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Robinsons Family Brewers
United Kingdom (England) | website

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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3.41
pDev:
30.5%
 
 
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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Good, clean, copper. Nice lacing.

Smell: Fresh biscuits.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More fresh biscuits. Extremely malty. Fairly crisp. A decent session.

Overall Drinkability: Not bad. Not great. Again, a decent session. The name makes it attractive enough.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Up the Irons! Muahaha!
Seriously though, this beer wasn't very good.

Clear coppery pour, with a thin white head that receded to a layer of wispy bubbles. Aroma of biscuity malts, a touch of toffee-like sweetness. Pretty subdued. Taste of biscuity, doughy malts, toasted grain, stale herbal hops, with a little apple skin in the finish. Nothing very good or memorable going on here. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, mouthfeel was rough, and I really didn't feel like drinking the whole bottle.

I guess this beer probably put Robinsons/Unicorn on the map and introduced them to a wider audience. Too bad the beer wasn't better.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: a solid brown 500mL bottle with an Iron Maiden Eddie label. Puts me on edge, as the 'TV series / musician endorsed' beers I have had to date have been produced to be 100% completely ordinary.

Appearance: pours a heavy amber with light sporadic carbonation. A weak head pops up and dissipates completely within about 10 seconds. No lacing.

Aroma: plenty of caramel and toffee with some fruit esters.

Taste: some awkward caramel flavours with some grains behind. Those fruits on the nose don't come through to the palate. Disappointing and flat.

Aftertaste: flavours trail along for a time, but again is nothing special.

Overall: as expected, a very average / passable English ale that proves that one should avoid any beer endorsed by musicians. Not bad stuff, but certainly not brilliant, and the incredibly high price is simply laughable. All things considered, one to avoid.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: very clear golden amber2-3 finger frothy white head

s: pretty typical. sweet caramel malts, sweet English berries. toffee, honey, and some graininess

t: not much to the taste. thin tasting caramel and toffee. some slight earthy tea leaf flavor and just a hint of smooth bitterness. something like whitebready yeast also

m: lighter side of medium with not much carbonation

o: wasn't sure what to expect from this one, and i gotta say theres not much to it. there is absolutely nothing offensive in here, but it tastes like a pretty standard - if not weaker - ESB. cool label art, but nothing special inside

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Photo of Minkybut
2.81/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees hoping I had something great. Uhhh, no. Not really at all. The beer was amber in color looked okay except for the fact it had noo head at all. The headless beer. The beer was flat tasting with a little bit of a malty taste. Nope not going to buy again.

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

Another in a fine trade with the Left Coast.

A -- Clear orange-copper color with a dense, creamy, long-lasting head.

S -- Pleasant fruit esters of peach and pear with some biscuit malts peeking through. Light sulfur character and some very light, earthy hops.

T -- Biscuit malts up front with some of the fruit esters following, finishing with some spicy hop bitterness. Fruit esters and malts linger in the aftertaste. A mild roastiness comes through as the beer continues. Not strong, but evident.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- A good example of the ESB that isn't Fuller's -- that is, fruitier and hoppier, not malt-forward. Also a good example because it's definitely the English brand of the style; no extra-added hops or Americanized alpha acid kick, very traditional and worth trying.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"Trooper is a premium British beer inspired 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. Brewed in the style of an ESB. A collaborative ale between Robinsons Brewery and Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. Released in 1 Pt, .9fl oz. bottles as an exclusive one-off beer.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 47º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) An aggressive pour yields a creamy eggshell white head with a touch of froth over a deep gold amber body. Clarity is high despite some thin flecked sediment in tow. Carbonation is light and sparse. Retention is good, lacing is light and curtained. 4.25

(Smell) Buttered biscuit pale malts, light grainy caramel sweetness and assertive mineral notes. Hops are very herbaceous and somewhat one-dimensional. Potency is light/medium. 3.25

(Taste) Grainy light caramel toffee note with a cracker sweetness and understated body. Finishes mildly dry with an herbal, musty hop note and a soft acidity. Shallow in sweetness and body, this is one of the thinner-drinking British Ales of the ones I have tried. 3

