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Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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Reviews: 172
Hads: 773
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 30.29%
Wants: 35
Gots: 219 | FT: 5
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Robinsons Family Brewers
United Kingdom (England) | website

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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Reviews: 172 | Hads: 773
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle served cold into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $5 CDN.

Appearance - bright golden color, with plenty of lively carbonation. A solid finger and a half of white foamy head is poured and has excellent retention.

Smell - earthy aroma that I can almost assume will be bitter. Fairly fragrant aromatics but hard to nail down.

Taste - mild bitterness that shines throughout, remind me more of an English pale ale than a bitter. It's just bitter, although not overly so but the second and third levels of complexity on some of the best of the style is missing.

Mouthfeel - nice light mouthfeel, nice carbonation, slightly dry finish.

Overall - not a bit bitter, it's just missing some of the depth and complexity of others in the style. Worth a shot and has awesome iron maiden artwork to boot.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, tea, and citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, tea, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with aromas and flavors that are a bit muddled boring in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

While wearing a Trooper (beer) T-shirt. While listening to "The Trooper". Hellz yes. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a couple fingers of creamy light-khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet berries, light green apple, mild biscuit, and flowers. The taste holds notes of biscuit malt, mild grass, flowers, light stonefruits, and a twinge of green apple. The body is a light medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty damn solid brew. I'm not entirely sure it lives up to the bombast of its same-titled song, but it certainly provides an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: A really rich caramel colored body sits under a thick cream colored head. The head recedes to a thick layer of film, leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Malty, some faint caramel notes, earthy tea leaves.

Taste: Just a touch of malts on the front end followed by a lot of tea-like tanginess. It finishes bitter with some sourness.

Mouthfeel: A very nice weight about it, goes down easy.

Overall: Could do with just a bit more caramel sweetness in the taste, but still a very enjoyable ESB.

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Photo of buzzarooski
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Beautiful Golden Carmel in Color, Pours Minimal White Foamy Head that Dissipates Quickly, Minimal and Spotty Lacing

SMELL: Very Subtle Hoppy Scent, Mild Lemon Aroma, Nearly Underwhelms you with Scent

TASTE: Smooth, Delicious, and Crisp, I did NOT find it Bitter at all. Loved the Malty/Lemon Flavor

FEEL: Medium Carbonation that works well with the taste, Slightly Dry after the Swallow

OVERALL: A Very Good Beer that I Enjoyed VERY much...I would Definitely Recommend this Beer to Friends

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First off, bought this as a novelty because I love me some Maiden! Kept the bottle around a while, so I was not sure if the taste would be totally fresh or not. What I will say is that all novelty factor aside, this beer rocks! It is extremely smooth. The right mix of carbonation, foam and lace mixed with a soft, aroma of hops. Very well pleased and totally surprised by how good this beer is! The taste is very crisp and clean and not bitter at all. This is definitely one of the better surprises I have tried in a long while. Hope to find more soon!

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Photo of Samp01
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber with a medium white head, moderate lacing. Aroma and Taste is grass with grain undertones, citrus and fruity notes upfront, yeast, bready and lightly toasted biscuit malt. A medium body, crisp with moderate carbonation. Finish same as taste with some mild hops bitterness on the end for balance. Not the best ESB but it slowly gets better as it warms up a bit. Overall still crisp and slightly refreshing, an ok brew.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium brown-orange hue with a touch of haze and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam with a nice chunky lace. Not bad!

Smell: sweet and bready up front, with a bit of a malty fruitiness as well. There's a bit of a nice character here, but it reads a bit sweet for me.

Taste: a basic malty flavor, with very little in the way of hop character. Hops are noble, if anything. It's good enough for the style, though nothing here really stands out.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a smooth creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this is an OK ESB, but it doesn't really blow me away. It's got a bit of a generic character and is just a bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of rjimlad
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Pretty decent beer. Love the label, too. The main problem is that it is all hop and no mid-palate. There should be more maltiness to fatten out the flavour but the hops are too dominant and the bitterness is a bit too much. It drinks well, though, and isn't a bad beer just not balanced well enough. Keeping the bottle.

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Photo of beergoot
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

Dark amber body with a rich, dense, creamy head (4.0). Big malt aroma; caramel and brown sugar (3.75). Mild toasted grain flavors with mildly popping hop bitterness (3.25). Medium body; smooth and somewhat watery mouthfeel; semi-dry finish (3.25).

I expected a rather disappointing beer while looking through the other reviews. Well, it wasn't too disappointing, but it's a shame the flavor and mouthfeel didn't live up to what the appearance and aroma suggested. Okay for what it is, which seems to me more of a marketing thing with its Iron Maiden label theme rather than a really good beer for the style. Strong presentation but weak flavored.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
2.72/5  rDev -20%

The color of the beer is a classic copper with a golden foam. The aroma is malty and slightly smoky. The taste is also malty with some smoky notes. Tastes a little bit of wet cardboard and butterscotch despite the relatively thin body.

