I'm finally nearing completion of my notebook catch-up. After this beer, I only have my Euro 2012 notes to get through and then it's on to taking new notes! Huzzah!
For now though, I have my first Australian beer to look at.
Coopers Sparkling Ale pours a lovely honey tone, with a slight haziness and a big three-finger head that turns to a film in next to no time. It's quite carbonated - as the name suggests - and it sticks to the glass pretty well. Surprisingly, there was a massive amount of sediment in the bottle that was just impossible to keep out of the glass. On the nose it's citrus fruit en force, with a quiet malt caramel undertone and a sherbert sweetness. Also, I have to say there was a slight stinging smell of piss, though that may have been the ridiculous amount of sediment, to be fair. The taste is equally strange, with an odd, sharp, artificial candy-fruit taste underpinning the nicely balanced citrus and malt flavours, to the point of being generally unpleasant. However, as time goes by the taste definitely improves, again leading me to blame the yeast sediment, which by now has begun to settle. The body's OK, if not a bit too fizzy.
Overall, a fairly average beer that could have been much better. At first I thought it was an off bottle - the sediment really threw me off - but taking a look around the net this seems to be the normal amount of floaters. So, the beer hasn't blown me away, but I endeavour to try more from the brewer in good time, as well as more from Australia.
Anyone know any good Aussie beers?