Coopers Sparkling Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale
640 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 tommccabe
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours well with small head. Smells good. Good end of week beer. First beer goes down well, but subsequent beers go down smooth. Great start to a good night. My favorite beer at Outback Steakhouse - good compliment to steak. Sediment at bottom of bottle.

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Photo of tbeck
2.52/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up from the Belmont in Portland, OR.

Pours a clear yellow with orange highlights. Fair amount of sediment in bottle. Develops a thin white head with no retention into a light collar. Smell is of belgium sugars and malt. Taste has a slight metallic hint and is watery. A sour, skunky aftertaste is present. Thin and simple texture. Not much flavor to this beer so would pass on the oppurtunity to try again.

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Photo of spointon
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12.7oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This ale initially poured a clear pale golden color with a lively 1" snow white head. There was a lot of lighter colored yeast particles in the end of the pour which I included, stopping short of adding the thick brown yeast. Overall bright and pleasant.

S= Aroma was modest and contained bisctuit malts, citrus, slightly funky yeast, and a very mild sulfuric quality. Slight alcohol.

T= Small but sweet malt presence lead into a green orchard fruit and herbal flavor. Hops were moderate but distinct. The finish was dry and slightly tart.

MF= Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation level.

D= Very drinkable. This was an unexpected surprise. I really enjoyed the yeast character of this ale and the crispness made it a perfect palate cleanser.

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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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 Jablonski
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle from Outback earlier tonight not knowing anything about the beer (figured it had to be better than Foster's), and I was pleasantly surprised.

Appearance: Small head, with no traces of it after it goes down; beer was an deep orange-red color and was cloudy.

Smell: The smell was amazing; the citrus smell was most apparent and followed by the smell of hops

Taste: Taste was similar to the smell; tasted like a tangy Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but slightly less bitter

Mouthfeel: Beer was a bit watery, but the carbonation was good

Drinkability: Very light beer, and I ordered a second after I finished the first

Recommended to all if you enjoy beers with citrus overtones.

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Photo of beveritt
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

P: Poured from a brown bottle into a small weizen glass. Server held bottle upside down prior to pour to loosen sediment.

A: Pours with very little head, maybe 1/4 inch. This settles quickly leaving no trace of its existence. Beer itself is orange and cloudy.

S: Crisp citrus aroma with a slight wheat tang.

T: Significant carbonation bite upfront. Initial flavor is mild hefe like with some spice and orange followed by a not insubstantial bitterness.

M: Higher than average carbonation. Body is decent.

D: Okay, but nothing special. Seems to be a mix of styles. Too bitter for a hefe, yet too cloudy and estery to be a pale ale.

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a semi-cloudy, orange/amber color with a foamy, white, one-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled grassy and of caramel malt.

T - It tasted of mild bitterness. Nice sweet caramel malt flavor. Nice balance.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice pale ale. It seemed more American than English, but it was still good.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color with a lot of visible floaties. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of toffee, nuts, with a nice floral hops presence. The taste is a nice balance of malt and hop. Caramel, toffee, nuts, and a lengthy floral hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture from the suspended yeast, and nice lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice English Pale Ale. I could easily drink this again.

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Photo of Greggy
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a 1/2 finger head with decent retention. The body is golden in color with ample sediment.

S- Large graininess with hints of lemon and honey, also some light hopiness coming through.

T- Starts with notes of grains, slight lemon and honey with a sweeter dryness in the finish. The hops in this beer are very balanced.

M- The carbonation on this is pretty cloying as it's high.

D- This beer didn't bring to much to the table for me. It very much resembled a miller lite in taste, but with more character. The ABV and carbonation are both to high to session this. It was neat to try, but I probably wouldn't have again.

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Photo of popery
2.61/5  rDev -27.1%
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 Raligitano
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It looks practically opaque while being poured into a pint glass. This color is crazy, like melting orange juice concentrate. Little swirls and sediments dance inside the glass. I can smell strong citrus and peachiness even from a distance.

The taste favors orange, but it's not overpowering. Alcohol is present and a pleasant bitterness hits the sides of my mouth. ooh It lingers. "Authentic" is the first word I think of when I drink this. ...Whatever that means. Maybe a homebrewer can explain better.

One of several import beers from the Carrefour supermarket in Chiang Mai, Thailand that kept me from bitching daily about crap Thai beer. This review was with a bottle whose cap lost pressure on the airplane trip back to the States. Beer abuse, yes! But other than a loss of carbonation it still tastes as good as it did back in Thailand.

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Photo of SFRider
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
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 daythree16
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy golden with a .5 finger head.

Smell is citrus with a little bit of grapes/wine aromas. The taste is pretty bland actually. Except for just the tiniest hint of ctirus, there isn't much hop presence at all. There is a touch earthy yeastiness on the finish.

Very carbonated and dry. I could see this being something I might want to drink a couple of on a hot summer day, but there really isn't much flavor going on at all, and I'd probably buy something else instead.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
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 TheTrevor
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy yellow with a lot of what I assume to be yeast floating around in it and very little head. The smell is pretty tight, with perhaps just a bit of bit of malts. The starts off with some malts and almost apple-like sugars that are quickly cut by some citrusy hops that give way to a fairly crisp finish. The mouthfeel is pleasantly crisp thanks to its medium body and carbonation. I'd consider this beer to be fairly drinkable and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy soft rustic orange with a thin, fizzy head that quickly dissipated. There was a great deal of turbidity at first with a noticeable haze of suspended, speckled yeast particles that lazily drifted about. The beer eventually cleared a little bit while leaving a silt sediment coating on the bottom of the glass. Visible carbonation was very aggressive and rapid.

