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Coopers Sparkling Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

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559 Ratings

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 14
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002)
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Photo of Viggo
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold, some particles floating around, small white head forms but goes fast, no lace. Smell is caramel, some honey, citrus, maybe some peach. Taste is sweet, some skunkiness, citrus, slightly fruity in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Kind of weak, I thought the carbonation was overdone, although I'd try it again.

Viggo, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy apricot colour with a thin wisp of white head. Musty peach aroma, slightly vegetal, but fairly mild. Light sweetness backed by some herbal hoppiness. Lightish body, moderate carbonation. Seemed quite average, nothing really wrong but nothing really great.

DrJay, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

rolltide8425, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

tobelerone, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The departs the 12.7-ounce brown bottle a slightly cloudy golden-orange color with a smallish off white frothy head that fades quickly, leaving a thin sheet of lace to cover the glass. Nose is malt, fresh and clean to the senses, start is lightly sweet, light to moderate grain presence, top is middling in feel. Finish has a biting acidity, with the hops adequate, dry aftertaste, a nice refreshing beer.

Gusler, May 30, 2006
Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden blond color with sediment from bottle conditioning and a thick one-finger head. Aroma is bready/biscuity and only mildly fruity. Taste is fruity upfront with a nice breadiness in the aftertaste. I think I can detect esters, which also give it a bit of a banana flavor. Smooth. Inoffensive. Seems to go down ok. Nothing impressive though.

Brad007, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this has become one of my staples when available here in Sydney...this tap is reviewed from the Brooklyn Hotel, near Circular Quay in Sydney

appearance: very yeasty and full of sediment...a glossy clear copper colour, frothy beige head

smell: mild floral notes, light citrus, corn-honey

taste: pretty tasty...sweet honey-citrus, herbal traces, mildly bready...a nice easy driking australian ale

mouthfeel: medium-light

drinkability: easy street

dirtylou, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says best after 18 June 2009, which was over a year ago; who knows what the best-before date might have been.

Appearance: pale golden-orange hue with a fair bit of haze. There also seem to be some tiny floaties in the body. Head poured two fingers of frothy white foam but dissipated rapidly to a thin layer. Overall, good, but a little weird with those floaties.

Smell: quite mild, slightly sweet malt with some floral hop character. Low-intensity, but good.

Taste: malty at the beginning, then a solid, moderate bitterness takes over with those floral hops again. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very enjoyable level of carbonation. Probably my favorite part of this beer.

Drinkability: distinctly drinkable. It might be a hair too sweet, however, to quaff a lot of 'em. I'd definitely have this again, though.

flagmantho, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many times in the past, now I get to review it.

The bottle has a best after date. Sept 1, 2009.

I've always loved the name of the brew as compared to what it looks like when you pour it in a glass. Sparkling? It's a cloudy orange yellow. Small head of foam with some good lacing.

I note some citrus and a strongish smell of malt. Just like I remember.

Taste wise, it brings the lemony citrus hops and brings a solid malt background though it's not as sweet as in the smell. Could be a good thing. Also has some fruity tones I can't stick solely on the lemon I'm tasting. A nice plus.

A nice medium or at least close to medium body with a little less carbonation than a few of their other offerings...definitely an improvement in the mouth feel department.

Finally, I could drink copious quantities of this sparkling ale. Lots of good flavours and not a high price tag when it comes to the abv. Just generally, very enjoyable.

Bitterbill, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev -16.2%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of avalon07
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color, with an opaque, sediment-rich consistency.

There was a slightly skunky smell about this one. It was malty, but there was something unpleasant about it.

The taste was heavy on malt, but not much else. It just wasn't complex enough to keep my interest.

The mouthfeel was okay, though it could've used a bit more carbonation.

Overall, this is not my sort of beer. It's not necessarily a bad beer, but it's just not that great either.

avalon07, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12.7? oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a small head. Smell is of malts and hops. Taste like it smells, good balance of hops and malts, some hints of fruit. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

tone77, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a pale yellow colour with a decent size fizzy and foamy white head. I can see lots of carbonation and the beer is hazy. There appears to be some average lacing and the head has lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - The beer has a very pleasing grassy and hoppy smell. Also some apple scent and some citrus zest.

Taste & Mouth - There is a lot of carbonation going on here, almost like a champagne. It has a lemony bitter taste mixed with some hops. The beer finishes on a bitter hoppy notes but it is not overpowering. It is a very refreshing taste.

Drink I'm happy I gave this beer a try. A nice refreshing beer due to the carbonation and lemon flavours. I'd purchase it again.

spinrsx, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful golden, somewhat cloudy, semi-transparent, with a nice thick white head. Aroma is strong and pleasantly malty, not complex but appealing. The flavor is rich and malty, with an undertone of citrus and hints of hops, almost no bitterness. A very smooth and refreshing ale.

Cyberkedi, Nov 17, 2007
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

WOLFGANG, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep straw colour with a thick, marshmallow head. Good head retention dissipating to a half centimeter. Good lacing.

