Son onto the beer stats and things. Trooper weighs in at a reasonable 4.7% ABV, so not the strongest beer I've tried on here, but far from the weakest beer I've ever tasted. It gets a healthy beer advocate score of 77.
To get myself in the right state of mind for this one, naturally I grabbed my Piece of Mind record, skipped to track 5 and blasted a bit of good old "The Trooper" while I drank my Trooper ale.
Opening her up, I got the malty, fruity scents, light sweetness and that's about all. There's not a lot to excite your nose with this one.
It poured a brown/coppery colour and had a very thin head which very quickly disappeared, very light lacing.
As for the taste, well... there's a light maltiness to the flavour and the slight sweetness of the fruits I mentioned in the smell, but apart from that I didn't get a lot more flavour from it unfortunately. The mouth feel was that of light carbonation almost flat tasting, but not quite. There's not a lot of depth to the flavour or feel of this one, quite thin tasting.
I have to say, I'm actually disappointed in this one, which is a real shame. I was hoping for something in here to stand out at least a little, but here we have a very thin tasting, average beer. I wouldn't necessarily call it bad, but I don't think I'd clamour for another glass of this with the amount of choice in beer there is out there. I could drink this again, though I probably wouldn't choose to.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to listen to some Iron Maiden to remind myself why I like them so much, because apart from the great label the bottle has, this beer does nothing for their reputation.
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