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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Reviews: 382 | Ratings: 625
Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The departs the 12.7-ounce brown bottle a slightly cloudy golden-orange color with a smallish off white frothy head that fades quickly, leaving a thin sheet of lace to cover the glass. Nose is malt, fresh and clean to the senses, start is lightly sweet, light to moderate grain presence, top is middling in feel. Finish has a biting acidity, with the hops adequate, dry aftertaste, a nice refreshing beer.

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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 StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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 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 mynie
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very hazy. Dark gold and with a lot of sediment. Almost no head.

Smells a lot like organic grain with hints of overripe fruit and a lot of yeast.

Tastes very much like it smells--big on the organic flavor. Nothing artifiical here. Bitter upfront, lots and lots of bread, sweeter yeast in the middle, ending crisp. Pretty good.

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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 jzlyo
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Much more sparkling in flavor than (obviously) in appearence, nice fruitiness doesn’t overwhelm the relatively light hops and decent malts, a good interpretation of an English Ale.

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

Orange color with visible sparkling bubbles and a fluffy head with low retention that disappeared completely. Got really hazy with floating particles in the last pour.
Pleasant aroma of English hops and sweet malt. Hints of citrus and pine.
Taste similar to nose, sweet biscuit malty flavor and floral and herbal hops with notes of apple juice, guaraná and white grapes. Hints of minerals with a spicy yeast. Medium bitterness and mildly dry aftertaste.
Light body with an initial soda type of carbonation.
Decent beer, very sessionable and easy to drink. More flavorful than a Lager done for the same purpose.

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

Slightly hazy amber pour with nice head that slowly fades.
Citrus and floral aromas up front, before some solid bready malts made their entrance. Smells a bit stale, and I can't say I'm a fan of the coarse metallic Pride of Ringwood hop aroma.
Flavours are less satisfactory, with non-descript light malt followed by a sharp, slightly hoppy, bitterness. Again, I'm not that much of a fan of the metallic POR bitterness.
Good body, and the high carbonation works well with the sharp bitterness to create a refreshing dry finish.

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

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color with a lot of visible floaties. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of toffee, nuts, with a nice floral hops presence. The taste is a nice balance of malt and hop. Caramel, toffee, nuts, and a lengthy floral hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture from the suspended yeast, and nice lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice English Pale Ale. I could easily drink this again.

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Photo of popery
2.61/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer looks bad. It's a relatively light fizzy beer with basically no head besides a few stray bubbles that are clinging on for dear life. The bigger problem is that it looks like a failed sea monkey farm in a crappy pilsner. Ok, that's a bit harsh, but I like thick, funky beers with even more sediment and I still don't like this look. The sediment is somehow off-putting in such a soda-ish beer.

It smells just fine. It smells like a hops a bit but rather generic and unimpressive. There's nothing really wrong with the smell. It's just not much of a selling point.

The beer also tastes fine, but I'm marking it down a bit because there's very little need for another unimpressive pale ale. It's weak. It critically lacks in hoppy flavor for a pale ale. It's just a fizzy, mediocre beer.

The mouthfeel is really poor. It's sort of watery. There's very little body. I guess it's somewhat drinkable because it's watery. I could drink a lot of them if it was the only thing available. It's not sour. It beats a lot of American macros by a tad, but I'd probably switch over at some point if somehow that was the night.

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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 RoyalT
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice, hazy orange in color with a pretty good head. It didn’t froth up much but it lasted for quite a while. I also noticed some flotsam and jetsam floating around in there.

Smell – This is interesting. There’s a light, sweet malt aroma here to go along with the grain, but the big news is all of the fruits. I can especially pick up green apples.

Taste – This isn’t bad. There’s a bit of a hoppy grapefruit compliment here and the malt balance picks things up a notch.

Mouthfeel – Well carbonated and crisp. This medium-bodied Pale Ale is chewy in the mouth.

Drinkability – It’s a little off the beaten path, but I enjoyed it.

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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 laituegonflable
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold colour with billowing haze throughout and a marshmallowy head that sits atop it like cappuccino froth, thick and foamy and dense. Slow bead runs up through the haze. Looks nice.

Nose has a quite thick POW smell with a light sweetness, hints of honey and treacle and maybe a slightly insipid apple juice character. Smell is decent, but not great, a little too Pride of Ringworm for me.

Taste is quite muddy, with malt being conspicuously absent from the flavours. A slight grain character but mostly a long, bitter POR flavour that leaves quite an alkaline hang with a very mild spice as well. Perhaps a hint of pepper without the spice - just the flavour. Very gritty, yeasty flavour, although without that bread yeast character so it's tolerable. Quite clean for most of the palate but finish is a bit dirty.

