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Coopers Vintage Ale 2017

Coopers Vintage Ale 2017

Coopers Brewery have released their iconic Vintage Ale at events in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide this week. And it certainly seems to be another cracking year for the vintage ale, with plenty of hops, but more malt body than previous years. This year Coopers’ chairman Glen Cooper was joined by brewer Jon Meneses at the Melbourne launch at Paradise Alley, a new bar in Collingwood. The 2017 Vintage uses Denali and Calypso, a couple of new … Read entire article »

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Coopers 2016 Vintage – All You Need Is Time

Coopers 2016 Vintage – All You Need Is Time

Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale 2016 is another excellent brew that only requires time to bring out the best. Fresh and hoppy now, and already with a good dose of time under its belt, the 2016 Vintage is designed to become even more drinkable over the next 5 to 10 years of cellaring. The 2016 revises the successful profile of last year’s Vintage. It uses 5 hops. A brand new hop called Astra, Melba (a relatively … Read entire article »

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2015 Coopers Vintage Ale or 60 is the new 40

2015 Coopers Vintage Ale or 60 is the new 40

Coopers latest version of their iconic Vintage Ale is now available, and it has more hops than ever. The increase is because of the mellowing that happens to bitterness over time, along with greater consumer acceptance of hoppier and more bitter beers. This should result in a well balanced beer after cellaring  for a few years. The malt bill of the 2015 Vintage is similar to previous years, and consists mainly of pale malt, a lot of … Read entire article »

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Coopers Special Edition 2014 Vintage Ale

Coopers Special Edition 2014 Vintage Ale

Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale has become a great example of beer that is especially brewed to cellar. The Vintage Ale was first brewed in 1998 and Coopers have made a batch nearly every year since then. Each year the brewing team develops a new recipe with differing flavour nuances. Fortunately, Coopers have been kind enough to give me some samples and also invite me to their launch event, which was held at Le Bon … Read entire article »

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Coopers Vintage Ale 2013

Coopers Vintage Ale 2013

One of the first beers I ever coveted was Coopers Vintage Ale. Ever since they brewed the first batch in 1998, it has been a beer of real character that is revered by beer lovers. Successive brews have popularised vertical tasting sessions, where brews from different years are tasted and compared. While the early examples are solid beers, those brewed in the last few years have greatly increased complexity, as the brewers try different malts … Read entire article »

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