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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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77
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570 Ratings
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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 23
Gots: 100 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Robinsons Family Brewers visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Year-round

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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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
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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4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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

Nose
Bread, biscuit, honey, and earthy hops.

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

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

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

Photo of dcmchew
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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4.14/5  rDev +23.2%
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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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.