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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of seedyone
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
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 Cyberkedi
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful golden, somewhat cloudy, semi-transparent, with a nice thick white head. Aroma is strong and pleasantly malty, not complex but appealing. The flavor is rich and malty, with an undertone of citrus and hints of hops, almost no bitterness. A very smooth and refreshing ale.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tried this beer at the Outback Steakhouse here in Chattanooga.

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

S - One word - Citrus

T - Again citrus with a hoppy finish. Slight chalky after effects.

M - Hearty and 'sparkling'...

D - You will want more than one!

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Photo of mdagnew
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml Bottle bought from Grape Expectations in Ballyclare...

Poured a cloudy gold colour... Head was white and disappeared very quickly. Loads of yeast in the bottom of the bottle means you need to be careful when pouring if you don't want it in the glass....

Aroma - Sweet, sugary, fruity (orange ?), cloves, peppery..

Taste – Sweet, vanilla, lemony, nice hop bitterness...

Feel - Sharp, quite a lot of carbonation. Quite smooth aftertaste though...

Overall - An excellent beer... extremely drinkable.... highly recommended...

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Photo of monkeybeer
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy golden-orange amber with a to of carbonation, looks more like a champagne or a cider in the glass than a beer.
S- A lot of citrus with some hops and malt mixed in.
T/M- It was very crisp and refreshing. It was defiantly sparkling. The beer has a nice citrus taste and was well balanced with hops and malt.
D- I would defiantly get this again. I tried it when I was out to dinner at the outback, but I will pick it up next time at my local BevMo

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very light, yellow straw color. Lots of sediment in the bottom, cloudy if you choose to pour it, bright and clear if not. Two finger head that retains relatively well. Smell is very light. Some apple and pear aroma.

Taste is wonderful, really light and refreshing. With a bright crisp flavor. definately some yeasty flavor in there as I poured it in, but it is a pleasantly yeasty flavor also some apple flavor to match the aroma. Carbonation is bright and lively as it should be with a "sparkling ale".

I really like this beer. It is un-airconditioned in my apartment and this stuff is incredibly thirst quenching on a warm day. A very sessionable beer. The only drawback is that its 9 bucks for a six pack here in town. I just may go broke...

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Photo of johanvond
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey colored golden amber with a strong white head that dissipates into a thin cap. The aroma is of bread,yeast and some apple. The opaque body is moderate in viscosity with a sharp cider twinge. There is a cleansing amount of carbonation that finishes dry and slightly hoped. Cooper Sparkling Ale is refreshing and enjoyable. Try with a Red pepper hummus or a mild chana marsala.

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Photo of keitho
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark straw colour, lots of bubbles and a quickly dissipating head the yeast gives the beer a cloudy appearance, looks good to me!

Smell- Orangey yeast smell, not unpleasant.

Taste- Nice bitter taste, tangy and citrusy, very refreshing and moreish. Its long and

lip-smacking, a lovely tasting beer.

Mouthfeel- Very filling and creamy lots of bubbles.

Overall- This is a very nice looking /tasting Sparkling Ale it's bottle fermented (like all Coopers) so that you get yeast floating around in your beer, I have to admit to being a big fan of this beer and can't recommend it enough, good stuff.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Unfiltered beer with plenty of yeast provides for a hazy body that is light amber in color. The head is shiny and sticky

S- Nice warm flavors of alcohol and bread. Very classic beer scents with much depth coming from standard aromas.

T- Full of malt flavors made complex by tangy yeast and spicy hops.

M- Nice foamy feel made smooth by a well-balanced body.

D- Very drinkable in just about any occasion.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic ale. Big enough and strong enough in flavour, can be drunk cool in summer, or a bit warmer in winter.

Pours a one finger head, which recedes reasonably quickly, some lacing, though it must be said that the bottle/case variation I have had on these means that some have longer head retention than others. Pours a dark amber colour, cloudy, with usually good carbonation

Aromas of malt and some yeast, some citrus but not dominant.

