Iron Maiden Trooper
Robinsons Family Brewers

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Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #303
Ranked #48,128
3.45 | pDev: 14.49%
Robinsons Family Brewers
England, United Kingdom
Iron Maiden TrooperIron Maiden Trooper
Notes: 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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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper amber from a pint can with a two-fingered cream colored milkshake head. Heavy lacing was present. Nose is just a wisp of malt. Malt, grass, and bread crust notes on the palate with a piney metallic finish. Flavors are not as pronounced as expected. Moderate - heavy body and light carbonation.

May 14, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sample from bottle at Copenhagen Beer Festival 2013. Deep golden to amber colour, moderate white head. Strong aroma of butterscotch and over-ripe raspberries / stale jam. Moderate carbonation (the bottle might have been open a while). Fairly refreshing flavour, moderate fruity notes, toffee and biscuits in the background, decent hops throughout.

Apr 19, 2021
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Telemclean from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had in a 500ml can. Pours medium amber with a good head, smell is like light bread with slight honey. Taste is peppery smooth with a little citrus and hops. Overall a definite solid choice.

Apr 02, 2021
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours clear, orange gold in color with 1 inch head. Taste is meadow, mineral, and dark bread crust. Light body moderate carbonation, slightly bitter. There is a certain joy I get from drinking this type of ale that I have developed over the years. it takes me back to drinking in an English pub. Plenty of great English malt. While i have had better in the style, this is very good, and I would certainly get a couple more pints if I saw it on draft.

Mar 29, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL can stamped L0062/7 (about 8 months old) poured into a nonic pint glass at just above fridge temp 4.7% ABV. The beer pours very bright light amber in color with very light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Impressive retention and sheet of lacing down the glass during the session. The aroma is subtle malt, light stone fruit and floral hops. The taste is tangy & lightly sweet pale malt with slight notes of apple or pear & black tea before a moderately bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with less than medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, good. I'd love to try this fresher.

Oct 26, 2020
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear copper in color, lots of carbonation, fluffy white head, lots of lacing!
Smells like floral hops, fresh baked bread, earth, spice, pine cones, honey.
The taste matches the nose. Fresh baked bread, a touch of honey, floral hops, a hint of grass, pine, and pepper. Lightly sweet and then lightly bitter. Very well balanced.
Light but not watery in feel, well carbonated, pleasantly crisp.
A really solid ESB, actually. Very enjoyable. I could session this all day!

Oct 03, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

L: Clear, medium amber, 2 fingers of thick off-white foam, good head retention, some lacing, decent amount of tiny
bubbles rising through the glass.

S: Malt forward, bready, herbal hop aroma, a little fruity ester, no harsh alcohol.

T: Floral and herbal hops, moderate hop bitterness that is a little harsh, a little grassy, toasted malt, dry with low

F: Crisp light body, medium-high carbonation, easy finish, some low astringency that builds as you drink.

O: Not a standout but easy drinking and refreshing. I enjoy these from time to time and of all the beers I have had my
wife, who rarely drinks beer sample, this is the one she likes best, maybe this would be a good gateway beer for

May 05, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid ESB. With its 4.7% ABV, it would make a great session beer. There is a hop presence, but an earthy maltiness dominates the finish. Not bad.

May 05, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a 1 inch cream-colored head, which lasts. Moderate lacing.

Aroma of caramel malts, slightly sweet, grassy (hay).

Taste is malt forward, caramel, light roast grains, lemon, Goldings hops.

Medium bodied, very light carbonation. Slightly bitter, semi-dry finish.

This is a pretty good beer. Much better than AAL's.

Apr 28, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've dranken this stuff many times. It's nothing substantial but it's a good English Ale. It's got quite a malty profile with a well balanced sweetness. The bottle art is always cool, as well as the bottle caps. I once read they were discontinuing the bottles but it looks like they brought them back. UP THE IRONS

Apr 17, 2020
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RedbirdRona from Illinois

3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Found this in a 16 oz can in the back of my dads fridge. Pretty cool that Robinson’s was able to get a collab with Iron Maiden. Overall this was pretty average but enjoyable. Taste like a bitter lager in a good way. This is not very memorable but it’s sessionable and goes down easy. Would drink again

Apr 11, 2020
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JLaw55 from Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cooper color with a 1 inch white fluffy head that dissipates fairly quickly to some lacing on top and the sides. Less malty than you would presume, with a fairly prominent stale bitterness throughout. The bitterness comes across as more akin to cigarette butts than to fresh hops. Malt doesn't balance well and comes off as one note and dry. Feels like a miss to me.

Mar 27, 2020
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James94 from England

3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Clear golden in its colour, lacing lasts, one finger initial head
S: Not much there at all, perhaps some slight citrus and biscuit
T: Initial citrus, then overtaken by salted popcorn and crackers at the back
F: Light-bodied, slightly overcarbonated, lingering saltiness on the aftertaste

O: 3.25

Dec 21, 2019
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moodenba from New York

3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Robinson's Iron Maiden Trooper poured from a half-liter can in December, 2019. Brew was poured at refrigerator temperature. Body was deep gold; modest head deposited some lacing. Alcohol reputed to be 4.7%. Taste was fairly mild with minimal malt and some hops. I thought there was a harsh background that reminded me of American malt liquors. Altogether, not a great beer.

