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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a lacing of bubbles. Smells of lemon with a hint of malt. Light body with a touch of carbonation. Lemon flavor dominates with some spice and hops in the background. This seems like a great summer beer (well, it's summer in Australia anyway).

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Becker is a hazy orange body with a slight white cap that dissipates to nothing. Floaties are abundant. I'll be more careful with the pour next time, but I can't imagine they affect the taste, maybe the texture, I doubt it. We'll see.
Lemon citrus aromas dominate, but there is a hint of cracker malt.
Flavor is actually sparkling. It's not due to carbonation, which is there, but rather to the lemon and spices. But a nice mix of bitter hops and sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is medium, leaning light, with a clean finish.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From Saveur-Biere. In Teku glass. Lightly fruity, with a sparkling feeling that seems to come from a spicy profile more than from carbonation. Highly drinkable and refreshing, with some taste and a pleasant nose

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Photo of vinicole
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow straw colour. Thin but lasting head.
Fruity malt aroma with added honey.
Muted flavour but nevertheless quite complex. Some malt, caramel and grassy hops with added spice.
Highly carbonated from a bottle conditioned beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Found notes from my 2009 trip to Australia. This is one of the few Aussie beers you can get in the US regularly, and it’s a staple. Very bubbly, crisp feel. Refreshing.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 375ml bottle into tall pilsner glass.

L) Pale yellow colour, very hazy, lots of clumps of yeast floating around. Very fluffy pure white head.

S) Actually - not that much. Sweetish malt.

T) Very malty, hint only of bitterness. A bit of toffee sweetness. A bit of sourness. Nothing outstanding, but it is all balance.

F) Smooth, easy drinking. Low carbonation and no skanky aftertastes.

O) Not as sophisticated as it looks, but a decent refreshing drink, can't go wrong for £1.50.

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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 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 Spike
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy, orange-gold. Thin white head. It's a sparkling ale so plenty of carbonation visible. Chose to leave sediment in the bottle.

S: Not much evident by way of smell. Some off-citrus hop.

T: Good level of bitterness. Malts are very light. Grassy hops are more prominent but far from confrontational.

F: Light/medium body. Some carbonation spritz which is very pleasant. A little tart. Quite refreshing.

O: Pleasant enough, but not exceptional.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BAD 1/26/14. Pours a hazy amber. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice light fruit (pear, lemon, apple) notes coupled with yeast over biscuit.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that has creamy notes. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent burst from the middle on and a nice prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is reasonably intense, complex and very well balanced. It begins with a blend of fruit flavor that flows into a mild herbal bitterness in the middle. As the bitterness begins to fade, biscuit rises to balance along with a distinct plum flavor. The finish is a bit crisp and rather clean. A light herbal hop flavored bitterness lingers.

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Photo of Shemmy
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Because of the mid range price point in S.E. Asia, this is one of my favorite old standbys. Sometimes think I get a fresher bottle or something, because there are times when it seems to taste damn near stellar. I hope someday Thailand catches on to the importance of refridgeration for most beers but until then we have to take our chances here with most beer we fork out plenty for because of the high taxation on import alcohol.

But all that is offtopic and my point is, this is a beer well worth trying if you haven't before. If you want something run of the mill to drink but still pretty nice and want to save a little bit, perhaps for a weekend craft beer splash out, then this beer is your man. All that despite it being a bit too gassy, at least for my tastes.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured unclear copper color with a thin white head. Minerally, earthy notes, mild fruitiness in aroma. Flavor has yeast, red berries, earthy notes. Lots of sediment. Belgian yeasty notes in finish.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into pint glass, best after 4/21/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep golden color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, apple, pear, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, apple, pear, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English pale ale style. All around great robustness and balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into schooner glass. Appearance: a 1" white head drops quickly with some light lacing left behind. Color is deep golden with plenty of sediment from bottle conditioning. Lots of streaming carbonation. Aroma: floral and some citrus hops are dominate, with some biscuit and cracker. Mouthfeel: fluffy and frothy with a mostly wet finish. Flavor: toffee, butterscotch, caramel, biscuit, with plenty of hop balance in the background. Overall: very well done. Enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

look - golden color, a little hazy from the sediment, phenomenal head retention and lacing

smell - molasses is prominent

taste - bitter and malty, but not so pleasant, kind of tastes old

feel - highly carbonated, easy drinker

overall - not impressed with the flavor

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Photo of jzlyo
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Much more sparkling in flavor than (obviously) in appearence, nice fruitiness doesn’t overwhelm the relatively light hops and decent malts, a good interpretation of an English Ale.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Format: a brown 375mL bottle with the standard Coopers macro label.

