Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery in Australia has been in production since 1862 and little has changed in the brewing process. It's naturally conditioned in the bottle so there is some sediment visible. Apparently, you're supposed to roll the bottle gently to mix up the sediment before pouring but I preferred to pour carefully and leave it in the bottle.
My careful pour resulted in a surprisingly clear glass of golden ale with a lovely tight white head that leaves tremendous lacing on the glass. It does look a bit like a lager but it packs a punch at 5.8% so it's not one to be guzzled too quickly.
It has a traditional beery aroma of hops and malt, with the sour hops smell being quite strong. Flavourwise, it's definitely more malty than I expected with a dry finish but it's not strongly flavoured. It has quite a thin body and very soft carbonation so I think I maybe should have given that sediment a swirl to get the full sparkling experience.
Crisp, dry and refreshing with the added bonus of a lovely malt flavour, this was much nicer than I expected for a light coloured ale. It's definitely worth giving it a try if you see it.