DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Am I caught up in the heat of August, thirsting endlessly for cold drinks? Does this affect my judgment of this beer? Well, yes, lets just say that I could easily down 6 of these at a sitting, in a local tin-roofed bar/shack somewhere near Adelaide, Australia, in the 100F+ heat.
Screw cap top. I chose the option of pouring the sediment into the glass. Talk about beer as a visual experience. This is the most outrageously carbonated beer I’ve ever had. A virtual snowstorm (in reverse) of sediment flowing from bottom to top, crashing into the creamy 1/4 inch head and then recirculating wildly throughout the glass. Fortunately the bubbles are fine and gentle and cause virtually no GI distress. Mouthfeel is very smooth.
Flowery hop aromas greet you immediately. Color is a nice ale gold (excepting the snowstorm). First taste is fresh, hoppy, lightly sweet. Proceeds to a citrusy, tart finish that is quenching and clean. Sadly, midway through the 12.7 oz. bottle, the flavors have proven ephemeral - not enough there to carry through and this becomes mostly a thirst quencher. Do I like it? Yes. Would I drink it when the temps drop below 80F? I doubt it - too many more flavorful options.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
yellow orange and cloudy, sedimenty, with a surprisingly quickly fading head. Almost seems flat. Mouthfeel is spritzy yet coating and smooth, medium bodied. Aroma: very yeasty: bannan and orange peel. Flavour: yeasty and sweet with notes of peach and subtle hop notes towards the finish, which comes off as mettalic. Very interesting original Aussie style which is surprisingly refreshing.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too much hops. A little light. Very cloudy and yeasty. This would make a good summer beer to drink.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Michael Jackson actually gives this beer it’s own category in his ’Beer Companion’ and describes it as ’an early breed of British pale ale, adapted to colonial conditions...’ With that thought in mind, it does seem perfectly suited for the Australian climate. Crisp and light, but also full of flavor. I’m also amazed at the way this beer can be poured crystal clear, or entirely cloudy. Two possible beers from one bottle!
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tweety bird yellow, and fetching with it’s snowy white cap and almost champagne carbonation. i poured the yeast in so it was cloudy and wouldn’t ’sparkle’ unless you dropped a hair dryer in there. yeasty and cidery and pretty dry. straight out of the bottle it seemed stiff, but it ’breathes’ like wine, (or a woman relaxing in a hot tub), and opens up to something much more interesting.
bhensonb (10211) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s unique. Swirl the last inch to get the yeast.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bananas and citrus come out in this one. Crisp and refreshing.
rauchbier (3553) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold colour, good head with plenty of condition and a strangly dark sediment. Excellent aromas of bread, banana, yeast and a spiciness reminiscent of a belgian triple. More bananas and spice in the mouth lead to a sweet but dry yeasty finish. Has a lot of condition but seems very soft in the mouth unlike some beers which leave a harsh tongue burning sensation. very drinkable.
Davhgbrew (847) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2013 Cloudy yellow appearance. Banana aroma. Yeasty, citrusy palate. Clean, dry finish w/ more banana. Very smooth and drinkable brew that I could pound all night long.. Orig rate 2002. Now it tastes like adjuncts and corn. Very mass produced un inviting flavor.
Roisterer99 (24) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My personal favourite. Earlier this year a batch had its yeast accidently disturbed and the results were less than pleasant. However, Coopers was quick to offer a full refund to anyone who had bought from the bad batch and now Sparkling is back to its best.