(Mouthfeel) Thin and watery with a soft sweetness. Carbonation adds some froth to the texture. Body is light for the style and light+ overall. Alcohol presence is very light. 3

(Overall) Whether the body and profile of this beer is an homage to the "light brigade" or just indicative of an intentionally uncomplicated ale, I was fairly underwhelmed in general. The malt profile, although clean and enjoyable, was lacking in body and sweetness. The hop profile was also lacking, although potent enough on herbaceous fronts, it wasn't anything spectacular. While I love Iron Maiden's music, I think Bruce Dickinson's talents in the beer industry need to be further honed, let's hope for the best with a potential follow up, "Number of the Yeast". 3.25

Robinsons Family Brewers'
Iron Maiden Trooper
3.16/5.00

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Home Brew Stuff over the weekend... Paid a pricey $7ish... but the novelty is not lost on me... Probably the coolest label in the history of beerdom.

Pours with a decent 2 finger white head... nice lacing atop a polished dark golden/orange brew.

Nose shows subtle cracker/pale maltiness with hints of caramel with a light earthy hoppiness and a weird but interesting lemony essence hoppy presence.

Hops on the palate are still lemony, but have a perfumy/floral essence.. again a light cracker/biscuity pale maltiness helps carry, but this bitter is balanced toward the hoppiness.

Medium/light body with a medium carbonation... finishes surprisingly crisp with a bit of a minerally element.

Meh... I am not a good judge of honest English ales, but this is pretty drinkable.

3.75/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

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Photo of bmwats
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles to a thick blanket. Continually rising effervescence, and some persistent spider web lacing.

S: Sourdough, hops, and tree bark.

T: Slight pine hop, lemon pith, soapy water, and copper.

M: Light body. Something of a shallow feel. Steely finish. Feel of backwash remains on the palate.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Deep hue, continually rising effervescence, slight head, and some solid spiderweb lacing. Nose is sourdough bread with a piney hop, and a woody component. Hops, bitter fruit pith, and dish soap all culminates in a steely shallow end. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at the beer store in Southampton PA, enjoyed chilled in a half pint.

The color is golden with amber highlights and very good clarity with thick white cap with fine bead, lace collects and retention is very good. The smell has a fruity english yeast odor with mild herbal hop esters and light grain aroma. the feel is very good with moderately high carbonation mellow medium body and gently bitter with a low sweetness level and semi-dry finish.

The flavor of this ale is more of an ordinary bitter, not a lot of malt in the taste up front. The malt adds a sweetness to balance the slight piney herbal hops in the mix, but the yeast is the main flavor giving the bitter more of a mineral aspect and some spiciness but mild fruitiness. Overall this is a pretty traditional take on an English style, drinkable but more of a novelty with the Iron Maiden label. There are others that may be just as good or better. I found the use of Bobec hops interesting but there is limited citrus from the cascades.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9oz. half-liter bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, copper-gold in color, with a moderate-to-short head of foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, citrus note
Taste-Toasted malt, faint mineral and citrus note, subtle hop presence to the finish. Pleasant, subtle and sessionable. Classic English brew, kick-ass label on the bottle.

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Photo of scratch69
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a finger and a half worth of off-white head. Decent head retention with a fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Bread and caramel malt aromas with some herbal hop notes.

Taste- Biscuit and grain flavors with some toffee and a bit of herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and smooth. Slightly below average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A good example of an ESB and a good session beer.

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

Pours golden, going to copper, low head, leaving a thin lacing.
Smells of toasted grains, dark biscuits, light toffee and some citrus peel.
Mildly sweet and roasted malts, grains, light caramel and some clear toffee. There's a fruitiness also, a mix of citrus, but mostly a light lemon zest, making this one just a bit crisp and also faintly sour. There's the buttery/oily feel than many English ales have also. Hint of honey, floral notes, a touch of pepper also. Hops are mineral, a bit fruity, and producing a tea-like and coppery bitterness, just enough to keep this beer drinkable.
Although i always considered ESBs a great session type of beer, there are many examples out there that "spoil the fun". I thought Trooper only had a pretty label, but it wasn't the case. More than decent ESB, great example.

