Welcome to my world. I hated IPAs for a long time, but I eventually realized that it is an acquired taste. Drink more, try more, and you'll find some you like eventually. Once you do you'll begin to find more of them palatable. For me it was the Southern Tier double IPA that kicked it off.
That being said, there are plenty of craft alternatives to IPAs. Personally I'm a huge fan of brown ales, stouts, Black IPAs, and pumpkin beers.
If you prefer darker, more robust flavors, Black IPAs are a great starting point. If you're in BR I know that Calandro's carries the Sam Adams Norse Legend (or it did the last time I was there) that was solid. So is Rogue's Dad's Little Helper. Both of those are big breweries that distribute widely and constitute good taking off points.
Bottom line is find a style that you find pleasurable and enjoy it for what it is. Don't let people degrade your taste, it's entirely subjective.
ETA: If your distaste for IPAs stems from Abita's offering, you owe it to yourself to try more. Jockamo is a horrible, horrible beer.
This post was edited on 11/8 at 5:09 pm