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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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Iron Maiden TrooperIron Maiden Trooper

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Reviews: 172
Hads: 774
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 30.29%
Wants: 35
Gots: 222 | 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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Reviews: 172 | Hads: 774
Photo of tillmac62
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium amber. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Light nose of classic British pale malt complete with the grainy aspect. Hop influence is slight, but does impart a very subtle note of spice.

Heavy light body with a light smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

Compared to outstanding English bitters, this one falls short in intensity. Complexity is also weak and balance is less than normal. It delivers a substandard light bitterness, but the flavor never pops. Caramel and biscuit attempt to come to the forefront in the middle, but never get passed just noticeable. The finish is a bit crisp and a slightly off flavored bitterness lingers.

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

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; served slightly chilled. I bought this once a few years ago, but didn't bother giving it a full review at the time. Now that it's back, I figured I'd leave a few comments.

Pours an attractive crystal-clear orange-amber hue, accompanied by a one finger cap of frothy, off-white head. It vanishes rapidly over the next minute or two; in its place, a bubbly film remains behind, in addition to a decent-sized foamy collar. On the nose, I am getting a modest dose of leafy, floral hops, in addition to a backbone of doughy, bready malts. A touch of dried fruit and honey sweetness; not too interesting, but certainly clean and inviting.

This is a nicely-constructed ESB - doughy malts prevail initially - a little bready, with some toasted biscuit and nuttiness. The hop bill comes forward in the latter half, offering up some leafy, herbal bitterness, with a mild hint of candied citrus and orchard fruit. Finishes with a flash of toffee sweetness, followed by a drying, minerally astringency that lingers on the palate briefly. Light-bodied, with lively, assertive carbonation that prickles the palate and results in a rather crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.68, a passable B. Trooper is a perfectly serviceable English-style bitter, but I still feel like I'm paying for the label and branding more than anything. It is a well-made, hop-forward session ale that does not quite match up to my favourites in this style, such as Fuller's, Bombardier and Hobgoblin. Definitely not worth the price tag - unless you consider the bottle a collector's item - but that fact has no impact on the score. Just on my chances of buying it for a third time.

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Photo of santomark
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spending a few years in England for UNI, saw this in my craft store in Pasadena CA and had to pick this up.

A - Doesn't look anything how they describe it. Moreover, when I think of strong bitter, in my experience they're darker. This poured a medium gold body, 1 finger head, dissipates very quickly.

S - You definitely get that unique british malt, very bready, a tad spice from zest, grainy, hops are mildly present, cascade is almost dimmed down by the malt.

T - The taste confirms that the cascade is oddly drowned out with the malt. The malt is not bad here, it's biscuity, mildly hoppy in characteristic.

F - A very light beer in body. Hops give it a mild resin that dries out the tongue, very refreshing in this aspect. The malt is subtle in that it gives you a good breathe of alcohol after a drink.

O - I love Maiden, I love beer, and I love England. But truth be told this beer is generic enough for casual beer goers. Whilst (see what I did there?) the cascade aspect of this beer adds a mild uniqueness for more adventurous palates to enjoy. I genuinely think the brewer tried to please everyone's palate with this creation. It's a great representation of British beer. And the ABV is wonderfully sessioned. If you want a heavier British beer, seek out King Goblin. \m/ Metal Up Your Arse \m/

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Photo of scotorum
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 16.9 oz. can into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Clear copper with an inch thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing. Required additional brief pours to empty the can.

s: nuttin

t: Light ripe fruit notes dominate up front at first, later a mild bready/caramel malt comes to dominate. Sweetish to dry finish.

m: Medium, good body, strong carbonation tingle.

o: A good quality mild malty brew. If it was cheaper I might buy it again as a dinner beer.

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Photo of Tommy_Z
2.21/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer was very weak -- the 4.7 abv gave that away before even popping the cap. Once it was in my mouth the real disappointment set in -- this beer is utterly flavorless.

A beer with the name "The Trooper" and Eddie charging into battle should be powerful and flavorful -- this beer was not. The only thing good was the superb artwork on the bottle and the can.

