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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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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Photo of Poppleton
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma- grainy and grassy with some citrus undertone (7/12)

App- pale yellow, effervescent ale that is slightly hazy. Reminds me a little of champagne but not as clear. Head is white with bubbles that fizz and die down quickly. (2/3)

Flav- light lemon or apple with little bitterness. Fairly smooth. (15/20)

MF- champagne bubbles, crisp and dry. (4/5)

Overall - refreshing, balanced ale that is not filling. A good summer beer but I am not overwhelmed by it overall. (6/10)

Total (34/50)

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this when I was a backpacker working out in the Kimberley. In 45°c+ heat a cold beer never tasted so good, but at 5.8% the 'Coopers red' was a bit much.

S: Like the Coopers Green it smells more like a Belgian pale ale than anything else. Slightly vinous and yeasty with a hint of banana, and, er… a touch of vommit.

T: Completely dry and pilsner like. There's some cherry/almonds in the finish and citrus fruit in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sparkly.

O: Refreshing if anything.

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Photo of keitho
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark straw colour, lots of bubbles and a quickly dissipating head the yeast gives the beer a cloudy appearance, looks good to me!

Smell- Orangey yeast smell, not unpleasant.

Taste- Nice bitter taste, tangy and citrusy, very refreshing and moreish. Its long and

lip-smacking, a lovely tasting beer.

Mouthfeel- Very filling and creamy lots of bubbles.

Overall- This is a very nice looking /tasting Sparkling Ale it's bottle fermented (like all Coopers) so that you get yeast floating around in your beer, I have to admit to being a big fan of this beer and can't recommend it enough, good stuff.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 375ml bottle with a BB of June 2012. Acquired a while back from my local beer specialist. Tons of yeast sediment visible at the bottom of the bottle.

Poured into a straight pint glass (leaving most of the sediment behind). A golden-amber colour with medium carbonation and plenty of chunky floating sediment. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before collapsing. Aroma of dry, earthy yeast with hints of stewed veg, unripe apples and faint malt.

Tastes of light malt and yeast, with a dry finish. Notes of stewed veg, unripe apples and a hint of solvent. Sweet overtones. Very dry upon swallowing, bordering on harsh. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and full-bodied. Highly astringent. Aftertaste of dry yeast and a harsh note.

OK, but not too special. Balanced, but the aroma and flavour are quite dull and dominated by yeast esters. Perhaps this bottle is a bit too old - I'll try and review it again sometime. No need to go out of your way for this.

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Photo of leaddog
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy orange amber with a finger width of foamy, dense white head. I decided to pour it with the sediment, which floats about in the beer and on the head (reminiscent of cinnamon).

Smell - Grains, grassy notes, sweet apple.

Taste - Strong grain and grassy flavours, but partnered well with the sweet apple. Nice bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp finish and light fluffiness.

Overall - An interesting take on the English pale ale by Coopers. I was initially surprised by the amount of sediment, as well as the amount that remained floating on top of the head. Great grassy and bitter flavours - a nice brew for a summer day.

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

Pours a golden verging on slightly orange body with flighty lightly nice white big bubbled white head.

Big biscuity aromas full on malts.

Nice well rounded taste staring very wheat like and then well driven into a hoppy finish staying away from peppery or sweet and not betraying the alcohol.

Big and brassy on the carbonation but nicely suited and solid mouthfeel.

A most welcome beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with lots of small particles floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter-finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of pale malts and yeast in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of pale malts and yeast. Only some hints of bitterness are noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very sessionable—it’s not particularly flavorful but it sure goes down very easily.

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

Tasted On: 19-02-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: 750 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Pilsner Glass

A - Faint Gold to yellow colour, a slight tinge of marmalade hue. Yeast sediment in bottle conditioning is quite prominent. The carbonation was impressive initially, and after pouring, the carbonation to liquid ratio was 50%, but it was only retained for five minutes or so before dissipating to a one finger head. There was some lacing which faded quickly.

T - Some pleasurable bready malt flavours coming through, with subtle fruity characteristics. There is a medium hop profile which isn’t too bland or overly utilised. A good clean overall use of hopping for this style. In saying this, for me, there was something in flavour that was lacking in the overall profile. Quite a dry finish, although overall pleasurable to drink.

