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Coopers Sparkling Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited
Australia | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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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.

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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.

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Photo of LuthersMug
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

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Photo of kendi18
4.7/5  rDev +32%
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.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of Mit
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale cloudy gold colour with a decent lasting head. You can see the sediment which was nice.

Sweetish smell but I honestly wasn't getting a ton from it. Probably cause i was cutting the grass that day.

Very much an english pale ale. Def got the malty tons from it. Slight spicey bite from the english hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was very bubbly but def felt heavier due to the alc content.

Overall I quite liked this beer. Very refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a normal pint glass.
Best after date of 18 June 2009.

A: A clean dark gold color with a crazy amount of sediment. Almost liked suspended red pepper all over the beer, but not anything making it cloudy. Good carbonation, low head, low head retention, low lacing.

S: A bit of a sweet malt smell with gentle honey overtones.

T: Balanced British style pale. The malt is the star of the show with subdued hop flavor.

M: An interesting mouthfeel from the carbonation level. Effervescence that I'm not used too. Actually pretty pleasant mouthfeel.

O: An interesting beer that I'd like to try again, but a bit fresher next time to see if there is much difference.

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

Rolled the bottle and poured with sediment, because frankly I find it impossible to do otherwise.

Pours with a frothy white head that leaves generous lacing and settles as a collared film. The beer itself is a slightly rusty iced tea colour and the tan-coloured sediment stays suspended in the beer for some time, creating a starry "sparkle". May be off-putting to a casual drinker, but its fairly unique and I like it.

Pineapple jumps out in the aroma at first, followed by a sweet malty and bready tone. Like banana bread without the banana. Takes on a sort of green grape smell as it warms.

The taste is well-balanced with a mostly malty body. A tea-like bitterness rolls over the tongue and a mild lemon peel citrus taste can be found in the finish. Quite refreshing and surprisingly mild.

Faint grittiness to the mouthfeel from the sediment, which also creates a decent body in spite of the relatively low carbonation. It's also very easygoing given its ABV. Very crisp and dry finish.

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

A classic ale. Big enough and strong enough in flavour, can be drunk cool in summer, or a bit warmer in winter.

Pours a one finger head, which recedes reasonably quickly, some lacing, though it must be said that the bottle/case variation I have had on these means that some have longer head retention than others. Pours a dark amber colour, cloudy, with usually good carbonation

Aromas of malt and some yeast, some citrus but not dominant.

Taste is what I would describe as 'Classic Coopers', well balanced, some bitterness coming though but not too much. If you swirl the sediment around it becomes sharper.

Despite the bits that inevitably float on round, mouthfeel is good and full, not too thin.

Overall, one of the best beers in Aus. Not really an English Pale Ale, tho is it?

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Photo of swierczt
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy straw yellow with bright white pillowing head about 3 fingers thick. Tan sediment from the bottom of the bottle swims around the glass. Bubbles jump around the glass quickly.

S: Pineapple, pear, vanilla, candying sugar, yeasty biscuit. I was a bit surprised by how much the fruit aromas come out of this offering.

T: Dry and a bit crisp. Mostly bready yeasts with a touch of sweetness come through on this beer. Much less sweetness than detected in the nose. Also a slight bitterness from the hops in the finish.

M: Light bodied. High effervesence. Prickly on the tongue.

D: Very easy drinking. I could see having a few of these on a hot summer day. Taste is good, but I almost like the aroma even better on this one.

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

375ml bottle poured into a pint glass by freshness date.

The pour produces cloudy honey-ish color with big fluffy rocky white head with average to good retention and leaves with plenty of intricate lacing upon dissipating.

The smell contains fruity yeast, subdued malt, citrus hop, a bit musty note also detectable.

Dominating by fruity, yeasty and sweet, bringing to balance by hop bitterness and biscuity malt which also linger as an aftertaste.

The body is medium, smooth mouthfeel from its lively carbonation, rather dry finish.

There is lots of fruitiness zest in here, pretty much enjoyable and worthy to give it a try.

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Photo of mdunman
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellow-orange with a decent off-white head

S: Sharp malty note with some lemon

T: Malty note early with some bite to it and some citrus and spice on the sides and a semi-dry finish

M: Light-medium body with pretty good carbonation

This came across as a pale ale and a champagne mixed together. Not enough hops for me to call it a pale ale, but it had enough balance to be enjoyable.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like coopers sparkling. I like that. White head atop a yeasty looking caramel/copper coloured beer. The head fades pretty quick on this one, but I've had coopers where the head lasts for ages so not really sure what the deal is.

Get nice notes of caramel, banana and fragrant orange. Also some rich malty notes in there, almost a little like a golden pudding.

