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Coopers Sparkling Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

380 Reviews
Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited
Australia | website

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

has a "best after" date on the bottle to allow for conditioning.
golden color appears cloudy from yeast. if pouring into more than one glass, you should expect a bit of sediment. it doesnt affect the beer much unless you get quite a bit of it (which there is).
nice aroma to it with a slight bitter finish and a dry-ish flavor (dont ask me to explain, but thats what i put in my notes).
the alcohol will hit you, though it doesnt come through in the taste.
a good pale ale over all, coming in just a bit behind little creatures.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting ale from Down Under. This little brew came from the bottle with big flakes of sediment and a cloudy apricot-colored body with a good off-white head that held well and laced with gusto. The nose is very fruity and that sense follows in the flavor as well. Nice taste but a bit too acidic. The feel is better with a nice snap in the finish that is quite nice. Very drinkable ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden with chunks of sediment floating in a suspension like appearance, white head bubbly not much lacing going on here. Aroma: Bready malt sweetness with an air of grassiness in the background very mild hop aroma that's about it simple. Taste: Crisp sweetness bready finish with a decent bitterness to it, this beer just doesn't have anything that really set's it apart from anything else. Mouthfeel: A bit watery no texture no hoppy oils left on the palate high carbonatinon, light bodied ale. Drinkability: Mediocre just couldn't picture craving for another one of these brews, glad I sampled that's about it.

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Photo of diablo14
4.77/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

theres not too many coopers beers i dont like, and this, for me, is truly one of the worlds greats. i sometimes take it for granted because i can get this anywhere, but every so often i am reminded of its greatness.

sometimes i will try to pour this minus the sediment, depending on my mood. there is a noticable difference with and without, but the beer is certainly more robust when the floaties are in it.

the classic golden color and white fluffy head scream drink me, and that blast of bananas and citrus when i put it to my nose are always a winner. the bubble action gives it an intense mouthfeel, just the right level of maltiness and the use of pride of ringwood hops gives it a typical aussie bitterness, but one that doesnt go overboard like most others.

the finish minus the sediment is very clean and crisp (and fruity too), with the yeast it has a caramelly finish that packs a bit of punch. either way, from start to finish it is a spectacularly balanced beer.

you can drink this anytime, anywhere, and goes great with food, especially spicy stuff. the slightly higher than normal AV always gives me a nice glow, no matter what the weather.

if youre not from australia i can say this is a beer best consumed fresh, and is even better on tap than it is out of the bottle. in a sea of dismal lagers and light (color wise) beers in this country (and even worldwide) this is truly a giant of a beer.

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

Kind of an ideal end-of-summer, beginning-of-football-season kind of brew. Cloudier than all hell -- might scare any potential converts away. But nonetheless, very light -- yellow-orange.

Very easy drinking. Simultaneously full flavored. Aroma is a little anemic but dominated with some esters. Flavor begins fruity -- is that banana? -- and closes with a nice, almost-citrus hop bitterness that is far from overpowering. Truly balanced.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 11.2 oz bottle. The appearance is a cloudy copper color with quite a bit of yeast sediment, and a bit of bubble cascading. The smell is slightly sweet. The taste is mostly lemon, a slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a few of these.

Not a bad beer. Though the taste hints are slight, and I'm unsure whether the beer should have this much sediment, this is still enjoyable nonetheless. The REAL Australian for beer!

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Photo of TerryW
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the look of this. Honey gold in colour, foggy and with bits of yeast floating about. Looks like a good solid sweet apple cider (something I really like). Looks handsome and wholesome and substantial to me. Poured up a short head that settled down in short order.

Smells of yeast and hops. The taste is dominated by the yeast, slightly fruity. There are some bitter hops to finish it out. Decent mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, don't fear the floaters, they slip by fine.

I enjoyed this well enough. It didn't blow me away, but I think I'll be giving it another try.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color (cloudy), small head. A medium bodied ale, light and refreshing. Mild and smooth malts, mild hop bite. Champagne yeast added to bottle for natural soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and dry. Aftertaste has a slight bite, malty and slightly bitter. Interesting beer, Nice taste.

