Smuttynose is another recent addition to the craft beer scene in Texas, and as usual I am starting off with their IPA, the legendary Finestkind. I poured a slightly hazy golden amber with a billowy white head that left excellent lacing. The bitter hop aroma hits you right out of the gate with heavy citrus, tropical fruits, lemon zest and some floral tones to round it out. The taste starts with the same citrus and tropical fruit hop tones that end with a nice resinous and slight pine bitterness coating your palate. There are some floral hop notes mixed in as well and begin to reveal themselves as the beer warms. The hops float over a slight malt body that doesn't get in the way of this very clean and sharp hop presentation. The bitter dry hop finish keeps your thirst quenched and really allows this beer to shine as a hop tribute. What a fantastic IPA and a great start in the Texas market. Welcome!