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Photo of kvnstfrd
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, golden honey color. Head disappeared immediately with no lacing.

Aroma: A sweet malty smell with a spicy hop aroma.

Taste: Toffee and grainy notes with a light roasted flavor. Slightly sweet at first, then quickly revealing the hop flavors. I have to admit that straight from the refrigerator, I was a bit disappointed, but the closer it came to room temperature, the more the flavors started to shine. The English malts come through much stronger as the beer warms and the hops blend in beautiful harmony; sort of like a great dual guitar solo.

OK, that was silly, . . sorry.

Palate: Carbonation is almost undetectable, yet the body seems a bit thin and astringent while cold. As the beer warmed, the slight astringency disappeared and the mouth-feel became full, silky smooth and buttery.

As with so many great beers, if you try drinking this beer super cold, you'll miss out. Not sure this beer should be classified as an ESB; its flavor profile is more like a Pale Ale. Still, it's a solid rocker and worth a try.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into tulip 3/11/13

A clear copper, streams of pin prick bubbles feed a long lasting dense cream colored foam that slowly falls to a thick film leaving a few partial rings on the way down

S bread, pennies, some citrus, herbal hops, hard nutty toffee and cotton candy

T nutty caramel and the English hops work well together, still has a metallic thing going on but it doesn't help or hinder,

M lighter side of medium, bubbles fluff it up, just a little grit, leafy toffee lingers

O looks like I'm well above the average yet again, I thought this one was pretty good and seeing how I bought it just for the label I'm happy

I'm not the biggest fan of English ales but this is a good example of one. I can see this flying off the shelves here in Alberta with all the closet Maiden fans, that reminds me watch Flight 666 it's one of the greatest Rock Doc's ever.

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Photo of morimech
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

If I was to include the label art the appearance score would be much higher. It is ultimately the best thing about this beer. Pours a clear amber with a minimal head that quickly disappeared. Light spotty lacing is left down the glass.

To me this smells typical British ale. Claims of Cascade hops are not noticed but I do get plenty of herbal Goldings. Some pale and caramel malt is detected as well.

Good flavor but seems to lack any depth. Good herbal hop qualities. Not sure what Bodec hops are, but I suspect they are similar to Goldings. Now I get a hint of the Cascades with a slight hint of citrus. The malt flavor is uninspired and semi-dry. Bitterness seems low.

Feels a little thin even for a low ABV beer. Carbonation seems off as well. Quite dull.

Was hoping for a lot more in an Iron Maiden beer. Good for the lovers of English ale that cannot get it close to the source.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of TerryW
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear pale amber under a moderate head. Leaves fairly good lace.

Malty and sweet on the nose, but subdued. Malt, caramel and grain to taste, initially sweet, but finishes gently bitter. Thin bodied, slightly metallic throughout.

Simply an average brew.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $5.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bronze-hued body with a goodly-sized, wisped, white head. A little fleck here and there of lacing on the way down.

Smell: A nose on the sweetish side, hinting notes of toffee edged crackery, biscuity maltiness with dried herb, spice and some incorporated fruitiness.

Taste: Soft, subtle biscuity malts with a low, light toffee sweetness. Minor graininess. Herbal, leafy hops, faintly earthy with a zip of zest, too. There's enough bitterness there to balance it out. Appleskin fruitiness throughout, alongside a low yeast quality. Semi-dry, gentle finish with final tastes of caramel, fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Simple but sufficient if a bit pricey.

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Photo of CHickman
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear gold color with a foamy 1 finger white head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing. Nice pour from the bottle, bet it would look better from a tap.

Smells of caramel, graham cracker, sweet malt, light floral hops, grains and wheat bread; smells like a typical English ale, rich and malty overall.