S - Initially, but most prominently after the beer had gotten slightly warmer, there was a strong smell of alcohol. The bottle says 5.8%, and although the overall percentage doesn’t noticeably affect the taste, I suspect the beer is too strong for the flavour profile, or at least the alcohol hasn’t been blended as well as it could have been. In saying this, the alcohol is really only evident in the smell.

M - The mouth feel for this beer was quite thin. I was expecting a little more viscosity, although I hardly think it detracts from the beer and on the whole, it certainly isn’t something to fault.

O - As an overall honest and unbiased opinion, the best way I could describe this beer would be as an inoffensive, all-rounder, pleasurable but by no means outstanding Australian ale. I wouldn't place this beer on an elitist pedestal, nor would I be apprehensive to advocate this beer as a good Australian ale. I’ve never had the option of purchasing this beer from a keg at a pub, but have purchased many times at the local liquor store in the 750ml bottles (the longnecks are great for homebrew!), and generally, it’s a good default beer to serve to visiting friends or as an accompaniment to meals. I believe it’s a very good beer for the price and I will continue to purchase this product.

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

Tasted On: 02-11-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: 375 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Single served at a restaurant

I went to Outback Steakhouse and thought this was a good alternative to a Foster's for an Aussie beer...

Color is a dark orange-yellow, with a hazy clarity from bottle conditioning. Head is off-white with good retention. Aromas have a fruity and citrus hop smell, with some spice from the yeast.

Taste features some bready malt character, but is more about the hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and has moderate carbonation. Aftertaste has lingering spicy and hop bittering flavors.

Overall a good pale ale, refreshing and easy drinking.

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

This pours an amber to marmalade orange. It is fairly cloudy due to the bottle conditioning – the brewers suggest a couple of up and down tilts to mix up any sediment. A white porous head forms fairly thickly if not poured slowly and steadily – remember this is “sparkling” ale.

There isn’t a strong smell coming through the head following pouring. There is a sense of yeast, due to the fact that Coopers Sparkling Ale is bottle conditioned.

There is a lot of malt (not too sweet though) coming through from the initial taste. There is a light lemon zest citrus mouth freshener as well on the full taste. The taste is rounded out with a medium to strong hoppy bitterness. You can also get a sense of the high alcohol content for this particular beer style. It almost feels like that it has got too strong for its flavour combinations.

Quite a lot of carbonation in this drop which is stereotypical of many Aussie brews.

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

A - Pale golden yellow with small bright white head. A lot of activity within as sediment and effervescence dance lively.

S - Some fresh pear, with biscuity malt.

T - Sweet and fruity. Pear, yeast, lime, bread. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Dry and very crisp. Light bodied and fizzy.

O - Overall, a better than decent session beer for the Australian summer's day.

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Photo of TDaneau
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this brew on a deck in South Australia (10 miles from the brewery) Seems fitting for a nice and warm (98 degree) day. Bottle poured into a standard pub glass.

A- Thefinger width head disspears instantly after the pour. As bottle conditioned any disturbance will fill the glass with a LOT of yeast (not a bad thing) Straw like color with lots of yeast floating about. High carbonation does give it a 'sparkling' appearance in the glass

S- Faint if anything.

T- Light, crisp, highly carbed, clean. Again, you need to enjoy this in Australia on a hot day.

M- Light and Crisp.

O- This beer really fits the territory. I can't imagine enjoying this on a cold New England night, but it really fits the bill in OZ. Clean, crisp and refreshing- a great beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Coopers Sparkling Ale has a thin, white head (wide-brim glass) and a hazy, yellow-golden appearance, with fine, light-brown sediment floating all about. There is some lacing left behind and few bubble streams, but I’d not call this sparkling, really. The aroma is faint, but one picks up a little sweetness, bread, and fruit. Taste is also subtle (hate to say dull)- bread or cracker, slight fruit, grapefruit bitterness, and cracker. Mouthfeel is on the watery side, and Coopers Sparkling Ale finishes semi-dry and super easy drinking. One could really guzzle this. Overall, it’s okay and worth trying.


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Photo of homebrew311
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a cloudy yellow, looks like an unfiltered wheat, cm of head, minimal retention

S: nose features malty/bready notes, mellow caramel, faint earthy hops

T: a little more flavor than the nose leads on, some hops are present, dash of bitterness, clean flavors, not a lot going on

Mf: high carbonation, light body

O: easy drinking pale, not much more, not much less

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