Trooper Sun and Steel

United Kingdom
Robinsons Trooper Sun and Steel, Robinsons Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Sun and Steel is a hybrid beer because it's made with two yeasts. A lager yeast for the initial fermentation followed by a sake yeast for a second fermentation. The result? A delicate, subtle fruit flavor infused into a pilsner-style lager. Sun and Steel takes its name from the Iron Maiden song of the same name that appears on their 1983 Piece of Mind album, which was in turn inspired by the life of Japanese Samurai Miyamoto Musashi.

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ABV: 
4.8%
Hops: 
Hersbrucker, Saaz, Amarillo
Malts: 
Lager, Pale Ale
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Trooper Sun and Steel by Robinsons Brewery is a pilsner brewed with lager and sake yeast and is being evaluated as a German Pils (category 5D in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). German Pils are noted for their light color, high attenuation, clean lager fermentation, German hops and a dry, crisp finish. Sun and Steel is the sixth collaboration between Robinsons and Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden has produced 16 studio albums over 39 years and is known for touring across the world many time over in their custom “Eddie” themed Boeing jets dubbed “Ed Force One”. Sun and Steel is partially fermented with Japanese sake yeast.

Sun and Steel pours light straw in color, is crystal clear and sports a medium, fluffy white head. The aroma is moderate herbal and spicy hops with a light crackery malt backdrop; the aroma is very clean with no esters detectable. The flavor similarly showcases herbal and spicy hops along with a background of toasty malt. The body is clean and crisp and the beer finishes dry with a lingering herbal hops.

Sun and Steel is a solid German Pilsner across the board. Unfortunately, the character of the sake yeast fermentation does not stand out among the pilsner base. Regardless, this is a well-brewed beer that all lager lovers should thoroughly enjoy. Cheers and prost!

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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