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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Tawny light coppery orange coloring with a good clarity and average rate of visible carbonation.

S: White, frumpy foam textured head, average height, and good standing retention. Thick, meaty lace adhesion.

T: Fresh wet grains, soft dry flowery scent. Flavor was grainy, fairly clean, hint of dried caramel sweetness, white toast and soft flowery hops. Light mention of dry apple peel.

M: Light bodied, some oily slickness, lighlty dry grainy coating on the tongue.

O: Overall fairly clean malt profile, lightly dry, flowery, easy drinkability, though not neccessarily exciting, can be a respectable light lager style drink with some hop appeal, but hard to imagine this as as an ESB.

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

Copper to tan and clear, head and lace aint bad.

Aroma and taste: malty, caramel malt, bread, some graininess, grass, floral hops, a little citrus.

Body is light to medium-light and slightly slick, carbonation medium and smooth.

Overall I don't think it's at the top of the category, but I also don't think it's at all bad. That's why I gave it a straight across the board 3.5 - it's better than just ok but it's not really outstanding.

And yes, I'm going to keep the bottle. It's gonna be displayed on a shelf in the man-cave/brewhaus.

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

Nice snow-white head, two fingers from a strong center pour. Clear, fully transparent coppery amber brew (I can read through the beer). Head retention is OK if not great, and lacing is nice.

Huge caramel and brown sugar malt aroma, with an earthy hop bitterness barely present. I get the impression this is going to be one sweet beer.

Much more bitterness in the flavor than in the aroma. Still malt-dominant, with caramel malt, nuts, molasses, and burnt corn dominating. Hops are slightly earthy and floral, but provide more balancing bitterness than flavor.

Lively sting, sticky and lasting. Fairly drinkable; a solid light-medium overall body, grainier than I'd have thought.

Not bad, but not great. I'm not particularly experienced with many English style ales, so I can only speak to the overall taste and experience, rather than putting it in context against style. It's certainly not bad; I have no idea how it has been received in the UK. At 4.7%, I could drink this frequently if it were on draft, but I won't again shell out $5 a bottle stateside.

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

Pours a bright, brassy color with a loose head of sticky white bubbles. Sweet, toasty toffee, biscuit, honey, cherry, and fruity yeast aromas with a bit of hops. Toasted grain, lemon tea, nuts, and a floral, earthy hop bitterness. Medium-light and dry, a little watery in the finish. Not bad...pretty simple and could use a better malt profile, but a solid little mellow ESB. I wouldn't mind trying it on cask.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden amber colored beer, decent looking white head that fades quickly to a soapy ring. A few scattered spotty bits remain on the glass. Aroma is sweet, crisp crackers, grain, biscuit malt, and light lemon, spice hop. Flavor is more bitter than sweet with refreshing lemon rind tartness, grainy bread and crackers. Brisk, dry, and very, very drinkable. Not very complicated but nice w/no off flavors.


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Photo of Chris19delta
2.11/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had high hopes for Trooper and had been looking forward to trying it (both as a devout metal head and a fan of the British brewing tradition), unfortunately I found it to be highly unremarkable and in general, highly disappointing. Will have to buy another bottle from a different source as I suspect this one was mishandled, the flavor was not consistent at all with a "premium" British beer, vague, watery, more aftertaste than flavor, closer to budwieser than beer with none of the complexity and well defined flavor reported in other reviews.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear dark copper. Two finger off white head that disappears rather quickly.

S: Toast. Very bready. caramel dances on your nostrils. Slight bitter spice, like an earthy hop.

T: Hop hits me right away. Nothing over powering just a very earthy, aromatic hop. An earthy spiciness tingles my tongue. Caramel dominates the middle. The tip of my tongue is firing with tons bread and malt. Slight woody dryness. Hints of wet cracker sweetness.

M: Pretty light. carbonation is present but in the background. a short finish of caramel toasted malt.

O: An enjoyable session beer. Nothing offensive but nothing that stands out. lots of malt with just enough a woody, spicy english hop. /75

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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a fading white head.
Nose shows sweet malt, cardboard, biscuity and bready notes and some honey.
Pretty restrained flavours. Bready malt, cardboard, earthy hops. Not much going on.
Really could use a fair bit more carbonation.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$5.49 for a 1pt 0.9fl oz bottle at BevCo. Pretty steep, IMO for a bitter. I'm sure we're paying for the endorsement. No specs per the website which is returning server errors. 4.7% ABV per the bottle. Hopped with Bobec, Goldings, and Cascade per the bottle.

