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Iron Maiden Trooper | Robinsons Family Brewers

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Iron Maiden TrooperIron Maiden Trooper

Brewed by:
Robinsons Family Brewers
United Kingdom (England)

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.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A present from a friend. Pour is nice and clear, amber color. Thin head, usual for the style. Malt forward, light toast aroma. Taste is mid-line English pub bitter, spot-on in that style. Not as fresh as the traditional pulled ales. I'm no fan of Iron Maiden music, but it does appeal to some. Same for the beer.

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Photo of Foyle
4.36/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 1" fluffy off white head that falls slowly with moderate lacing. Color is hazy light amber with abundant sediment in suspension.
Aroma of yeasty bread, floral and citrus hops.
Mouthfeel medium bodied with a somewhat damp finish.
Flavors of bread dough, toffee, lemon and herbal hops.
Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Well made to the style.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear golden brown with a good sized head. The aroma is hop forward, with distinct fruity tones of light berries, a bit of mint, and biscuity malts. There is some solid bitterness in the flavor, with sublte berries and white grape, citrus, and toffee. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Overall I was impressed by this beer - for something with a celebrity slapped on, is is actually a serious beer - not brilliant, but certainly tasty.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice golden amber color, off white head, fine lace.
Smell is mild, clean, some malt.
Taste is a good, mild English ale. Some malt, hops. Tastes like the square root of the double IPAs I usually drink.
Moderately rich mouthfeel, richer than you'd guess from 4.7% ABV.
Finish is consistent, slightly bitter, good.
Overall: 5 rating because the can says Iron F'n Maiden! With a great graphic of the Trooper! Metal!
This is actually a pretty nice session ale.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.09 ounce can.

Clear gold liquid sitting under +1 finger head of foam.

Smells sweet and fruity with some bready notes.

Fruity portrayal from the hops. Bread and sweet from the malt. The overall flavours remind me of something from Samuel Smith. Not a bad thing.

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Photo of BeerStud187
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer for the style. Look, ESBs aren't going to compare to any barrel aged RIS's, or double IPAs, but for the style, this is nice. It's a smooth drinkable beer with a lot of flavor. Richer than a session IPA and more flavorful than a typical red or brown. It's, more expensive than it should be form what it is, but fornwhat it is, it's a nice drinkable beer. You could have 12 of these and have a way better experience than having 12 bud lights. Unfortunately you will pay way more. But this is a nice, drinkable, low gravity, medium flavor offering.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from ABV. Up the irons!

A clear copper with a gorgeous, dense, frothy, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks pretty spectacular. The nose is surprisingly hoppy with a noticeable Cascade hop character present, citrusy and mildly grapefruit like. This is followed by a blend of leafy, earthy hops and a nice blend of malt notes, a blend of toffee, butterscotch, honey, a little bread pudding. The palate opens with a nice blend of toasted bread, toffee and a firming hop bitterness, earthy, mildly minty with some citrus coming through. Butterscotch is present as well, and the bready flavors lend a fullness to the palate that belies the low ABV. Drying, mildly bitter and with a little toffee sweetness and burnt sugar present, this beer is creamy on the palate and is pretty delicious.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured mine from a can into a beer mug.
Pours a deep copper with little foam head which just sits around the edge of the glass.

Smells like a sweet fruits, not very bitter in the smell.

Tastes of an ale, roasted malt, with a hoppy bitterish aftertaste, but not too strong.

A little on this thin side, has a good light carbonation which drinks smooth.

Overall, way better than I expected it to be from the origins of this one. I like the band, and I do like the beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Okay, so I really like the backstory to this brew...a compelling story inspires an iconic song, which inspires a beer. If only the beer were as memorable as either the history or the music. The brew pours a light copper color with plenty of effervescence and a tall white head. The aroma is of biscuit and caramel, backed by earthy hops. The taste is balanced, if not a bit dry, and the mid-taste has a mild hop flavor and just a little bitterness. It's an okay beer, but not exceptional.

