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Iron Maiden Trooper | Robinsons Family Brewers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Robinsons Family Brewers
England, United Kingdom
robinsonsbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
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#42,612
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
911
pDev:
14.33%
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, tea, and citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, tea, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with aromas and flavors that are a bit muddled boring in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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

a beer that is probably selling so well more because of its label and tribute to iron maiden than because of the beer inside the bottle, but the beer itself isn't at all bad, and is in fact a nice example of the english bitter or pale ale style. coppery in color with great carbonation and a sudsy white head. the grains come in ahead of the hops in both nose and taste, but this is a display of balance. mineral heavy on the grain front, copper and tin as it swallows, but the hops brighten it up and actually put a lot more fruity flavors into this beer than most of the traditional english buttering hop types. i most enjoy the feel though, which is robustly carbonated and creamy on the palate, very hearty and satisfying, and while the flavors aren't my favorite, i appreciate the session ability of this english pale. at under 5% its on i could drink quite a few of. still medium buried at least, and long finishing. good not great all up.

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose.
T: From start to finish, the taste has a mixture of fruity yeast and earthy hop flavors, the latter of which contributes a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really easy to drink, sessionable and has an excellent balance between the malts and hops. It is a good representation of the style.

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3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Stuck in a time warp, the stumble across unmistakable Iron Maden artwork celebrates one thing only- Eddie's back! Celebrating all things "Trooper" I'm inclined to bring back the mullet, pop out the t-tops on my Firebird and rock the cassette tape player to all things Iron Maden- aah, reminds me of prom.

Ok, Trooper also celebrates beer- an English ESB that pours a bright copper with tawny golden highlights. Its near-brilliant clarity shows off its streaming carbonation that dances through the beer's body to construct a light and foamy cap. Its ivory froth is well retained and it lacing is strong with broken concentric patterns.

Its classic "English" aroma in undeniable. Biscuit sweetness and a pep of honey and toasted barley bring about a light toffee and brittle character. Lightly herbal and fruity from the blend of citrus hops, spicy hops, grassy hops and yeasty esters- this culminates in an almost fruity tobacco note that circulates around apple, orange and lemon.

Its taste showcases English malts well with complex starchy sweetness that's of shortbread and marmalade. Though only medium in intensity, its sweetness is light, nutty, toasty and slightly of grain. The herbal hops are seemingly of freshly torn tobacco leaves just before it turns to sassafras, orange zest and apple skin. Its finish is balanced by an herbal and citrusy bitterness and a snap of iron-like mineral quality.

Medium bodied to start, the carbonation keeps the beer lighter than expected for ESB, but as soon as the excessive bubbles subside, the ale takes on a cask ale-like demeanor or slightly more weight and subtle creaminess to finish. Its malt structures dry out nicely with the help of minty alcohol, stemmy hop dryness and its mineral tact.

I almost ignore the "Trooper" moniker as all I can think is, "Eddie's back!". With his abrasive and "in your face" attitude, I was looking for a beer to suit. Instead we are merely rewarded by a pleasant and highly rewarding, crisp and refreshing ale. No wonder Eddie looks so pissed off.

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3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. It would be a disservice to say that I used to be a big Iron Maiden fan - mostly because I still freaking am! Crimean War-era Eddie sneers back at us for this appropriately-wrought label, clutching a broken and bloodied Union Jack flagpole in defiance. Cue 'Where Eagles Dare'.

This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with two stout fingers of densely foamy, and moderately chunky ecru head, which leaves some decent melting cobwebbed lace around the glass as it gently retreats.

It smells of crisply grainy, biscuity, and crackery pale malt, a touch of dry toffee, a bit of apple and subdued citrus fruitiness, and pleasantly floral and leafy hops. The taste is a nice soft, bready and crackery graininess, a hint of doughy yeast, mildly acidic apple skin and lemon rind, a subtle toasted oily nuttiness, ethereal black pepper notes, and more equitable earthy, leafy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is nice and peppy, though never astringent, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt, drupe fruitiness, and understatedly sassy hops all banding behind that last charge down the hill.

For an old country ESB, this does well not to embarrass itself, bringing the biscuit and wielding the hops like a veritable musket. Maybe a tad sweet for the style, and more generally for extended sessions, but agreeable enough as a one-fer, in the world of promotional or pop-cultural tie-ins...and, fade out with 'To Tame a Land'.

