408 is the area code for San Jose and the surrounding areas, home to Hermitage Brewing. Hermitage's 408 Session IPA pays respect to the rich brewing tradition of the Silicon Valley. Head Brewer, Greg Filippi, says this of the new release: 408 Session India Pale Ale pours a brilliant golden color like summer sunshine in your hand. Hop aroma wafts from the glass before your lips make contact for the first sip, enticing you with a sense of what is to come. There are no frills here, with just enough of a malt backbone to help the hops stand up and take center stage. The hop flavor is smooth and pleasant, with a subdued bitterness and a nice green grassy character underscored by notes of tropical fruit. The beer finishes dry and smooth, fading cleanly to the palate and leaving you yearning for the next sip.