Coopers Sparkling Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

636 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 bruachan
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sparkling indeed. lots of bubbles lead to lots of head. it's fairly lively on the palate, as well. and light

superlatively drinkable, and bitter, but not plump with flavor. some pils malts or something. it's a bit scarce of scent also

i've never thought of "sparkling" as a good item in a beer's name or description

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

Pours a cloudy golden colour with a finger width head that sits around for a while.Some lacing is left behind on the glass though it does disappear. Has a malty aroma mixed with a fruity smell. The flavour is rich and smooth and rather citrusy. Quite low on the fizz too. No bitter aftertaste which allows it to go down well. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful golden, somewhat cloudy, semi-transparent, with a nice thick white head. Aroma is strong and pleasantly malty, not complex but appealing. The flavor is rich and malty, with an undertone of citrus and hints of hops, almost no bitterness. A very smooth and refreshing ale.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crisp, soft malt really jumps out at me. Bright fruit.

Medium straw / honey color with some crazy particulate suspension – it looks pretty cool. Little head.

Light, toasty caramel sweetness and malt. Crisp, solid body. Fruit splashes.

The particulate is sticking to my throat; it may be psychosomatic, but it is unexpectedly unpleasant. Guess I’m babied by filtration. I’ll try not to hold a grudge since Coopers is all about sediment.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance: golden yellow color, sparkling
Smell: aromas of yeast
Taste and mouthfeel: fruity, dry with a long final
Drinkability: fresh beer, but no more

Review added 10-29-2007, translated from french 2-26-2008.

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

I've had this before and I remembered it as being something a bit more than what I'm now tasting. It's bottle conditioned so i was expecting something with more flavour. This comes across pretty ordinary. it's good but nothing special. Nothing unsatisfactory though. Just straight down the middle.

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Photo of biggmike
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy pale orange/golden color with white head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma was not real strong, but smelled faintly of hops. Flavor was malty and simple. Not a complex beer and not offensive. Mouthfeel was good. Okay, but nothing I would seek out again.

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

Hazy golden ale, large thick white head. Aroma for me was almost non-existsnt, what there is is a touch grassy, some pale malts and a merest tingle of hop. Mostly semi-bitter malty taste, some nice hopping underpinning, a little taste of apple skin appears. Quite nice on the palate, i liked that this wasnt too carbonated. Ok beer, not top class even for Golden ales, but drinkable enough.
AS you can see I thought this was a Golden ale.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A- It poured a hazy, deep golden yellow with a one finger head. There was lots of carbonation and some rather large floating sediment.

S- Almost wheaty or like some sort of fruity Belgian. There was a definite yeasty funk.

T- The strongest flavors were wheaty and fruity with a light spice.

M- It was bubbly with a bit of a hop and alcohol bite.

D- Not too overpowering to have more than one.

Overall- Not a bad beer. While it grew on me the more I drank and as it warmed, there wasn't enough to make me seek it out.

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Photo of JamesS
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this a couple of nights ago at a restaurant and got to pour it out myself. I decided to go the whole way and poured the entire beer, slowly, into the glass, so I could keep the sediment's extra flavor. Came out a nice golden color, with a nice amount of carbonation. All right smell, not overpowering, but no distinct aromas, either. Has a nice taste, nice hops and malt balance, good tingle, It has a nice bottle conditioned additional bitterness. Goes down great and was excellent with lobster.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, did not decant sediment. 5.80% abv, 375mL. Cellar temp.

Golden, slightly hazy with amber-straw centre. White head that fizzes away quickly. I suppose that is sparkling. Could be a hefe!

Apricot, apple, citrus, yeast scent.

Palate of bubblegum esters, metallic hops, definite banana undertones. Mouthfeel was carbonated and dry, with some good feel for a reasonably chewy swallow. All in all very drinkable and refreshing.

Had it again on April 8/08. Better with the sediment in.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Apricot color with a half inch of head. Very tight lasting lace.
S: light, sweet, and flowery.
T&M: Light and crisp, with a slight dryness middle way through and stays toward the end. A bit hoppy but very nice indeed.
D: Drinkable in the 1-6 range.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw gold with a big sudsy head.

The aroma is apple juice (but not cider), cut hay, and molasses. The emphasis is on the apple juice.

The mouthfeel is crisp, with medium carbonation.

The taste is hoppy and bitter (increasingly so, as the drink is taken care of), caramel, lemon, a touch of cider (instead of apple juice, how strange), and a tad of honey. This ale has an acidic bite to it and I find it a bit too sour. The aftertaste is dry (and tangy).

This sparkling ale is decent, to style, and not awful. It's just not fantastic either. Would likely be good as one in a crowd for a session.

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Photo of brendan13
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very hazy golden straw colour with a couple of centimetres of white head.
S - Apple and peche fruity esters come up at first followed by a sweet maltiness. Slight floral aroma comes through as well.
T - Along the same lines as the smell but with a fairly bitter, slighty dry and tarty finish.
M - Medium bodied and fairly highly carbonated.
D - Nothing special but it's a tasty fall back beer as it's available at pretty much every bottle shop at a reasonable price.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.5
Poured 2 and a half fingers or loose, bubbly white head, which disappeared in patches. Reasonably cloudy, looks like a scrumpy cider but far more carbonated. Quite golden when the light passes through it.

