Coopers Sparkling Ale

Total Score: 7.55/10 Peach1 Lemon1 Barley1 Nonicpint1

Ahhh, Coopers! This beer and me go way back, notwithstanding the fact that we’re both from SA (South Australia), I started my beer drinking education on two beers; Guinness Draught & this, and for a while I didn’t see any need to drink anything else.

Anyway enough nostalgia, time to see if Coopers stands the test of time when it comes to tasting. I poured this fine Ale from a 375ml “stubbie” into a standard pint glass.

A: This was a feisty one! The bone-meal coloured head started out at 2cm before settling to a foamy 0.5cm covering. The body is a cloudy amber/orange shade and tells me I’m in for a small meal (due to the yeast sediment). 7/10.

S: Zesty aromas of stone fruit with a hint of apple. The hops are there but it’s a faint waft. This is the smell of a finely balanced Pale Ale – there should be an even hop to malt ratio here… we’ll see. 7/10.

T: This Ale, much like its Coopers Pale Ale brother is fairly dry, balanced and crisp, however the big difference between the two is the heavy body and detectable alcohol content of this one. You can taste the stone fruit flavour and a graininess on the back note. The hops don’t really leave any aftertaste and if it wasn’t for the name and the appearance you would think it has little in common with its style (English Pale Ale). In fact this brew demonstrates a very Australian quench slaking flavour that is quite un-British. 8/10.

M: Champagne fizz is the most notable element here. Other than that the body is medium to heavy and if you don’t upset the yeast you tend to find “yeasty chunks” floating in your glass… you have been warned! 6/10.

D: Yes I’m quite satisfied drinking this as a summer beer, it’s got three things I like in a beer I would take to a Barbie (BBQ): easy to drink, thirst quenchability (it’s a new word for Webster’s), and alcohol content. 8/10*.

Food match: The above mentioned Barbie conjures images of steak sandwiches, sausages, and potato salad. If you need something else: a tub of coleslaw from Woolies will do the trick.

*You may chalk it up to nostalgia that I’ve rated this beer so highly but it does still deliver that classic Coopers quench consistently and well.

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