Recipe and brew day notes and an animated nerdcore music video about pencil & paper roleplaying games here:
Real talk: double (Imperial, etc.) American IPA. As your author cops to in the above video, not his favorite. I can enjoy and appreciate a well-made one, but it just isn’t anywhere near the running for the list in that “only one kind of beer for the rest of your life” game.
A similarly aggressive and comparably alcoholic style is Imperial Stout, which actually is one of my longtime favorite types of beer – I am crazy about it, but I almost never need more than one glass of it, either. I think part of the difference is that D/IIPA is much more a victim of its own success, and therefore more prone to well-meaning but misguided love and a heavy hand. And I think another part of the difference is that, while Imperial stout is stylistically built (overbuilt?) to last, DIPAs are not – my own poor effort at 8 weeks is not the same beer it was at 3 or 4.
In defense of DIPA, though: I’ve heard it said (you probably have too) that it’s “easier” to brew an ultra-highly hopped, high-gravity beer – presumably based on the assumption that a big load of late and/or dry hops plus the large malt bill and abv% will all help mask any potential shortcomings of grist, mash, fermentation, or processes downstream. I don’t necessarily agree … if that were unilaterally true, it’d be much more common to stumble across a world-class, showstopping example of the style, and there wouldn’t be such a black market for the products of, or long-ass lines outside the doors of, certain breweries in, say, Santa Rosa or Waterbury.