“And as I lay there gazing at the sky, My body’s numb and my throat is dry. And as I lay forgotten and alone, Without a tear I draw my parting groan.”
No, this isn’t a description of someone who’s had a few too many - it’s the final verse of Iron Maiden’s The Trooper. The song was inspired by the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854, and Nomad’s The Trooper XPA is inspired by the song. It’s not the world’s first version of The Trooper - Robinson’s Brewery in England makes the original - but it’s one vocalist Bruce Dickinson developed with Nomad in the lead-up to Maiden’s Australian Legacy of the Beast tour, with the goal of making “a local variety of Trooper with a tropical DNA”. The tour may be postponed, but the beer went ahead.
Don’t expect a gallant but foolhardy assault on the senses. The aroma leading the charge is one of semi-sweet citrus, with supporting fire of grainy malt and sherbety fizz on the palate. A little bitterness on the finish waves the flag, and unlike the Light Brigade, once you’ve finished, you’ll be ready to go again. (Too soon?)
- Australian XPA