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Coopers Sparkling Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited
Australia
coopers.com.au

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 kwjd
2.49/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky, pale orange colour, with very bubbly white head. Some lacing on the glass and ok head retention. Smells of bready malt, hops, metal and cooked vegetables. Mild bitterness in the flavour, but some off flavours as well. More carbonation than I'd like in an pale ale. I don't know if freshness is the issue here, but it says best before May 2012 on the bottle and it was kept in the fridge section at the Control Board in Ontario, so I have to imagine it was fresh.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Smith victorian pint glass.

A: I was expecting a beer that looked like champagne. Not at all. Nice murky orange/tan with a huge foamy head. Nice lacing and head retention. Looks like a darkish hefeweizen.

S: Smells like a hefeweizen. Wheaty and citrusy with subtle white grape and floral hop notes. Overall lemon zest essence.

T: Wow. Refreshingly carbonated, thick but not too thick. I get lots of sour wheat and a biscuit malt hit. Nice and creamy with a pleasing finish, but somewhat of a sour taste on the roof of my mouth.

D: Great six pack candidate for a hot summer day.

Value: At $9.99 per sixer, this is a good buy. Plus you get that extra 0.7 fl oz per bottle. YES.

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Photo of karait95
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: good golden color not very shinny but with a nice head light brown color with small bubbles that dissipares slowly.

S: faint malty aroma with a vage sweet smell inside

T: good but pain favor not too compex malty flavor with hops at the end

M: refreshing tasting for an ale good ending a little too bitter but long enough

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Photo of faroutadventure
4.82/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really pours nice. Champagne in appearance. Bubbling like crazy off the bottom.

A - Pours thick and cloudy (inverted before opening) golden orange. Tons of carbonation, looks/behaves like champagne almost.

S - One word - Citrus,bready, yeasty notes .Inviting to drink.

T - Again citrus with a hoppy finish. Slight chalky after effects. Dry on the pallete

M - Hearty and 'sparkling'...

D - You will want more than one!

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Photo of biegaman
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Sparkling Ale' is perhaps the most ironically named beer I know of. This turbid, marmalade-looking beverage is replete with yeast particles resembling torn finger nails and has a complexion only as bright as a rainy autumn evening. While a harder pour might exacerbate some of the former, head needs to be generated somehow; this looks awfully flat.

Leaving beer unpasteurized usually affords it a little extra padding for long journeys, but the trip from Down Under to these North American shores must have been pretty rough - the smell of budding green hops has faded substantially and its biscuity maltiness comes across as frail and battered. The thing seems to have gotten sea sick.

The taste allows us a more fair and accurate glimpse into how the beer is surely meant to be; its firm bready flavours and underlying zest characterize the English Pale Ale style to a tee. While both are moderate flavours they are fairly assertive on the palate and suit one another well. A hint of honeyed oats lingers softly on the aftertaste.

I've drank my fair share of Coopers Sparkling over the years and have often noticed great inconsistencies bottle to bottle; unfortunately this particular sample isn't suiting my fancy quite like others have. Mostly this stems from two discrepancies, the first regarding carbonation (tonight nil) and the other being hoppiness (less bitter, less animate than usual).

Nevertheless, it's still made clear that the Australians learned a thing or two from their British ancestors when it comes to crafting mild and sessionable beers. This is exactly the kind of offering you'd want to find fresh on cask at your local pub... having it stale and battered in bottle shipped from the other side of the planet is less ideal, but still alright.

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Photo of JayQue
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not impressed. Has a" best after" date of 18 June 09???? I drank it 24 Sept 10. Have no idea if it is fresh enough for comparison.

Appearance was the best part. A hard pour provides a big carbonated head with average retention. There is small globs of lacing on the glass.

Hardly any aroma other than a little metallic/chemical nose. Taste was mild, a little malty, a bit of the strange aroma element and a little grassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel was a disappointment. After the name sparkling and the big head, I was expecting some on-going carbonation to tickle the tongue. The beer was not watery, but there is little crispness and no extra carbonation. Drinkability is very average.This is not an exceptional beer in any sense.

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Photo of shambeano
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

L-a careful pour into a pint glass makes the beer come out a relative light golden amber, and knowing this beer as i do, a careless pour results in a very cloudy beer, personally i like them either way, but for the purpose of this review it has been poured clear. only about 2 or 3 mm of head, which quickly goes. i quite like the look of this one.

n-smell is slightly sweet, and a tad citrus style hoppy, but there is not a whole lot going on there.

t- first up is the bitterness, it really hits the front of your tongue and before you can make anything out it moves towards the back and then disappears. Its a slighly acidic citrusy bitterness, that is cleansing and refreshing more than anything. and there is a slight caramaly malt sweetness in there to follow, although what it resembles eludes me. it seems to work.

m- carbonation i find can be a little prickly, but other than that mouthfeel is pretty standard, good, but not amazing.

d- i find this beer really very easy to drink, its a beer i could drink several of and i have done on many a hot summers day.

