Smuttynose Hanami Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Hanami AleSmuttynose Hanami Ale

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Sycodrummer on 12-10-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ggilman
4.55/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage* at Smuttfest 2011, Novare Res, Portland, Maine. Full 16oz. pour in a pint glass.

* The description on the special draft list notes that this is the last keg of Hanami on the PLANET!

Looks like a typical pale ale, but with a pink tinge around the edges. Poured almost to the top of the glass with very little head, what is there is tight and short. Sweet fruity nose, cherries come through. Super crisp and refreshing. The cherries are almost an overtone, like a black cherry seltzer. Tight sharp mouthfeel. Exceptionally DRY! Not sweet at all. Almost immediately fades, and leaves you puckered. Tart and sour apples and cherries. Could easily become addictive.

Really enjoyable. Here's hoping there's a couple kegs stashed on the space station.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.43/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The color of the pouring liquid was a medium brown and pink (!?!). Odd for most beers but this is something exceptional; certainly not your average ale. The head was relatively small but maintains a respectable presence in the glass.

I smell cherry very slightly wit also some living earth smells like green leaves and bark. Curious in a glass of beer but delightful an a walk in the park which is what his beer reminds me of.

Taste is light like a wheat beer but where any grain taste would be is a blunt poke with a sour cherry instrument. It's like what a cherry soda would be if it didn't have to have High Fructose Corn Syrup in it. This is really clean and light.

The mouthfeel is very nice. Carbonation and sour cherry make it a little prickly to start but it finishes exceptionally crisp, clean and dry.

Drinkability is high for this beer. I see no immediate downsides. The taste is great but not overwhelming, it finishes clean and it's overall light and modest in its ABV.

This is one for the transitioning wine or wine-cooler crowd that needs a positive beer experience or anyone who likes a slightly fruity and light tasting beer.

My mom would even like this!

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Photo of MickAv8r
4.4/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Most of the negative reviews of this beer seem to come from people that don't quite get it. They seem to want it to be a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat and I doubt that was the brewer's intention at all.

I compare this beer and it's sourness to a Belgian. I think it's a delight. In fact its phenomenal with chocolate.

The Hello Kitty-esq label and Engrish on the box describing it seal the deal :)

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a pilsner glass)

A- This beer pours a deep dark auburn-red body that is clear. There is a thick light tan head that forms a cloud as it pulls away from the glass but last. It is supported by a sea of tiny bubbles.

S- The bright yet soft smell of cherry stones is blended with a faint brown malt aroma that has a slight sweetness to it.

T- The taste of tart cherries has an earthiness to it which is followed by a soft roasted malt note with hints of toast to it. There is a darker cherry stone flavor that finishes the beer and lingers. This is supported by a faint hop bitterness that increases as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz at the finish.

D- This beer has a very nice cherry flavor that is not artificial, overwhelming, or jammy. There is good malt and hop support that really blend together to make a nice flavor. I could drink several of these in a row, which is saying a lot for a fruit beer.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, deep cherry red look. Impressive pink head. Clear but with a slight haze. Almost looks like wine. Some thin lace that quickly goes away.

Nice estery ale smell with a hint of a deep cherry. Only a slight sweetness. There is a hint of bitter pine hops. Normal ale with a little more. Flowery.

Excellent ale flavor with a sour/pungent cherry flavor. The sour instead of sweet is perfect for this brew. Delicious. Like a sour cherry wine.

Bubbly like champagne, and yet it's quite dry. Dances on the tongue. Excellent summery drink that actually has some body. Dynamite. I was sad to finish it. Not so much a beer as closer to a lambic or something, but hit my taste buds just right. I don't like fruity beers but this one is outstanding.

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Photo of ITK4ever
4.28/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first noticeable thing about this beer is the extraordinary color when poured into a pint glass. Exceptional!!!! Red hue with a reddish/tan head that lasts. Definitely a fruit beer on the nose...slight malt, but lotsa cherries. Upon taste, you think it's going to be sweeter than it is based on smell, but it's tart which I think is a pleasant surprise. The sweet malts tone it down just a bit, but this is a very cpomplex, well done, well thought out beer. There is that typical Smutty aftertaste, which I've grown to like. IMHO, another hit from Smutty at the right time. I'm not big fruit beer fan, but this won me over. Well done and I can appreciate the Haiku on the six-pack carrier!!!

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.22/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber/reddish orange hue.

Smell: Powdered Sugar, Vanilla, Brown Sugar, overripe strawberry, floral.

Taste: Bitter speed bump in the taste that rolls out bittersweet tart fresh cherry pie flavor all over the palate.

Mouthfeel: Dry tartness on the finish

Drinkability: Very drinkable and refreshing. I'd totally session with this.

