BREWER: Robinsons, Greater Manchester
STYLE: Golden Ale
VESSEL: 500ml bottle
Can Trooper be classed as a novelty beer? I’m not sure. Is it genius or foolhardy? Again, I’m not sure. I mean, a band creating a beer smacks of novelty. But then again, I get it. It’s good business. More merch for the band to sell. But for it to be viable, it has to be good. I mean the beer, not the band, of course. (Just for clarity, Iron Maiden, creator of Trooper is not a band that I like, but I’ll put that aside for the sake of this review).
So let’s start at the beginning. Trooper is packaged up like you’d expect a beer from Iron Maiden to be. And if you like that sort of thing, that’s great. I don’t, but hey-ho (not a song by Iron Maiden). I do, however, like that each lid has a different album on it. For the purpose of the review, we are talking about special edition label here.
The nose is malty. It’s heavy and earthy, a little bit like Iron Maiden I suppose. But this vibe sits better with the beer than it does with the music!
The strange thing is, this heaviness doesn’t carry through into the drinking. Trooper is actually light and almost fizzes on the tongue. It’s not got much bitterness, but just about enough, and lacks a little in the flavour department with a hint of burnt caramel taking the lead here. But, yes I am going to say it, Trooper is a nice beer.
I get this beer. It does work. It’s definitely more genius than novelty and I can see many a fan enjoying this brew at a gig. And not just Iron Maiden ones for that matter.
In Trooper, Iron Maiden have crafted some very viable merch. I enjoyed it.
Sammy’s Rating: 79%
Well after years and years of avoiding this beer due to the bizarre packaging and concept I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this week’s offering. In fact, it went beyond that. I found myself thinking, saying out loud and writing… flippin’ decent drop this.
And it really is…
There is a superb deep flavour to this brew. This is backed up by subtle citrus knocking about as well as a soft almost creamy texture during the sip. There is also a very very good yet subtle lemon aftertaste to Trooper which kind of takes it beyond just a good beer.
Look, as mentioned, I’ve never really got this packaging let alone it being brewed with Iron Maiden’s influence. I know it all makes pure business sense so I do get it really but you almost lose your soul when you start pumping out what could be described as a gimmick beer.
However, should you see it, then grab it, pop it, then finish it.
I guarantee you will not be disappointed
Jymi’s Rating: 82%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 80.5%
MOB review next weekend: MOOIE NEL by JOPEN
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