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 WoodBrew
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm guessing this sells more because of the label than the beer. Its ok. The beer pours a clear amber with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell is bicuity...and the taste is a lil sour/bitter. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with poor carbonation. Overall....its ok.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.74/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a medium amber producing 2 fingers off-white, shortlived head that leave a flecks & wash of filmy lacing. Aroma is thin; malty (caramel), faintly fruity & mildly acetic, with earthy & herbal notes (burley tobacco). Taste is watery malt, tart candied apple, with a hoppy bitter character up front that rapidly balances with the malt. Malt dissipates in the finish to a dry mildly bitter/astringent, lightly metallic aftertaste. All of the British ESB I\'ve ever encountered are watery & thin. Muted aroma & flavor might best described my experience with this one.

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Photo of Beejay
2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale amber in color. White head on top with another layer on top with many frog eyes.

S: A touch of hops, and some light caramel. The hops are a touch on the flowery side, with a faint burnt caramel aroma coming in, followed by almost a slight metallic scent.

T: Light caramel and bread, very light hop flavor, with a little bit of an odd tannic or metallic flavor. Slightly odd bitterness in the linger.

M: Medium light in body, with fairly high carbonation and a bit of a bite in the finish.

O: Overall this beer falls short of the mark.. you are paying for a label, not the beer inside. I heard good things about this one, so it's totally bummertown.

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Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy can, pours crystal clear honey tan slight auburn color, settles with a nice large fluffy 2 finger head fades at a med pace, light lacing.

Nose brings typical English style fruity yeast esters, mild toasty biscuit and sweet caramel malt, light grassy hops, golden malt.

Taste brings more of the same, decent malty flavor, grainy toasty golden malts, mild caramel sweetness, juicy soft malty flavor, etc. Typical English yeast, mild fruity esters, little biscuit toffee note. Then mild hops, grassy slight herbal, mild bitterness. Finish gets a bit more bitter as it somewhat dries, mild lingering grassy herbal hops, fruity esters, touch of golden malt.

Mouth is med bod with decent carb.

Overall pretty good, typical British ale style beer, nice malt profile, typical yeast profile, decent hops, although wish the hops came through a bit more, but pretty much right where it should be. nothing too special going on either though, just average ale.

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Photo of DrMullet
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium copper with a good head. Smell is a citrus and grassy combination.
Grassy and earthy with a citrus finish. I thought this would be more of a gimmick beer but it has become
one of my favourites.

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Photo of KajII
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was a murky chestnut brown with a light orange hue and a frothy off white head. It possesses notes of toasted malts, caramel, a hint of dried fruit and a light floral hop. This brew starts with a nice malty caramel flavor and a touch of fruity sweetness that lessens slightly, giving way to a mild hop backbone. A smooth, tasty and easy to drink brew...

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Photo of cbutova
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split with NawsDaBaws.

A- Tallboy can to two snifters revealing a mostly clear orange amber body. The off white head builds to a finger with a frothy consistency and decent retention. Lacing consists of a few sheets but not much in the end.

S- Big lager yeast and spicy Euro hops. Grassy, herbal and earthy tones to those slicy varietals. Some fruits from the yeast as well as slight butter. Some dark cherry like fruit.

T- Same general feel as the nose with yeast and hops carrying it but malts do wake up some on the taste buds. Spicy, herbal, floral and earthy notes lead to pale apple, slight medicinal cherry, toasted nuts, cereal, caramel, a hint of butter and lagery yeast.

MF- Just under medium overall body thickness. Texture is somewhat creamy and foamy with a moderately high carbonation. Slightly bitter.

Definitely has the feel of a decent bitter although the yeast isnt all that clean for me. I like the idea but some slight refinement would go a long way.

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Photo of Brad007
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber with a one-finger head into my glass. This is a traditional ESB in honor of Iron Maiden. Speaking of, "The Trooper" is actually one of my favorite Maiden tunes.

Buttery aroma that is reminiscent of raisin. Pretty much what I expected style-wise. Not sure how fresh it is.

Sweet and buttery all around. Not much else there for flavor. I want my mind to be blown but it's just not.

Finishes odd too.

Eh. Really only worth it for the sweet-ass label. Big time Maiden fans would be wise to buy a bottle and just leave it. May I suggest they throw their name behind something wicked and bitter, as opposed to droll and tastless?

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Photo of Izzi
4.55/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't expecting much with all of the low ratings. However I really enjoyed this beer as it tasted almost like an amber ale which are among my favorites. Would definitely drink this beer again. Plus it's Iron Maide, come on!

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Photo of cdrinkwine
2.64/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm a big Maiden fan so I was drawn to the bottle. Too bad what's inside didn't match the awesomeness of the outside. Muddy color, terrible head (giggity), not crazy about the honey taste even though I dig honey. Bummer.

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Photo of megamick
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Exactly this: The body is watery with low carbonation. Was hoping for more a more aggressive taste. Not bad at all, just nothing memorable about this $5.99 pint. Was surprisingly mellow and tame - best part was the artwork and history lesson on the back.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

L: Looks good, caramel dark copper color, with a mild almost not existent head.
S: Smells like everything: sugar, caramel, flowers, citrics, toffee with hints of spices
T: Tastes very mild, not as strong as the style might suggest, it´s very sweet and I don´t really like that, there´s a citric note that´s strong but not very pleasant.
F: It´s very light bodied and low carbonation.
O: I was very disappointed with this beer, you expect something aggressive or strong with a Strong Bitter style of beer, this one isn´t strong nor bitter.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: [3.50] Very clear beer. Looks amber to red. The pour formed a small frothy head the head dissipates quickly. There is a date code - I am not sure what it means. The bottle lists the ABV 4.7%.

