Many people under thirty think that since IPA are being pushed like there is no tomorrow,
that they must order it with everything.
IPA originated in India ( India Pale Ale) when the English needed a beer to compete with ( drink with)spicy Indian food.
So bitter IPA was created, and I drink it ONLY with spicy foods, from a heavy chili peppered brisket,
to a spicy burrito.
However, when I'm bbqing some chicken or pork with a cherry or pear wood, I like Miller High Life.
I find it perfect, not overwhelming the meat. And it is my go to beer in the summer. Refreshing.
All other beers are ok, and I've tried lots of them. Actually, when I'm in Wisconsin as I was recently, I always buy and drink Point beer. And Linenkugel finally made it out of Wisconsin, for national distribution. I enjoyed it 20 years ago, when in Illinois( some small grocers had it near the border).
I've been drinking IPAs for 25 years, but lately it seems to have become a fad. There's a craft beer pub across the street from my workplace that serves 125 brands, and over 35 of them are IPAs at any given time. And now it seems that from a craft brewing perspective IPA means anything from "slightly more hops than usual" to "so bitter you can barely drink it".
My guess is that like any other beer fad, IPAs will eventually fade and be replaced by something else.
Now I like an IPA occasionally, but I prefer a Big Rock Pale Ale on a hot day. Lots of body but it's mildly hopped - sort of like a full-bodied lager with a different hop profile.