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Thomas Coopers Selection Celebration Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Thomas Coopers Selection Celebration AleThomas Coopers Selection Celebration Ale

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72
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 22.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADZA on 05-21-2012)
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Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
3.1/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: standard light brown bottle, stylish Thomas Cooper's Selection label, same as the home brew packs.

Appearance: mid-golden in colour with a limited amount of Coopers-style floaties. Head is disappointingly thin, and disappears almost immediately.

Aroma: touch of basic grains, some grassy hops and Coopers yeast.

Taste: the taste follows from the aroma, without much in the way of 'special'. Just tastes like an average amber ale.

Aftertaste: the yeast esters and hops linger, making for a more interesting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium-to-higher carbonation. Seems more like a slightly dark lager.

Overall: a disappointing "celebration" beer. Tastes like a quasi lager / ale hybrid. Seems like the Coopers brewers left it too late and made a half-way effort on this one. Don't get me wrong, it is drinkable, but not worthy of a 150th birthday.

SmashPants, Sep 11, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a large, fading head.
Aroma seems pretty Coopers-esque, with bready, grainy malt and faint banana notes from the yeast. Perhaps a bit of nutty and toasty malt redeems it.
Pretty much the same in terms of flavours. Coopers yeast, grainy malt. Again, the addition of nutty notes seems to be the only thing to differentiate this from the standard sparkling ale.

CrazyDavros, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
1.5/5  rDev -48.3%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 08, 2014
Photo of foles
2.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery red colour with some dusty yeast hanging nicely in suspension. Basically no head which is disappointing. Very little aroma, except a bit of coopers yeast. Yeast and dark crystal on the palate, maybe a touch of hops but such a small amount its barely noticable.

Average beer, but drinkable. Not really worth the special release in my opinion.

foles, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
2.15/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Drank from my Gulden Draak Tulip

A - Pours a murky Orange / Brown colour with a large bubbled off White head that reduces quickly.

S - A few hops and grains but nothing amazing.

T - Up front some aniseed type flavours followed by a little malt and hop. The finish is a little dry.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A very uninspiring drop. Avoid.

eric5bellies, May 28, 2012
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev +3.4%

pin, May 29, 2012
Photo of drtth
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

drtth, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Aussie69
1.85/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

American Pale Ale? Don't make me laugh, tastes sort of like the Sparkling Ale gone bad (like a dodgy coopers home brew Sparkling Ale and IPA poured together...yuk) and nothing like any APA I've ever had.

I'd go on further but its not a perminant fixture in their line up so I wont bother, just avoid guys and try if you must to confirm what everyone else is saying.

Shame on you Coopers, first the Coopers 62 Pilsner (UTTER CRAP) and now this, slowly losing faith here...Oh thank god a bottle of Coopers Extra Stout, there is still hope.

Aussie69, Jul 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +37.9%

Hyperionecta, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a billowy head that fades slowly to good lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, spice, bit of grain and nuttiness.

T: Taste of roasted malt, caramel, with some nut and grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: fairly light body, smooth but a bit bland.

O: Decent drinker, but I was hoping for something a bit more robust being a celebration ale.

soju6, May 30, 2013
Photo of Mendicant
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Mendicant, Jun 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

magpieken, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of djbx
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

djbx, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of mungus
3/5  rDev +3.4%

mungus, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of MenInVen
2/5  rDev -31%

MenInVen, Jun 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

CaptainHungry, Sep 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev +3.4%

hopnerd, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy and dull, with a fizzing bubbly head with minimal retention.

S - Light malt, grain, brown bread, wiff of yeast.

T - Lightly grassy hops, metal, booze and caramelised pear.

M - High carbonation, thin body.

