Coopers Sparkling Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale
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Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

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Coopers Brewery Limited

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have always been a little hesitant about this beer.
It seems to have a yeasty predominance both in the smell and the taste.It seems to taste 'stale " tome , no flavours developon the palate just the same flavour from start to finish .
It has the building blocks but seems to have none of the refinments to make it a good drinking beer

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Photo of Citadel82
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I took a big chance buying this one. The last time I sampled it was in the bleak days of the 1980's when few imports were coming ashore. Remember when Guinness came in the nip sized bottles? 6 3/4 oz. It is about 6 months past its "best by" date as printed on the carrier. Still and all it was crisp clean and refreshing. Truly sparkling. Alas it was unremarkable otherwise. Very drinkable but not outstanding. A faint floral aroma and a clear chill hazed pour with short lived minimal lace, Taste was crisp and sparkiling no real malt or hops on the nose or the tounge. Good enough to consider thier other products but not much else.

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Photo of theopholis
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a cloudy golden with a decent, off-white head. No lacing at all.

Aroma- Very fruity. Some green apple and white grape notes, maybe a whiff of banana. Also smells grainy/woody. No hop aroma at all.

Taste- Starts out with a decent malt sweetness and some graininess. Not much hop presence tho, which there should be some for an English pale ale. Has a pleasant yeasty clove fafter-taste.

Mouthfeel- Pretty light body for an English pale ale. Carbonation is light and bubbly. It's more like a cider than a beer.

Drinkability- Considering it's not to styly, this is a very easy-drinking pleasant beer.

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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 saintwarrick
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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 nquigley16
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An underrated and priceworthy ale which has a good mix between hops and malt.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into schooner glass. Appearance: a 1" white head drops quickly with some light lacing left behind. Color is deep golden with plenty of sediment from bottle conditioning. Lots of streaming carbonation. Aroma: floral and some citrus hops are dominate, with some biscuit and cracker. Mouthfeel: fluffy and frothy with a mostly wet finish. Flavor: toffee, butterscotch, caramel, biscuit, with plenty of hop balance in the background. Overall: very well done. Enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.18/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12.7 oz bottle
I have to admit that I usually am not bothered by yeast sediment in bottle-conditioned beers, but this one was a little over the edge. The color of the beer was a faded gold, but the massively thick sediments were too overpowering. It looks like sawdust floating! The aroma was pretty simple with a wheaty citrus smell.
Now for the taste....
It came off very flat tasting. To think about it, this is as far from anything I would consider to be "sparkling". As I was sipping, I could not get over the appearance of this one. So I have no option but to say that this was on my "worst list"

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Photo of funkengruven
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured from the bottle a nice cloudy amber with a bunch of sediment at the bottom of the glass, actually quite a nice looking beer at first glance. Smell is faint with some evidence of malt there. This is a pretty good tasting brew with an assertive malt character, slight bitterness with some sweetness, going into a relatively clean finish. Carbonation is abundant, but not too excessive. This is pretty drinkable and overall a pretty decent ale.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An imposing 750ml bottle with a metallic label. The label has a date of B/Best- 23-02-09. With a date like this I am assuming it is a before best date, but the price was only like $3NZD so a worthy gamble. I have enjoyed the other beer in the brand so this was a done deal.

Appearance- A deep yellow body with an excessive amount of carbonation, leading to a satisfying hiss when uncapping the bottle. A limited amount of head retention and a little haziness for the bottle sediments on the first pour. The 2nd and last glass yield an even cloudier brew even with decanting, inherit with trying to pour from a large bottle.

Smell- A moderate dose of hops with a bit of yeast nose. The hops are the familiar style to typical ones you would expect in an English Pale Ales. The yeast is just the result for the bottle conditioning. There is a slight wiff of oxidation/cardboard packaging, but that I assume is from its slight overdue age.

Taste- A moderate hoppiness, stronger than most English Pale Ales with a pounced bitterness. There is a solid light malt base to counter the hopping. The yeast is there to counter the malt and hops. In fact the complexity of the brew comes from this tug of war between the EPA and the bottle conditioning that makes this beer interesting and gives it a unique character beyond the other bottle conditioned ales from England. Quite a good showing.