Reasonably malty in its flavour profile. Some slight acidity or tartness in there to balance the nice sweetness, as well as a reasonable level of bittering hops. No hop flavour to speak of. Not a criticism though.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but quite heavily carbonated.

It's coopers sparkling. What more can you say. A beacon of tasty, malty, yeasty goodness that has stood out amongst so many barren CUB dominated pubs. A quintessentially Australian beer. I have a real soft spot for this beer. One of the first beers I really 'enjoyed'.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into An Brainblasta goblet in Galway, Ireland.

A: 2.5 finger thin head of very poor retention. Yellow-orange colour, very hazy.

Sm: Fresh scent of barley and maybe citrus hops.

T: Lovely orange esters, an almost buttery finish. Built typically for the style, but certainly well. The orange and butter add complexity to an otherwise mediocre beer. Yeast! You can even see the yeast floating about if you pour it as such (I tried). Unexpected in a beer of this price point.

Mf: Very light on the palate; nicely smooth and wet. Subtle.

Dr: A bit pricey, but I assume this is only in Ireland. A good beer for what it is and its style.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this at outback so the glass is so fucking frozen i can't a good look at the body. it seems to be orange with a super foamy head that shrunk quickly. aroma is sweet and carmelly with a touch of hops. tastes like a weird amber ale. sweetness is caramelly but annoying. weird. but not awful.

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Photo of NATOuk
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer contains a hefty amount of sediment which is easily disturbed. According to an Australian colleague, it is customary to 'roll' the bottle to evenly spread the sediment across the whole liquid. This beer is very visibly carbonated, hazy golden in colour and with visible bits of yeast sediment distributed throughout the liquid. Forms a thin bright white head which clings to the glass.

Sweet malts, grassy notes and hints of citrus fruit

Quite a thin and watery and lacking in any significant taste. Noticeable acidity due to the carbonation and some light sweetness through to a slight bitterness in the finish. The sediment adds a yeasty taste to the mix.

Well carbonated, the carbonation dominates the mouthfeel initially. Thin body.

Not really for me. In a hot climate, this would be okay to drink for refreshment but I found it lacking in taste.

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

12 oz into a pint glass...superb crown on top of a pale and clean body with some solids in it (optional to pour that way--if you like yeast--I do--it's bottle conditioned).

No jesting from the name--this beer bubbles from the bottom of the glass and doesn't stop. There's some fruity sort of sourness in on the tongue that is quite refreshing too.

Well balanced and the mouthfeel is completely unique among beers I've had, so that gets a top rating.

Not sure if I could make this a session beer with how effervescent it is, but it is quite enjoyable and I'm pleased to recommend it.

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Photo of peensteen
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold, medium sticky white head, decent lace, lots of bubbles and a fair bit of sediment in the glass. Aromas of malt, biscuit, slight citrus, hop and something that resembles, but isn't, roasted corn are present here. Tastes malty with mild floral hop, slight alcohol, apple, sweetness in the finish with decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium but slightly creamy, aggressive carbonation that was a bit much for me, but I think thats what they were going for. Drinks well, approachable and something I would revisit one day.

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Photo of philphilphil
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

all round very good.
Appearance is cloudy ale like with good head.
Smell is nice strong malts.
Taste is malts and a touch of hops, deceptive for it's 5.8 percent.
Mouthfeel is good
Drinkability is high with a low price and fair quality beer, one of my staple beers.

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

A- Unfiltered beer with plenty of yeast provides for a hazy body that is light amber in color. The head is shiny and sticky

S- Nice warm flavors of alcohol and bread. Very classic beer scents with much depth coming from standard aromas.

T- Full of malt flavors made complex by tangy yeast and spicy hops.

M- Nice foamy feel made smooth by a well-balanced body.

D- Very drinkable in just about any occasion.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.08/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Hazy gold color with a thin, thin, white head. Head has macro-like modesty and quickly disappears leaving impotent retention. Not a single smudge of lace. I decanted this.

Aroma is yeast, and sparkling white grape juice. My mom used to buy me "Kid's Champagne" for Thanksgiving and New Years when I was too young to drink. This is like a yeasty over 21 version of that. Taste is, again, Kid's Chapagne with a English hop lump in back. It tastes as unappealing as it sounds.

Mouthfeel is indeed sparkling which I guess is the point. But it's also thin and husky. Not a fan.

Drainpour. I'll give it a 1.5 instead of a 1 because though I did drainpour it, I made it through most of the bottle first.

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Photo of davidfoley
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle conditioned

Appearance - Pale Golden Straw colour. Good clarity. Medium carbonation and moderate head retention.

Smell - Mild hop, yeast, strong floral and orange smell

Taste - Mild malt & hop flavour with light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with crisp zingy carbonation

Drinkability - Good beer. Very drinkable with no over powering flavors. Very light, a good summer or session beer.

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Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.