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 flood
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Above average appearance - dark orange - chunky bottom (unfiltered solids settle out). Overall above average appearance - like you are drinking a slurry of goodies. Swirling it mixes everything together - especially towards the bottom.

Smell - fruity not too striking.

Taste and mouthfeel - At first I thought the sparkling name was a misnomer however after a few swallows you definitely notice the carbonation. Taste however is limited - betwix a lager and wheat with extra bubbles.

Drinkability - Definitely a drinkable beer but rather unremarkable other than the carbonation. Can't say I would pick it out of a crowd. The last drink is definitely the best (i.e. with the sediments).

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Photo of popery
2.61/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer looks bad. It's a relatively light fizzy beer with basically no head besides a few stray bubbles that are clinging on for dear life. The bigger problem is that it looks like a failed sea monkey farm in a crappy pilsner. Ok, that's a bit harsh, but I like thick, funky beers with even more sediment and I still don't like this look. The sediment is somehow off-putting in such a soda-ish beer.

It smells just fine. It smells like a hops a bit but rather generic and unimpressive. There's nothing really wrong with the smell. It's just not much of a selling point.

The beer also tastes fine, but I'm marking it down a bit because there's very little need for another unimpressive pale ale. It's weak. It critically lacks in hoppy flavor for a pale ale. It's just a fizzy, mediocre beer.

The mouthfeel is really poor. It's sort of watery. There's very little body. I guess it's somewhat drinkable because it's watery. I could drink a lot of them if it was the only thing available. It's not sour. It beats a lot of American macros by a tad, but I'd probably switch over at some point if somehow that was the night.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.61/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Clear with floaties due to a bad pour. (My fault though, not the beer). Really pale yellow/straw colour with constant rising bubbles. I guess it's supposed to be a sparkling wine-type similarity.

S - A bit of a yeasty smell. Honey-like smell with citrus.

T - Little bit of bitterness. No sweetness to speak of. Some lemony cirtrus, but lackluster overall. Mild bitter aftertaste, but it sticks around forever.

M - Slightly syrupy. Carbonation is (thankfully) much lighter than expected. Drying finish but with a wield tongue-numbing feel.

D - Disappointing. Better than most macros, but certainly not something I would buy again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.62/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dull orange-hued body gunked up with more than a fair share of over-sized particulate matter. Thin, white head. Now I wish I hadn't taken a good look at it.

Smell: Mixed bag aroma smelling of fruit, watered down honey, and a dash of alcohol.

Taste: Lightly biscuity maltiness with a light, honeyish sweetness. A big sip of spring water (filled with particulate matter) follows. Fruity tastes of yellow apples and lemons. Spicy hop character with a medium-low bitterness. Slight souring yeastiness. Some juicy acidity on the dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Yes, it's even a bit sparkling.

Drinkability: After the deficient appearance, I really took my time with this brew to see if it could redeem itself. It never did. Sour and a bit watery, I just didn't care for it.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At outback steakhouse, I wasn't expecting anything decent for beer selection, but I was happy to see an Australian made ale on the menu. Waitress was actually pretty knowledgeable and "warned" me that the yeast sediment is normal and in fact tasty. Well, I wasn't expecting much so I made sure to disturb the yeast sediment to squeeze as much flavor out of this bottle I possibly could. Into a frosted pint, (typical chain restaurant) this ale is cloudy pale with a thin head. Yeast clouds this beer up, but there is some clumpy brown yeast chunks that sink to the bottom that aren't too pleasing.

Aroma is very strange. It has a clear cleaning product character to it, which is weird. It's exactly like oxyclean. Yeast character is very plain and characterless. It smells like the yeast at the bottom of the fermenter of a batch where yeast wasn't supposed to have any role or character in the beer. As it warms up, there is a slight citric hop shining through.

Flavor is just plain, and doesn't have much character to it. Plain bitterness from hops and toasty, grainy malt flavor that is pretty plain. Mouthfeel is light with a tickling carbonation.

This is one of those beers that fits only because it's Australian and I'm at an Australian themed restaurant (think Peroni at an Italian place). I'll say that if you aren't expecting much and you appreciate trying to match your beers that way, this isn't an awful beer. As far as reviewing it as an English Pale, I can't recommend it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden with chunks of sediment floating in a suspension like appearance, white head bubbly not much lacing going on here. Aroma: Bready malt sweetness with an air of grassiness in the background very mild hop aroma that's about it simple. Taste: Crisp sweetness bready finish with a decent bitterness to it, this beer just doesn't have anything that really set's it apart from anything else. Mouthfeel: A bit watery no texture no hoppy oils left on the palate high carbonatinon, light bodied ale. Drinkability: Mediocre just couldn't picture craving for another one of these brews, glad I sampled that's about it.

