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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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77
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518 Ratings
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 20
Gots: 78 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Sammy, Feb 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

djrn2, Oct 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

spycow, Oct 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

acurtis, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose.
T: From start to finish, the taste has a mixture of fruity yeast and earthy hop flavors, the latter of which contributes a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really easy to drink, sessionable and has an excellent balance between the malts and hops. It is a good representation of the style.

metter98, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Texasfan549, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with an impressive head; nice retention but limited lace

Smell: Toffee and tea with a hint of marmalade

Taste: Stone fruit, toffee and tea, up front, with some diacetyl building in the middle; earthy hop expressions, after the swallow, with a touch of lemon and marmalade in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit watery with some less than appealing flavors in the finish

brentk56, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Stuck in a time warp, the stumble across unmistakable Iron Maden artwork celebrates one thing only- Eddie's back! Celebrating all things "Trooper" I'm inclined to bring back the mullet, pop out the t-tops on my Firebird and rock the cassette tape player to all things Iron Maden- aah, reminds me of prom.

Ok, Trooper also celebrates beer- an English ESB that pours a bright copper with tawny golden highlights. Its near-brilliant clarity shows off its streaming carbonation that dances through the beer's body to construct a light and foamy cap. Its ivory froth is well retained and it lacing is strong with broken concentric patterns.

Its classic "English" aroma in undeniable. Biscuit sweetness and a pep of honey and toasted barley bring about a light toffee and brittle character. Lightly herbal and fruity from the blend of citrus hops, spicy hops, grassy hops and yeasty esters- this culminates in an almost fruity tobacco note that circulates around apple, orange and lemon.

Its taste showcases English malts well with complex starchy sweetness that's of shortbread and marmalade. Though only medium in intensity, its sweetness is light, nutty, toasty and slightly of grain. The herbal hops are seemingly of freshly torn tobacco leaves just before it turns to sassafras, orange zest and apple skin. Its finish is balanced by an herbal and citrusy bitterness and a snap of iron-like mineral quality.

Medium bodied to start, the carbonation keeps the beer lighter than expected for ESB, but as soon as the excessive bubbles subside, the ale takes on a cask ale-like demeanor or slightly more weight and subtle creaminess to finish. Its malt structures dry out nicely with the help of minty alcohol, stemmy hop dryness and its mineral tact.

I almost ignore the "Trooper" moniker as all I can think is, "Eddie's back!". With his abrasive and "in your face" attitude, I was looking for a beer to suit. Instead we are merely rewarded by a pleasant and highly rewarding, crisp and refreshing ale. No wonder Eddie looks so pissed off.

BEERchitect, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

kjkinsey, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.65/5  rDev -50.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

GRG1313, Jan 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Sep 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Knapp85, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $5.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bronze-hued body with a goodly-sized, wisped, white head. A little fleck here and there of lacing on the way down.

Smell: A nose on the sweetish side, hinting notes of toffee edged crackery, biscuity maltiness with dried herb, spice and some incorporated fruitiness.

Taste: Soft, subtle biscuity malts with a low, light toffee sweetness. Minor graininess. Herbal, leafy hops, faintly earthy with a zip of zest, too. There's enough bitterness there to balance it out. Appleskin fruitiness throughout, alongside a low yeast quality. Semi-dry, gentle finish with final tastes of caramel, fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Simple but sufficient if a bit pricey.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Love me some Maiden.Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear rich golden with a thin wispy head that was gone in a flash,great color,dissapointing head.Aromas of deep caramel biscuit and hint of brown sugar,a faint green apple-like sourness as well.A light mouthfeel near being watery but not quite.Nice flavors for what it is,a subtle English ESB,caramel and buttery tones with a tinge of iron,the green apple notes come through again in the finish along with a light smattering of leafy hops.The beer is eh...ok,the band kicks ass and the charge of the light brigade was very heroic.

oberon, Aug 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

largadeer, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. It would be a disservice to say that I used to be a big Iron Maiden fan - mostly because I still freaking am! Crimean War-era Eddie sneers back at us for this appropriately-wrought label, clutching a broken and bloodied Union Jack flagpole in defiance. Cue 'Where Eagles Dare'.

This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with two stout fingers of densely foamy, and moderately chunky ecru head, which leaves some decent melting cobwebbed lace around the glass as it gently retreats.

It smells of crisply grainy, biscuity, and crackery pale malt, a touch of dry toffee, a bit of apple and subdued citrus fruitiness, and pleasantly floral, leafy hops. The taste is a nice soft, bready and crackery graininess, a hint of doughy yeast, mildly acidic apple skin and lemon rind, a subtle toasted oily nuttiness, ethereal black pepper notes, and more equitable earthy, leafy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is nice and peppy, though never astringent, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt, drupe fruitiness, and understatedly sassy hops all banding behind that last charge down the hill.

