Coopers Sparkling Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Photo of putnam
4.87/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of this beer is nothing short of "viscous." There is a sense on the nose of dense, boiled bananas and tropical green growth. Dried mint leaf aromas fold into elements of mustard greens and chamomile. Quite exquisite really. (this bottle was picked up at an Ontario beer store by the way) And then there is the experience of submitting one's mouth to the liquid.
Strident lines of gas slash deep grooves onto my tongue. There is vigorous, powerful atmospheric pressure in this bottle. What a perfect complement to the banana/clove aromatics and thick texture. It remains dry with powdered pencil dust resins on the finish. Efficient. Powerful. Impeccable quality.

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Photo of faroutadventure
4.82/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really pours nice. Champagne in appearance. Bubbling like crazy off the bottom.

A - Pours thick and cloudy (inverted before opening) golden orange. Tons of carbonation, looks/behaves like champagne almost.

S - One word - Citrus,bready, yeasty notes .Inviting to drink.

T - Again citrus with a hoppy finish. Slight chalky after effects. Dry on the pallete

M - Hearty and 'sparkling'...

D - You will want more than one!

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.8/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pedigree of a beer is, in my opinion, almost as important as the beer's actual taste. Speaking from the experience of drinking mostly Australian beers, one will probably find that the run-of-the-mill Aussie pleb beers will have many slamming reviews on this site. See VB, MB, Tooheys New, Reschs Real and Tooheys Red for examples. All of these beers taste the same (all being "adjunct lagers", all taste far better on tap save the last two which are not available on tap).

Anyone that enjoys a good beer will soon discover that it's not necessarily the breweries that sell large quantities of beer that are the best, rather the family-owned ones with decades of good reputation. New beers come on the market all the time, and it is usually those produced by reputable brewers (or those produced with the aid of millions of dollars' worth of marketing aids) that survive.

Cooper's is arguably drunk by the most loyal drinkers in Australia (possibly followed by Matilda Bay drinkers). This may be due to the Aussie battler spirit sticking up for the family-owned breweries which the big brewers are always trying to extinguish, but it is even more due to the fact that their beers are reliably great, and the fact that every beer is subtly different in flavour and texture. Anyone that knows anything about beer in Australia drinks Cooper's. The remainder drink VB or Carlton Draught because they're cheaper. Cooper's Sparkling is an excellent beer by an excellent brewery.

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Photo of diablo14
4.77/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

theres not too many coopers beers i dont like, and this, for me, is truly one of the worlds greats. i sometimes take it for granted because i can get this anywhere, but every so often i am reminded of its greatness.

sometimes i will try to pour this minus the sediment, depending on my mood. there is a noticable difference with and without, but the beer is certainly more robust when the floaties are in it.

the classic golden color and white fluffy head scream drink me, and that blast of bananas and citrus when i put it to my nose are always a winner. the bubble action gives it an intense mouthfeel, just the right level of maltiness and the use of pride of ringwood hops gives it a typical aussie bitterness, but one that doesnt go overboard like most others.

the finish minus the sediment is very clean and crisp (and fruity too), with the yeast it has a caramelly finish that packs a bit of punch. either way, from start to finish it is a spectacularly balanced beer.

you can drink this anytime, anywhere, and goes great with food, especially spicy stuff. the slightly higher than normal AV always gives me a nice glow, no matter what the weather.

if youre not from australia i can say this is a beer best consumed fresh, and is even better on tap than it is out of the bottle. in a sea of dismal lagers and light (color wise) beers in this country (and even worldwide) this is truly a giant of a beer.

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Photo of warmdog
4.73/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

okay, first of all, i would like to commend Diablo for some superb reviews of Australian beers, though i would differ on his review for Mountain Goat Hightail!

Indeed, Coopers Sparkling is one of the best standard beers on the market, it's great to see a 6 pack on special for $13.00! The alcohol content can hit you quick sometimes, though who cares! This beer is my standard and you'll usually find one when opening my fridge on any evening!

Dont be put off by other reviews, if you're travelling to Australia, stay away from Carlton, VB, Tooheys etc! This beer is what Australia is all about! Class

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.7/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

With the name, I expected a weak soda pop type beer. I was very surprised and pleased. It has a slightly fruity aroma, and just the right amount of fruit flavor to be very tasty, yet not sweet. I liked the golden-red appearance, and the "floaters" made it more authentic. Very good, dry finish.

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Photo of kendi18
4.7/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well what can I say. I've come across this beer by accident , and I must say I'm already big fan of it. I am usually not big fan of those weed, yellowish looking ales I rather drink old plain lager, but this one was a nice suprise. The beer has very rich in flavor and you can feel the fullines in your mouth. It is sparkling as it claims, and of course you want to drink freshest as possible. And here is my only problem with it, it's hard to get even in those big liquor stores which sell beers from around the world. However when you look in right direction you can get yourself a nice setady suplly. Overall very good beer and great escape from regularity. you going to like this beer I certainly recomend this to anyone.

