Craft beer has exploded in popularity in the past few years, and of the myriad styles of beer, one in particular has become the standard-bearer of the American craft beer industry: the IPA. Modern American versions of the centuries-old English style are known for their potent hop aroma and bitter punch that keep hop heads across the nation clamoring for the most pungent examples. Few breweries can get away with not producing these fan-favorite brews, and L.A.'s local breweries are producing some excellent and unique examples.
Whether you're a full fledged hop junkie or just starting down the path to palate-ruining bitter brews here are a few suggestions for brewed-in-Los-Angeles examples to try:
Eagle Rock Brewery: One of the first breweries to open in Los Angeles during this new wave of craft beer, Eagle Rock and its Populist IPA is rich with grapefruit and pine notes. It's a great example of a typical West Coast IPA, and it is available from its taproom or in 22-ounce bottles at beer retailers across Southern California.
El Segundo Brewing Co: Not a fan of an IPA's bitter punch? White Dog IPA is a refreshing alternative to intensely bitter IPAs; the beer is brewed with half wheat and half barley, which provides a crisp lightness to the beer. There is still plenty of hop aroma and flavor, but the hop varieties used result in intense tropical fruit notes that add to the approachability of the beer.