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Photo of 1fastz28
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a very cloudy hazy yellow color with tons of sediment, has a slight head that disappears quickly, not much of smell, just of malt, yeast, and water. tastes just the same, but unfortunately the water is the most prevalent taste. this is my first bottle fermented beer and i'm not a big fan.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally managed to pour this one and forego MOST of the yeast, so I figured I'd review this one again. I will say this came from the same six pack. Murky yellow body with almost no head to it. Smells kind of malty with some skunk maybe, but I won't jump to conclusions. Somewhat sweet with citrus hints, but skunky. Better than it was with the yeast, but would be even better if the skunk quality wasn't there... It's a shame since I couldn't buy this by the bottle, and the stout these guys make is exquisite. I hate to give such a mediocre rating, but this was the beer I had in front of me, I'm affraid.

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Photo of Snyder18
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Soft white to off white head begins at two and three quarters inches falling to one quarter of an inch within five minutes leaving no lace on the glass.

Hazy dirty gold in color. Large quantity of sediment entered glass despite careful pouring efforts.

Aroma was weak almost sterile smelling with a faint hop background that was very hard to detect and possibly a simple figment of the imagination.

Medium body with slow developing flavors. A clean, sterile tasting start fades into what seems somewhat like sour cherries. Possibly a result of yeast sediment making it into the glass. Finish is dry and hoppy.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very cloudy orange/yellow with noticable specs of yeast floating around. A finger of head rose and fell quickly like soda pop, leaving no lacing.

S - There is hardly any smell. The best I can detect is a faint sourness reminiscent of lemonade.

T - Like the aroma, there just isn't anything happening here. I am trying to taste something but it's very difficult. A mild grainy sweetness tries to come through, but never really makes it, and the same sour/sweetish lemony component from the nose makes it's way in near the finish. Otherwise there's nothing.

M - Wobbly light to medium body that can't really stand up to the insane carbonation here. I have a feeling the carbonation is also doing a lot to attenuate the subtleties.

D - It certainly wouldn't be difficult to put this back all night because it is damn close to drinking club soda. While this beer doesn't taste bad or have any off flavors, it's complete lack of character keeps it below average.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy ornage colour with a thin, bubbly white head that is more like a thin lacing than anything else. There is a lot of bubbles , expected given the name really.

Light and hoppy aroma with a touch of fruit coming through as well as some sweet malts throughout. There is a sort of light floral note in there too and over all this one is light on the nose.

Sweet malts to begin with along with a fruit like taste that the nose hinted at. There is some sugar and apples in there as well a hint of pear but again nothing too strong here.

Smooth and medium in body with a citrus tang and rather strong carbonation coming through. Basic but nothing offensive really.

Lacking strength in both the nose and the taste and was a little to sparkling although the name was a giveaway I guess. It was almost like a cider in parts and there was nothing particularly great about it.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle conditioned. Pours like ginger ale, bubbles cling to sides. No head at all. I poured half a glass and it was clear and had a crips taste of earthy pride of ringwood hop. I poured the rest and the yeast sediment clouded it all up. I've not seen yeast sediment in this type of beer be so loose and pour so easily. The sediment made it slightly sour. not too impressed.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this at outback so the glass is so fucking frozen i can't a good look at the body. it seems to be orange with a super foamy head that shrunk quickly. aroma is sweet and carmelly with a touch of hops. tastes like a weird amber ale. sweetness is caramelly but annoying. weird. but not awful.

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Photo of
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle, with a best before date of either 2/08 or 8/08. I should be OK!

Hazy, dull dark straw yellow. LOTS of large floaties. Modest, creamy, off white head. Visually, unapplealing. Nothing sparkling about it.

Scent improves, but is very mild. Oranges and honey. Some floral notes. Yeast & bread dough.

OK, here we go....Taste is bitter more than sweet, citrus in character. Grassy & herbal, with a bit of a medicinal taste. Not entirely pleasant. Biscuity middle. On the whole, well balanced.

Light body. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

This beer starts off in a hole based on the appearance. Scent and taste improve things, but not hugely. Easy enough to drink, but not something I will revisit.

