. English malts become quite sweet and heavy. Earthy hops give a must-y, grassy flavor and bittering. Fruity (ripe and over-ripe). The sweetness of the fruit flavors and malts overpower the hops for a sweet balance and a less-than-clean finish.

09-21-2006 14:28:54 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of vancurly


4/5  rDev +11.7%

My previous review was on a bottled, let-stand version. This one's on-tap at the classic watering-hole in North Sydney, the Rag and Famish.
Poured on-tap into a middie glass.
Light orange/amber, cloudy of course. The head is initially tight, thin. Subsides but leaves a ring at each descending level.
Aroma of yeast.... nice yeast.... doughy.... a sense of English ale-fruitiness, if you know what I mean.
The flavour is malty to begin with.... hints of cara/crystal. Some grapefruit, then the prevailing hop flavour (POR ?), and a noticable yet not over-the-top bitterness.
The mouth feels creamy initially, yet as a crispness to balance. Even then, the crispness doesn't see the beer drop off... there is a nice bitterness to finish.
Same rating as the bottle; some subtle differences.

09-07-2006 07:32:22 | More by vancurly
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

Pours a effervescent cloudy golden with a thin white head, aside from the head being smaller, looks almost like your average weissbier. The thin head laces well though. Smell was a bit of phenollic smoke, and some flowery citrus. Crikey! the taste reminds me of a tangy saison, with a fruity start, tanging up on the tongue and finished with a shrimp on the bar-- I mean grapefruity hoppy finish. This is nicely naturally carbonated, but not aggressively so. This is a refresher, and the high-ish ABV is well hidden. Plesantly surprised. G'day, drongo, koala, dingo ate your baby!

09-07-2006 02:32:34 | More by tatterdash
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

Six pack at Hannaford's today. Pours hazy yellow, lots of sediment on the bottom. A bit of a sweet malty smell. Tastes like a summer ale, not too complex, but good. Mouthfeel is fuzzy, a bit thin. Overall, just average, glad I actually found this and hopefully it will be sold for a while. It's better than a macro, but nothing to wet your panties over.

08-27-2006 23:11:33 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of btmo

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

I like this beer.

It looks funny, it smells funny, it tastes funny.. it is me in a bottle!


I grew up less than 100km where they make this stuff, and this was the beer than all of the locals aspired to drink and fall over with / from. Most of them didn't bother, as they preferred their trip to oblivion to be short, sediment free and inexpensive.


The secret of this beer, the thing that makes it really special is its finishing in the bottle. This means there is a lot of sediment in it. This often puts people off. I think this is a mistake. The world is full of filtered, tamed, predictable and bland beers. See above.

A beer with a yeasty sediment as this one has is so uncommon it should be embraced! Sought out! Bought and paid for yourself!

The taste and mouthfeel are good, if a little unusual. Southern hemisphere beers are designed to be chilled until your tongue sticks to the glass - they are for quaffing when the sun is beating down, or shortly thereafter. The citrusy character of this beer supports this well.

It is the sort of beer that can be imbibed all day IF it is kept cold, and you have a solid liver. 5.8% alcohol means that you will be seeing small fuchsia pachyderms early in the evening if you are not used to it...

If it warms up a bit to much, the excessive bitterness starts to break through, and it becomes a much less comfortable experience.

As with all sensory experiences, this one can be enhanced by engaging all areas of the limbic system. I remember one fine sunny day, sitting near the beach in Adelaide knocking a few of these back. The blond young lady I was with that day enjoyed this beer as much as I did. Our conversation was as sparkling as the very ale itself.

We laughed, we cryed, we belched.


Almost for this reason alone, I consider this beer something special.

Just one warning. If you ever find yourself with a choice of Coopers beers, and you see one with a green label, and one with a red label, shun the green labelled one.

It has already been through at least one goat...

08-25-2006 08:00:05 | More by btmo
Photo of teg8612


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

A- Pours a hazy, honey-gold color. Small head. You could clear it up a little if you are careful to not pour the sediment from the bottom but it will not be totally clear. The beauty of bottle conditioned beers.

S- Very yeasty, bread-like. Mild citrusy fruit and herbal hops.

T&M- Very carbonated(Sparkling?) and grainy in texture. Malt is low but honey sweet with a citrus tinge. Hops are very grassy and musty. Bitterness is strong and very dry. Makes me thirsty. Must drink some more. Not as balanced as an English Pale should be. Needs more malt.

