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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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Iron Maiden TrooperIron Maiden Trooper

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640 Ratings

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 29
Gots: 154 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: flyingpig on 07-12-2013

TROOPER takes its name from the Iron Maiden song which is inspired by the famous Charge of the Light Brigade. Being a real ale enthusiast, vocalist Bruce Dickinson has developed a beer which has true depth of character.

TROOPER is a Premium British Beer inspired by Iron Maiden and handcrafted at Robinsons brewery. Malt flavours and citric notes from a unique blend of Bobec, Goldings and Cascade hops dominate this deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon.
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Ratings: 640 | Reviews: 155
Photo of Tommy_Z
2.21/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer was very weak -- the 4.7 abv gave that away before even popping the cap. Once it was in my mouth the real disappointment set in -- this beer is utterly flavorless.

A beer with the name "The Trooper" and Eddie charging into battle should be powerful and flavorful -- this beer was not. The only thing good was the superb artwork on the bottle and the can.

This sums it up artistically --


Photo of 303beer
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinkable. Amber in color. Little bit of hop profile to it. Goldings and Cascade hop variety. I like it.

Photo of Stubbie1
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice Amber color, thin thick head, mild nose of malt with a touch of hops. Taste is average. A hint of bread on the front with hops finishing this off. Overall an O.K brew

Photo of WoodBrew
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm guessing this sells more because of the label than the beer. Its ok. The beer pours a clear amber with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell is bicuity...and the taste is a lil sour/bitter. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with poor carbonation. Overall....its ok.

Photo of mothmanscott
2.74/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a medium amber producing 2 fingers off-white, shortlived head that leave a flecks & wash of filmy lacing. Aroma is thin; malty (caramel), faintly fruity & mildly acetic, with earthy & herbal notes (burley tobacco). Taste is watery malt, tart candied apple, with a hoppy bitter character up front that rapidly balances with the malt. Malt dissipates in the finish to a dry mildly bitter/astringent, lightly metallic aftertaste. All of the British ESB I\'ve ever encountered are watery & thin. Muted aroma & flavor might best described my experience with this one.

Photo of Beejay
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale amber in color. White head on top with another layer on top with many frog eyes.

S: A touch of hops, and some light caramel. The hops are a touch on the flowery side, with a faint burnt caramel aroma coming in, followed by almost a slight metallic scent.

T: Light caramel and bread, very light hop flavor, with a little bit of an odd tannic or metallic flavor. Slightly odd bitterness in the linger.

M: Medium light in body, with fairly high carbonation and a bit of a bite in the finish.

O: Overall this beer falls short of the mark.. you are paying for a label, not the beer inside. I heard good things about this one, so it's totally bummertown.

Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
4.52/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very much enjoyed this ale. It had a unique taste and a great look. I highly recommend it.

Up The Irons \m/

Photo of wrecknut
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can, tastes like Old Style, even leaves a bad aftertaste.

Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy can, pours crystal clear honey tan slight auburn color, settles with a nice large fluffy 2 finger head fades at a med pace, light lacing.

Nose brings typical English style fruity yeast esters, mild toasty biscuit and sweet caramel malt, light grassy hops, golden malt.

Taste brings more of the same, decent malty flavor, grainy toasty golden malts, mild caramel sweetness, juicy soft malty flavor, etc. Typical English yeast, mild fruity esters, little biscuit toffee note. Then mild hops, grassy slight herbal, mild bitterness. Finish gets a bit more bitter as it somewhat dries, mild lingering grassy herbal hops, fruity esters, touch of golden malt.

Mouth is med bod with decent carb.

Overall pretty good, typical British ale style beer, nice malt profile, typical yeast profile, decent hops, although wish the hops came through a bit more, but pretty much right where it should be. nothing too special going on either though, just average ale.

Photo of KajII
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was a murky chestnut brown with a light orange hue and a frothy off white head. It possesses notes of toasted malts, caramel, a hint of dried fruit and a light floral hop. This brew starts with a nice malty caramel flavor and a touch of fruity sweetness that lessens slightly, giving way to a mild hop backbone. A smooth, tasty and easy to drink brew... https://www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReview

Photo of cbutova
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split with NawsDaBaws.

A- Tallboy can to two snifters revealing a mostly clear orange amber body. The off white head builds to a finger with a frothy consistency and decent retention. Lacing consists of a few sheets but not much in the end.

S- Big lager yeast and spicy Euro hops. Grassy, herbal and earthy tones to those slicy varietals. Some fruits from the yeast as well as slight butter. Some dark cherry like fruit.

