3XIPA – Device Brewing Company
Purchased at Capitol Beer and Tap Room ($7/13 oz. pour) and served in tulip glasses.
This debut beer from Sacramento newbie Device Brewing Company pours a clear, honey gold with a tight, off-white head. The nose offers the sweet smells of wet grass, pears, and other stone fruits drizzled in honey, and the first swallow indicates that same sort of sweet character is ahead. That initial impression quickly gives way to a hop bitterness that is mostly herbal and piney in nature, with a browned toast touch to the aftertaste. 3XIPA gets grassier on subsequent swallows, with a dose of alcohol burn entering the profile towards the end, although it remains fairly honeyed throughout. Device is only brewing four styles out of the gate in order to hone their technique, and that attention to detail is evident in this promising triple IPA.