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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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77
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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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3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear medium amber color, bubbles effervesce from the bottom, vigorously at first, and more languidly after a time; finger or so of off-white head that receded quickly, leaving a persistent film cap across the beer and some arms of lace down the glass

S: some hops of an earthy and citric sort, vague suggestions of toffee sweetness

T: I had this just under room temp, and got lots of resinous shellac, seemingly from the malt; bits of citric pith and polish; very light sweetness; a rugged, session-able brew

M: a tad too thin/light; slight bitter aftertaste; slightly sticky, smooth across the tongue; slight tingle - very slight in general...

O: a serviceable drink for sure, but probably not one that draws notice, save for by virtue of the label and name. A decent representative of the style, but not exceptional.

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3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

*Had this 10/18/2013*

A- Typical British ESB "real ale" (as they like to be called in the UK) appearance. Not a big head, but when swirled in glass the head takes shape nicely!

S- Toffee primarily; somewhat sweet though. Light roasted notes as well. Also detected the slightest bit of sourness. Hops are citrus in scent and are extremely light. Scent overall was clean.

T- Toffee and grainy notes. Light roasted flavor. Sweetness is there. Light citric hop character towards the finish. This is an extremely clean tasting beer! Just what is standard in ESBs.

M- Very crisp, clean, and refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Pretty dry finish. Easy stuff to drink for sure.

*Good overall British beer. Nothing that wowed me, but it is real nice and easy to drink! I'd love to see some metalheads at a Maiden show drink this beer, I just don't know if the price put on it would justify drinking it. In my necks of the woods in the US it was a little over $5.00. So in that sense, not good for what you get. But nothing wrong with the beer overall. It just was mostly like an ESB and not unique enough to stand apart from the rest.

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3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/9/2013. Pours slightly cloudy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of raisin, apple, caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, apple, caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nicely balanced malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a nice ESB style. Well balanced malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

How could one resist a bottle of beer touting Eddie's charging visage of the The Trooper, A tribute to Iron Maiden and of course "Maiden England!"

Being that this is an official Iron Maiden Tribute beer I had high expectations. Those are a bit dashed. Right now the best part of this beer is the label.

The initial pour is a clear umber color with a decent white head and moderate lacing.

The nose is actually of and very British; Mostly sour malt, hops, and reminds me a lot of Old Speckled Hen.

The taste is similar as well. Think of a hoppier version of Old Speckled Hen. The malt is rather sweet and in contrast to the hopping which quickly subdues the sweetness with the two battling it out for dominance as both flavors fade. There is not much in complexity here. But then if if think of British food there isn't much there either. Overall I think it is a fine example of a typical British ale with an extra hopping.

The mouthfeel is rather watery and was the most disappointing aspect of this beer.

Overall this one is drinkable and would likely go well with either fried food or sausages, perhaps a soft baked pretzel as well.

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2.46/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with cool label art and branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at Wheatsville Co-Op and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are low; this is a tough style in which to make a tasty beer, and the band tie-in feels like a gimmick. 4.7% ABV confirmed.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of off-white/light khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Appealing soft complexion. Head retention is pretty good - about 3 minutes - though the low ABV makes this unimpressive. . Decent even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Looks pretty standard for the style. Not unique or special, though there are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Buttery notes (diacetyl?), clean barley, honey, candi character, loads of malty sweetness, grains, noble hops, lots of caramalt, bubblegum, and clove. I don't find the citric notes described on the label.

No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable.

An inoffensive aroma of mild strength. I'm optimistic.

T: Buttery and sweet, with way too much caramalt. Plenty of lightly toasted grains. Some honey. Floral hop notes. English toffee. Biscuit malts. Flavour profile is painfully simple, with no complexity or subtlety at all. Lacks nuance. It's also not that well balanced; it's too sweet throughout. The diacetyl isn't working here; I know some ESBs use it properly but it's out of place in this flavour profile. There's very little going on here; it's quite boring. I'm not a big fan of this. It does succeed at presenting a distinctive English malt character, so I wouldn't call it bland.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity for the style.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Buttery and coating. Okay presence on the palate. Decent thickness and body. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but I wouldn't say the texture is custom-tailored to the taste. A biteen overcarbonated; that's unexpected given it's meant to mimic real ale.

Not harsh, astringent, gushed, or boozy.

Dr: If the goal here was to mimic a real ale, it nailed the English malt profile and general blandness, but missed the disappointing undercarbonation and poor texture. It drinks like it's about 6%; the alcohol is not well concealed. As an ESB, it's unenjoyable, and I certainly wouldn't get it again - especially at its highly unreasonable price point. I'll easily finish the bottle, but ultimately this is clearly just an Iron Maiden commercial tie-in gimmick beer. It's rare that a brewery actually goes for quality with these tie-in beers (Ommegang is an exception), and it shows here. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

D+

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