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Coopers Sparkling Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

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503 Ratings

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%

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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 375ml bottle with a BB of June 2012. Acquired a while back from my local beer specialist. Tons of yeast sediment visible at the bottom of the bottle.

Poured into a straight pint glass (leaving most of the sediment behind). A golden-amber colour with medium carbonation and plenty of chunky floating sediment. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before collapsing. Aroma of dry, earthy yeast with hints of stewed veg, unripe apples and faint malt.

Tastes of light malt and yeast, with a dry finish. Notes of stewed veg, unripe apples and a hint of solvent. Sweet overtones. Very dry upon swallowing, bordering on harsh. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and full-bodied. Highly astringent. Aftertaste of dry yeast and a harsh note.

OK, but not too special. Balanced, but the aroma and flavour are quite dull and dominated by yeast esters. Perhaps this bottle is a bit too old - I'll try and review it again sometime. No need to go out of your way for this.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 21:45:29 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy orange amber with a finger width of foamy, dense white head. I decided to pour it with the sediment, which floats about in the beer and on the head (reminiscent of cinnamon).

Smell - Grains, grassy notes, sweet apple.

Taste - Strong grain and grassy flavours, but partnered well with the sweet apple. Nice bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp finish and light fluffiness.

Overall - An interesting take on the English pale ale by Coopers. I was initially surprised by the amount of sediment, as well as the amount that remained floating on top of the head. Great grassy and bitter flavours - a nice brew for a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 21:13:38 | More by leaddog
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

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

Pours a golden verging on slightly orange body with flighty lightly nice white big bubbled white head.

Big biscuity aromas full on malts.

Nice well rounded taste staring very wheat like and then well driven into a hoppy finish staying away from peppery or sweet and not betraying the alcohol.

Big and brassy on the carbonation but nicely suited and solid mouthfeel.

A most welcome beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 22:09:40 | More by EmperorBevis
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with lots of small particles floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter-finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of pale malts and yeast in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of pale malts and yeast. Only some hints of bitterness are noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very sessionable—it’s not particularly flavorful but it sure goes down very easily.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 21:20:46 | More by metter98
Photo of gazeboar


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 19-02-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: 750 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Pilsner Glass

A - Faint Gold to yellow colour, a slight tinge of marmalade hue. Yeast sediment in bottle conditioning is quite prominent. The carbonation was impressive initially, and after pouring, the carbonation to liquid ratio was 50%, but it was only retained for five minutes or so before dissipating to a one finger head. There was some lacing which faded quickly.

T - Some pleasurable bready malt flavours coming through, with subtle fruity characteristics. There is a medium hop profile which isn’t too bland or overly utilised. A good clean overall use of hopping for this style. In saying this, for me, there was something in flavour that was lacking in the overall profile. Quite a dry finish, although overall pleasurable to drink.

S - Initially, but most prominently after the beer had gotten slightly warmer, there was a strong smell of alcohol. The bottle says 5.8%, and although the overall percentage doesn’t noticeably affect the taste, I suspect the beer is too strong for the flavour profile, or at least the alcohol hasn’t been blended as well as it could have been. In saying this, the alcohol is really only evident in the smell.

M - The mouth feel for this beer was quite thin. I was expecting a little more viscosity, although I hardly think it detracts from the beer and on the whole, it certainly isn’t something to fault.

O - As an overall honest and unbiased opinion, the best way I could describe this beer would be as an inoffensive, all-rounder, pleasurable but by no means outstanding Australian ale. I wouldn't place this beer on an elitist pedestal, nor would I be apprehensive to advocate this beer as a good Australian ale. I’ve never had the option of purchasing this beer from a keg at a pub, but have purchased many times at the local liquor store in the 750ml bottles (the longnecks are great for homebrew!), and generally, it’s a good default beer to serve to visiting friends or as an accompaniment to meals. I believe it’s a very good beer for the price and I will continue to purchase this product.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 11:16:18 | More by gazeboar
Photo of sommersb


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

Tasted On: 02-11-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: 375 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Single served at a restaurant

I went to Outback Steakhouse and thought this was a good alternative to a Foster's for an Aussie beer...

Color is a dark orange-yellow, with a hazy clarity from bottle conditioning. Head is off-white with good retention. Aromas have a fruity and citrus hop smell, with some spice from the yeast.

Taste features some bready malt character, but is more about the hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and has moderate carbonation. Aftertaste has lingering spicy and hop bittering flavors.

