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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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Coopers Brewery Limited
Australia | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ADZA on 05-21-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 30
Reviews by dgilks:
Photo of dgilks
3.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy in the typical Coopers style. Red colour. Small, off-white head. Poor head retention.

This is definitely a Coopers beer. Lots of hard fruit on the nose. Touches of anise. A little earthiness and quite sweet.

Sweet malt worth some fruity hops. Reminiscent of Sparkling Ale with a touch of tropical fruit. The hops are very restrained but add a little more fruitiness than is normal in these beers.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Very fizzy.

This is nowhere near as bad as others are suggesting. Sure, it isn't going to win any major awards but as a slightly fruity, red version of Sparkling Ale, it is a solid beer.

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Photo of drpimento
2.79/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Simesta
3.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
1.5/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of foles
2.97/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.16/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of drtth
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Aussie69
1.89/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +39.9%

Photo of soju6
3.36/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of Mendicant
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of djbx
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mungus
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of MenInVen
2/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of CaptainHungry
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of hopnerd
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of dansmcd
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.84/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
1.81/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.12/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Thomas Coopers Selection Celebration Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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