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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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Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website

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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Reviews: 375 | Hads: 598
Photo of beergeek279
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 11.2 oz bottle. The appearance is a cloudy copper color with quite a bit of yeast sediment, and a bit of bubble cascading. The smell is slightly sweet. The taste is mostly lemon, a slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a few of these.

Not a bad beer. Though the taste hints are slight, and I'm unsure whether the beer should have this much sediment, this is still enjoyable nonetheless. The REAL Australian for beer! (470 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the look of this. Honey gold in colour, foggy and with bits of yeast floating about. Looks like a good solid sweet apple cider (something I really like). Looks handsome and wholesome and substantial to me. Poured up a short head that settled down in short order.

Smells of yeast and hops. The taste is dominated by the yeast, slightly fruity. There are some bitter hops to finish it out. Decent mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, don't fear the floaters, they slip by fine.

I enjoyed this well enough. It didn't blow me away, but I think I'll be giving it another try. (576 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color (cloudy), small head. A medium bodied ale, light and refreshing. Mild and smooth malts, mild hop bite. Champagne yeast added to bottle for natural soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and dry. Aftertaste has a slight bite, malty and slightly bitter. Interesting beer, Nice taste. (324 characters)

Photo of ALEBOY
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer ! An ideal beer for any season, or session for that matter. A lovely hazy gold that is quite a contrast to the average Aussie brew, a dense white head tops off the pour. Aroma is not very aggresive , yeasty and lemony are perhaps my best descriptions. The flavour reminds me of some belgian pales except that it is a touch more mineraly.Medium body and very drinkable.

A great Australian beer (413 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.87/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of this beer is nothing short of "viscous." There is a sense on the nose of dense, boiled bananas and tropical green growth. Dried mint leaf aromas fold into elements of mustard greens and chamomile. Quite exquisite really. (this bottle was picked up at an Ontario beer store by the way) And then there is the experience of submitting one's mouth to the liquid.
Strident lines of gas slash deep grooves onto my tongue. There is vigorous, powerful atmospheric pressure in this bottle. What a perfect complement to the banana/clove aromatics and thick texture. It remains dry with powdered pencil dust resins on the finish. Efficient. Powerful. Impeccable quality. (673 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came in a 375ml brown stubbie, as part of a 6 pack. Has one of the most curious appearances I've ever encountered. A cloudy light amber with enough suspended particles in it to make it look like there is sand floating in my beer when held up to the light. How Australian! (although it reminds me of that motocross scene in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Aroma is of sweet, boozy, cirtusy malt. Flavour has a sweet, yeasty tang to it, a bit boozy, not much body to carry it all. Perhaps I picked up an old case of this, but it doesn't do anything for me at all. (562 characters)

Photo of lipschitz
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 375ml Pseudo-stubbie bottle, with no freshness date stamped.

Pours hazy, orange / gold with no head or lace to speak of – perhaps I was a bit remiss in my glass rinsing. The smell is quite bready, with noticeable grassy notes. Taste is clean grains, with a touch of citrus. There are some suggestions of fruit in there as well as a glance of hops. Mouthfeel is dry and generously carbonated – nicely tingles on the back of your tongue.

Notes: Sparkling…it’s downright glittering! This is quite a refreshing treat. It possesses an almost ginger ale-like carbonation – yet it is a rather enjoyable beer. The yeast / fruit & grains all work together quite well. Worth checking out on a hot summer day. (748 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This australian ale from Coopers poured a slightly cloudy golden colour with a minimal head. It had the aromas of hops, slight malts, and fruit. It tasted like a standard, pretty hoppy, euro-ale with some nice, light, malty tastes. The mouthfeel of this beer was very crisp yet creamy. The drinkability was very good, and this beer would make a great hot day, summer beer.
-F (385 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium golden color with a creamy white head that fades into a nice amount of lace. Nose is sweet malts, bread dough, and a bit of citrus. Medium in body with a good amount of active carbonation. Taste is sweet malts and grains with some fruity notes (apple, pear, melon, and banana) followed by a bit of yeast and some citrusy hops. A nice pale ale and a step up from their “Original Pale Ale.” (410 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: pleasant hop spiciness with a mellow malt backbone, some apple-cidery/champagnelike qualities

Appearance: golden lager color, good clarity despite the sediment in the bottle, very effervescent, but low head

Flavor: crisp hop flavor and a subdued bitterness, finishes dry but there is a substantial amount of maltiness rounding it out, the efferevescence plays a large role in the flavor progression as it takes the place of a more profound hop bitterness, a very lager-like brew, doesn't exhibit much of the usual ale attributes (namely esters)

Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied (made moreso by the ever-lasting bubbles), prickly champagne-like carbonation, quite a refreshing beer (694 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle conditioned ale is a cloudy golden color that has a thin and light head. The nose was a bit weak and fruity but nice pleasant. The flavor is a fruity malt flavorored by the hops in a nice and balanced taste. The mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent. The finish is hoppy with a moderate lemony/citrus taste. (317 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite an unusual and unique beer. A sparkling ale with yeast and cloudiness! Initially, there is a sour almost skunky smell and taste. Once you get past that, a nice spritzy fruitiness appears. This beer gets better as it goes. Nice ABV lets you feel it. Not an elite beer by any means, but give them credit for doing something different. Looks kind of like a wheat beer, minus the head. Very little retention or lace. The appeal is the fruitiness, and it is a beer I will buy again. Refreshing, creamy ale. (507 characters)

