Lotsa Dude's Thumbs On Here...
- Apr 21, 2016
- Reaction score
- NE Ohio
I feel that.Never found a single one I like. I think they lack nuance. I love hops, but I like it to be in a balance with malt and yeast character. I generally don't like most IPAs, but NEIPAs seem to play with malt and yeast the least. It's all the same base beer with different, but almost always American, hops.
And they take over tap lists. Everywhere I go I have to comb to through twenty IPAs hoping I find a saison, lager, brown, stout, etc.
I think they can have nuance. Most of which comes from differences in hops. And good ones do have some yeast and malt character. It is definitely well hidden behind the hop character, but it can be found. But people are making just total hop bombs. Or yeasty messes. Which suck, and are made by people that do not fully understand the style.
And yes, the overloaded tap lists with 12 NEIPA, and a hoppy lager are a little crazy. But, NEIPAs are money makers. Hype train also has a boxcar for cash attached to it. Same with these pastry stouts and crazy fruited "sours". That is why we see it more often. Breweries trying to pay the bills man...it sucks, but its a hard reality. As a beer lover, it makes me sad when I see it. I can understand it but, make me a Doppelbock man!