Just got my Iron Maiden Trooper Ale, & being an Maiden fan who wouldn’t? It’s nice to celebrate one of my favourite bands with a nice cold beer, especially if it’s created by the band itself! So Ace’s high everyone!
I got mine from the superstore Asda, after finding it in the music cd section, it left me curious to find more, so I went off seeking down the alcohol aisle & was thankful to discover many more on sale. I bought two. One to drink, one to keep.
Message on a bottle
Contained inside the presentation box is the Bottle and a Pint glass of which to drink it. On the back of the box is a little on the history behind The Charge of The Light Brigade. This battle is what inspired the Iron Maiden song The Trooper. So for history buffs out there and for those who want to know more, it’s a war that took place at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854.
During the Crimean war the British commanding officer Lord Raglan was responsible for massive loss of life. He ordered 600 courageous soldiers to gallop headway on horse back to charge against a volley of heavy artillery at the now infamous Valley Of Death.
The Number of the Yeast!
The beer itself is created by Iron Maiden & brewed by Robinsons brewery, a family run business for over 175 years, known for their specialist keg ales and bottled beers.
Made in Cheshire, England, also famous for it’s cheese and Cat, the beer has been overseen by ale and aviation enthusiast Bruce Dickinson to deliver a beer which is a deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon. It’s 500ml bottle holds beer with alcohol volume of 4.7%.
However, now at the request of fans the ABV has been upped to 6.6 to give it even more malty flavour and Iron Maiden authenticity.
So to celebrate Trooper Beer going beyond 10 million pints being supped, Robinsons are releasing the ale to a higher ABV this autumn from October 1st. Go here to Robinsons website to read more. The post says it will be available to many countries around the world.
Amazingly, this has not because of the song The Number of the Beast, but because after detailed research, one historian has found that in fact, 666 soldiers charged in the Battle of the light brigade! How devilish is that? To read more on Trooper beer go to Robinsons main website.
Reading the bottle it tells me that the beer is made from a blend of Bobek, Goldings and Cascade hops. These ingredients personally hand selected by Bruce. This may mean more to someone who knows about the brewing process than it does me, but it tastes very malty and rich. I had a sneaky taste before it expires next year and I can say it’s a great ale that shouldn’t disappoint hardened ale drinkers or maiden fans. Of course I would say that, wouldn’t I?
Inside the Box
- Presentation capsule with brief history describing The Charge of The Light Brigade. Awesome if you love to learn about history.
- 500ml Bottle containing premium British beer at 4.7% Alcoholic Volume. Now this autumn you can get it at 6.6%
- A branded Trooper pint glass. Way to go! A vessel with Iron Maiden’s font emblazoned on your glass.
Where to find it?
I found mine while out shopping at Asda. But after scouring the ‘net I’ve since found that most major supermarkets stock the ale, such as Asda, Tesco, Morrison’s & Sainsbury’s – if you visit their sites you can check availability in your area.
Also please share with me if you have tasted Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer and tell me what you think.
Cheers, Enjoy & drink responsibly.