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Photo of stevoj
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can from Brewers Haven. Overall, comes off as kind of fruity, then malty. Not bitter at all. More sweet, caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Pours out with a huge fluffy head, sweet malt aroma. Drinkable, but not quite what I'd expect from an ESB.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16oz. Pounder Can to pint glass. Slightly darker than Gold color, medium white head that lasts. Aroma is vanilla, lactose, pastry dough. Taste is grains, barley, some vanilla and sugars in the finish. Creamy feel.

Pleasantly surprised. This is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint.
Pours clear light copper beer with thick golden head, good retention.
Smell - pleasant, slightly citrusy, herbal, caramel, marmalade.
Taste - rather well-balanced, caramel malts and some fruitiness into mild bitter finish.
Light body, moderate carbonation.
Not bad, but also not encouraging.

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Photo of davidperez
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a hefeweizen glass, it pours a dark orange amber, clear, with a little head that presents good retention and disappears to leave a thin layer of white foam. Nice lacing.

The bouquet is shy. Malty sweetness, caramel, and a subtle herbal, fruity note of peach and papaya; a bit citric too.

Once the beer enters the mouth you are enticed to think that the flavor will follow the nose, and it does, accurately, but only for an instant. Those sweet flavors are humble, and they are quickly subdued by the nimble appearance of the hops. Bitterness enters and balances that sweetness, and the earthy, smoke character reigns supreme. I must say this is the beer with the most aggressive earth hoppy character that I've tasted. My bottle's best by date is November 2016, so it is quite fresh, and that might have something to do with it.
Long finish, semi-dry, medium body.
High carbonation, the streams of bubbles kept fighting to liberate themselves from the agonizing pressure of the liquid.

Nice beer, but nothing to blow your mind.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The color of dark amber, copper, beer is clear. Foam high, medium and fine bubble.
Aroma: dark fruit, caramel, dark bread.
Taste: Here is a clear malt, caramel and again a lot of dark fruit.
Bitterness at the average level, high saturation.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can. Deep amber color, mellow light caramel malt smell. Taste was mostly Biscuit, malt. Felt smooth, not really any tart or bitter at all.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been a rocker since I was a kid, but when I reached teenage status, I got into heavy metal, first, and later, punk. I have to cop to not being as huge a fan of Iron Maiden as of many other bands, but I do appreciate their literate lyrics and as an English major/teacher, "The Trooper" as an homage to Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade" is fantastic. I raise this glass to my two SoCal Stillers friends, Gooch & Frere Denis Cutter, as incongruous as they come & yet both huge Iron Maiden & Stillers fans.

From the CAN: "Created by Iron Maiden"; "Premium British Beer"; "Charged With Flavour"; "Onward, onward rode the 600 ... The Charge Of The Light Brigade, which inspired the Iron Maiden song The Trooper, took place at the Battle of Balaclava (1854) during the Crimean War when 600 British cavalry courageously charged the massed Russian artillery. This gallant but foolhardy assult resulted in a massive loss of life and came about due to a misunderstanding of an order given by the commanding officer, Lord Raglan."; "Trooper is a premium British beer created by Iron Maiden and handcrafted at Robinsons brewery. Being a real ale enthusiast, vocalist Bruce Dickinson has developed a beer which has true depth of character. 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."

I Crack!ed it open, but it was not as loud as I had hoped for. I guess that I was misled by "charged", figuring it to be a CO2 or N2 charge. A heavy-handed Glug produced two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention & left behind great lacing in its wake. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was an interesting admixture of lemon zest, freshly-mown grass and biscuit malt. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was less bitter than tart and I felt that the lemon was more pronounced than subtle. The malt added an earthiness that was reminiscent of drying tobacco (and having walked past Lancaster Leaf Tobacco Co.'s warehouses the past couple of weeks, I know it well). It was interesting & I am curious as to whether they did a real ale version of it. Finish was semi-dry, very earthy with a lingering biscuit flavor. It was okay by me, but one was probably enough.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This Maiden-branded ESB, named for the 30+ year-old classic "The Trooper", is an attractive beer: a medium-sized creamy ivory head perches atop a crystal-clear, sparkling pale-amber body; head retention is modest but lacing is good, consisting of thick, fine-grained slabs and ladders. The nose is appropriately middling in intensity: a blend of caramelish malt and earthy, herbal hops that are reminiscent of pipe tobacco, plus a hint of apple and significant boozy overtones. The flavor starts as tartish caramel-apple malt and spicy hops; by midpalate the malt shows some lightening bready character and the earthy/herbal notes emerge on the hops side. The bitterness is pleasantly assertive by the end, and more than balances out the malt; faint alcohol undertones round things out. The finish is balanced and pretty clean, showing just a hint of apple and earth, followed by the emergence of a moderate earthy bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. The mouthfeel is on-point for the medium body, and the texture is medium-creamy and moderately peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (16.9 oz bottle, 203 days after pkg)

