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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Reviews: 382 | Ratings: 625
Photo of amicar
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden yellow with white head that was sligth but persistant.
There's a slight fruit and ester presence in the smell, as well as a little berry and spice.
The taste is also spicy and crisp with a floral aftertaste. Slight sweetness balanced by mild bitterness.
Nice full mouthfeel that coats the mouth.

Overall, very nice. It's a little like someone wanted to make something reminiscent of Duvel, but needs a lot of work to get there. It was my favorite Aussie beer of the "round table beer night" in Brisbane, but be aware it only is reviewed so positively in comparison to OTHER Australian beers, which were mostly unremarkable...

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coopers sparkling ale has a good reputation in Australia. However I must admit i was a little dissapointed.

Poured a murky brown, with lots of yeast floating in it. Smell was pretty average. Fruitty/hoppy smell.

Taste: Heres the deal, people been saying they tasted bananas, apples etc... etc... All i could taste was the damn alcohol. Made for a not so good mouthfeel.

So therefore I have to give this beer an average score. It aint bad, but the alcohol taste made it not good. Maybe i'll try again next time and see if my thoughts change.

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

Appearance: Very distinctive. Dark gold. Nice head. Tons of floaties -- kind of like a barley hefeweizen.

Smell: Malt and hops smell with apple and citrus zing..

Taste: Crisp clean malt taste balanced by hops. Hint of apples and citrus..

Mouthfeel: Clean. Crisp. Refreshing.

Drinkability: All day, baby. Alll day.

A very unique beer. Almost always solid. A great summer session beer.

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

Cloudy, dirty overripe peach orange body with a small, off-white head. Aromas of watermelon, fruit, yeast, and suggestions of bready malt and a citrusy hop bouquet. Grainy, yeasty, toffeeish bread malt flavors up front mixed with some fruity esters. Hops are modest, but do the job. Perfumey, and citrusy. Finish is yeasty and bitter with light candied-fruit overtones. Medium bodied pale ale, with a nice bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. Better than expected!

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz brown stubby with a best before date on the neck.

Appearance: Thin layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle, I decanted the ale so no sediment would pour into the glass. Tight one finger of white bubbly lace, lots of streaming bubbles rising to the top. Mild haze in the bright golden hue.

Smell: Faint lemon zest and earthy yeast up front, mild hop oil and light biscuity malt in the back of the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Almost as smooth as it is crisp, moderate body. Clean fruitiness of plum and apple with a through grain and hop mix. Noticeable alcohol. Grainy with a mild toasted husk, hops are just bitter enough with a quick pucker in the tail end. Finishes with a slight herbal hop and semi-sweet malt.

Notes: Quite delicious, very balanced and very, very drinkable. Yet light enough to be approachable to most beer drinkers.

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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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.07/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Turbid, funked-up, junked-up, butterscotchy orange that looks more solid than liquid. The beer contains such a load of dark, suspended bits that I'm half afraid to ingest it. On close inspection, the particles are falling at a snail's pace and are sure to be riled up again as soon as I take a drink. The head is singularly unimpressive. It's small, dirty white and flaccid. No lace.

Sparkling Ale smells like what it is, a yeasty pale ale that uses English hops (though which ones, I have no idea). The nose isn't all that hoppy and, in fact, it's pretty pedestrian as pale ale noses go. Strangely enough, the aroma seems to have faded as fast as the head. I can't smell much at all now.

Here goes. A small, tentative sip tells me that the beer isn't bad, as in spoiled. But neither is it good, as in... good. It has weak flavor and a weaker body. In fact, I'm having a hard time appreciating it as a pale ale at all. It's lightly malted, lightly hoppy and lightly bitter. Although I've never had any, it tastes like what I imagine cold, watered down hop tea would taste like. No thanks.

I'm pretty sure I didn't notice it at the time of purchase, but the cap has a price sticker of $2.99 on it! I wouldn't pay 99 cents for another bottle of this stuff. I was going to say that I've now had an Australian beer that beats Fosters (no mean feat, I know), but now I'm not so sure. This beer from Down Under will now go down under my kitchen sink as it splashes down the drain.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.8/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pedigree of a beer is, in my opinion, almost as important as the beer's actual taste. Speaking from the experience of drinking mostly Australian beers, one will probably find that the run-of-the-mill Aussie pleb beers will have many slamming reviews on this site. See VB, MB, Tooheys New, Reschs Real and Tooheys Red for examples. All of these beers taste the same (all being "adjunct lagers", all taste far better on tap save the last two which are not available on tap).

