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Coopers Sparkling Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

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375 Reviews

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 603
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 18
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Reviews: 375 | Hads: 603
Photo of Weizenmensch
4.8/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pedigree of a beer is, in my opinion, almost as important as the beer's actual taste. Speaking from the experience of drinking mostly Australian beers, one will probably find that the run-of-the-mill Aussie pleb beers will have many slamming reviews on this site. See VB, MB, Tooheys New, Reschs Real and Tooheys Red for examples. All of these beers taste the same (all being "adjunct lagers", all taste far better on tap save the last two which are not available on tap).

Anyone that enjoys a good beer will soon discover that it's not necessarily the breweries that sell large quantities of beer that are the best, rather the family-owned ones with decades of good reputation. New beers come on the market all the time, and it is usually those produced by reputable brewers (or those produced with the aid of millions of dollars' worth of marketing aids) that survive.

Cooper's is arguably drunk by the most loyal drinkers in Australia (possibly followed by Matilda Bay drinkers). This may be due to the Aussie battler spirit sticking up for the family-owned breweries which the big brewers are always trying to extinguish, but it is even more due to the fact that their beers are reliably great, and the fact that every beer is subtly different in flavour and texture. Anyone that knows anything about beer in Australia drinks Cooper's. The remainder drink VB or Carlton Draught because they're cheaper. Cooper's Sparkling is an excellent beer by an excellent brewery.

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

This was a yellow cloudy ale with a two finger foamy head.

The aroma was estery, hints of apples and a touch of banana, and with floral hops balanced well.

The taste was nutty and slightly smoky, with a fruity-smoky aftertaste. Some yeastiness also came into play. There was almost no bitterness.

Overall, this was an all right ale, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Hunter
2.31/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best before date 03.06.06.

Beer's appearance is almost like a hefeweizen, golden and cloudy. Haven't seen that much bottom fermentation since my own hoembrew.

Aroma is light a clean. If that's wheat malt I smell why don't they just call it Aussie hefe? But it's good, it's good.

Doesn't taste like a hefe, however. In fact it doesn't taste like much of anything. It's light, there's some malt, but otherwise...bleh. Finishes clean enough, but there was nothing there to begin with. Cost is just too prohibitive to employ this as a quaffer.

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Photo of Citadel82
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured clear then cloudy and chunky pale golden with a low white head that retreated to the edges but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was, well, not much. Some light fruitiness, some malt sweetness and almost a wheat component.

The flavor was again, not much. Some slight bittering, some subtle fruitiness and still a wheat component to the flavor, much like the aroma.

The finish was dry with a very slight bittering but just barely noticeable, and the body was medium light.

12.7 ounce bottle. Best before 22,04,05. Quite refreshing and drinkable beer, but devoid of character.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.57/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep gold color with a big off white head and decent lacing. A mass of tiny bubbles compete with little chunks of yeast for my attention. The bubble are more like dots than anything, really interesting looking. The aroma is of lemon, pear and orange, also a little bit of cracker-like malt. The taste is very fruity with a nice hop bitterness. Theres a minute wet cardboard flavor in the finish that doesnt take away from this beer but is definitely noticeable with every sip. The mouthfeel is creamy and somewhat thick. This beer is very drinkable, it would be great with some kind of red meat.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of kbub6f
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, orangey-gold beer with a very small, noisy, fizzy, white head. Full of small suspended particles. A spicy, citrus, orangey nose with some grainsy grains. Fruity dry front; thin, fruity, light middle; nicely bitter, quinine, toasty crackers, alcohol finish. It's a decent, light, bitter, somewhat alcoholy beer. Not bad.

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Photo of Zorro
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange brew.

Smell is lightly fruity and grainy. Smell is tutee fruity and lemon and faint bubble gum.

Taste is mild and fruity with lots of wheat flavor. Not what I would have expected from a pale ale, this beer seems to blend elements of several different styles. Fruity and bitter note to the hops, tastes much like English ale.

Mouthfeel is average.

Very drinkable brew, Cloudy like a wheat beer, fruity like an English ale, bottle fermented like a Belgian. A unique and tasty brew.

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

This beer pours a yellowish hazy color with lots of sediment. Taste is a little lemony and refreshing, a unique beer. Very average in flavor and everything else. It comes a cross between a wheat ale and pale ale. All together a decent beer but I doubt I'll be searching it out in the future.

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK summer beer. Light pale Crisp Very carbonated. Apparently good only when fresh - bottle conditioned. Sweet malts and light bodied. Light lemony Apple pear melon herbal grass. Slight Lemon and Bannana aroma. Hoppy finish and dry but tangy aftertaste.

