Disclaimers : I am over 60 I am from the UK I have been regularly full grain mash brewing at home for well over over 40 years (approaching 50 - yes I started young!) and my taste reflects this. I am what is known as a "supertaster" - genetically able to discern many flavours and tastes others miss. I love a wide range of beer styles. I can brew a great bitter. I can brew a great strong Amber (or Red) Ale (my favourite) I do do a great irish stout and a good porter . I can make a great Stout or porter if I want to (I'd rather have a stout ! I can make a pretty good Pilsner. & other German Czeck/ Polish styles - and a good few classic Belgian styled - though I must admit to preferring UK Styles. I've experimented with just about everything over the years (fruits honey - you name it ) but just as teal whisky connoisseurs realised a well made single malt was the height of the their skill, and German beer dinkers realised all barley malt beers were best I gradually moved to valueing a well balanced classic brew above novelty additives! I love a classic British IPA - A good strong clear Pale Ale where the alcoholic strength and body is balanced by increased hoppiness . However when I buy a bottle of "craft ale" labelled IPA far too often I find nothing like this! I find a poorly balanced malt base by someone who obviously has not yet got the experience to create a balanced brew with novelty hop types or fruits thrown in to disguise the basic failings of the recipe. I've nothing against US styles per se (and maybe the branded US craft beers exported to the UK are not representative of US microbrewing) but do find my self despairing that in the desire to "add pineapple" or use more flavoured hops may hide a lack of basi knowledge and experience by many craft brewers. As well as brewing I also cook food. And I know there are are those who can follow recipes and know the techniques - but at the end of the day its those who can do that AND replicate a dish by just tasting it - or in brewing can taste the wort and know what it will become who really advance the art!