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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

Iron Maiden TrooperIron Maiden Trooper

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349 Ratings

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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 12.61%

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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot


2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Trooper has a medium, soapy, off-white head, a clear, copper appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but, with some effort, one can detect bread crust, a touch of fruit, and malt. Taste is similarly dull, with just a touch of bitterness to rescue it. I let it warm, but nothing changed. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Trooper finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and a bit vegetable like. Overall, for $5.99 for a 16.9 oz. bottle, this is a total rip-off. If that much is paid for a beer that is significantly inferior in aroma, taste, and body to Country Club Malt Liquor ($3.50 for a six-pack of 12 oz. cans), one quickly realizes that one has "been played". If you enjoy expensive, dull, novelty beers, this is one to have!


Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 14:58:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of DrDemento456


3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Paid 5.59 strictly for novelty purposes.

A - Ow no barley any head just a 1/4 inch that settles to a mild ring. Lacing is better than I expected and the color is a honey brown.
S - Very mild ESB some biscuit malts, touch of herbal hops, some caramel hints. Mostly some herbal teas but also faint.
T - It could be better but what can you do. Very easy going drinkable taste of biscuit malt, some herbal teas, and slight hop bitterness. Much less tea or hops than I hoped so I could see why the rating was so low.
M - As stated light to medium, decent carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall its just one of those beers with a kick ass cover art that draws fans of the band to try craft beer. Even though it does lack flavor it is not watery or metallic so points for that.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 04:33:52 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of fourstringer


3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. No overt date on the label, but who cares when there's Eddie brandishing the ol' Union Jack!

A: Light toffee brown with good clarity. 1 finger of off-white head and ok retention. Nice lacing. Pretty good so far.

S: Fairly subdued overall. Mostly malt with toast notes. Raisin, grape. Light pine. Light chocolate.

T: A fleeting hint of malt is almost immediately overtaken by a firm hop bitterness. Dry finish. Nothing offensive, but tastes a bit hollow. Some pine notes. Not much of the malt I was expecting.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body. Not exactly watery, but a touch light on the palate.

O: Easy drinker, but not a whole lot happening in the flavor department. Too bad, because the label kicks ass.


Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 04:06:19 | More by fourstringer
Photo of BierStein711


3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A Crazy Cru inspired by classic rock and the Crimean War!

This ESB is English, through and through.

Smells: Grains and carbonation.

Taste: Fruit, minerals, malt, and I really taste the cascade hops at the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick!

Overall, this is a straightforward, traditional beer--not bad, but not really great either. Will we next see "Aces HIgh, or "Run to the Hills?"

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 20:54:59 | More by BierStein711
Photo of ansantos89

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I'm a big fan of Iron Maiden, and that was enough for me to want to taste this beer, and for my big surprise it is fucking outstanding! I mean, it comes in a very cool bottle and all, but it actually tastes really good! It is kinda sweet, very smooth, and although the alcohol percentage is quite high, you can't get easily drunk with this one. Totally recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 01:03:37 | More by ansantos89
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours lightly hazy deep golden color with a good sized long lasting beige head the sticks a moderate amount of lace on the sides. Aromas of toffee and caramel with hints of butterscotch, a bit of light fruit and a touch of mineral and sulfur. The flavor is rich and malty with lots of darker sugars. Earthy and citrus hop flavor with a firm hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick sweet mouthfeel. Decent English ale, I could drink this without too much of a problem.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 00:25:25 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of vickersspitfire


2.84/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours out a medium amber color, the body is crystal clear and there’s plenty of carbonation as you pours, but it disappears after a few seconds. The head barely forms and what does form quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. There is, however, a good lacing that coats the glass.
The nose is pretty bland, mild malts and a few floral smalls come through but not much else.
The taste is ok, spicy throughout and the hops seem to be more present than anything else.
This is a light bodied ale and overall it’s ok, nothing seems to stand out but it does go down easy, a bit more flavor would be nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 02:29:58 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of markgugs

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tall lager glass

From skimming through the other reviews, it's clear I'm not the only one who bought this because, well, Iron Maiden RULES. I definitely didn't care what the beer tasted like. But that doesn't mean I wasn't planning on drinking it! On with the review...

A: Fairly unremarkable in appearance, though I suppose it's a nice mild, brownish-amber in color. I would have loved this had it been a deep, rich amber with a frothy beige head. Alas, not to be.

S: Again, unremarkable, if not outright lacking. What faint aroma I got was, of course, a bit on the bready/biscuity side. Perhaps some notes of toffee. Merely adequate in every way.

T/M: Pretty much, you guessed it, unremarkable. Noticing a trend? Then again, it's completely inoffensive as well. Almost all malts of the grain, bread, biscuit variety. Subtle sweetness somewhere in the middle. Short, forgettable finish.

