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 SometimesIfart
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Iron Maiden The Trooper.

Quick pick up at $2 a pint can from a local gas station on the way home from work. I love beer, I love Iron Maiden, and The Trooper is one of my favorite songs by them. Despite that, I don't expect a whole lot outta this one. But let us hope for a pleasant surprise.

Look - Pours a fusion of brown and some clearer, likely yellow color mixed like paint on a palate. Well this is a color I've yet to see in a beer. Look almost like mixing an adjuct with something a few noticeable shades darker. Carbonation is still readable to an extent and appears to be pretty moderate. Lacing is sparse though noticeable. 3.25.

Smell - Bready malts make up the dominance in this category with a noticeable hit of sweetness though it remains quite low. Not really a whole lot going on here. 3.

Taste - The malt level turns up and becomes pleasant although not superbly so. It is tasty enough to keep you interested without giving you a monster dosage of euphoria. A bit sour on the finish though in a good way. 3.75.

Feel - The mentioned slightly sour aspect moves up to moderate on the feel and the carbonation feel fairly light. Body is a tad watery though quite easy going. 3.25.

Overall - It was certainly different. It would make a fine ' filler ' beer in a mix a six. Not much to wow anybody though a good attempt and at the price I can't complain about it. Try it for yourself and come to your own conclusion. 3.25..

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Photo of barczar
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fairly malty, light caramel and toasted, nutty notes, with big floral hops.

Flavor is similar, with more herbal hop character and a hint of citrus pith.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear, dark copper with a substantial off-white head.

Smells fruity and malty. Semi sweet.

Smells better than it tastes. The flavors don't pop much. Fairly swet caramel malts a d toffee with some sour fruits. A lot like apple cider,or just fermented fruit. A bit leafy, like a sweet tea with lemon. Definite bitterness and hops that are floral. Touch of black pepper spiciness.

Without looking it up, I could tell this was an ESB, so it cant be too far off. However, I dont think it is as balanced as it should be for the style. They took the bitterness too literally, and it looks and smells better than it tastes.

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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 KeithS
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Middling to not bad bitter. Not really sure you could justify the ES part but it is perfectly drinkable.

Had a lot better but also had an awful lot worse.

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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 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 jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden amber with a creamy head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of caramel and butterscotch with a subtle leafy hop spice.

The taste is of light caramel, some wet wood, mineral water. It has a leafy/tea-like touch in the finish.

Maybe the body would be better on cask?

Not "bad" overall, but not particularly "good". Thin malt with a light touch of hops. Rather bland, but drinkable.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 16oz. can.

A: Pours amber in color with a finger of white head. Head dissipates to a thin foamy layer that lingers atop the brew and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: Toasted malts, biscuit, citrus, honey, black pepper, and coriander.

T: Toasted malts, saltine cracker, black pepper, coriander, honey, orange peel, lemongrass, brown sugar, and some resiny earthy hops on the finish.

M: Light bodied, moderately carbonated, crisp and clean easy drinking brew.

O: An easy drinking brew that still delivers on some flavor. Not really something I would seek out to drink again but if your an Iron Maiden fan it's a nice novelty and the beer isn't a drain pour.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I wanted this to be amazing, because Iron Maiden is probably my favorite band of all time and the Trooper is one of their flagship songs. Well, it wasn't. Not bad obviously, but just nothing memorable. It might be that I'm just not into biscuit flavored beers, as it seems like that is what a lot of others have gotten out of it.

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Photo of jazzy_jay
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 500ml bottle, which is beautifully designed, I might add, into a tall Old Golden Hen stange, maybe 18 ounces. Pour leaves about 1 inch of glass left. A very short head rears up a moment after the pour, with visible, fierce carbonation the glass through, and settles as quickly as it rose. The color is a deep, slightly cloudy amber, which bodes well. Aromas of malt are the most apparent, with some citrus(?) and dry biscuit as well, and apparently not much else, but I have a cold so some aromas are probably lost. The flavor is not particularly stand-out, with refreshing and familiar malt notes all through, and the biscuit/bread/citrus rind theme carrying through, though definitely more biscuit than anything else. The finish is rather disappointing, with a weird, acidic+mineral aftertaste that I typically associate with bottles that have been sitting around for too long, though I only acquired this a week ago. Mouthfeel is passable up front, with vigorous but not too distracting carbonation, but the finish leaves something to be desired. Some hop bitterness as one might expect but none of it really lingers and it is difficult to make out any complexities from behind the overbearing malt.

