Coopers Sparkling Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 600
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 19
Gots: 47 | 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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Reviews: 375 | Hads: 600
Photo of dannyvee
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served @ fridge temperature (seems appropriate, just look at that photo). Color was a cloudy, golden yellow and even reserving a fair amount of brew in the bottle, much sediment was in suspension. Smell was a touch malty, yeasty and citrusy. Taste was slighty hoppy, metalic and citrusy in the end. Mouthfeel suffers a bit with the floaties taking over the glass.

Overall a highly quaffable brew which I'll be undoubtablly be sessioning over the warm summer months, maybe just with a more careful pour next time.

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Photo of countrocula
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a skinny pint glass at the Outback Steakhouse in Pinehurst, NC. This was my first time at the national chain and my first time with a Coopers. Waiter provided a chilled (gah!) glass with the bottle. I waited to see the freeze come off the glass and I then poured this deep golden bevvy into the provided glass. Slight haze and a gorgeous golden hue were revealed after a one finger stark white head settle.

Smelled a tinge of lemon... in a good way. Wet pretzel/freshly opened saltine sweet/yeast/alcoholness.

The alcohol taste component of this is that perfect balance that I remember in beer as a kid. The kind of alcoholic poison taste that results in ulitamte refreshment. Not boozy by any means, but certainly not lost. Very smooth all around with a perfect malty stick and clean hop finish.

Mouth is lively and very refreshing. This has all the crispness that I like in some of the Dutch Pils/Lagers yet they Dutchy stuff gets bitter and skunky when you pound. I could see myself enjoying the refreshment of these a few times over. Almost like Appolinaris with a gorgeous beer taste thrown in. And minus the sodium. Yeah, that sounds bad.. but I assure it's not.

To me, this is one of those genius brews. Whether the brewery knows people receive this stuff as such might be a surprise to them, but I love this kind of "easy drinking" beer that is simultaneously elegant. I could give this to my father and he wouldn't be like, "Tastes like vomit!" and I could give this to a beer geek friend and they could still pick it apart. A beer for all seasons I'd say and one I hope to run into again in the near future.

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Photo of Shemmy
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Because of the mid range price point in S.E. Asia, this is one of my favorite old standbys. Sometimes think I get a fresher bottle or something, because there are times when it seems to taste damn near stellar. I hope someday Thailand catches on to the importance of refridgeration for most beers but until then we have to take our chances here with most beer we fork out plenty for because of the high taxation on import alcohol.

But all that is offtopic and my point is, this is a beer well worth trying if you haven't before. If you want something run of the mill to drink but still pretty nice and want to save a little bit, perhaps for a weekend craft beer splash out, then this beer is your man. All that despite it being a bit too gassy, at least for my tastes.

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Photo of Snyder18
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Soft white to off white head begins at two and three quarters inches falling to one quarter of an inch within five minutes leaving no lace on the glass.

Hazy dirty gold in color. Large quantity of sediment entered glass despite careful pouring efforts.

Aroma was weak almost sterile smelling with a faint hop background that was very hard to detect and possibly a simple figment of the imagination.

Medium body with slow developing flavors. A clean, sterile tasting start fades into what seems somewhat like sour cherries. Possibly a result of yeast sediment making it into the glass. Finish is dry and hoppy.

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Photo of SFRider
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Little head. Cloudy Golden/Orange (though could have been the light). Sediment at the bottom of the glass.
Smell: Little fruity. Wheat (like a Hef). No Hops in the smell.
Taste: Incredible. Sweet hops. Little orange flavor. Similar to a Hef. Freakin' loved this beer!
Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. I could've had a pitcher. Very smooth, kinda light but not watery. Held the carbonation perfectly. Went down easy and refreshing. I would absolutely buy and plan to drink this beer again.