Mouthfeel- A slightly drying finish with a bitter contribution from the hopping and the yeast. The carbonation helps lighten the mouthfeel and reduces the slickness feel.

Drinkability- This beer is quite exceptional. That being said I would go out of my way to find this beer. Even with a questionable date, it has been kept fresher from the cold storage at the store and the nature of bottle conditioning. It was a treat and really hit the spot. Although its not a typical bottle conditioned English Pale Ale, it is a refreshing change for those fans of the style.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.37/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A gentle pour yielded a thin white head, which quickly receded to a haze layer and some nice edge lacing. The body is a slightly hazy, pale honey color, with some persistent bubble trains observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Delicate aromas of crackerlike malt and low-alpha hops combine in the nose, with even more restrained aromas of honey and a hint of wood.

T- The pale malt quickly takes second-fiddle to the "bright" hop bitterness in the mouth. Restrained grassy flavors emerge, but are then quickly overtaken by a long dry and mildly bitter finish. If my palate is not deceiving me, I am detecting low levels of wood tannins in the finish as well.

M- Light in body, well-attenuated, yet the abundant soft carbonation and dreggs create a creamy texture, and keeps this beer interesting in the mouthfeel department.

D- A very quaffable brew that is quite refreshing! I could enjoy this year-round! While this is classified as an English Pale Ale here, I am hard-pressed to judge it against Pale Ales made in the UK as this classic has almost established itself as a one-beer-style... and it is absolutley delightful!

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Photo of magnusdave
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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 WilliamPhilaPa
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice yellowish / light orange color (almost a honey color), with millions of yeast particles floating around in their…leaves a cloudy appearance. There is a light hoppiness and fruitiness in the aroma. The flavors consisted of fruit (maybe pear and or apple peels), nicely hopped on the palate. Mouth feel is smooth. Slightly watery but smooth mouth-feel. Overall this was a very refreshing and smooth / easy to drink Pale Ale.

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Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of gpogo
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy gold. Definitely chill haze, this was clear before cooled. Small white head that quickly dissipates to a small foam cover and ring.

A- Sweet fruity malt aroma. Apple and pear.

T- A sweet malt, notes of apple. Slightly bittered finishes very crisp.

M- Medium body with moderate-high carbonation. A bit of yeast suspension giving a heavier mouthfeel impression.

D- It's great that Cooper's is keeping the Sparkling Ale style alive. A refreshing and enjoyable session beer. BMC buddies won't mind it either!

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Photo of 1fastz28
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a very cloudy hazy yellow color with tons of sediment, has a slight head that disappears quickly, not much of smell, just of malt, yeast, and water. tastes just the same, but unfortunately the water is the most prevalent taste. this is my first bottle fermented beer and i'm not a big fan.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Cloudy (more or less depending on how much sediment you pour into the glass) golden-orange color with small ring of head.

Sweet malty and estery scents. Some banana, marshmallow, slight caramel, bit of apple, maybe cherry.

Not too much in the taste department, comes of pretty light and a tad watery. Bit of citrus and spice stand out from a lightly diacetyl malt background.

Lively, crisp feel, despite the name, the carbonation could be more aggressive, but still pretty strong. Not bad at all for an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of Necronomad
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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 NorCalAussie
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of donteatpoop
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Normally I am not a fan of Pale Ales, but this is a definate exception. I went to Outback Steakhouse the other day with the wife. She loves their Bloomin' Onion. I detest the place, personally.

It was a bit busy that night so it took a while before we were seated; 45 minutes to be exact (despite calling ahead, but I degress). We ended up spending 45 minutes at the bar; she drinking pepsi and me matching her with beers. I'd never had this ale and was intrigued by the term 'sparkling'. Before it was even opened I had the distinct suspicion that I was being suckered. But that turned out to be completely false.

It had a sediment at the bottom that needed to be distributed through the beer, and I was thankful that the bartender remembered to turn it upside down and roll it prior to opening it because otherwise I might have had a bad experience.

As it was, I greatly enjoyed this ale and will likely purchase this and only this the next time my wife drags me to Outback Steakhouse. (by the way, the first one the bartender opened was rolled a bit roughly as she tried to distribute the sediment around and she ended up giving me a second one for free as an aology. Best mistake ever.)

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