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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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Ratings: 650
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 29
Gots: 160 | 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: 650 | Reviews: 159
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Photo of trishhart
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Smells of caramel and citrus. Has a smooth taste with a hint of hops.

Photo of Svingjo
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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 oberon
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Love me some Maiden.Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear rich golden with a thin wispy head that was gone in a flash,great color,dissapointing head.Aromas of deep caramel biscuit and hint of brown sugar,a faint green apple-like sourness as well.A light mouthfeel near being watery but not quite.Nice flavors for what it is,a subtle English ESB,caramel and buttery tones with a tinge of iron,the green apple notes come through again in the finish along with a light smattering of leafy hops.The beer is eh...ok,the band kicks ass and the charge of the light brigade was very heroic.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Surly tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head which fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A bready and toasty malt forward aroma with some citrus hop hints. Toasted malts with hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, cracker, and tea. Slight hint of brown sugar and honey. Earthy, floral, and grassy hop hints. Citrus fruit hints of orange peel and lemon zest. Smells like the classic English bitter with its bready malt and laid back but noticeable hop presence. Solid aroma.

Taste: Follows the aroma, a crisp and bready malt forward English taste with a nice backing mix of hop notes. Bready and toasty malts upfront with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, toast, grains, tea, and crackers. Nice hop presence with some floral, earthy, and grassy notes. Citrus notes of orange and lemon zest. Subtle taste of sugar and honey like sweetness. True to the classic English Bitter. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good English Bitter. Classic biscuity malt flavors with just enough hops to provide some balance. I'm a pretty big fan of the band and its pretty cool to see a collaboration like this. The beer is nothing mind blowing but its good for the style.

Up the Irons!

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. Picked up the other day from Morrisons. Named after an Iron Maiden song that was inspired by the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding to a thin surface layer. Aroma of fruity ale yeast with hints of mild caramel malt, grass/hay and rather harsh stewed leaves. A touch of cardboard in the background. Weak.

Tastes of faint caramel malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of fruity ale yeast, stewed leaves, grass/hay, a hint of caramel/toffee and very faint citrus. Well-attenuated, with a twinge of harsh cardboard in the background and a dry, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasantly effervescent carbonation but a thin, watery body. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of mildly acrid stewed leaves and faint yeasty esters.

Meh - a disappointment. Looks OK, but the aroma/flavour are dull and uninspired while the body doesn't offer much to sink your teeth into. Coming from Robinson's I suppose I should have expected this, but I was hoping that the Iron Maiden connection might make for a more uncompromising brew. Oh well. No need to rush out and buy it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a novelty beer for those metal enthusiasts out there, you would think this beer would have been an aggressive imperial stout or something more extreme for a bottle donning an Iron Maiden Union Jack touting zombie Trooper. It's labeled as a premium British beer abv 4.7% abv. Nothing wrong with this beer, filtered bright copper ale with a nice light khaki head, leaves behind layered speckled lacing on the sides of my chalice. Aromatics are nice earthy cereal malts, with hints of pine and citrus from the hop additions. The fruity esters bring out hints of cherry, with caramelized sugars bringing some perceived sweetness as well. Flavor is okay a nice solid British ale, fruit adds some complexity a zing of hops but seems less cohesive and flavor forward than I enjoy. It's hard to knock it, but it doesn't excite me at all. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied a bit of slick hop oils left on the palate, but clean flowing carbonation washes most of any residual oils left on the palate away. Overall a beer I can't picture purchasing unless it was for my old roommate from Bangalore, India...he love British metal from this era...I miss Chaitanya Harimohan due to drinking this beer.

Photo of daveyboydd
3/5  rDev -11%

not bad just what i was expecting,i think the english do better smooth ales.

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. It would be a disservice to say that I used to be a big Iron Maiden fan - mostly because I still freaking am! Crimean War-era Eddie sneers back at us for this appropriately-wrought label, clutching a broken and bloodied Union Jack flagpole in defiance. Cue 'Where Eagles Dare'.

This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with two stout fingers of densely foamy, and moderately chunky ecru head, which leaves some decent melting cobwebbed lace around the glass as it gently retreats.

It smells of crisply grainy, biscuity, and crackery pale malt, a touch of dry toffee, a bit of apple and subdued citrus fruitiness, and pleasantly floral, leafy hops. The taste is a nice soft, bready and crackery graininess, a hint of doughy yeast, mildly acidic apple skin and lemon rind, a subtle toasted oily nuttiness, ethereal black pepper notes, and more equitable earthy, leafy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is nice and peppy, though never astringent, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt, drupe fruitiness, and understatedly sassy hops all banding behind that last charge down the hill.

