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Beers of the Month: The 5 Best New LA Beers We Drank in February 2020

Thank goodness for a Leap Year! Not only did this February bring us an extra day to imbibe, the 29th brought some of the biggest beer drops of the entire month. Between the LA IPA Fest, Ambitious Ales’ one-year anniversary, and Brouwerij West’s 4th anniversary, we were blessed with plenty of events and new brews on the last day of the month.

The rest of February was no slouch, with Highland Park, Lucky Luke, El Segundo, and Los Angeles Ale Works all releasing solid new beers and some revisited fan faves. Here are the five that came out on top for the Hopped LA crew:


Ambitious Ales’ Ms. Lippy Imperial Pastry Stout

I’m a sucker for a good stout, but imperials take more to please me. They can often be top-heavy or as boozy as their barrel-aged counterparts. Ms. Lippy is none of those things. Brewed with coconut, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and espresso, the result is a smooth treat that could practically replace your Sunday morning coffee. The coconut provides a nice kick without being overwhelming, but at 10% ABV, you only need one of these pastry stouts to make your day.
– Emily Krauser, Hopped LA Content Team


Claremont Craft Ales’ Ridge Road West Coast IPA

The second beer to come out of Claremont’s Clear Series, this IPA is super clean. It’s a straight-up West Coast IPA with Nelson and Citra hops that comes in at a 6.2% ABV with 60 IBUs. Super solid!
– Sal Castrejon, Hopped LA Content Team


MadeWest x Highland Park’s Short-Lived IPA

This Ventura-LA collab pours a golden color and has plenty of mouthfeel straight from the turquoise can. Tropical notes of pineapple, banana, and orange hit you on the aroma immediately. A very smooth hazy, Short-Lived is packed with El Dorado and Citra hops that come through nicely on the backbone. This one is a winner!
– Conrad Ytuarte, Hopped LA Content Team


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Lucky Luke’s Luke’s Original American Blonde Ale

Fresh off a rebrand after its bronze medal win at GABF last year, Luke’s Original is the light beer brand from Lucky Luke Brewing Co in Palmdale that re-released on February 1st. Starting with the label design, this beer is all about nostalgia. Then, once you crack the can and give it a pour, the nose brings you back to your first American light beer experiences. It’s clean, crisp, and refreshing with great bready malt character, slight sulfuric undertones and barely any sweetness whatsoever. It’s a beer you reach for after a hard day’s work, a beer you crave when you need a break from hops and adjuncts, and a beer that’s now a new staple in my beer fridge.
– Gary Magnone, Hopped LA Founder


Common Space’s Random and Dangerous 3.0 DIPA

This is one is a bright and crisp West Coast DIPA. Incredibly refreshing with a dank and sticky backbone, the double dry hopping gives it a nice complexity that sticks with you, but still makes for a very easy drinking double. Amarillo, Simcoe, Centennial, and Bravo hops give it nice citrus and tropical notes, but this 3rd version or Common Space’s R&D is still hop-forward.
– Conrad Ytuarte, Hopped LA Content Team


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