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Photo of supperhater
4.67/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Cooper's Sparkling Ale, though I must admit the first few times I drank it I didn't like it much at all! I was ignorant to the fact that the sediment in the bottle needs to be mixed through the beer to get the full taste. I also found that it tastes quite a lot better out of a glass, while Coopers Pale Ale can be enjoyed thoroughly in a glass OR straight out of the bottle.

I would strongly recommend holding the bottle upside down for about 10 seconds, until you see that all of the yeast sediment has passed from the bottom right up to the neck of the bottle. Then leave it to stand another 10 seconds before opening. I tried this once without the sediment and it was fairly underwhelming and tasted average. I'm not a beer connoisseur by any means, but I've tried a few other ales with good reputations and while I've enjoyed some of them greatly, I always come back to Coopers Sparkling Ale. Mind you I drank many of these before I began to really appreciate the uniqueness and fantastic taste.

I'm not saying this is the best beer in the world, of course... but from what I've tried, this is my personal favourite. I'd also recommend Little Creatures Pale Ale and of course Coopers Pale Ale to people looking for a decent Australian beer.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.57/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep gold color with a big off white head and decent lacing. A mass of tiny bubbles compete with little chunks of yeast for my attention. The bubble are more like dots than anything, really interesting looking. The aroma is of lemon, pear and orange, also a little bit of cracker-like malt. The taste is very fruity with a nice hop bitterness. Theres a minute wet cardboard flavor in the finish that doesnt take away from this beer but is definitely noticeable with every sip. The mouthfeel is creamy and somewhat thick. This beer is very drinkable, it would be great with some kind of red meat.

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Photo of SFRider
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Little head. Cloudy Golden/Orange (though could have been the light). Sediment at the bottom of the glass.
Smell: Little fruity. Wheat (like a Hef). No Hops in the smell.
Taste: Incredible. Sweet hops. Little orange flavor. Similar to a Hef. Freakin' loved this beer!
Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. I could've had a pitcher. Very smooth, kinda light but not watery. Held the carbonation perfectly. Went down easy and refreshing. I would absolutely buy and plan to drink this beer again.

Wow wow wee wow wow! I LOVED this beer from "down unda"! Makes sense I suppose - every Aussie I've met brags of their drinking ability. Their brewers ought to know what they're doing. Alright, back to the beer. Not only is it KOSHER (even has Hebrew on the side of the bottle), but I found sediment at the bottom of my glass! Some may knock a brewery for allowing a little sediment to creep into their production line. To me - I see that as a little extra flavor. And that "small batch" touch. All of my Home Brew has a little sediment at the bottom of the glass, and I know that packs a flavorful punch - as did this beer. I give this beer an A all the way! Enjoy it with a light meal or simply by itself.

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Photo of Offa
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a light, but flavourful, characterful, and somewhat complex ale that combines light refreshing qualities with solid character.

Somewhat dark gold/pale amber, a bit cloudy, it has a medium white head that steadily thins to a wispy head and ring. It leaves a tiny bit of lace.

The aroma is mostly grain, piney hops, and yeast, with hints of citrus and fruit.

The taste is light but characterful and complex with plenty of grain, citrus, hints of bubblegum and fruit (apple and pear), the latter being stronger in the finish, which is mostly strong, toasted grain with some pine. There is a noticeable hints of alcohol. Light sweetness is nicely balanced with light hoppy bitterness and a leafy-spicey bite.The body is light, crisp, and somewhat fizzy yet full.

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Photo of ordybill
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
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 jgasparine
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A gentle pour yielded a thin white head, which quickly receded to a haze layer and some nice edge lacing. The body is a slightly hazy, pale honey color, with some persistent bubble trains observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Delicate aromas of crackerlike malt and low-alpha hops combine in the nose, with even more restrained aromas of honey and a hint of wood.

T- The pale malt quickly takes second-fiddle to the "bright" hop bitterness in the mouth. Restrained grassy flavors emerge, but are then quickly overtaken by a long dry and mildly bitter finish. If my palate is not deceiving me, I am detecting low levels of wood tannins in the finish as well.

M- Light in body, well-attenuated, yet the abundant soft carbonation and dreggs create a creamy texture, and keeps this beer interesting in the mouthfeel department.

D- A very quaffable brew that is quite refreshing! I could enjoy this year-round! While this is classified as an English Pale Ale here, I am hard-pressed to judge it against Pale Ales made in the UK as this classic has almost established itself as a one-beer-style... and it is absolutley delightful!

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pale, golden color, somewhere between straw and bronze. Thick head dissipates to a thin wisp on the surface, pure white. Slightly cloudy.

Smell: Zesty citrus first, followed by a heavy, yeasty, malty nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Crisp, orange peel flavor. Bready and beautiful. Mouthfeel like a good pilsner, body of an ale. Nice.