O - Another disappointing product from these guys.

dansmcd, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of doktorhops
2.85/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ever wished you could celebrate good times (come on!) like Kool & the Gang... only with beer? Well wily old (and presumably long gone) Thomas Cooper has the answer: Thomas Coopers Selection Celebration Ale. Good beer crafted for good times , and Coopers rarely misses a beat as the best macro-brewer in Australia, you heard me; best. So let's all pray to our various Gods (7million of them if you're a Hindi) that this ale will not disappoint.

Poured from a 355ml bottle (how unlike Coopers to drop their regular 375ml stubbie size) into a nonic pint.

A: Murky amber body, reminiscent of Australian river water, with a beige 5cm head. Looks are not appealing, lets hope they are deceiving.

S: Floral hops aroma with a solid biscuit malt base and that classic dry Coopers yeast - which gives off a musty smell. Nowhere near as hoppy as an APA, we're talking more EPA territory with an American flourish.

T: Tastes like a Frankenstein mixture of a light APA and Coopers Pale Ale; slight sweetness from the biscuit malt leads to a floral/earthy hop mid-palate and finishes more dry than bitter. It's a weak APA with an Aussie spin at best. At worst it is the most uninspiring ale Coopers have released next to their Mild Ale (only slightly more flavoursome).

M: Typically Coopers in this department; mid to light body with an almost aggressive fizz. No surprises that the yeast used in this is the standard Coopers yeast that gives all their beers similar mouthfeel characteristics. Ultimately for me this is the biggest disappointment I have with Coopers beers - I prefer the flatter English style mouthfeel.

D: Personally I think this isn't as bad as everyone else is making it out to be. Sure it's slightly more pricey than the other Coopers, and sure to celebrate Coopers 150th birthday it is a little uninspired, but it's still an OK drop. Not nearly as good as the vintage however. To me it sort of slots into its own niche in the Coopers family. Overall it's as drinkable as any other Coopers, if you can get past that classic Coopers aggressive carbonation without hiccuping.

Food match: Steak and chips with a peppercorn gravy.

doktorhops, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of ADZA
1.78/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This is a hard brew to catergorize but it is an ale that uses nelson sauvin hops,centennial and pride of ringwood for bittering and says its a hoppy ale and pours a murky copper hue which leaves a two finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is not good its bitter herbal hops,grains and pale malts,the mouthfeel is light bodied and very similar to their pale ale and on taste it really does remind me of their standard green labeled pale ale with tastes of light toffee,bitter herbal grassy hops and is finished with a mix of the typical Coopers yeasty back taste and Pride of Ringwood typical grassy bitterness and overall what a let down i mean i wasnt expecting anything really flash but after hearing the list of hops i had hope for something better than a cross of their pale ale and a VB and i really think their use of POR hops for bittering and their usual strain of yeast had big influences in letting this beer down i definately will not buy again cheers.

ADZA, May 21, 2012
Photo of drpimento
2.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad beer, but nothing special. It's one of the smoother, more easy drinking of the Coopers line. Aroma is of tree bark and malt. Flavor picks up a little of the malt, hops are there, but not in a big way. I really have a hard time seeing this as any kind of a hoppy beer. Unless you compare it to beers that don't have any hops in them at all. Body/carbonation are ok. Finish is a bit long on the bittersweet side. Otherwise - meh.

drpimento, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of heygeebee
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From BWS. No best after that I could find... Unusual for Coopers.

Pours a darkish bronze. One finger head fades to a thick film with good lace. So far so good.

Aromas are slap bang Coopers Yeast, hint of pear. Not as lifted as Pale.

Taste is a let down as others have noted. More metallic up front, more PoR? Bitterness is harsh and not integrated, after half a bottle is is too much.

Mouthfeel zesty and light.

Overall, I am torn. It is 100% Coopers. It is not a bad beer, but by default not as good as Pale or Sparkling. Indeed, it is higher ABV than Pale but with less going on. Doubt I will buy again.

heygeebee, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +37.9%

Jamestregenza, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +46.6%

Stuckey_Stuckey, Aug 09, 2014
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Thomas Coopers Selection Celebration Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
72 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.