Overall a good pale ale, refreshing and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 05:02:24 | More by sommersb
Photo of aBeeraWeek


3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours an amber to marmalade orange. It is fairly cloudy due to the bottle conditioning – the brewers suggest a couple of up and down tilts to mix up any sediment. A white porous head forms fairly thickly if not poured slowly and steadily – remember this is “sparkling” ale.

There isn’t a strong smell coming through the head following pouring. There is a sense of yeast, due to the fact that Coopers Sparkling Ale is bottle conditioned.

There is a lot of malt (not too sweet though) coming through from the initial taste. There is a light lemon zest citrus mouth freshener as well on the full taste. The taste is rounded out with a medium to strong hoppy bitterness. You can also get a sense of the high alcohol content for this particular beer style. It almost feels like that it has got too strong for its flavour combinations.

Quite a lot of carbonation in this drop which is stereotypical of many Aussie brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 10:44:17 | More by aBeeraWeek
Photo of dansmcd


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

A - Pale golden yellow with small bright white head. A lot of activity within as sediment and effervescence dance lively.

S - Some fresh pear, with biscuity malt.

T - Sweet and fruity. Pear, yeast, lime, bread. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Dry and very crisp. Light bodied and fizzy.

O - Overall, a better than decent session beer for the Australian summer's day.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 05:06:16 | More by dansmcd
Photo of TDaneau


3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this brew on a deck in South Australia (10 miles from the brewery) Seems fitting for a nice and warm (98 degree) day. Bottle poured into a standard pub glass.

A- Thefinger width head disspears instantly after the pour. As bottle conditioned any disturbance will fill the glass with a LOT of yeast (not a bad thing) Straw like color with lots of yeast floating about. High carbonation does give it a 'sparkling' appearance in the glass

S- Faint if anything.

T- Light, crisp, highly carbed, clean. Again, you need to enjoy this in Australia on a hot day.

M- Light and Crisp.

O- This beer really fits the territory. I can't imagine enjoying this on a cold New England night, but it really fits the bill in OZ. Clean, crisp and refreshing- a great beer for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 01:46:39 | More by TDaneau
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Coopers Sparkling Ale has a thin, white head (wide-brim glass) and a hazy, yellow-golden appearance, with fine, light-brown sediment floating all about. There is some lacing left behind and few bubble streams, but I’d not call this sparkling, really. The aroma is faint, but one picks up a little sweetness, bread, and fruit. Taste is also subtle (hate to say dull)- bread or cracker, slight fruit, grapefruit bitterness, and cracker. Mouthfeel is on the watery side, and Coopers Sparkling Ale finishes semi-dry and super easy drinking. One could really guzzle this. Overall, it’s okay and worth trying.


Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 15:01:24 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of homebrew311


3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a cloudy yellow, looks like an unfiltered wheat, cm of head, minimal retention

S: nose features malty/bready notes, mellow caramel, faint earthy hops

T: a little more flavor than the nose leads on, some hops are present, dash of bitterness, clean flavors, not a lot going on

Mf: high carbonation, light body

O: easy drinking pale, not much more, not much less

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 00:45:03 | More by homebrew311
Photo of taigor

New York

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured hazy orange yellow color with medium off-white head that dissipated very quickly leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Not much detected there. A little citrusy and earthy but nothing else there. A little disappointing.

T - Slightly malty with citrus and spices dominating and slightly bitter a little dry finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Definitely a very good choice from Australia but overall an average pale ale from land "Down Under". I would recommend it only if you're in a mood for something Australian.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 15:22:08 | More by taigor
Photo of jayhawk73


2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold color w/ a one finger off white head. Lots of floaties falling to the bottom of the glass. Average lacing on the snifter glass. Very cloudy in appearance. Nose is pretty weak- maybe some malt, apple, and banana... That's about it really. Taste isn't bad, but it's not good either. Big malt, with even more apple and banana in the taste. There's so much carbonation in this beer, that it feels like I'm drinking a soda. Millions of little bubbles cover up just about everything else that's going on. Very light and carbonated feel, w/ a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is not something I'll look for again. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 00:00:59 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of Sachsenfreude


4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a bar and it was served a little too cold for my liking so I'm sure some nice complexities were hidden but I'll try my best.

appearance; medium white head that retains through the drink, leaving thin but a well coating of lacing. Pale cloudy yellow with lots of sediment and quickly rising, active carbonation.

smell; yeasty lemons with plain crackers. Some kind of fruit tang in there but hard to isolate.

