Review: Robinsons Brewery Trooper

I figured it had been a while since I sat down and reviewed a beer, so here I am.  This beer has received a fair amount of buzz on the internet given that it's a collaboration with the legendary Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden.  When it was recommended to me by a friend of the club (Thanks Isaac!) on our Facebook page, I decided to pick up a bottle and see what the hype was all about.

First of all, take a look at that bottle.  Kick-effing-ass.  Amazing Iron Maiden-inspired artwork.  I know a couple people who like to buy beer just based on the artwork.  Well lads, if you don't buy a bottle of this just for the bottle, you're nuts.  

The pour is a nice clear golden copper with a thin off-white head.

The aroma.  Oh, the aroma.  Sweet caramel malts with subtle floral and citrus hop notes with some earthy undertones.  The smell is just great. 

These aromas set a high expectation for the flavour to follow through on.  However, it delivers quite well.  The balance of caramel sweetness and hop bitterness is wicked.  There's a definite bread taste in there, almost akin to rye bread.  I also get a bit of fruit, orange and green apple, but very subtle next to the caramel malts.  The mouthfeel is a nice balance of smooth and creamy with medium carbonation and very little aftertaste.

Overall, this was a great ESB.  Superbly balanced and highly sessionable.  I would buy it again.  $4.60 for a 500mL is very reasonable for such a great beer.   If I had to rate it, I'd give it a 4.5/5.

So folks, this got me thinking.  After receiving a recommendation from a friend and deciding to write a review about the beer, I figured it'd be fun if I did it more often.  That means if you come across a beer that you think I should try, I'll look to pick it up and jot down my thoughts on it.  The more accessible the better, meaning if I can grab it at an LCBO I'll be more likely to write a review on it.  While I won't promise to write a review on every recommendation that comes my way, I'll do my best!  Drop me a line through either of our social media outlets which you can find at the top of the page, or leave me a comment here.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving! 

-James