S: [3.75] I get rich caramel and almost chocolate. Lots of sweet scents.

T: [2.50] Faded hop presence up front with very mild bittering. There is some malitness at the back and a faint rust flavor.

M: [2.75] The body is watery with low carbonation.

O: [2.75] This is just a timid beer. The nose delivers the hope of something good but it ends there. No real flavor or feel on the palate.

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Photo of James-Rogers
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When poured into a glass, it had a wonderful clear lively and foamy ambery copper colour. The smell was quite earthy in a damp, dank sort followed with a purfumy, flowery ester. The flavour was almost exactly as the stile-guide said; Balanced, bitter and slightly flowery.
The mouthfeel wasn't as nice as I hoped. It was pretty odd as it was both light and coarse. Overall, I don't think I'll buy it again but would be greatly appreciated as a gift.

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Photo of Chris_Burton
3.99/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice copper body with a thin white head and zesty nose. Taste has hints of toffee and rich fruitiness that one would expect from an amber bitter, although they are largely overpowered by the hop bite which, while mild compared to an American IPA, is quite significant for a British bitter. The hop flavours are grassy and citrusy, and while this beer has more hoppiness than maltiness there is still a reasonable balance between the two. Mouthfeel is as one would expect, fairly low carbonation, but not flat either: just enough for a pleasant smoothness that matches the moderately light body.

This isn't a beer that's trying to offer an intense experience or change your life, it's simply a traditional British bitter, and a very decent one at that. Definitely recommended whether you're a fan of Iron Maiden or not!

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very enigmatic brew. Youd think with the metal branded brew you'd get something with a big punch, but it's smooth as jazz and has a low abv. I liked it a lot, but didn't realize that I finished this bad boy in 5 minutes until it was gone.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

The Bugle sounds, the charge begins! As a mop-headed teenager, I was a HUGE Iron Maiden fan, so I could not resist the opportunity to try this beer. I purchase one from time to time when I have a hankering for simpler times. Really, this is a decent British bitter. Nothing special, just a good pint like you would find on tap at any pub. I find the malt/hop balance quite pleasant, and the finish is nice and dry. This beer is best suited to cranking up some British metal, throwing on the 1980s concert shirt, and letting 'er rip with your mates.

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Photo of OldRickSputin
1.12/5  rDev -67.3%

Bought a 500ml bottle, basically just because the label is awesome.

My friend and I decided to give it a try. Quickly poured it down the drain after two sips.

Tastes like someone extracted the sweat from Nicko Mcbrain's shirt after a 3 hour show in Buenos Aires.

C,mon, Dickinson!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle served cold into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $5 CDN.

Appearance - bright golden color, with plenty of lively carbonation. A solid finger and a half of white foamy head is poured and has excellent retention.

Smell - earthy aroma that I can almost assume will be bitter. Fairly fragrant aromatics but hard to nail down.

Taste - mild bitterness that shines throughout, remind me more of an English pale ale than a bitter. It's just bitter, although not overly so but the second and third levels of complexity on some of the best of the style is missing.

Mouthfeel - nice light mouthfeel, nice carbonation, slightly dry finish.

Overall - not a bit bitter, it's just missing some of the depth and complexity of others in the style. Worth a shot and has awesome iron maiden artwork to boot.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

While wearing a Trooper (beer) T-shirt. While listening to "The Trooper". Hellz yes. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a couple fingers of creamy light-khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet berries, light green apple, mild biscuit, and flowers. The taste holds notes of biscuit malt, mild grass, flowers, light stonefruits, and a twinge of green apple. The body is a light medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty damn solid brew. I'm not entirely sure it lives up to the bombast of its same-titled song, but it certainly provides an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: A really rich caramel colored body sits under a thick cream colored head. The head recedes to a thick layer of film, leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Malty, some faint caramel notes, earthy tea leaves.

Taste: Just a touch of malts on the front end followed by a lot of tea-like tanginess. It finishes bitter with some sourness.

Mouthfeel: A very nice weight about it, goes down easy.

Overall: Could do with just a bit more caramel sweetness in the taste, but still a very enjoyable ESB.

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Photo of buzzarooski
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Beautiful Golden Carmel in Color, Pours Minimal White Foamy Head that Dissipates Quickly, Minimal and Spotty Lacing

SMELL: Very Subtle Hoppy Scent, Mild Lemon Aroma, Nearly Underwhelms you with Scent

TASTE: Smooth, Delicious, and Crisp, I did NOT find it Bitter at all. Loved the Malty/Lemon Flavor

FEEL: Medium Carbonation that works well with the taste, Slightly Dry after the Swallow

OVERALL: A Very Good Beer that I Enjoyed VERY much...I would Definitely Recommend this Beer to Friends

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First off, bought this as a novelty because I love me some Maiden! Kept the bottle around a while, so I was not sure if the taste would be totally fresh or not. What I will say is that all novelty factor aside, this beer rocks! It is extremely smooth. The right mix of carbonation, foam and lace mixed with a soft, aroma of hops. Very well pleased and totally surprised by how good this beer is! The taste is very crisp and clean and not bitter at all. This is definitely one of the better surprises I have tried in a long while. Hope to find more soon!

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Photo of Samp01
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber with a medium white head, moderate lacing. Aroma and Taste is grass with grain undertones, citrus and fruity notes upfront, yeast, bready and lightly toasted biscuit malt. A medium body, crisp with moderate carbonation. Finish same as taste with some mild hops bitterness on the end for balance. Not the best ESB but it slowly gets better as it warms up a bit. Overall still crisp and slightly refreshing, an ok brew.

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Iron Maiden Trooper from Robinsons Family Brewers
3.42 out of 5 based on 871 ratings.
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