Sparkling Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

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Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited

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.

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Photo of monkist
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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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 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.

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

From a 12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a lacing of bubbles. Smells of lemon with a hint of malt. Light body with a touch of carbonation. Lemon flavor dominates with some spice and hops in the background. This seems like a great summer beer (well, it's summer in Australia anyway).

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Becker is a hazy orange body with a slight white cap that dissipates to nothing. Floaties are abundant. I'll be more careful with the pour next time, but I can't imagine they affect the taste, maybe the texture, I doubt it. We'll see.
Lemon citrus aromas dominate, but there is a hint of cracker malt.
Flavor is actually sparkling. It's not due to carbonation, which is there, but rather to the lemon and spices. But a nice mix of bitter hops and sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is medium, leaning light, with a clean finish.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From Saveur-Biere. In Teku glass. Lightly fruity, with a sparkling feeling that seems to come from a spicy profile more than from carbonation. Highly drinkable and refreshing, with some taste and a pleasant nose

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

Hazy yellow straw colour. Thin but lasting head.
Fruity malt aroma with added honey.
Muted flavour but nevertheless quite complex. Some malt, caramel and grassy hops with added spice.
Highly carbonated from a bottle conditioned beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Found notes from my 2009 trip to Australia. This is one of the few Aussie beers you can get in the US regularly, and it’s a staple. Very bubbly, crisp feel. Refreshing.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 375ml bottle into tall pilsner glass.

L) Pale yellow colour, very hazy, lots of clumps of yeast floating around. Very fluffy pure white head.

S) Actually - not that much. Sweetish malt.

T) Very malty, hint only of bitterness. A bit of toffee sweetness. A bit of sourness. Nothing outstanding, but it is all balance.

F) Smooth, easy drinking. Low carbonation and no skanky aftertastes.

O) Not as sophisticated as it looks, but a decent refreshing drink, can't go wrong for £1.50.

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Photo of ordybill
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a cloudy orange color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is malt and a lot fruit. An outstanding beer

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Photo of seedyone
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle at home. Best after (?) date 07/09/14. Pours a very hazy brownish gold. Swamp water is the 1st thing that comes to mind. Zero head & no retaining lacing.

The aroma is where the fun begins. Very spicy. Very malty. Almost a tupelo honey sweetness in the smell. The body is very good and overall this is an ale in every sense of the word.

The label warns of sediment which explains the haziness since I had it lying on its side in the fridge. It might not be beautiful but neither am I.

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Photo of Spike
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy, orange-gold. Thin white head. It's a sparkling ale so plenty of carbonation visible. Chose to leave sediment in the bottle.

S: Not much evident by way of smell. Some off-citrus hop.

T: Good level of bitterness. Malts are very light. Grassy hops are more prominent but far from confrontational.

F: Light/medium body. Some carbonation spritz which is very pleasant. A little tart. Quite refreshing.

O: Pleasant enough, but not exceptional.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BAD 1/26/14. Pours a hazy amber. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice light fruit (pear, lemon, apple) notes coupled with yeast over biscuit.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that has creamy notes. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent burst from the middle on and a nice prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is reasonably intense, complex and very well balanced. It begins with a blend of fruit flavor that flows into a mild herbal bitterness in the middle. As the bitterness begins to fade, biscuit rises to balance along with a distinct plum flavor. The finish is a bit crisp and rather clean. A light herbal hop flavored bitterness lingers.

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Photo of Shemmy
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Because of the mid range price point in S.E. Asia, this is one of my favorite old standbys. Sometimes think I get a fresher bottle or something, because there are times when it seems to taste damn near stellar. I hope someday Thailand catches on to the importance of refridgeration for most beers but until then we have to take our chances here with most beer we fork out plenty for because of the high taxation on import alcohol.

But all that is offtopic and my point is, this is a beer well worth trying if you haven't before. If you want something run of the mill to drink but still pretty nice and want to save a little bit, perhaps for a weekend craft beer splash out, then this beer is your man. All that despite it being a bit too gassy, at least for my tastes.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured unclear copper color with a thin white head. Minerally, earthy notes, mild fruitiness in aroma. Flavor has yeast, red berries, earthy notes. Lots of sediment. Belgian yeasty notes in finish.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into pint glass, best after 4/21/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep golden color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, apple, pear, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, apple, pear, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English pale ale style. All around great robustness and balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into schooner glass. Appearance: a 1" white head drops quickly with some light lacing left behind. Color is deep golden with plenty of sediment from bottle conditioning. Lots of streaming carbonation. Aroma: floral and some citrus hops are dominate, with some biscuit and cracker. Mouthfeel: fluffy and frothy with a mostly wet finish. Flavor: toffee, butterscotch, caramel, biscuit, with plenty of hop balance in the background. Overall: very well done. Enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

look - golden color, a little hazy from the sediment, phenomenal head retention and lacing

smell - molasses is prominent

taste - bitter and malty, but not so pleasant, kind of tastes old

feel - highly carbonated, easy drinker

overall - not impressed with the flavor

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