Smuttynose Hanami Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Hanami AleSmuttynose Hanami Ale
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Smuttynose Hanami AleSmuttynose Hanami Ale

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sycodrummer on 12-10-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 263 |  Reviews: 237
Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hop Devil Grill. Getting more dunkel and dark beer taste, did not know cherry and got tart cherry. Creamy head with lace. Sour lemony finish and aftertaste. The aroma and the beer are Odd indeed. I don't like fruit beers on average, but points on trying.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It would be easy to expect something sweet and fruity of this beer given the colorful, almost cartoonish label and the wording across it... "ale brewed with cherry juice", but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it's much more tart, and perhaps a touch more bitter than it should be. It is cherryish, without question, but it's not artificially sweet.

It pours a luminous browned-crimson body with glowing orange-ish highlights beneath a short lid of white foam that holds fairly well and clings to the glass quite easily, leaving behind streaks of spotty lace.

The nose is fruity in a pulpish way, but you can make out that it's from cherries and not some other fruit, and some wheatish and caramel-accented malt supports from beneath but becomes dull without really adding anything to the fruit. Some house yeast character is also present, and recurs in the flavor as well.

The tartness in the flavor, however, completely turns that around and brightens it with a zing. It's not puckeringly sour, but it's far from soft and smooth as well... there's just enough! Beyond that the fruit appears, and it's quite authentic and welcome. The maltiness found in the nose never really surfaces, and it's a silky smooth ride across the palate once the initial burst of tartness is received, leaving it to simply fade away in the incredibly long-lingering, surprisingly bitter-for-the-style finish. A bit of astringency is present, and it's felt on the teeth as if you were biting into a freshly picked white grape - which is the other main flavor component. Again, it's not sweet, but dry and somewhat biting, not unlike a wine in many ways (think Gruner Veltliner or Pinot Grigio).

Some depth of flavor or a bit more complexity might help to make this beer a bit more regal, but as it is, it's quite elegant in its own right. It's certainly not your average beer, and most likely not what most people would expect, but it stands up just fine on its own. Worth trying.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, cherry and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is malty and very tart with flavors of cherry and caramel. There’s a mild hops presence that provides a little bit of balance, but it just seems that the beer is lacking something. The after-taste is tart and sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

D: Not very tasty, doesn’t go down very easily, not too filling, to be honest, there really isn’t much about this beer that appeals to me. This is one of the few Smuttynose beers that I haven’t liked. Any place that I’ve seen carry this beer will at least carry something else from Smuttynose that I would choose first.

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Photo of nickfl
3.02/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of off-white head on a hazy, golden brown body. Average head retention and a small amount of lace is left on the glass as the head disappears.

S - A nice, dry cherry aroma dominates. There are also hints of toasted malt, caramel, and fruity yeast.

T - Dry and more than a little tart, lots of toasted malt and medicinal cherries. More toasted malt and some earthy hops along with moderate bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not very drinkable. This beer smelled pretty good, but the flavor is horrible. There is a huge amount of dead, muddy malt flavor that reminds me of burnt toast and the cherry is unfortunately medicinal. I can't help but think that I am drinking a bad, homebrewed brown ale that someone tried (and failed) to fix by adding cherry syrup.

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Photo of smcolw
2.44/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Red-orange in color, cloudy. Good start to the head. It has some lasting power and leaves a nice ring on the glass.

A complex collection of aromas--no cherry per se, but the smell is overall sour. I'm reminded (negatively) of the Cranberry Lambic from Sam Adams, although not nearly as strong.

This is a little like drinking the liquid equivalent of a fruit tart. Quite sour without the lip-puckering qualities. The tartness lasts through the swallow, leaving the aftertaste relatively unquenching. Some beers grow on me as I drink them, this one is doing the opposite.

I love interesting beers; this certainly will offer a lot to discuss. While I'm not a big fan, I'm very glad to have tried this beer at least once.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $4.75 at the Brick Store Pub.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, reddish-mahogany body with a foamy cap of off-white head.

Smell: Inviting toasted malt nose with some slight, sweetish cherry notes and, upon warming, some perceived cinnamon hints.