Anyone that enjoys a good beer will soon discover that it's not necessarily the breweries that sell large quantities of beer that are the best, rather the family-owned ones with decades of good reputation. New beers come on the market all the time, and it is usually those produced by reputable brewers (or those produced with the aid of millions of dollars' worth of marketing aids) that survive.

Cooper's is arguably drunk by the most loyal drinkers in Australia (possibly followed by Matilda Bay drinkers). This may be due to the Aussie battler spirit sticking up for the family-owned breweries which the big brewers are always trying to extinguish, but it is even more due to the fact that their beers are reliably great, and the fact that every beer is subtly different in flavour and texture. Anyone that knows anything about beer in Australia drinks Cooper's. The remainder drink VB or Carlton Draught because they're cheaper. Cooper's Sparkling is an excellent beer by an excellent brewery.

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

This was a yellow cloudy ale with a two finger foamy head.

The aroma was estery, hints of apples and a touch of banana, and with floral hops balanced well.

The taste was nutty and slightly smoky, with a fruity-smoky aftertaste. Some yeastiness also came into play. There was almost no bitterness.

Overall, this was an all right ale, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Hunter
2.31/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best before date 03.06.06.

Beer's appearance is almost like a hefeweizen, golden and cloudy. Haven't seen that much bottom fermentation since my own hoembrew.

Aroma is light a clean. If that's wheat malt I smell why don't they just call it Aussie hefe? But it's good, it's good.

Doesn't taste like a hefe, however. In fact it doesn't taste like much of anything. It's light, there's some malt, but otherwise...bleh. Finishes clean enough, but there was nothing there to begin with. Cost is just too prohibitive to employ this as a quaffer.

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Photo of Citadel82
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I took a big chance buying this one. The last time I sampled it was in the bleak days of the 1980's when few imports were coming ashore. Remember when Guinness came in the nip sized bottles? 6 3/4 oz. It is about 6 months past its "best by" date as printed on the carrier. Still and all it was crisp clean and refreshing. Truly sparkling. Alas it was unremarkable otherwise. Very drinkable but not outstanding. A faint floral aroma and a clear chill hazed pour with short lived minimal lace, Taste was crisp and sparkiling no real malt or hops on the nose or the tounge. Good enough to consider thier other products but not much else.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured clear then cloudy and chunky pale golden with a low white head that retreated to the edges but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was, well, not much. Some light fruitiness, some malt sweetness and almost a wheat component.

The flavor was again, not much. Some slight bittering, some subtle fruitiness and still a wheat component to the flavor, much like the aroma.

The finish was dry with a very slight bittering but just barely noticeable, and the body was medium light.

12.7 ounce bottle. Best before 22,04,05. Quite refreshing and drinkable beer, but devoid of character.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.57/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep gold color with a big off white head and decent lacing. A mass of tiny bubbles compete with little chunks of yeast for my attention. The bubble are more like dots than anything, really interesting looking. The aroma is of lemon, pear and orange, also a little bit of cracker-like malt. The taste is very fruity with a nice hop bitterness. Theres a minute wet cardboard flavor in the finish that doesnt take away from this beer but is definitely noticeable with every sip. The mouthfeel is creamy and somewhat thick. This beer is very drinkable, it would be great with some kind of red meat.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back in BC after a six year hiatus, this beer is a welcome summer refresher. Hazy orange gold this brew has a fruity smooth flavour which though not huge is very drinkable. The bottle sedimentation adds to the feel that this is not a mass produced fizzy lager but rather a classic Aussie beer brewed to higher standards. I can drink a few bottles easily and find this is a nice alternative to a lager on a hot day.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, orangey-gold beer with a very small, noisy, fizzy, white head. Full of small suspended particles. A spicy, citrus, orangey nose with some grainsy grains. Fruity dry front; thin, fruity, light middle; nicely bitter, quinine, toasty crackers, alcohol finish. It's a decent, light, bitter, somewhat alcoholy beer. Not bad.

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Photo of Zorro
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange brew.

Smell is lightly fruity and grainy. Smell is tutee fruity and lemon and faint bubble gum.

