Preface: I love a craft beer. But having lived in Malaysia for 5 years, and now Mexico for 2, my exposure has been limited. I remember trying the odd hazy and being so intrigued.
Fast forward and I’m currently on a trip around New England. I was looking forward to the beers for a longtime but so far have been disappointed. I’ve had some ok IPAs, but or seems most places are too focused on the appearance of the beer and don’t put much thought into the flavour. There seems to be a real lack of actual “beer flavour”* most just seem like a craft version of a bud light.
What am I missing? And where should I go for the good stuff? Am hitting up Alchemist in a few days and am hoping that rectifies things
*I’d consider an ESB as the basic “beer flavour”
To edit: ESB is by no means my favourite beer. Just consider it a basic ale flavour that I can then judge others from. I understand NEIPA is deliberately nothing like it.
Day 2 Edit: After having been to Alchemist and having a Heady Topper (and Focal Banger) and drinking some beers from Zero Gravity and BBCO, i would like to retract any bad word I have said and replace them praise. Worth the trip.