Sorry to disappoint if you clicked here because you wanted to ‘raise a little hell,’ and have a ‘good time not a long time.’ This post is not about Trooper the band. No, this is about The Trooper! Eddie! Iron Maiden! Beer! Ah yes.
I had occasion to be in our local dispensary of all things alcoholic, and here was this fine bastard sitting right there, demanding that I buy him and take him home:
Yes, this is the Iron Maiden beer named Trooper, a “Premium British Beer Hand Crafted By Robinson’s Brewery.” And, at $5.05 per bottle, it’s a 1/2L of fucking awesome. To explain perfectly, here’s the label:
But that may not all be legible, so please allow me to reproduce the text (verbatim) from the label itself:
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 charged the massed Russian artillery. This gallant but foolhardy assault resulted in a massive loss of life and came about due to a misunderstanding of an order given by the commanding officer, Lord Raglan.
Trooper is a premium British beer inspired by Iron Maiden and hand crafted at Robinson’s brewery in Cheshire, UK. Being a real ale enthusiast, vocalist Bruce Dickinson has developed a beer which has true depth of character. Malt flavours and citric notes from a unique blend of Bobec, Goldings and Cascade hops domnate this deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon.
Now, I may be looking at this wrong, as an uninformed-about-history beer-drinking lout, but… naming a song and a beer after a screw up in receiving orders (and from a guy whose name means a seam in a shirt’s sleeve), which led to many deaths that some have interpreted as “gallant” and “courageous,” when surely a moment’s caution and, hell, even double-checking that the order was legit may have saved them all… well that’s all a bit silly, to me. There’s no bravery in unnecessary death, is there? Anyway, there’s a fancy poem about it that romanticizes everything now, so I guess that’s just the way it goes.
But that description is perfectly apt. There’s a definite citrus to this fine ale. My lovely wife detected a bit of something darker, like cherry, perhaps, and I noticed the nutty deliciousness of the hops. But we both gave summations that ended up, essentially, as “Damn, that’s a mighty, mighty fine, easy-drinking ale. I could drink A LOT of these.”
Seriously, folks. This is a Fucking Good Beer. Wow.
I give it two thumbs waaay up, and two metal horns waved high with a mighty WAHOO! \m/ \m/
And, for good measure, an (in my) cups-face for Sarca, too.
Iron Maiden’s Trooper beer. If you can find it in your shoppes, buy it. Drink it. Go back and buy more. Holy shit, that is one damn fine tasty beer!
UPDATE: In my haste to tell you about this yummy ale, I neglected to link to its web page. There’s even merch! GO HERE! (must be 18 to go there!)
*Even the bottle is gorgeous. I’ve rinsed it and am keeping it in my man cave as music memorabilia. My lovely wife will roll her eyes, but there you go.