This sums it up artistically --


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Photo of Stubbie1
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice Amber color, thin thick head, mild nose of malt with a touch of hops. Taste is average. A hint of bread on the front with hops finishing this off. Overall an O.K brew

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm guessing this sells more because of the label than the beer. Its ok. The beer pours a clear amber with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell is bicuity...and the taste is a lil sour/bitter. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with poor carbonation. Overall....its ok.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.74/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a medium amber producing 2 fingers off-white, shortlived head that leave a flecks & wash of filmy lacing. Aroma is thin; malty (caramel), faintly fruity & mildly acetic, with earthy & herbal notes (burley tobacco). Taste is watery malt, tart candied apple, with a hoppy bitter character up front that rapidly balances with the malt. Malt dissipates in the finish to a dry mildly bitter/astringent, lightly metallic aftertaste. All of the British ESB I\'ve ever encountered are watery & thin. Muted aroma & flavor might best described my experience with this one.

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Photo of Beejay
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale amber in color. White head on top with another layer on top with many frog eyes.

S: A touch of hops, and some light caramel. The hops are a touch on the flowery side, with a faint burnt caramel aroma coming in, followed by almost a slight metallic scent.

T: Light caramel and bread, very light hop flavor, with a little bit of an odd tannic or metallic flavor. Slightly odd bitterness in the linger.

M: Medium light in body, with fairly high carbonation and a bit of a bite in the finish.

O: Overall this beer falls short of the mark.. you are paying for a label, not the beer inside. I heard good things about this one, so it's totally bummertown.

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Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy can, pours crystal clear honey tan slight auburn color, settles with a nice large fluffy 2 finger head fades at a med pace, light lacing.

Nose brings typical English style fruity yeast esters, mild toasty biscuit and sweet caramel malt, light grassy hops, golden malt.

Taste brings more of the same, decent malty flavor, grainy toasty golden malts, mild caramel sweetness, juicy soft malty flavor, etc. Typical English yeast, mild fruity esters, little biscuit toffee note. Then mild hops, grassy slight herbal, mild bitterness. Finish gets a bit more bitter as it somewhat dries, mild lingering grassy herbal hops, fruity esters, touch of golden malt.

Mouth is med bod with decent carb.

Overall pretty good, typical British ale style beer, nice malt profile, typical yeast profile, decent hops, although wish the hops came through a bit more, but pretty much right where it should be. nothing too special going on either though, just average ale.

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Photo of DrMullet
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium copper with a good head. Smell is a citrus and grassy combination.
Grassy and earthy with a citrus finish. I thought this would be more of a gimmick beer but it has become
one of my favourites.

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Photo of KajII
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was a murky chestnut brown with a light orange hue and a frothy off white head. It possesses notes of toasted malts, caramel, a hint of dried fruit and a light floral hop. This brew starts with a nice malty caramel flavor and a touch of fruity sweetness that lessens slightly, giving way to a mild hop backbone. A smooth, tasty and easy to drink brew... https://www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReview

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Photo of cbutova
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split with NawsDaBaws.

A- Tallboy can to two snifters revealing a mostly clear orange amber body. The off white head builds to a finger with a frothy consistency and decent retention. Lacing consists of a few sheets but not much in the end.

S- Big lager yeast and spicy Euro hops. Grassy, herbal and earthy tones to those slicy varietals. Some fruits from the yeast as well as slight butter. Some dark cherry like fruit.

T- Same general feel as the nose with yeast and hops carrying it but malts do wake up some on the taste buds. Spicy, herbal, floral and earthy notes lead to pale apple, slight medicinal cherry, toasted nuts, cereal, caramel, a hint of butter and lagery yeast.

MF- Just under medium overall body thickness. Texture is somewhat creamy and foamy with a moderately high carbonation. Slightly bitter.

Definitely has the feel of a decent bitter although the yeast isnt all that clean for me. I like the idea but some slight refinement would go a long way.

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Photo of Brad007
2.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber with a one-finger head into my glass. This is a traditional ESB in honor of Iron Maiden. Speaking of, "The Trooper" is actually one of my favorite Maiden tunes.

Buttery aroma that is reminiscent of raisin. Pretty much what I expected style-wise. Not sure how fresh it is.

Sweet and buttery all around. Not much else there for flavor. I want my mind to be blown but it's just not.

Finishes odd too.

Eh. Really only worth it for the sweet-ass label. Big time Maiden fans would be wise to buy a bottle and just leave it. May I suggest they throw their name behind something wicked and bitter, as opposed to droll and tastless?

