Blonde ale. I had wanted to try my hand at a Shipyard Export Ale clone, and I think it turned out pretty darn close. What was absolutely amazing to me, after having brewed 30-some batches of extract beer, was the enormous depth of grainy flavors from the base malt that you simply CANNOT GET from extract. I've been brewing all-grain ever since. Only looked back once to see if it was possible to make halfway decent beer with extract. Answer? Yes, it is possible to make pretty good beer with extract. But to make really truly EXCEPTIONAL beer, I am a proponent that all-grain, or AT LEAST partial-mash, is undoubtedly the way to go.