Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 734
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 30.77%
Wants: 35
Gots: 206 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of Izzi
4.55/5  rDev +34.6%
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!

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Photo of ansantos89
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I'm a big fan of Iron Maiden, and that was enough for me to want to taste this beer, and for my big surprise it is fucking outstanding! I mean, it comes in a very cool bottle and all, but it actually tastes really good! It is kinda sweet, very smooth, and although the alcohol percentage is quite high, you can't get easily drunk with this one. Totally recommend it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Forest & Main skinny pint glass.

Caramel colored with 1 finger of loose, white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation and a tiny bit of yeasties floating around.

Bread, biscuit, honey, and earthy hops.

Bread and biscuit. Honey and simple sugar. Nicely balanced with earthy English hops and a noticeable Cascade bite giving way to some grapefruit notes.

Medium bodied, smooth, and refreshing with only a light bitterness.

Flavorful, easy drinking, tasty, and refreshing. Ignore the ratings. This is a damn good ESB.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
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!

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Photo of Rammed96
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy brown color. Smooth light beer taste with a slight hint of hops. Not as strong or as much flavor as I would have liked. With the graphic they used on the can. I was disappointed in the taste.

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Photo of Chris_Burton
3.99/5  rDev +18%
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!

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Photo of thommo_nk
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
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 maiden, love that song, love the when you're waiting for the next attack, you better stand there's no turning back!!!!!


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Photo of ronniebruner
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First off, bought this as a novelty because I love me some Maiden! Kept the bottle around a while, so I was not sure if the taste would be totally fresh or not. What I will say is that all novelty factor aside, this beer rocks! It is extremely smooth. The right mix of carbonation, foam and lace mixed with a soft, aroma of hops. Very well pleased and totally surprised by how good this beer is! The taste is very crisp and clean and not bitter at all. This is definitely one of the better surprises I have tried in a long while. Hope to find more soon!

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, copper color. Moderate head but it lasts. Leaves good ring lace after the initial sips.

Classic caramel aroma with a good dose of alcohol to the nose. Mild hop in the background. Nice balance.

For a British ESB, this leans to the bitter side. While the light, semi-sweet caramel is present, the hop shows up nicely in the swallow. Short-lived bitter aftertaste. This is not an American version, though--there's no hop bomb here. Easy to drink. Full body with ample carbonation.

For a bottled English ESB, this one is quite decent.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was so excited when my wife got me this. I have been wanting this beer for the longest time! It goes fast at the stores.

Appearance- copper color, very thin head

Smell- malt, slight amount of hops, fruit zest

Taste- malt, some hops, lots of fruit zest

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very good! I thought the fruit zest was quite refreshing plus Iron Maiden is one of my favorite bands! Great beer!

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Photo of buzzarooski
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Beautiful Golden Carmel in Color, Pours Minimal White Foamy Head that Dissipates Quickly, Minimal and Spotty Lacing

SMELL: Very Subtle Hoppy Scent, Mild Lemon Aroma, Nearly Underwhelms you with Scent

TASTE: Smooth, Delicious, and Crisp, I did NOT find it Bitter at all. Loved the Malty/Lemon Flavor

FEEL: Medium Carbonation that works well with the taste, Slightly Dry after the Swallow

OVERALL: A Very Good Beer that I Enjoyed VERY much...I would Definitely Recommend this Beer to Friends

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Photo of pkalix
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

it's actually not bad...... I've heard low opinions on this, but it's actually a pretty decent brew. definitely a British beer and definitely a 'bitter'. low abv but a lot of character not over-hopped....

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Photo of thehooksman
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Being a big fan of ESBs and heavy metal, I was excited about this. But not having expectations set too high I was not disappointed. This is very good and seems to tread a middle ground between an ESB and a Pub Cream ale. Overall it's a good English ale, but I'd like a little more in the abv.

Appearance: hazy, golden to a weak-tea amber depending on light. Half finger of creamy head that didn't last too long

Nose: toffee, caramel, butterscotch, with a hint of citrus

Flavor: matches the nose well. the citrus comes through in the finish and seems a little weird for an ESB at first.

Mouth: light bodied, smooth, not to much carbonation.

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Photo of Meeg
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First American (full) review! Up the Irons!

Nice, foamy head that held on for quite a while. Appears the color of orange blossom honey when viewed through sunlight.

The smell is faintly of lemons and hops, with some malty biscuits later on. I keep going back to smell it, so I appear to enjoy the aroma.

The taste is about what I had expected, given my limited experiences with English Bitters. More bitter than malty, but nowhere near the American definition of bitter. Well balanced.

Smooth, and whatever the-pleasant-opposite-of-watery would be. I don't have a beer-word for this, but given all of it's other characteristics, it works well.

