I appriciate the input and as I suspected there would be differing opinions, which is great. I understand that using the wrong/inappropriate ingrediants can cause a beer to be in the wrong style. I also entered a Munich Helles that was excellent, but used American Hops instead of German hops, still a great beer but as the judge was very clear to point out (22 pts) it was NOT a MUNICH. I revisited the BJCP styles and there are some catagories clearly named lager or ale, but some are named beer or not at all (porter, stout), so I see the point about a mis-labled product. I think I should have placed the Helles in catagory 23, but I am still leaning toward the IPA catagory for my IPL.
Where do we draw the line? I know, DWHAHB.