Thomas Coopers Selection Celebration Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

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Thomas Coopers Selection Celebration AleThomas Coopers Selection Celebration Ale
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Thomas Coopers Selection Celebration AleThomas Coopers Selection Celebration Ale

Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ADZA on 05-21-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of milha
2.73/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of patre_tim
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber to deep brown with a big, yeasty, cloudiness, a little carbonation, and topped with 3 fingers of yellowish head.

Smells really malty, of creme brulee, and hints of melon fruitiness.

Tastes very malt forward, with hints of hard water, toffee, and a big, dull, bitter hop finish.

Light body, dry and crisp, with a little carbonation.

Got in Perth, Australia, drinking in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Nov. 3rd, 2017. Really tastes more like an English rather than American style.

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Photo of toscanoigor
2.94/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of travelguy
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stefan12
4.94/5  rDev +63.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Strong in alcohol which is good, the taste is brilliant and the look reminds me of a traditional beer

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bottle conditioned ale that has an appealing reddish hue and rich aromas of tropical fruit esters and a hint of citrus. On the palate, this limited edition brew has a smooth malty taste with a balanced, warming finish.

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Photo of Simesta
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CaptainHungry
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
4.25/5  rDev +40.7%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
1.5/5  rDev -50.3%

Photo of Hyperionecta
4/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of drpimento
2.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad beer, but nothing special. It's one of the smoother, more easy drinking of the Coopers line. Aroma is of tree bark and malt. Flavor picks up a little of the malt, hops are there, but not in a big way. I really have a hard time seeing this as any kind of a hoppy beer. Unless you compare it to beers that don't have any hops in them at all. Body/carbonation are ok. Finish is a bit long on the bittersweet side. Otherwise - meh.

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Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of djbx
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Jamestregenza
4/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of Mendicant
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of drtth
3.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The copper colored beer is poured out into an ordinary water glass with a 1" white head that leaves only a bit of lacing on the sides as it recedes.

The aromas include some toasted malt, a bit of spicy herbal hops.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some nice malty sweetness and the spicy herbal hops.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and prickly from the fairly high carbonation that persists well.

On the whole, it was interesting to try this beer but I think it is mis-categorized as an APA. Seems a more an English Pale Ale. This is not a beer I'll be missing after I leave Australia to go back to the States.

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Photo of soju6
3.36/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a billowy head that fades slowly to good lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, spice, bit of grain and nuttiness.

T: Taste of roasted malt, caramel, with some nut and grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: fairly light body, smooth but a bit bland.

O: Decent drinker, but I was hoping for something a bit more robust being a celebration ale.

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Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of heygeebee
3.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From BWS. No best after that I could find... Unusual for Coopers.

Pours a darkish bronze. One finger head fades to a thick film with good lace. So far so good.

Aromas are slap bang Coopers Yeast, hint of pear. Not as lifted as Pale.

Taste is a let down as others have noted. More metallic up front, more PoR? Bitterness is harsh and not integrated, after half a bottle is is too much.

Mouthfeel zesty and light.

Overall, I am torn. It is 100% Coopers. It is not a bad beer, but by default not as good as Pale or Sparkling. Indeed, it is higher ABV than Pale but with less going on. Doubt I will buy again.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.84/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ever wished you could celebrate good times (come on!) like Kool & the Gang... only with beer? Well wily old (and presumably long gone) Thomas Cooper has the answer: Thomas Coopers Selection Celebration Ale. Good beer crafted for good times , and Coopers rarely misses a beat as the best macro-brewer in Australia, you heard me; best. So let's all pray to our various Gods (7million of them if you're a Hindi) that this ale will not disappoint.

Poured from a 355ml bottle (how unlike Coopers to drop their regular 375ml stubbie size) into a nonic pint.

A: Murky amber body, reminiscent of Australian river water, with a beige 5cm head. Looks are not appealing, lets hope they are deceiving.

S: Floral hops aroma with a solid biscuit malt base and that classic dry Coopers yeast - which gives off a musty smell. Nowhere near as hoppy as an APA, we're talking more EPA territory with an American flourish.

T: Tastes like a Frankenstein mixture of a light APA and Coopers Pale Ale; slight sweetness from the biscuit malt leads to a floral/earthy hop mid-palate and finishes more dry than bitter. It's a weak APA with an Aussie spin at best. At worst it is the most uninspiring ale Coopers have released next to their Mild Ale (only slightly more flavoursome).

M: Typically Coopers in this department; mid to light body with an almost aggressive fizz. No surprises that the yeast used in this is the standard Coopers yeast that gives all their beers similar mouthfeel characteristics. Ultimately for me this is the biggest disappointment I have with Coopers beers - I prefer the flatter English style mouthfeel.

D: Personally I think this isn't as bad as everyone else is making it out to be. Sure it's slightly more pricey than the other Coopers, and sure to celebrate Coopers 150th birthday it is a little uninspired, but it's still an OK drop. Not nearly as good as the vintage however. To me it sort of slots into its own niche in the Coopers family. Overall it's as drinkable as any other Coopers, if you can get past that classic Coopers aggressive carbonation without hiccuping.

Food match: Steak and chips with a peppercorn gravy.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy and dull, with a fizzing bubbly head with minimal retention.

S - Light malt, grain, brown bread, wiff of yeast.

T - Lightly grassy hops, metal, booze and caramelised pear.

M - High carbonation, thin body.

O - Another disappointing product from these guys.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: standard light brown bottle, stylish Thomas Cooper's Selection label, same as the home brew packs.

Appearance: mid-golden in colour with a limited amount of Coopers-style floaties. Head is disappointingly thin, and disappears almost immediately.

Aroma: touch of basic grains, some grassy hops and Coopers yeast.

Taste: the taste follows from the aroma, without much in the way of 'special'. Just tastes like an average amber ale.

Aftertaste: the yeast esters and hops linger, making for a more interesting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium-to-higher carbonation. Seems more like a slightly dark lager.

Overall: a disappointing "celebration" beer. Tastes like a quasi lager / ale hybrid. Seems like the Coopers brewers left it too late and made a half-way effort on this one. Don't get me wrong, it is drinkable, but not worthy of a 150th birthday.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.88/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a large, fading head.
Aroma seems pretty Coopers-esque, with bready, grainy malt and faint banana notes from the yeast. Perhaps a bit of nutty and toasty malt redeems it.
Pretty much the same in terms of flavours. Coopers yeast, grainy malt. Again, the addition of nutty notes seems to be the only thing to differentiate this from the standard sparkling ale.

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