Drinkability: I could put this one in my lineup. A good middle-of-the-night beer, for sure.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Aussie ale of the few I've drunk. I dunno if I'm corrrect on this, but some years back this was availiable in the oilcan, bottle,or should I say can conditioned, with a massive creamy head & a subtle Belgian ale fruitiness to it.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle dated 10 JUN 09-14:26. Sampled on May 20, 2010. There is something incedibly refreshing about this beer from start to finish. I drank it cold when the temperature was 84 degrees outside. The pour was a pale yellow but also quite cloudy with a long lasting good sized head. There is a vague sensation of malts in the aroma but otherwise it tends to speak to me in fruity tones.The taste has a biting sharpness to it but speckled with citrus and muted hopped notes. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of rbettis
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was looking for Sierra Nevada at Outback Steak House. They didn't have it. Tried a nut brown ale (Newcastle tried before) not my kind of beer. Saw Coopers Sparkling Ale and thought what the heck never tried a Autralian ale. Made a good decision. I like the extra carbonation on my tongue.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoy this beer when ever I'm at Outback. This is my goto beer when eating there. The Sparkling Ale is rolled in the bartenders hands before pouring to shake up the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. As the beer is poured it had a really nice golden color to it with a strong looking white head. The yeast is visible has the carbonation tosses it around. The smell of the beer is mostly grainy, nothing overly special there but it is pleasant. The taste of the beer is slightly sweet and has a nice malt character to it. The mouthfeel is about medium, It can fill you up with a good meal for sure. Overall I love the preperation of the beer and the the look of it. It's one of my favorites from Australia for sure.

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Photo of vitalnj
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Six-pack x 12.7 fl. Oz. picked upon sale at Bottle King. Pours clear dark yellow/orange cloudy gold color with 3 finger solid head. Smell was pale, malts and minor hint of yeast. Very floral and grassy. Good carbonation and perfect balance of alcohol. I would buy this again and again.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6'r of these at BevMo in Point Loma for $10. (kind of spendy) and poured them into a Wiesen Edel-Weisse glass.

A: After struggling with the cap on each of these, they pour an unfiltered looking light straw-like hue, with a massive white head and a good amount of effervescence keeping the head around for most of my glass. The head gives way to tons of thick lacing and there are small amounts of yeast sediment in each glass.

S: Slightly tart up front with bready malts that follow, finishing with a mild earthy hop presence that lingers a while.

T: Prevalent malt up front that isn't real sweet or overwhelming in the mix, slight fruity esters like green apples and white grapes make their presence known but fade quickly leading into a prevalent bready/saltine cracker finish, with a faint hint of hops on the back end. Pretty amazing for the style!

M: Well carbonated, light-bodied brew that wants to be medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing with an extremely clean finish.

One of the best session beers out there - if there's one thing the Aussies know, it's good beer that's easy to crush, and once again they have proven their great ability with this tasty session ale.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Hazy gold in color, big foamy head. Sediment poured into glass
Aroma-Subtle fruits and biscuit
Taste-very smooth, notes of buttery biscuit and slight fruitiness-very refreshing and drinkable, almost creamy in the finish.
Overall, a very pleasant enjoyable brew-would be a great "starter" beer for craft beer newbies

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Photo of jtslay
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer caught me off guard in a good way. This is my first sparkling ale and it will not be my last. This beer is bottle fermented and has a mild yeast flavor that I really enjoy.This style has a very interesting mouth feel similar to champagne. The carbonation doesn't last quite as long and there isn't any dryness. Very good beer that everyone should try at some point.

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Photo of ludachris
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its marmalade hued body is incredibly murky and hazed, largely due to the vast deposit of sediment that's apparent throughout the body. Three fingers of creamy and billowing white head is generated after an average pour that displays excellent retention. Gotta love the appearance of a bottle conditioned beer.

Raw, fresh, and very floral in the nose. I pick up on some lemon rhine, sweet and spicy phenols, and that mineral-like character I've come to expect from EPA's. Light, fresh, and toasty malts are a good addition to this more hop forward brew.

A quick floral and spicy bite greets the tongue first before a silky sweet character that gradually transforms into a more toasty, buttery malt profile takes center stage. The finish is smooth and dry towards the very end with light but raw grassy hops asserting their presence.

The bottle conditioning makes this EPA ridiculously smooth and oh so creamy. With its good balance and cask-like carbonation, this one is too easy to put down. I finished it before I finished this review and that's a rarity.

I'll start off by saying that this is tied for the best EPA I've ever had. The bottle conditioning of this beer does wonders for it; from appearance to mouthfeel but especially drinkability. Thumbs way up on this one.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy apricot color with large white puffy head. Sparse lacing as the beer slowly disappeared. Smell is fruity and citrusy and very pleasant. Taste is malty and slightly hoppy with a nice crispness. Very mild and thrist quenching. Very thin mouthfeel. A good summer beer. Very nice for a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice yellowish / light orange color (almost a honey color), with millions of yeast particles floating around in theirÂ…leaves a cloudy appearance. There is a light hoppiness and fruitiness in the aroma. The flavors consisted of fruit (maybe pear and or apple peels), nicely hopped on the palate. Mouth feel is smooth. Slightly watery but smooth mouth-feel. Overall this was a very refreshing and smooth / easy to drink Pale Ale.

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