A bit boring for being an ESB, I think

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Photo of scottwood
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is crystal clear amber, with an appropriate head. Smell is nothing special, but for this style I don't expect it to be. This is an easy-drinking, well balanced British ale that tastes like a British ale should. An excellent example of the style, marred only by the high price tag.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.21/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

1 PT 0.9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in an imperial nonic

A - It is clear and amber in color. It is capped with several inches of off-white head.

S - I smell fresh cut grass. It also has a metallic smell.

T - I taste some toast and light caramel.

M - Thin

O - I have noticed that every beer label that has to proclaim itself a "premium" beer is usually not good. This is no exception.

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Photo of stcules
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean copper appearance, with a good foa, off-white, and long standing.
English smell, with some pepper, som etea, and earthly notes. Standard, but pleasant.
Similar notes in the mouth, clean and drinkable.
Well done beer, balanced, classic, easy to drink.

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look 6/10
Smell 15/20
Taste 33/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 79/100

Overall an okay beer that is really easy to drink and even enjoyable on this hot summer day. Just so much better stuff out there. Really cool bottle and band nostalgia if your into 'Iron Maiden' even remotely I would definitely grab it~

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iron Maiden, will it have me screaming for vengeance? Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a very bready malt smell. Pours to a deep golden brown with a three finger head that has a creamy top. On the taste I get a nice balanced slightly bitter solid brew that is common but tasty. Mouthfeel is solid. If any beer is a sessioner, it's this one. Nice ABV @ 4.7 and good ordinary but inoffensive taste. For an everyday drinker this one is a winner.

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Photo of Metalbrew
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is amber and the aroma is of malt and with a hint of lemon. Taste is bitter, and has a light aftertaste to it. Iron Maiden Trooper is a good beer, has plenty of character, but I found the aftertaste a bit underwhelming. I would say that Trooper is a type of beer that takes its time to get used to. In other words, the more you have have it, the more you'll enjoy it.

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Photo of SebD
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It has a nice somewhat clear deep orange color to it. It has a nice bubbly off-white head that dies down moderately fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grainy/buiscuity malts, sweet caramel and some earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grainy malts, faint buiscuity notes, some caramel and light earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a somewhat light and watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice golden amber color with a modest head. Aroma has pleasantly floral hops, a bit of caramel, and a grainy maltiness. Flavor is on the sweet side--definitely could use more hops--malt is mostly crystal caramel flavor. Hop flavor is faint, and tends toward the floral. Mouthfeel is a little lower in carbonation than many, but appropriate for style.

Ferocious brand and label, but a very mild and inoffensive beer.

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Photo of utfiero
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color- clear dark gold. Medium head.

Aroma- dry dusty barn wood and hint of hops.

Taste- Starts mild and dry from the instant it hits the tongue to the finish, mild hops dominate the intro and quickly overshawod the milds malts yeilding a very harmonius and consistent profile through the finish with a mild hop uptick at the end.

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted June 2014.

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Photo of Gavage
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an amber color with a healthy 2" head taht falls to some large surface bubbles.

Smell: light malt and some fruity tones comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, some breadiness, mild ripe apples, some orange and lemon citrus, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: being a big Iron Maiden fan, I wanted this to be a great beer, but it is only a so-so ESB. At least the bottle will make the display in the music room...

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Photo of benfons
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: clear dark amber colour, dense but not thick head

S: banana, peach, caramel, some tobacco, some fudge

T: some figs, biscuitty, some grains, hops in the finish

M: medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish

O: okay beer, but not something I will revisit

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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of sweetness. Taste is kind of mild, malts, some citrus, very light hops, refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent warm weather beer.

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Photo of watchnerd
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a solid 3.5 beer in the taste, smell, mouthfeel, and appearance categories. It's enjoyable, not over-powering, and I can imagine that if fresh on tap it would move into the 4+ category. It's enjoyable. I could drink several of these. Mild enough to go well with pub food.

But it gets a full extra .5 points BECAUSE IT HAS FRICKIN' EDDIE ON THE BOTTLE!!!!

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw the label and there was no possible way I could walk out of the store without it.

IRON MAIDEN BEER!

Clear amber colored beer with a small off-white colored head.

Smells malty with a strong tobacco and leather scent. Some cork and wood scents. Some kind of flower in the scent best way I can describe it is honeysuckle.

Starts out neutral with a toffee candy taste. Woody and mildly bitter. Very light flavor though. Flavor doesn't develop much though.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall an average beer. But I didn't buy it for any reason but the bottle.

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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
78 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.