Fairly sweet with fruity apple and pear notes. Herbal hop aromas are also present. A pleasant, enticing nose.

A nicely balanced pale ale with malt sweetness teaming with fruity yeast esters and a light bitterness. A light tartness refreshes the palate to help make this an easy drinking beer.

A medium body and average carbonation make for a crisp, refreshing beer.

Tasty, refreshing and crisp. This is an easy quaffer with great drinkability.

dgilks, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of RoyalT
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice, hazy orange in color with a pretty good head. It didn’t froth up much but it lasted for quite a while. I also noticed some flotsam and jetsam floating around in there.

Smell – This is interesting. There’s a light, sweet malt aroma here to go along with the grain, but the big news is all of the fruits. I can especially pick up green apples.

Taste – This isn’t bad. There’s a bit of a hoppy grapefruit compliment here and the malt balance picks things up a notch.

Mouthfeel – Well carbonated and crisp. This medium-bodied Pale Ale is chewy in the mouth.

Drinkability – It’s a little off the beaten path, but I enjoyed it.

RoyalT, Feb 20, 2004
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 tbeckett
3/5  rDev -16.2%

tbeckett, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle dated 10 JUN 09-14:26. Sampled on May 20, 2010. There is something incedibly refreshing about this beer from start to finish. I drank it cold when the temperature was 84 degrees outside. The pour was a pale yellow but also quite cloudy with a long lasting good sized head. There is a vague sensation of malts in the aroma but otherwise it tends to speak to me in fruity tones.The taste has a biting sharpness to it but speckled with citrus and muted hopped notes. Overall a nice beer.

puboflyons, May 20, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold colour with billowing haze throughout and a marshmallowy head that sits atop it like cappuccino froth, thick and foamy and dense. Slow bead runs up through the haze. Looks nice.

Nose has a quite thick POW smell with a light sweetness, hints of honey and treacle and maybe a slightly insipid apple juice character. Smell is decent, but not great, a little too Pride of Ringworm for me.

Taste is quite muddy, with malt being conspicuously absent from the flavours. A slight grain character but mostly a long, bitter POR flavour that leaves quite an alkaline hang with a very mild spice as well. Perhaps a hint of pepper without the spice - just the flavour. Very gritty, yeasty flavour, although without that bread yeast character so it's tolerable. Quite clean for most of the palate but finish is a bit dirty.

Mouthfeel is a bit flat, but feels slick. Unusual, really, given the sediment and the carbonation, but it goes down pretty smoothly.

Overall it does suffer from the hop usage, but it tastes very natural with an organic bitterness, and a distinct lack of adjunct sweetness. Fairly smooth and drinkable, if not delectable.

laituegonflable, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of francisweizen
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

francisweizen, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of mrfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

mrfrancis, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Readily identifiable 12.7 fluid ounce brown glass bottle that has a slight hourglass figure and the words ‘Coopers’ embossed on the shoulder in four places. Black and white main label has a generic design but the Sparkling Ale is accentuated with a red border, as is the neck label, and a red color coded twist off crown cap. Best Before 10.02.07 is inkjet stenciled on the bottle neck. No strength listed.

Appearance: Clear but pale straw colored body on the initial pour, it is punctuated with a continual rising torrent of racing streamers. Nice looking white cap head retains a finger thick carpet presence throughout. Solid lacing and a decent presentation. Final top-up introduces the bottle-conditioned sediment and radically alters the look to that of a Hefeweizen.

Nose: Crisp and fresh lightly roasted malts with a hint of toasty barley. The final top-up pour brings some zesty lemon rind and brewers yeast along with the sediment. Very nice.

Taste: Mmmmm, this is incredibly good, I am astounded, the name alone “Sparkling Ale” still fills me with dread from when this would have referred to my filtered and pasteurized keg beer days back in the UK. But this is nothing of the sort; it is a lovely crisp tasty fresh brew that benefits from its natural bottle conditioning. Tasty tangy lemon citric entrance and crisp clean malts fill the middle. The sediment adds a yeasty dimension which alters the brews lightly and adds some excitement and a nice twist to this one. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Mouthfeel: Has a grainy feel at first, but it evens out and eventually delivers a notably carbonated body that is nevertheless very smooth in texture. Citric twangs when clear, yeasty traits with the sediment present.

Drinkability: I really could go for a Six-Pack of this tonight whilst enjoying the Cricket live from England. Deliciously refreshing and very, very drinkable.

Overall: ‘Australian Made • Australian Owned’ so says the label, I really hope it stays that way despite recent rumors. This is a very nice brew indeed, don’t let the “Sparkling” moniker put you off, this is a bottle-conditioned brew. The perfect brew to help me start a very late night and early morning listening to the 1st Day of the 5th and Final Test from the Oval on the BBC World Service. Raising this brew to Richie Benaud………..oh and Go Poms!!!

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 08, 2005
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