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Iron Maiden Trooper | Robinsons Family Brewers

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Iron Maiden TrooperIron Maiden Trooper

Brewed by:
Robinsons Family Brewers
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by flyingpig on 07-12-2013

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Photo of patre_tim
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of huthuty
4.26/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An esb that actually lives up to the B
It's quite a good take on the European version of a strong lager, however it could stand to have just a little bit more malt

Insane lacing for some reason but no head medium amber, smells of malt and light alcohol
This is basically an ebs with more hops which I'm sure many would find to be very good

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Photo of BarrelAgedDiogenes
4.86/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very unique beer. I don't usually go for lighter beers, but the use of cascade hops in this ale give The Trooper a bitter and refreshing kick like Dave Murray's riff on the titular track of Iron Maiden's classic album.

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Photo of Moir1994CT
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I did get this for the hype of it being an Iron Maiden beer as most would. Now this is not a bad beer just not to my tastes. I understood what they were going for in this. I just thought in my opinion for how bitter it is, which is very ; that it would have a higher alcohol content which is something I value in beers such as these. At 4.7 I find it awfuly weak for how bitter it tastes which is also a gripe of mine. Its only flavor seems to be bitter. Nothing else atleast in my opinion and experience. What you have experienced or may experience may be or will be quite different.

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Photo of NeoClassicist
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Cyco_McQueen
4.48/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initially got this because, Iron Maiden. It turned out to be a very good beer. Look/feel abovr average. I cant smell. My first ESB. Loved the taste.

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Photo of dave_ackbar
2.2/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of NorthSideSean
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OzmanBey
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ardeer
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SamuelD3
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sloggettstrength
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16.9oz can into an English pub glass.

Look: a nice copper color ale with about a finger of white head.

Smell: initially smells malty then the citrus aroma follows.

Taste: really follows the nose. Quite smooth though. Enjoyable but nothing special.

Feel: very light and crisp. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: nothing special. Would have it again but won't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, another low rated beer I happen to like! Maybe I just haven't had enough ESB beers, but I thought this was a beautiful beer: beautiful brown and great head and lovely ( to use a British term) lacing. The taste is sweet and hoppy lie I would expect of a nice English ale with a good malt backbone. Again, I think it deserves better than its rating.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a 16.9 oz can into a Weissbier vase; serial number, but no production data.
A: Pours an amber color with a half inch head; solid Belgian lacing.
S: Biscuity malt with a strong caramel aroma.
T: Creamy caramel flavor with little bitterness. Subtly sweet aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied. Creamy, full mouthfeel.
O: Enjoyable. Would drink again without necessarily seeking it out.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of m_hall
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, into a... sigh, plastic cup.... @ the TrooperVIP party before an Iron Maiden concert (I totally want one of those tap handles with Eddie on them!) Coppery amber in color topped by an off-white head with decent retention and okay lacing (honestly lacing probably would've been better in a proper glass...)

Aromas are malty, lightly toasted breads, biscuit, with a bit of citrus hop edge.

Flavors are much in line with the nose- toasted bread-y malts, biscuit, a hint of caramel sweetness. Finish is short with a bit of earth-y herbal hops.

Mouth-feel is medium-light, with mild carbonation. Alcohol is pretty mild at 4.7% ABV- session-able and crush-able.

Overall, Trooper Ale is a nicely done ESB, if not a terribly distinctive one, save for the Iron Maiden branding. It is, however a very nice beer; what I would term a "utility beer" that would be good for many occasions and that would pair well with many foods, and that's not a bad thing to be. In American beer terms, think along the lines of something like Fat Tire, but with a bit of an earthy English hop edge. It's an easy-drinking go-everywhere sort of beer that goes with a lot of things... but of course it goes best with Metal. UP THE IRONS!

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Photo of Krusader
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Darandos
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of KMillard
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

No widget. Aftertaste some metallic off tastes. Stronger esb, bitter taste than old specled hen, though not as complex.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Indecipherable can dating notes on bottom.

Bright copper red and brown body highlights with hints of chestnut colors to the edges. Very light khaki top with a good solid fistfull and tall controlled head. Island puck and crowned top with excellent retention and head, sheets of lacing add a good semblance to the appearance as well. Nice looker.

Solid balance mix of caramel notes and toasty brown bread. Crusty hints of bread crust, and a touch dry. Cararmel seems a little basic but nothing horrifically sweet sensing or sugary. Minimal hop presence, but aims slightly herbal mostly.

Palate sticks to some basics, but with some minor letdowns. Unexpected light body, nearly too wet, with a washing mouthfeel that doesn't make the flavors last. Faint toast and cracker notes, with a bit of faint indistinct hop accents, just a mild perceived bitterness.

A rather simple Bitter, but drinkable and enjoyable.

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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
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