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Iron Maiden Trooper Premium British Beer
After the disappointment caused by Motorhead's Bastards Lager I was not sure if the Iron Maiden's Real Ale would meet with my expectations, which are not particularly high to be honest! The label and the decent bottle instantly draw my attention, promising proper quality and thank god the ale itself is good enough to get back to on any occasion.
Iron Maiden are not a newcomer on the heavy metal branded booze market, they are already selling their own wine through their webshop, currently the fifth vintage of Eddie's Evil Brew, which is a Merlot delivered in a wooden box. So, they must be considered the pioneers of the rock wine industry.
The recently introduced Trooper Ale catches you with a kick-ass label, making sure you'll take home at least one bottle. Apparently Bruce Dickinson himself developed this beer teamed up with the Robinson's Brewery from Stockport. No doubt that this small family-owned brewery made a good catch with the Iron Maiden considering their massive fanbase.
You might think this beer would have been an aggressive imperial stout or something more extreme for a bottle featuring Iron Maiden's iconic monster Eddie, but at this point you'll fail. Trooper is labeled as a premium British beer with a 4.7% ABV.
The Trooper Ale has light amber colour with a small off-white head. It gives off the classic English ale aroma. Grassy hops on the nose, sweet malty flavour with caramel, biscuit and orange peel, lemon zest and a bit of spicy bitterness. A long lasting dry taste in the mouth. The taste is balanced well; partly sweet and partly bitter, but not too much of either.
Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a moderate carbonation on a medium body. There is an earthy note in the background. The finish is much like the taste, balanced well between caramel malts and a light bittering of hops. A well balanced beer and a bit lighter than expected from an ESB. True to the classic English Bitter.
Overall the Trooper is a very good bitter, I would definitely go for more and keep it among my favourites! Easy to drink and enjoyable - for a Metalhead having this beer is a must!
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