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Photo of ALEBOY
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer ! An ideal beer for any season, or session for that matter. A lovely hazy gold that is quite a contrast to the average Aussie brew, a dense white head tops off the pour. Aroma is not very aggresive , yeasty and lemony are perhaps my best descriptions. The flavour reminds me of some belgian pales except that it is a touch more mineraly.Medium body and very drinkable.

A great Australian beer

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Photo of putnam
4.87/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of this beer is nothing short of "viscous." There is a sense on the nose of dense, boiled bananas and tropical green growth. Dried mint leaf aromas fold into elements of mustard greens and chamomile. Quite exquisite really. (this bottle was picked up at an Ontario beer store by the way) And then there is the experience of submitting one's mouth to the liquid.
Strident lines of gas slash deep grooves onto my tongue. There is vigorous, powerful atmospheric pressure in this bottle. What a perfect complement to the banana/clove aromatics and thick texture. It remains dry with powdered pencil dust resins on the finish. Efficient. Powerful. Impeccable quality.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came in a 375ml brown stubbie, as part of a 6 pack. Has one of the most curious appearances I've ever encountered. A cloudy light amber with enough suspended particles in it to make it look like there is sand floating in my beer when held up to the light. How Australian! (although it reminds me of that motocross scene in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Aroma is of sweet, boozy, cirtusy malt. Flavour has a sweet, yeasty tang to it, a bit boozy, not much body to carry it all. Perhaps I picked up an old case of this, but it doesn't do anything for me at all.

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Photo of lipschitz
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 375ml Pseudo-stubbie bottle, with no freshness date stamped.

Pours hazy, orange / gold with no head or lace to speak of – perhaps I was a bit remiss in my glass rinsing. The smell is quite bready, with noticeable grassy notes. Taste is clean grains, with a touch of citrus. There are some suggestions of fruit in there as well as a glance of hops. Mouthfeel is dry and generously carbonated – nicely tingles on the back of your tongue.

Notes: Sparkling…it’s downright glittering! This is quite a refreshing treat. It possesses an almost ginger ale-like carbonation – yet it is a rather enjoyable beer. The yeast / fruit & grains all work together quite well. Worth checking out on a hot summer day.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This australian ale from Coopers poured a slightly cloudy golden colour with a minimal head. It had the aromas of hops, slight malts, and fruit. It tasted like a standard, pretty hoppy, euro-ale with some nice, light, malty tastes. The mouthfeel of this beer was very crisp yet creamy. The drinkability was very good, and this beer would make a great hot day, summer beer.

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Photo of Morris729
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium golden color with a creamy white head that fades into a nice amount of lace. Nose is sweet malts, bread dough, and a bit of citrus. Medium in body with a good amount of active carbonation. Taste is sweet malts and grains with some fruity notes (apple, pear, melon, and banana) followed by a bit of yeast and some citrusy hops. A nice pale ale and a step up from their “Original Pale Ale.”

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Photo of GreenCard
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: pleasant hop spiciness with a mellow malt backbone, some apple-cidery/champagnelike qualities

Appearance: golden lager color, good clarity despite the sediment in the bottle, very effervescent, but low head

Flavor: crisp hop flavor and a subdued bitterness, finishes dry but there is a substantial amount of maltiness rounding it out, the efferevescence plays a large role in the flavor progression as it takes the place of a more profound hop bitterness, a very lager-like brew, doesn't exhibit much of the usual ale attributes (namely esters)

Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied (made moreso by the ever-lasting bubbles), prickly champagne-like carbonation, quite a refreshing beer

