This is my first homebrew, and I used brooklyn brew shop's "Everyday IPA" kit if you're familiar with it.
Anyways I just moved my beer to bottles for conditioning, and I can't tell if the beer is bad. It's difficult to describe, the beer has definitive hop character and maybe the malt is lacking. The flavor is pungent and bitter and seems to linger in the mouth. And I mean linger, it feels like you're breathing this flavor after sipping. It coats the mouth.
My best guess is I wasn't able to extract enough sugars from the mash during sparging and they were mostly eaten up during fermentation, leaving mostly only the oil from the hops left over. Is it possible that this is infected?
The 1 gallon jug is not deep enough for me to get a hydrometer reading. There was no blowoff, never really a "vigorous" fermentation stage, but there was CO2 coming off the airlock and a layer of trub formed about a half inch thick.