Dec 08, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying out the can version of the infamous Robinson's Trooper ESB. I like the can artwork, great use of color. The pour is copper colored. The taste is malty with a faint mix of orange/lemon citrus along with herbal tea like character on the backend. There is no date on the can just a julian code that I can't seem to figure out. It's a good beer but it's no Fullers ESB. Cheers! B-

Nov 24, 2019
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PORK from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty classic ESB...16 oz draft poured a nice copper color with a little more carbonation than I was expecting...very mild floral aroma...well balanced malty flavor with minimal hop aroma and bitterness and a little sweetness...the carbonation holds up, leaving a nice froth on the glass.

Oct 19, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color with visible sparsely bubbling carbonation. A moderate frothy head retains well.
The aroma evokes biscuity and toasty malts, and is sweet with notes of caramel and toffee. The light hops aromas reveal hints of grass and mildly bright floral notes.
By contrast, the taste opens with a light bitterness, from the hops, balanced by toasty and biscuity amber and pale malts. Well attenuated, the malts are relatively dry and offer a modest sweetness. Moderate hops spice evokes bright floral notes and grass.
Medium bodied and soft mouthfeel. The carbonation is gentle, making for smooth and mellow drinking. The finish is medium, moderately dry and with a touch of malty sweetness.
I like the simplicity and drinkability of English Bitters and wish I had more available. Although the reviews do not seem particularly high, I thought it was well crafted and understatedly pleasant to drink.

Aug 14, 2019
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peepicheep from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Bull's Head in Lititz. So instead of the usual Fullers ESB, today the ESB is Robinsons. I'll be looking to the return of Fullers. Other than a gorgeous copper color, there is not much else to recommend it. I'm a bit turned off by the mouthfeel which is borderline carbonated and something else making for a rather unpleasant drinking experience. As others have noted, a bit unbalanced in the bitterness department. Will skip if I see it next time.

Jul 31, 2019
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a clean, clear,light amber color with 1/2 inch of off-white head that OK retention and good lacing.

The aroma was sweet caramel malts, and gentle, floral hops.

Same on the tongue, with a slight touch of citrus hops near the finish.

The body was medium full, smooth, and had a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was good, one could easily knock back a couple pints whislt headbanging.

Overall, a nice brew on it's own, and a cool tick.

Jul 28, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber like color with not much head that faded quickly.
Kind of hop aroma but not much to it
A malty fruity taste, with an ok mouth feel and kind of mixed finish. OK overall
Being my all-time favorite song, and from metal's greatest band I would have expected more.
Rates a probably not on the 'Would you like to spend an evening with a 12 pack of this brew' scale

Mar 01, 2019
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jonb5 from England

3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber, clear, small head faded fast left some lacing.

S: Faint malt, didn't have an overly pronounced aroma.

T: Earthy malts gave way to sour fruits, long lingering finish.

M: Medium body, low carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not spectacular either.

Feb 18, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber color, off white head that dissipates quickly. Faint malt smell. Taste is slightly malt forward, hops are earthy with a slight citrus note. The carbonation is medium, which I really like. It's not flat like most other English ales I've had. I really enjoyed it.

Dec 10, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, what to say? It's a beer. Look is average for the style, I will give credit for retention. Smell is malty sweet with hints of metal (no pun intended). Taste is extremely malty, with the elements of an ESB coming through. Not great though. Feel is watery and light.

If 666 is the number of the Beast...this is 668, neighbor to the beast. It passes, but it's not something I would try again.

Oct 05, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz undated can.

Pours clear copper with a decent head of white and moderate retention. Sweet malt with a hint of grassy, peppery hops in the nose. Medium bodied with a crisp, lightly tacky mouthfeel. Plump malt with a minerally bitterness on the palate. Finishes a bit sweet and forgetfull.

Decent for a canned ESB off the shelf.

Sep 21, 2018
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

(500 ml can, date 7233... poured into a Belhaven pub glass)

L: reddish amber liquid; tall, firm, rocky, creme-colored pad of foam... broad rings of lace, top to bottom; keeps a fuzzy cap - lovely

S: pale malt and crystal with some caramel popping out due to the age; light leathery note, soft apple-y esters; little live hop aroma, maybe some withered flesh

T: dry, clean malt, with slight tinges of honeyish and sugar smack but altogether devoid of any depth or dimension... mild bitterness carries a mild tannic apple peel bite but it offsets, or rather marginally overpowers the delicate malt sweetness... very mild herbal and cookie notes build in aftertaste

F: clean, light, easy to drink... alcohol only lightly present in finish; soft residual resinous film left on palate... light, refreshing, and a lil fulfilling

O: tastes its age (about a year old?), but it could be worse (bottled)... pretty much tastes like any other standard import 'ESB' that ends up sitting on the shelf (despite this one's marketing angle)... I will endeavor to find a fresher example and update my review

Aug 24, 2018
Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 1043 ratings