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

This bottle conditioned ale is a cloudy golden color that has a thin and light head. The nose was a bit weak and fruity but nice pleasant. The flavor is a fruity malt flavorored by the hops in a nice and balanced taste. The mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent. The finish is hoppy with a moderate lemony/citrus taste.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite an unusual and unique beer. A sparkling ale with yeast and cloudiness! Initially, there is a sour almost skunky smell and taste. Once you get past that, a nice spritzy fruitiness appears. This beer gets better as it goes. Nice ABV lets you feel it. Not an elite beer by any means, but give them credit for doing something different. Looks kind of like a wheat beer, minus the head. Very little retention or lace. The appeal is the fruitiness, and it is a beer I will buy again. Refreshing, creamy ale.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle conditioned. Pours like ginger ale, bubbles cling to sides. No head at all. I poured half a glass and it was clear and had a crips taste of earthy pride of ringwood hop. I poured the rest and the yeast sediment clouded it all up. I've not seen yeast sediment in this type of beer be so loose and pour so easily. The sediment made it slightly sour. not too impressed.

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Photo of yen157
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw colored if poured without yeast, and murky like an ugly homebrew if poured with the yeast. Fizzy, white head that didn’t last too long. Smells kinda fruity, definitely from the yeast. Same fruitiness is there on a larger scale in the taste. Nice, solid pale malt backboneHop bitterness combines very nicely with alcohol and yeast for a fairly dry finish.

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

Hazy gold with lots of fine grained "floaties" and plenty of upcharging bubbles to replenish a nice small-bubbled head. Laces quite simply. Fruity apple and citrus aromas, a little yeast. The malts dominate the flavor in a light and clean manner, senses of apple and peach with a simple finish. A little overcarbonated to me, but helps stand in place for the reserved hopping. There is a creaminess here, as well. Not bad as a somewhat unique beer, not a personal favorite for me, either...

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it pours to a very light straw like color with a decent head atop it. there is so much sediment in this beer, you may not believe it, but don't be scared.

after getting over how much sediment was floating around, i began a very smooth pale ale. it was pleasantly hopped and had a great balance of malts that made it an overall winner. extremely drinkable, you could definitely sit back with more than a few.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky offering due to extreme sediment concentration....the body is full with a fruity aroma of apples....This brew has a nice balance to it with a slight hoppy bitterness changing to a malty finish....Nippy on the tongue at first, then passes.....seems very dry.

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Photo of jreitman
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pale gold with little head. Carbonation is very visible in the form of loads of tiny bubbles that constantly make their way up the glass. Nose holds a variety of fruit smells, notably apples, and a slight yeast aroma. Fairly clean flavor profile with hints of fruit and sugary sweetness. Hops are not present at all in flavor but due give a little body and bitterness to the finish. Finish is clean, crisp, and dry. Overall a pretty good brew, but definitely not my style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Michael Jackson actually gives this beer it's own category in his "Beer Companion" and describes it as "an early breed of British pale ale, adapted to colonial conditions..." With that thought in mind, it does seem perfectly suited for the Australian climate. Crisp and light, but also full of flavor. Great for winter or summer. I'm also amazed at the way this beer can be poured crystal clear, or entirely cloudy. Two possible beers from one bottle! Poured carefully, the beer is crystal clear with a golden appearance and the clearly visible carbonation of tiny, rising bubbles. With the yeast, it's a murky orange-ish but tends to give a better head and has much more character. The aroma is fruity with notes of apple and banana. The flavor follows in much the same manner, but with much more intensity. Although there's not much malt in the aroma, there is some in the flavor. The hops seem to be used only for bitterness and give a dryness to the flavor and finish at @ 25 bitterness units. A really unique ale.

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Photo of marc77
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light orange hued brew topped by a thin, but dense and well retained head. Copious yeast aggregates from the bottle conditioning dance with the released CO2. The aroma is comprised of sweet fruit esters, honey, and a touch of biscuit malt. Flavorwise this beer continues where the aroma leaves off. It's very estery and fruity upfront w/ pronounced honey flavors... hop bitterness is quite low, and allows both the light crystal malt and residual sugars to dominate, but not overpower. Medium bodied, w/ a pleasant and lightly viscous mouthfeel. The hop flavor is subdued, but is perceptibly earthy. Finishes a touch bready w/ a bit of yeast - derived mustiness. Cooper's is certainly a unique brew... I'm glad I got a six pack so I can try this again. The flavors contributions from the yeast strain used add signifcant depth.

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Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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