Sparkling Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited
Australia
coopers.com.au

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Little has changed since Thomas Cooper brewed his first batch of Sparkling Ale in 1862. It's still naturally conditioned in the bottle with our unique strain of Coopers yeast. To enjoy the complete Sparkling experience, roll the bottle to mix in the yeast sediment before pouring. No additives. No preservatives.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,557
Reviews:
393
Ratings:
658
pDev:
15.08%
 
 
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23
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Ratings: 658 |  Reviews: 393
Photo of jamesroses
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle

Cloudy orange, lots of sediment and particles floating. Small head and medium carbonation.

Smells weird for a Pale Ale. A lot lemony/lime -7up/sprite alike-, some yeast that reminds the belgian, and a sweet malty/caramel background.

Taste follows the nose, caramel is more obvious in this one than in the Original Pale Ale. Lemon/lime notes and some 'belgian' alike yeast.

Mouthfeel is somewhat odd. Crisp carbonation and a bit of a spicy finish.

Good to try it, but wouldn't choosevit over other options.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RichardLeahy
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L. From 375 ml bottle. Appears appropriate. S. Some grassy notes. Not a lot. I have a limited sense of smell. T. Grassy and grainy. Dry finish. F. As it says, sparkling but not frothy. Reasonably full mouthfeel and very drinkable. O. A unique and distinctive beer and part of Australia's beer heritage. Hard to think of a comparison. Drink it now before it disappears.

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Photo of Ceddd99
4.39/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I find this a bit over carbonated, other than that a great ale.

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Photo of gardner254
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of npfreeman
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12.7 oz (376 ml) into a conical pint glass; best after July 16, 2017.
A: Pours a hazy, golden-brown color with a one half inch off white head, little retention or lacing. Of note, small yeast particles abound and an almost Brownian motion is evident due to their interaction with the strong effervescence.
S: Floral. Aromas of honeysuckle, caramel, citrus, and cocoa are most evident. Maybe a little grassy.
T: Semisweet. Flavors of caramel, sweet bread, melon, and citrus (orange) were most striking. Just enough light bitterness to give it a crisp, clean finish despite the sweetness.
M: Light bodied with a very strong effervescence. Playful on the palate like a well made sparkling wine.
O: This was an unusual and very enjoyable Pale Ale. The light body, low bitterness, and full, playful carbonation combined for a really refreshing treat. Would absolutely have this again; a great find for summer.

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Photo of marcrech
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin white head that dissipates to tiny patches, slight lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet biscuit malt, light lemon citrus and light grassy hops. Flavor is deep biscuit malt, hints of citrus and moderate grassy hops with a slightly astringent hop bitterness in the finish, but nice residual malt. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation, despite the lack of a persistant head. Nice malt depth and appropriate grassy hops for the style, but the hops are somewhat harsh and leave an odd stale bitterness in the finish. The malt rescues this from the hops, and this would be a robust choice for a hot Australian afternoon and more interesting than bland lagers. OK, but not inspiring. After reviewing this, I glanced through the other reviews and was struck by the odd fact that reviewers alternately give the color as medium orange (close to the medium copper I gave it) or else pale yellow or straw. That's just weird. At least one "pale straw" review mentions "sparkling" which seems to indicate it's the right beer. Could there be that much color variation or an high rate of misidentification while reviewing? Strange.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of j0ono0
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drunk cool from the fridge, this beer combines a good balance of bitterness and bubbles to make it an outstanding feature beer suited to South Australia's hot dry summer climate. The afore mentioned characteristics balance the full flavours making it a tempting beer for 'sessioning' but its high alcohol content can catch thirsty imbibers out easily.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OKbrew89
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a strange one. Well carbonated ultra-pale straw color with a one finger head that doesn't leave lacing. Nose is earth hops, mineral water, and pale malt. Taste is a unique combo of pale malt, english hops, a barely noticeable esther, and something oddly mineral-infused. Light body and medium carbonation.
It fits the definition of an "Australian Sparkling Lager" to a T. There's a lot going on, including some things that no other beer does. The mineral note is still throwing me through a loop.

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Photo of dandy14
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mehhh
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consistent in taste. Strong tasting beer. Fair price.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

The beer is a nice golden color with a nice white head that didn't last long. It has nice carbonation moving up the glass. Not much to the aroma other than a sweet malt smell. The beer tastes similar to the smell with hint a lemon and a lot of carbonation.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured from a 750ml bottle. Highly carbonated and a large head that dissipates quickly.
Smell - some booze, a bit of hops, and lemon.
Taste - lemon with a nice biscuit malt flavor that lingers. Finishes with a slightly boozy taste.
Feel - light- to medium-bodied. Fairly refreshing but still packing a bit of a punch.
Overall - giving this beer the benefit of the doubt on the overall score. Nothing amazing, but certainly not bad. A nice refreshing beer that I can easily drink a couple of over the course of a long night.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shanex
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhantomBeer
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I recently tried my first Coopers Sparkling Ale in a 750ml Long-neck bottle. The sediment in the bottle gives it a natural look which I like. This is a full bodied beer that has a great taste, much better than VB or Tooheys etc.

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Photo of uuoo33
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Macamah
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nrod
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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