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

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 Kinsman
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Presents itself with a pleasant copper color with lighter red highlights and a decent light-tan colored head. Not too much retention on the head but leaves a decent lacing on the walls of the glass.

Smell is more subdued than one would expect. Cherry and other fruit notes are noticeable but not overwhelming.

Taste is welcoming with a decent malt profile before the cherry juice comes in. Personally, cherry is not a flavor I like a lot, but I wanted to give this brew a chance anyway. Smuttynose does manage to pull it off pretty well though, with a decent tart flavor but not a palate buster.

Enjoyable medium body feel with carbonation being just right. Overall a better than expected beer, but nothing I'm going to seek out year after year.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.49/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!). Curious if this has anything to do with the retired Portsmouth beer of the same name? Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Best before August, 2010.

Effervescing body churns out into the glass almost like a Belgian ale. Burnt orange, rufous, and rust body, lightly hazy and crowned by a persistent off-white head which firms as it settles to a half finger. Thick, clingy lacing.

Cherry pits, apricots, caramel, pale malt, and maybe a hint of diacetyl and...corn nuts? Hm.

Toasty pale malt, noble hops (?), and a pleasing tartness blend together on the palate. The cherry adds a hint of sweetness, but is mostly sour. A slightly grainy and savory flavor emerges towards the finish - it isn't quite vegetal (DMS), but doesn't integrate well with the rest of the profile.

Light yet creamy mouthfeel, excellent carbonation.

The malt seems to hold back the potential for drinkability, obscuring the cherry.

An interesting beer, but not well integrated.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.56/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a hazy amber with a half finger off-white head; no lacing to speak of

S - Smells a little yeasty and grain, with an almost biscuit smell. No fruit detectable to me in the nose other then a slight sweetness

T&M - Some toasted grain and a slight biscuity taste. There is again a sight sweetness, but the cherry influence is in the tartness. There is a nice tart and slightly sour feel on the palette. The feel is medium bodied and slightly chewy

D - I'm generally not a "fruit beer" fan, but I think Smutty has done well here. I wasn't expecting the cherry influence to be so subtle and well balanced into the beer; if this were a blind tasting I may have identified this as a sour ale.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -0.6%
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 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 tigg924
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: redish/brown in color, high carbonation, clear, 1/3 inch head

Smell: toasted malt, earth, and cherry

Taste: toasted malt and dark cherry juice

Mouthfeel: semi-sweet, medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I sort of see this a a cleaner Sam Adams cherry wheat that is perhaps a bit juicier. If you like that then you should enjoy this. While above average, I cannot see myself drinking more than one a sitting.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the last Smuttynose regular beers I haven't tried. 12oz into tulip.

A- Rusty brown and a splash of pink. I swear the off-white head is slightly pink as well... oh-so-slightly. Huge mountainous head that isn't going anywhere.. snowdrift lacing. Takes a while for the head to settle.

S- Sweet sugary (not quite syrupy) and a mild malt base.

T- Cherry tartness. Hmm. Not quite mouth-puckering, but close. Some other dark fruit notes are being tossed around... perhaps the cherry skin comes through more than the cherries themselves. Still, this is a fruit beer... not a sour and the tartness stays in check.

M- Tart, pretty good carbonation (although I think most of it vanished into the head) and a nice drying mouthfeel.

D- Moderate to low- I like it. I can't see myself having a bunch of these, though. Glad it's in the mix pack.. you know, I'd buy a 6pk of it if I could, but it'd be a while until I was through all of them.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
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 -7.4%
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 far333
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orangey red with a wispy off-white head that rises up minimally and sinks quickly, but leaves a firm cap that lingers long. Webs of oily lace rise up the glass.

Aroma of sweet fruit and some honied malt. Flavor of sour cherry, tart notes, rose petals, aome lactic acid sourness. Dry mouthfeel, finishes crisp, fairly thin body. Interesting beer, but don't need to try another.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Best by August 10 notched on the label. Poured a translucent amber with a bubbly/creamy 2.5 inch off-white head. Head eventually settles into a solid, frothy skim with some thick slashes and strands of lacing exposed during the tasting. Nose expresses cherries, wheat/grain, a citrus character, as well as perhaps a hint of spice. Taste follows nose - cherries come out as somewhat muted and watered down, some acidity in the mix, on a light, toasted malt backbone. Mouthfeel is fairly light in body, with a lively background carbonation - acidity stimulates the salivary glands around the cheeks. Not a bad beer for the style. Easy drinking, and somewhat refreshing. Not something I would want to drink all night, but pretty easy to drink one or two.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: brownish copperish ale.

smell: very subtle cherry and aromas in fact

taste: not as pronouced as I thought it would be. some cherry, wine like drink, a little tart and sour but really not dominant in any flavor. just a sublte light fruit sour.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: not bad. would have liked more flavors on some end, but really wasn't awful.

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Photo of MPLS
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle has the words "cute" written on it, wait it doesn't...

A: Pours a light copper with a splash of grenadine, 1.5 cm head that slowly bubbles into a condensed froth. Lively lively carbonation and not much lace.

S: The cherry notes are subtle and a blind smell wouldn't reveal this as a cherry beer. I can smell some malty sweetness and the yeast.

T: Up front it's very much a lager with a slightly bready taste that gets shoved out of the way with well cherry juice? It has a very high fructose feel to it, but much more tart finish with a touch of lemon citrus. The finish is also dry, but not hoppy.

