I brewed a Big Ben pale ale kit from Midwest about a month ago. I let it sit in primary for 3 weeks and then bottled. Og was about 1.050, final was about 1.017. I went by the recipe that came with the kit. Steeped grains for 30 minutes. Boiled 1oz bittering hops for 1 hour with 6lbs lme. Then added another 1 oz of hops for aroma.
I know it's still early, but they've been bottled for a week, and it tastes really sweet and cidery like apples, or maybe pears. I'm bad with describing tastes and smells, but definitely sweet. I was hoping for a more dry taste.
There is no hop aroma or flavor, which really disappoints me, and which I can usually perceive. I wanted a hoppy pale ale. I didn't strain the hops out either.
Fermented in swamp cooler that read low 60's the whole time.
It also has a reddish tint to it, like an Irish red. It actually tastes very similar to the Irish red i made over summer...