Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers
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4.14/5 rDev +23.6%
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.
05-02-2014 20:10:26 | More by NeroFiddled
3.06/5 rDev -8.7%
1 pint 0.9 fl oz brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a dimpled mug. Purchased in New Orleans.
Dark golden colour and clear. Very little white head on the pour recedes to leave just a couple of islands. No lacing to speak of.
Aroma of sweet grains with hints of caramel and herbal hops.
Flavour is sweet grainyness with a bitter herbal hop finish. Some metallic twang in the middle.
Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a bit of a harshness in the finish.
Tastes more like a Euro Pale Lager than anything else. I'm not crazy about it, but it would probably be better on a hot summer day on a deck. Worth a try.
04-18-2014 03:28:48 | More by Noxious26
United Kingdom (Scotland)
2.9/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
04-13-2014 15:22:55 | More by charlatan
3.78/5 rDev +12.8%
Pours a clear, bright copper, with a thin off-white head. Aromas of ripe fruit and toffee. Taste begins with some toffee, then some rich bread, then a bit of butter, followed by some tea-like flavors, then a hint of citrus, and finishing with a creamy, mint.
Mouthfeel is rich. Overall quite a good beer, though its quite expensive for what you get.
04-05-2014 00:52:34 | More by tronester
Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.