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Coopers Sparkling Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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554 Ratings

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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

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Bcant
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle-conditioned ale is straw-yellow, and like most bottle-conditioned beers, is hazy with sediment. Allmost like a lava-lamp as the sediment flas and the carbonation bubbles rise.

Rich nose with a boquet of sweet citrus and flower pollen. The candy lemon smell transforms into bitter citrus taste that is very well balanced and without excsive yeast influence.

The Sparkeling Ale is a feels a little bit sticky but is very drinkable. The stickyness does not linger and is replaced with a refreshed quenching impression.

Bcant, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow gold, nice carbonation, with a small head. Lots of lacing afterwards. Could smell some hops, malt, and some sweetness. Very nice tasting beer, with a medium body. This brew would make a very nice session drink, would recommend.

Wasatch, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Readily identifiable 12.7 fluid ounce brown glass bottle that has a slight hourglass figure and the words ‘Coopers’ embossed on the shoulder in four places. Black and white main label has a generic design but the Sparkling Ale is accentuated with a red border, as is the neck label, and a red color coded twist off crown cap. Best Before 10.02.07 is inkjet stenciled on the bottle neck. No strength listed.

Appearance: Clear but pale straw colored body on the initial pour, it is punctuated with a continual rising torrent of racing streamers. Nice looking white cap head retains a finger thick carpet presence throughout. Solid lacing and a decent presentation. Final top-up introduces the bottle-conditioned sediment and radically alters the look to that of a Hefeweizen.

Nose: Crisp and fresh lightly roasted malts with a hint of toasty barley. The final top-up pour brings some zesty lemon rind and brewers yeast along with the sediment. Very nice.

Taste: Mmmmm, this is incredibly good, I am astounded, the name alone “Sparkling Ale” still fills me with dread from when this would have referred to my filtered and pasteurized keg beer days back in the UK. But this is nothing of the sort; it is a lovely crisp tasty fresh brew that benefits from its natural bottle conditioning. Tasty tangy lemon citric entrance and crisp clean malts fill the middle. The sediment adds a yeasty dimension which alters the brews lightly and adds some excitement and a nice twist to this one. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Mouthfeel: Has a grainy feel at first, but it evens out and eventually delivers a notably carbonated body that is nevertheless very smooth in texture. Citric twangs when clear, yeasty traits with the sediment present.

Drinkability: I really could go for a Six-Pack of this tonight whilst enjoying the Cricket live from England. Deliciously refreshing and very, very drinkable.

Overall: ‘Australian Made • Australian Owned’ so says the label, I really hope it stays that way despite recent rumors. This is a very nice brew indeed, don’t let the “Sparkling” moniker put you off, this is a bottle-conditioned brew. The perfect brew to help me start a very late night and early morning listening to the 1st Day of the 5th and Final Test from the Oval on the BBC World Service. Raising this brew to Richie Benaud………..oh and Go Poms!!!

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of thechaacster
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light gold, with lots of dark, chunky yeast sediment. Decent head, I actually expected more considering all the yeast. Smell suggests a light and sharp hoppiness. Malt flavor is semi-sweet, with a nice apple cider fruitiness to it. The hops come in herbal and mildly bitter in the English style, with a lasting finish. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but doesn't make this any less drinkable or refreshing. A pleasant surprise.

thechaacster, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of trevorwideman
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had no expectations for this beer at all, and it ended up being quite a pleasant surprise! Pours an orange-yellow colour. Small head with little lacing. Unfiltered, lots of sediment, nice carbonation, a classy looking beer.

Smell is very sweet, reminds me of summer fruits. Apricots and peaches, mild citrus, orange maybe? Taste is a bit different than a lot of English pales I've had, it relates to a belgian a bit more, sans the awesome complexity. Mellow spices, vanilla, soft mouthfeel despite initial tongue bite. Finished quite bitter, hid its extra alcohol exceptionally. Very very drinkable, I'd pick up a few more of these next time. A recommended ale forsure.

trevorwideman, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml Bottle bought from Grape Expectations in Ballyclare...

Poured a cloudy gold colour... Head was white and disappeared very quickly. Loads of yeast in the bottom of the bottle means you need to be careful when pouring if you don't want it in the glass....

Aroma - Sweet, sugary, fruity (orange ?), cloves, peppery..

Taste – Sweet, vanilla, lemony, nice hop bitterness...

Feel - Sharp, quite a lot of carbonation. Quite smooth aftertaste though...

