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I first drank some Coopers Pale Ale which became a favourite of mine and decided to try other offerings from the Coopers brewery.
Coopers Sparkling Ale is a lovely beer. I poured my first bottle into a glass to accompany my Vindaloo curry and it went very well with the spicyness of the food.
There is actually a live yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle which you can mix into the beer before pouring if you like. But that's personal taste. I personally do like to mix it in. This beer is bottle conditioned, meaning that the brewery add extra sugar and yeast at bottling to carbonate the beer. This makes the beer much nicer than if it were to be force carbonated as per most commercial breweries. You can actually use this yeast sediment to make homebrew beer with, as I do.
The beer has a very complex flavour and quite a creamy mouthfeel. It is very refreshing for a strong beer and doesn't seem nearly as strong as it really is. It's actually 5.8%.
There is a sweet, maltyness to the taste with enough hops to balance it out. The colour is a hazy-dark-golden-orange. The aroma is quite yeasty, malty. There is a lovely fuity aroma that is also present in the Coopers Pale Ale. It must come from the yeast esters as my homebrew has some of the same smells.
The head is reasonably thick and frothy and seemed to stay a while in my glass.
Highly recommended beer !!!
This is produced in Adelaide and is available nearly everywhere in South Australia, and in good hotels/bottleo's throughout Australia. Its got a high alcohol content for a beer, but is a full flavoured ale. Its bottle fermented leaving yeast in the bottom, which is best if the bottle is turned before consumption to mix it in which created a fairly cloudy beer. its colour is a darkish amber.
I believe it is a little smoother that the Coopers Original Pale ale, and is great if you are having a meal, or just relaxing with friends. Well worth a try...
Usually, when you drink Australian beer, urine for a bland, yellow, tasteless experience with stuff like Fosters and Castlemaine. But thankfully, quality brewing down under isn't down and out.
When I peruse the beer aisles in the supermarket, my beady eye is always looking out for a new beer and when I spot one, I pounce on it and carry it off to my lair where I can consume it safety.
I don't always chug that brewsker right away though, no sir. Sometimes those beers can lie gathering dust for hours...erm...months.
One such beer that I bought ages ago which had lain forlorn and fairly forgotten, was an Australian beer called Coopers Sparkling Ale.
Given the low esteem with which certain antipodean beers are held, it could have lain there for quite a while yet, that is, if I hadn't read a review of it on another opinion site (see, these places DO work)
The writer enthused about this beer, so I thought I'd blow the dust off the old bottle opener and see what all the fuss was about.
Sparkling Ale is a uniquely Australian style of beer and probably the most widely known example of the style is COOPERS SPARKLING ALE. It's top fermented and bottle conditioned, and is something of a cross between a lager and a wheat beer.
Bottle conditioning means that some yeast is added to the bottle allowing the beer to continue fermenting. It also means that the beer is going to have a cloudy appearance due to sediment being present. This can put a lot of people off, but it's perfectly natural - in fact this is where the term 'Real Ale' originates.
Thomas Cooper was a methodist preacher who emigrated from Yorkshire to the Land of Oz in 1852 and soon formed a brewe
ry in Adelaide, as you do. Cooper's is the last of Australia's old-established family breweries...which is sad. But, they seem to be going strong...which is good.
An Englishman wanted to transform himself into an Irishman, so he visited a doctor to find out how he could achieve this. "Well" said the doctor, "this is a very delicate operation and there is a lot that can go wrong, but I will need to remove half your brain".
"Yeah, that's OK" said the Englishman. "All my life I've wanted to be Irish so I'm prepared to take the risk."
The operation went ahead and sometime later the Englishman awoke to find a look of horror on the face of the doctor. "I'm terribly sorry!" the doctor said. "Instead of removing half the brain, I've taken the whole brain out." The patient replied, "Fair dinkum, mate...hand me a cold tinny!!"
Back to the beer.....
"The ale by which all others should be measured. With its famous cloudy sediment and its distinctive balance of malt, hops and fruity characters, the old 'Red Label' is a tasty slice of Coopers history.
Little has changed since Thomas Cooper produced his first batch of Coopers Sparkling Ale in 1862. It's still brewed naturally using the century old top fermentation method and it still tastes great!
Sparkling Ale contains no additives or preservatives."
Struth! you just can't shut those Ozzies up, can you?
r>CSA pours to a very hazy, peachy-gold colour with streams of quickly rising bubbles forming a fluffy, but short-lived white head. Very little lace. There's so much sediment in this beer, that there are masses of little floaters swirling around the glass - don't worry, it's good for you!
The aroma is of citric hops, mostly lemon, with a hint of grainy malt and a quite noticeable mustiness from the yeast. The aromas are quite light though.
It has quite a crisp, yet smooth, mouthfeel - despite the name, it's not heavily carbonated at all. The taste is at first very fruity with bags of green apple, pears, and most prominently, banana. It's also quite sharp and citric with a hint of spice. The yeast gives it all sorts of spicy connotations and even a gentle nutty quality. It finishes dry, with a fairly heavy hoppy tang of lemon and grassy notes.
* THE VERDICT *
At 5.8% ABV, this is a pretty good beer for washing down a couple of prawnies at the barbie on a hot summer's day. Failing that, you could do like me and drink it on a miserably damp and cold, grey winter evening with a plate of piping hot stovies.
Yep, very tasty. It has just the right amount of hops to impart some lovely bitter flavours without going overboard and overwhelming the malt. The sediment might be a bit off-putting to some, but if that's the case, just leave it in the bottle.....waster!
It's refreshing, and if your idea of Australian beer doesn't run much further than Castlemaine, it's XXXXing refreshingly different. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.
I bought a 330ml bottle for £1.35 in Safeway.
Would I drink it again? - No worries mate!
Thanks for reading,
Ale, 5.8 percent Alcohol. Brewed in Australia since 1862.