Iron Maiden Trooper | Robinsons Family Brewers

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Iron Maiden TrooperIron Maiden Trooper

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Robinsons Family Brewers
England, United Kingdom

Style: English 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.

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Reviews: 216 | Ratings: 993
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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Photo of huthuty
4.26/5  rDev +23.8%
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 +41.3%
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 -17.4%
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 Cyco_McQueen
4.48/5  rDev +30.2%
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 sloggettstrength
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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 +16.9%
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 +3.5%
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 m_hall
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
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 Smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of djura
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found it here in Serbia, bottle 0,33 l

A - Amber with thin white head. Medium carbonation.
S - Weak calamalt aroma, some fruits in the back..
T/M - Drinkable, balanced, bitter finish, some caramel in the mouth. Low carbonation.

O - Fine & drinkable.

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Photo of MNAle
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber, with visible carb bubbles rising. 1/2 inch tan to off white thick head, receding slowly. Classic English bitter in appearance, inviting you to take a sip. Aroma is earthy, sweet bread, with fruit, apple. Moderate to somewhat thin feel. Eathy and fruit flavor, bread, with the fruits from the aroma blending nicely with notes of citrus providing a refreshing touch. Bittering begins in the middle, lingering into the finish and aftertaste to provide a good balance to the earthy overall taste.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fine amber with an almost nitro off white head. Laces very well. Smells of toasted bread, caramel, and spiced apples. Taste mostly of sweet apples and pears, with some caramel, sweet bread, and a hint of earthy bitterness and dirtiness. Medium carbonation, smooth, and pretty balanced. Overall, this is a decent ESB, but not one of turn to regularly, despite my draw to Evil Eddie. Cheers!

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Photo of threesignificantstarfish
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like a Budweiser only a little better. I gotta say that the display of the can or bottle definitely out does the taste of the beer. However it's a nice beer for a warm sunny day....In the pits.

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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 993 ratings