Taste is what I would describe as 'Classic Coopers', well balanced, some bitterness coming though but not too much. If you swirl the sediment around it becomes sharper.

Despite the bits that inevitably float on round, mouthfeel is good and full, not too thin.

Overall, one of the best beers in Aus. Not really an English Pale Ale, tho is it?

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Photo of generallee
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was served in a bottle with a frosted mug at the Outback Steakhouse. I let the glass warm up a bit for I poured in the beer.

Appearance: The body has a bright yellow color with lots of carbonation and yeast particles in suspension even with a careful pour. On top sits a soapy bright white which gradually settles out and makes only a little bit of spotty slick lace.

Smell: The aroma is light and crisp. There is a light grainy character with herbal mineral like hop notes and a touch of lemon zest.

Taste/Palate: It has a snappy pale grainy maltiness with some bready yeast and light fruity notes like citrus fruit with apples and pears. Hops add a nice light bitterness to the mildly sweet malt and some herbal notes to the finish which is fairly short. The body has a refreshing and easy drinking light to medium feel and texture with crisp lively carbonation.

Notes: This is a refreshing and tasty beer that is just fun to drink. They would be much more drinkable however if they were not five bucks a pop at the Outback Steakhouse. I could easily take down quite a few of these if I had more money.

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Photo of baumaxx1
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
Moderate 1cm head, slowly dissipates to a thin film. A hazy golden yellow colour with suspended particles. Vigorous effervescence.

Smell -
A strong malty, toffee smell with a bit of citrus, pine, yeast and baked bread.

Taste -
Yeast, bread, lemon zest, toffee, malt, hop bitterness, alcohol sourness (higher alcohol content) and pine. Not quite IPA territory, but a bold example of a pale with a strong-balanced flavour.

Mouthfeel -
Lots of fizz, moderate body, creamy, crisp.
However, a touch too bubbly, frothy and a bit too much bite when swallowed.

Overall -
Easy drinking, but lots of flavour. A strong flavoured beer and one of our flagship mainstream choices for good reason. An old favourite, usually have plenty in my fridge and it's quite affordable too. The stand-out here is the strong, unique and well-balanced flavour.

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Photo of TwinSox33
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent Aussie Brew! Now..this is what one should be drinking if one wants to truly experience Australian beer! (Fosters here isn't even made there!) This Ale is sparkling indeed! Smooth yet effervescent mouthfeel, yeasty and citrusy-like hops, followed off by just an ever-so-bitter tinge at the end. Quite Quaffable! Not a bad ABV either. I can get a 24 pack of this for $14.99 surprisingly.

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Photo of Stavage
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish/orangish amber colour with a reasonably thick (for an ale) and frothy head. You can notice the sediment if you stare hard enough.

Smells a mostly yeasty bready smell. Perhaps a very very slight hint of honey.

A very yeasty taste, especially towards the end if the sediment has sunk to the bottom. Noticeable hops bitterness but not overly hoppy. There is a sourness/sweetness similar to what you get with rye but otherwise no other rye flavours. Not as complex as their Vintage can be but full flavoured and enjoyable all the less.

Mouthfeel is full smooth and creamy and certainly not as carbonated as the name may suggest for some. Just enough to provide refreshment and certainly not enough to get in the way of the flavours.

Highly drinkable, though not the most complex and subtle flavours it is full flavoured, I would describe it as a hearty beer. It compliments most savoury meals and provides a good dry refreshment.

This is my every day beer of choice (keeping in mind it is relatively well priced and easy to find where I am)

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Normally I am not a fan of Pale Ales, but this is a definate exception. I went to Outback Steakhouse the other day with the wife. She loves their Bloomin' Onion. I detest the place, personally.