taste; hints of pear skin and bland lemon rind with a lingering sourness. Dry malts hang in there from start to finish, holding up the hops with a fine balance.

mouthfeel; medium bodied and crisp. The carbonation stings a bit but is not as much as one would think based on the appearance. Medium bodied but very light in the finish.

overall; a nicely balanced and very drinkable beer, slightly heavy if drank too fast but a very pleasing drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 04:08:10 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" white head. Hazy raw sienna yellow colored body. Smells lightly of malt. Taste when cold is mild malt and a wee zing of an aftertaste, kind of a BMC beer with a little extra. Where this really shines is as it warms though. It becomes creamier and velvety and has a lingering bitter finish, quite enjoyable. Other than the fact it isn't really "sparkling" I'd say they have a nice quality "sparkling ale" here.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 08:42:34 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of DeanMoriarty


4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6'r of these at BevMo in Point Loma for $10. (kind of spendy) and poured them into a Wiesen Edel-Weisse glass.

A: After struggling with the cap on each of these, they pour an unfiltered looking light straw-like hue, with a massive white head and a good amount of effervescence keeping the head around for most of my glass. The head gives way to tons of thick lacing and there are small amounts of yeast sediment in each glass.

S: Slightly tart up front with bready malts that follow, finishing with a mild earthy hop presence that lingers a while.

T: Prevalent malt up front that isn't real sweet or overwhelming in the mix, slight fruity esters like green apples and white grapes make their presence known but fade quickly leading into a prevalent bready/saltine cracker finish, with a faint hint of hops on the back end. Pretty amazing for the style!

M: Well carbonated, light-bodied brew that wants to be medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing with an extremely clean finish.

One of the best session beers out there - if there's one thing the Aussies know, it's good beer that's easy to crush, and once again they have proven their great ability with this tasty session ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 03:54:55 | More by DeanMoriarty
Photo of azdback


3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Piss yellow color with lots of medium sized carbonation bubbles that lead to a small one finger bright white colored head.

Smell is of dank yeast or stale bread and pale malts.

Taste is much better that the smell would suggest. Bright, but mild citrus notes. Just a hint of belgian yeast.

The mouth is bright and very light. Not too far off what I expected.

Overall I wasn't too disappointed by this one. It was a sample from my local bottle shop. Thanks Bill and Gwen. Not something you should seek out but not a bad try.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 02:13:42 | More by azdback
Photo of Stew41


2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy light brown / caramel in the glass - looks inviting. Nose is a little sudued but has some fruity, slightly sweet notes. Good mouthfeel, a little plain in the flaour stakes but finishes ok with some mild hoppiness and bitterness. Needs a bit more omph to be really interesting. Had the Pale Ale last night and for once probably showed better than the red label.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 23:14:23 | More by Stew41
Photo of woodychandler


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An afternoon of AUS beers continued at my aunt's house and ain't that the truth!

From the bottle: "Real Aussie Ale"; "Brewed in Australia"; "No Additives-No Preservatives-Australian Made-Australian Owned"; "Best After [!] 19 Nov 10"; "Coopers Ales and Stout are brewed using the centuries old top fermentation method and natural bottle conditioning, resulting in a characteristic fine sediment forming on the base of the bottle. This sediment is completely natural and can be gently mixed before drinking or poured carefully leaving the sediment in the bottle."

I applaud their willingness to bottle-condition their beers, but it was slightly unexpected and I tilted the bottle to get a better look at the label (I need (at least) bifocals) and that movement stirred things up briefly, settling as I wrote.

I went with a gentle pour to start, leaving maybe 1/2 of the liquid in the bottle and causing no more than 1/4 finger of bone-white head to form. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden yellow, but I was unsure that my pour could have been any more gentle. Nose had an interesting spring-like flowery/perfume smell and my aunt said apricots. Mouthfeel was medium with really tight scrubbing bubbles on the tongue. Taste had a yeasty mustiness initially, followed by that same flowery/perfume taste. Finish was semi-dry and I still felt like I was tasting essence of perfume.

Post-agitation, I had a much different beer. The head was now denser and had taken on a French Vanilla color along with specks of yeast that resembled a dusting of cinnamon. Nose was now quite musty and I was now willing to agree with my aunt on the apricot odor. Mouthfeel was medium, but the taste was much more tart than before. Finish was bone-dry, Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert dry, so dry that I needed a drink of water.

Bottom line: decide which you prefer before pouring OR slowly decant half of the bottle's contents and then decide if you want a totally different taste sensation.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 21:15:31 | More by woodychandler
Photo of LuthersMug


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one during dinner at Outback.

