The competition was predictably fierce at the third Los Angeles IPA Festival held at Mohawk Bend over the weekend, and the reigning champions were unseated by a local brewery further cementing its place as a darling of the craft beer scene in Los Angeles.
Highland Park Brewery’s Bonkers IPA was awarded the first place prize by a panel of judges who smelled, sipped, and argued their way through the sixty-plus entries in this year’s competition. The third place IPA, Lupulin River, came from Auburn, California’s Knee Deep Brewing. Noble Ale Works, who’d captured the top prize at the first L.A. IPA Festival in 2013 with their Tongue Tickles IPA, and then achieved the unthinkable by repeating the victory during the second competition with I Love It! IPA, earned the second place award on Saturday with That’s Umpossible.
UPDATE 3/15/16: I’ve added some information about the final round and how the beers scored after the jump.