India Pale Lager IPL

India Pale Lager by Crafted craft beer
'Carolina Gold' India Pale Lager IPL by Crafted photo by Ian Hunter

What is an India Pale Lager?

An India pale lager (IPL) is a style of beer that combines elements of both lagers and India pale ales (IPAs). Like lagers, IPLs are brewed with bottom-fermenting yeast and are generally light in color and flavor. However, like IPAs, they are typically heavily hopped and have a strong, hoppy flavor. IPLs are also often characterized by a crisp, refreshing taste and a medium to high level of bitterness. 

Great foods to pair with an India Pale Lager are:

Seafood: The crisp, hoppy flavors of an IPL can be a good match for the flavors of seafood dishes like grilled or fried fish, shellfish, or sushi.

Grilled or roasted meats: The hoppy flavors of an IPL can also work well with the flavors of grilled or roasted meats like pork, chicken, or lamb.

Spicy dishes: The crisp, hoppy flavors of an IPL can also help to balance out the heat in spicy dishes like curry, Mexican food, or wings.

Salads and lighter dishes: The clean, refreshing flavors of an IPL can also be a good match for lighter dishes like salads, sandwiches, or sushi.

Overall, IPLs are a good choice to pair with a variety of dishes, and can work particularly well with bold, flavorful foods. Just be aware that the hoppy flavors of the beer may be amplified by the flavors of the food, so it’s best to choose pairings that can stand up to the strength of the beer.


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