Iron Maiden Trooper
Robinsons Family Brewers

Iron Maiden TrooperIron Maiden Trooper
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English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #301
Ranked #46,542
3.44 | pDev: 14.53%
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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Photo of BJB13
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of JohnniEMc
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Peach63
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Danzifer
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
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

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Photo of RedbirdRona
3.37/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of JLaw55
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of James94
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
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

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Photo of moodenba
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of Nass
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
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-

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Photo of PORK
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of peepicheep
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
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

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Photo of jonb5
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of gvickery
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, pale amber coloration with a medium, frothy head. Smells of caramel, bready malt and citrus, with a light herbal note. Taste follows the nose, with a very nice balance of mellow caramel, bready malt and citrus hops. Lighter notes of grains and herbs also make an appearance, along with a cery subtle grassiness. Finishes with a light bitterness and some citrus lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is a vrey nice light, crisp Bitter with a refreshing citrus character. While you might say it's too hoppy for a bitter, I quite like it like that, especially in the summertime. Very refreshing.

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Photo of monkist
4.31/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the early Dickinson years with Iron Maiden, Piece of Mind, Powerslave, Somewhere in Time are my favorites, that is the era the Trooper comes from. Once I have to try this ale, I always thought and finally it is here.
Bruce Dickinson helped to develop this brew they say. Looks very amber-y and smells surprisingly hoppy almost in a way Czech Lezáks do! Breadiness goes along with it that continues in the taste as well: hoppy, malty, bready, slightly lemon and suddenly kind of filmy bitter, semi-dry in the end? This twist at the end of the taste is a little surprising... although not bad at all and you can get used to it by the second sip. To set the rank: the nose and the first impression of a sip is the best, wish it stayed that way, from where it gets slightly weaker. But you want to keep returning to it and sip again and again, exactly because of this impressive smell and first feeling.
Glad that I tried it, not disappointed with it at all.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. can

Pours clear rusty amber orange with a creamy off-white foam head. Smells like tea, flowers, herbs, orange marmalade, citrus jam, rich caramel malts, toasted bread crust, toffee, caramelized cracker, dried fruits, with floral herbal earthy grassy pine. Taste follows a bit darker with similar notes of tea, flowers, herbs, orange marmalade, grapefruity citrus jam, some lemon, apple skin, rich caramel malts, toasted bread crust, dark toffee, caramelized cracker, dried fruit, with floral herbal earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, slick and creamy with smooth moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great ESB.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a pint glass. Nice amber color, the slim head disappeared quickly and has little carbonation. Has some fair lacing. Smells fruity sweet and delicious. Nice flavor. A touch of malty sweetness then slight bitterness. This is an easy drinking beer. At 4.7 ABV this could make a different session beer. Overall this is good beer, unfortunately when I found this it was a single beer. I'd buy it again when I find it. I never was an Iron Maiden fan but am a fan of Trooper Beer.

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Photo of CLSimps
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 16 oz. can of this at Total Wine, almost not believing my eyes. Poured a clear/copper amber into a nonic pint, with a nice thick white head. I tasted malts and caramel with a slightly citric note and maybe a hint of hops. A dry finish really makes want to dive in for more, and this definitely put a capital “B” in ESB.

Very enjoyable, I suggest playing the entire Piece of Mind album while drinking it.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber filtered with moderate carbonation, topped with 2 fingers of light amber head.

Smells very malt forward, with hints of caramel, black tea and apricot tea.

Tastes like black tea, caramel, and quite a dull, bitter quality that pervades the last 2/3 of the palate. Slight acidity to it as well.

Light body, moderate to low carbonation.

Got this in Stratford, ON, drinking in Muskoka, Dec 4th, 2017. A very decent British ale.

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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 1030 ratings