A - Amber and orange in color, cloudy due to the yeast. Head was small, white in color. Yeast sediment at the bottom of the beer

S - Nothing impressive, a little bit earthy and yeasty

T - Yeasty quality beer.

M - Carbonation was good. A little bit dry at the end.

O - Solid beer, would definitely have again at or in the Outback.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 01:15:55 | More by LuthersMug
Photo of evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

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

This is my first beer from Australia!

It pours a hazy golden colour with a thin layer of soapy head on top. There is a tone of carbonation bubbling up to the top (no doubt due to the bottle conditioning).

The aroma is quite interesting. It mostly reminds me of Honey, mixed with some faint malty notes.

The flavour is balanced, starting some and slight bready malts bitterness. The honey notes come through throughout, and there is some faint hop bitterness on the finish. It's a bit too carbonated for my tastes though

Not a bad beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 22:41:32 | More by evlu1441
Photo of kendi18


4.72/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well what can I say. I've come across this beer by accident , and I must say I'm already big fan of it. I am usually not big fan of those weed, yellowish looking ales I rather drink old plain lager, but this one was a nice suprise. The beer has very rich in flavor and you can feel the fullines in your mouth. It is sparkling as it claims, and of course you want to drink freshest as possible. And here is my only problem with it, it's hard to get even in those big liquor stores which sell beers from around the world. However when you look in right direction you can get yourself a nice setady suplly. Overall very good beer and great escape from regularity. you going to like this beer I certainly recomend this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 02:44:07 | More by kendi18
Photo of burnheartsMKE


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

This is just a great, refreshing, uncomplicated sparkling ale. When I first tasted it, years ago, I was told that it was the perfect “lawn-mowing” beer and that’s quite accurate. Notes of grass and hard physical labor really stand out. I drank it straight from the bottle and was done before I realized. A good call, especially if actual lawn-mowing is to occur at some point in the (hopefully) near future.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 04:07:17 | More by burnheartsMKE
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4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, Coopers! This beer and me go way back, notwithstanding the fact that we're both from SA (South Australia), I started my beer drinking education on two beers; Guinness Draught & this, and for a while I didn't see any need to drink anything else.

Anyway enough nostalgia, time to see if Coopers stands the test of time when it comes to tasting. I poured this fine ale from a 375ml "stubbie" into a standard pint glass.

A: This was a feisty one! The bone-meal coloured head started out at 2cm before settling to a foamy 0.5cm covering. The body is a cloudy amber/orange shade and tells me I'm in for a small meal (due to the yeast sediment).

S: Zesty aromas of stone fruit with a hint of apple. The hops are there but it's a faint waft. This is the smell of a finely balanced pale ale - there should be an even hop to malt ratio here... we'll see.

T: This ale, much like it's Coopers Pale Ale brother is fairly dry, balanced and crisp, however the big difference between the two is the heavy body and detectable alcohol content of this one. You can taste the stone fruit flavour and a graininess on the back note. The hops don't really leave any aftertaste and if it wasn't for the name and the appearance you would think it has little in common with it's style (English Pale Ale). In fact this brew demonstrates a very Australian quench slaking flavour that is quite un-British.

M: Champagne fizz is the most notable element here. Other than that the body is medium to heavy and if you don't upset the yeast you tend to find "yeasty chunks" floating in your glass... you have been warned!

D: Yes I'm quite satisfied drinking this as a summer beer, it's got three things I like in a beer I would take to a Barbie (BBQ): easy to drink, thirst quenchability (it's a new word for Webster's), and alcohol content.

Food match: The above mentioned Barbie conjures images of steak sandwich's, sausages, and potato salad. If you need something else: a tub of coleslaw from Woolies will do the trick.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 08:29:25 | More by doktorhops
Photo of Knapp85


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

Really enjoy this beer when ever I'm at Outback. This is my goto beer when eating there. The Sparkling Ale is rolled in the bartenders hands before pouring to shake up the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. As the beer is poured it had a really nice golden color to it with a strong looking white head. The yeast is visible has the carbonation tosses it around. The smell of the beer is mostly grainy, nothing overly special there but it is pleasant. The taste of the beer is slightly sweet and has a nice malt character to it. The mouthfeel is about medium, It can fill you up with a good meal for sure. Overall I love the preperation of the beer and the the look of it. It's one of my favorites from Australia for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 22:31:40 | More by Knapp85
Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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