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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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Iron Maiden TrooperIron Maiden Trooper

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570 Ratings

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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 23
Gots: 100 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Robinsons Family Brewers visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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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.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper-amber pour with a two finger off-white head with minimal retention with decent lacing. The nose is pretty typical for the style with lots of bready malt and caramel along with hints of butterscotch, apple, and subtle herbal hops. The taste is bready and malty with hints of butter, tea, apples, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and mild hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and buttery with nice carbonation and a subtly bitter finish. Overall, the label is definitely better than the beer, but it's a solid, sessionable interpretation of the style.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500ml Bottle from the Orleans LCBO for $5

Appearance - Copper colour with an average size fizzy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for close to 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, nuts, apples/pears

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with light hops. There is also some apples/pears and a bit of a nuttiness.

Overall - Just okay... and definitely not worth the price. Perhaps a decent beer to get macro drinkers away from budweiser etc.

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3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Trooper Ale, like the angry skeleton figure on its label, is pretty much just bare bones. It is evidently filtered and uses just enough malt to gain its light bronze coating but not enough to support the modest foam that formed from the pour.

The aroma flashes a surprising amount of lemon and grass qualities; unfortunately, these are in fact mere flashes and nothing more. The budding floral and herbal notes never air-out completely but the first impression of citrus is not repeated.

I hate to be blunt, but I've already lost interest in writing this review. Admittedly, this is not the most professional thing to say, but it happens so rarely that I feel compelled to mention it. Bad beers often make for great reviews; the problem is this isn't bad. It's merely boring. It's not hard to be constructive with flawed beers; it's certainly easy waxing poetic about great beers.

But offerings like this - those that have nothing fundamentally wrong with them but are just so painfully plain - present a challenge not only writing about them, but also in staying engaged enough to finish them. There's some pleasant character in there somewhere but it's buried beneath so much nothingness. This level of mildness will agree with some, but it disinterests me.

I wish I knew a way to jazz up plain cereal grain but I'm not that strong a writer. Frankly, I'm not even sure how to put a positive spin on it (horses might find it tasty?) This ale is stark and stripped down; of the bare necessities water contributes almost as much flavour as malt.

Trooper Ale isn't bad enough to have you for the hills but, like so much heavy metal, is something you grow out of pretty quickly. The odd surge of lemony, floral hops doesn't make up for the austere maltiness. The only head banging this tedious ale induces is against a wall.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.