Taste is mild and fruity with lots of wheat flavor. Not what I would have expected from a pale ale, this beer seems to blend elements of several different styles. Fruity and bitter note to the hops, tastes much like English ale.

Mouthfeel is average.

Very drinkable brew, Cloudy like a wheat beer, fruity like an English ale, bottle fermented like a Belgian. A unique and tasty brew.

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

This beer pours a yellowish hazy color with lots of sediment. Taste is a little lemony and refreshing, a unique beer. Very average in flavor and everything else. It comes a cross between a wheat ale and pale ale. All together a decent beer but I doubt I'll be searching it out in the future.

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK summer beer. Light pale Crisp Very carbonated. Apparently good only when fresh - bottle conditioned. Sweet malts and light bodied. Light lemony Apple pear melon herbal grass. Slight Lemon and Bannana aroma. Hoppy finish and dry but tangy aftertaste.

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Photo of pootz
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came from the liquor store with a date coded bottle with shrink wrap over the crown to prent spoilage. Mine was fairly fresh only about 6 weeks from release date. Poured a cloudy orangey-gold with a wonderful puffy-chunky cap that reduced to a firm lace half way through the drink. Very naturally effervescent...big bubbles stream up the glass and make the ample yeast sediment dance about in the glass (bottle conditioned ale?). Aromas of spoiled bananas and fresh baked bread. Starts sharp and a bit peppery (from the carbonation) then a richer, oily mouthfeel builds with a wonderfully pronounced malty nuttyness accented with fruity tastes like pears and apples then the finish is clean with a wonderful slight aftertaste of bread and cider. I like this ale and if the LCBO stocks it there will always be 6 or so for the hot days....thius is a very satisfying and refreshing oldstyle bottle conditrioned ale...a wonderful treat at the price.

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

i didn't know if i was supposed to include the yeast sediment in the pour, so i did. the resultant appearance was an appetizingly hazy and burnished bronze, with some floating bits of yeast. the aromas were like a subdued hefe, with light banana and citrus overtones (no clove, of course). smooth mouthfeel, with wheaty malt flavors, pear flavors, and some mellow banana and citrus coming through on the palate. this is a nicely textured beer, and a nice change of pace from the hop monsters i've been hooked on lately. sometimes an austere flavor profile can be just as satisfying as a hugely flavored beer's less subtle flavors, and that certainly holds true for coopers sparkling ale.



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Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is actually a pretty tasty light ale. Light and a little on the spritzy side. Pours a bit cloudy since this apparently isn't a filtered beer. Nice, soft, spring-like fruitiness reminding me mostly of melons an pears. If it was a little cheaper, I'd consider this a great summer beer as it's got a little taste, but is nice and crisp

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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 CortexBomb
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an exceptionally hazy yellow with plenty of sedimentation, also a rather monstrous head, as one would expect with a sparkling ale, and has a wheat dominant nose.

The thing that strikes me about the flavour isn't so much the flavour itself, which is like the smell, mainly wheat and fairly bland. The interesting thing is the citrus sensation, not flavour, that I get from it, my mouth was tingling from it!

Overall an average to bland wheaty beer though.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.18/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12.7 oz bottle
I have to admit that I usually am not bothered by yeast sediment in bottle-conditioned beers, but this one was a little over the edge. The color of the beer was a faded gold, but the massively thick sediments were too overpowering. It looks like sawdust floating! The aroma was pretty simple with a wheaty citrus smell.
Now for the taste....
It came off very flat tasting. To think about it, this is as far from anything I would consider to be "sparkling". As I was sipping, I could not get over the appearance of this one. So I have no option but to say that this was on my "worst list"

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Photo of RoyalT
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice, hazy orange in color with a pretty good head. It didn’t froth up much but it lasted for quite a while. I also noticed some flotsam and jetsam floating around in there.

Smell – This is interesting. There’s a light, sweet malt aroma here to go along with the grain, but the big news is all of the fruits. I can especially pick up green apples.

Taste – This isn’t bad. There’s a bit of a hoppy grapefruit compliment here and the malt balance picks things up a notch.

Mouthfeel – Well carbonated and crisp. This medium-bodied Pale Ale is chewy in the mouth.

Drinkability – It’s a little off the beaten path, but I enjoyed it.

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