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Coopers Sparkling Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002)
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Photo of daythree16
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy golden with a .5 finger head.

Smell is citrus with a little bit of grapes/wine aromas. The taste is pretty bland actually. Except for just the tiniest hint of ctirus, there isn't much hop presence at all. There is a touch earthy yeastiness on the finish.

Very carbonated and dry. I could see this being something I might want to drink a couple of on a hot summer day, but there really isn't much flavor going on at all, and I'd probably buy something else instead.

daythree16, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very cloudy orange/yellow with noticable specs of yeast floating around. A finger of head rose and fell quickly like soda pop, leaving no lacing.

S - There is hardly any smell. The best I can detect is a faint sourness reminiscent of lemonade.

T - Like the aroma, there just isn't anything happening here. I am trying to taste something but it's very difficult. A mild grainy sweetness tries to come through, but never really makes it, and the same sour/sweetish lemony component from the nose makes it's way in near the finish. Otherwise there's nothing.

M - Wobbly light to medium body that can't really stand up to the insane carbonation here. I have a feeling the carbonation is also doing a lot to attenuate the subtleties.

D - It certainly wouldn't be difficult to put this back all night because it is damn close to drinking club soda. While this beer doesn't taste bad or have any off flavors, it's complete lack of character keeps it below average.

PatrickJR, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy yellow with a lot of what I assume to be yeast floating around in it and very little head. The smell is pretty tight, with perhaps just a bit of bit of malts. The starts off with some malts and almost apple-like sugars that are quickly cut by some citrusy hops that give way to a fairly crisp finish. The mouthfeel is pleasantly crisp thanks to its medium body and carbonation. I'd consider this beer to be fairly drinkable and definitely worth a try.

TheTrevor, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy soft rustic orange with a thin, fizzy head that quickly dissipated. There was a great deal of turbidity at first with a noticeable haze of suspended, speckled yeast particles that lazily drifted about. The beer eventually cleared a little bit while leaving a silt sediment coating on the bottom of the glass. Visible carbonation was very aggressive and rapid.

S: There was not a lot to speak of aroma wise, overall was very light with only slight hints of warm oranges. Pretty mundane.

T: spicy oranges with a slight sourness that soon followed. You can definitely detect the yeasty nature here. The finish was tart and musky with some dry grains and yeastiness.

M: very fizzy and active, light bodied while leaving a powdery tart yeastiness and malting behind.

D: Average drinkability, not one I would enjoy in multiples but worthy of a try.

beerthulhu, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of 1759Girl
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A>Looked an awful lot like Trader Joe's organic cider., Small white head, very cloudy, floating chunks of sediment.

S>lager yeasts, almost vinagery. Hmmm. It was strange and unexpected, really.

T>Crisp, more like a very complex lager than an English Pale. The hang goes from a nice resiny pale-like hang, but turns ever so slightly metallic.

Mouf> Fun fizzy, small bubbles like champers=)

Drinkability> es okay

1759Girl, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of albern
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Right after the pour, the beer does sparkle and effloresce. There isn't much head, but you will find a cloudy golden colored beer with little pieces of yeasty bits floating around. Zero lacing and retention. The aroma begins a tad bit skunky with lots of malt upfront. The skunk departs and you're left with a bready beer with some citrus notes, maybe a tad bit of florals.

The taste is quite good. This is a medium bodied beer with lots of character. There is a puckerishness in the finish, and lots of citrusy hops and bready malts in the mid section. You can definitely taste the ABV which is surprising with a 5.8 ABV beer. As things settle down a bit, there is a sweetish, slightly acerbic lemony flavor that comes out, with a bit of spice in the finish. There is also a drying hop taste that you'll experience as well. This is a surprisingly robust ale well worth trying.

albern, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Outback.

A - Poured amber-gold, a little misty, good head, good lacing.

S - Pretty average, some flowery hop, crackery malts.

T - Tasty. Nothing incredibly complex, but it hits all the right notes. Refreshing hop character, fruit notes, light malts. Slight powdery yeast, too - seems well put-together.

F - Light to medium body. Well-carbonated.

D - A surprise, this was a very credible, worthy drinker.

Patrick999, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed gold. No head off a gentle pour. Nose is grainy and earthy - almost dirty. Flavor is fruity and smooth. Biting bitter tone. Feel has a biting carbonation. Liquid is typical. This is an okay at best beer. There's nothing that stands out about it. Best served damn cold.

RblWthACoz, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of argock
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12+oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date etched on bottle collar.

A: Orange-gold with copious sediment falling through the brew. Head is thin and champagne-like with no stickiness.

S: Light lemon, grassy hops, and pale malts aromas are there but pretty light.

T: The flavor is inobtrusive and light but not unpleasant. Pale malt sweetness is the most prominent flavor with a bit of lemon-citrus hops to balance it out. Yeast flavors are strong for a pale ale, and toasted malt is more clearly present with warming.

