The Trooper Hits the Shelves in Seattle

“Hello Seattle! Would you please welcome from England…”

At last, all of you metal heads can get your hands on TROOPER, the Iron Maiden beer from England. I just learned that the beer has hit the shelves in Seattle. I know for certain that The Beer Junction (blog sponsor) has it in stock. You’ll have to check with other retailers. You can rest assured that as I tip back a pint of it I will be throwin’ some goat (illustrated below).

The beer is the brainchild of Iron Maiden’s lead singer, Bruce Dickinson, who is best described as rock-n-roll’s version of a Renaissance man. In addition to being the lead singer for one of heavy metal’s most revered bands, he is a commercial airline pilot certified to fly Boeing 757s. He used to fly, as a Captain, for Astraeus Airlines. He is also an author with at least a couple of novels to his credit. Beyond that, Bruce is an avid fencer who at one time competed internationally and founded Duelist, a fencing equipment company. Along with all that, he is a real ale enthusiasts and card-carrying member of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).

Not long ago Dickinson had the idea of making a beer and using Iron Maiden’s name. His motives were not simply financial, he wanted to get people talking about English beer. People like me, for instance.  TROOPER is brewed by the UK’s Robinsons brewery. The beer takes it’s name from one of Iron Maiden’s more popular songs.

TROOPER is described as a premium British beer with a true depth of character. According to the website, “Malt flavours and citric notes from a unique blend of Bobec, Goldings and Cascade hops dominate this deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon.”

Tried the beer? Leave a comment here and tell us what you think. I’ll do the same.

Nobody, and I do mean nobody, could throw goat quite like Ronnie James Dio. Heck, he may have invented it.


  1. I rather liked this beer. An interesting malt profile balanced by significant hop character. The hops have kind of a sweet citrus thing going on that is not horribly bitter, but lingers on the palate. I get significant hints of lemon. In all, a great English ale. The Brits do such a great job of packing so much flavor into beers that are below 5%.

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