I brew on and off. My dad brewed all the time when I was growing up so of course I had to try it out when I was able to. I usually make 2-3 a year.
What kit did you get? Make sure you get a good sanitizer and use it on EVERYTHING that touches the beer. You will want to have dedicated pots, spoons, etc. Do not use bleach. Iodine or sanitizing powder is common.
I went to bass pro and got a stainless turkey frier setup, I cook everything in the garage or on the porch, it gets kind of smelly ( I like it, wife does not)
An IPA is always good for home brew. There are alot of variations.
My favorite so far was a English Porter. Brown sugar was a part of the mix, which substituted for the normal white sugar found in the kits. Had so much flavor, and had a super thick head. American Brown Ale is another good one.
Not sure if you ordered you kit online or found a local supplier, but if you find one in your area, usually they have custom recipes they sell and will have all the stuff right there to measure out for you. Also the ones I have been to usually have 5-10 beers available for taste testing to see what your final product will/should taste like.