"Iron Maiden" Beer Running To The Hills

(We couldn’t cover an Iron Maiden beer without referencing one of their tracks, could we?)

One of the most successful heavy metal bands, Iron Maiden has done it all. Won awards, had a video game, chartered a special plane (the “Ed Force One”, named after their skeletal mascot “Eddie the Head”), and generally have stayed rocking for nearly 40 years. One thing they’ve not done?

Brewed their own beer.

Trooper is a premium British beer inspired by Iron Maiden and handcrafted at Robinsons brewery. 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 dominate this deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon.

Robinsons will be brewing the beer, named “Trooper,” which will be released in early May and consist of 4.75% alcohol by volume. Despite protestations that this is not a “novelty” beer, and is intended as a serious product, it comes in a wave of other humorous-but-well-meaning beers finding inspiration elsewhere, including Dayman (inspired by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Iron Throne Blonde Ale (riffing off of Game of Thrones), and F.U. Sandy (in a charity effort following the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy.

How would we best suggested drinking the Trooper? Pour a pint and crank up any of their record-breaking albums.