Although its not mindblowingly amazing, coopers sparkling is a pretty damn good standard, ive drunk it many a time, and im sure i will continue to.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an orange straw colour and a head that is gone in 20 seconds leaving only a meniscus of bubbles. This beer is sweet and citrussy on the nose. The taste is tangy and hoppy, almost sour. This is a decent English style pale ale, but nothing special.

NOTE: I am Australian and the standard Cooper's pale ale in Aus is in a green bottle and slightly different. I guess this stuff is for export only.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"best after" date (after???) was 01Sept 09.

Pours to hazy orange-gold color and sudsy white head that lasts. Aroma is fruity, hoppy and slightly malty. Flavor is fruity, estery, somewhat citrusy and balanced with a dose of bittering hops and some lingering hop flavor. Mouthfeel is bubbly but "rough". Has a very "homebrewy" vibe to it. Overall, a solid beer that has no frills or pretensions. It is what I would call a good ale.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a pale yellow colour with a decent size fizzy and foamy white head. I can see lots of carbonation and the beer is hazy. There appears to be some average lacing and the head has lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - The beer has a very pleasing grassy and hoppy smell. Also some apple scent and some citrus zest.

Taste & Mouth - There is a lot of carbonation going on here, almost like a champagne. It has a lemony bitter taste mixed with some hops. The beer finishes on a bitter hoppy notes but it is not overpowering. It is a very refreshing taste.

Drink I'm happy I gave this beer a try. A nice refreshing beer due to the carbonation and lemon flavours. I'd purchase it again.

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

Part of my attempt to get a more comprehensive coverage of the most readily available Australian beers. Purchased at Liquorland - it's a nice experience to get reviewable beers from such a massive chain.

Pours a pale yellow-golden colour, cloudy with yeast sediment which I agitated and added to the glass. Head is initially frothy and boisterous, a just-eggwhite off-white colour that leaves good lacing. Looks pretty good.

Nose unmistakably has an Australian edge to it - I believe that Pride of Ringwood is used in this brew, giving that slightly earthy, slightly rank character. But there's a cleanness to it which is better than a lot of other examples of its usage. Not bad.

Taste is better -- it has a smooth clean palate, bittered with a slight phenolic edge, but largely clean, round and slightly buttery. Pleasant fresh finish gives a slight twang of green, but it's all very mellow and approachable. Mouthfeel is clean and slick.

It's a nice brew, this one. Certainly easy to drink and very sessionable. Not something that's going to wow you, but it's something that you could keep going with all night.

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Photo of decimator
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a cloudy gold with a 1cm head. Good lacing is produced and some sediment settled at he bottom of the glass.

S - Sweet malts, flowers, spices and orange peel.

T - Malty sweetness upfront, citrus sourness and a mild lingering hop bitterness.

M - Low carbonation, creamy, rustic with a slightly bland finish.

D - Average beer. Goes good with hamburgers.

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Photo of Macca
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy honey gold colour with a generous white head. I went with including the sediment.

Not a lot happening on the nose with this one. A little bit of lemon but not in an attractive way. Reminds me of a bland macro. Maybe a bit of malt. Disappointing.

Graininess dominates the palate. Some sweetness. No obvious hoppiness.

This an imminently drinkable beer (I have had far too many over the years) but maybe that is because there is not a lot going on with it.

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Photo of Amalak
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle that I bought at the distributor.
A- It's hazy yellow with a good white head and lacing. No bubbles.
S- It has a mild malt and citrus scent.
T- Malty clean taste, but limited flavor. Some carbonation. I was expecting almost a wine taste, but this is quite tame in the taste department. Not bad by any means, but not great.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle, at the Metro in the downtown warehouse district of Edmonton.

This beer pours a rather hazy medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves chunky strips of arched lace around the glass as it steadily fades away.

It smells of slightly biscuity, grainy pale and bready malt, a bit of acrid yeast, a hard-water flintiness, and weak leafy, weedy hops. The taste is more biscuity pale grainy malt, some soft, dry orchard fruitiness, a wet stoniness, and tame grassy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is crackly and coarse, at first, but still moderate in its bearing overall, the body medium-light in weight, and settles to smooth after all that initial spritz. It finishes off-dry, with some mild, innocuous graininess and somewhat bitter floral hops.

Discovering the lees at the bottom of the bottle lends credence to the bottle-conditioning claim, however, this is still just a barely better than average ale, the flavours never really rising above the gimmick of the 'sparkling ale' - aren't all beers sparkling, or ya know, 'carbonated' to some extent?

