Most of us may know that British heavy metal band Iron Maiden is considered one of the most successful music groups in history, selling over 85 million records across a discography of over thirty seven albums, but what we may not know is that vocalist Bruce Dickinson loves his English ales so much so he actually made one.
In fact, Iron Maiden Trooper – concocted by Dickinson in collaboration with Stockport, England-based Robinsons Brewery – is a golden ale that’s even named after the Iron Maiden song that’s inspired by the famous Charge of the Light Brigade.
Iron Maiden Trooper is a golden ale that’s named after Iron Maiden’s ninth single (released on June 20, 1983) and the second from their 1983 album Piece of Mind. The song is about the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 during the Crimean War, and is at least partially based upon Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade”.
“I’m a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer,” Dickinson had said. “I have to say that I was very nervous: Robinsons are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years. Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavour and texture that is Trooper. I love it.”
But why does this even matter to us? Well, it just so happens that the beer is on its way to Singapore – beer and wine importer East of Avalon Wines has confirmed that it’s bringing the beer to our shores, with the first shipment arriving next week. This means that by mid-November you’re likely to find the Iron Maiden Trooper in reputable bars and beer retailers around the island, so you’ll be getting your hands and tastebuds around the traditional English style golden ale that features malty and citric notes from a unique blend of Bobec, Goldings and Cascade hops with a subtle hint of lemon.
Iron Maiden Trooper
Maker: Robinsons Brewery
Style: English Pale Ale/English Bitter
Volume: 330ml, 500ml