Coopers Brewery celebrates 15 years of Vintage Ale

15th in the highly collectable and celebrated series recently released

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Coopers Vintage Ale - 15th anniversary (2015) release

Coopers Vintage Ale - 15th anniversary (2015) release


Coopers Brewery is celebrating with the release of its limited edition 2015 Extra Strong Vintage Ale.

The 2015 Vintage is the 15th in the highly collectable and celebrated series and was launched nationally recently at three special events in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

"The philosophy behind the 2015 Extra Strong Ale, as with previous vintages, was to ensure it was brewed with rich and intense flavours," Coopers' Managing Director and Chief Brewer Dr Tim Cooper said."Five hop varieties have been carefully combined to become the feature of this year's Vintage Ale.

"Melba hop is the driving variety. Developed by the master hop breeder of Ellerslie Hop Estate in Victoria, Melba provides stone fruit and citrus undertones.

"Ella and Vic Secret bring out passionfruit, peach and spicy aromas, while Styrian Goldings and Cascade provide additional balance and depth of flavour while enhancing the spicy, floral and fruity undertones."

Dr Cooper said this year's Vintage had a noticeable increase in bitterness, which fused and enriched the other hop flavours to leave a smooth and lingering after-taste.

"The higher bitterness also assists in the longevity of the brew," he said.

The alcohol content remains at 7.5% alcohol by volume, retaining Vintage Ale's title as the strongest beer brewed by Coopers and one of the stronger beers produced in the world.

Coopers National Sales and Marketing Director Mr Cam Pearce said this year's production of Vintage Ale would be limited and sought after.

"Limited production of this year's Vintage will see stocks go quickly," Mr Pearce said. "As always, we encourage beer lovers to plan their purchase of the 2015 Vintage Ale and secure a carton to enjoy over the winter months."

Dr Cooper said this year's Vintage would suit most hearty winter meals of lamb, pork or beef, but would make the perfect accompaniment to a Sunday roast.

Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale was first released in 1998, with further vintages in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, and every year since 2006. The Ale can be consumed immediately while flavours are fresh, or stored in cool conditions for tastings after six to 12 months of maturation.

Tasting notes for Coopers 2015 Extra Strong Vintage Ale

It's that time of year again when the warmth of summer has receded and the cold days of winter are upon us. Mercifully, this is also the time when beer enthusiasts can anticipate the release of a new Coopers Vintage Ale, to provide a source of inner warmth to endure the chill of the season.

The philosophy of the brewing team in approaching a new Vintage is to ensure that an Extra Strong Ale is brewed with intense flavours.

The faithful Coopers Ale yeast, which derives back from 1910, reliably produces delicious esters and fruity flavours during an extended fermentation.

As expected, the enticing ruby hue and generous foam of the 2015 Vintage Ale is enhanced by the combination of premium Australian malted two-row barley, crystal malt, and malted wheat.

The hop charge of this year's Vintage comprises mostly hops with both bittering and aromatic characteristics. The hops were added to the brew during the kettle boil and afterwards, and following fermentation, in a sequence designed to get the best results.

The driving hop variety of the Vintage this year is Melba. Developed by the master hop breeder of Ellerslie Hop Estate, a Coopers Vintage was foremost in his mind when developing this variety. Melba imparts a spectrum of stone-fruit and citrus flavours.

The other hop varieties used this year are Ella and Vic Secret, both of which have been added late into the brew to maximise and accentuate passionfruit, peach, and spicy flavours.

Styrian Goldings and Cascade have been selected for addition after fermentation, to provide additional balance, depth of flavour and to enhance the spicy, floral and fruity undertones.

This year's Vintage has a noticeable increase in bitterness, which is not astringent but fuses and enriches the other hop flavours to leave a smooth lingering after-taste.

This higher bitterness will stand up well as the beer matures, augmenting its cellaring potential.

This Vintage would suit most hearty meals of lamb, pork or beef, but would be ideal with the Sunday roast.

It is recommended that beer lovers buy a carton of Vintage and enjoy the flavours whilst fresh, but cellaring the rest for tasting after six to twelve months of maturation, and at regular intervals thereafter. Of course greater investments in Coopers Vintage Ale can be made, but purchases should be planned as there is a limited production this year.

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