For an ESB, this does well not to embarrass itself, bringing the biscuit, and wielding the hops like a musket. Maybe a tad sweet for the style, and more generally for extended sessions, but agreeable enough as a one-fer, in the world of promotional or pop-cultural tie-ins...and, fade out with 'To Tame a Land'.

Photo of InsaneBeerLover
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Pretty Decent beer even though label is way way better than the beer.

Photo of dacrza1
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: January 31, 2014... GLASSWARE: HopDevil nonick...OCCASION: a good week ends, and Shark Tank begins!... APPEARANCE: hazy whiskey-copper body; pure white, steady head; slight effervescence; intricate lacing... AROMA: smooth and malty, with wafting caramel; bright, punchy hops are less citric than expected ... PALATE: smooth, buttery and swift a Steve Harris bass line; a pleasantly drinkable pub ale...TASTE: sweet, nutty finish; subtle hops that fit into a British ale profile; soft lemon, chestnut and rum--complex enough to keep my attention throughout the glass... OVERALL: Not "Powerslave" in its power or "Seventh Son" in its complexity, this beer nonetheless rates somewhere in the area of "Fear of the Dark" or something more recent--a nice take on a classic style; the glass drained quickly...considering the middle-of-the-road price, I would revisit Trooper in the future regardless of the season--a good all-around ale....

Photo of tastybeer
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden amber colored beer, decent looking white head that fades quickly to a soapy ring. A few scattered spotty bits remain on the glass. Aroma is sweet, crisp crackers, grain, biscuit malt, and light lemon, spice hop. Flavor is more bitter than sweet with refreshing lemon rind tartness, grainy bread and crackers. Brisk, dry, and very, very drinkable. Not very complicated but nice w/no off flavors.

Scream for...beer!

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Good, clean, copper. Nice lacing.

Smell: Fresh biscuits.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More fresh biscuits. Extremely malty. Fairly crisp. A decent session.

Overall Drinkability: Not bad. Not great. Again, a decent session. The name makes it attractive enough.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Robinson's Brewery Trooper
16.9 oz. brown bottle, code "L3336 23:02"

Ahh, a proper-sized bottle to fill a proper pint, how refreshing. The bottle opens with a crack (keep in mind, we're operating at cellar temperature here), and pours an almost fingerprint-clear rusett-tinted copper body beneath a single, thick-finger-width of frothy khaki head. The head holds fairly well, and it leaves sticky crags and partial rings of lace as it goes.

The first thing that comes out in the aroma is caramel. It's a combination of sweetish golden caramel with a little bit of darker, somewhat brown-sugar like caramel. It expresses a basic, barley-like maltiness as well, which to my mind is a little like light Ovaltine. Grassy and leafy notes follow, offset by a delicate fruitiness that's reminiscent of fresh cut golden pear, baking apple (Stayman, perhaps), and lemon. There's a bit of a chalky or mineralish character as well that I'm guessing is coming from the yeast.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. It gently bristles upfront but then simply fades away towards the swallow. Now that's what an English ale should feel like!

Caramel-accented malt returns in the flavor, subtly biscuity and toasty, and maybe just a bit toffee-ish. That's followed by some apple, a bit of chalky/crushed granite, and then muddled notes of citrusy, leafy, floral, and grassy hops that are somewhat tea-like. It's dry in the finish although there is a bit of residual maltiness that then fades to reveal more apple, light pear, and lemon/orange and citrus pith. The bitterness is median, and the light bit of citrus helps to balance the malt. Eventually it's the light bit of fruit and citrus left on the front and sides of the tongue that cuts through and leaves it remarkably drinkable; otherwise the bitterness might build a little too much at the back of the throat.

Impressive. It's accessible enough for even the most uninitiated of drinkers, yet complex enough to keep it interesting for the beer savvy.

Photo of Roguer
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice snow-white head, two fingers from a strong center pour. Clear, fully transparent coppery amber brew (I can read through the beer). Head retention is OK if not great, and lacing is nice.

Huge caramel and brown sugar malt aroma, with an earthy hop bitterness barely present. I get the impression this is going to be one sweet beer.

Much more bitterness in the flavor than in the aroma. Still malt-dominant, with caramel malt, nuts, molasses, and burnt corn dominating. Hops are slightly earthy and floral, but provide more balancing bitterness than flavor.

Lively sting, sticky and lasting. Fairly drinkable; a solid light-medium overall body, grainier than I'd have thought.