Overall - An excellent beer... extremely drinkable.... highly recommended...

mdagnew, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of jarmby1711
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have always been a little hesitant about this beer.
It seems to have a yeasty predominance both in the smell and the taste.It seems to taste 'stale " tome , no flavours developon the palate just the same flavour from start to finish .
It has the building blocks but seems to have none of the refinments to make it a good drinking beer

jarmby1711, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cooper’s Sparkling Ale
Lincoln Hotel, Carlton, Victoria) corner Queensbury & Cardigan 08/23/2005
Coopers Sparkling pours a hazy, light orange colour, with a pretty thick white head that lasts for a while. A bit of citrus is present to the nose, most likely from Cascade hops, if I had to guess (Later found out I was wrong -- Pride of Ringwood). Taste is a bit yeasty with a sweet citrus bite. Coopers Red has a pretty complex taste in my opinion and always tastes nice and fresh. This is my favourite readily available Aussie beer, so my review might be a little slanted, but it’s for good reason.
Mouthfeel is in the middle of the range. Not light, but certainly not thick. Carbonation level is excellent and makes for a pretty drinkable beer. This is a nice beer to have on a warm, sunny day. Watch out, though, it’s fairly high in the alcohol content and will sneak up on you.
Appearance: 4.0
Smell: 3.5
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4.0
Drinkability: 4.0

DaveFL1976, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of KoG
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When first poured, I left the sediment and an ounce or two in the bottle as it would not completely fit in the glass. Came out looking, smelling, and tasting like an adjunct lager. Yellow body, fizzy head, typical macro smell and taste.

After I poured the last few ounces along with the yeast:

Golden orange body with still no real head or lacing and yeast that stayed in suspension.

Smell was bready and yeasty of course and masked the adjunt that was present at first.

Taste improved as well. Yeasty and bready with the malt actually being more pronounced. Hops go away a bit amongst the flavors.

Stuck me as odd that the last few ounces had that much of an effect. I'll search around and update if I find any changes. Bottle dated best before 1/20/07.

KoG, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of warmdog
4.78/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

okay, first of all, i would like to commend Diablo for some superb reviews of Australian beers, though i would differ on his review for Mountain Goat Hightail!

Indeed, Coopers Sparkling is one of the best standard beers on the market, it's great to see a 6 pack on special for $13.00! The alcohol content can hit you quick sometimes, though who cares! This beer is my standard and you'll usually find one when opening my fridge on any evening!

Dont be put off by other reviews, if you're travelling to Australia, stay away from Carlton, VB, Tooheys etc! This beer is what Australia is all about! Class

warmdog, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a ton of floaties and a half inch white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average as well. It has a weak malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It has a light hop and slightly fruity yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a dry, yet mildly sweet pale malt flavor with a bit of yeast fruitiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer was a let down. I really was expecting something better.

WesWes, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy apricot colored brew with numerous small chunkies (yeast) that bounce and jiggle as you move the glass. The head is small, white and disappears quickly with no real lacing.

The aroma is very light - yeast, bready malt and a hint of herbal hops.

The taste is also bready, fruity and slightly spicy, almost a cross between pale ale and a wit beer. The finish is yeasty, slightly dry and somewhat carbonic.

Overall fairly refreshing and easy to drink, especially as a hot weather refresher.

whynot44, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of flood
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Above average appearance - dark orange - chunky bottom (unfiltered solids settle out). Overall above average appearance - like you are drinking a slurry of goodies. Swirling it mixes everything together - especially towards the bottom.

Smell - fruity not too striking.

Taste and mouthfeel - At first I thought the sparkling name was a misnomer however after a few swallows you definitely notice the carbonation. Taste however is limited - betwix a lager and wheat with extra bubbles.

Drinkability - Definitely a drinkable beer but rather unremarkable other than the carbonation. Can't say I would pick it out of a crowd. The last drink is definitely the best (i.e. with the sediments).

flood, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of budsboy
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour results in a cloudy (uh, Sparkling Ale?), yellow gelatinous-like mass with dark chunks coagulating on the sides of the glass. Bone white head disappears quickly. Interesting to look at. Move the glass and the chunks move up and down like a lava lamp. Sparkle it does not.

Smell is sourdough, malty with clove like hints. Fruity malt. Altogether pleasing.

Hmm. Not bad. Simple, balanced malt and spicy hop flavor with a fruit (grape) character. Perky. Not overpowering. Becomes more bready, woody and earthy towards the bottom.

Clean, light-bodied mouthfeel. Carbo is less than expected from the name of the brew, but it is relatively smooth.

Enjoyable, easy to drink brew. The large amount of sediment may turn some off, but it really is a fine beer. This may become one of my favorite hot-weather brews. Try some.

budsboy, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of Kulrak
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a real thin head that clings to the glass. I suppose the cloudiness could have something to do with my pouring, but I can't figure out how to pour this stuff clear without leaving 4 fingers of beer in the bottle, and I'm unwilling to waste that much beer. Anyway, it has a pleasant sweet yeasty aroma. Has a pretty sweet taste, not too bitter. Just enough bitterness. The mouthfeel is pretty good, sweet and creamy. All in all, it's a very drinkable beer. Gotta watch it though, doesn't take many of these to get you slurring at 5.8%

Kulrak, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of theozag
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CSA pours a crystaline yellow with a fairly thin white head until you get all the way down to the end of the bottle. Then, as the last few drops drain into your glass, a glob of brown sediment unglamorously thuds into the mix. This addition creates a murky medium amber color and thorougly kills the head. In about fifteen minutes all of the sediment will congeal again at the bottom of your glass, but I suggest swirling the beer to mix it back up. Taking that last pull on your pint and coming up with all sediment is no fun, believe me.

