There really are only two kinds of beer: ales and lagers. Lagers are too difficult for most homebrewers, as they require cold storage--although it can be done, I've heard. I have brewed only a variety of ales, from pale ale to Belgian tripel to oatmeal stout. I've brewed with freshly harvested hops that grow in our front yard and even tried all-grain brewing myself (and failed--I need help on that part). Much to learn--fun and scary but worth studying.