I guess this was OK, but definitely more expensive and less tasty than expected. I'm also suspicious I got a somewhat old bottle, so I'm willing to try at a later point providing I can find it for less.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, deep amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of sourdough and soda bread, as well as aromas of brown sugar and honey, honey suckle, black pepper, coriander, clover, and a touch of lemon-like citrus.

Taste: Nice flavors too, with lots of bready, toasted malt, up front, followed with brown sugar honey, and caramel-like sweetness, as well as some spices of honey suckle, black pepper, coriander and clover. I also get some citrusy notes, such as lemon and orange peel. Finally, at the finish, there is just a touch of slightly resin-like, bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth and creamy, as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 4.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a nice beer, named after one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite heavy metal bands! I really like the amount of bready, toasted malt, caramel-like sweetness and the citrus. It’s a very good session beer! Recommended for more than just the novelty of the name and label!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampling right now on 6/12/15. Comes in a neat 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. \m/ Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "HB" .5L handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a medium-amber in color with close to a 1-finger foamy white head that stays around for a while. Some light spotty lacing is seen when sipped that slides back down the edges of the glass fairly quick. The aroma is mostly of malts and grains. Bit more going on with the taste with a light hint of some kind of spice in the mix also. Crisp and slightly dry finish. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it wasn't bad if you like this style of brew.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark orange to amber body with a thin white head. Aroma is malty, fruity bitter, caramel. Taste is sweet with light bitterness. Texture is watery, carbonation is soft, dry bitter finish.

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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 tillmac62
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium amber. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Light nose of classic British pale malt complete with the grainy aspect. Hop influence is slight, but does impart a very subtle note of spice.

Heavy light body with a light smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

Compared to outstanding English bitters, this one falls short in intensity. Complexity is also weak and balance is less than normal. It delivers a substandard light bitterness, but the flavor never pops. Caramel and biscuit attempt to come to the forefront in the middle, but never get passed just noticeable. The finish is a bit crisp and a slightly off flavored bitterness lingers.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; served slightly chilled. I bought this once a few years ago, but didn't bother giving it a full review at the time. Now that it's back, I figured I'd leave a few comments.

Pours an attractive crystal-clear orange-amber hue, accompanied by a one finger cap of frothy, off-white head. It vanishes rapidly over the next minute or two; in its place, a bubbly film remains behind, in addition to a decent-sized foamy collar. On the nose, I am getting a modest dose of leafy, floral hops, in addition to a backbone of doughy, bready malts. A touch of dried fruit and honey sweetness; not too interesting, but certainly clean and inviting.

This is a nicely-constructed ESB - doughy malts prevail initially - a little bready, with some toasted biscuit and nuttiness. The hop bill comes forward in the latter half, offering up some leafy, herbal bitterness, with a mild hint of candied citrus and orchard fruit. Finishes with a flash of toffee sweetness, followed by a drying, minerally astringency that lingers on the palate briefly. Light-bodied, with lively, assertive carbonation that prickles the palate and results in a rather crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.68, a passable B. Trooper is a perfectly serviceable English-style bitter, but I still feel like I'm paying for the label and branding more than anything. It is a well-made, hop-forward session ale that does not quite match up to my favourites in this style, such as Fuller's, Bombardier and Hobgoblin. Definitely not worth the price tag - unless you consider the bottle a collector's item - but that fact has no impact on the score. Just on my chances of buying it for a third time.

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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 scotorum
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 16.9 oz. can into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Clear copper with an inch thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing. Required additional brief pours to empty the can.

s: nuttin

t: Light ripe fruit notes dominate up front at first, later a mild bready/caramel malt comes to dominate. Sweetish to dry finish.

m: Medium, good body, strong carbonation tingle.

o: A good quality mild malty brew. If it was cheaper I might buy it again as a dinner beer.

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Photo of Tommy_Z
2.21/5  rDev -34.6%
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 --

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.74/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
2.81/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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