Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 706
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 34
Gots: 186 | FT: 5
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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 BrewUSA
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
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~ (316 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of Metalbrew
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of utfiero
3/5  rDev -11%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
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... (541 characters)

Photo of benfons
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
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 (259 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of watchnerd
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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!!!! (367 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -11%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Robinson's Brewery Trooper
16.9 oz. brown bottle, code "L3336 23:02"

Ahh, a proper-sized bottle to fill a proper pint, how refreshing. The bottle opens with a crack (keep in mind, we're operating at cellar temperature here), and pours an almost fingerprint-clear rusett-tinted copper body beneath a single, thick-finger-width of frothy khaki head. The head holds fairly well, and it leaves sticky crags and partial rings of lace as it goes.

The first thing that comes out in the aroma is caramel. It's a combination of sweetish golden caramel with a little bit of darker, somewhat brown-sugar like caramel. It expresses a basic, barley-like maltiness as well, which to my mind is a little like light Ovaltine. Grassy and leafy notes follow, offset by a delicate fruitiness that's reminiscent of fresh cut golden pear, baking apple (Stayman, perhaps), and lemon. There's a bit of a chalky or mineralish character as well that I'm guessing is coming from the yeast.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. It gently bristles upfront but then simply fades away towards the swallow. Now that's what an English ale should feel like!

Caramel-accented malt returns in the flavor, subtly biscuity and toasty, and maybe just a bit toffee-ish. That's followed by some apple, a bit of chalky/crushed granite, and then muddled notes of citrusy, leafy, floral, and grassy hops that are somewhat tea-like. It's dry in the finish although there is a bit of residual maltiness that then fades to reveal more apple, light pear, and lemon/orange and citrus pith. The bitterness is median, and the light bit of citrus helps to balance the malt. Eventually it's the light bit of fruit and citrus left on the front and sides of the tongue that cuts through and leaves it remarkably drinkable; otherwise the bitterness might build a little too much at the back of the throat.

Impressive. It's accessible enough for even the most uninitiated of drinkers, yet complex enough to keep it interesting for the beer savvy. (2,050 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

1 pint 0.9 fl oz brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a dimpled mug. Purchased in New Orleans.

Dark golden colour and clear. Very little white head on the pour recedes to leave just a couple of islands. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma of sweet grains with hints of caramel and herbal hops.

Flavour is sweet grainyness with a bitter herbal hop finish. Some metallic twang in the middle.

Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a bit of a harshness in the finish.

Tastes more like a Euro Pale Lager than anything else. I'm not crazy about it, but it would probably be better on a hot summer day on a deck. Worth a try. (637 characters)

Photo of charlatan
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Half pint at 'spoons as part of their latest real ale festival. A dark amber colour with a nose which reminds me of peach but is also floral. An overly negative spin on it would say it sounded like an old lady's bathroom. The taste is rather a let down after that: rather soapy, reminding me of apples.The only plus point is a hint of nuttiness. (345 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright copper, with a thin off-white head. Aromas of ripe fruit and toffee. Taste begins with some toffee, then some rich bread, then a bit of butter, followed by some tea-like flavors, then a hint of citrus, and finishing with a creamy, mint.

Mouthfeel is rich. Overall quite a good beer, though its quite expensive for what you get. (350 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Tawny light coppery orange coloring with a good clarity and average rate of visible carbonation.

S: White, frumpy foam textured head, average height, and good standing retention. Thick, meaty lace adhesion.

T: Fresh wet grains, soft dry flowery scent. Flavor was grainy, fairly clean, hint of dried caramel sweetness, white toast and soft flowery hops. Light mention of dry apple peel.

M: Light bodied, some oily slickness, lighlty dry grainy coating on the tongue.

O: Overall fairly clean malt profile, lightly dry, flowery, easy drinkability, though not neccessarily exciting, can be a respectable light lager style drink with some hop appeal, but hard to imagine this as as an ESB. (695 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper to tan and clear, head and lace aint bad.

Aroma and taste: malty, caramel malt, bread, some graininess, grass, floral hops, a little citrus.

Body is light to medium-light and slightly slick, carbonation medium and smooth.

Overall I don't think it's at the top of the category, but I also don't think it's at all bad. That's why I gave it a straight across the board 3.5 - it's better than just ok but it's not really outstanding.