Mouthfeel is a bit flat, but feels slick. Unusual, really, given the sediment and the carbonation, but it goes down pretty smoothly.

Overall it does suffer from the hop usage, but it tastes very natural with an organic bitterness, and a distinct lack of adjunct sweetness. Fairly smooth and drinkable, if not delectable.

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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 TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Readily identifiable 12.7 fluid ounce brown glass bottle that has a slight hourglass figure and the words ‘Coopers’ embossed on the shoulder in four places. Black and white main label has a generic design but the Sparkling Ale is accentuated with a red border, as is the neck label, and a red color coded twist off crown cap. Best Before 10.02.07 is inkjet stenciled on the bottle neck. No strength listed.

Appearance: Clear but pale straw colored body on the initial pour, it is punctuated with a continual rising torrent of racing streamers. Nice looking white cap head retains a finger thick carpet presence throughout. Solid lacing and a decent presentation. Final top-up introduces the bottle-conditioned sediment and radically alters the look to that of a Hefeweizen.

Nose: Crisp and fresh lightly roasted malts with a hint of toasty barley. The final top-up pour brings some zesty lemon rind and brewers yeast along with the sediment. Very nice.

Taste: Mmmmm, this is incredibly good, I am astounded, the name alone “Sparkling Ale” still fills me with dread from when this would have referred to my filtered and pasteurized keg beer days back in the UK. But this is nothing of the sort; it is a lovely crisp tasty fresh brew that benefits from its natural bottle conditioning. Tasty tangy lemon citric entrance and crisp clean malts fill the middle. The sediment adds a yeasty dimension which alters the brews lightly and adds some excitement and a nice twist to this one. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Mouthfeel: Has a grainy feel at first, but it evens out and eventually delivers a notably carbonated body that is nevertheless very smooth in texture. Citric twangs when clear, yeasty traits with the sediment present.

Drinkability: I really could go for a Six-Pack of this tonight whilst enjoying the Cricket live from England. Deliciously refreshing and very, very drinkable.

Overall: ‘Australian Made • Australian Owned’ so says the label, I really hope it stays that way despite recent rumors. This is a very nice brew indeed, don’t let the “Sparkling” moniker put you off, this is a bottle-conditioned brew. The perfect brew to help me start a very late night and early morning listening to the 1st Day of the 5th and Final Test from the Oval on the BBC World Service. Raising this brew to Richie Benaud………..oh and Go Poms!!!

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Photo of argock
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12+oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date etched on bottle collar.

A: Orange-gold with copious sediment falling through the brew. Head is thin and champagne-like with no stickiness.

S: Light lemon, grassy hops, and pale malts aromas are there but pretty light.

T: The flavor is inobtrusive and light but not unpleasant. Pale malt sweetness is the most prominent flavor with a bit of lemon-citrus hops to balance it out. Yeast flavors are strong for a pale ale, and toasted malt is more clearly present with warming.

M: Pleasant with a medium-body that has a creamy feel. Carbonation is relatively low. Aftertaste is nearly nonexistent.

D: A decent beer but nothing special -- good if you're in the mood for a lightweight ale.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to a couple inches of head. It is yellow and cloudy. It smells malty with some floral hops. The taste begins with some bready malt but it finishes bitter. The bitterness lingers. It's not as drinkable as I remember it.


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Photo of prototypic
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a very cloudy, golden color. Looks like it has some yeasty debris floating around. Head is foamy and about one finger. Retention and lacing were light.

Smell: Definitely has a fruity taste (some orange, grapes, and maybe some banana). Somewhat of a grainy aroma. Not picking up much in the hops or malt departments.

Taste: Pleasantly surprising considering the smell. It's got a nice, crisp taste. It is fruity and a bit spicy. Fruity flavors are mostly orange, a bit of lemon, and a very light banana taste. There is a light bit of hop bitterness that kicks in at the end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Perfect for a hot day. I probably could session this beer. It's very easy to drink. Overall, it's pretty good. Definitely worth a shot.

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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 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 kwjd
2.49/5  rDev -30.1%
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 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 canucklehead
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back in BC after a six year hiatus, this beer is a welcome summer refresher. Hazy orange gold this brew has a fruity smooth flavour which though not huge is very drinkable. The bottle sedimentation adds to the feel that this is not a mass produced fizzy lager but rather a classic Aussie beer brewed to higher standards. I can drink a few bottles easily and find this is a nice alternative to a lager on a hot day.

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