I'm a moderately experienced brewer with 1300+ liters brewed (some kits, then extract and partial mash). Done quite nice APAs, IPAs, stouts etc, but there's one area where I'm not too satisfied, and that's English styles. I mean, the bitters/IPAs are ok, but I'm looking for something more, and that's a really rich (malty?) taste. Something like I tasted in kits such as Brupaks Colne Valley Bitter (one of the very best kits I made), or several (modified) examples of Coopers IPA.
As far as the extract goes, I have access only to Czech light extract, I don't know how much different English extracts are. In addition to that there's usually about 30% of partial mash (as much as my equipment allows), and I tried several grain bills, all of them have English pale 2-row as a base, one or two crystal malts, then usually one of: (pale) chocolate, biscuit, aromatic, munich (the special malts around 10%). Fermented with WLP013 and S-04.
The beers are good, but always kind of thinner than what I want (Colne Valley!). I don't know what should I change, was thinking about reducing the hops (especially late). Also planning to try a english brown recipe, maybe that's more in the direction.