And yes, I'm going to keep the bottle. It's gonna be displayed on a shelf in the man-cave/brewhaus. (544 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice snow-white head, two fingers from a strong center pour. Clear, fully transparent coppery amber brew (I can read through the beer). Head retention is OK if not great, and lacing is nice.

Huge caramel and brown sugar malt aroma, with an earthy hop bitterness barely present. I get the impression this is going to be one sweet beer.

Much more bitterness in the flavor than in the aroma. Still malt-dominant, with caramel malt, nuts, molasses, and burnt corn dominating. Hops are slightly earthy and floral, but provide more balancing bitterness than flavor.

Lively sting, sticky and lasting. Fairly drinkable; a solid light-medium overall body, grainier than I'd have thought.

Not bad, but not great. I'm not particularly experienced with many English style ales, so I can only speak to the overall taste and experience, rather than putting it in context against style. It's certainly not bad; I have no idea how it has been received in the UK. At 4.7%, I could drink this frequently if it were on draft, but I won't again shell out $5 a bottle stateside. (1,061 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a beer that is probably selling so well more because of its label and tribute to iron maiden than because of the beer inside the bottle, but the beer itself isn't at all bad, and is in fact a nice example of the english bitter or pale ale style. coppery in color with great carbonation and a sudsy white head. the grains come in ahead of the hops in both nose and taste, but this is a display of balance. mineral heavy on the grain front, copper and tin as it swallows, but the hops brighten it up and actually put a lot more fruity flavors into this beer than most of the traditional english buttering hop types. i most enjoy the feel though, which is robustly carbonated and creamy on the palate, very hearty and satisfying, and while the flavors aren't my favorite, i appreciate the session ability of this english pale. at under 5% its on i could drink quite a few of. still medium buried at least, and long finishing. good not great all up. (945 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, brassy color with a loose head of sticky white bubbles. Sweet, toasty toffee, biscuit, honey, cherry, and fruity yeast aromas with a bit of hops. Toasted grain, lemon tea, nuts, and a floral, earthy hop bitterness. Medium-light and dry, a little watery in the finish. Not bad...pretty simple and could use a better malt profile, but a solid little mellow ESB. I wouldn't mind trying it on cask. (410 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden amber colored beer, decent looking white head that fades quickly to a soapy ring. A few scattered spotty bits remain on the glass. Aroma is sweet, crisp crackers, grain, biscuit malt, and light lemon, spice hop. Flavor is more bitter than sweet with refreshing lemon rind tartness, grainy bread and crackers. Brisk, dry, and very, very drinkable. Not very complicated but nice w/no off flavors.

Scream for...beer! (428 characters)

Photo of Chris19delta
2.11/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had high hopes for Trooper and had been looking forward to trying it (both as a devout metal head and a fan of the British brewing tradition), unfortunately I found it to be highly unremarkable and in general, highly disappointing. Will have to buy another bottle from a different source as I suspect this one was mishandled, the flavor was not consistent at all with a "premium" British beer, vague, watery, more aftertaste than flavor, closer to budwieser than beer with none of the complexity and well defined flavor reported in other reviews. (548 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear dark copper. Two finger off white head that disappears rather quickly.

S: Toast. Very bready. caramel dances on your nostrils. Slight bitter spice, like an earthy hop.

T: Hop hits me right away. Nothing over powering just a very earthy, aromatic hop. An earthy spiciness tingles my tongue. Caramel dominates the middle. The tip of my tongue is firing with tons bread and malt. Slight woody dryness. Hints of wet cracker sweetness.

M: Pretty light. carbonation is present but in the background. a short finish of caramel toasted malt.

O: An enjoyable session beer. Nothing offensive but nothing that stands out. lots of malt with just enough a woody, spicy english hop. /75 (687 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with an impressive head; nice retention but limited lace

Smell: Toffee and tea with a hint of marmalade

Taste: Stone fruit, toffee and tea, up front, with some diacetyl building in the middle; earthy hop expressions, after the swallow, with a touch of lemon and marmalade in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit watery with some less than appealing flavors in the finish (453 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a fading white head.
Nose shows sweet malt, cardboard, biscuity and bready notes and some honey.
Pretty restrained flavours. Bready malt, cardboard, earthy hops. Not much going on.
Really could use a fair bit more carbonation. (251 characters)

Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.