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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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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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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale orange; very cloudy, full of sediment; medium head long lasting

Aroma: Matly; sweet; apple

Taste: Juicy malt on start; almost soda like carbonation; very refreshing and drinkable, but not spectacular

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a thin head on a clear, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is grainy with a touch of honey.
The taste is mild but pleasant. Mild bitterness with a watery to sweet finish.
The texture is crisp with a really nice fizz to it.
At first it comes across like a light lager but it has a bit more to it. The texture is awesome, but the taste comes up a little short.

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Photo of ConMac
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really nice refreshing "sparkling" ale. The sparkling element seems to be the higher level of carbonation, which isn't really what makes or breaks the beer overall. It's got a good taste, some citrus notes and is good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of soju6
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a cloudy copper color with a good head that fades slowly with almple lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, bit of caramel sweetness with some fruit.

T: Nice citrus flavor with a caramel sweetness and what seems to be banana and some other fruit in the background. Nice bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Fairly moderate body, crisp, and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer with a bit of attitude. worth a try.

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Photo of sajaffe1
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

This beer had a typical EPA appearance. There was a nice head on it after a vigorous pour. The taste was buscuity and citrusy with a bit of a grassy smell.

This brew had carbonation similar to soda.

Overall, it was quite refreshing and would go great with a hot sunny day.

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Photo of tonton
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a burgundy wine glass. Nice 1" head after a vigorous pour.

This ale is very light, refreshing, lemony, with a spritzy carbonation that makes it quite suitable for Summer weather. It's a little lagery for my tastes, but still an excellent choice overall.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes
A - into a beer mug, clear golden with plenty of suspended sediment, thumb of head retained at a solid cover
S - biscuit grain, leafy, light metallic
T - leafy, light bubble gum, metallic, grainy, all crisp flavours
M - light, crisp, clean, very drinkable
O - sparkling ale is a very apt description, this is a tasty beer made for quality sessioning

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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 Oakenator
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an orange yellow in color with a decent head at pour that disappates somewhat quickly. Carbonation a bit more like soda but some remnants do remain on the top and the rim of the glass. Yeast and/or other sediment present. Smells typical pale ale - maybe some citrus. Taste is clean and refreshing - subtle witbier qualities.

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Photo of Tadloco
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed this brew at my favorite liquor store in an assorted six pack. It came in a 12 oz. bottle and was poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy. Light caramel in color. Off white fluffy foamy long lasting head. No prominent lacing to speak of.

S: Very nice light citrus smell with a hint of malt. Immediately following the pour it almost smelled floral.

T: I had some difficulties getting a good grasp of the taste of this beer. The best I can describe it is a very light citrus flavor. Not overpowering at all. Almost refreshing.

M: Light. Crisp. Medium carbonation. Sparkling up front with a smooth sweet finish.

O: A good beer for summertime drinking. Easy to drink. Goes down very smooth. Light.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I feel like I have had this beer before. But according to Untappd, I haven’t. Oh, and it’s FREEZING cold outside. Fine, it’s 50… but that’s cold for the desert! This is the coldest that it has been since we moved here, so I would rather be drinking a winter warmer. Emphasis on the warmer! But tonight we are drinking the Coopers Sparkling Ale. I assumed it was a cider, but it’s an English Pale Ale. Hopefully there are some nice hops in there. Let’s drink!

(By the way, I am writing this by the fire. So… it’s fireside chat, with 1001 bottles!)

In the Glass: It is goldfish yellow in the glass, and reminds me of the Fretzy’s unfiltered ale. Just a glass of liquid yeast, really. It has a nice, thin white head and a decent amount of lace for a pale. Not sure the big differences between an American pale ale and an English pale ale… but I bet there aren’t many hops used in this brew.

Nose: It has a nice, somewhat fruity aroma to it. Not what I was expecting from a pale, that’s for sure. But it smells somewhat wet, and fresh. The freshness has to be coming from the yeast. Not sure what yeast strain they used here, but I bet this is loaded with carbonation and yeasty flavors.

Flavor: Not as much carbonation as I expected, but the flavor is really unique. There is some citrus flavor on the front of the palate, and then it gets almost sweet as you swallow. The flavor seems to change as you drink this, too. I wouldn’t call this a pale ale by any means… but it is loaded with complexity and with flavor. There are are a few Coopers beers on our list. I just hope they are all this good!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice. It has a few bubbles at the start, but then quickly mellows out as you drink. I would say the best part of this beer is the aftertaste.

Aftertaste: The beer goes from bubbles to sweet to dry… just like that! And I like that. I like sweet flavors, but I also like dry flavors. That is why I use extra dry vermouth in my martinis. This isn’t that dry, but it has a lingering dryness that some might want to mask, but one that I hope stays around. Like I said, the aftertaste is the best part of the beer.

This is my first time drinking the Coopers Sparkling Ale, and I am leaving this glass impressed. It’s not great, but it’s a good pale ale that produces a pretty incredible aftertaste. I wish I could rate each one of these categories on a scale of 1 to 5. But overall, the beer isn’t quite at a 4. But it was close! Bottoms up, people.

Coopers Sparkling Ale – The bottle says: “Coopers Ales and Stouts are brewed using the centuries old top fermentation method, and natural bottle conditioning resulting in a characteristic fine sediment forming on the base of the bottle. This sediment is completely natural, and can be gently mixed before drinking or poured carefully leaving the sediment in the bottle.”

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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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Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
3.56 out of 5 based on 625 ratings.
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