Coopers Sparkling Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

636 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Photo of pathman
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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Photo of celerymaster420
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of aussiebeer
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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Photo of uuoo33
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sambosa
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of OliviaB
4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I would recommend to my friends

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Photo of jsigritz
4.44/5  rDev +24.7%

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 deg
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Igormatos
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Toynk
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
3.56 out of 5 based on 636 ratings.
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