Yesterday, after 2 weeks of conditioning in the bottle, Chris and I opened our first bottle. Things turned out real well. It has a little more of a hint of vanilla than I had expected, but over all it's great. Quite honestly, I'd be very proud to serve this beer to anyone.
Here's the recipe we followed -Ballast Point's American Amber Ale recipe:
0.75 lb Crystal Malt 60L
0.5 lb Caramunich
0.5 lb Carapils
6 lb Light Dried Malt Extract
60 mins - 1 oz Northern Brewer
5 mins - 1 oz Northern Brewer
White Labs California Ale Yeast - WLP001
Being our first try, I'm really impressed with how we were able to create a good tasting, non-skunky, evenly carbonated beer.