Being English and into rock and metal music, you can’t really escape Iron Maiden. They are titans of the metal world, laying claim to the “biggest band in the world” moniker multiple times, though I think Metallica might have something to say on that matter! When they began cooperating with Robinsons brewery, a lot of people were expecting beer similar to a lot of the rock beers that have come out over the past 10 years: badly made, watery lagers. When The Trooper was first released I remember how impressed drinkers were by it, and Robinsons have built a solid reputation around the brand that co exists with their well established brands such as Old Tom. This is the sixth beer in the Iron Maiden range and their first lager. Made using saké yeast, hence the “Sun and Steel” connection, this was an interesting entry into their portfolio of beers.
This was clear and medium gold in colour, with some nice carbonation flowing evident around the edges of the glass. There was a lot of citrus in the aroma, with a definite lemon and lime edge to it. That followed through into the taste, where a lemon hit mixed nicely with the sweet golden malt, backed with a strong honey character. The body was average but quite sticky for a lager. The aftertaste died rather quickly, but was quite refreshing and not particularly drying.
If you like lagers like Corona, I think this would appeal to your palate. I thought it was fresh and very easy to drink. I’m sure some fans would rather stick to The Trooper but I thought this was pleasant and could easily sit and enjoy a few of these with friends while listening to some vintage Maiden. Eddie would be proud!