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Coopers Sparkling Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

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588 Ratings

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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 15
Gots: 31 | 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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Ratings: 588 | Reviews: 376
Photo of yen157
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of alkemy
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's been about a year since I've had this and I was a bit unsure what to make of it at that time. Lots of stuff at the bottom of my "over" 12 ouncer. A touch hazy light gold with a fluffy white head. It's a lightly hopped APA combined with a Hefe for me. Some banana and clove and then tart citrus. The citrus and yeast are pretty dominant. It took me a couple to even try to disseminate the tastes. Not bad.

Photo of BILF
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of John_Squires
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of jeffthecheff
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At outback steakhouse, I wasn't expecting anything decent for beer selection, but I was happy to see an Australian made ale on the menu. Waitress was actually pretty knowledgeable and "warned" me that the yeast sediment is normal and in fact tasty. Well, I wasn't expecting much so I made sure to disturb the yeast sediment to squeeze as much flavor out of this bottle I possibly could. Into a frosted pint, (typical chain restaurant) this ale is cloudy pale with a thin head. Yeast clouds this beer up, but there is some clumpy brown yeast chunks that sink to the bottom that aren't too pleasing.

Aroma is very strange. It has a clear cleaning product character to it, which is weird. It's exactly like oxyclean. Yeast character is very plain and characterless. It smells like the yeast at the bottom of the fermenter of a batch where yeast wasn't supposed to have any role or character in the beer. As it warms up, there is a slight citric hop shining through.

Flavor is just plain, and doesn't have much character to it. Plain bitterness from hops and toasty, grainy malt flavor that is pretty plain. Mouthfeel is light with a tickling carbonation.

This is one of those beers that fits only because it's Australian and I'm at an Australian themed restaurant (think Peroni at an Italian place). I'll say that if you aren't expecting much and you appreciate trying to match your beers that way, this isn't an awful beer. As far as reviewing it as an English Pale, I can't recommend it.

Photo of NorCalAussie
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Portertime
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this one at Outback Steakhouse. I was a little wary after trying the twin bombs James Boag's Premium Lager and Tooheys New Draught. I was pleasently surprised. Poured a fine bubbley gold reminiscent of Champagne. Smelled of nice sweet, fruity malts. Tasted a hint of apple and other fruits. Very quaffable.

Photo of mrjez
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of bryehn
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of jeanphony
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of sloejams
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing complex or special about this Australian beer. I was hopeful as the color, tint and aroma were inviting. A slight welcome bitter bite was expected but the delivery was tinny and somewhat stale.

It was tucked into those one of those "Great Beers of the World" that many of us beerlovers where given for Christmas. Sadly, most of the beers fall remarkably short of said accolades. Coopers Sparkling Ale is drinkable but ultimately forgettable.

Photo of juju7
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best session beers around! All the attributes of a great beer; cloudy solid orange/copper with a tight head. Not an overly generous nose but enough there hop-wise to keep it interesting, a bit of lemon and yeastiness. Smooth and unobtrusive. Not a show-stopper but just a great beer for any situation. Even better on tap of course.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of KoG
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When first poured, I left the sediment and an ounce or two in the bottle as it would not completely fit in the glass. Came out looking, smelling, and tasting like an adjunct lager. Yellow body, fizzy head, typical macro smell and taste.

After I poured the last few ounces along with the yeast:

Golden orange body with still no real head or lacing and yeast that stayed in suspension.

Smell was bready and yeasty of course and masked the adjunt that was present at first.

Taste improved as well. Yeasty and bready with the malt actually being more pronounced. Hops go away a bit amongst the flavors.

Stuck me as odd that the last few ounces had that much of an effect. I'll search around and update if I find any changes. Bottle dated best before 1/20/07.

Photo of weerezboy
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.49/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Coopers Sparkling Ale pours a clear, gold color with no foam and tons of carbonation. The nose is lemon and wheat followed by a bitter, lemon, and vanilla flavor. It's got a thin mouthfeel, very dry, and leaves a bit of a burn in the back of the throat. This is way too bitter to drink more than one. Not recommended!

Photo of heddar33
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of getkrunkhoe
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of neil2me
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Daktyls
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Pours a hazy, light amber color with little head that simply has a a ring around the outside edge of the glass. Sediment can be seen floating around in the beer, slowly settling.

S: Smells of pale malts and light yeast, somewhat earthy, more of a mineral tone.

T: Much like the nose, malts, a light amount of yeast, almost a mineral water quality, light fruit notes (apple, grape).

M: Slick, slightly viscous, very smooth and crisp. Not a huge amount of carbonation, but it suits the flavors well.

O: Tasty, I was a bit surprised by the initial amount of sediment, as I wasn't expecting any, but the sediment does not detract at all from the quality of the beer. I'd definitely give this a try again.

Photo of Pelicanrocks
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Kulrak
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a real thin head that clings to the glass. I suppose the cloudiness could have something to do with my pouring, but I can't figure out how to pour this stuff clear without leaving 4 fingers of beer in the bottle, and I'm unwilling to waste that much beer. Anyway, it has a pleasant sweet yeasty aroma. Has a pretty sweet taste, not too bitter. Just enough bitterness. The mouthfeel is pretty good, sweet and creamy. All in all, it's a very drinkable beer. Gotta watch it though, doesn't take many of these to get you slurring at 5.8%

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Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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