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

A- Pours a cloudy, light gold color with a rather large, fluffy white head. Great retention and leaves decent lacing.

S- Light bread aroma (malt), floral hops, unripened apples, and a damp earthy aroma.

T- A mixture of light fruit and malt. Some hop presence comes through in the end.

M- Light to medium feel with medium levels of carbonation. Very crisp with a nice bite on the tongue.

D/O- A pretty unobtrusive English Pale Ale. There's nothing really wrong with this beer, but there are better EPAs out there. Yes, I could easily drink a sixer of this, but after two I'd get tired of the flavors. Cheers.

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

Poured from 375mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says best after 18 June 2009, which was over a year ago; who knows what the best-before date might have been.

Appearance: pale golden-orange hue with a fair bit of haze. There also seem to be some tiny floaties in the body. Head poured two fingers of frothy white foam but dissipated rapidly to a thin layer. Overall, good, but a little weird with those floaties.

Smell: quite mild, slightly sweet malt with some floral hop character. Low-intensity, but good.

Taste: malty at the beginning, then a solid, moderate bitterness takes over with those floral hops again. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very enjoyable level of carbonation. Probably my favorite part of this beer.

Drinkability: distinctly drinkable. It might be a hair too sweet, however, to quaff a lot of 'em. I'd definitely have this again, though.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, honey, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with a mild hops presence that provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while but there are other beers in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured hazy gold with a little white head and brown speckling.
S: It smelled like musty barley and sour yeast, with some lemon zest and a bit of creamy wheat.
T: It tasted like lemon and sour yeast, with some white grapes and musty barley. It had a crisp bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This wasn't bad, but it was kind of boring and not very clean. It was easy enough to drink, but it was ultimately unremarkable and forgettable. (Seemed more like a Belgian pale ale than English.)

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Photo of puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle dated 10 JUN 09-14:26. Sampled on May 20, 2010. There is something incedibly refreshing about this beer from start to finish. I drank it cold when the temperature was 84 degrees outside. The pour was a pale yellow but also quite cloudy with a long lasting good sized head. There is a vague sensation of malts in the aroma but otherwise it tends to speak to me in fruity tones.The taste has a biting sharpness to it but speckled with citrus and muted hopped notes. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark straw with a lager-like white head that fades. Summer fruit and toasted malt on the nose. Toasted granola and nut then woody hops with a bit of lemon rind. Dry leave, light to medium, fizzy.

Swirling in the yeast before pouring (which I hear they do in Australia) makes it cloudy, of course, and adds yellow plum notes and some extra spice.

Nothing deep, but instead the ideal balanced summer drinker. Drinkability would be even higher only it's a bit too lively and strong.

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Photo of generallee
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was served in a bottle with a frosted mug at the Outback Steakhouse. I let the glass warm up a bit for I poured in the beer.

Appearance: The body has a bright yellow color with lots of carbonation and yeast particles in suspension even with a careful pour. On top sits a soapy bright white which gradually settles out and makes only a little bit of spotty slick lace.

Smell: The aroma is light and crisp. There is a light grainy character with herbal mineral like hop notes and a touch of lemon zest.

Taste/Palate: It has a snappy pale grainy maltiness with some bready yeast and light fruity notes like citrus fruit with apples and pears. Hops add a nice light bitterness to the mildly sweet malt and some herbal notes to the finish which is fairly short. The body has a refreshing and easy drinking light to medium feel and texture with crisp lively carbonation.

Notes: This is a refreshing and tasty beer that is just fun to drink. They would be much more drinkable however if they were not five bucks a pop at the Outback Steakhouse. I could easily take down quite a few of these if I had more money.

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Photo of vitalnj
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Six-pack x 12.7 fl. Oz. picked upon sale at Bottle King. Pours clear dark yellow/orange cloudy gold color with 3 finger solid head. Smell was pale, malts and minor hint of yeast. Very floral and grassy. Good carbonation and perfect balance of alcohol. I would buy this again and again.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and hazy from the sediment I chose to pour into the glass along with my beer. Little white flecks of lees are visible in the glass. The frothy white head isn't very retentive and doesn't lace. It has a biscuity, earth sort of aroma with a hint of lemon. Flavours of green apple and mild lemon and unsalted wheat cracker. Leafy hops give it a mild but firm bitterness. Light bodied with spritzy carbonation. Feels crisp and refreshing. An easy and quenching beer to slake your thirst on a hot sunny day. Decent.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with tons of particles floating around. Forms a big white bubbled head. Medium retention and lots of lacings left in the glass

S: Quite malty in the nose. Strong notes of sweet grains, crystal and caramel malts. Nice notes of flowery hops

T: Sweet malts, roasted malts, earthy yests and a mild but good hops bitterness in the end

M: Light body. Good carbonation. Malty and mils hops bitterness as aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Average Pale Ale

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Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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