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Coopers Thomas Cooper’s Selection Celebration Ale

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


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RATINGS: 52   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ronthechef (13) - - FEB 2, 2015
Not bad not great lots of yeasty sediment, amber with some caramel notes . Carbonation was light but adequate overall a little disappointing . A ale that walks the walk but sure doesn't talk the talk

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dervock (520) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle - pours amber with big white head. Soap, orange and malt. Taste is a bit thin and the palate watery. Doesn’t really go anywhere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wvhoran (387) - Tasmania, - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle. Dense hazy amber colour with a small off-white head. The aroma is bready with caramel malts and a lightly spicy yeast character. The flavour has a pleasant tart edge but is too simple--caramel malts and yeast. Lightly bitter yeasty final.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omega (750) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 7, 2014
Like a fuller richer Coopers Sparkling, this is actually quite soft on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kurtos (108) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours a nice hazy Amber colour rich with carbonation and fragments of yeast sediment lingering around. Taste, Quite earthy malt flavours, modest flavours of pine coupled well with green apple and lemon flavours. Overall. quite a good beer which has characteristics that seem to be remnant of other coopers Beers

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jado (591) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2014
From 330 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy amber-brown with a small but lasting white head. Aromas are caramel, apple pie, grass and grapefruit zest. Taste is sweet malt at first before a crisp citrus zest bitterness kicks in. Falls away at bit at the back end to a dry finish. Light fruity aftertaste. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StevieT (809) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2014
From a bottle. Pours cloudy dull amber, lasting white head, malty aroma and backbone. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pyobon (1012) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StuffWine (137) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drpimento (2311) - 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.

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