O: Ah well, I'll always have the bottle to remember this beer by. No seriously though, at $5, it's a terrible value. But if these were $2-$3 or so, I'd have one every now & again. Probably should have let it warm a bit more to get that "British mild" feel, but otherwise, a very, very average beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 20:02:32 | More by markgugs
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a light, copper-gold coloring with a filmy, sparse, white surface coat of head. Aromas of toffee sweet, tangy caramel, toasted notes, and floral highlights. Very sweet nose. Flavors are toffee rich and sweet forward, with a roasted backbone, some bitter undertones, and a very mild hops presence. There are hints of citrus notes at the very end of the brew, but more acidic than anything. Mid-bodied, but slightly effervesced by the slow carbonation, giving it a sharp, filmy feel at times. The aftertaste is more of the sweet and roasted malt notes. The finish is crisp, clean, and fairly unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 04:13:00 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of kwc017


3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I'll start by saying, being a huge Maiden fan that I bought this for the bottle. It could have Eddie's piss in it and I still would have bought it. Pours a brown copper color not much head. Smell is bread and malt, faint smell of hops. Smells like Boddington's to me. Taste is typical English ale. Biscuits, malt, not much hop. Kinda tangy, which is odd. Not a bad beer but not great either. Not sure Eddie would drink it. Up the irons!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:16:46 | More by kwc017
Photo of Ozzylizard


2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No date bottle at cellar temp into a goblet
Aroma - sour fruity, not off-putting
Head small (1.5 cm), white, frothy, mostly diminishing
Fair lacing
Body clear, sparkling, medium yellowish
Flavor starts and finishes slightly acidic, very like a lager; no diacetyl
Light to medium body, watery, soft carbonation

Overall, a pretty average brew - some diacetyl would have been nice as would have been the advertised lemon hints. It is nice to see Eddie's branching out.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 12:51:44 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Good, clean, copper. Nice lacing.

Smell: Fresh biscuits.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More fresh biscuits. Extremely malty. Fairly crisp. A decent session.

Overall Drinkability: Not bad. Not great. Again, a decent session. The name makes it attractive enough.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2013 02:47:14 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Rifugium


2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 19:32:18 | More by Rifugium
Photo of SmashPants


3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: a solid brown 500mL bottle with an Iron Maiden Eddie label. Puts me on edge, as the 'TV series / musician endorsed' beers I have had to date have been produced to be 100% completely ordinary.

Appearance: pours a heavy amber with light sporadic carbonation. A weak head pops up and dissipates completely within about 10 seconds. No lacing.

Aroma: plenty of caramel and toffee with some fruit esters.

Taste: some awkward caramel flavours with some grains behind. Those fruits on the nose don't come through to the palate. Disappointing and flat.

Aftertaste: flavours trail along for a time, but again is nothing special.

Overall: as expected, a very average / passable English ale that proves that one should avoid any beer endorsed by musicians. Not bad stuff, but certainly not brilliant, and the incredibly high price is simply laughable. All things considered, one to avoid.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 09:01:20 | More by SmashPants
Photo of hopsputin


3.64/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: very clear golden amber2-3 finger frothy white head

s: pretty typical. sweet caramel malts, sweet English berries. toffee, honey, and some graininess

t: not much to the taste. thin tasting caramel and toffee. some slight earthy tea leaf flavor and just a hint of smooth bitterness. something like whitebready yeast also

m: lighter side of medium with not much carbonation

o: wasn't sure what to expect from this one, and i gotta say theres not much to it. there is absolutely nothing offensive in here, but it tastes like a pretty standard - if not weaker - ESB. cool label art, but nothing special inside

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 23:54:50 | More by hopsputin
Photo of Minkybut


2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees hoping I had something great. Uhhh, no. Not really at all. The beer was amber in color looked okay except for the fact it had noo head at all. The headless beer. The beer was flat tasting with a little bit of a malty taste. Nope not going to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 17:21:35 | More by Minkybut
Photo of steveh


3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another in a fine trade with the Left Coast.

A -- Clear orange-copper color with a dense, creamy, long-lasting head.

S -- Pleasant fruit esters of peach and pear with some biscuit malts peeking through. Light sulfur character and some very light, earthy hops.

T -- Biscuit malts up front with some of the fruit esters following, finishing with some spicy hop bitterness. Fruit esters and malts linger in the aftertaste. A mild roastiness comes through as the beer continues. Not strong, but evident.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- A good example of the ESB that isn't Fuller's -- that is, fruitier and hoppier, not malt-forward. Also a good example because it's definitely the English brand of the style; no extra-added hops or Americanized alpha acid kick, very traditional and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 21:53:11 | More by steveh
Photo of Jadjunk


3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"Trooper is a premium British beer inspired 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. Brewed in the style of an ESB. A collaborative ale between Robinsons Brewery and Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. Released in 1 Pt, .9fl oz. bottles as an exclusive one-off beer.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 47º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) An aggressive pour yields a creamy eggshell white head with a touch of froth over a deep gold amber body. Clarity is high despite some thin flecked sediment in tow. Carbonation is light and sparse. Retention is good, lacing is light and curtained. 4.25

