From Stanley Park Brewery (Turning Point Brewery) in Delta comes their “Windstorm West Coast Pale Ale”. This is their new re-branded look. The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of bready and caramel malts, pine, tropical fruit and citrus. The flavour is of bread and caramel malts, tropical fruit, citrus, mild pine and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.4% with an IBU of 35. This beer is not going to blow the beer geek away but it is a tasty beer and would not hurt to have in your fridge to share with friends!
From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “West Coast Pale Ale”. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, melon, citrus and some pine. The flavour is of melon, citrus, caramel, some bread, earth, resin and some leafy bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 38. I quite enjoyed this beer. There is a lot of flavour going on in this bottle.
Commercial Description: A malty base topped with light, fruity hops from Australia give this small batch mainstay it’s West Coast personality; outgoing flavour that’s refreshingly laid back.
From Troubled Monk Brewery in Red Deer Alberta comes their “Pesky Pig Pale Ale”. The beer pours a golden to light copper with a white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, mild dankness, grassy, grain and a mild hint of citrus. The flavour is of grassy hops, earth, resin, citrus, grapefruit rind, grain and a fairly good hops bitterness kick at the end. This is a West coast pale ale through and through. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This beer boarders on some of the IPA’s on the market. It’s good stuff!
Commercial Description: Pesky PIg Pale Ale is named after Francis the Pig who stole the hearts of carnivores and vegetarians alike in the summer of 1990. This 220 pound porker evaded his fate by jumping a wall, navigating the slaughterhouse and escaping into Red Deer’s parkland. It was 5 months before this feral fugitive was finally captured. Raise a glass to the little piggy that never went to market. Rejoice that he left these pastures on his own terms; proving you can’t tame a free spirit.
From North Vancouver’s Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers comes their “Loud Mouth Pale Ale”. The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of caramel, fruit and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, apple, citrus, resin, earth, hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 56. If you are looking for a nice refreshing West Coast Pale Ale then this might just be a good choice.
Commercial Description: It can be argued that nothing is quite as satisfying as a well balanced Pale Ale. With its rounded, toffee and caramel malts combined with satisfyingly bold and juicy hops, this pale ale achieves the perfect blend of classic English and progressive West Coast styles. Using only the best Pacific North West Hops and roasted malts to hit 56 IBU’s, this is a Loud Mouth tribute to balance and complexity. CHEERS!
Food pairing as per Brewery: Spicy or rich foods, such as fish tacos, beef wellington/beef stew and blackened chicken, crab cakes, strong cheeses.
From Stanley Park Brewery (Turning Point Brewery) in Delta BC comes their “Windstorm West Coast Pale Ale” a limited release. Partial proceeds from this beer go towards the Stanley Park Ecology Society. The beer pours an amber colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruits, pineapple, melons basically an overall fruity flavour with some sweet malts and floral hops. The flavour is of big tropical notes, pineapple, melons, pine, hops bitterness and malts. The alcohol content comes in at 5.7% with an IBU of 35. It was a nice surprise to find just how much flavour this beer had. I enjoyed it and could see purchasing more in the near future.
Commercial Description: In December 2006, a fierce 120 km/hr windstorm tore a path through Stanley Park, leveling over 10,000 trees in our treasured coastal forest. Though devastating, an empowering story of resiliency and community emerged in its wake. Together we re-built, and individually we strengthened our connection to the Park while ensuring a legacy of ‘nature in the city’ for future generations. With the Limited Release ‘Windstorm’, we affirm our commitment to the enduring legacy of Stanley Park.
Food pairing as per brewery: Grilled Steak, Citrus Salad, Thai Curry, and Roasted Vegetables