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Smuttynose Hanami Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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

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Added by Sycodrummer on 12-10-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.66/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

300th Review.

AP: Totally clear, deep amber with high carbonation creating a 1/4" off-white head that is very tight and dense leaving nice rings of lacing behind.

Nose: Smells of malted wheat and red fruits like raspberry and cherry.

Taste: Starts off tart and tangy with some malted wheat over red-berry juice mixing it up and finishing with a very mild herbal hop flavor. The blend of flavors don't really harmonize very well together, the tart and tangy effect overpowers the decent malted wheat flavor and drowns out the hop effect. "Added flavors" indeed.

MF: Light to medium bodied that feels very thin, the well-retained head gives it a nice smooth feel and the carbonation leaves you with a decent bite going down.

DA: I'm usually very impressed with what Smuttynose delivers, that being said, This kind of brew really isn't my thing. Although I have enjoyed "fruity" beers in the past such as the wonderful Sam Adams "Longshot" homebrew contest winner "Boysenberry wheat ale".

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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 phisig137
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle best by date of August 07, pours a crystal clear bright red ruby color, with a two finger head. Decent retention leaves behind huge amounts of sticky lacing. I would rate the appearance higher, but it was poured out of quite possibly the ugliest bottle that I've ever seen. I was almost embarassed to buy it.

Aroma is mild, with not a whole lot there. Small aromas of burnt sugar and caramel meld with mild cherry aromas, but not real cherries, this is a knockoff, imitation cherry.

Flavor is surprisingly tart, but not all that great. Thin malts, no hops to speak of, and a tart very fake tasting cherry flavor. Slightly sweet finish, and tart up front, but even the tartness tastes fake. This isn't the usual tart that you'd find in a decent fladers beer, but a tart flavor that almost tastes like a powdered acid was added to the beer to make it tart. Mouthfeel is thin and light. Drinkability is decent at best.

Wow, this was quite a disappointment from Smuttynose. Normally they produce a decent product, especially in their big beer series. This is a definite exception. Just not very good in any aspect, and not nearly up to their normal standards. Oh, and for the love of god, do something better with the label. That is possibly the tackiest, ugliest label that I have ever seen. Perhaps if you were selling anime juice it would be ok.... but from a quality brewery like Smuttynose, I'd expect more. both from the label and the beer.

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

An unexpected handoff at Liquor World...thanks.
Best before April '07...that's not too far off.
Cherry blush color with a short lived finger of bright white head...thin, sporadic lacing.
Inviting in the nose...fresh cherries, pale malt and earthy yeast.
Taste is tart cherries galore...separating itself from others like Redbach, that strike me more like a wine cooler than beer IMO.
A slight sweetness, but the tartness drys up the finish and the yeast adds to the back end, distracting your pallet from thinking this is a fruit beer....it isn't.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied at best, but not thin or watered-down.
Personally, I'd only enjoy a glass of this in an evening and that's about it...stress "enjoy" as I do like the flavor...just not a session beer for me.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 6 pack of this to share with a good friend that loves beers brewed with cherries.

A - dark reddish brew, lighter on the sides, modest reddish head that quickly dissipates.
S - light malts, light cherry.
T - Swirling sweet and tart cherries! Light malts and a touch of clove.
M - light to medium bodied. Not as full bodied as the color suggested.
D - Quite quaffable!

A side note - I find too often that cherry beers regardless of base style have a chemical or artificial cherry juice flavor. Hit's me at the first sip and is always a downer. Not this beer. This tastes like they used real cherries and let them do their thing. For that alone it's worth a try in my book. Enjoy!

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Photo of Ego
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I usually am quite weary of beers with added fruit juice unless of the belgian variety and sour as all get out... that said smutty makes some good stuff, so tonight I made mine a smutty, besides, there is a godzilla on the 6-er, can't beat that.. looking forward to the Mothra Imperial Stout...

orange with ample carbonation, the head however fades quickly, that said the lacing is pretty damn good. nothing unusual to report here.

a strange sour/sweetness, like jolly ranchers, in a way it almost smells like rodenbach... not much else to say about the nose...

taste etc...
light drinking with the cherry flavor in the aftertaste, it has a slight sourness to it which I like but overall this beer is er... boring. now if I go by the belgian pale ale style this is no where near that category.. I don't think this was meant to be a BPA at all... maybe a good one to slip the wife to get her into craft brew.

interesting try but it is kinda boring, is it bad ? nah.. just "there".. nothing I would bother with again.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a darkish amber with pinky highlights and very little head. Not too much carbonation. Aromas of cherries, savory spice, and some diacetyl. Reminds me a bit of a Halloween seasonal with some cherry spice thrown in. A touch sour at first on the palate, then some flat fruit juice flavors with only mildly balancing bitterness at the mid-palate. A bit of a grainy note comes out toward the finish, along with a thiny, harsh, metallic taste that's unpleasant. Mouthfeel is rather acidic, with unassuming carbonation. Overall, this is a good-smelling beer that doesn't follow through on taste. It has its charms, but the fruit flavors are not well integrated with the malt flavors; instead, the palate and the finish are an acidic, metallic mess. Some potential here, but it isn't realized.

