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Coopers Thomas Cooper’s Selection Celebration Ale

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Brewed by Coopers Brewery
Style: Amber Ale
Regency Park, South Australia, Australia

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Coopers Brewery has released a new beer to mark its 150th anniversary. Coopers Celebration Ale is a hops-driven traditional ale with a dark-red hue that is distinctly different in style to Coopers’ other beers. It incorporates three different hops varieties – Centennial from the USA, Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand and Pride of Ringwood from Australia – to produce a beer that displays strong estery characteristics. Coopers’ Managing Director, Dr Tim Cooper, said Celebration Ale had been specifically brewed to mark Coopers’ 150th anniversary. However, if it proved popular, strong consideration would be given to making it a regular Coopers’ line. “We think Celebration Ale will appeal to those who enjoy slightly hoppier styles of beer,” he said. “At 5.2% abv, it has a rich aroma of fruity esters with a slight hint of citrus and has a warm finish on the palate. It is also slightly more bitter than other Coopers ales.” Dr Cooper said the release of Celebration Ale had been timed to coincide as closely as possible to 150 years from the day that Thomas Cooper made his first commercial brew, on 13th May 1862.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pyobon (897) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2014
(Bottle) Not a pretty beer - hazy / cloudy amber brown with no head. Pine metallic aroma with some subtle fruity notes, but the dominant aroma is not appealing. Light body with medium carbonation. Taste is quite pleasant, with some interesting and fairly complex fruity, estery flavours, some gentle sweetness and a reasonable amount of, rather sharp, bitterness in the finish. Overall quite drinkable, but it doesn’t really all hang together for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StuffWine (122) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2014
Dark amber with white dense head that lasted well. Aroma of coopers yeast with some bready malts. Taste a maltier version of their pale ale moving to light bitterness then long dry roast bitterness. Palate lively carbonated (bit too much perhaps), medium body, good length to finish. Overall ok, but not that special.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drpimento (2173) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2014
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.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Canyoner (8) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2014 does not count
Aroma of nuts, cereal. earthy malt, hops. Cloudy mid tan colour with a tight creamy head. Clean welcoming pallet.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2014
Pours a hazy copper colour with a good white head. Aroma of caramel and dough. Taste is quite the same. A bit boring. Also a bit too much carbonation in there, which makes a pretty sticky mouthfeel. Okey, but not that interresting.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Niksko (312) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2014
Pours a cloudy amber orange. Honey, citrus nose. Cardboard, citrus, honey flavor. Boring, but I wasn’t expecting much.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westkyoto77 (503) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle. Looked nice in a tulip glass- bright amber with high white head. Aromas of malt, biscuit, touch of brown sugar. Much lighter and fizzier than I had expected. No really memorable flavours to speak of. Fruity and a tad sweet. Not much of a celebration.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vinhol (248) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2013
355 mil bottle same old coopers yeasty aroma amber in colour taste just like coopers Red no hops just a bit more of the same from coopers

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bygers (675) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle 0,33l. Pours a hazy gold colour with a white head. Slightly malty and yeasty aroma. Fairly sweet, a little malt, mild bitterness. Light body, average carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2013
Marketed as an IPA, but quite malty and not that hoppy. English in style but with American hops, quite drinkable.


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