T- Same general feel as the nose with yeast and hops carrying it but malts do wake up some on the taste buds. Spicy, herbal, floral and earthy notes lead to pale apple, slight medicinal cherry, toasted nuts, cereal, caramel, a hint of butter and lagery yeast.

MF- Just under medium overall body thickness. Texture is somewhat creamy and foamy with a moderately high carbonation. Slightly bitter.

Definitely has the feel of a decent bitter although the yeast isnt all that clean for me. I like the idea but some slight refinement would go a long way.

Photo of Brad007
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber with a one-finger head into my glass. This is a traditional ESB in honor of Iron Maiden. Speaking of, "The Trooper" is actually one of my favorite Maiden tunes.

Buttery aroma that is reminiscent of raisin. Pretty much what I expected style-wise. Not sure how fresh it is.

Sweet and buttery all around. Not much else there for flavor. I want my mind to be blown but it's just not.

Finishes odd too.

Eh. Really only worth it for the sweet-ass label. Big time Maiden fans would be wise to buy a bottle and just leave it. May I suggest they throw their name behind something wicked and bitter, as opposed to droll and tastless?

Photo of Geoffq
4.64/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

English style session ale, first class

Photo of Izzi
4.55/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't expecting much with all of the low ratings. However I really enjoyed this beer as it tasted almost like an amber ale which are among my favorites. Would definitely drink this beer again. Plus it's Iron Maide, come on!

Photo of JACasas
5/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this British Beer!

Photo of cdrinkwine
2.64/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm a big Maiden fan so I was drawn to the bottle. Too bad what's inside didn't match the awesomeness of the outside. Muddy color, terrible head (giggity), not crazy about the honey taste even though I dig honey. Bummer.

Photo of megamick
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Exactly this: The body is watery with low carbonation. Was hoping for more a more aggressive taste. Not bad at all, just nothing memorable about this $5.99 pint. Was surprisingly mellow and tame - best part was the artwork and history lesson on the back.

Photo of OJT1993
4.64/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

really good casual drinking lager, plus its Iron Maiden inspired

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

L: Looks good, caramel dark copper color, with a mild almost not existent head.
S: Smells like everything: sugar, caramel, flowers, citrics, toffee with hints of spices
T: Tastes very mild, not as strong as the style might suggest, it´s very sweet and I don´t really like that, there´s a citric note that´s strong but not very pleasant.
F: It´s very light bodied and low carbonation.
O: I was very disappointed with this beer, you expect something aggressive or strong with a Strong Bitter style of beer, this one isn´t strong nor bitter.

Photo of fscottkey
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: [3.50] Very clear beer. Looks amber to red. The pour formed a small frothy head the head dissipates quickly. There is a date code - I am not sure what it means. The bottle lists the ABV 4.7%.

S: [3.75] I get rich caramel and almost chocolate. Lots of sweet scents.

T: [2.50] Faded hop presence up front with very mild bittering. There is some malitness at the back and a faint rust flavor.

M: [2.75] The body is watery with low carbonation.

O: [2.75] This is just a timid beer. The nose delivers the hope of something good but it ends there. No real flavor or feel on the palate.

Photo of thommo_nk
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You'll take my life but I'll take yours too, you fire your musket but I'll run you through......love maiden, love that song, love the beer.....so when you're waiting for the next attack, you better stand there's no turning back!!!!!


Photo of James-Rogers
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When poured into a glass, it had a wonderful clear lively and foamy ambery copper colour. The smell was quite earthy in a damp, dank sort followed with a purfumy, flowery ester. The flavour was almost exactly as the stile-guide said; Balanced, bitter and slightly flowery.
The mouthfeel wasn't as nice as I hoped. It was pretty odd as it was both light and coarse. Overall, I don't think I'll buy it again but would be greatly appreciated as a gift.

Photo of Chris_Burton
3.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice copper body with a thin white head and zesty nose. Taste has hints of toffee and rich fruitiness that one would expect from an amber bitter, although they are largely overpowered by the hop bite which, while mild compared to an American IPA, is quite significant for a British bitter. The hop flavours are grassy and citrusy, and while this beer has more hoppiness than maltiness there is still a reasonable balance between the two. Mouthfeel is as one would expect, fairly low carbonation, but not flat either: just enough for a pleasant smoothness that matches the moderately light body.

This isn't a beer that's trying to offer an intense experience or change your life, it's simply a traditional British bitter, and a very decent one at that. Definitely recommended whether you're a fan of Iron Maiden or not!

Photo of Svingjo
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nicely balanced a hint of toffee maltiness that finishes with a mild hop bitterness

Photo of adhokk7
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Sad to say, I thought this was not good at all.

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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.