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Photo of mempath
4.2/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a unique (cherry) fruit enhanced craft brew that didn't disappoint. nice ruby grapefruit cloudy orangey tinted (held to setting sun) color and nice head/lacing. smell is not sweet at all, a bit tart.

taste impact was similar to the DFH Aprihop...not sweet but more tangy and tart. hops add some dimension to round this out wonderfully. full bodied mouthfeel and very drinkable, but not in a session. unless food as a support group was involved. sure, sushi!

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Photo of shirfan
4.17/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery red with a thin layer of lace.

Aroma is ripe cherries first, cereal grains second. Very fresh and natural fruit smell. I also get a bit of fireworks smoke in the nose.

Taste is quite sour and a bit tart. The cherry flavor stands out and again has a ripe, "just picked" presence. Not especially sweet, and there's a bit of husky, grainy flavor behind the upfront fruit. Not a "wow that's delicious" beer, yet it's so odd that I can't help but keep sipping it. I'm giving it a 4.5 on taste simply because the cherry is so authentic... I was immediately taken back years to picking fresh cherries with my grandma near Lake Ontario.

This is a serious fruit beer that absolutely embarrasses concoctions such as Sam Adams "Cherry" Wheat. I'm surprised I haven't had to spit out a pit yet.

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Photo of Martin2D
4.1/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy yellow brown with a large white head.

S - Hints of tart cherries. Not much going on for me in this one.

T - Surprisingly, I'm not greeted by a cherry forefront. I get hit with malt, hops, and a sweet finish of tart cherries. Somewhat wheaty and even bready.

M - Heavy in carbonation and light in body. Very bubbly mouthfeel.

D - I could slug these all night long. I was not expecting much from this and I was pleasantly surprised. Might become my new "poor man's" lambicish beer.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.08/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear and coppery red with a nominal white cap.

Nose is yeasty with woody malt undertones. A discernible cherry-pie-filling aroma brings up the rear.

Tart cherries dominate the flavor. Acidic on the tongue. The somewhat caramel flavored malt provides good footing for the fruit's essence. Only a vestige of hops is found.

The cutting tartness of the cherry juice lends a crisp dryness to this brew. Drinkability scores high for it.

Overall, not what you might expect of a "typical" cherry fruit beer. On the light side with dry acidic characteristics of sour cherries.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish red color with a nice beige head that leaves pretty lacing. The aroma has some nice cherry fruit and wheatiness upfront, along with some dark fruits, a little caramel, toasted bread and a lactic sharpnes.The flavor also starts out with some sour cherry initially, followed by some tangy wheat, minty hops, a little funky sourness, and a hint of honey. The mouthfeel is medium with spritzy carbonation, and drinkability is really freaking good. I could see how a lot of people would absolutely deplore this beer as it does have kind of a cherry cough syrup character, but I happen to really like's kind of like a cherry version of festina peche. This beer is a really idiosyncratic creation, that has good complexity and a refreshing sour character that is perfect for a warm spring evening.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this with some friends at Firefly in Dupont Circle.

Appearance: nice white head with a copper color
Smell: lemon and orange dominate
Taste: lemon, orange peel, apricot maybe?....not sure...but very fruity...i didn't know it was a fruit beer till now....but actually a good beer flavor though
Mouthfeel: light body
Drinkability: could drink it all night

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Photo of kenito799
4.03/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before August 07.

Pours a reddish tinged amber with pinkish-tan foamy head that recedes to a coating on the surface after a while, beautiful sticky lacing all over the glass, as we expect from Smuttynose. Some yeastoid particles swirling in from the bottom of the bottle, nice.

The nose is dominated by tart tangy cherry aroma, some malt and hops underneath, hard to distinguish with that cherry there, but there is a cinnamon/sugar thing going on in there. The cherry smells natural and fresh, gives this a winey impression.

Creamy mouthfeel due to nice carbonation. Black cherry up front, malt/tart hops in the midpalate, the strong tart sour cherry in the long finish, ending with lots of bitter cherry pit flavor, perhaps the bitterness from hops and cherries converge. The tart cherry is lip-smacking and lingers, it keeps coming back in the nooks and crannies of your mouth. Dry, dry, dry, this is a good thing. Unusual at first, it grows on you with every sip.

