Knee Deep Brewing - "Simtra"
Sierra Nevada - "Hoptimum"
Green Flash - "Palate Wrecker"
Port Brewing - "Hop-15"
Drakes - "Hopocalypse"
Lagunitas - "Hop Stoopid"
Back when I brewed for a living, none of the guys who brewed it could stand the stupid-big IPAs. We liked beer
too much to deliberately drink a beer called "Palate Wrecker".
I brewed my first one as a joke, just cramming hops into my already-quite-hoppy IPA in a cask. "That'll teach 'em," I thought. Ten gallons of beer sold out in less than twenty minutes. We had to scale it from a joke to 15 barrel brews because of demand.
Frankly, we had a lot of fun poking fun at enthusiasts of them. I used to call mine Ahopalypse Now, and used something like nine different hops varieties in it. Sure enough, every festival there'd be some twerp...I mean aficionado who would sip carefully, examine the tasting glass as though it contained rubies, nod thoughtfully and say something like "Yes, I can really taste the Cascades in this." Sure you can, idiot, because that's the one variety I didn't use.
I calculated that to be something like 95 IBU with so much late-hops it always looked slightly green. I stopped worrying about the IBU because tasting panels conducted by UC Davis reported years ago that the human senses cannot discriminate much above 75 to 100+ IBU; all the senses report is BITTERBITTERBITTEROHGODITSBITTER.
Try some specialty Canadian brews. Unibroue, from just outside of Montréal has two I heartily recommend: Maudite and Fin Du Monde (translated as "The Damned" and "End Of The World").
I positively ADORE Unibroue. Unibroue and Ommegang are brewing some of the finest beers available in North America.
Re: Single malt Scotch. My wife has a hypothesis with which I agree. Scots only make that to sell to stupid tourists. "Och, Jamie, I'll nae drrrrink tha'. Tha's the stuff we put the dirrrrrt in. Forbye some Sassenach gobshite will pay us $100 for that bottle o' peat bog. Gi' me the bottle of Vat 69, d'ye ken?"
I attribute the tastes of both single-malt Scotch and stupid-big IPAs to the American propensity for BIGGERFASTERLOUDERMOREMOREMORE, because neither product really has anything going for it except outrageous, obvious flavors. True, I can't stand the stuff. That's taste differences, I suppose.
Now, as to the OP. I run simplex until it gets rowdy. Should that happen, I go split. I'm not VK9NT, but I get my share of rowdy piles; had one the other day on 12m CW. You have to know how to run your pile, and you have to be totally unafraid to QSY or pull the plug should you lose control of your pile. If your split is huge, you've lost control of your pile. If your pile turns into a lidfest, you have to be unafraid of tell the pile, "Knock it off or I'm pulling the plug." If more limited-time DXpeditions had that philosophy I think the lid problem would be fixed in short order. They put too much emphasis on QSO count, in my opinion. If you generate bedlam on the bands, it doesn't matter how many Qs you raked in. Plus, if you keep your pile well-behaved, you'll make more Qs.
If you're working 6/hr rates because of bedlam when you can work 200/hr rates with a civilized pileup, it actually makes sense to go the hell to bed - after telling the pileup precisely why you're pulling the plug.
Personally, I have a list of "Never work these douche-cannons" next to my radio. There are several callsigns on that list. I don't add calls lightly, but I do add them. I don't care if you're the only signal on the band or that last mult I need to hit a contest goal, I ain't working you.
73 de WP2XX