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Photo of jayhawk73
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold color w/ a one finger off white head. Lots of floaties falling to the bottom of the glass. Average lacing on the snifter glass. Very cloudy in appearance. Nose is pretty weak- maybe some malt, apple, and banana... That's about it really. Taste isn't bad, but it's not good either. Big malt, with even more apple and banana in the taste. There's so much carbonation in this beer, that it feels like I'm drinking a soda. Millions of little bubbles cover up just about everything else that's going on. Very light and carbonated feel, w/ a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is not something I'll look for again. Cheers.

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Photo of bigpatvoodoodad
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never tried it, so I picked up a couple of 6 packs from the local beer store. I didn't realize it had all the sediment at the bottom, which kinda put me off it at first. Well, I've tried other beers with a little sediment and they were great....this one... well not so much. Poured into a glass with decent head and an orange amber color. On looking closer you can see all the gritty, mud-colored sediment. The smell isn't that great and neither is the taste. It had a malty, metallic, slightly musty taste, which I didn't find appealling at all. Needless to say, after a drain pour this one will never be bought again.

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Photo of gotweid
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle it poured a dirty gold color with about a 1" head. Looked highly carbonated with a fair amount of bubbling...almost like a soda. There were also some sediment/floaties, but that is supposed to be normal for this brew. Smelled kind of fruity and sweet. The taste is somewhat bitter and a little sweet. High in yeast. This is a medium bodied brew and leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Drinkable, but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of beeragent
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, from a 12oz. bottle. The beers from Coopers, regardless of the style, seem to have alot of sediment at the bottom of the beer, creating a very hazy appearance. Poured a deep yellow, with a 1/4 inch head, that faded to a slight head, but resulting in some decent lacing. Alot of sediment floating around. The aroma is sweet and citrusy. The flavor is slightly citrus, not as much as a pale ale normally tastes, but more like a cross between a pale ale, and a lager. It goes down easy enough, but not a beer that I would care to have more of. Coopers stout seems to be there best offering so far.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Coopers: Australian for prosecco? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of glowing off-cream foam. The nose comprises light grapefruit peel, mild toffee, buttery biscuit, and a vague whiff of pine needle. The taste continues the grapefruit-pine alliance, but it's old due to negligence, and when it gets called to action, things look their age on the battlefield. Everything is old, musty, and graham cracker-y. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a weak little pale ale with nothing memorable about it.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came in a 375ml brown stubbie, as part of a 6 pack. Has one of the most curious appearances I've ever encountered. A cloudy light amber with enough suspended particles in it to make it look like there is sand floating in my beer when held up to the light. How Australian! (although it reminds me of that motocross scene in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Aroma is of sweet, boozy, cirtusy malt. Flavour has a sweet, yeasty tang to it, a bit boozy, not much body to carry it all. Perhaps I picked up an old case of this, but it doesn't do anything for me at all.

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Photo of bigdeuce
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty easy drinking beer, but not much of a beer lovers delight. Overly carbonated, not a bit of lacing and a soapy head. Musky scent, but nothing as horrifying as Heineken, tastes decent..cannot describe the flavors, just quite ordinary. Not bad but not something I will reach for in the future.

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Photo of rec
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sparkling Ale, like all from the Coopers brewery, is bottle fermented, so despite being clearer than it's heavier brother the Coopers Pale Ale, it's still cloudy.

The beer has a strong malt presence with a dry yeasty finish, and due to its relatively incomplex nature is a beer you can continue drinking well into the night.

It's refreshing, and one of the better South Australian brews which competes with Australia's best offerings.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden color with a low white head but nice carbonation. Fruity ale aromas and flavors ... apples and some pear on the nose. Primarily apples in the flavor with some tart characteristics. Light-medium bodied with a dry tart/sour fruit finish.

Don't bother.

Per Label: "Est. 1862" & "Bottle Fermented"

Best Before: 08.08.08
Tasted: 06/28/07

($1.99 / 12.7 oz. brown twist off bottle with "Coopers" logo embossed around the neck (4X)"

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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bronze pour with a small white head. Wood, dirt, straw and malt make up the nose. Not a good start, to say the least. Taste is sharp and tangy, with some earthiness that seems to be the hallmark of every Cooper's beer. Golding hops give it a bite. Overall, a decent beer.

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Photo of sloejams
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing complex or special about this Australian beer. I was hopeful as the color, tint and aroma were inviting. A slight welcome bitter bite was expected but the delivery was tinny and somewhat stale.

It was tucked into those one of those "Great Beers of the World" that many of us beerlovers where given for Christmas. Sadly, most of the beers fall remarkably short of said accolades. Coopers Sparkling Ale is drinkable but ultimately forgettable.

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Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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