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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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595 Ratings
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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 24
Gots: 114 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: flyingpig on 07-12-2013

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 SmashPants
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of leinie13
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of hopsputin
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Photo of Genecy
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of BYOFB
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Minkybut
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MisledTitan
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bvlaminck
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of steveh
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.19/5  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
3.16/5.00

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

3.75/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Photo of humulus
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bmwats
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Nunya
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of outsider
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of JackRB
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BrandonOakes
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Slatetank
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of hosehead83
3.56/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of inanity
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of scratch69
3.56/5  rDev +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.

Photo of prototypic
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of h4ger
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.