Wow wow wee wow wow! I LOVED this beer from "down unda"! Makes sense I suppose - every Aussie I've met brags of their drinking ability. Their brewers ought to know what they're doing. Alright, back to the beer. Not only is it KOSHER (even has Hebrew on the side of the bottle), but I found sediment at the bottom of my glass! Some may knock a brewery for allowing a little sediment to creep into their production line. To me - I see that as a little extra flavor. And that "small batch" touch. All of my Home Brew has a little sediment at the bottom of the glass, and I know that packs a flavorful punch - as did this beer. I give this beer an A all the way! Enjoy it with a light meal or simply by itself.

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Photo of Raligitano
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It looks practically opaque while being poured into a pint glass. This color is crazy, like melting orange juice concentrate. Little swirls and sediments dance inside the glass. I can smell strong citrus and peachiness even from a distance.

The taste favors orange, but it's not overpowering. Alcohol is present and a pleasant bitterness hits the sides of my mouth. ooh It lingers. "Authentic" is the first word I think of when I drink this. ...Whatever that means. Maybe a homebrewer can explain better.

One of several import beers from the Carrefour supermarket in Chiang Mai, Thailand that kept me from bitching daily about crap Thai beer. This review was with a bottle whose cap lost pressure on the airplane trip back to the States. Beer abuse, yes! But other than a loss of carbonation it still tastes as good as it did back in Thailand.

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Photo of flood
2.59/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Above average appearance - dark orange - chunky bottom (unfiltered solids settle out). Overall above average appearance - like you are drinking a slurry of goodies. Swirling it mixes everything together - especially towards the bottom.

Smell - fruity not too striking.

Taste and mouthfeel - At first I thought the sparkling name was a misnomer however after a few swallows you definitely notice the carbonation. Taste however is limited - betwix a lager and wheat with extra bubbles.

Drinkability - Definitely a drinkable beer but rather unremarkable other than the carbonation. Can't say I would pick it out of a crowd. The last drink is definitely the best (i.e. with the sediments).

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Photo of Poppleton
3.48/5  rDev -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)

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Photo of faroutadventure
4.82/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really pours nice. Champagne in appearance. Bubbling like crazy off the bottom.

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

S - One word - Citrus,bready, yeasty notes .Inviting to drink.

T - Again citrus with a hoppy finish. Slight chalky after effects. Dry on the pallete

M - Hearty and 'sparkling'...

D - You will want more than one!

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Photo of kylers
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, looks to be bottle conditioned. Tons of bubbles rising throughout the entire pint.
S: Intense orange peel with a hint of yeasty malt presence.
T/M: Incredibly dry and bubbly. Slight sweetness and finishes almost like a budweiser. Tastes a little thin, maybe they use plain sugar to dry it out?
D: Crisp and refreshing with just a touch of sweetness and slight hop flavor aroma, you could put a few of these down on a nice hot day.

I bet this is delicious if you get it in Australia. Travels better than most beers, though.

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Photo of mandolinhomebrew
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Poured from a bottle into my Lefebvre Hopus Glass. Pours a pale color a shade or two darker than a Pils, golden even. A bit cloudy from sediment to it being unfiltered and bottle conditioning. Nice fluffy head that is close to pure white. Even after 15+ minutes there is always a nice thin layer of head on this baby.

Aroma: a bit of yeast and a tad of malty sweetness with a healthy dose of bitterness & floral/spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: Between light and medium mouth-feel. lots of carbonation despite my decent-head promoting pour.

Taste: Moderately complex with yeast, slight malty-sweetness and fruit-like flavors prevalent (apples? citrus?) Spicy & floral hops definitely come out to finish but don't overwhelm. Alcohol is definitely there but not in strong-ale land.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable and refreshing. I agree that it's light enough to be appreciated by most ordinary beer drinkers, but still has a complexity BA's will appreciate as well. It's a pretty balanced brew that comes out a little on the hoppy side, but again, not overwhelmingly.

Overall: A great EPA and definitely the best beer I've ever had with a twist-off cap. It might be something I'd give my typical lager drinking friends to try if wanting to introduce them to the world of ales. Yet, at the same time, it's delicious for me and possesses some subtle complexities to keep me interested and drinking more.