Photo of canoehornpoint
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle conditioned. Pours like ginger ale, bubbles cling to sides. No head at all. I poured half a glass and it was clear and had a crips taste of earthy pride of ringwood hop. I poured the rest and the yeast sediment clouded it all up. I've not seen yeast sediment in this type of beer be so loose and pour so easily. The sediment made it slightly sour. not too impressed. (373 characters)

Photo of yen157
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw colored if poured without yeast, and murky like an ugly homebrew if poured with the yeast. Fizzy, white head that didn’t last too long. Smells kinda fruity, definitely from the yeast. Same fruitiness is there on a larger scale in the taste. Nice, solid pale malt backboneHop bitterness combines very nicely with alcohol and yeast for a fairly dry finish. (366 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with lots of fine grained "floaties" and plenty of upcharging bubbles to replenish a nice small-bubbled head. Laces quite simply. Fruity apple and citrus aromas, a little yeast. The malts dominate the flavor in a light and clean manner, senses of apple and peach with a simple finish. A little overcarbonated to me, but helps stand in place for the reserved hopping. There is a creaminess here, as well. Not bad as a somewhat unique beer, not a personal favorite for me, either... (490 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it pours to a very light straw like color with a decent head atop it. there is so much sediment in this beer, you may not believe it, but don't be scared.

after getting over how much sediment was floating around, i began a very smooth pale ale. it was pleasantly hopped and had a great balance of malts that made it an overall winner. extremely drinkable, you could definitely sit back with more than a few. (411 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky offering due to extreme sediment concentration....the body is full with a fruity aroma of apples....This brew has a nice balance to it with a slight hoppy bitterness changing to a malty finish....Nippy on the tongue at first, then passes.....seems very dry. (263 characters)

Photo of jreitman
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pale gold with little head. Carbonation is very visible in the form of loads of tiny bubbles that constantly make their way up the glass. Nose holds a variety of fruit smells, notably apples, and a slight yeast aroma. Fairly clean flavor profile with hints of fruit and sugary sweetness. Hops are not present at all in flavor but due give a little body and bitterness to the finish. Finish is clean, crisp, and dry. Overall a pretty good brew, but definitely not my style. (494 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Michael Jackson actually gives this beer it's own category in his "Beer Companion" and describes it as "an early breed of British pale ale, adapted to colonial conditions..." With that thought in mind, it does seem perfectly suited for the Australian climate. Crisp and light, but also full of flavor. Great for winter or summer. I'm also amazed at the way this beer can be poured crystal clear, or entirely cloudy. Two possible beers from one bottle! Poured carefully, the beer is crystal clear with a golden appearance and the clearly visible carbonation of tiny, rising bubbles. With the yeast, it's a murky orange-ish but tends to give a better head and has much more character. The aroma is fruity with notes of apple and banana. The flavor follows in much the same manner, but with much more intensity. Although there's not much malt in the aroma, there is some in the flavor. The hops seem to be used only for bitterness and give a dryness to the flavor and finish at @ 25 bitterness units. A really unique ale. (1,018 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light orange hued brew topped by a thin, but dense and well retained head. Copious yeast aggregates from the bottle conditioning dance with the released CO2. The aroma is comprised of sweet fruit esters, honey, and a touch of biscuit malt. Flavorwise this beer continues where the aroma leaves off. It's very estery and fruity upfront w/ pronounced honey flavors... hop bitterness is quite low, and allows both the light crystal malt and residual sugars to dominate, but not overpower. Medium bodied, w/ a pleasant and lightly viscous mouthfeel. The hop flavor is subdued, but is perceptibly earthy. Finishes a touch bready w/ a bit of yeast - derived mustiness. Cooper's is certainly a unique brew... I'm glad I got a six pack so I can try this again. The flavors contributions from the yeast strain used add signifcant depth. (841 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured nice, good head nice unfiltered orange haze.I expected more in the flavor though,somewhat orangy but would have liked a more bitter tinge to it. (154 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice yellowish / light orange color (almost a honey color), with millions of yeast particles floating around in their…leaves a cloudy appearance. There is a light hoppiness and fruitiness in the aroma. The flavors consisted of fruit (maybe pear and or apple peels), nicely hopped on the palate. Mouth feel is smooth. Slightly watery but smooth mouth-feel. Overall this was a very refreshing and smooth / easy to drink Pale Ale. (437 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Aussie ale of the few I've drunk. I dunno if I'm corrrect on this, but some years back this was availiable in the oilcan, bottle,or should I say can conditioned, with a massive creamy head & a subtle Belgian ale fruitiness to it. (241 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good beer, but i just feel that its lost a lot lately. Nice fruity notes of apricot and pear, and good bitterness, and a bit of a belgian character, but is a bit subdued. (172 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an interesting one, strong initial fruit notes and a cider-like fragrence followed by a bit of hoppiness at the finish. Pleasant and easy to drink, though nothing spectacular. Appearance is a cloudy yellow-brown with a moderate head, such as one would expect for a bottle-fermented ale. (295 characters)

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Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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