For an ESB, this does well not to embarrass itself, bringing the biscuit, and wielding the hops like a musket. Maybe a tad sweet for the style, and more generally for extended sessions, but agreeable enough as a one-fer, in the world of promotional or pop-cultural tie-ins...and, fade out with 'To Tame a Land'.

biboergosum, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Robinson's Brewery Trooper
16.9 oz. brown bottle, code "L3336 23:02"

Ahh, a proper-sized bottle to fill a proper pint, how refreshing. The bottle opens with a crack (keep in mind, we're operating at cellar temperature here), and pours an almost fingerprint-clear rusett-tinted copper body beneath a single, thick-finger-width of frothy khaki head. The head holds fairly well, and it leaves sticky crags and partial rings of lace as it goes.

The first thing that comes out in the aroma is caramel. It's a combination of sweetish golden caramel with a little bit of darker, somewhat brown-sugar like caramel. It expresses a basic, barley-like maltiness as well, which to my mind is a little like light Ovaltine. Grassy and leafy notes follow, offset by a delicate fruitiness that's reminiscent of fresh cut golden pear, baking apple (Stayman, perhaps), and lemon. There's a bit of a chalky or mineralish character as well that I'm guessing is coming from the yeast.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. It gently bristles upfront but then simply fades away towards the swallow. Now that's what an English ale should feel like!

Caramel-accented malt returns in the flavor, subtly biscuity and toasty, and maybe just a bit toffee-ish. That's followed by some apple, a bit of chalky/crushed granite, and then muddled notes of citrusy, leafy, floral, and grassy hops that are somewhat tea-like. It's dry in the finish although there is a bit of residual maltiness that then fades to reveal more apple, light pear, and lemon/orange and citrus pith. The bitterness is median, and the light bit of citrus helps to balance the malt. Eventually it's the light bit of fruit and citrus left on the front and sides of the tongue that cuts through and leaves it remarkably drinkable; otherwise the bitterness might build a little too much at the back of the throat.

Impressive. It's accessible enough for even the most uninitiated of drinkers, yet complex enough to keep it interesting for the beer savvy.

NeroFiddled, May 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a beer that is probably selling so well more because of its label and tribute to iron maiden than because of the beer inside the bottle, but the beer itself isn't at all bad, and is in fact a nice example of the english bitter or pale ale style. coppery in color with great carbonation and a sudsy white head. the grains come in ahead of the hops in both nose and taste, but this is a display of balance. mineral heavy on the grain front, copper and tin as it swallows, but the hops brighten it up and actually put a lot more fruity flavors into this beer than most of the traditional english buttering hop types. i most enjoy the feel though, which is robustly carbonated and creamy on the palate, very hearty and satisfying, and while the flavors aren't my favorite, i appreciate the session ability of this english pale. at under 5% its on i could drink quite a few of. still medium buried at least, and long finishing. good not great all up.

StonedTrippin, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a novelty beer for those metal enthusiasts out there, you would think this beer would have been an aggressive imperial stout or something more extreme for a bottle donning an Iron Maiden Union Jack touting zombie Trooper. It's labeled as a premium British beer abv 4.7% abv. Nothing wrong with this beer, filtered bright copper ale with a nice light khaki head, leaves behind layered speckled lacing on the sides of my chalice. Aromatics are nice earthy cereal malts, with hints of pine and citrus from the hop additions. The fruity esters bring out hints of cherry, with caramelized sugars bringing some perceived sweetness as well. Flavor is okay a nice solid British ale, fruit adds some complexity a zing of hops but seems less cohesive and flavor forward than I enjoy. It's hard to knock it, but it doesn't excite me at all. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied a bit of slick hop oils left on the palate, but clean flowing carbonation washes most of any residual oils left on the palate away. Overall a beer I can't picture purchasing unless it was for my old roommate from Bangalore, India...he love British metal from this era...I miss Chaitanya Harimohan due to drinking this beer.

WVbeergeek, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild caramel and honey sweetness that quickly fades and is followed by a decent hops bitterness. The malt character is on the thin side but provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are better options within the style.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at the beer store in Southampton PA, enjoyed chilled in a half pint.

The color is golden with amber highlights and very good clarity with thick white cap with fine bead, lace collects and retention is very good. The smell has a fruity english yeast odor with mild herbal hop esters and light grain aroma. the feel is very good with moderately high carbonation mellow medium body and gently bitter with a low sweetness level and semi-dry finish.

The flavor of this ale is more of an ordinary bitter, not a lot of malt in the taste up front. The malt adds a sweetness to balance the slight piney herbal hops in the mix, but the yeast is the main flavor giving the bitter more of a mineral aspect and some spiciness but mild fruitiness. Overall this is a pretty traditional take on an English style, drinkable but more of a novelty with the Iron Maiden label. There are others that may be just as good or better. I found the use of Bobec hops interesting but there is limited citrus from the cascades.

Slatetank, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Rifugium, Dec 20, 2013
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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.