Stanley Park Windstorm Pale Ale

stanley_windstormBrewer: Stanley Park Brewing, Vancouver BC
Style: Pale Ale
ABV: 5.7%
IBUs: 35

Description: As part of their year-round lineup, this pale ale is named in honor of the windstorm that struck Stanley Park in December 2006, leveling over 10,000 trees in its wake. Brewed in the traditional West Coast fashion, some of the proceeds from sales of this beer go towards the Stanley Park Ecology Society.

Tasting Notes: This brew was a nice example of a West Coast pale, from a brewery that otherwise specializes in Belgian-style beers. A crisp malt base combines with a good dose of Cascade and possibly Chinook and/or Legacy hops to create a pungent grapefruit aroma and flavor.

Appearance: Light amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Mild malts, notes of grassy and citrus hops, grapefruit and orange
Taste: Crisp malt, tang, hint of resin, notes of grapefruit, citrus rind
Aftertaste: Lingering citrus bitterness, tangy malts
Overall: 8.5/10