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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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Iron Maiden TrooperIron Maiden Trooper

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BA SCORE
77
okay

440 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | 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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Rekrule

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

11-11-2013 15:12:56 | More by Rekrule
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

11-10-2013 21:15:57 | More by ZEB89
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

11-09-2013 03:56:05 | More by Bf_89
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sbarre

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.2%

11-08-2013 20:46:12 | More by sbarre
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JaxBen_20J

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

11-08-2013 20:00:05 | More by JaxBen_20J
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Buttermilk

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

11-07-2013 13:47:37 | More by Buttermilk
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kvnstfrd

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-05-2013 04:55:21 | More by KStark
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

11-04-2013 04:11:58 | More by DamageCase76
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dbrelsfo

Georgia

3/5  rDev -10.2%

11-04-2013 00:05:40 | More by dbrelsfo
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

11-03-2013 22:54:42 | More by TurdFurgison
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into tulip 3/11/13

A clear copper, streams of pin prick bubbles feed a long lasting dense cream colored foam that slowly falls to a thick film leaving a few partial rings on the way down

S bread, pennies, some citrus, herbal hops, hard nutty toffee and cotton candy

T nutty caramel and the English hops work well together, still has a metallic thing going on but it doesn't help or hinder,

M lighter side of medium, bubbles fluff it up, just a little grit, leafy toffee lingers

O looks like I'm well above the average yet again, I thought this one was pretty good and seeing how I bought it just for the label I'm happy

I'm not the biggest fan of English ales but this is a good example of one. I can see this flying off the shelves here in Alberta with all the closet Maiden fans, that reminds me watch Flight 666 it's one of the greatest Rock Doc's ever.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 18:58:12 | More by wordemupg
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morimech

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

If I was to include the label art the appearance score would be much higher. It is ultimately the best thing about this beer. Pours a clear amber with a minimal head that quickly disappeared. Light spotty lacing is left down the glass.

To me this smells typical British ale. Claims of Cascade hops are not noticed but I do get plenty of herbal Goldings. Some pale and caramel malt is detected as well.

Good flavor but seems to lack any depth. Good herbal hop qualities. Not sure what Bodec hops are, but I suspect they are similar to Goldings. Now I get a hint of the Cascades with a slight hint of citrus. The malt flavor is uninspired and semi-dry. Bitterness seems low.

Feels a little thin even for a low ABV beer. Carbonation seems off as well. Quite dull.

Was hoping for a lot more in an Iron Maiden beer. Good for the lovers of English ale that cannot get it close to the source.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 18:44:00 | More by morimech
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +14.1%
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'.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 02:22:19 | More by biboergosum
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear pale amber under a moderate head. Leaves fairly good lace.

Malty and sweet on the nose, but subdued. Malt, caramel and grain to taste, initially sweet, but finishes gently bitter. Thin bodied, slightly metallic throughout.

Simply an average brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 01:56:24 | More by TerryW
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 22:59:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Todd

Colorado

3/5  rDev -10.2%

11-02-2013 02:37:54 | More by Todd
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CHickman

New York

3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear gold color with a foamy 1 finger white head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing. Nice pour from the bottle, bet it would look better from a tap.

Smells of caramel, graham cracker, sweet malt, light floral hops, grains and wheat bread; smells like a typical English ale, rich and malty overall.

Tastes like it smells with caramel, graham cracker, sweet malt, light floral hops, grains, yeast, herbs, wheat bread, biscuit and sweet overall malts; very English, this is a malt bomb that flows down easy and tastes like a good pub beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and malty, with a medium body, average carbonation and a sweet malty biscuit flavor that trails off with a slight hop bitterness and rich malty flavors.

Overall this what I expected: a solid English ale meant for drinking in mass quantity at a pub. Bruce would not put out a shit product and this was a solid English brew – not sure why it’s listed under ESB in BA as it seems more like an ale or rich lager to me, but either way it tastes and drinks very British. Nothing exciting, but easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 03:05:42 | More by CHickman
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Stum-pub

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

10-29-2013 01:28:31 | More by Stum-pub
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scott2269

Ohio

4/5  rDev +19.8%

10-28-2013 21:32:09 | More by scott2269
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Denzo

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -10.2%

10-28-2013 03:23:34 | More by Denzo
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jayhunter357

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -10.2%

10-28-2013 03:22:01 | More by jayhunter357
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Dark gold to bronze, nearly completely clear, with a thin white head and medium visible carbonation.

S: Bready and pilsner malts with a bit of toasted character dominate. It smells to me of some lager yeastiness, mild fruity yeast esters, and a bit of sulfur.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly – bready and less pilsner malts, lager yeast, mild lemon zest and grassy hops. It stays almost balanced but still a bit malt-prominent on the follow.

M: Body seems a little on the watery side, medium carbonation, and low alcohol presence.

O: This required a double-check of the label. It clearly says ale, but this really drinks more like a lager. As an ESB (as listed here, I don't see that indicated on the label) it's even less appealing. It really isn't particularly good. Nothing I'd say you need to avoid, but nothing to even consider going out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 01:53:48 | More by macrosmatic
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Proclarush

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

10-27-2013 17:35:30 | More by Proclarush
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Jerry

Illinois

3/5  rDev -10.2%

10-27-2013 02:40:12 | More by Jerry
Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.