Stanley Park’s Windstorm West Coast Pale Ale is a tropical beer inspired by the 2006 Hanukkah Eve windstorm, which toppled roughly 1000 trees in Stanley Park.
Stanley Park Brewing’s growing list of beers are all distinct and of expected quality. Personally, however, few have ever really stuck out aside from their Icebreaker winter ale.
I really didn’t expect to review two “fruit-beers” back-to-back. The name “Windstorm” isn’t much to go off, but this Stanley Park creation boasts tropical flavours; particularly those of mango, pineapple, citrus and pine.
Putting aside the taste-test for a moment, one of my favourite things about this Pale Ale is how a portion of proceeds from every sale benefit the Stanley Park Ecology Society.
The Windstorm has a lot more complexity than most of the brewery’s beverages. The colour is somewhere between a gold and a copper, the smell is of citrus and pine — but the taste brings out something unexpected. Only once you start drinking the beer do all those tropical flavours come out. There’s a hint of hops, enough to spice up the beer but not enough to satisfy IPA-lovers.
Windstorm West Coast Pale Ale offers an interesting flavour with every sip. The tropical notes are clear, but not overbearing. It’s nothing to rave about, but a safe and pleasant selection. Maybe pair it with a nice medium-rare steak!