Tastes like it smells with caramel, graham cracker, sweet malt, light floral hops, grains, yeast, herbs, wheat bread, biscuit and sweet overall malts; very English, this is a malt bomb that flows down easy and tastes like a good pub beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and malty, with a medium body, average carbonation and a sweet malty biscuit flavor that trails off with a slight hop bitterness and rich malty flavors.

Overall this what I expected: a solid English ale meant for drinking in mass quantity at a pub. Bruce would not put out a shit product and this was a solid English brew – not sure why it’s listed under ESB in BA as it seems more like an ale or rich lager to me, but either way it tastes and drinks very British. Nothing exciting, but easy to drink.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Dark gold to bronze, nearly completely clear, with a thin white head and medium visible carbonation.

S: Bready and pilsner malts with a bit of toasted character dominate. It smells to me of some lager yeastiness, mild fruity yeast esters, and a bit of sulfur.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly – bready and less pilsner malts, lager yeast, mild lemon zest and grassy hops. It stays almost balanced but still a bit malt-prominent on the follow.

M: Body seems a little on the watery side, medium carbonation, and low alcohol presence.

O: This required a double-check of the label. It clearly says ale, but this really drinks more like a lager. As an ESB (as listed here, I don't see that indicated on the label) it's even less appealing. It really isn't particularly good. Nothing I'd say you need to avoid, but nothing to even consider going out of your way for.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear medium amber color, bubbles effervesce from the bottom, vigorously at first, and more languidly after a time; finger or so of off-white head that receded quickly, leaving a persistent film cap across the beer and some arms of lace down the glass

S: some hops of an earthy and citric sort, vague suggestions of toffee sweetness

T: I had this just under room temp, and got lots of resinous shellac, seemingly from the malt; bits of citric pith and polish; very light sweetness; a rugged, session-able brew

M: a tad too thin/light; slight bitter aftertaste; slightly sticky, smooth across the tongue; slight tingle - very slight in general...

O: a serviceable drink for sure, but probably not one that draws notice, save for by virtue of the label and name. A decent representative of the style, but not exceptional.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

*Had this 10/18/2013*

A- Typical British ESB "real ale" (as they like to be called in the UK) appearance. Not a big head, but when swirled in glass the head takes shape nicely!

S- Toffee primarily; somewhat sweet though. Light roasted notes as well. Also detected the slightest bit of sourness. Hops are citrus in scent and are extremely light. Scent overall was clean.

T- Toffee and grainy notes. Light roasted flavor. Sweetness is there. Light citric hop character towards the finish. This is an extremely clean tasting beer! Just what is standard in ESBs.

M- Very crisp, clean, and refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Pretty dry finish. Easy stuff to drink for sure.

*Good overall British beer. Nothing that wowed me, but it is real nice and easy to drink! I'd love to see some metalheads at a Maiden show drink this beer, I just don't know if the price put on it would justify drinking it. In my necks of the woods in the US it was a little over $5.00. So in that sense, not good for what you get. But nothing wrong with the beer overall. It just was mostly like an ESB and not unique enough to stand apart from the rest.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

How could one resist a bottle of beer touting Eddie's charging visage of the The Trooper, A tribute to Iron Maiden and of course "Maiden England!"

Being that this is an official Iron Maiden Tribute beer I had high expectations. Those are a bit dashed. Right now the best part of this beer is the label.

The initial pour is a clear umber color with a decent white head and moderate lacing.

The nose is actually of and very British; Mostly sour malt, hops, and reminds me a lot of Old Speckled Hen.

The taste is similar as well. Think of a hoppier version of Old Speckled Hen. The malt is rather sweet and in contrast to the hopping which quickly subdues the sweetness with the two battling it out for dominance as both flavors fade. There is not much in complexity here. But then if if think of British food there isn't much there either. Overall I think it is a fine example of a typical British ale with an extra hopping.

The mouthfeel is rather watery and was the most disappointing aspect of this beer.

Overall this one is drinkable and would likely go well with either fried food or sausages, perhaps a soft baked pretzel as well.

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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
78 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.
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