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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

Iron Maiden TrooperIron Maiden Trooper

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347 Ratings

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 12.61%

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.

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Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into tulip 3/11/13

A clear copper, streams of pin prick bubbles feed a long lasting dense cream colored foam that slowly falls to a thick film leaving a few partial rings on the way down

S bread, pennies, some citrus, herbal hops, hard nutty toffee and cotton candy

T nutty caramel and the English hops work well together, still has a metallic thing going on but it doesn't help or hinder,

M lighter side of medium, bubbles fluff it up, just a little grit, leafy toffee lingers

O looks like I'm well above the average yet again, I thought this one was pretty good and seeing how I bought it just for the label I'm happy

I'm not the biggest fan of English ales but this is a good example of one. I can see this flying off the shelves here in Alberta with all the closet Maiden fans, that reminds me watch Flight 666 it's one of the greatest Rock Doc's ever.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 18:58:12 | More by wordemupg
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3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

If I was to include the label art the appearance score would be much higher. It is ultimately the best thing about this beer. Pours a clear amber with a minimal head that quickly disappeared. Light spotty lacing is left down the glass.

To me this smells typical British ale. Claims of Cascade hops are not noticed but I do get plenty of herbal Goldings. Some pale and caramel malt is detected as well.

Good flavor but seems to lack any depth. Good herbal hop qualities. Not sure what Bodec hops are, but I suspect they are similar to Goldings. Now I get a hint of the Cascades with a slight hint of citrus. The malt flavor is uninspired and semi-dry. Bitterness seems low.

Feels a little thin even for a low ABV beer. Carbonation seems off as well. Quite dull.

Was hoping for a lot more in an Iron Maiden beer. Good for the lovers of English ale that cannot get it close to the source.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 18:44:00 | More by morimech
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Alberta (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. It would be a disservice to say that I used to be a big Iron Maiden fan - mostly because I still freaking am! Crimean War-era Eddie sneers back at us for this appropriately-wrought label, clutching a broken and bloodied Union Jack flagpole in defiance. Cue 'Where Eagles Dare'.

This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with two stout fingers of densely foamy, and moderately chunky ecru head, which leaves some decent melting cobwebbed lace around the glass as it gently retreats.

It smells of crisply grainy, biscuity, and crackery pale malt, a touch of dry toffee, a bit of apple and subdued citrus fruitiness, and pleasantly floral, leafy hops. The taste is a nice soft, bready and crackery graininess, a hint of doughy yeast, mildly acidic apple skin and lemon rind, a subtle toasted oily nuttiness, ethereal black pepper notes, and more equitable earthy, leafy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is nice and peppy, though never astringent, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt, drupe fruitiness, and understatedly sassy hops all banding behind that last charge down the hill.

For an ESB, this does well not to embarrass itself, bringing the biscuit, and wielding the hops like a musket. Maybe a tad sweet for the style, and more generally for extended sessions, but agreeable enough as a one-fer, in the world of promotional or pop-cultural tie-ins...and, fade out with 'To Tame a Land'.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 02:22:19 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear pale amber under a moderate head. Leaves fairly good lace.

Malty and sweet on the nose, but subdued. Malt, caramel and grain to taste, initially sweet, but finishes gently bitter. Thin bodied, slightly metallic throughout.

Simply an average brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 01:56:24 | More by TerryW
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3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $5.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bronze-hued body with a goodly-sized, wisped, white head. A little fleck here and there of lacing on the way down.

Smell: A nose on the sweetish side, hinting notes of toffee edged crackery, biscuity maltiness with dried herb, spice and some incorporated fruitiness.

Taste: Soft, subtle biscuity malts with a low, light toffee sweetness. Minor graininess. Herbal, leafy hops, faintly earthy with a zip of zest, too. There's enough bitterness there to balance it out. Appleskin fruitiness throughout, alongside a low yeast quality. Semi-dry, gentle finish with final tastes of caramel, fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Simple but sufficient if a bit pricey.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 22:59:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
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New York

3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear gold color with a foamy 1 finger white head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing. Nice pour from the bottle, bet it would look better from a tap.

Smells of caramel, graham cracker, sweet malt, light floral hops, grains and wheat bread; smells like a typical English ale, rich and malty overall.

Tastes like it smells with caramel, graham cracker, sweet malt, light floral hops, grains, yeast, herbs, wheat bread, biscuit and sweet overall malts; very English, this is a malt bomb that flows down easy and tastes like a good pub beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and malty, with a medium body, average carbonation and a sweet malty biscuit flavor that trails off with a slight hop bitterness and rich malty flavors.

Overall this what I expected: a solid English ale meant for drinking in mass quantity at a pub. Bruce would not put out a shit product and this was a solid English brew – not sure why it’s listed under ESB in BA as it seems more like an ale or rich lager to me, but either way it tastes and drinks very British. Nothing exciting, but easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 03:05:42 | More by CHickman
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3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 01:53:48 | More by macrosmatic
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New York

3.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 14:58:49 | More by Greywulfken
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3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 17:11:06 | More by ThomasMetal75
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3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 05:08:30 | More by superspak
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3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 02:47:54 | More by AtrumAnimus
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2.43/5  rDev -27%
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.


Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:39:45 | More by kojevergas
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3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson did, in fact, have input on this ESB. Clear and light orange color. Classic English hard water is immediately noticeable. A hint of sweet bread, then earthy hops bitterness. Nice mouthfeel and it goes down very easily. At only 4.7% ABV, you could easily knock down a couple of these during a show! Fantastic label with Eddie, as well. Perhaps I’m caught up in the novelty a little, but I’m a fan!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 23:29:26 | More by McNealc31
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3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500 ml. bottle, amber colour and a good head that doesn't hold for too long, but leaves a good lace. Smell of caramel, grains and malt. Medium body that sticks to the tongue. Taste of caramel, the usual mineral hops of some english beers, and some bitterness in the end. Not bad, but very one-dimensional, maybe to please everyone, but a beer you drink easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 18:32:02 | More by janubio
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3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice amber/orange color with 1/4 inch of head that stays around as a cap for a while

S: Nice and malty with some raisin and caramel maltiness

T: Starts off with a the general maltiness which goes throughout the entirety of the taste. Ringwood yeast provides a light buttery note. Also get some caramel sweetness and a light fruitiness. A light bitterness shows up on the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely on the British side of an ESB. Drinking this more for the novelty of the Iron Maiden part, but it's actually a pretty decent ESB. $5 isn't too bad (at all) to get a sweet bottle containing some brew, regardless of how good or bad it is. If you're a fan of Iron Maiden, it's a good purchase

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 06:53:49 | More by BEERMILER12
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3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light rusty coloring lends to a burnt orange with a watery body. The head was fleeting and fizzy with the loud popping of carbonation.

The scent is a light brewed tea with some sour barley and a tinge of malt.

The flavor is stronger to the barley side with a nice malt backbone. A touch of nuttiness and biscuit are also there. The finish is hops but the overall flavor is tempered.

The feel is thin but really smooth. The carbonation, despite massive visual evidence to the contrary, is almost non-existent in feel.

The reminds me of the Bristish Ales served in every little pub throughout London. Weak in body and flavor but with an easiness that serves a day of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 21:55:43 | More by KYGunner
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3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of The Robinsons Family Brewers Iron Maiden Trooper a couple weeks ago for $3.89 at The Lager Mill. I'll be honest the sole purpose that I looked for this beer was Simply because I'm a big Iron Maiden fan, I didn't know who brewed it or what style it was, but I just had to try it and I took a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh.. Poured from a brown 16,9 bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks awesome, I may be a little bias, but I think it looks kick ass and it looks like it could have come straight off the artwork of an Iron Maiden album with their signature mascot Eddy holding the British flag. It pouted a a nice amber brown color that took on more of a bright amber color when held to the light with two fingers worth of off white head that faded to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer. I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a light amount of medium sweetness followed by some sweet and nicely toasted malts with some nice caramel malt aromas coming through. Up next comes noticeable English yeast aroma with pretty much no hop aromas. The Aroma was nice and very malty.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by lots of malts that impart some toasted malts, caramel malts, bread crust, sweet malts and some light toffee like flavors. Up next there's pretty much no noticeable hop flavors and hardly any bitterness with a very malty aftertaste. This was pretty nice tasting beer, but it was just a little on the sweet side.

M- Smooth, s little sticky, dry, on the thick side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer that was very true to style, it reminded me of some of the better English beers I've had with that really malty flavor and signature English Ale yeast. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, I think one or two would be enough for me, I think more than that and I would start to get bored with it. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was, it's just a good example of the style. What I liked the least about this beer was how one dimensional it was, I think a little more hops would add some balance and more complexity to this brew, I might buy this beer again, but I don't think I would get it often and I would recommend it to people who like the style. All in all I thought this was a nice beer, it simple and malty. I would think a darker more extreme beer would better suit the persona of this band, but this is probably the style they enjoy drinking so I can't knock them for that, This made for a decent first impression for this brewery and I'll be interested to see if they put out anymore Iron Maiden beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 23:14:11 | More by StoutHunter
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3.96/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 22:54:52 | More by smcolw
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New York

2.73/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2013 20:24:29 | More by sleazo
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New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 21:25:13 | More by NiceTaps
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South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 23:04:25 | More by avalon07
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3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 03:13:24 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 20:46:48 | More by donkeyrunner
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3.73/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 14:26:44 | More by BEERchitect
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3.91/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was so excited when my wife got me this. I have been wanting this beer for the longest time! It goes fast at the stores.

Appearance- copper color, very thin head

Smell- malt, slight amount of hops, fruit zest

Taste- malt, some hops, lots of fruit zest

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very good! I thought the fruit zest was quite refreshing plus Iron Maiden is one of my favorite bands! Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 18:32:52 | More by jeffjeff1
Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
76 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.