Unpopular Opinion Alert: IPAs Are Gross.
With every passing day, we are more into the fall and winter seasons. We change the way we dress, the activities we do, the foods we eat, and even the beers we drink. Out are the light summer (sometimes fruity) beers and in are the dark beers. The browns, reds, stouts, and of course the IPAs. I'll drink basically anything, especially when free, but I will gladly pay to get something other than an IPA.
In my years of drinking I have lived in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Madison Wisconsin, Dallas Texas, Tucson Arizona, Houston Texas, and now, here in the Quad Cities. I have never come across an area that is so into IPAs. And while I say it's "more of a fall/winter beer", around here, it's an all-the-time beer. 90-degree day in July, let's crack open an IPA. I don't get the obsession.
Now don't think that I'm a water beer drinker. You know, the light stuff that barely has taste. Again, I'll drink anything if it's free. But, I like beers with some taste. Especially in fall give me a good dark beer...like a stout you need a spoon to consume. Give me taste, not just a glass full of hops.
Our friends over at 97X do this "What's Tappening" thing where they taste and talk about different local beers each week. Great concept, I should steal it. When I look at that page I just see IPA, IPA, IPA. Ok, that is a bit of stretch. They actually feature a lot of others. But 3 of the 7 on the home page are IPAs and the other 4 are something else. That is actually a bit less than the ratio I see at every bar/restaurant as well.
Actually, I know I'm not the only one. American Dad thinks it sucks too. Just go to the 1-minute mark of the below video. Or watch the full thing cause it's American Dad and freakin hilarious.
It is fall/winter, so I guess I need to give the local IPAs some more tries. I'll grow a beard, head over to, well basically anywhere in town, and tell them to hit me with those hops bro.