Smuttynose Hanami Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
2.45/5 rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.
A - Hazy pink-tinted amber. Two fingers of rosey/tan head rise with decent retention. Good lacing as well.
S - Not a lot going on here. Cherries with a bit of a grainy background is all I can detect. Pleasant, but simple.
T - Starts off with a sort of saccharin sweet cherry flavor with mild grain in the background. Fruit flavor quickly degenerates into a tartness that grows until and through the finish. Hanami Ale is suprisingly sour and lingers for a few seconds. Other than the crazy cherry tartness, there's nothing going here. Extremely one dimensional. Bumped this down from a 2.5 to a 2.0 as the brew is becoming somewhat cloying.
M - Light to medium bodied with a soft carbonation. It feels almost thick and could really use a burst of carbonation to crisp things up.
D - The one-dimensionality of Hanami Ale is tolerable (though not preferable) but the sourness is over the top. The saccharin-esque reminder early palate coupled with the somewhat cloying nature of the beer don't make me want to drink much more of this stuff. Were this tamed down a bit and given some complimentary malt or spice flavors, it might be a little more passable. Hell, if Smuttynose bumped up the CO2 a bit more it might could even pass as a mindless fruit flavored quaffer, but as it is Hanami Ale is neither a simple summer fruit beer nor an example of how well fruit can be integrated into beer. Give Founders Cerise a shot to see how great a cherry beer can be.
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2009 07:34:22 | More by PatrickJR
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3.74/5 rDev +15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle best by date July 2010
Purchased in 2010 did not like it back then. Had one bottle left and a have been avoiding it ever sense. Tired of looking at it in the back of the fridge and decided to open it for fun. Poured a dirty amber with a decent off white head. Noticed a few particles of sediment at the bottom of the glass. The intrepid first sip was a surprise, nice mouthfeel and good carbonation. This tasted like sour or lambic with some nice cherry notes. I thought this was going to be a drain pour, but it turned out to be pretty good. I'm not sure what matured, the beer or my taste?
Serving type: bottle
09-05-2013 19:58:56 | More by bcsbeer
Smuttynose Hanami Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.