It was a bit busy that night so it took a while before we were seated; 45 minutes to be exact (despite calling ahead, but I degress). We ended up spending 45 minutes at the bar; she drinking pepsi and me matching her with beers. I'd never had this ale and was intrigued by the term 'sparkling'. Before it was even opened I had the distinct suspicion that I was being suckered. But that turned out to be completely false.

It had a sediment at the bottom that needed to be distributed through the beer, and I was thankful that the bartender remembered to turn it upside down and roll it prior to opening it because otherwise I might have had a bad experience.

As it was, I greatly enjoyed this ale and will likely purchase this and only this the next time my wife drags me to Outback Steakhouse. (by the way, the first one the bartender opened was rolled a bit roughly as she tried to distribute the sediment around and she ended up giving me a second one for free as an aology. Best mistake ever.)

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Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep straw colour with a thick, marshmallow head. Good head retention dissipating to a half centimeter. Good lacing.

Fairly sweet with fruity apple and pear notes. Herbal hop aromas are also present. A pleasant, enticing nose.

A nicely balanced pale ale with malt sweetness teaming with fruity yeast esters and a light bitterness. A light tartness refreshes the palate to help make this an easy drinking beer.

A medium body and average carbonation make for a crisp, refreshing beer.

Tasty, refreshing and crisp. This is an easy quaffer with great drinkability.

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Photo of otakuden
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

pours bright and golden from the bottle, with a decent amount of yeast trickling out with the last of the bottle. personally, i enjoy some of the yeast settled in the bottom of my beer, but usually not all of it. it basically boils down to personal preference. one can pour so as to leave all the settled yeast on the bottom, or enjoy all of its bready yeasty goodness in their brew by swirling the last dregs around in the bottle before pouring it in the glass.

Coopers Sparkling Ale is described as a golden english ale, but it reminds me more of a lighter Belgium blonde ale. i can definitely taste the crisp zing of bitter lemon and a hint of spiced hops, almost reminiscent of spiced apples. the yeast and malt balance each other out very well, hinting of fresh sourdough. a crisp mild bitterness lingers in the back of the tongue, accenting the overall characteristic of the beer.

while thin on the head, it does have a nice nose of lemon and yeast. again, i am reminded of my Belgium golden ales and tripels which have refermented in the bottle. that musky, spicy smell that makes my mouth water.

overall, a fine example of a blonde ale, or as Coopers calls it, a Sparkling Ale. semantics aside, it can sparkle in my glass any day.

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Photo of dannyvee
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served @ fridge temperature (seems appropriate, just look at that photo). Color was a cloudy, golden yellow and even reserving a fair amount of brew in the bottle, much sediment was in suspension. Smell was a touch malty, yeasty and citrusy. Taste was slighty hoppy, metalic and citrusy in the end. Mouthfeel suffers a bit with the floaties taking over the glass.

Overall a highly quaffable brew which I'll be undoubtablly be sessioning over the warm summer months, maybe just with a more careful pour next time.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a bar and it was served a little too cold for my liking so I'm sure some nice complexities were hidden but I'll try my best.

appearance; medium white head that retains through the drink, leaving thin but a well coating of lacing. Pale cloudy yellow with lots of sediment and quickly rising, active carbonation.

smell; yeasty lemons with plain crackers. Some kind of fruit tang in there but hard to isolate.

taste; hints of pear skin and bland lemon rind with a lingering sourness. Dry malts hang in there from start to finish, holding up the hops with a fine balance.

mouthfeel; medium bodied and crisp. The carbonation stings a bit but is not as much as one would think based on the appearance. Medium bodied but very light in the finish.

overall; a nicely balanced and very drinkable beer, slightly heavy if drank too fast but a very pleasing drink.

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Photo of tommccabe
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours well with small head. Smells good. Good end of week beer. First beer goes down well, but subsequent beers go down smooth. Great start to a good night. My favorite beer at Outback Steakhouse - good compliment to steak. Sediment at bottom of bottle.

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Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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