What’s the difference between an ale, lager and IPA? Learn for International Beer Day 2022

What’s the difference between an ale, lager and IPA? Learn for International Beer Day 2022

Published August 6, 2022
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Arriving on the heels of National IPA Day (Aug. 4 this year), it’s the perfect time to get to know the hoppy beverage better. Whether you prefer a light ale or a heavy stout, there is plenty to learn about the pub’s classic nectar. 

Ales are traditionally brewed with yeast that gathers at the top of the fermentation tank. They ferment at a warmer temperature and are not usually aged. Many, but certainly not all craft beers are ales, as their time and storage demands are more minimal.

Lagers are distinguished from ales mainly in that the yeast used to brew these beers falls to the bottom of the fermentation tank. The yeast itself also has a lower tolerance for alcohol. The resulting taste is crisp, light and smooth. They tend to be less bitter than other beers. 

Lagers are among the most popular beers. You probably know lagers such as Miller High Life, Stella Artois, Budweiser, PBR and Coors. Needless to say, these are staples of the refrigerator section.