Why? It's undeniable that with the rise in craft beers, beer blogs, the proliferation of different brews, the IPA is the flagship of many breweries, the darling of aficionados, the height of beer snobbery. It is the 10-minute guitar solo of the beer world - witness the Dogfish 120 Minute IPA. I don't really get why. Is it snobbery? Is it "some is good, more is better" with the hops? The history? The revival on the West Coast? Does it just taste better? It's an interesting phenomenon. I know that wine has undergone several such 'fads' or something like that. Note - this is not a slam on IPA's. I've had some quite good ones. My personal tastes are towards heavy, dark, porter/brown ale/stout/imperial stouts, though.