Is this going to stay a style here? I have had a few Sparkling Ales and have a pretty good idea of the flavor profile, but would be curious to know what really separates them from a Pale Ale?
The definition is here but it essentially states ‘Pale Ales with Australian and NZ hops. Also beers described as Pacific Pale Ales’.
Although Coopers Sparkling Ale is a Golden Ale so sparkling ales don’t appear to be a good reference point.
The Monty Python definition of an Australian / NZ pale ale is:
“This here’s the pale ale, the emblem of our land. You can stick it in a bottle, or you can put it in a can.”
No, I’m sorry, it’s wee-wee.
Better than Canoe Beer.
So should German IPA be a category too?
No, the whole thing is silly. Maybe there was a thing based around Coopers Red (peachy esters, spicy hops) but that quickly became confused (ooh, it’s got Galaxy/ NS in it, so that’s an Aus/NZ PA) and is now just a category without an actual distinction.