Originally Posted by Clanchief
I wouldn't even call that a lager. I would call that a hoppy Steam beer.
Yep. At 62 degrees with California lager yeast, this would be considered a "hybrid amber" for competition purposes. Of course, since it's an IPA, it wouldn't really "fit" into that style either, but that's the basic fermentation method for a California common. If you were going to enter this is in competition, it might fit in the regular IPA category- if it had the right flavor characteristics of an IPA. If not, it could go into 23 category- as an IPL (India Pale Lager)!
Generally, a lager is fermented with lager yeast (Saccharomyces pastorianus) while ales are fermented with ale yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).
Same genus, different species.