I’ve tried to find a NEIPA that I really liked. Being in the Midwest, I do not have a lot to choose from. The ones that I have tried have not been very good.
Where in the midwest? We have some good ones around here in NE Iowa/Minnesota.
I can definitely see where IPA is overdone...... and I really would love to find more good pilsners/lagers, bitters, but, I still find IPA's to be my go to beer for the most part. Other than finding a really well-made pilsner...... I almost always go for something in the pale ale/IPA department.
The only thing I really do not like when it comes to IPA's is that they have gotten pushed to higher and higher ABV. I just don't want 7-8% beers when I go out drinking..... even when I am at home drinking. 4-5-6% is honestly my max for the most part. I can't stand going into places and seeing every beer at 7-8% ABV.
I love classic pale ales, over hopped pale ales, session IPA's, classic IPA's like two-hearted or the many west coast versions for example, and I also love well made NE IPA's too. There is zero sign of NE IPA's going away around here. People love them. I even see it at the home-brew level. I have people over to my basement-bar on many occasions, and generally have 6 beers on tap. My NE IPA is by far, not even close, what everyone goes for. I probably brew 5 gallons of it every 2 weeks (or more) and I still can't keep it on tap. Even BMC drinkers let me know it is the first hoppy beer they ever really liked. For a lot of people, the absence of the traditional IPA bitterness is what appeals to them. I get why some people don't go in for them - but, in the end, IPA's have really found ways to appeal to a wide range of people - and that is what it is all about.