« on: October 06, 2016, 09:24:14 PM »
'tweener beers like this are tough to figure.
Get ahold of a good commercial APA an IPA.
Pour a glass of each and a glass of your beer.
Taste all three and see which of the commercial examples is closer.
The things you want to hone in on are the Bitterness, Caramel presence, and if there's noticeable Alcohol warming. (Hop flavor and hop aroma are wide open for all of these styles, so a lot of them won't be detrimental in any of the 4 styles I'd consider below, so ignore them for this classification purpose).
Choose the closes between these 4 categories based on how the above flavors
IPA (bitter, some warming, low or no caramel),
Specialty Red IPA (bitter & caramelly, possibly warming)
APA (lower bitterness, very low or no warming, caramel can be present or not)
Am Amber (lower bitterness balance is to the malt, with caramel)