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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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Reviews: 172
Hads: 776
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 30.29%
Wants: 35
Gots: 223 | FT: 5
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Robinsons Family Brewers
United Kingdom (England) | website

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 woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been a rocker since I was a kid, but when I reached teenage status, I got into heavy metal, first, and later, punk. I have to cop to not being as huge a fan of Iron Maiden as of many other bands, but I do appreciate their literate lyrics and as an English major/teacher, "The Trooper" as an homage to Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade" is fantastic. I raise this glass to my two SoCal Stillers friends, Gooch & Frere Denis Cutter, as incongruous as they come & yet both huge Iron Maiden & Stillers fans.

From the CAN: "Created by Iron Maiden"; "Premium British Beer"; "Charged With Flavour"; "Onward, onward rode the 600 ... The Charge Of The Light Brigade, which inspired the Iron Maiden song The Trooper, took place at the Battle of Balaclava (1854) during the Crimean War when 600 British cavalry courageously charged the massed Russian artillery. This gallant but foolhardy assult resulted in a massive loss of life and came about due to a misunderstanding of an order given by the commanding officer, Lord Raglan."; "Trooper is a premium British beer created by Iron Maiden and handcrafted at Robinsons brewery. Being a real ale enthusiast, vocalist Bruce Dickinson has developed a beer which has true depth of character. 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."

I Crack!ed it open, but it was not as loud as I had hoped for. I guess that I was misled by "charged", figuring it to be a CO2 or N2 charge. A heavy-handed Glug produced two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention & left behind great lacing in its wake. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was an interesting admixture of lemon zest, freshly-mown grass and biscuit malt. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was less bitter than tart and I felt that the lemon was more pronounced than subtle. The malt added an earthiness that was reminiscent of drying tobacco (and having walked past Lancaster Leaf Tobacco Co.'s warehouses the past couple of weeks, I know it well). It was interesting & I am curious as to whether they did a real ale version of it. Finish was semi-dry, very earthy with a lingering biscuit flavor. It was okay by me, but one was probably enough.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This Maiden-branded ESB, named for the 30+ year-old classic "The Trooper", is an attractive beer: a medium-sized creamy ivory head perches atop a crystal-clear, sparkling pale-amber body; head retention is modest but lacing is good, consisting of thick, fine-grained slabs and ladders. The nose is appropriately middling in intensity: a blend of caramelish malt and earthy, herbal hops that are reminiscent of pipe tobacco, plus a hint of apple and significant boozy overtones. The flavor starts as tartish caramel-apple malt and spicy hops; by midpalate the malt shows some lightening bready character and the earthy/herbal notes emerge on the hops side. The bitterness is pleasantly assertive by the end, and more than balances out the malt; faint alcohol undertones round things out. The finish is balanced and pretty clean, showing just a hint of apple and earth, followed by the emergence of a moderate earthy bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. The mouthfeel is on-point for the medium body, and the texture is medium-creamy and moderately peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (16.9 oz bottle, 203 days after pkg)

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Photo of enrique_m
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured this into a st.feullien glass and it poured amber red with little head and lacing that does not last. in the smell you get honey, citrus, tea, and malt, very refreshing. the taste is like a light Arnold palmer with malts. the feel is pretty, you get a well balanced mix of sweetness, tartness, and tasty malts. overall this is better than I expected and it is an excellent brew to have after a grueling bike ride.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice coppery color with off-white head. Caramel notes, bread, some light floral and citrus notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with caramel and bread mostly, a little light citrus note comes through too.

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Photo of Old_Frothingslosh
4.14/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper color with creamy head. Hoppy fresh aroma has citrus, caramel and moderate carbonation. Overall the beer is nicely balanced and quite drinkable. Solid beer. Up the Irons!

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Photo of jmasher85
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decent, middle-of-the-road English-style bitter. I'm glad to know that this was made with collaboration from Bruce Dickinson, because I imagine this is genuinely a beer that a old English metal-head drinks and was drinking before craft beers went all haywire. Had it been made "inspired by Iron Maiden," it probably would have been some imperial black porter or something. Either way, if it's good enough for Bruce Dickinson, it's good enough for us. A, pleasant grainy, lemony malt on the front end that might be a hint too sweet, with some bitterness in the finish and then more lingering malty aftertaste that's still just a hint too sweet. Light body and good carbonation. Like I said, a good beer to put down a few in an English pub on a drizzly day. And low enough alcohol that if it weren't for being dumbly expensive gimmick beer, you could drink quite a few and still perform.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Iron Maiden Trooper brewed by Robinsons Family Brewers, with an ABV of 4.70% This brew pours out a nice deep amber color with a nice white head. This brew has the look of most brews on the market, maybe a bit darker. I'm not saying that is a bad thing, the color is nice. The smell of Iron Maiden Trooper, is rich with grains , and malts. You do pick up on some hops at the end of this brew. There is also a nice sweetness to the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on a lot of grins in the taste of this brew. Nothing bad, there are a few hops in the taste as well. There is also a nice mild smooth ,sweetness to the taste of this brew. This is a nice drinking brew. There is nothing overpowering about Iron Maiden Trooper, it has a real nice balance to it. The body to this brew is lighter than most but not to light. The mouthfeel is Bold, smooth, light , and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Iron Maiden Trooper a 4.25 out of 5. Robinsons Family Brewers did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly veiled dark amber brown color with a strong amount of activity. Weak lightly creamy beige half a finger head that lasts for 5 minutes, with a good amount of legs.

Aromas of bread and butter with faint malt and a hint of scotch. Flavors of rich bitter caramel, burnt sugar, roasted grains, faint citrus, grassy noble hops, toffee, herbal spices. Some sweetness while highly sharp and bitter.

Smooth creamy full body with the perfect amount of zesty carbonation. Medium strength finish that ends quite clean, with a palate of noble spices, roasted malt, and zesty citrus.

Overall very good quality craft offering tasty flavors with a strong sharp fresh feel. Almost as good as a Fullers ESB.

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Photo of Mehinaman
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This might not be a mind blowing beer, but it's definitely not bad. It's malty and just a little sweet with medium carbonation. Not going to set the world on fire, but at the same time I would say the overall result is more than just a gimmick

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Photo of FLima
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Amber copper color with a thin beige head with medium retention.
Aroma with notes of caramels, mild grapefruit, tangy hops and drops of lemon.
English flavor with notes of tangy and earthy hops, caramel malts, lemon citrusy, a bit of toasted malts, some wood and tea leaves. Dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Traditional English Pale Ale, milder than average without any ingredient that stand out from the crowd, but very sessionable and pleasant.

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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 +5.3%
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 +2.6%
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 +18.5%
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 -8.5%
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 +14.1%
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 +10.9%
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 -6.5%
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 -18.2%
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 -3.2%
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 -10.9%
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 +7.9%
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 -3.8%
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 +10.3%
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 +14.1%
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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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
78 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.