Taste: Toasted malts with a light sweetness. Delicate background taste of cherry. Generally spicy hop character with a mild imparted bitterness. The malts disengage prior the finish, allowing for the tart cherry additive to stand out just a bit more prominently.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, worthy fruit beer that doesn't bowl you over (or send you running for a glass of water) with fruit flavor, instead erring on the side of understatement. This is two fruit beers I've generally enjoyed in as many days, what is happening to me?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronzed orange peel with a hint of cherry juice red. I expected a pale pink, cherry blossom colored cap, but instead it's medium ecru. I like the tight-bubbled texture, the crazily bubbled upper surface and the attractive array of fine lace.

The nose is a little Oktoberfest-like. It's toasted and earthy and only faintly fruity. In fact, if I didn't know that cherry juice was added, I couldn't have figured it out from the nose alone. Although different, the aroma is pleasant in its own way.

Kudos to Smuttynose for brewing outside the typical, cherry juice-added fruit beer box. The only thing is, I'm not fully onboard with the direction they've chosen to go. Don't worry about excess sweetness because there's very little to be had. Bitterness is much more prominent. Let's also add an increasing puckery tartness as it warms.

It isn't until somewhere around mid-mouthful that the cherry juice makes an appearance. Rather than juice, the beer tastes earthy... like dried cherries or cherry fruit leather. I would have backed off the Styrian Goldings and Sterling hops to allow more of the natural sugars to shine through, but that's just me. Other than a mild toasted maltiness, there's no resemblance to an Oktoberfest on the palate. What was I thinking?

The mouthfeel is pale ale-like and is a smidgen lighter that I think it should be. It's exceptionally smooth, however, and has an agreeable amount of carbonation.

I was intrigued by Hanami Ale when I first heard about it. I thought the name was interesting, the label incredibly cute and the use of cherry juice potentially a great idea. Besides, I have a lot of respect for Smuttynose. I'm not as thrilled with the final product as I had hoped I would be, but it's still a worthwhile purchase for those who want a fruit beer that doesn't follow the usual blueprint.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was able to get about a finger's worth of reddish/off-white head out of the pour, but it did not have very good retention. The color was a slightly cloudy medium-red and the nose had a slight sourness to it, undoubtedly from the cherry juice added to the beer. The mouthfeel was very effervescent with a great sour cherry taste on the tongue. The finish was rather dry and the whole experience reminded me of my uncle's homemade Montmorency cherry wine. I would not want a whole bunch of these at one sitting, but it would be a wonderful accompaniment to fish or as a dessert beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold into a tumbler.
A - Decants a deep amber w/ golden highlights and a tan head. The head is about an inch and a half w/ tightly formed bubbles. A smattering of lace from the head sticks well all the way.

S - An astringent and grain odor w/ a gentle cherry cream scent.

M - Starts off bland, but seems to get a boost of tartness from cherry juice halfway through.

T - A dry grainy texture and taste bordering on astringent is usurped by a tart almost sour cherry taste. There is not much sweetness here, rather a bitey flavor of cherry skin. The taste is kind of tannic, but it doesn't overtake the taste completely. There is a bit of husky grain toastiness underneath it all.

D - I found this to be a decent tasting cherry ale. Not too sweet, but a tad sharp at times. I prefer it to other mainstream examples. I paired this with barbecue and it cut through the grease well. The acidity complements food that is slightly sweet - I could see this going well w/ Honeybaked ham.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a reddish-amber color with one finger of white head. Little carbonation and some froth.

s - Very metalic to me, with only hints of cherries. Not much else going on here. Not very good.

