"IPA is easily the most overrated style of beer. I truly love IPAs, too. But between the hops and the alcohol, it isn't the most difficult beer to make. Sure, it's still tough to make an exceptional IPA. But to make one that's going to be good, you don't need the world's best brewmaster. There is little that is subtle about IPAs. They have big hop flavors, and are usually higher in alcohol. These two factors can mask a lot of flaws in beer. Some brewers will just slap you in the face with hops. And a lot of people like that, and will rate those beers very high. But the best IPAs and DIPAs come from a place of balance. Those that can walk this tightrope are the true artists of IPA, and there are few."
"The usual answer is pilsner. I can see why. The technical aspects of pilsners make it a challenge to do well. The clean yeast, low alcohol, very specific hops, fermentation temperature, and a keen eye on water chemistry make it a delicate dance. While I respect it, I am not in the pilsner camp.
"I feel that saison is the most underrated style. I was largely ignorant to the potential of saison until I met Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal. He opened a rabbit hole for me that I have loved exploring. The wide range of flavors in this style is amazing. From the peppery sweetness of the classic Dupont Saison, to a delicate dry saison like Stillwater's Cellar Door. Many saisons also lend very well to barrel aging, and wild yeasts are further broadening what can be explored. Because this style is so broad, there is a saison for everyone. At the same time, it makes it very difficult to buy a saison blindly, because you can't always predict what you're going to get."
Norman Miller, writer, Beer Nut
OVERRATED: Fruit IPA
"Unfortunately, once a brewery has success with a beer style, other breweries jump on that. Now you’re seeing grapefruit IPAs, pineapple IPAs, and IPAs with whatever you can think of. I love Ballast Point, and now they’re coming out with a whole line of fruit-infused IPAs. I’m not against fruit beers, but I wish breweries would just concentrate on brewing a good variety of beers instead of jumping on a bandwagon."
"I want more pilsners. Pilsners are just great beers, but get a bad rap because all mass-produced beers are based on the style. A great pilsner is a work of art, and they really can be a testament to brewing prowess -- a brewer can’t hide any flaws in a good pilsner. Grab a Firestone Walker Pivo Pils or a Jack’s Abby Craft Lager Sunny Ridge pilsner and you won’t be disappointed."