Then there is Gordon Strong's statement that he thinks Maris Otter does not go well with "C" hops. Read that on in print not too long ago and chuckled, but please don't ask me where that was in print.
I completely agree with Gordon.
I can't imagine making an APA/AIPA without some crystal malt, usually on the 10% range. It's not about any single ingredient, it's about how you use an ingredient and your own tastes.
The reason I said I chuckled a little was that:
1 There are the people that have the opinion that MO is the best malt for anything anytime.
2 Gordon can taste things that my palate is not good enough to pick up. Really.
I am not disagreeing with Gordon on this. He was just the first to point it out that I know of.
One of the local breweries makes a really good IIPA named DRIPA. Double Rice IPA. Rice in an IPA, what is this world coming to? Gold in the 2012 WBC in the AIPA category, as it drinks like a hoppy AIPA, so they entered it there.