Live from Mexico, Loons On Vacation, we take a look at Iron Maiden’s ‘Trooper’ beer after we found it at a Chedraui (more or less Mexican Walmart). The store despite being a chain, had a pretty impressive supply of different beers. However, in Mexico for the liquors like mezcal and tequila you may be better of going to specialty stores. But for your average beer fare, it is not a bad place to pick up ‘party supplies’. Mexico loves beer and because they are a latin country, for some reason, it is in their DNA to also love Iron Maiden. So it was a pleasant, but not a total surprise to come across Robinson’s Trooper Premium British Beer. It is no longer available in Canada through the LCBO, so we thought that despite being on vacation, we should put in “work” and review it.
Iron Maiden are arguably one of the greatest, most enduring Heavy Metal acts of all time, from the NWOBHM scene to the world stage. The charismatic frontman Bruce Dickinson has a reputation of being this Renaissance man, jack-of-all-trades, take no “Prisoners” type and Iron Maiden itself, armed with loveable mascot Eddie, never shy away from merchandise. Not in a gross way like some other acts but mostly in a fun way. So it only makes sense, being good British blokes, that Iron Maiden should have a beer, but how does it taste?
Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer Review
Dougie (3/5: Aggressive, Caramel, Creamy, Hoppy, Skunky)
It is “charged” with flavour as the bottle states. I get apple taste which is kind of weird. I don’t know if that is psychosomatic of its characteristic colour. Also, mine had a little bit of sediment in the bottom, which reminds me of apple cider or something. Not a bad beer though.
Fumino (2.5/5: Aggressive, Buttery, Caramel, Coffee, Creamy)
I think it is more red than amber or somewhere in between. Grows on you as you are drinking it.
Darcy (3/5: Coffee, Creamy, Hoppy, Wheat)
A man of little words, had no comments.
“Forward onward rode the 600….
The charge of the light brigade which inspired the Iron Maiden song, The Trooper took place at the Battle of Balaclava (1854) during the Crimean war when 600 British cavalry courageously charge the mass Russian artillery. This gallant but foolhardy assualt given by the commanding officer Lord Ragland.
Launched in 2013 trooper is an award-winning Premium British Beer that has sold over 15,000,000 pints worldwide. Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson worked with Robinsons to develop a beer which has true depth of character. Malt flavours and citric notes from a unique blend of Bobek, Goldings and Cascade hops dominate this deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon.” -from label
Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer Summary
Summarizing, we thought that Robinson’s Iron Maiden ‘Trooper’ Premium British Beer was a pretty good on its own and not a gimmick. It was quite refreshing contrast to the beers we had been drinking in Mexico at the time, which were all very light beers (e.g. Dos Equis, Superior, Corona, Modelo Especial, etc). It was like we were sitting there thirsty in the Mexican heat and along came a flavourful “invader” running up the scorching beach. Not a beer that sits on the side lines, much like Iron Maiden music you get it or you don’t. That being said, I would rather listen to Iron Maiden all night than drink this all night, one or two to peak the palette, as it is a distinguished taste.
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