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2.46/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with cool label art and branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at Wheatsville Co-Op and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are low; this is a tough style in which to make a tasty beer, and the band tie-in feels like a gimmick. 4.7% ABV confirmed.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of off-white/light khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Appealing soft complexion. Head retention is pretty good - about 3 minutes - though the low ABV makes this unimpressive. . Decent even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Looks pretty standard for the style. Not unique or special, though there are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Buttery notes (diacetyl?), clean barley, honey, candi character, loads of malty sweetness, grains, noble hops, lots of caramalt, bubblegum, and clove. I don't find the citric notes described on the label.

No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable.

An inoffensive aroma of mild strength. I'm optimistic.

T: Buttery and sweet, with way too much caramalt. Plenty of lightly toasted grains. Some honey. Floral hop notes. English toffee. Biscuit malts. Flavour profile is painfully simple, with no complexity or subtlety at all. Lacks nuance. It's also not that well balanced; it's too sweet throughout. The diacetyl isn't working here; I know some ESBs use it properly but it's out of place in this flavour profile. There's very little going on here; it's quite boring. I'm not a big fan of this. It does succeed at presenting a distinctive English malt character, so I wouldn't call it bland.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity for the style.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Buttery and coating. Okay presence on the palate. Decent thickness and body. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but I wouldn't say the texture is custom-tailored to the taste. A biteen overcarbonated; that's unexpected given it's meant to mimic real ale.

Not harsh, astringent, gushed, or boozy.

Dr: If the goal here was to mimic a real ale, it nailed the English malt profile and general blandness, but missed the disappointing undercarbonation and poor texture. It drinks like it's about 6%; the alcohol is not well concealed. As an ESB, it's unenjoyable, and I certainly wouldn't get it again - especially at its highly unreasonable price point. I'll easily finish the bottle, but ultimately this is clearly just an Iron Maiden commercial tie-in gimmick beer. It's rare that a brewery actually goes for quality with these tie-in beers (Ommegang is an exception), and it shows here. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

D+

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with an impressive head; nice retention but limited lace

Smell: Toffee and tea with a hint of marmalade

Taste: Stone fruit, toffee and tea, up front, with some diacetyl building in the middle; earthy hop expressions, after the swallow, with a touch of lemon and marmalade in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit watery with some less than appealing flavors in the finish

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1.68/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention with limited lacing. Aroma of grainy malt notes with stales hops is not the most enticing. Taste is also dominated by unrefined grainy notes with some stale hops is not the most pleasant. Body is light with medium carbonation. Never been a fan of the music and it appears I am not a fan of their beers either.

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3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/9/2013. Pours slightly cloudy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of raisin, apple, caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, apple, caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nicely balanced malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a nice ESB style. Well balanced malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Robinson's Brewery Trooper
16.9 oz. brown bottle, code "L3336 23:02"

Ahh, a proper-sized bottle to fill a proper pint, how refreshing. The bottle opens with a crack (keep in mind, we're operating at cellar temperature here), and pours an almost fingerprint-clear rusett-tinted copper body beneath a single, thick-finger-width of frothy khaki head. The head holds fairly well, and it leaves sticky crags and partial rings of lace as it goes.

The first thing that comes out in the aroma is caramel. It's a combination of sweetish golden caramel with a little bit of darker, somewhat brown-sugar like caramel. It expresses a basic, barley-like maltiness as well, which to my mind is a little like light Ovaltine. Grassy and leafy notes follow, offset by a delicate fruitiness that's reminiscent of fresh cut golden pear, baking apple (Stayman, perhaps), and lemon. There's a bit of a chalky or mineralish character as well that I'm guessing is coming from the yeast.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. It gently bristles upfront but then simply fades away towards the swallow. Now that's what an English ale should feel like!

Caramel-accented malt returns in the flavor, subtly biscuity and toasty, and maybe just a bit toffee-ish. That's followed by some apple, a bit of chalky/crushed granite, and then muddled notes of citrusy, leafy, floral, and grassy hops that are somewhat tea-like. It's dry in the finish although there is a bit of residual maltiness that then fades to reveal more apple, light pear, and lemon/orange and citrus pith. The bitterness is median, and the light bit of citrus helps to balance the malt. Eventually it's the light bit of fruit and citrus left on the front and sides of the tongue that cuts through and leaves it remarkably drinkable; otherwise the bitterness might build a little too much at the back of the throat.

Impressive. It's accessible enough for even the most uninitiated of drinkers, yet complex enough to keep it interesting for the beer savvy.

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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 911 ratings
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