Pours out to a brilliantly clear dark golden/light amber, forming a nice off light yellow head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5-3.0 carbs. The nose has a distinct british yeast strain character (London 1968/Fullers) with some diacetyl, honey, butterscotch, a touch of biscuit, apple and pear esters, and some goldings hops. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, with a pleasant mineral bite in the finish. Medium bodied. The taste is pretty good. The mineral nature of the water, the crisp mouthfeel, the diacetyl, yeast esters, well balanced bitterness and the slight biscuit of the malt all come together, forming a nice British pale ale. Just a hint of that orange marmalade character that you get in the very best ESBs. Easy drinking. Very sessionable.

This is a really nice beer, but there's now way I'm going to pay $5.50/bottle when I can get a 6'er of Fullers for $10. Recommended if cost is not a factor.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Forest & Main skinny pint glass.

Caramel colored with 1 finger of loose, white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation and a tiny bit of yeasties floating around.

Bread, biscuit, honey, and earthy hops.

Bread and biscuit. Honey and simple sugar. Nicely balanced with earthy English hops and a noticeable Cascade bite giving way to some grapefruit notes.

Medium bodied, smooth, and refreshing with only a light bitterness.

Flavorful, easy drinking, tasty, and refreshing. Ignore the ratings. This is a damn good ESB.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent copper with 1/4 inch of white head that quickly fades to faint whisps on top.

Smell is of roasted malt, sweet caramel and a trace of grass.

Taste is bready malt and faint honey up front with a hint of hop on the finish.

Texture is medium bodied with low carbonation.

The flavors are somewhat subdued but, that helps make this brew smooth and sessionable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper color with foamy white head and plenty of lace. Aroma of butterscotch and toffee with an herbal element. In the taste, sweet toffee and caramel give way to a lemony citrus, lingering into a woody dryness. Lemon citrus, toffee, and wood. Dry tannic finish on a smooth medium bodied beer. Overall, this is a nice beer.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You'll take my life, but I'll take yours too
You'll fire your musket, but I'll run you through
So when you're waiting for the next attack
You'd better stand, there's no turning back
The bugle sounds, the charge begins
But on this battlefield, no one wins
The smell of acrid smoke and horses' breath
As I plunge on into certain death

The horse, he sweats with fear, we break to run
The mighty roar of the Russian guns
And as we race towards the human wall
The screams of pain as my comrades fall
We hurdle bodies that lay on the ground
And the Russians fire another round
We get so near, yet so far away
We were meant to fight another day

We get so close, near enough to fight
When a Russian gets me in his sights
He pulls the trigger and I feel the blow
A burst of rounds take my horse below
And as I lay there gazing at the sky
My body's numb and my throat is dry
And as I lay forgotten and alone
Without a tear, I draw my parting groan

UP THE IRONS!!! (and the beers pretty decent)

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild caramel and honey sweetness that quickly fades and is followed by a decent hops bitterness. The malt character is on the thin side but provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are better options within the style.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper-amber pour with a two finger off-white head with minimal retention with decent lacing. The nose is pretty typical for the style with lots of bready malt and caramel along with hints of butterscotch, apple, and subtle herbal hops. The taste is bready and malty with hints of butter, tea, apples, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and mild hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and buttery with nice carbonation and a subtly bitter finish. Overall, the label is definitely better than the beer, but it's a solid, sessionable interpretation of the style.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500ml Bottle from the Orleans LCBO for $5

Appearance - Copper colour with an average size fizzy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for close to 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, nuts, apples/pears

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with light hops. There is also some apples/pears and a bit of a nuttiness.

Overall - Just okay... and definitely not worth the price. Perhaps a decent beer to get macro drinkers away from budweiser etc.

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Photo of biegaman
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Trooper Ale, like the angry skeleton figure on its label, is pretty much just bare bones. It is evidently filtered and uses just enough malt to gain its light bronze coating but not enough to support the modest foam that formed from the pour.

The aroma flashes a surprising amount of lemon and grass qualities; unfortunately, these are in fact mere flashes and nothing more. The budding floral and herbal notes never air-out completely but the first impression of citrus is not repeated.

I hate to be blunt, but I've already lost interest in writing this review. Admittedly, this is not the most professional thing to say, but it happens so rarely that I feel compelled to mention it. Bad beers often make for great reviews; the problem is this isn't bad. It's merely boring. It's not hard to be constructive with flawed beers; it's certainly easy waxing poetic about great beers.

