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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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499 Ratings

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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 18
Gots: 72 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

craftbeerasian, Oct 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

orangesol, Sep 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

sendbeer, Sep 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Arherring, Sep 30, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -33%

barrelofbastard, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, copper color. Moderate head but it lasts. Leaves good ring lace after the initial sips.

Classic caramel aroma with a good dose of alcohol to the nose. Mild hop in the background. Nice balance.

For a British ESB, this leans to the bitter side. While the light, semi-sweet caramel is present, the hop shows up nicely in the swallow. Short-lived bitter aftertaste. This is not an American version, though--there's no hop bomb here. Easy to drink. Full body with ample carbonation.

For a bottled English ESB, this one is quite decent.

smcolw, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of sleazo
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A_medium chestnut with a nice sized foam head

S_mild nose. Vague bready malts

T_Extremely sweet and malty. This tastes strongly of malt extract. Bits of stewed plums and a mild butterscotch note are present clearly indicating that there's something wrong here. Aftertaste is unpleasant.

M_Medium body with a mild carbonation. Accurate for style. At least the sweetness doesn't leave a sticky coating

O_Reminds me of one of my first attempts at home brewing. Pretty displeased with this offering.

sleazo, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of NiceTaps
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle poured into my Sam Smith pint glass.

A- Poured a copper color with a frothy ivory-white colored head. Brilliant clean clarity. Heavy lacing.

S- "Classic English"...OK, I'll give a nod to that claim. Caramel malt, sweet and buttery biscuit, spicy and earthy hops. Not overly complex, but it's all there.

T- Caramel malts, some sweetness, honey, and hop bitterness.

M- Not being familiar with Iron Maiden's work, I'd describe the 'feel' as more adult contemporary or soft-rock.

O- Not bad. A drinkable effort for sure. Maybe a bitt too sweet and light bodied, though.

NiceTaps, Sep 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

largadeer, Sep 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Hoganlaw, Sep 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

spointon, Sep 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

BiteTheBullet, Sep 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

mrmitsui29, Sep 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

lic217, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of avalon07
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a bottle. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Fair lacing.

S: A somewhat underwhelming aroma of malt, hops, and not a whole lot else.

T: Tasted of light hops, a fair amount of malt, and a metallic quality. A bit on the watery side. Not a particularly exceptional flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a weak finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An ESB isn't exactly a complex style to begin with and Trooper isn't a super example of it. There are worse beers out there, but this one isn't very exceptional. Kind of a novelty. Presumably if you're an Iron Maiden fan you'll have a different opinion of it.

avalon07, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a clear medium coppery amber with a half-finger fine white head with good retention and light lacing. Nice aroma of bready, lightly biscuit malt, light caramel and light citrus, a hint of hops. Flavor follows, milder than the aroma, with biscuit malt, lightly grainy, mild grassy hops, light citrus. Finishes with a brief amount of stone fruit and citrus, with light lingering grassy hops. Light bodied. A fairly standard light ESB with perhaps a bit more fruit juice flavor, but mild hops and malt. A bit too lightly flavored to be very interesting. A satisfactory light ESB that would not stand out without the Iron Maiden backstory. Kind of odd for me to have a heavy metal band naming a light, almost bland ESB, but I guess those guys are old enough to settle down and yell at kids in their yard. Just a little incongruous.

LiquidAmber, Sep 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

stereosforgeeks, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Talk about setting the standard high. A beer called "The Trooper" should only be second to "Reigning Blood."

Clear, deep gold with a mogul studded, thick white head. Thick collar by mid-glass.

Faint aroma, I get citrus potpourri.

Nice mix of English esthers and malts. Earthy bitter with a peppery back balanced by a sweet honey, chamomile and golden pear zing. Earthy and floral, clean and crisp.

Not even as good as the opening riff but not many things are.

donkeyrunner, Sep 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Daktyls, Sep 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

raffy313, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

chris1919, Sep 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

MN_Beerticker, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Stuck in a time warp, the stumble across unmistakable Iron Maden artwork celebrates one thing only- Eddie's back! Celebrating all things "Trooper" I'm inclined to bring back the mullet, pop out the t-tops on my Firebird and rock the cassette tape player to all things Iron Maden- aah, reminds me of prom.

Ok, Trooper also celebrates beer- an English ESB that pours a bright copper with tawny golden highlights. Its near-brilliant clarity shows off its streaming carbonation that dances through the beer's body to construct a light and foamy cap. Its ivory froth is well retained and it lacing is strong with broken concentric patterns.

Its classic "English" aroma in undeniable. Biscuit sweetness and a pep of honey and toasted barley bring about a light toffee and brittle character. Lightly herbal and fruity from the blend of citrus hops, spicy hops, grassy hops and yeasty esters- this culminates in an almost fruity tobacco note that circulates around apple, orange and lemon.

Its taste showcases English malts well with complex starchy sweetness that's of shortbread and marmalade. Though only medium in intensity, its sweetness is light, nutty, toasty and slightly of grain. The herbal hops are seemingly of freshly torn tobacco leaves just before it turns to sassafras, orange zest and apple skin. Its finish is balanced by an herbal and citrusy bitterness and a snap of iron-like mineral quality.

Medium bodied to start, the carbonation keeps the beer lighter than expected for ESB, but as soon as the excessive bubbles subside, the ale takes on a cask ale-like demeanor or slightly more weight and subtle creaminess to finish. Its malt structures dry out nicely with the help of minty alcohol, stemmy hop dryness and its mineral tact.

I almost ignore the "Trooper" moniker as all I can think is, "Eddie's back!". With his abrasive and "in your face" attitude, I was looking for a beer to suit. Instead we are merely rewarded by a pleasant and highly rewarding, crisp and refreshing ale. No wonder Eddie looks so pissed off.

BEERchitect, Sep 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

fredmugs, Sep 18, 2013
Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.