Trooper comes in a dark bottle that weighs in at about one pint, and for what you might pay (locally a single bottle ran me nine dollars US) you get a surprisingly rich product. The brew was designed by Bruce Dickinson himself, while the fine craftsmen at Robinson’s Brewery helped to make it a reality. The moment you open the bottle you are greeted with a sweet citrus aroma that clearly is in the mix, but doesn’t quite exist in the taste. Instead you get a rich tasting beverage that blends together a strong malted flavor with plenty of hops (noted on the back as Bobec, Goldings and Cascade) that may need to grow on you, especially if you’re not the biggest fan of beer in general.
Trooper also has a description on the back as to what it and the song represent. It’s an interesting bit of history you may not have known just by listening to Iron Maiden‘s albums. While a back story to your beer doesn’t really enhance the overall flavor, it does make you respect the beverage, as well s the Eddie that appears on the artwork a little more.
The first sip of Trooper actually assaulted my taste buds with a truly vile after taste, but once you give it more time and become accustomed to the distinct flavor, you won’t be able to put it down as easily as when you start. But with about half a pint to go, I found myself struggling to finish. Not because it was bad, as after a little while I got accustomed to the signature blend, but because of how full it tastes. This is one of the biggest perks about it. Unless you’re a die-hard alcoholic or just love the taste a premium beer, you’ll more than likely feel satisfied before you actually finish it. But with an alcohol content of just 4.7% (by volume), unless you have a very low alcohol tolerance, you won’t really feel a buzz from just one.
As someone who is actually far from a huge beer drinker (I much prefer the hard liquors), Trooper is a surprisingly delectable premium beer. Rich, robust flavor and what tastes like high quality ingredients show the dedication of all parties involved with its creation have for the product. But, while a tasty treat, given what one might pay for a bottle (at least here in North America or other territories that have to import it), this is one you may not find yourself buying too often. Trooper isn’t exactly a life changing experience for what you’ll shell out, but what you do get is worth picking up once in a while if you have the funds to spare, and a nice collectors piece afterwards to brag about.
|Initial Pressing Score: 8/10