Posts tagged: IPA
November 11th 2012
Mount Morrison - Jefferson County, CO - 7,884 ft (2,403 m)
Dad & Dude’s Dank IPA - IPA - 7% ABV
Been looking for a training spot near town. We can’t always take a whole day to go run around on our adventures. And at the same time I don’t want to go on a ‘hike’ that has a lot of flat ground.
Enter Mount Morrison. This peak is just behind Red Rocks and we can get there in under 30 minutes from our house. It’s a short hike - but with steady elevation gain throughout. And just a little bit of scrambling at the top. It really is the perfect mini hike. I have a feeling we will be doing this a lot this winter.
Dad & Dude’s is a little breweria in Aurora, CO. This is currently their only canned offering so we figured we would give it a go. It was a perfectly fine IPA - but with so many on the market it really didn’t stand out.
September 9th 2012
Square Top Mountain - Clear Creek County, CO - 13,794 ft (4,204 m)
Argentine Peak - Clear Creek and Summit Counties, CO - 13,743 ft (4,189 m)
Mount Wilcox - Clear Creek County, CO - 13,408 ft (4,087 m)
Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy - IPA - 6.2% ABV
Another weekend that I had to go hiking without the wife. Oh well - that means I can pick more off trail stuff and not worry about getting lost or stuck. *NOTE: This is foreshadowing*
I thought I would try to make a nice ridge loop and hit these three peaks. Starting off dark and early I was surprised when I got to the spot in the trail that I thought I was supposed to cut up the ridge and it was still pitch black out. My head lamp showed the way… for the next 100 feet or so. Everytime I thought I was getting to the top of the ridge, it just kept going. After a little bit of bush whacking around willows I made the ridge.
Well up the way to Square Top I was able to sit and watch the sun rise over Evans and Bierstadt. One of the better sunrises I have got to see in my life. Afterwards I continued up to the first summit, Square Top. It was, and you might imagine, very flat. Still early morning I didn’t stop too long because it was a little chilly still.
Over the pass to Argentine Peak. This was interested because at one point you pass by active power lines. It’s hard to imagine how they were able to build such a large structure up so high. Anyway, I stopped here at this peak for a quick beer and headed to Wilcox.
Another short pass and stop later I was on my way down Wilcox. Now - I knew the big lake in the middle was private property and I did not want to trespass. And I knew there would be about a half to full mile of making my way through some trees. No big deal.
WRONG! Turns out that there was a storm at some point recently in that area that blew over TONS of the trees. Everywhere you turned any kind of path was blocked. I tried SO many different ways to get through. At one point I just even gave up and was walking down a stream. Like, IN the stream. I knew I was close and didn’t care about wet feet at that point. But even that lead to more trees.
Finally I had to say screw it and just climb over/under all sorts of nasty trees. Ripped my clothes and skin up pretty good. And my poor dog got stuck a few times and I had to throw her over my shoulder to help out. I only had to do this for maybe 150 feet, but easily too 15 minutes or so. Awful.
But, in the end, I made it back to the car, didn’t see a soul on the hike, got three peaks in, and was happy.
The beer: Hoppy Boy. I have never been big on Twisted Pine, and remembered not enjoying Hoppy Boy too much. But, it being in a tall boy and all I thought I would give it another shot. I remembered correctly. It’s just an average to just below average IPA. And living in Colorado with SO many amazing breweries, an average beer in a over used style just isn’t going to cut it. But hey, it still hit the spot up there! I just wouldn’t buy it again to drink in town.
June 10th 2012
Tanglewood Trail - Park County, CO - 11,962 ft (3,646 m)
Sierra Nevada Torpedo - IPA - 7.2% ABV
Well, working a 9-5 again sure has gotten in the way of awesome beer-adventures. But wait! What’s that? A wild friend appears!
A couple of friends of ours wanted to go on a hike with us. Knowing this trail well we decided to go back. It really is one of the best when you take into account crowds, proximity to home (Denver), difficulty, and beauty. There is never a real ‘summit’ shot on this trail, but getting over the pass is pretty amazing after that final half mile (see 2nd photo).
The beer: a classic. Is Sierra Nevada a huge brewery at this point? Yup. Are their beers available nation wide in large quantities? Yup. Does that mean some how that they are worse that limit releases or regional brews? Nope. Their brews are always classics, and it was nice to see this one in a new tallboy format. Our plan was to do mostly tallboys this summer and you can’t really over look this one.
October 4th 2011
Hanakapi’ai Falls - Na Pali Coast, Kauai, HI - 760 ft (232 m)
Maui Brewing Big Swell IPA - IPA - 6.8% ABV
We were out in Kauai for a wedding and figured it would be amazing to hike to one of their picturesque waterfalls. And that was exactly what happened. This was a huge fall, and we were able to swim under it and sit on a ledge behind it. We were there early enough too that we didn’t have to share it with anyone for most of the time. It was pretty much spectacu-mazing.
August 29th 2011
Chicago Lakes - Clear Creek County, CO - 11,788 ft (3,593 m)
Breckenridge Brewery Lucky U - IPA - 6.2% ABV
As you may have noticed, there is always someone with me to take my picture. That person is my lovely wife, and for the first time we went with someone else. So, she was able to jump in this picture with me (she always has a beer too).
August 9th 2011
Mount Falcon Park - Jefferson County, CO - 7,686 ft (2,343 m)
Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi - IPA - 6.8% ABV
This was just a quick early morning hike before the wife had to go into work. In the background of the picture is downtown Denver, but it didn’t show up too well. Oh well, still a good reason to drink a beer at 8 in the morning.