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Old 02-15-2011, 11:05 PM   #1
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Default What makes an IPL different then an IPA... yeast?

So I had my first taste of an IPL over the weekend and thought I would see if I could come up with a batch. So my main question, what makes an IPL different from an IPA? Is it just that you use Lager yest instead of Ale?

Been trying to find a good base recipe to start with, anyone have any recommendations on a IPL?
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:43 AM   #2
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Did you have Fathom from Ballast Point? (I am in SD too, by MV) That is a FANTASTIC beer. I am getting ready to do a IPL as soon as my other Lager is done. I am going to use one of my other IPA recipies, but instead of ale yeast, just lager like a lager.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:48 AM   #3
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I love this kind of stuff. We've got dark IPAs now. An IPL would be great to try. I'd love to see someone come up with a light colored stout. It'd be like Crystal Pepsi. Mmm, delicious.
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Did you have Fathom from Ballast Point? (I am in SD too, by MV) That is a FANTASTIC beer. I am getting ready to do a IPL as soon as my other Lager is done. I am going to use one of my other IPA recipies, but instead of ale yeast, just lager like a lager.
No it was actually up at Pizza Port San Clanmente, I believe it was called Claudies IPL.
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Cool. I haven't been up that way. I will add that to the list. Thats why I asked, Fathom hasn't been on tap for a few months, but it was fantastic (I live 2 miles from Ballast Point so I am there about twice a week buying/tasting ****).
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Hmm, and IPL sounds pretty damn good might have to add that to my brew list.
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Never had one and never brewed but I would think you would need a massive amount of hops to survive the lagering period. Hop heavy beers are generally better young and lagers are not "young" beers. I would think this would be a style that would require several batches to get just right.
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Seems weird to me that an IPL would be worth the extra effort. Most american hops give off a citrusy/fruity aroma and flavor as it is and I would think that using a clean ale yeast would produce minimal enough esters that they would be masked just as well as using a lager yeast. Also, like rjwhite said, IPAs are meant to be consumed young and by adding the extra lagering time you'd be doing a disservice to the fresh hop flavor and aromas.

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Seems weird to me that an IPL would be worth the extra effort. Most american hops give off a citrusy/fruity aroma and flavor as it is and I would think that using a clean ale yeast would produce minimal enough esters that they would be masked just as well as using a lager yeast. Also, like rjwhite said, IPAs are meant to be consumed young and by adding the extra lagering time you'd be doing a disservice to the fresh hop flavor and aromas.

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You could always add a ton of dry hops to it in the keg, around 1oz per gallon. That would allow you to lager it properly and give you a ton of hop aroma.
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Is there a particular issue with dry hopping after/at the end of lagering? This would allow you to do your bulk conditioning and retain more of your dry hop characteristic.
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