S: There was not a lot to speak of aroma wise, overall was very light with only slight hints of warm oranges. Pretty mundane.

T: spicy oranges with a slight sourness that soon followed. You can definitely detect the yeasty nature here. The finish was tart and musky with some dry grains and yeastiness.

M: very fizzy and active, light bodied while leaving a powdery tart yeastiness and malting behind.

D: Average drinkability, not one I would enjoy in multiples but worthy of a try.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A>Looked an awful lot like Trader Joe's organic cider., Small white head, very cloudy, floating chunks of sediment.

S>lager yeasts, almost vinagery. Hmmm. It was strange and unexpected, really.

T>Crisp, more like a very complex lager than an English Pale. The hang goes from a nice resiny pale-like hang, but turns ever so slightly metallic.

Mouf> Fun fizzy, small bubbles like champers=)

Drinkability> es okay

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Photo of albern
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Right after the pour, the beer does sparkle and effloresce. There isn't much head, but you will find a cloudy golden colored beer with little pieces of yeasty bits floating around. Zero lacing and retention. The aroma begins a tad bit skunky with lots of malt upfront. The skunk departs and you're left with a bready beer with some citrus notes, maybe a tad bit of florals.

The taste is quite good. This is a medium bodied beer with lots of character. There is a puckerishness in the finish, and lots of citrusy hops and bready malts in the mid section. You can definitely taste the ABV which is surprising with a 5.8 ABV beer. As things settle down a bit, there is a sweetish, slightly acerbic lemony flavor that comes out, with a bit of spice in the finish. There is also a drying hop taste that you'll experience as well. This is a surprisingly robust ale well worth trying.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Outback.

A - Poured amber-gold, a little misty, good head, good lacing.

S - Pretty average, some flowery hop, crackery malts.

T - Tasty. Nothing incredibly complex, but it hits all the right notes. Refreshing hop character, fruit notes, light malts. Slight powdery yeast, too - seems well put-together.

F - Light to medium body. Well-carbonated.

D - A surprise, this was a very credible, worthy drinker.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed gold. No head off a gentle pour. Nose is grainy and earthy - almost dirty. Flavor is fruity and smooth. Biting bitter tone. Feel has a biting carbonation. Liquid is typical. This is an okay at best beer. There's nothing that stands out about it. Best served damn cold.

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Photo of argock
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12+oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date etched on bottle collar.

A: Orange-gold with copious sediment falling through the brew. Head is thin and champagne-like with no stickiness.

S: Light lemon, grassy hops, and pale malts aromas are there but pretty light.

T: The flavor is inobtrusive and light but not unpleasant. Pale malt sweetness is the most prominent flavor with a bit of lemon-citrus hops to balance it out. Yeast flavors are strong for a pale ale, and toasted malt is more clearly present with warming.

M: Pleasant with a medium-body that has a creamy feel. Carbonation is relatively low. Aftertaste is nearly nonexistent.

D: A decent beer but nothing special -- good if you're in the mood for a lightweight ale.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cooper's Sparkling Ale is an average run of the mill tasting beer. There is nothing special about this beer in any regard except that it taste surprisingly like a homebrewed beer.

I poured my Cooper's, at around 52 degrees, into a tulip rimmed goblet. It poured a cloudy carmel color. It had the same glow as a homebrew. This beer is definately unfiltered (which is nice to see).

The Aroma was nothing special. This beer needs more hops was my first impression. I think if they dry hopped this beer a touch more it would improve greatly. I would also raise the alcohol to around 6.5% ABV. I think these changes would bring this beer from a C+ to a B+ maybe higher.

The taste, like I said, was remeniscient of homebrew - which is not a bad thing, but I expect a more refined, professional brew.

In short, the cost and hype definately did not fit this beer. There wasn't enough to back up the rave reviews from Michael Jackson (the beer geek, not pop singer), Robert Protz, or BA. I just did not understand why this average beer is so well liked. I will not buy it again.

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Photo of wl0307
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 22/03/09, served lightly chilled and clouded (with yeast sediments) in a straight imperial pint glass, as the "clear serving" I experimented in the past didn't tell an interesting story about this beer.

A: cloudy dark-tangerine-amber in colour, coming with a fast dissipating white froth and abundant but fine carbonation.
S: dryish citrus-peel, a touch of wet wholemeal toast and sugary pale malts seem to dominate the aroma, albeit not overly strong, balanced by a flow of natural fruit-esters (reminiscent of sweet pineapples) as well as barn-house mustiness from the yeast sediments, almost reminiscent of saison+witbier+Yakult... Not particularly complex, but the hoppyness and yeastiness seem to define the special features of this ale. Lovely!
T: a sprizty mouthful of roughly grainy & lightly caramely maltiness comes on top of sour-sweet citrus-fruits, prunes, fennel-like herbs, chalk, gristy malts, and peppery hops, while a powdery palate of yeasts brings up increasingly dryish, slightly licorice-root like bitter-sweetness and a light touch of tangy zests that both linger in the dry & yeasty finish.
M&D: sparkling? well, the texture is in fact spritzy, but with very fine, light and refreshing fizziness; medium-bodied as it is, this ale has retained a rough balance b/w yeasts and malts, while hops sort-of retreat to the second tier to provide a key bitter element overall. This ale is best enjoyed when served cloudy, IMO, and what a thirst-quenching ale this could be!

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy peachy colour with large chunks of sediment with a nice white fluffy head that statys throughout the whole drink.

Smells of dried fruit, some alcohol and sort of like a lager.

Tastes like a heavy lager with some citrus, alcoholic notes and nice and bitter finish.

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Photo of rbettis
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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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Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 640 ratings
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