I just saw the title and didn't have time to read all the replies, but personally, I think hype is just that. I drink what I like and that's why I started brewing back in the late 80's. There's certain beers that have mass appeal but that doesn't mean that 'everyone' will like them as each drinker has taste-buds that are a little bit different. Unfortunately, some folks seem to think that because they like or dislike a particular style that everyone should feel that way. That's what makes the world go round and since I realized that, life is a lot better~ Drink what you will, I don't care, hahaha!