TheBeerLover (1027) - 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. 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. Asing1950 (4) - - JUN 19, 2017 does not count
Love this beer !!! I found out about Coopers Sparkling Ale over forty years ago and even the taste is definitely "unique" once you have tried this beer you will want to come back for more. Excellent taste and the "cloudy" colour adds to the appeal!!!
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This is what I always thought beer should taste like, plain and simple. The beer, though, is neither plain nor simple, but full of taste and malty as a good glass of ale should be. No BS to give about aromas or nose. Just good, consistent flavor and satisfaction. 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.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2001
Needs a tad more hops, but otherwise amazing. mike8499 (22) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2002
The best coopers beer on the market. Definetly up there with my favourite. 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 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.