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Photo of Izzi
4.55/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't expecting much with all of the low ratings. However I really enjoyed this beer as it tasted almost like an amber ale which are among my favorites. Would definitely drink this beer again. Plus it's Iron Maide, come on!

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Photo of cdrinkwine
2.64/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm a big Maiden fan so I was drawn to the bottle. Too bad what's inside didn't match the awesomeness of the outside. Muddy color, terrible head (giggity), not crazy about the honey taste even though I dig honey. Bummer.

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Photo of megamick
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Exactly this: The body is watery with low carbonation. Was hoping for more a more aggressive taste. Not bad at all, just nothing memorable about this $5.99 pint. Was surprisingly mellow and tame - best part was the artwork and history lesson on the back.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

L: Looks good, caramel dark copper color, with a mild almost not existent head.
S: Smells like everything: sugar, caramel, flowers, citrics, toffee with hints of spices
T: Tastes very mild, not as strong as the style might suggest, it´s very sweet and I don´t really like that, there´s a citric note that´s strong but not very pleasant.
F: It´s very light bodied and low carbonation.
O: I was very disappointed with this beer, you expect something aggressive or strong with a Strong Bitter style of beer, this one isn´t strong nor bitter.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: [3.50] Very clear beer. Looks amber to red. The pour formed a small frothy head the head dissipates quickly. There is a date code - I am not sure what it means. The bottle lists the ABV 4.7%.

S: [3.75] I get rich caramel and almost chocolate. Lots of sweet scents.

T: [2.50] Faded hop presence up front with very mild bittering. There is some malitness at the back and a faint rust flavor.

M: [2.75] The body is watery with low carbonation.

O: [2.75] This is just a timid beer. The nose delivers the hope of something good but it ends there. No real flavor or feel on the palate.

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Photo of thommo_nk
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You'll take my life but I'll take yours too, you fire your musket but I'll run you through......love maiden, love that song, love the beer.....so when you're waiting for the next attack, you better stand there's no turning back!!!!!


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Photo of James-Rogers
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When poured into a glass, it had a wonderful clear lively and foamy ambery copper colour. The smell was quite earthy in a damp, dank sort followed with a purfumy, flowery ester. The flavour was almost exactly as the stile-guide said; Balanced, bitter and slightly flowery.
The mouthfeel wasn't as nice as I hoped. It was pretty odd as it was both light and coarse. Overall, I don't think I'll buy it again but would be greatly appreciated as a gift.

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Photo of Chris_Burton
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice copper body with a thin white head and zesty nose. Taste has hints of toffee and rich fruitiness that one would expect from an amber bitter, although they are largely overpowered by the hop bite which, while mild compared to an American IPA, is quite significant for a British bitter. The hop flavours are grassy and citrusy, and while this beer has more hoppiness than maltiness there is still a reasonable balance between the two. Mouthfeel is as one would expect, fairly low carbonation, but not flat either: just enough for a pleasant smoothness that matches the moderately light body.

This isn't a beer that's trying to offer an intense experience or change your life, it's simply a traditional British bitter, and a very decent one at that. Definitely recommended whether you're a fan of Iron Maiden or not!

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very enigmatic brew. Youd think with the metal branded brew you'd get something with a big punch, but it's smooth as jazz and has a low abv. I liked it a lot, but didn't realize that I finished this bad boy in 5 minutes until it was gone.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

The Bugle sounds, the charge begins! As a mop-headed teenager, I was a HUGE Iron Maiden fan, so I could not resist the opportunity to try this beer. I purchase one from time to time when I have a hankering for simpler times. Really, this is a decent British bitter. Nothing special, just a good pint like you would find on tap at any pub. I find the malt/hop balance quite pleasant, and the finish is nice and dry. This beer is best suited to cranking up some British metal, throwing on the 1980s concert shirt, and letting 'er rip with your mates.

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Photo of OldRickSputin
1.12/5  rDev -67.1%

Bought a 500ml bottle, basically just because the label is awesome.

My friend and I decided to give it a try. Quickly poured it down the drain after two sips.

Tastes like someone extracted the sweat from Nicko Mcbrain's shirt after a 3 hour show in Buenos Aires.

C,mon, Dickinson!

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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
78 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.