I just tried a bottle of my first batch - an Irish red ale kit, and man was it good!
I was expecting it to be flat, watery, caramelized, astringent, full of off-flavors but it proved me wrong.
After I took that first sip i was so happy I almost cried. But I didn't want the tears to ruin the beer so i held them back. (Sounds like a country song).
But anyway. At least now I can finally know what it feels like to RDWHAHB.