I made a creme ale 10 days ago and I racked to the secondary after 4 days fermenting( don't ask ) . I tasted it yesterday and it taste very bitter with little to no flavor. When I transferred it to secondary it was a pretty golden color. Now it's a dark brown color with a oil film on top. I need help!!!
I sometimes will see a very slight shimmer of oil on the surface of a beer, kinda just like a little rainbow effect when looking down from above. If your "oil film on top" sounds like that, then you are fine.
Regarding the color, the beer went from gold to brown because the yeast are dropping out. You'd think a beer with a lot of yeast in suspension would be darker, but the opposite is true. Since the yeasties reflect light, they make a beer look light (albeit cloudy) before they floculate out.
Finally, 10 days is WAY too young for a beer to be sampled for flavor. You'll always have weird flavors at that age that disappear as the beer conditions. Sometimes they taste bitter, sometimes they taste "sweaty" or dirty. Don't worry, relax, drink a different homebrew, and then come back and take another sample in 2 weeks. Don't touch it before then. Seriously, don't. I'll come hit your hand with the mash paddle if you try.
Hey guys just my two cents,I have noticed that when I use alot of hops or hops with higher alpha I get this oily look sometimes.I could be wrong but,generally it seems to make since that it is probably the resins from the hops.Higher alphas mean that there is more resin available to be infused to your brew.Its much like Cannabis(same family as hops,this is why hops have a much,much longer history of being smoked than used in beer) some dont seem resinous and others are so resinous you can stick them to the wall.This is the same with hops.I know there are many other things that can cause the "sheen" but generally this is the most logical explanation.I have seen however,this be caused by bacterial issues....The best advice has already been given; give it another couple weeks and then taste it.Tasting after ten days is kind of like licking an egg to see what that chicken will taste like..