M: Just under medium bodied pronounced carbonation on the tongue and can still see the head retaining itself.

D: Middle of the road average drinkability to me, nice hues to it's color, but an underwhelming nose and just par flavor profile.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice coppery brown with a fairly thick if not persistent head. Aroma is malty, yeasty, slightly fruity and a bit sweet, typical for an ale. Flavor is quite fruity, rather like a cider, a little fruity-sweet with a firm tone of cherry and some malt. Texture is quite smooth and a little fizzy, leaving a sour cherry finish.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Foggy light chestnut brown, big frothy, tan cappuccino like head, after a few minutes settles down to less than half a finger

S: Similar to a typical lager smell, some grainy malt notes, but kind of wheaty almost, pretty bland in regards to hops, nothing really there, a slight whiff of cherries shows up as just a hint of sweetness

T: Not at all what I was expecting, starts off unimpressive without any real flavors of hops or malt, then tartness builds strongly, like fresh cherries, but too tart almost, then as the flavors start to fade out an earthy note like cherry skins remains

M: Dry and tart, very wine like, hard to really feel much else, carbonation is ok

D: Not too high, very tart after a while, but not in a pleasant way like some other tart/sour beers

Notes: Not a very successful beer in my opinion. I guess if they were going for a tart beer then its ok, but there aren't really any "beer" flavors here, just overly tart cherry and cherry skin flavors. The lack of any other flavors really hurt drinkability as well. When I want a beer, I want it to taste like beer with cherries, this isn't that.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a brilliantly clear ruby red color with a clingy moderate white head. The aroma is moderate cherry fruit. The flavor is moderately sweet and balanced by pleasant tartness from the cherries. A distinguishable cherry flavor is also evident. The carbonation is moderate and body medium-full. Over a well brewed base beer, the tartness provides a nice balance but the cherry flavor gets a bit old and pushes cloying.

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Photo of KarlHungus
1.83/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer pours a cloudy amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of cherries, with a faint malt undertone. The taste is of artificial cherry juice, and is down right nasty with a lingering medicinal finish. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, this is one bad beer. In fact this is a first drain pour I've had in a very long while.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.66/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Thick amber colored body with a frothy, light tan colored head standing at about an inch and a half. I'd also like to add that the label of the bottle is very unique. An Asian scene including a mountain background with sushi in the foreground and all of it framed by pink flowers.

S - Mild malt with an accent of cherry and citrus.

T - Certainly cherry flavors here but not too overwhelming. The taste is refreshing and welcoming.

M - The texture is coarse but it does a nice job assisting the flavors to be released.

~ This is a refreshing and tasty brew. I'm not normally a fan of fruit filled beers but this one is crafted nicely. I certainly recommend this to be tried by all beer lovers.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of apbarwood
2.21/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Lightish-brown. Starts with a nice head but dissipates quickly. Nice bubbles.

Smell- Yeasty.

Taste- Very tart, sour cherry flavor. A trace of a malted flavor seems like it wants to come out but doesn't quite get there.

Mouthfeel- Sort of sticks to the roof of your mouth. You'd think the carbonation would help a little but it doesn't. Just kind of a cloying tartness that wasn't at all appealing.

Drinkability- Hard to stomach. I don't think even as a desert drink it would work since it doesn't refresh or cleanse the palate at all. It looked nice but went downhill from there.

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Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a medium dark brown.. slightly murky. Nice white head, but sadly has dissipated almost completely.

S: Slightly yeasty, fruit notes. Something else in there, but I am not sure what.

T: Tart cherry.. a little bit of a biscuit taste. Tasted a little like cherry pie filling. A cider type taste.

M: Lots of carbonation, tart, and makes your mouth water.

D: Nice and refreshing. Would be good as a desert beer. But I don't think this is an everyday beer. Cool ass label though.

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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 farrago
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With an aggressive pour gets past three fingers, settles into a finger plus microfoam with pockets of slightly larger bubbles, dark cream white in color, considerable lacing left behind. Cloudy amber-brown in color, quite bright given its general opacity, you get more orange hues near the rims. Lean, if not angular, nose of white citrus pith, rice cakes, bitter grains and whole cloves, not much distinguishable fruit, plenty of cut as it lifts through your nostrils, not slowing down to say hi. Medium-bodied, sour but not bracingly so, more oomph in the clove, cinnamon, nutmeg spice as well as the white grapefruit citrus. The rice and unprocessed grains persist. Over time it sweetens a touch, allowing for cherry, cranberry fruit flavors to emerge. The carbonation is not too fluffy and prods things into a steady gait. Only a vague hint of maltiness, like a very thin coating of caramel. Dries out the mouth by the end, helps to heighten the sourness. A very curious beer, more of a specific "cuisine pairing" brew than chugger, that is for sure.

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Photo of oelergud
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry off cap. Yellow and pink label showing a sushi picnic of a golden cat and an asian doll.
The body is a dark burnt ruby only letting faint light through at the edge. Multi bubbled light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lace.
Light wooden and tart fruity scent. Good pine hops and some mild malts.
Tart fruity flavor with a good hop presence. The aftertaste is a biting tart lingering sensation.
Medium body with a dry finish.
Good drinkability. It is always nice to try something different.


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Smuttynose Hanami Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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