This is not my favorite style of beer, but I respect this effort for its loads of flavor that tastes of natural and real cherry essence. Its tanginess would complement rich food amazingly well, perfect for duck breast. This might be a good beer to bring wine lovers over to the beer world. It has a lot of the qualities of good food wines. I would reach for this with a hearty meal; on its own, when you are in the mood for something different.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.03/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Bocktown tonight. It was the only one I had not sampled (actually I had never heard of it). The waiter told me it was a sour ale so I ordered it. It was served in a snifter and had a beautiful appearance.
Translucent and foggy red body with nice 1 finger white head. Retention was excellent and plenty of lacing was left behind in the glass.
Nose and Taste were very similar. They were strong on sour cherries-but not overpowering. There wasn't much else to the taste other than the medium tartness. It was sour cherries the whole way through. Very consistent.
Mouthfeel was medium to low carbonation and medium weight body (not thick as most lambics are...which helped the drinkability.) Overall this was a pretty darn good fruit beer. The best cherry flavored one I have had as of yet. Yes, I will have this again.

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Photo of lstokes
4.03/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like cherry lambics and fruit beers, but you can only enjoy so much of those at a time.

I liked this beer because it had a pleasant cherry flavor without an overwhelming sourness or a strong aftertaste. I didn't love the smell--overly malty? and overly sweet--but the taste was good, relatively spicy-hoppy, some wheat character, and then a nice tart cherry, and the mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

I can see people who weren't beer lovers really liking this, and I can see myself drinking a few in a row.

The label is also an excellent label, I have to say.

Would buy again--solid if not surprising or superb.

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Photo of mjc410
4.01/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I moved to the DC area this past winter, and got my first chance to see the famous cherry blossoms. I learned there that Hanami is the Japanese word for "blossom viewing," so this beer jumped off the shelf at me. Plus, I like fruit beer to begin with.

The pour into my Murphy's glass raises a slight head that bubbles away sedately. The lacing is slick, but leaves a solid border at its greatest extent. The liquid beneath is a translucent copper, heavily touched by ruby.

Sweet cherries, and a touch of pepper characterize the smell. It's nice, but simple.

The taste is not overly sweet, pretty highly acidic. Unlike some other cherry beers, this really has a maraschino cherry taste, which is fantastic. There's a creamy, vanilla thing going on, too, which has won me over.

The mouth is thick, with medium, coarse carbonation. Workable.

A fine beer. I'm reviewing on my second bottle from a sixer, and it's already growing on me.

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Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish amber slightly hazy with a pinkish-tan foamy head that recedes to a coating on the surface after a while. Nice sticky lacing is left behind. I can't say I've seen a coloring of a beer like this before - I'm intrigued. Nose is dominated by tart tangy cherry, some malt and hops underneath. Hard to pull out the hops and malt given the prevelence of cherry. Taste is of blackcherry up front, definitely on the sweeter side and then haops become apparent as it fades in to a bit more bitter finish. Mouthfeel is creamy to start and then a very dry finish. Medium boedied, decent carbonation.
Overall, not a beer that I would necessarily buy for an evening. However, it's a nice little beer that I would say could be paired with food more so than a stand alone session.

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Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Hanami Ale pours a orange/red with a thin head that leave a nice lacing on my Smuttynose Big Beer series glass. Aroma is mostly dark cherries. Flavor starts off sweet with a lot of cherry flavor and finishes dry and slightly sour. There is a nice bit of maltiness in between. Its a pretty nice fruit beer, a style that is not always my favorite.

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Photo of wvbrewcrew
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful color on the pour with a nice foamy head of 1/4 inch sadly dissapearing quickly.

S: Lots of smells first malty spicey fruity hoppy .

T: Fruit right out the gate with some granny smith apples and some sour cherries then comes a bit of the hop and lemony zests.

M: Very nice and leaves the pallet clean with its crisp taste.

D: Very drinkable could have this one everyday had it with some grilled chicken.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an intriguing amber red into my Harpoon IPA glass. From the bottle it has a pink look to it but, when in the glass, it goes the way of the amber red. Head rises to a pillowy inch and slowly subsides.

Aromas are slightly spicy with the hints of cherry and thyme. Put this to your lips and everything comes alive.

The brew hits your lips and then dances its way across the tongue. Initiall sensory reception indicates belgian ale, oh and a hint of hops. Quick transition to the cherryliscious flavors with the sour setting in - nice. Finishes sour-dry - ver nice - a bit of sweetness left on the tongue.

This brew is quite nice to start the day - or anytime for that matter. Highly recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of JoKo
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Pint glass

Appearance: Very dark burgundy/red color, hazy, looks like a wheat beer. The head is an inch thick and off white in color.

Smell: Cherries, not really getting anything else.

Taste: Cherries up front, wheat, with mild maltiness lingering in the background, maybe some cloves.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light bodied.

Drinkability: Overall, this beer was refreshing and interesting for me, because I haven't had much of this style. Good summer/spring session beer. I would drink this beer again, it reminds me of a Samuel Adam's Cherry Wheat.

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