November 24th, 2012


A day off

Back in Dubbo for the weekend. Last night I took a different way home via Scone* instead of Denman and Sandy Hollow. 14km longer and much more interesting.

I should get stuck into some proper journalling. I have a bunch of photos to process from my UK trip (remember that?) and an "Around The World In 80 Beers" to post.

*A .kml file in Dropbox, created using 15 second samples. Open in Google Earth, right click on the file and open elevation profile to see my altitudes and speeds. It's not 100% accurate.

Around The World In 80 Beers Episode 112: Coopers Sparkling Ale

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden yellow The head is large and bubbly and fades away slowly. Lots of visible carbonation

First sip: Mildly malty, slightly citrusy, a little bready and yeasty (from the sediment, I suppose) with a moderate hoppy bitterness that lingers. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with carbonation tingles on the tongue.

Coopers have reduced the amount of sediment quite a lot from when I first started drinking this ale. Back Then, a "wrong" pour would dump a load of sediment into the glass and the beer would go opaque. Even so, it was yummy then and it is still yummy now. I think Sparkling Ale was my the first adventure away from the mass-market lagers I used to drink, and got me on to the road to English Pales and Real Ales. I realised there was a whole world of beer out there, and I started trying other styles.

I regret nothing!

Coopers Sparkling Ale
Coopers Brewery Limited
5.8% alc/vol
375ml bottle

Coopers Sparkling Ale

Same again, Sir? Silly question! Yes!
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