Coopers Sparkling Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
636
Reviews:
384
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
15.17%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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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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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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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

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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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4.68/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Doesn't taste as strong as it is, which is good for taste but bad if you need to drive home.

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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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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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4.52/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/21/16

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the three or four Aussie beers that I can get (not including Foster's, which is not even Australian!!!!!)

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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