I think in small amounts, it works well. For a 5 gallon batch, I use 10 lbs of 2-row, 1 lb of crystal 20, and 1/2 lb of carapils. Along with the combination of Citra, Simcoe, and Amarillo hops, I won gold at the Colorado state fair. The malt flavor is present, but in the background. I think this combo works well for me. But really, homebrewing is about what you like, regardless of what others think is or isn't the proper recipe. If you like it, use it.