D- Too dry for me and not close enough to style. The bottle conditioning throws a big wrench in there as the yeast hides the sparkiling qualities. It is also lighter than your typical English Pale. It was OK and was an interesting change of pace on a hot, muggy evening in Texas.

08-24-2006 13:46:01 | More by teg8612
Photo of beermanbrian


2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Hazy yellow/gold color. Very small white head and no lacing to speak of. Lots of yeast floaties. Certainly does not sparkle in the appearance category. Smell of lemon and a grassyness that is somewhat musty. Taste is very underwhelming. Again i get a musty wet grass taste. Some very light maltyness but really very thin in taste and body. Some bitterness to the finish but not that nice hops bitterness that makes you want to come back for more. It's more of a stale old hops taste. Nothing about this makes me want to try it again. A below average offering.

08-24-2006 00:30:38 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of stephendr


2.35/5  rDev -34.4%

weak, watery, bright and musty nose, taste of old stale hops and a bittter after tasteweak, watery, bright and musty nose, taste of old stale hops and a bittter after tasteweak, watery, bright and musty nose, taste of old stale hops and a bittter after tasteweak, watery, bright and musty nose, taste of old stale hops and a bittter after tasteweak, watery, bright and musty nose, taste of old stale hops and a bittter after taste

08-19-2006 05:20:55 | More by stephendr
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

This poured from the bottle a nice cloudy amber with a bunch of sediment at the bottom of the glass, actually quite a nice looking beer at first glance. Smell is faint with some evidence of malt there. This is a pretty good tasting brew with an assertive malt character, slight bitterness with some sweetness, going into a relatively clean finish. Carbonation is abundant, but not too excessive. This is pretty drinkable and overall a pretty decent ale.

08-12-2006 22:22:39 | More by funkengruven
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a hazy pale copper with a very dense ivory head. Lots of yeast floaties in there. No real lace. Smells of sweet herbs and lemon. Grassy and bright malt. Sweetish.

Taste is sweet and light citrusy fruit. Orange rind. Light but strident herbal bitterness. Crisp and sweet. Easy drinker, good hot weather beer. Really tasty and surprisingly good.

08-07-2006 20:21:47 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -14%

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.

07-23-2006 21:39:15 | More by Viggo
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3.58/5  rDev 0%

Accidentally poured a bunch of sediment in from the bottom, even though i left probably 1.5 centimeters in the bottle. must have been a lot of sludge! surprisingly little head, disappeared quickly. honey color. not particularly attractive, but i don't know how much of that is my fault for the crappy pour. very very hazy, almost looks like it could be a "historical" beer.

Smell: yeast (again, the pour?) with some fruitiness and some earthy hops. Disappointing aroma, as well as appearance.

Taste: ah, here we go, finally something about this beer that surpasses expecations (although my eyes and nose had set them pretty low!). starts out on a citrusy, hoppy note, which fades to some mild sweetness, before a very earthy finish, and a bitter aftertaste. On the whole, though, flavor is light for an EPA.

Mouthfeel: fairly light mouthfeel, highly carbonated (it is "sparkling" ale, after all).

Drinkability: honestly, if you didn't have to look at it, and you couldn't smell it, this wouldn't be bad at all. good one to drink out of the bottle, perhaps? Good beer for summer, while barbecueing.

07-21-2006 01:01:09 | More by hunteraw
Photo of BeerAmbassador


4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Pours very light, yellow straw color. Lots of sediment in the bottom, cloudy if you choose to pour it, bright and clear if not. Two finger head that retains relatively well. Smell is very light. Some apple and pear aroma.

Taste is wonderful, really light and refreshing. With a bright crisp flavor. definately some yeasty flavor in there as I poured it in, but it is a pleasantly yeasty flavor also some apple flavor to match the aroma. Carbonation is bright and lively as it should be with a "sparkling ale".

I really like this beer. It is un-airconditioned in my apartment and this stuff is incredibly thirst quenching on a warm day. A very sessionable beer. The only drawback is that its 9 bucks for a six pack here in town. I just may go broke...

07-12-2006 03:14:00 | More by BeerAmbassador
Photo of Drew966


3.58/5  rDev 0%

Cooper's Sparkling Ale pours a hazy orange with a white head from a brown 12.7 ounce bottle. Malt and a little lemon are present in the aroma. Definitely has a sparkling carbonation mouthfeel. Taste is very light, this is very sessionable. No off flavors are noticeable. Definitely worth a try.

07-05-2006 23:50:59 | More by Drew966
Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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