M: Pleasant with a medium-body that has a creamy feel. Carbonation is relatively low. Aftertaste is nearly nonexistent.

D: A decent beer but nothing special -- good if you're in the mood for a lightweight ale.

argock, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of PerzentRizen
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cooper's Sparkling Ale is an average run of the mill tasting beer. There is nothing special about this beer in any regard except that it taste surprisingly like a homebrewed beer.

I poured my Cooper's, at around 52 degrees, into a tulip rimmed goblet. It poured a cloudy carmel color. It had the same glow as a homebrew. This beer is definately unfiltered (which is nice to see).

The Aroma was nothing special. This beer needs more hops was my first impression. I think if they dry hopped this beer a touch more it would improve greatly. I would also raise the alcohol to around 6.5% ABV. I think these changes would bring this beer from a C+ to a B+ maybe higher.

The taste, like I said, was remeniscient of homebrew - which is not a bad thing, but I expect a more refined, professional brew.

In short, the cost and hype definately did not fit this beer. There wasn't enough to back up the rave reviews from Michael Jackson (the beer geek, not pop singer), Robert Protz, or BA. I just did not understand why this average beer is so well liked. I will not buy it again.

PerzentRizen, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of wl0307
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 22/03/09, served lightly chilled and clouded (with yeast sediments) in a straight imperial pint glass, as the "clear serving" I experimented in the past didn't tell an interesting story about this beer.

A: cloudy dark-tangerine-amber in colour, coming with a fast dissipating white froth and abundant but fine carbonation.
S: dryish citrus-peel, a touch of wet wholemeal toast and sugary pale malts seem to dominate the aroma, albeit not overly strong, balanced by a flow of natural fruit-esters (reminiscent of sweet pineapples) as well as barn-house mustiness from the yeast sediments, almost reminiscent of saison+witbier+Yakult... Not particularly complex, but the hoppyness and yeastiness seem to define the special features of this ale. Lovely!
T: a sprizty mouthful of roughly grainy & lightly caramely maltiness comes on top of sour-sweet citrus-fruits, prunes, fennel-like herbs, chalk, gristy malts, and peppery hops, while a powdery palate of yeasts brings up increasingly dryish, slightly licorice-root like bitter-sweetness and a light touch of tangy zests that both linger in the dry & yeasty finish.
M&D: sparkling? well, the texture is in fact spritzy, but with very fine, light and refreshing fizziness; medium-bodied as it is, this ale has retained a rough balance b/w yeasts and malts, while hops sort-of retreat to the second tier to provide a key bitter element overall. This ale is best enjoyed when served cloudy, IMO, and what a thirst-quenching ale this could be!

wl0307, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy peachy colour with large chunks of sediment with a nice white fluffy head that statys throughout the whole drink.

Smells of dried fruit, some alcohol and sort of like a lager.

Tastes like a heavy lager with some citrus, alcoholic notes and nice and bitter finish.

GodOfBeer, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of rbettis
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was looking for Sierra Nevada at Outback Steak House. They didn't have it. Tried a nut brown ale (Newcastle tried before) not my kind of beer. Saw Coopers Sparkling Ale and thought what the heck never tried a Autralian ale. Made a good decision. I like the extra carbonation on my tongue.

rbettis, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of gpogo
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy gold. Definitely chill haze, this was clear before cooled. Small white head that quickly dissipates to a small foam cover and ring.

A- Sweet fruity malt aroma. Apple and pear.

T- A sweet malt, notes of apple. Slightly bittered finishes very crisp.

M- Medium body with moderate-high carbonation. A bit of yeast suspension giving a heavier mouthfeel impression.

D- It's great that Cooper's is keeping the Sparkling Ale style alive. A refreshing and enjoyable session beer. BMC buddies won't mind it either!

gpogo, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of otakuden
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

pours bright and golden from the bottle, with a decent amount of yeast trickling out with the last of the bottle. personally, i enjoy some of the yeast settled in the bottom of my beer, but usually not all of it. it basically boils down to personal preference. one can pour so as to leave all the settled yeast on the bottom, or enjoy all of its bready yeasty goodness in their brew by swirling the last dregs around in the bottle before pouring it in the glass.

Coopers Sparkling Ale is described as a golden english ale, but it reminds me more of a lighter Belgium blonde ale. i can definitely taste the crisp zing of bitter lemon and a hint of spiced hops, almost reminiscent of spiced apples. the yeast and malt balance each other out very well, hinting of fresh sourdough. a crisp mild bitterness lingers in the back of the tongue, accenting the overall characteristic of the beer.

while thin on the head, it does have a nice nose of lemon and yeast. again, i am reminded of my Belgium golden ales and tripels which have refermented in the bottle. that musky, spicy smell that makes my mouth water.

overall, a fine example of a blonde ale, or as Coopers calls it, a Sparkling Ale. semantics aside, it can sparkle in my glass any day.

otakuden, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of johanvond
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey colored golden amber with a strong white head that dissipates into a thin cap. The aroma is of bread,yeast and some apple. The opaque body is moderate in viscosity with a sharp cider twinge. There is a cleansing amount of carbonation that finishes dry and slightly hoped. Cooper Sparkling Ale is refreshing and enjoyable. Try with a Red pepper hummus or a mild chana marsala.

johanvond, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of ectomorph
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tried this beer at the Outback Steakhouse here in Chattanooga.