But offerings like this - those that have nothing fundamentally wrong with them but are just so painfully plain - present a challenge not only writing about them, but also in staying engaged enough to finish them. There's some pleasant character in there somewhere but it's buried beneath so much nothingness. This level of mildness will agree with some, but it disinterests me.

I wish I knew a way to jazz up plain cereal grain but I'm not that strong a writer. Frankly, I'm not even sure how to put a positive spin on it (horses might find it tasty?) This ale is stark and stripped down; of the bare necessities water contributes almost as much flavour as malt.

Trooper Ale isn't bad enough to have you for the hills but, like so much heavy metal, is something you grow out of pretty quickly. The odd surge of lemony, floral hops doesn't make up for the austere maltiness. The only head banging this tedious ale induces is against a wall.

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Photo of wollefdoogylloj
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

After drinking MANY beers from different locations around the world, this is my first review of a beer, so this won't be your typical review, per say.
I gave it an overall of 3.75, not so much for what it is but for what it isn't, if that makes any sense.
Saw them in concert back in the 80's when they, and I, were in their prime. Show was over the top. My ears rang for days afterwards.
This beer didn't try to be that. It wasn't the boozy, metal tasting dreg it could have been. Instead, it is subtle in all respects. Not over the top in any area. Just a nice beer to enjoy while telling your kids how the bands in concert today simply can't equal the days when big hair ruled the world.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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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Photo of dacrza1
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: January 31, 2014... GLASSWARE: HopDevil nonick...OCCASION: a good week ends, and Shark Tank begins!... APPEARANCE: hazy whiskey-copper body; pure white, steady head; slight effervescence; intricate lacing... AROMA: smooth and malty, with wafting caramel; bright, punchy hops are less citric than expected ... PALATE: smooth, buttery and swift a Steve Harris bass line; a pleasantly drinkable pub ale...TASTE: sweet, nutty finish; subtle hops that fit into a British ale profile; soft lemon, chestnut and rum--complex enough to keep my attention throughout the glass... OVERALL: Not "Powerslave" in its power or "Seventh Son" in its complexity, this beer nonetheless rates somewhere in the area of "Fear of the Dark" or something more recent--a nice take on a classic style; the glass drained quickly...considering the middle-of-the-road price, I would revisit Trooper in the future regardless of the season--a good all-around ale....

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Trooper has a medium, soapy, off-white head, a clear, copper appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but, with some effort, one can detect bread crust, a touch of fruit, and malt. Taste is similarly dull, with just a touch of bitterness to rescue it. I let it warm, but nothing changed. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Trooper finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and a bit vegetable like. Overall, for $5.99 for a 16.9 oz. bottle, this is a total rip-off. If that much is paid for a beer that is significantly inferior in aroma, taste, and body to Country Club Malt Liquor ($3.50 for a six-pack of 12 oz. cans), one quickly realizes that one has "been played". If you enjoy expensive, dull, novelty beers, this is one to have!


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Photo of DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Paid 5.59 strictly for novelty purposes.

A - Ow no barley any head just a 1/4 inch that settles to a mild ring. Lacing is better than I expected and the color is a honey brown.
S - Very mild ESB some biscuit malts, touch of herbal hops, some caramel hints. Mostly some herbal teas but also faint.
T - It could be better but what can you do. Very easy going drinkable taste of biscuit malt, some herbal teas, and slight hop bitterness. Much less tea or hops than I hoped so I could see why the rating was so low.
M - As stated light to medium, decent carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall its just one of those beers with a kick ass cover art that draws fans of the band to try craft beer. Even though it does lack flavor it is not watery or metallic so points for that.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. No overt date on the label, but who cares when there's Eddie brandishing the ol' Union Jack!

A: Light toffee brown with good clarity. 1 finger of off-white head and ok retention. Nice lacing. Pretty good so far.

S: Fairly subdued overall. Mostly malt with toast notes. Raisin, grape. Light pine. Light chocolate.

T: A fleeting hint of malt is almost immediately overtaken by a firm hop bitterness. Dry finish. Nothing offensive, but tastes a bit hollow. Some pine notes. Not much of the malt I was expecting.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body. Not exactly watery, but a touch light on the palate.

O: Easy drinker, but not a whole lot happening in the flavor department. Too bad, because the label kicks ass.


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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
3.42 out of 5 based on 875 ratings.
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