Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 706
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 34
Gots: 186 | 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 OldRickSputin
1.12/5  rDev -66.8%

Bought a 500ml bottle, basically just because the label is awesome.

My friend and I decided to give it a try. Quickly poured it down the drain after two sips.

Tastes like someone extracted the sweat from Nicko Mcbrain's shirt after a 3 hour show in Buenos Aires.

C,mon, Dickinson! (287 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.68/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention with limited lacing. Aroma of grainy malt notes with stales hops is not the most enticing. Taste is also dominated by unrefined grainy notes with some stale hops is not the most pleasant. Body is light with medium carbonation. Never been a fan of the music and it appears I am not a fan of their beers either. (400 characters)

Photo of Chris19delta
2.11/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had high hopes for Trooper and had been looking forward to trying it (both as a devout metal head and a fan of the British brewing tradition), unfortunately I found it to be highly unremarkable and in general, highly disappointing. Will have to buy another bottle from a different source as I suspect this one was mishandled, the flavor was not consistent at all with a "premium" British beer, vague, watery, more aftertaste than flavor, closer to budwieser than beer with none of the complexity and well defined flavor reported in other reviews. (548 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
2.21/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

1 PT 0.9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in an imperial nonic

A - It is clear and amber in color. It is capped with several inches of off-white head.

S - I smell fresh cut grass. It also has a metallic smell.

T - I taste some toast and light caramel.

M - Thin

O - I have noticed that every beer label that has to proclaim itself a "premium" beer is usually not good. This is no exception. (386 characters)

Photo of Tommy_Z
2.21/5  rDev -34.4%
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 --

https://www.facebook.com/195859287178832/photos/a.260767604021333.53387.195859287178832/752127218218700/?type=1&theater (520 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.46/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with cool label art and branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at Wheatsville Co-Op and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are low; this is a tough style in which to make a tasty beer, and the band tie-in feels like a gimmick. 4.7% ABV confirmed.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of off-white/light khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Appealing soft complexion. Head retention is pretty good - about 3 minutes - though the low ABV makes this unimpressive. . Decent even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Looks pretty standard for the style. Not unique or special, though there are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Buttery notes (diacetyl?), clean barley, honey, candi character, loads of malty sweetness, grains, noble hops, lots of caramalt, bubblegum, and clove. I don't find the citric notes described on the label.

No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable.

An inoffensive aroma of mild strength. I'm optimistic.

T: Buttery and sweet, with way too much caramalt. Plenty of lightly toasted grains. Some honey. Floral hop notes. English toffee. Biscuit malts. Flavour profile is painfully simple, with no complexity or subtlety at all. Lacks nuance. It's also not that well balanced; it's too sweet throughout. The diacetyl isn't working here; I know some ESBs use it properly but it's out of place in this flavour profile. There's very little going on here; it's quite boring. I'm not a big fan of this. It does succeed at presenting a distinctive English malt character, so I wouldn't call it bland.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity for the style.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Buttery and coating. Okay presence on the palate. Decent thickness and body. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but I wouldn't say the texture is custom-tailored to the taste. A biteen overcarbonated; that's unexpected given it's meant to mimic real ale.

Not harsh, astringent, gushed, or boozy.

Dr: If the goal here was to mimic a real ale, it nailed the English malt profile and general blandness, but missed the disappointing undercarbonation and poor texture. It drinks like it's about 6%; the alcohol is not well concealed. As an ESB, it's unenjoyable, and I certainly wouldn't get it again - especially at its highly unreasonable price point. I'll easily finish the bottle, but ultimately this is clearly just an Iron Maiden commercial tie-in gimmick beer. It's rare that a brewery actually goes for quality with these tie-in beers (Ommegang is an exception), and it shows here. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

D+ (3,056 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving Type - 16.9oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/orange with a 1 inch creamy head, and some lacing.

Smell - Bitter malts, some caramel, a little lemon, pale malts. Classic bready aroma. A little light but still not too bad.

Taste - Wow, this is some good bottled water! Wait, this is actually beer? Very light flavor, minor sour/bitterness clear at the finish. I compare this to a coors light minus the corn and wheat flavors. No hops, sugars, and very little malts clear to the end.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't do much to tongue or palate, very minimal malts coat the palate at the finish. Aftertaste is minor bitter.

Overall - Garbage, flavorless, sucks. I bought this cause its a iron maiden beer but Jesus Christ did the band drink this first then agree on it or was it just them saying they can use our name and that's all they had in it. ALmost 5$ for one of the lightest/flavorless beers outside a American macro ive ever had. This beer sucks and F you robinson brewing for associating this beer with iron maiden. (1,022 characters)

Photo of cdrinkwine
2.64/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm a big Maiden fan so I was drawn to the bottle. Too bad what's inside didn't match the awesomeness of the outside. Muddy color, terrible head (giggity), not crazy about the honey taste even though I dig honey. Bummer. (220 characters)

Photo of Alex-Alkis
2.72/5  rDev -19.3%

The color of the beer is a classic copper with a golden foam. The aroma is malty and slightly smoky. The taste is also malty with some smoky notes. Tastes a little bit of wet cardboard and butterscotch despite the relatively thin body.

