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.

THE BEER:

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.

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Windstorm West Coast Pale Ale, served on tap

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!

Rating: 3.5/5