Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers
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3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
12-09-2013 21:53:11 | More by steveh
3.16/5 rDev -5.7%
"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
12-08-2013 04:19:49 | More by Jadjunk
3.51/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
12-06-2013 05:44:42 | More by JohnGalt1
3.16/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
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.
12-02-2013 00:55:18 | More by bmwats
3.54/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
11-29-2013 18:01:14 | More by Slatetank
3.56/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
11-24-2013 21:42:58 | More by hosehead83
3.55/5 rDev +6%
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.
11-23-2013 22:40:38 | More by scratch69
4.15/5 rDev +23.9%
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.
11-11-2013 16:22:52 | More by dcmchew
Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.