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Monday
Jul072014

COOPERS ARTISAN RESERVE

Coopers Artisan Reserve. When I heard Coopers were releasing a new beer I can’t say I was too excited. After the release of the mediocre Celebration Ale and their woeful 62 Pilsner I started to lose faith in where they are heading.

Coopers Artisan Reserve was released in early 2014, the second in the Thomas Cooper's Selection series. It’s an unpasteurised all-malt pilsner hopped with Hallertau Tradition and Hallertau Hersbrucher. Two other hop varieties were also used but Coopers decided not to disclose them to “discourage imitations”. It’s a typical 5.5% ABV.

Surprisingly it looks crystal clear with a typical pilsner appearance. Mild grassy aroma. Light body and low carbonation. Light malt character with a mild grassy and slightly earthy hop flavour. There are some subtle yeasty undertones with a soft bitterness and somewhat metallic aftertaste. It seems quite lacking in malt and hop flavour as well as bitterness and carbonation. A very ordinary pilsner. No better than a below par beer chicken.

In a print ad for this beer are two books and a bottle of this beer on the shelf. The first book has the title “We Wrote The Book On Ales” and the second “Now We’ve Added Another Chapter”. It’s just begging for someone to add “some chapters are best left on the shelf”.

 

4/10

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