t - Taste is quite sour. Some sour fruits such as cherries, apples, and lemons. Also a little bit of malts and some tart.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Not a very good beer IMO. Thought the smell was metallic and wasn't a big fan of the sour fruit taste. Wouldn't try again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.99/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber brown with almost a finger of white foamy head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose holds notes of cherry, dark malts, and strange off-smell, I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's akin to a layer of sharp chapstick on the cherries themselves. Whatever that smell is, it is very disconcerting and off-putting. The taste is little better, but better nonetheless. The cherries return, but are more tart, more sour than in the nose. The dark malts have lightened and become almost wheaty and are joined by some orange peel, coriander, and cracked pepper. In sum, a strange flavor, not one I can really gladly get behind. The body is a fluffy medium, with healthy carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an odd brew, whose strange off-putting flavors and scents drive down its drinkability to a fair degree.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a solid pale ale color with a pink tinge to it and a tightly bubbled head that recedes gradually. Smells of sweet bready toasted malt with a tart non-descript fruit aroma. Taste is sweet malt bready with a hint of caramel. Tart almost sour fruit washes across the palette and never leaves. Dry bitter finish with a lingering sour cherry almost lemony taste. Crisp carbonation, light to medium body and tart fruity mouthfeel. Honestly this is one of my favorite smutty seasonals. Its light and tart and oh so flavorful although maybe a bit one dimensional. I'd love to see a version of this barrel aged or spiked with brett personally.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a slight hazed deep amber copper hue head is off white khaki beige toned. Lacing is fine and even with each sip down the sides of my Prima Pils conical shaped glass. Aroma is very metallic and when I cracked the bottle it started foaming a bit more than usual. Tart cherries arise with juicy fruit tones as well more the skin earthiness comes through with a copper penny note. Flavor is pretty tart/sour for a fruit beer which is better than the average sugar infused cherry beers that have been popular. It's not funky just a clean cherry skin earthy tart tone coming through flavors lacks the metallic notes I smelled, thank god. Mouthfeel is dry with a finishing bitterness like biting into a cherry stem it's weird, body is lighter than your average carbonation a littler sturdier than the norm. Drinkability overall was interesting especially coming out of a pink labeled japanese hello kitty like label, I wasn't sure what to experience when little japanese girl eats sushi with the golden "hello kitty".

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Photo of JAHMUR
2/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of rab53
1/5  rDev -69.2%

Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer with best before dating smartly notched onto the side of the label, allowed to warm up a bit, this one pours cloudy, soft cherry tinged amber, nose is faintly of sugary fruit. Medium tan head, that leaves sheets and loads of scattered dots of nice looking, fine lacing. Mildly sweet but mostly sour brew, moderate fruit and cherry notes picked up. Pleasant enough creation, dont think I would pick up tons more of this stuff , but would be nice on a warm day with dessert. Sort of a lambic for beginners.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clouded amber with a touch of ruby. No head. Nose is a touch of yeast and a touch of cherries. Flavor is sour like what a lambic would almost be, but not quite the grandeur of it. Bitter is there as well. Feel has a decent amount of bubble for the tongue. Not very drinkable in my opinion.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed reddish amber with a thin head that soon becomes a thin patch, then disappears.

The smell is of cherry blossoms. Cherry with some sourdough.

The taste is of sweet malt, some bittering hops. The cherry is more in the back than upfront, though certainly present. All-in-all it's well-balanced, though in favor of the sweetness.

The feel is rather light, though not watery.

In the end, it's decent enough. The flavors are fine, but mild. The cherry is not overpowering, but present. Interesting enough, but just a decent ale with a cherry twist.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.

Best By: Jun 08

Pours a nice golden amber color, very nice carbonation, huge 2 finger plus creamy off-white head, lots and lots of nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some cherries/sour, very slight yeast, and some caramel. The taste is malty, with a nice touch of sourness, some yeasty/flowery, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew, but I could only drink one.

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Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with some hues of red. Smell is of cherries. Taste is of tart cherries, a bit of hops, slightly bitter at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is an interesting and pretty good brew.

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Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with some reddish tones. One finger head lasts a while. Medium lacing and low carbonation levels.

Smell: light cherry sweetness is the most predominant flavor.

Taste: wheat, cherries, plums, and very soft bitterness. The fruit flavors are mild and not fake in any means.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and very dry throughout. Short cherry-laden aftertaste. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: nicely refreshing beer here. Easy to quaff, but after two bottles this may get a bit redundant. Worth giving it a shot.

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Smuttynose Hanami Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 20.9% out of 100 with 263 ratings
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