Iron Maiden TROOPER

United Kingdom
Iron Maiden TROOPER by Robinsons Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
86
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
Description 

Taking its name from the Maiden song inspired by Tennyson’s Charge of the Brigade, Trooper is a premium British beer created by Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden and handcrafted at Robinsons Brewery. Being a real ale enthusiast, lead 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.

Profile

ABV: 
4.8%
Hops: 
Bobec, Goldings and Cascade
Judges Review 
Joseph Formanek's picture
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Trooper by Robinson’s Family Brewers in the UK is a somewhat non-descript rendition of the Extra Special Bitter (ESB) style.  While there is not much that makes it stand out from its competition, this offering is quite clean and approachable, which is fortunately a critical aspect for a beer of this style. This is being evaluated as a Category 11C Strong Bitter as per the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines.

Evidence of a fresh woody and citrus hop character show up in the aroma, with a background of base and caramel malt along with woody and light floral ester fermentation notes.  The color is golden amber, with fantastic clarity and a solid lacy small bubble white head that lingers quite impressively.

The flavor features a moderate bitterness level on top of a somewhat subtle toasty malt backbone.  The typical woody British fermentation character is quite evident with a touch of astringency and a light minerally note.  The overall flavor does decrease as the drink progresses, becoming rather weak and almost lager-like in the finish and aftertaste.  The body is low-medium, and the carbonation is at a moderate level. –about right for a canned version of this style.

Trooper is a well-made relatively clean and refreshing offering without any real flaws, but also without any special character that truly makes it stand out.  That said, it is quite quaffable and thirst quenching.  Cheers and enjoy! 

Brewery Introduction

After twelve successful years as the landlord of Unicorn, Lower Hillgate, Stockport, William Robinson purchased the inn from Samuel Hole on 29th September 1838. By 1849 William had remarried after the early death of his wife Juliet and moved to Heaton Norris, leaving George, his oldest son to... Read More

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