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Coopers Sparkling Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 598
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 18
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Photo of Tadloco
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed this brew at my favorite liquor store in an assorted six pack. It came in a 12 oz. bottle and was poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy. Light caramel in color. Off white fluffy foamy long lasting head. No prominent lacing to speak of.

S: Very nice light citrus smell with a hint of malt. Immediately following the pour it almost smelled floral.

T: I had some difficulties getting a good grasp of the taste of this beer. The best I can describe it is a very light citrus flavor. Not overpowering at all. Almost refreshing.

M: Light. Crisp. Medium carbonation. Sparkling up front with a smooth sweet finish.

O: A good beer for summertime drinking. Easy to drink. Goes down very smooth. Light. (705 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I feel like I have had this beer before. But according to Untappd, I haven’t. Oh, and it’s FREEZING cold outside. Fine, it’s 50… but that’s cold for the desert! This is the coldest that it has been since we moved here, so I would rather be drinking a winter warmer. Emphasis on the warmer! But tonight we are drinking the Coopers Sparkling Ale. I assumed it was a cider, but it’s an English Pale Ale. Hopefully there are some nice hops in there. Let’s drink!

(By the way, I am writing this by the fire. So… it’s fireside chat, with 1001 bottles!)

In the Glass: It is goldfish yellow in the glass, and reminds me of the Fretzy’s unfiltered ale. Just a glass of liquid yeast, really. It has a nice, thin white head and a decent amount of lace for a pale. Not sure the big differences between an American pale ale and an English pale ale… but I bet there aren’t many hops used in this brew.

Nose: It has a nice, somewhat fruity aroma to it. Not what I was expecting from a pale, that’s for sure. But it smells somewhat wet, and fresh. The freshness has to be coming from the yeast. Not sure what yeast strain they used here, but I bet this is loaded with carbonation and yeasty flavors.

Flavor: Not as much carbonation as I expected, but the flavor is really unique. There is some citrus flavor on the front of the palate, and then it gets almost sweet as you swallow. The flavor seems to change as you drink this, too. I wouldn’t call this a pale ale by any means… but it is loaded with complexity and with flavor. There are are a few Coopers beers on our list. I just hope they are all this good!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice. It has a few bubbles at the start, but then quickly mellows out as you drink. I would say the best part of this beer is the aftertaste.

Aftertaste: The beer goes from bubbles to sweet to dry… just like that! And I like that. I like sweet flavors, but I also like dry flavors. That is why I use extra dry vermouth in my martinis. This isn’t that dry, but it has a lingering dryness that some might want to mask, but one that I hope stays around. Like I said, the aftertaste is the best part of the beer.

This is my first time drinking the Coopers Sparkling Ale, and I am leaving this glass impressed. It’s not great, but it’s a good pale ale that produces a pretty incredible aftertaste. I wish I could rate each one of these categories on a scale of 1 to 5. But overall, the beer isn’t quite at a 4. But it was close! Bottoms up, people.

Coopers Sparkling Ale – The bottle says: “Coopers Ales and Stouts 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.” (2,892 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy ornage colour with a thin, bubbly white head that is more like a thin lacing than anything else. There is a lot of bubbles , expected given the name really.

Light and hoppy aroma with a touch of fruit coming through as well as some sweet malts throughout. There is a sort of light floral note in there too and over all this one is light on the nose.

Sweet malts to begin with along with a fruit like taste that the nose hinted at. There is some sugar and apples in there as well a hint of pear but again nothing too strong here.

Smooth and medium in body with a citrus tang and rather strong carbonation coming through. Basic but nothing offensive really.

Lacking strength in both the nose and the taste and was a little to sparkling although the name was a giveaway I guess. It was almost like a cider in parts and there was nothing particularly great about it. (873 characters)

Photo of Poppleton
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma- grainy and grassy with some citrus undertone (7/12)

App- pale yellow, effervescent ale that is slightly hazy. Reminds me a little of champagne but not as clear. Head is white with bubbles that fizz and die down quickly. (2/3)

Flav- light lemon or apple with little bitterness. Fairly smooth. (15/20)

MF- champagne bubbles, crisp and dry. (4/5)

Overall - refreshing, balanced ale that is not filling. A good summer beer but I am not overwhelmed by it overall. (6/10)

Total (34/50) (491 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this when I was a backpacker working out in the Kimberley. In 45°c+ heat a cold beer never tasted so good, but at 5.8% the 'Coopers red' was a bit much.

S: Like the Coopers Green it smells more like a Belgian pale ale than anything else. Slightly vinous and yeasty with a hint of banana, and, er… a touch of vommit.

T: Completely dry and pilsner like. There's some cherry/almonds in the finish and citrus fruit in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sparkly.

O: Refreshing if anything. (493 characters)

Photo of keitho
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark straw colour, lots of bubbles and a quickly dissipating head the yeast gives the beer a cloudy appearance, looks good to me!

Smell- Orangey yeast smell, not unpleasant.

Taste- Nice bitter taste, tangy and citrusy, very refreshing and moreish. Its long and

lip-smacking, a lovely tasting beer.

Mouthfeel- Very filling and creamy lots of bubbles.

Overall- This is a very nice looking /tasting Sparkling Ale it's bottle fermented (like all Coopers) so that you get yeast floating around in your beer, I have to admit to being a big fan of this beer and can't recommend it enough, good stuff. (611 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (988 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of gazeboar
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (2,148 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of aBeeraWeek
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of TDaneau
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

RJT (613 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.17/5  rDev -11%
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 (372 characters)

Photo of taigor
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (1,192 characters)

Photo of azdback
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of Stew41
2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (1,993 characters)

Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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