So yea…what’s that mamma use to always say? “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” That’s kinda how my spring touring season went. However, mom failed to mention that sometimes when you try, you’ll run into 60 mile-an-hour winds, freezing rain, and some of the crumbiest conditions I’ve experienced in Colorado. Not exactly something you’d expect during late May and early June touring missions.
I spent a good part of a week in early June trying to summit a pretty average line in the Indian Peaks, my local range. My first two missions to Mt. Toll started early with 3:30 a.m. alarms and ended in wind hell and whiteout misery. On my third attempt, conditions lined up and I finally summited, almost out of spite,
I learned a valuable lesson during my two crappy days in the Indian Peaks. There’s no bad experience when good beer is involved. On both my failed attempts, I shelped along a bomber of Upslope Brewing Company’s latest canned concoction: Imperial India Pale Ale. At around 10 percent alcohol, this 20-ounce monster can improve just about any situation. You know what they say: “Turn that frown into a two-beer buzz.” Well two cans of Upslope’s Imperial and you’ve skipped right by the two-beer buzz and will likely be teetering on the precipice of the two-beer blackout. But one full bomber, it’ll set you just about perfect to take on the world. It’s glorious.
If you’re a big beer kind of person, you’ll love the hop-forward experience of Imperial India Pale Ale. It’s floral, piney, and resiny in both smell and flavor. You can practically chew on the bitterness and hop flavors of this brew. Yet, it’s pretty sweet, so it goes down smooth and surprisingly easy for a 10-percent beer.
I’m willing to bet the positive vibrations I got from drinking Imperial India Pale Ale inspired me to make a third attempt at Mt. Toll. And I’m glad I did. The corn snow was well ripened. While laying down fast arcs on the face, all became right with the world.