Iron Maiden Trooper - Robinsons Family Brewers
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3/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2014 23:26:53 | More by Zorro
4.14/5 rDev +24%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2014 20:10:26 | More by NeroFiddled
Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.