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Photo of Foxman
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a very clear and carbonated amber rose. A finger of off-white head deflates soon to a misty froth film. Horns of lacing stripe the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries a light malt earthiness along with a metallic hops tang. There is cherry, but is it the juice of cherries, or cherry Kool-Aid?

Upon tasting, the malt is toffee and fairly sweet, but there's a vague graininess as well. A more genuine cherry fruitiness meets a noble-esque peppery hop note. Biscuit arrives late, just before a tinny bitterness lingers dry but somewhat listlessly. It doesn't quite get to where it seems to want to go.

Light bodied, the tartness helps save a rather thin presentation.

I had to look twice at the label- no, they're not Pokemon. And the beer inside is, well...it's kind of limp, actually. So I finish this bottle. Maybe the wife will finish the rest of the sixer. I hope so anyway. Sorry Smuttynose, but I expect more from you. Better luck next time.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.31/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting new brew from the Smuttynose folks.

It pours a nice looking, slightly hazy light ruby colour with a big head that dissolves quickly and leaves minimal residue on the glass.

The aroma is a faint blend of cherry sweetness, a bit of grain and also a touch of hops. Nothing dominates which lends to a nice balanced mix overall, but blandness unfortunately prevails.

Flavour steps it up a notch from the aroma and provides some good flavour with the same balanced blend that the aroma presented. Cherry juiciness is indeed present and the sweetness from it blends nicely with the tartness from it that comes in more toward the finish of each sip and blends with a a bit of graininess. Mouthfeel is light bodied an fairly refreshing overall.

This one's not bad, but could use some work as in the end it's not very memorable. The aroma needs some beefing up and the cherry flavour could use another partner in crime. Worth a try and a decent-ish beer overall, but don't expect to love it.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smuttynose- Hanami Ale

Appearance- reddish brown with a light pink hue head. Heavy lacing.
Smell- Cherry and cloves.
Taste- Cherry, clove, and pepper.
Mouthfeel- Sweet cherry with a light clove backbone. Crisp with a mild dryness.

Overall- Not bad. A beer I could drink all night but I wouldn't go out of my way for.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A---It poured bronze with red hues and a thin white head.

S---Slight clove and esters.

T---Bone dry and acidic upfront. It finished very tart with biscuit like malt flavor and a hint of cherry.

M---Thin with little mouth feel.

D---It reminded me of a tart saison infused with cherries. I enjoyed it but it could use higher volume of co2.

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Photo of vitamaltz
2.26/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I hadn't heard of this one before trying a 3 oz. sample at the brewpub. Something was definitely wrong here:

Smell: refried beans
Taste: refried beans!
Mouthfeel: thankfully not much like refried beans. A bit thin, but I couldn't tell what this beer was trying to do anyway.

I'm not sure if someone had been making burritos in my sample glass, but I have a feeling this was not the way the brewer intended it. Too bad my dog wasn't allowed in the pub; he would have loved this!

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was described as being in the "Belgian style" (no more specificity given) and having been brewed with copius amounts of cherries. The waitress described it as a 'mild belgian ale with a distinct cherry flavor.'

Presented to me from the tap in a tulip glass the beer was a bright ruby red color with no head and leaving no lacing. Very still in the glass. An almost juice like appearance.

The aroma is indeed a health dose of cherry upfront and a sweet sugary sweetness. An underlying malty aroma with faint hints of grass and a slight yeasty aroma. Very "sweet" smelling like cherry juice from the marachino jar.

The taste has a semi-tart cherry flavor up front that just seems to beg for more of a crisp sour finish that is not present. A thin malt body leaves the beer a little lacking in depth, but is as the server described it: mild. The beer has a distinct yeast character association with many belgian ales but finish a little bland on the palate with a carbonation that seems to fizzle out quickly and leave a stale taste on the tounge. This seems to linger a bit on the palate.

Medium-thin body with carbonation that starts out full but fades quickly.

I have enjoyed many excellent beers from Portsmouth, but sadly this was not among them. The beer seems like it screamed for a tart finish that simply wasn't there. The cherry is present but only mildy so and it comes off as cloying sweet with little to no bite to balance this sweetness. It reminds me a little bit of SA Cranberry Lambic. A sweety fruit flavor that just needs something to balance it off aside from the flat bland finish that seems to follow. By no means a bad beer, just not what I had hoped for or expected.

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Smuttynose Hanami Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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