Appearance: rolled the bottle per the Coopers norm, pours a cloudy straw with a finger of white head that drops to a thick cap. Some lacing down the glass.

Aroma: definite Coopers yeast as expected with heavy bread malts and some earth qualities. Decent.

Taste: more bread malts with a sharp honey and those Coopers yeasts.

Aftertaste: the yeasts last, along with the earth and bread malts.

Mouth feel: medium in feel with a moderate to higher carbonation. A thick feel due to the sediment in the beer.

Overall: a decent beer if not my favourite Australian beer ever. There is a reason that this is one of Coopers' main two brews for sale.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy deep golden yellow in color with some light amounts of fine particulates in suspension, light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, and a moderate amount of honey orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of pale malts with a light to moderate aroma of yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with a light flavor of light fruit (apple/pear) yeast. There is a very light flavor of earthy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable even though it is fairly bland in flavor. Alcohol is well hidden and it would pair easily with lots of different foods.

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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 ChristopherWIU-UTPA
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this nice Australian beer at the Map Room in Chicago, Illinois. It pours cloudy golden, super fizzy because of the high carbonation, white head and plenty of lacings. It has a murky sediment body, because of the yeast content, which adds more flavor to this quality beer. It has the taste of fruit and malt, with pointed hints of floral and hops. It is light bodied, goes down easy, and is not filling. Really delicate and no edge....

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best after 1/27/13.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and slight citrus-like hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, floral, and citrus hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is decent but the aromas and flavors on this one seem fairly muted.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of the great Australian brews, unique and bright, like Australia itself. it pours a hazy golden color, sunny, with some yeast floaters and a large but relatively short lived white head. the nose is clean and crisp like a lager, but with quite a bit of hops, pale and maybe even wheat malts, a summer beer of sorts, with a good kick. the flavor profile is pure refreshment. the yeast and hops make it much more flavorful than other beers at this price point, and the excessive carbonation really wakes you up, keeps you chipper, and cleanses the palate. great in hot or cool weather, on tap or from the bottle, this is a versatile beer, and a fine example of Australian brewing culture. I really really enjoy this, probably my favorite from coopers. I spent many an evening sucking these back. the floral hop profile is just lovely.

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Photo of FLima
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with visible sparkling bubbles and a fluffy head with low retention that disappeared completely. Got really hazy with floating particles in the last pour.
Pleasant aroma of English hops and sweet malt. Hints of citrus and pine.
Taste similar to nose, sweet biscuit malty flavor and floral and herbal hops with notes of apple juice, guaraná and white grapes. Hints of minerals with a spicy yeast. Medium bitterness and mildly dry aftertaste.
Light body with an initial soda type of carbonation.
Decent beer, very sessionable and easy to drink. More flavorful than a Lager done for the same purpose.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Pours a hazy, light amber color with little head that simply has a a ring around the outside edge of the glass. Sediment can be seen floating around in the beer, slowly settling.

S: Smells of pale malts and light yeast, somewhat earthy, more of a mineral tone.

T: Much like the nose, malts, a light amount of yeast, almost a mineral water quality, light fruit notes (apple, grape).

M: Slick, slightly viscous, very smooth and crisp. Not a huge amount of carbonation, but it suits the flavors well.

O: Tasty, I was a bit surprised by the initial amount of sediment, as I wasn't expecting any, but the sediment does not detract at all from the quality of the beer. I'd definitely give this a try again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

An opaque marmalade orange body, with some minor floaties and orange amber hues is made off the pour. Head is three fingers and creamy white, quickly settling to two fingers and a big bubbled pinhead puck.

Nose is biscuity malt. Mineral water and slightly spritzy. Yeast slight fruit like esters, and hits of mild herbal/floral hop angle.

Palate comes with a bit of a wet body, and borderline seltzery carbonation. Toasty and biscuity malt is hidden, but there manages to be some astringent like lime hop aftertaste on the finish. There's a little bit of alcohol warmth to this.

Overall, the body behind this beer and weak palate sort of leaves me a bit disappointed, but it's drinkable and it could be a lot worse to have out there for sure.

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