I like it. It's not adventurous, but well-balanced and very drinkable.

I like to combine my favorite things in life, and I cannot wait to open this on the finish of my next ice-climb in New Hampshire. The next time I drink this, I'll be listening to Piece of Mind on vinyl.

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Photo of santomark
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spending a few years in England for UNI, saw this in my craft store in Pasadena CA and had to pick this up.

A - Doesn't look anything how they describe it. Moreover, when I think of strong bitter, in my experience they're darker. This poured a medium gold body, 1 finger head, dissipates very quickly.

S - You definitely get that unique british malt, very bready, a tad spice from zest, grainy, hops are mildly present, cascade is almost dimmed down by the malt.

T - The taste confirms that the cascade is oddly drowned out with the malt. The malt is not bad here, it's biscuity, mildly hoppy in characteristic.

F - A very light beer in body. Hops give it a mild resin that dries out the tongue, very refreshing in this aspect. The malt is subtle in that it gives you a good breathe of alcohol after a drink.

O - I love Maiden, I love beer, and I love England. But truth be told this beer is generic enough for casual beer goers. Whilst (see what I did there?) the cascade aspect of this beer adds a mild uniqueness for more adventurous palates to enjoy. I genuinely think the brewer tried to please everyone's palate with this creation. It's a great representation of British beer. And the ABV is wonderfully sessioned. If you want a heavier British beer, seek out King Goblin. \m/ Metal Up Your Arse \m/

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Photo of megamick
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +13%
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'.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: A really rich caramel colored body sits under a thick cream colored head. The head recedes to a thick layer of film, leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Malty, some faint caramel notes, earthy tea leaves.

Taste: Just a touch of malts on the front end followed by a lot of tea-like tanginess. It finishes bitter with some sourness.

Mouthfeel: A very nice weight about it, goes down easy.

Overall: Could do with just a bit more caramel sweetness in the taste, but still a very enjoyable ESB.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden, going to copper, low head, leaving a thin lacing.
Smells of toasted grains, dark biscuits, light toffee and some citrus peel.
Mildly sweet and roasted malts, grains, light caramel and some clear toffee. There's a fruitiness also, a mix of citrus, but mostly a light lemon zest, making this one just a bit crisp and also faintly sour. There's the buttery/oily feel than many English ales have also. Hint of honey, floral notes, a touch of pepper also. Hops are mineral, a bit fruity, and producing a tea-like and coppery bitterness, just enough to keep this beer drinkable.
Although i always considered ESBs a great session type of beer, there are many examples out there that "spoil the fun". I thought Trooper only had a pretty label, but it wasn't the case. More than decent ESB, great example.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very enigmatic brew. Youd think with the metal branded brew you'd get something with a big punch, but it's smooth as jazz and has a low abv. I liked it a lot, but didn't realize that I finished this bad boy in 5 minutes until it was gone.

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Photo of tronester
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright copper, with a thin off-white head. Aromas of ripe fruit and toffee. Taste begins with some toffee, then some rich bread, then a bit of butter, followed by some tea-like flavors, then a hint of citrus, and finishing with a creamy, mint.

Mouthfeel is rich. Overall quite a good beer, though its quite expensive for what you get.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into tulip 3/11/13

A clear copper, streams of pin prick bubbles feed a long lasting dense cream colored foam that slowly falls to a thick film leaving a few partial rings on the way down

S bread, pennies, some citrus, herbal hops, hard nutty toffee and cotton candy

T nutty caramel and the English hops work well together, still has a metallic thing going on but it doesn't help or hinder,

M lighter side of medium, bubbles fluff it up, just a little grit, leafy toffee lingers

O looks like I'm well above the average yet again, I thought this one was pretty good and seeing how I bought it just for the label I'm happy

I'm not the biggest fan of English ales but this is a good example of one. I can see this flying off the shelves here in Alberta with all the closet Maiden fans, that reminds me watch Flight 666 it's one of the greatest Rock Doc's ever.

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Photo of pat61
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. L: Brilliant gold under a thin white film. S: Faint resins and grass T: Malty, fruity sweetness with some lemon notes dries on the finish with a touch of grainy astringency. F: Medium body and medium carbonation. O: An easy to drink ESB.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours lightly hazy deep golden color with a good sized long lasting beige head the sticks a moderate amount of lace on the sides. Aromas of toffee and caramel with hints of butterscotch, a bit of light fruit and a touch of mineral and sulfur. The flavor is rich and malty with lots of darker sugars. Earthy and citrus hop flavor with a firm hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick sweet mouthfeel. Decent English ale, I could drink this without too much of a problem.

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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
78 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.