A bit boring for being an ESB, I think (276 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Trooper has a medium, soapy, off-white head, a clear, copper appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but, with some effort, one can detect bread crust, a touch of fruit, and malt. Taste is similarly dull, with just a touch of bitterness to rescue it. I let it warm, but nothing changed. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Trooper finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and a bit vegetable like. Overall, for $5.99 for a 16.9 oz. bottle, this is a total rip-off. If that much is paid for a beer that is significantly inferior in aroma, taste, and body to Country Club Malt Liquor ($3.50 for a six-pack of 12 oz. cans), one quickly realizes that one has "been played". If you enjoy expensive, dull, novelty beers, this is one to have!

RJT (758 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of sleazo
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A_medium chestnut with a nice sized foam head

S_mild nose. Vague bready malts

T_Extremely sweet and malty. This tastes strongly of malt extract. Bits of stewed plums and a mild butterscotch note are present clearly indicating that there's something wrong here. Aftertaste is unpleasant.

M_Medium body with a mild carbonation. Accurate for style. At least the sweetness doesn't leave a sticky coating

O_Reminds me of one of my first attempts at home brewing. Pretty displeased with this offering. (501 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Up the Irons! Muahaha!
Seriously though, this beer wasn't very good.

Clear coppery pour, with a thin white head that receded to a layer of wispy bubbles. Aroma of biscuity malts, a touch of toffee-like sweetness. Pretty subdued. Taste of biscuity, doughy malts, toasted grain, stale herbal hops, with a little apple skin in the finish. Nothing very good or memorable going on here. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, mouthfeel was rough, and I really didn't feel like drinking the whole bottle.

I guess this beer probably put Robinsons/Unicorn on the map and introduced them to a wider audience. Too bad the beer wasn't better. (635 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of Beejay
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees hoping I had something great. Uhhh, no. Not really at all. The beer was amber in color looked okay except for the fact it had noo head at all. The headless beer. The beer was flat tasting with a little bit of a malty taste. Nope not going to buy again. (301 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours out a medium amber color, the body is crystal clear and there’s plenty of carbonation as you pours, but it disappears after a few seconds. The head barely forms and what does form quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. There is, however, a good lacing that coats the glass.
The nose is pretty bland, mild malts and a few floral smalls come through but not much else.
The taste is ok, spicy throughout and the hops seem to be more present than anything else.
This is a light bodied ale and overall it’s ok, nothing seems to stand out but it does go down easy, a bit more flavor would be nice. (616 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No date bottle at cellar temp into a goblet
Aroma - sour fruity, not off-putting
Head small (1.5 cm), white, frothy, mostly diminishing
Fair lacing
Body clear, sparkling, medium yellowish
Flavor starts and finishes slightly acidic, very like a lager; no diacetyl
Light to medium body, watery, soft carbonation

Overall, a pretty average brew - some diacetyl would have been nice as would have been the advertised lemon hints. It is nice to see Eddie's branching out. (466 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber with a one-finger head into my glass. This is a traditional ESB in honor of Iron Maiden. Speaking of, "The Trooper" is actually one of my favorite Maiden tunes.

Buttery aroma that is reminiscent of raisin. Pretty much what I expected style-wise. Not sure how fresh it is.

Sweet and buttery all around. Not much else there for flavor. I want my mind to be blown but it's just not.

Finishes odd too.

Eh. Really only worth it for the sweet-ass label. Big time Maiden fans would be wise to buy a bottle and just leave it. May I suggest they throw their name behind something wicked and bitter, as opposed to droll and tastless? (647 characters)

Photo of charlatan
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Half pint at 'spoons as part of their latest real ale festival. A dark amber colour with a nose which reminds me of peach but is also floral. An overly negative spin on it would say it sounded like an old lady's bathroom. The taste is rather a let down after that: rather soapy, reminding me of apples.The only plus point is a hint of nuttiness. (345 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: [3.50] Very clear beer. Looks amber to red. The pour formed a small frothy head the head dissipates quickly. There is a date code - I am not sure what it means. The bottle lists the ABV 4.7%.

S: [3.75] I get rich caramel and almost chocolate. Lots of sweet scents.

T: [2.50] Faded hop presence up front with very mild bittering. There is some malitness at the back and a faint rust flavor.

M: [2.75] The body is watery with low carbonation.

O: [2.75] This is just a timid beer. The nose delivers the hope of something good but it ends there. No real flavor or feel on the palate. (594 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw the label and there was no possible way I could walk out of the store without it.

IRON MAIDEN BEER!

Clear amber colored beer with a small off-white colored head.

Smells malty with a strong tobacco and leather scent. Some cork and wood scents. Some kind of flower in the scent best way I can describe it is honeysuckle.

Starts out neutral with a toffee candy taste. Woody and mildly bitter. Very light flavor though. Flavor doesn't develop much though.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall an average beer. But I didn't buy it for any reason but the bottle. (558 characters)

Photo of utfiero
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color- clear dark gold. Medium head.

Aroma- dry dusty barn wood and hint of hops.

Taste- Starts mild and dry from the instant it hits the tongue to the finish, mild hops dominate the intro and quickly overshawod the milds malts yeilding a very harmonius and consistent profile through the finish with a mild hop uptick at the end.

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted June 2014. (460 characters)

Photo of rjimlad
3/5  rDev -11%

Pretty decent beer. Love the label, too. The main problem is that it is all hop and no mid-palate. There should be more maltiness to fatten out the flavour but the hops are too dominant and the bitterness is a bit too much. It drinks well, though, and isn't a bad beer just not balanced well enough. Keeping the bottle. (319 characters)

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. (251 characters)

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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.