Ommegang Brut IPA, $3.29—$3.69
When I think Cooperstown, New York, I think baseball and this brewery, best known for its Belgian-style ales. This departure is slightly hazy, a pale straw color with a delicate froth topping. The citrus aromas are backed by mineral and a hint of herb. The flavors are bright and bold with bitter hops, cracker, citrus zest, mineral and a mouth-drying, lightly sour finish.
Sierra Nevada Brut IPA, $1.69—$1.99
The thin, egg-white head sticks around on this pale-yellow brew. The aromas are a bit reserved, with subtle cracked-wheat, grass, and herbal hops. There's more cracked wheat on the thin, dry palate, while lightly bitter hops come through on the short finish. This beer is a bit disappointing given this brewery's track record.
Woodland Empire This Time Tomorrow, $3.29—$3.69
This crystal-clear, golden pour sports a decent head with little staying power. The nose is a mixed medley of fruity hops with a touch of pine and creamy caramel. The palate is beyond smooth, with big hop flavors but just a subtle hop bite. Soft malt adds depth to this brew, which has a dry, ethereal finish. Score one for the home team.