The IPA is one of the most dominant craft beer styles, with hundreds to choose from in in the U.S. alone (Paste ranked the 247 best). The category offers a lot of flexibility and it’s not unusual for IPAs to feature characteristics of several different beer styles. While black and white IPAs are two common variations, they’re not the only options. In between those two disparate sub-styles is the red IPA, a hybrid of sorts that bridges the gap across styles.
Red IPAs balance the hop-forward flavors and aromas of traditional IPA with the caramel, malty body of an amber ale. It’s a solid compromise that lets beer drinkers temper the resinous kick of IPAs with notes of something a bit softer, smoother and even slightly sweet. Here are eight to look for on shelves around the country, both seasonally and year-round.