Salute Brewery is a North Eastern brewery which offers job opportunities to ex-servicemen with a passion for beer. I love their statement that they make beer brewed with military precision and the poppy logo on the label is absolutely spot on. As a fan of ruby beers, I really wanted to try their Dragmaster ruby bitter but, when it wasn't available, I picked up Gold Rover at the North Shields Christmas Market 2016.
Gold Rover is a beautiful deep golden colour with a thin loose head that disappears very quickly. I could smell fruit, hops, malt and some delicious sweet golden honeycomb so I couldn't wait to have a sip. My first taste impression is one of sweet toffee and caramel but with a hint of sourness. It's definitely not too sweet; like Goldilocks, it's just right. Despite the appearance in the picture, it's more smooth than fizzy once the initial burst of bubbles dies down. It does feel rather thin and watery in the mouth, though.
It's a shame the head disappeared so quickly as it's definitely a decent ale. Perfectly balanced to be slightly more sweet than bitter, I'd really recommend you give this a try.
Say cheers with beers to those guys and gals who selflessly served our country by supporting Salute Brewery. Ale Be Seeing it Again!
Brewed by Salute Brewery, North Shields