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Brewed by Coopers Brewery
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Regency Park, South Australia, Australia

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RATINGS: 1156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Coopers Sparkling Ale is brewed naturally by the centuries-old top fermentation method just as it was in the beginning by Thomas Cooper. This beer displays a solid head and a distinctive, full-bodied flavour enhanced by a soft, fruity character and the sediment which gives it a cloudy appearance.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
The Coopers Brewery is the sole remaining family owned brewery in Australia, and has been in the Cooper family since it was founded by English immigrant Thomas Cooper in 1862. The brewery does a number of beer styles, and have been doing bottled conditioned ales and stout since those early colony days. That is amazing in an Australian beer market, that has been washed away in bland lager for decades. The fact that Coopers has survived so long is a testament to what a great brewery it really is. The Sparkling Ale is a world class beer, that is bottle conditioned and brewed with the same ale yeast strain the brewery has been using for the past 85 years. "Cloudy but fine" is how they market this beer, and fine is very much an understatement. Coopers Sparkling Ale pours to a very cloudy, opaque, pale blond color, with a dense white head, and a very vibrant and lively carbonation. Like with a good German hefeweizen, you want to roust the yeast and pour it in this beer. The nose on this beer is very inviting with zesty, lemony, sherbet like hops aromas, paired with fresh bready and yeasty aromas. The palate is firm with lots of crisp, tart, malt flavors, and flavors of fresh bread, that dance with some estery fruit on the tongue. Coopers Sparkling Ale finishes with more crisp and tart flavors up front, then ends with some nice grapefruit/lemony hop bitterness, that buzz on the tongue with a sting of carbonation. This is such a refreshing and delicious beer. I love this beer, and this very unique Australia beer style. I use to drink a lot of this beer in the early 90’s and can not think for the life of me, why I have gone so long without one. One of the pitfalls of having so many choices these days, is the fact that we become jaded. Coopers Sparkling Ale is a beer that should not be over looked, and one that all serious beer lovers should try. This beer works exceptionally well with grilled sword fish with herbed lemon butter, or blackened Maco shark steaks. Coopers beers are widely available in a number of markets, and all their products are well worth seeking out. This is real Australian for beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Monty84 (18) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2006
Oh my. Perfect, perfect beer. Best I have tried. Smells fantastic, tastes fantastic and goes down so easy. Such a smooth beer. Wow, wow, wow. Maybe a bit more wow.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bltc99 (4) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2001 does not count
A stunning beer, subtle complex malty flavours throughout the entire stubbie and no hang over the next morning, a marvellous drink.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2001
Needs a tad more hops, but otherwise amazing.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
garygary99 (21) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2001
The best beer for Winter

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mike8499 (22) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2002
The best coopers beer on the market. Definetly up there with my favourite.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rustycheese (1) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004 does not count
This beer is one of the most drinkable beers in AUS. Stronger in alcohol than most AUS beers, sometimes has stuff floating in it but.... weird

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2006 With the name, I expected a weak soda pop type beer. I was very surprised and pleased. It has a slightly fruity aroma, and just the right amount of fruit flavor to be very tasty, yet not sweet. I liked the golden-red appearance, and the "floaters" made it more authentic. Very good, dry finish.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mpurse (5) - Prospect, AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2011 does not count
Bottle. Amazing cloudy dark golden colour with heavy carbonation. Malty and sweet aroma, very pleasant. Cooper’s has a good reputation and this beer is likely the pinnacle of their range, for me it outperforms their vintage ale. A joy to drink, underrated and deserves more recognition.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Screech99 (34) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2001
Probably one of the greatest beers, second only to the Vintage Ale


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