Americans do not have the best taste, but they certainly have the best influence on worldly culture.
I am not sure how the west coast hop craze has overtaken the palate of the so called sophisticated beer aficionados, but the why does not matter. What matters here is how this dominant influence of dry and dominating, one dimensional flavor has quickly and subtly changed the beers that I know and love. Sounds like a terrible date, why would you want to put that description on your tongue. You would never even give that guy a first chance. <shivers>
They have gotten more hoppy. All of them. Craft beers, old standbys, well-know favorites, new creations. All of them. All beer has changed in style like the latest fashion trend. All of the good, well rounded, malty with a touch of hoppy, benevolent ESBs from the English country side, the hefty bastard from Scotland, has drifted towards the side of the west coast. It’s not that my tongue has been burned by consumption of hops over the years, that is not how it works. My tongue is not burned, honestly beer has become more bitter. It is leaning away from the malty goodness, out of partiality, and into the kingdom of the west.
Give me the balance. Give me the complex. Give me something that continues to grow as you sip beer after beer. Like a lays potato chip, nobody has just one. Let the flavors linger and get to know one another, let’s explore a whole palate of what the beerscape has to offer.
You have watered down the beer taste you assholes. Stop ruining my life, you American hipsters.