(Smell) Buttered biscuit pale malts, light grainy caramel sweetness and assertive mineral notes. Hops are very herbaceous and somewhat one-dimensional. Potency is light/medium. 3.25

(Taste) Grainy light caramel toffee note with a cracker sweetness and understated body. Finishes mildly dry with an herbal, musty hop note and a soft acidity. Shallow in sweetness and body, this is one of the thinner-drinking British Ales of the ones I have tried. 3

(Mouthfeel) Thin and watery with a soft sweetness. Carbonation adds some froth to the texture. Body is light for the style and light+ overall. Alcohol presence is very light. 3

(Overall) Whether the body and profile of this beer is an homage to the "light brigade" or just indicative of an intentionally uncomplicated ale, I was fairly underwhelmed in general. The malt profile, although clean and enjoyable, was lacking in body and sweetness. The hop profile was also lacking, although potent enough on herbaceous fronts, it wasn't anything spectacular. While I love Iron Maiden's music, I think Bruce Dickinson's talents in the beer industry need to be further honed, let's hope for the best with a potential follow up, "Number of the Yeast". 3.25

Robinsons Family Brewers'
Iron Maiden Trooper

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 04:19:49 | More by Jadjunk
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3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Home Brew Stuff over the weekend... Paid a pricey $7ish... but the novelty is not lost on me... Probably the coolest label in the history of beerdom.

Pours with a decent 2 finger white head... nice lacing atop a polished dark golden/orange brew.

Nose shows subtle cracker/pale maltiness with hints of caramel with a light earthy hoppiness and a weird but interesting lemony essence hoppy presence.

Hops on the palate are still lemony, but have a perfumy/floral essence.. again a light cracker/biscuity pale maltiness helps carry, but this bitter is balanced toward the hoppiness.

Medium/light body with a medium carbonation... finishes surprisingly crisp with a bit of a minerally element.

Meh... I am not a good judge of honest English ales, but this is pretty drinkable.


Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 05:44:42 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles to a thick blanket. Continually rising effervescence, and some persistent spider web lacing.

S: Sourdough, hops, and tree bark.

T: Slight pine hop, lemon pith, soapy water, and copper.

M: Light body. Something of a shallow feel. Steely finish. Feel of backwash remains on the palate.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Deep hue, continually rising effervescence, slight head, and some solid spiderweb lacing. Nose is sourdough bread with a piney hop, and a woody component. Hops, bitter fruit pith, and dish soap all culminates in a steely shallow end. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 00:55:18 | More by bmwats
Photo of Slatetank


3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 18:01:14 | More by Slatetank
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3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9oz. half-liter bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, copper-gold in color, with a moderate-to-short head of foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, citrus note
Taste-Toasted malt, faint mineral and citrus note, subtle hop presence to the finish. Pleasant, subtle and sessionable. Classic English brew, kick-ass label on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 21:42:58 | More by hosehead83
Photo of scratch69


3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a finger and a half worth of off-white head. Decent head retention with a fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Bread and caramel malt aromas with some herbal hop notes.

Taste- Biscuit and grain flavors with some toffee and a bit of herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and smooth. Slightly below average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A good example of an ESB and a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 22:40:38 | More by scratch69
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4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden, going to copper, low head, leaving a thin lacing.
Smells of toasted grains, dark biscuits, light toffee and some citrus peel.
Mildly sweet and roasted malts, grains, light caramel and some clear toffee. There's a fruitiness also, a mix of citrus, but mostly a light lemon zest, making this one just a bit crisp and also faintly sour. There's the buttery/oily feel than many English ales have also. Hint of honey, floral notes, a touch of pepper also. Hops are mineral, a bit fruity, and producing a tea-like and coppery bitterness, just enough to keep this beer drinkable.
Although i always considered ESBs a great session type of beer, there are many examples out there that "spoil the fun". I thought Trooper only had a pretty label, but it wasn't the case. More than decent ESB, great example.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 16:22:52 | More by dcmchew
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3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, golden honey color. Head disappeared immediately with no lacing.

Aroma: A sweet malty smell with a spicy hop aroma.

Taste: Toffee and grainy notes with a light roasted flavor. Slightly sweet at first, then quickly revealing the hop flavors. I have to admit that straight from the refrigerator, I was a bit disappointed, but the closer it came to room temperature, the more the flavors started to shine. The English malts come through much stronger as the beer warms and the hops blend in beautiful harmony; sort of like a great dual guitar solo.

OK, that was silly, . . sorry.

Palate: Carbonation is almost undetectable, yet the body seems a bit thin and astringent while cold. As the beer warmed, the slight astringency disappeared and the mouth-feel became full, silky smooth and buttery.

As with so many great beers, if you try drinking this beer super cold, you'll miss out. Not sure this beer should be classified as an ESB; its flavor profile is more like a Pale Ale. Still, it's a solid rocker and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 20:10:12 | More by kvnstfrd
Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
76 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.