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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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77
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440 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | FT: 3
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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.65/5  rDev -50.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 03:33:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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Hoppin_mad

Florida

2/5  rDev -40.1%

05-03-2014 21:03:31 | More by Hoppin_mad
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TooGood

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -40.1%

03-16-2014 12:48:15 | More by TooGood
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bvlaminck

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -40.1%

12-10-2013 00:12:15 | More by bvlaminck
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koladiola

Belgium

2/5  rDev -40.1%

06-02-2014 21:06:50 | More by koladiola
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Chris19delta

Texas

2.09/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 21:47:59 | More by Chris19delta
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.19/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2014 20:00:26 | More by buschbeer
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barrelofbastard

California

2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

09-29-2013 23:19:00 | More by barrelofbastard
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JoeBriefcase

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

01-11-2014 04:52:03 | More by JoeBriefcase
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sanitarium16

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

03-09-2014 21:22:40 | More by sanitarium16
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

2.4/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 22:32:28 | More by wvsabbath
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kojevergas

Texas

2.43/5  rDev -27.2%
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+

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:39:45 | More by kojevergas
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N1CK

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

06-24-2014 05:32:37 | More by N1CK
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lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

02-03-2014 18:59:06 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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eet_fuk

Sweden

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

01-07-2014 09:36:18 | More by eet_fuk
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

01-16-2014 00:33:51 | More by mattmarka1
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josephwa

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

03-12-2014 13:51:04 | More by josephwa
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

03-11-2014 01:19:02 | More by twenty5
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akttr

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

02-24-2014 03:17:08 | More by akttr
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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

09-12-2013 22:07:15 | More by hansavijaticar
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Busker

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

08-21-2013 00:20:17 | More by Busker
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DamnYankeeHeadHunter

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

03-07-2014 04:15:53 | More by DamnYankeeHeadHunter
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

12-22-2013 17:51:01 | More by Evil_Pidde
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 14:58:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
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sleazo

New York

2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2013 20:24:29 | More by sleazo
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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.