Originally Posted by Pelican521
I was planning on doing an American IPA clone next and was wondering if I'll have good luck with this style (extract w/spec grains)?
If not, which styles are good for extracts and which are better suited for mashing?
Any style is fine for extract brewing, for the most part. There are some grains, like oats, that must be mashed but otherwise you can make any beer you want.
A partial mash simply uses some "base grains" instead of so much extract, to replace some of the extract in the beer.
A really great place to buy a kit, if that's what you want, is austinhomebrew.com. They have literally hundreds and hundreds of kits, and you could do an extract kit, OR a partial mash kit (and order it that way) because they have quality ingredients and instructions.
The only type of beer I'd suggest to stay away from right now is any beer that is a lager. Lagers require a bit more brewing experience due to tight temperature control and yeast requirements.
Otherwise, pick any beer that sounds good to you. Any ale, and IPAs especially, are simple to do.