The beer smells of white grapes with a fairly tart edge. The aroma is fresh and sweet, something like standing in a mountain meadow in springtime. In fact, the smell is probably the best thing about this beer, and that's saying something coming from a guy with a poor sense of smell.

It all starts bittersweet and fizzy with a slight toffee undertone. Then this ale settles onto the tongue with a medium body, a monotone bitter flavor, and some malty smoothness. Let it sit too long, though, and a ton of carbonanted bubbles will effectively obscure any taste you may be trying to detect. The beer then finishes smooth and fairly light with no change in flavor. There is minimal aftertaste, but what does remain on your tongue will have a somewhat oily texture.

Overall not a bad beer, but I found the sediment to be unappetizing, and I'd prefer something with just a little more flavor complexity.

theozag, May 30, 2005
Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coopers Sparkling Ale

Appearance- light orange and bubbly with a decent head.
Smell- light corn and hops. sweet smell maybe some lemon.
taste- ligth and crisp. I detect Ginger Ale with a touch of macro corn beer.
Mouthfeel- light and watery, carbonated like soda.

Overall- an easy to drink beer, but not worth a second try. A refreshing beer after mowing the lawn I bet.

NJpadreFan, May 28, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz twist top that was ink jetted on the bottle "BEST BEFORE 21.07.06" into a pint glass.

Given the layer of sediment in the bottle, I gave this one a gentle pour, however a good amount of floaties made it through. Hazy light amber with a small head of white that falls quickly to a thin ring with no lacing.

Smells of floral hops paired with a mild yeast aroma. There's some malts and grain underneath, just enough for a fairly balanced nose.

Very hoppy when tasted. Again the malts are in the background, but despite the strong hop bite, this one has a nice balance that makes for a very drinkable beer.

ypsifly, May 17, 2005
Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very hazy. Dark gold and with a lot of sediment. Almost no head.

Smells a lot like organic grain with hints of overripe fruit and a lot of yeast.

Tastes very much like it smells--big on the organic flavor. Nothing artifiical here. Bitter upfront, lots and lots of bread, sweeter yeast in the middle, ending crisp. Pretty good.

mynie, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of WMBierguy
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't exactly sure what a "Sparkling Ale" was, so I decided to buy this and try it out. Poured pale yellow, with a substantial amount of yeast. Beautiful white head lasted for the entire beer and left trails down the empty glass. Taste was pretty mellow, a bit weaker than a standard IPA. I'd try it again.

WMBierguy, Apr 21, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle

Pours with a lemony body, lots of big yeasty chunks, overall very hazy. Fairly good head, light lemony colour, good retention

Smell, very yeasty, some hint of fresh grass.

Taste, yeasty yeasty, very fizzy (although it is called sparkling ale), very little bitterness or flavour, its all pretty bland here, not much going on.

A pretty average ale, lacking in flavour

cypressbob, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of amicar
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden yellow with white head that was sligth but persistant.
There's a slight fruit and ester presence in the smell, as well as a little berry and spice.
The taste is also spicy and crisp with a floral aftertaste. Slight sweetness balanced by mild bitterness.
Nice full mouthfeel that coats the mouth.

Overall, very nice. It's a little like someone wanted to make something reminiscent of Duvel, but needs a lot of work to get there. It was my favorite Aussie beer of the "round table beer night" in Brisbane, but be aware it only is reviewed so positively in comparison to OTHER Australian beers, which were mostly unremarkable...

amicar, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coopers sparkling ale has a good reputation in Australia. However I must admit i was a little dissapointed.

Poured a murky brown, with lots of yeast floating in it. Smell was pretty average. Fruitty/hoppy smell.

Taste: Heres the deal, people been saying they tasted bananas, apples etc... etc... All i could taste was the damn alcohol. Made for a not so good mouthfeel.

So therefore I have to give this beer an average score. It aint bad, but the alcohol taste made it not good. Maybe i'll try again next time and see if my thoughts change.

BeerNutta, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of dansteino
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very distinctive. Dark gold. Nice head. Tons of floaties -- kind of like a barley hefeweizen.

Smell: Malt and hops smell with apple and citrus zing..

Taste: Crisp clean malt taste balanced by hops. Hint of apples and citrus..

Mouthfeel: Clean. Crisp. Refreshing.

Drinkability: All day, baby. Alll day.

A very unique beer. Almost always solid. A great summer session beer.

dansteino, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dirty overripe peach orange body with a small, off-white head. Aromas of watermelon, fruit, yeast, and suggestions of bready malt and a citrusy hop bouquet. Grainy, yeasty, toffeeish bread malt flavors up front mixed with some fruity esters. Hops are modest, but do the job. Perfumey, and citrusy. Finish is yeasty and bitter with light candied-fruit overtones. Medium bodied pale ale, with a nice bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. Better than expected!

alexgash, Feb 19, 2005
Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.