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Photo of enrique_m
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured this into a st.feullien glass and it poured amber red with little head and lacing that does not last. in the smell you get honey, citrus, tea, and malt, very refreshing. the taste is like a light Arnold palmer with malts. the feel is pretty, you get a well balanced mix of sweetness, tartness, and tasty malts. overall this is better than I expected and it is an excellent brew to have after a grueling bike ride.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice coppery color with off-white head. Caramel notes, bread, some light floral and citrus notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with caramel and bread mostly, a little light citrus note comes through too.

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Photo of Old_Frothingslosh
4.14/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper color with creamy head. Hoppy fresh aroma has citrus, caramel and moderate carbonation. Overall the beer is nicely balanced and quite drinkable. Solid beer. Up the Irons!

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Photo of jmasher85
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decent, middle-of-the-road English-style bitter. I'm glad to know that this was made with collaboration from Bruce Dickinson, because I imagine this is genuinely a beer that a old English metal-head drinks and was drinking before craft beers went all haywire. Had it been made "inspired by Iron Maiden," it probably would have been some imperial black porter or something. Either way, if it's good enough for Bruce Dickinson, it's good enough for us. A, pleasant grainy, lemony malt on the front end that might be a hint too sweet, with some bitterness in the finish and then more lingering malty aftertaste that's still just a hint too sweet. Light body and good carbonation. Like I said, a good beer to put down a few in an English pub on a drizzly day. And low enough alcohol that if it weren't for being dumbly expensive gimmick beer, you could drink quite a few and still perform.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Iron Maiden Trooper brewed by Robinsons Family Brewers, with an ABV of 4.70% This brew pours out a nice deep amber color with a nice white head. This brew has the look of most brews on the market, maybe a bit darker. I'm not saying that is a bad thing, the color is nice. The smell of Iron Maiden Trooper, is rich with grains , and malts. You do pick up on some hops at the end of this brew. There is also a nice sweetness to the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on a lot of grins in the taste of this brew. Nothing bad, there are a few hops in the taste as well. There is also a nice mild smooth ,sweetness to the taste of this brew. This is a nice drinking brew. There is nothing overpowering about Iron Maiden Trooper, it has a real nice balance to it. The body to this brew is lighter than most but not to light. The mouthfeel is Bold, smooth, light , and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Iron Maiden Trooper a 4.25 out of 5. Robinsons Family Brewers did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly veiled dark amber brown color with a strong amount of activity. Weak lightly creamy beige half a finger head that lasts for 5 minutes, with a good amount of legs.

Aromas of bread and butter with faint malt and a hint of scotch. Flavors of rich bitter caramel, burnt sugar, roasted grains, faint citrus, grassy noble hops, toffee, herbal spices. Some sweetness while highly sharp and bitter.

Smooth creamy full body with the perfect amount of zesty carbonation. Medium strength finish that ends quite clean, with a palate of noble spices, roasted malt, and zesty citrus.

Overall very good quality craft offering tasty flavors with a strong sharp fresh feel. Almost as good as a Fullers ESB.

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Photo of Mehinaman
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This might not be a mind blowing beer, but it's definitely not bad. It's malty and just a little sweet with medium carbonation. Not going to set the world on fire, but at the same time I would say the overall result is more than just a gimmick

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Photo of FLima
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Amber copper color with a thin beige head with medium retention.
Aroma with notes of caramels, mild grapefruit, tangy hops and drops of lemon.
English flavor with notes of tangy and earthy hops, caramel malts, lemon citrusy, a bit of toasted malts, some wood and tea leaves. Dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Traditional English Pale Ale, milder than average without any ingredient that stand out from the crowd, but very sessionable and pleasant.

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