Smell - 3.5
Actually smells a bit like a scrumpy, with a definite apple smell. A bit of lemon tartness with a vague whiff of vinegar

Taste - 3.5
Really quite interesting, not your average English pale ale. Still has some cider character; it is actually quite tart, with a little malty sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable, but only just, as there is a lot of flavour. Aftertaste is slightly herbal and moderately bitter with a clean finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Moderate carbonation that reduces considerably when the beer warms up. Feels somewhat weighty in the mouth, and very smooth when it isn't ice cold.

Drinkability - 3.0
I feel that this beer has a little too much personality for its own good, as I wouldn't choose to drink too many.

This is definitely a better than average beer, and has more personality than Coopers Pale Ale. Like all Coopers beers, I believe this is good value, as it is far tastier than the mainstream options. However, the bitter residue and tart flavours mean drinkability is average at best. Interesting!

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an cloudy light amber. Lots of sediment floating about the fizzy bubbles. Not much retention on the thin head. Smells of all sorts of ale characteristics -- bready malts, fruity yeast, earthy hops. Very nice. Taste is very unique -- a bit sour, like a green apple, but also earthy/bready. Too fizzy (but I guess it is the "sparkling ale"), but it's very sessionable for the 5.8%. A nice creation -- nothing I'd actively seek out, but I'd buy another sixer of this...

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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 saintwarrick
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's not very sparkling as this brew pours a very cloudy old gold with a lot of sediment (if you choose to decant with the sediment). A slight head forms but quickly disappears, aroma is apples, pears and prunes. Taste is smooth and refreshing, pears and plums shine through. Not much bitterness to speak of in the taste of the finish. A solid brew, very drinkable, but not very inspiring.

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

12.7 oz. bottle,

A: Cloudy yellow-orange with lots of yeast floaties in it, high in carbonation with a good thick off-white head.

S: Noble hopping, and plenty of acidity, along with some bready malts.

T: Banana and bubblegum esters abound, almost like a hefe, but more reserved. There is also a bit of metallic noble hopping, possibly Pride of Ringwood? Not sure on that.

M: Very dry with lots of carbonation - "scrubbing bubbles."

D: Very refreshing, smooth, and easy to drink. Not exactly an English Pale Ale, but a good tasty ale to drink. Would be a good palate cleanser.

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Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy golden color with plenty of floaters as I decided to swirl the bottle before I poured the last 2 ozs. The head is white and kind of flat, no lacing detected. The smell is very faint, a pick up a hint of granny apple. The taste is a little grainy, a slight grassy hop taste in the backend to add some bitterness. The feel is light and well carbonated, perhaps a bit too carbonated as it seems to kills some of the taste. A very drinkable brew and for whatever reason I like it more than my review would tell. Not sure about the EPA classification but whatever. When at Outback this is the beer to get.

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

this has become one of my staples when available here in Sydney...this tap is reviewed from the Brooklyn Hotel, near Circular Quay in Sydney

appearance: very yeasty and full of sediment...a glossy clear copper colour, frothy beige head

smell: mild floral notes, light citrus, corn-honey

taste: pretty tasty...sweet honey-citrus, herbal traces, mildly bready...a nice easy driking australian ale

mouthfeel: medium-light

drinkability: easy street

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz brown screw-off cap bottle.

*note: Well, This is a strange english pale ale, and cooper's also brews a specific Pale ale as well so the style is suspect at best here.

AP: This one pours out sediment filled with lot's of floaty bits! (that's o.k in my book, especially since it states it clearly on the back lable that this is normal) extemely carbonated, yellow-wheat coloration with a two-finger tight-ass white head with a little brownish colored sediment settling on the top of the head that dissipted slowly and eventually became just a thin white ring around the edge.

Nose: sweet bready malt, herbal and tangy with an eartthy, mossy hop scent and sourized yeast.

flavor: fresh-bread malt, wheat and grains, metallic, earthy hop and a unique tart and tangy sour and herbalized yeast that really makes this brew enjoyable. The balance is strange but it works. There is a mildly tangy and bitter aftertaste (which can be curtailed if you were to leave the sediment out) There is a mild banana-like fruity current at the very end.

Feel: light to medium bodied, depending on if you leave the sediment in...crisp bite and a refreshing dry-edged finish.

DA: This seems like really good quality stuff coming all the way from australia. It came along way and is rather unique. i actually had no problem finishing off a 6-pack with my girlfriend.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is kind of a nasty, dirty water color. It is opaque with haze and has big yeast floaties in it. Thin white head. While the appearance is rather unappealing, the aoma makes up for it with gentle ale fruit, spicy hop fruit, and very light sourdough bread.

Starts bracing bitter and goes into a sourness, chased quickly by hop spice and pepper. There isa mildly soapy finish. This beer is very funky but I like it. Berry fruit, phenols, citric hop, and a touch of alcohol emerge with warmth. Hardly a masterpiece, but I'm partial to it.

Mouthfeel is midwieght, spritzy, fuzzy.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass/tumbler. This beer pours a hazy/cloudy medium golden/brown color. It had lots of little bubbles rising up towards the surface. Overall the appearance reminded me of a hefe weizen. Has a nice white head about 1/2 inch when poured that settles to a nice surface layer. Not very much lacing here though. Has sweet, malty aromas with hints of spice and citrus. Tastewise it is sweet and a bit spicy upfront with malty and citrus flavors. It is rounded out by a touch of pine hops and has a sort of bitter aftertaste. Has a very crisp and full bodied mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. Quite easy to drink. While there isn't really anything sparkling about this beer and I don't think it is a good representation of the style its brewers claim it to be, it is a good sort of unique beer and I thought it was pretty good. I would certainly drink this again.


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Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
3.56 out of 5 based on 636 ratings.
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