I'm pretty new at homebrewing (batch #5 brewing now) and the Coopers Real Ale is the best thing I've found so far.
I use a can of Coopers
3# Light Hopped DME
1oz Liberty Hops (3aau) at 10min
Let it sit in the bucket for 2 weeks, and bottle condition for 4, and I'd put it up against any specialty beer I can get at my favorite party store.