Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Coopers Sparkling Ale

Best After Date: 7/9/14

2015 BJCP Category: 12B Australian Sparkling Ale

AROMA: Strong caramel/honey/lemon presence due to 3.5 years of oxidation. Slight apple/pear character. No hops. Yeasty/brothy. 4/12

APPEARANCE: Ugly rusty copper hue (4-7 SRM). Yeast particles float in suspension. Small white foam mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Interesting palette in that it's both sweet and dry simultaneously. Oxidation has given the bottle a strong caramel taste along with honey/lemon notes. Faint fruity character from yeast, though also a brothy sensation (probably not Butryic acid). Bitterness comes from carbonation rather than hops. Difficult to detect any authentic hop character. Slightly sweet aftertaste. 8/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Feels like a much lighter brew than 5.8% ABV. Neither refreshing nor quaffable. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Nearly impossible to find fresh in the USA; a bad experience like this is not uncommon. 3/10