Oh to have seasons in Los Angeles. Alas, we do not. It is tough to have to recommend lighter beers all the way through December practically but the thrill of a barrel aged beer is lost a bit when it is 80 degrees out. But here are a few maltier options that still fit the hotter weather.
Latitude 33 / The Pasha’s Rye Brown 6.0% ABV
“Roasted malts and rich, spicy rye offset with a unique hop character.”
Golden Road / Burning Bush IPA 8.0% ABV
“Burning Bush uses the smoked malt characterized by a traditional German style Rauchbier with the hops of an west coast IPA. This deep copper colored ale has a light smoky aroma that sits atop a generous floral and piney hopping.”
Ninkasi / Imperiale 9.1% ABV
This High Gravity Stout from Eugene, Oregon. (Sorry about Stanford) is flat out pretty in the glass. Tan head that a barista could work a design into. And the flavor is smooth. Milk chocolate with a slight roast but cream is the flavor that I get most.