A - Pours thick and cloudy (inverted before opening) golden orange. Tons of carbonation, looks/behaves like champagne almost.

S - One word - Citrus

T - Again citrus with a hoppy finish. Slight chalky after effects.

M - Hearty and 'sparkling'...

D - You will want more than one!

ectomorph, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of RBorsato
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden color with a low white head but nice carbonation. Fruity ale aromas and flavors ... apples and some pear on the nose. Primarily apples in the flavor with some tart characteristics. Light-medium bodied with a dry tart/sour fruit finish.

Don't bother.

Per Label: "Est. 1862" & "Bottle Fermented"

Best Before: 08.08.08
Tasted: 06/28/07

($1.99 / 12.7 oz. brown twist off bottle with "Coopers" logo embossed around the neck (4X)"

RBorsato, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a very finely beaded head that fades to a thin swirl. Slight lacing. The aromas are sweet with bready malt and some bright fruit, but it is by no means heavy. The taste is similar with nicely balanced fruit and bready malt, with a fruity and crisp bitterness on the finish. Smooth and easy to drink. Nicely balanced.

Georgiabeer, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy/pulpy looking yellow with a pretty sad little head and no lacing.The nose is not inviting at all,it smells sour and confuzed.The taste is a little better with some fruits apples and banana,faint bready malts too with some slightly sour/tart hops.The body is medium to light with a texture similar to that of pulp free orange juice,I thought I would actually feel the yeast,it looked so plentiful on the pour.Pretty drinkable stuff overall,I could see how it would be nice on a hot humid day in the outback,but,I probably won't revisit this one for a while.

orangemoustache, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of monkeybeer
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy golden-orange amber with a to of carbonation, looks more like a champagne or a cider in the glass than a beer.
S- A lot of citrus with some hops and malt mixed in.
T/M- It was very crisp and refreshing. It was defiantly sparkling. The beer has a nice citrus taste and was well balanced with hops and malt.
D- I would defiantly get this again. I tried it when I was out to dinner at the outback, but I will pick it up next time at my local BevMo

monkeybeer, May 29, 2008
Photo of PorterLover83
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one appears to have a hazy gold color with no head on it. The first whiff gave me some fruity undertones with a decent floral hop presence. Taste was a little more on the hop side than I was expecting with some malt coming through to kinda even it out. Mouthfeel was good balance and kinda crisp on the lighter side.

PorterLover83, May 16, 2008
Photo of Misfit138
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered at Outback, from bottle into tulip glass

A- Moderate yellow, somewhat cloudy with some yeast at the bottom. Beer had a very carbonated look like a champagne.

S- Mostly citrus, with some hops

T- Not a bad flavor, much like a pale ale, but not quite as bitter as most.

M- Highly carbonated, and light.

D- I would say its good, but too carbonated for my taste. It seems as far as going for the sparkling aspect it is very good. I would prefer a standard pale ale over this usually.

Misfit138, May 16, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I get this at Outback Steakhouse and used to drink it quite often when I worked there. 12 oz bottle poured into a shaped pint.

A: Poured a golden amber with a bit of sediment floating and resting at the bottom. Had some decent, fizzy head that left a good amount of lacing on the glass.Lots of carbonation bubbles shooting up the glass. This looks like a very bubbly Hefe.

S: You get a lot of citrus here. Some more fruit comes out (maybe apple), floral hops and a touch of malt on the back end of the scent.

T: Nice flavors of orange, lemon, peer, and (yet again, possibly) apple. This beer still has a light hoppiness on the finish but it is well balanced with a touch of smooth malt.

M: Very sparkling and bubbly with a good amount of carbonation. The end of the taste still has a creaminess sensation. Very nice.

D: Very drinkable but I can't afford it because Outback is the only place I can pick it up. No local retailers of this brew. Very good though.

everetends, May 11, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy (more or less depending on how much sediment you pour into the glass) golden-orange color with small ring of head.

Sweet malty and estery scents. Some banana, marshmallow, slight caramel, bit of apple, maybe cherry.

Not too much in the taste department, comes of pretty light and a tad watery. Bit of citrus and spice stand out from a lightly diacetyl malt background.

Lively, crisp feel, despite the name, the carbonation could be more aggressive, but still pretty strong. Not bad at all for an English Pale Ale.

BeerZack, May 07, 2008
Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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