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Photo of pootz
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came from the liquor store with a date coded bottle with shrink wrap over the crown to prent spoilage. Mine was fairly fresh only about 6 weeks from release date. Poured a cloudy orangey-gold with a wonderful puffy-chunky cap that reduced to a firm lace half way through the drink. Very naturally effervescent...big bubbles stream up the glass and make the ample yeast sediment dance about in the glass (bottle conditioned ale?). Aromas of spoiled bananas and fresh baked bread. Starts sharp and a bit peppery (from the carbonation) then a richer, oily mouthfeel builds with a wonderfully pronounced malty nuttyness accented with fruity tastes like pears and apples then the finish is clean with a wonderful slight aftertaste of bread and cider. I like this ale and if the LCBO stocks it there will always be 6 or so for the hot days....thius is a very satisfying and refreshing oldstyle bottle conditrioned ale...a wonderful treat at the price.

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Photo of dedalus
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i didn't know if i was supposed to include the yeast sediment in the pour, so i did. the resultant appearance was an appetizingly hazy and burnished bronze, with some floating bits of yeast. the aromas were like a subdued hefe, with light banana and citrus overtones (no clove, of course). smooth mouthfeel, with wheaty malt flavors, pear flavors, and some mellow banana and citrus coming through on the palate. this is a nicely textured beer, and a nice change of pace from the hop monsters i've been hooked on lately. sometimes an austere flavor profile can be just as satisfying as a hugely flavored beer's less subtle flavors, and that certainly holds true for coopers sparkling ale.



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Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is actually a pretty tasty light ale. Light and a little on the spritzy side. Pours a bit cloudy since this apparently isn't a filtered beer. Nice, soft, spring-like fruitiness reminding me mostly of melons an pears. If it was a little cheaper, I'd consider this a great summer beer as it's got a little taste, but is nice and crisp

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Photo of dannyvee
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served @ fridge temperature (seems appropriate, just look at that photo). Color was a cloudy, golden yellow and even reserving a fair amount of brew in the bottle, much sediment was in suspension. Smell was a touch malty, yeasty and citrusy. Taste was slighty hoppy, metalic and citrusy in the end. Mouthfeel suffers a bit with the floaties taking over the glass.

Overall a highly quaffable brew which I'll be undoubtablly be sessioning over the warm summer months, maybe just with a more careful pour next time.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an exceptionally hazy yellow with plenty of sedimentation, also a rather monstrous head, as one would expect with a sparkling ale, and has a wheat dominant nose.

The thing that strikes me about the flavour isn't so much the flavour itself, which is like the smell, mainly wheat and fairly bland. The interesting thing is the citrus sensation, not flavour, that I get from it, my mouth was tingling from it!

Overall an average to bland wheaty beer though.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.18/5  rDev -38.6%
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 RoyalT
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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 brewdlyhooked13
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - as soon as I uncapped the bottle, a carbonic reaction ensued with the bubbles coming right up to the top of the un-poured bottle. Pouring into the glass released an avalanche of suds. Continued with a very slow pour to keep them from overflowing the glass. It has a hazy, flat peachy-orange color with lots of suspended yeast, resembling cinnamon. Off white head holds at a covering.

Aroma - lots of apples and pears to start. Cinnamon and yeast (clove, etc.) components have me raising my expectations here...

Taste - a fine brew. Doesn't taste as well as the first impression, but it's still good. Average malt base, I can pick out some apple flavor. Plenty of bubbles for an intermission before the yeast and hops come through. Very good balance of all flavor components, even if nothing in particular wows me. Some cinnamon spices are evident in the aftertaste, particularly following a burp (escuze me...) Finishes slightly sour with traces of grapefruit. A very nice beer with lots to explore.

Mouthfeel - a little heavier than average and tons of carbonation. Just sticky enough in the mouth to prolong the nice taste.

Drinkability - I find this highly drinkable if for no other reason than to see how many flavors I can identify. A little bit of everything in this beer, just watch your yeast intake as it has its own 'exhaustive' effect, um, down the road.

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Photo of koolk
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber-orange in colour with large pieces of sediment floating about.

Nose is somewhat fruity mixed with a good dose of malt and a little bit of yeast.

Great palate that is dry with strong fruity flavours and deeper malts, but leaves a little spicey/hot alcohol flavours on the finish - almost anise like.

Good Aussie drop, and for the price is basically unbeatable here in Oz.

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Photo of joecast
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +0.3%
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 -25.4%
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 +34.4%
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 +9.3%
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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Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.