Sparkling Ale
Coopers Brewery Limited

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From:
Coopers Brewery Limited
 
Australia
Style:
Cream Ale
Ranked #133
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
81
Ranked #26,782
Avg:
3.58 | pDev: 15.08%
Ratings:
679
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 28, 2022
Added:
Mar 23, 2002
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  75
SCORE
81
Good
Sparkling AleSparkling Ale
Notes: 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.
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3.67 by travelguy from Ohio on Mar 28, 2022
 
3.69 by scootercrabb from Illinois on Feb 13, 2022
 
3.52 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Jan 19, 2022
 
Photo of elnachooo
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by elnachooo from Spain

De color dorado, con una fina espuma de corta retención. De cuerpo y carbonatación media. Aroma a malta y cereales. En boca es menos dulce que su aroma, y matiza con un leve amargor.

Oct 14, 2021
 
3.8 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Apr 26, 2021
Photo of Bretto2011
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Bretto2011 from Australia

Skull it straight from the bottle preferably a long neck doesn't get any better

Feb 22, 2021
Photo of 5cottie
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by 5cottie from Canada (BC)

OK so it bottle fermented so has a sediment but in my humble opinion disregard the label advise that is can be drunk with or without the sediment. Unlike a Weissbier the sediment can be a bit gritty and should be avoided. Pour it slowly and AVOID the sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Then it’s a great brew. Serve cold IMO it goes down well, smells like a lager should, subtle but more beer than bubbles. Taste is good and the slight after taste is good to. Definitely enough to have you reaching for the next one or six.

Feb 15, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by BubbleBobble from New York

Nice lively pour from the bottle, activated head that dissipates champagne-like to a thin ring, no retention. Dark orange, light brown, moderate haziness. Nose is brown bread, roasted malts, lemon/hay, not much in the way of hops. Palate is light and pleasant, slight malt sweetness, back note of bitterness on the finish. Carbonation is stellar - sharp and crisp, everything I'd want from a sessionable beer. An extremely welcome surprise.

Nov 29, 2020
 
2.97 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Nov 24, 2020
 
3.79 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Sep 20, 2020
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4.7/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by pisstank from Australia

A really nice drop after a long days work. I won't go into any explicit details because these have been described countless times. Suffice to say it's a great beer, and outdoes all the 'trendy' beers by a mile.

Give it a shot.

Sep 15, 2020
 
3.75 by eldoctorador from Chile on Aug 05, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Very cloudy orange. A tiny white head that immediately dissipates.

Smell: Oranges, tart apples, and a strong yeast.

Taste: Yeasty sweet malt with an orange peel back, moving into biscuity. Very low hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin and extremely carbonated.

Overall: A fantastic, unique ale.

Jun 14, 2020
 
3.25 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey on May 16, 2020
 
2.98 by smi69 from New York on Apr 19, 2020
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3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by JonnoWillsteed from England

Caution: It's Bottle Conditioned!
L- ... which I wasn't expecting from an Australian beer! So poured with a 3mm white head, finishing with a couple of drops of sediment on top. It now resembles a Long Island Iced Tea, but that's my oversight. The lable (I read now) states you can enjoy it poured clear or hazy, the latter akin to a German Hefeweissen.
S- Quite lively, fresh, almost notes of apple.
T- Bright, slightly piquant, into a mildly malty middle and lightly hopped finish.
F- I'm serving this chilled and it's refreshing = ^Bright+piquant+hopping. It feels lighter than 5.8% especially if well chilled. I'd have guessed about 4.8%, though as it warms a touch I'm beginning to register it more.
O- Interesting beer, and it is something a bit different. I'd suggest not chilling it too hard or you'll risk lessening the flavour. I'm glad to have reviewed it, but there is not enough of note here to warrant buying it again.
Bought from Amathus, Wardour Street, London. £2.60/375ml bottle BB: 07/02/20

Feb 12, 2020
 
3.84 by FZR23 from Romania on Aug 13, 2019
 
2.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Jul 03, 2019
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5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by andypeters1971 from Georgia

one of the best beers I've ever had and that's after having dozens and dozens of different styles from different places. There's something about this style that really suits me and it's hard to describe. It's unlike anything else

May 23, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by monkist from Hungary

Good to know that there is more in Aussland than VBs and Fosters (of course there must be loads, I just haven't had any yet...)
Now this one looks nice and smells/tastes quite interesting for an English Pale Ale like others said - has a sort of floweriness in there, maybe some slight candied fruitiness too that I can't decipher well. Unlike the American ones, this English PA is more dominated by the bitterness that in this case is well balanced the malt base.
I was looking for the spark but I found it when pouring the whole bottle along with the sediment out in the glass - that made it fizzy with carbonation even more! With this extra, it became even better than in the beginning. Recommend pouring all of it out at once!
Quite alright, made me interested in Aussie craft even more!

Feb 23, 2019
 
3.5 by mishi_d from Romania on Dec 20, 2018
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3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by jamesroses from Argentina

375ml bottle

Cloudy orange, lots of sediment and particles floating. Small head dissapears quickly livig a white film on top 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 choose it over other Pale Ales.

Nov 18, 2018
 
3.5 by warpedrevolution from Illinois on Oct 19, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RichardLeahy from Australia

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.

Sep 26, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Ceddd99 from Michigan

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

Aug 10, 2018
 
3.21 by gardner254 from Ohio on Aug 05, 2018
 
3.71 by BlueSpader from Washington on Jul 21, 2018
 
3.54 by npfreeman from England on Jul 06, 2018
 
3.5 by paulish from New York on May 08, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by VoxRationis from New York

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.

Apr 24, 2018
 
3.52 by marcrech from Brazil on Mar 10, 2018
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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by LiquidAmber from Washington

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.

Feb 04, 2018
 
3.14 by BeerAndFilm from Oregon on Jan 25, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by j0ono0 from Australia

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.

Jan 18, 2018
 
3.22 by TheCrowsEye from California on Dec 15, 2017
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3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

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.

Dec 08, 2017
 
3.33 by dandy14 from Brazil on Nov 22, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Mehhh from Australia

Consistent in taste. Strong tasting beer. Fair price.

Nov 15, 2017
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2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by the_awesometeer from California

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.

Nov 11, 2017
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