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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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BA SCORE
77
okay

493 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 18
Gots: 72 | 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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1/5  rDev -70.2%

martho05, Aug 31, 2014
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1.65/5  rDev -50.9%

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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

TooGood, Mar 16, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

bvlaminck, Dec 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

koladiola, Jun 02, 2014
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2.09/5  rDev -37.8%

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.

Chris19delta, Mar 18, 2014
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2.19/5  rDev -34.8%

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.

buschbeer, Jul 26, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -33%

barrelofbastard, Sep 29, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -33%

JoeBriefcase, Jan 11, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -33%

sanitarium16, Mar 09, 2014
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2.4/5  rDev -28.6%

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.

wvsabbath, Aug 24, 2013
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2.43/5  rDev -27.7%

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+

kojevergas, Oct 16, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

N1CK, Jun 24, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

eet_fuk, Jan 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

mattmarka1, Jan 16, 2014
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josephwa, Mar 12, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

twenty5, Mar 11, 2014
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akttr, Feb 24, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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Busker, Aug 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Evil_Pidde, Dec 22, 2013
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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.