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The 7 Best India Pale Lagers of 2022

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A bit of a perplexing style, India pale lager (IPL) starts with the distinct features of an American IPA, mainly a copious amount of Pacific Northwest hops. But here is where IPLs deviate: Instead of using a top-fermenting ale yeast, this style leverages a bottom-fermenting lager yeast. 

The result is a beer that's crisper and cleaner than traditional American IPAs. 

But that's not the only difference. 

The Differences Between IPAs and IPLs

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Photography courtesy of Zuyd Craft

First and foremost, as we mentioned, the biggest difference between these two styles is the type of yeast. 

Considered ales, IPAs use a top-fermenting ale yeast. IPLs, on the other hand, are lagers, getting a dose of bottom-fermenting yeast that makes these beers lighter in body. 

The other considerable difference is bitterness. Whereas with a traditional American IPA you might find a bitterness anywhere from 40-60+ International Bittering Units (IBUs), with IPLs you'll find a tamer hopping, landing at 20-40 IBUs. 

All in all, despite outlining the main differences here, this style has caused some confusion and controversy. For that reason, you won't find any official guidelines listed by organizations like the Beer Judge Certification Program (BCJP). 

But that doesn't mean brewers aren't trying their hand at IPLs

Untappd's 7 Highest-Rated India Pale Lagers of 2022

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Photography courtesy of @revbrewchicago | Revolution Brewing Company 

1. Maintains (and Shapes) - Revolution Brewing Company

Maintains (and Shapes) label

Maintains (and Shapes)

Revolution Brewing Company

Collaboration with Hop Butcher For The World

Lager - IPL (India Pale Lager)

Total (?) 2,477

Unique (?) 2,168

5.5% ABV

35 IBU

(3.88)

1,942 Ratings

2. Hoponious Union - Jack's Abby Craft Lagers

Hoponius Union label

Hoponius Union

Jack's Abby Craft Lagers

Lager - IPL (India Pale Lager)

Total (?) 125,688

Unique (?) 75,599

6.5% ABV

65 IBU

(3.8)

68,051 Ratings

3. Pride and Parquet - Jack's Abby Craft Lagers

Pride And Parquet label

Pride And Parquet

Jack's Abby Craft Lagers

Lager - IPL (India Pale Lager)

Total (?) 4,840

Unique (?) 4,192

5.7% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.71)

3,755 Ratings

4. PROTOTYP - Kehrwieder Kreativbrauerei

PROTOTYP label

PROTOTYP

Kehrwieder Kreativbrauerei

Lager - IPL (India Pale Lager)

Total (?) 14,083

Unique (?) 12,106

5.9% ABV

25 IBU

(3.65)

11,432 Ratings

5. Mosa 6 - India Pale Lager - Zuyd Craft

Mosa 6 - India Pale Lager label

Mosa 6 - India Pale Lager

Zuyd Craft

Lager - IPL (India Pale Lager)

Total (?) 4,415

Unique (?) 4,261

6% ABV

17 IBU

(3.57)

4,058 Ratings

6 Baltazar - Pivovara Medvedgrad

Baltazar label

Baltazar

Pivovara Medvedgrad

Lager - IPL (India Pale Lager)

Total (?) 10,745

Unique (?) 9,255

5% ABV

45 IBU

(3.61)

8,642 Ratings

7. Avatar - Oedipus Brewing

Avatar label

Avatar

Oedipus Brewing

Lager - IPL (India Pale Lager)

Total (?) 10,700

Unique (?) 10,396

4.5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.45)

9,750 Ratings

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