Not bad, but not great. I'm not particularly experienced with many English style ales, so I can only speak to the overall taste and experience, rather than putting it in context against style. It's certainly not bad; I have no idea how it has been received in the UK. At 4.7%, I could drink this frequently if it were on draft, but I won't again shell out $5 a bottle stateside.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
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 McNealc31
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson did, in fact, have input on this ESB. Clear and light orange color. Classic English hard water is immediately noticeable. A hint of sweet bread, then earthy hops bitterness. Nice mouthfeel and it goes down very easily. At only 4.7% ABV, you could easily knock down a couple of these during a show! Fantastic label with Eddie, as well. Perhaps I’m caught up in the novelty a little, but I’m a fan!

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You'll take my life, but I'll take yours too
You'll fire your musket, but I'll run you through
So when you're waiting for the next attack
You'd better stand, there's no turning back
The bugle sounds, the charge begins
But on this battlefield, no one wins
The smell of acrid smoke and horses' breath
As I plunge on into certain death

The horse, he sweats with fear, we break to run
The mighty roar of the Russian guns
And as we race towards the human wall
The screams of pain as my comrades fall
We hurdle bodies that lay on the ground
And the Russians fire another round
We get so near, yet so far away
We were meant to fight another day

We get so close, near enough to fight
When a Russian gets me in his sights
He pulls the trigger and I feel the blow
A burst of rounds take my horse below
And as I lay there gazing at the sky
My body's numb and my throat is dry
And as I lay forgotten and alone
Without a tear, I draw my parting groan

UP THE IRONS!!! (and the beers pretty decent)

Photo of morimech
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

If I was to include the label art the appearance score would be much higher. It is ultimately the best thing about this beer. Pours a clear amber with a minimal head that quickly disappeared. Light spotty lacing is left down the glass.

To me this smells typical British ale. Claims of Cascade hops are not noticed but I do get plenty of herbal Goldings. Some pale and caramel malt is detected as well.

Good flavor but seems to lack any depth. Good herbal hop qualities. Not sure what Bodec hops are, but I suspect they are similar to Goldings. Now I get a hint of the Cascades with a slight hint of citrus. The malt flavor is uninspired and semi-dry. Bitterness seems low.

Feels a little thin even for a low ABV beer. Carbonation seems off as well. Quite dull.

Was hoping for a lot more in an Iron Maiden beer. Good for the lovers of English ale that cannot get it close to the source.

Photo of Stubbie1
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
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 KYGunner
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light rusty coloring lends to a burnt orange with a watery body. The head was fleeting and fizzy with the loud popping of carbonation.

The scent is a light brewed tea with some sour barley and a tinge of malt.

The flavor is stronger to the barley side with a nice malt backbone. A touch of nuttiness and biscuit are also there. The finish is hops but the overall flavor is tempered.

The feel is thin but really smooth. The carbonation, despite massive visual evidence to the contrary, is almost non-existent in feel.

The reminds me of the Bristish Ales served in every little pub throughout London. Weak in body and flavor but with an easiness that serves a day of drinking.

Photo of wrecknut
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
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 tone77
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of sweetness. Taste is kind of mild, malts, some citrus, very light hops, refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent warm weather beer.

Photo of Samp01
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber with a medium white head, moderate lacing. Aroma and Taste is grass with grain undertones, citrus and fruity notes upfront, yeast, bready and lightly toasted biscuit malt. A medium body, crisp with moderate carbonation. Finish same as taste with some mild hops bitterness on the end for balance. Not the best ESB but it slowly gets better as it warms up a bit. Overall still crisp and slightly refreshing, an ok brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Tawny light coppery orange coloring with a good clarity and average rate of visible carbonation.

S: White, frumpy foam textured head, average height, and good standing retention. Thick, meaty lace adhesion.

T: Fresh wet grains, soft dry flowery scent. Flavor was grainy, fairly clean, hint of dried caramel sweetness, white toast and soft flowery hops. Light mention of dry apple peel.

M: Light bodied, some oily slickness, lighlty dry grainy coating on the tongue.

O: Overall fairly clean malt profile, lightly dry, flowery, easy drinkability, though not neccessarily exciting, can be a respectable light lager style drink with some hop appeal, but hard to imagine this as as an ESB.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a fading white head.
Nose shows sweet malt, cardboard, biscuity and bready notes and some honey.
Pretty restrained flavours. Bready malt, cardboard, earthy hops. Not much going on.
Really could use a fair bit more carbonation.

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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.