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Photo of warmdog
4.73/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

okay, first of all, i would like to commend Diablo for some superb reviews of Australian beers, though i would differ on his review for Mountain Goat Hightail!

Indeed, Coopers Sparkling is one of the best standard beers on the market, it's great to see a 6 pack on special for $13.00! The alcohol content can hit you quick sometimes, though who cares! This beer is my standard and you'll usually find one when opening my fridge on any evening!

Dont be put off by other reviews, if you're travelling to Australia, stay away from Carlton, VB, Tooheys etc! This beer is what Australia is all about! Class

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Photo of Tadloco
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of skipabeat
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer caught my eye based on its label - seemed to have a classic "old fashioned look". Unfortunately I did not read the back of the bottle which talks about the sediment and I emptied the contents in to a glass far too quickly - mixing the sediment throughout.

This beer is very "hoppy", which is a person favourite of mine. Upon first glance in the glass, there doesn't appear to be much going on - rather flat looking. However, it is not flat at all. It has a good bite on the tongue.

There is a definite after taste of malt on the back of the tongue that lingers.

Although I would buy again, this will not be a regular buy for me.

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Photo of otakuden
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of vitalnj
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Six-pack x 12.7 fl. Oz. picked upon sale at Bottle King. Pours clear dark yellow/orange cloudy gold color with 3 finger solid head. Smell was pale, malts and minor hint of yeast. Very floral and grassy. Good carbonation and perfect balance of alcohol. I would buy this again and again.

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Photo of kendi18
4.7/5  rDev +32.4%
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 rbettis
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of ConMac
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really nice refreshing "sparkling" ale. The sparkling element seems to be the higher level of carbonation, which isn't really what makes or breaks the beer overall. It's got a good taste, some citrus notes and is good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of se7enchurches
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lydia and I were eating at Outback Steakhouse and saw they were advertising some new australian beers they had, this one included. We decided it looked the most interesting, and ordered it, old to be told by the waitress that "that one is NASTY!"

Upon observing the majority of the beers outback has to offer, we decided to stand by our choice, and were pleased to discover a nice, cloudy, belgian-feeling ale.

This beer is bottle fermented and has a ton of sediment in it as a result, so you might want to invert it before drinking it (a process we had to explain to the Outback staff). It pours nicely afterward, with a nice foamy head and a cloudy appearance. The taste was very even, and somewhat sweet (like a belgian).

Next time anyone one here who likes belgian style ales is in an Outback, please order this so that they keep carrying it. It's a good beer, and really stood out on a list that otherwise has Newcastle as its most interesting member.

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Photo of supperhater
4.67/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Cooper's Sparkling Ale, though I must admit the first few times I drank it I didn't like it much at all! I was ignorant to the fact that the sediment in the bottle needs to be mixed through the beer to get the full taste. I also found that it tastes quite a lot better out of a glass, while Coopers Pale Ale can be enjoyed thoroughly in a glass OR straight out of the bottle.

I would strongly recommend holding the bottle upside down for about 10 seconds, until you see that all of the yeast sediment has passed from the bottom right up to the neck of the bottle. Then leave it to stand another 10 seconds before opening. I tried this once without the sediment and it was fairly underwhelming and tasted average. I'm not a beer connoisseur by any means, but I've tried a few other ales with good reputations and while I've enjoyed some of them greatly, I always come back to Coopers Sparkling Ale. Mind you I drank many of these before I began to really appreciate the uniqueness and fantastic taste.

I'm not saying this is the best beer in the world, of course... but from what I've tried, this is my personal favourite. I'd also recommend Little Creatures Pale Ale and of course Coopers Pale Ale to people looking for a decent Australian beer.

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Photo of gazeboar
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of tommccabe
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours well with small head. Smells good. Good end of week beer. First beer goes down well, but subsequent beers go down smooth. Great start to a good night. My favorite beer at Outback Steakhouse - good compliment to steak. Sediment at bottom of bottle.

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Photo of TDaneau
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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