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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

Iron Maiden TrooperIron Maiden Trooper

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347 Ratings

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 12.61%

Brewed by:
Robinsons Family Brewers visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: flyingpig on 07-12-2013)
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Reviews by SmashPants:
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3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: a solid brown 500mL bottle with an Iron Maiden Eddie label. Puts me on edge, as the 'TV series / musician endorsed' beers I have had to date have been produced to be 100% completely ordinary.

Appearance: pours a heavy amber with light sporadic carbonation. A weak head pops up and dissipates completely within about 10 seconds. No lacing.

Aroma: plenty of caramel and toffee with some fruit esters.

Taste: some awkward caramel flavours with some grains behind. Those fruits on the nose don't come through to the palate. Disappointing and flat.

Aftertaste: flavours trail along for a time, but again is nothing special.

Overall: as expected, a very average / passable English ale that proves that one should avoid any beer endorsed by musicians. Not bad stuff, but certainly not brilliant, and the incredibly high price is simply laughable. All things considered, one to avoid.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 09:01:20 | More by SmashPants
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1 pint 0.9 fl oz brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a dimpled mug. Purchased in New Orleans.

Dark golden colour and clear. Very little white head on the pour recedes to leave just a couple of islands. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma of sweet grains with hints of caramel and herbal hops.

Flavour is sweet grainyness with a bitter herbal hop finish. Some metallic twang in the middle.

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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
76 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.