Mimosa - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 193
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 703
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Mimosa began as an idea: a beer inspired by our obsession with citrus. We built a recipe comprised of our favorite ingredients: Local organic raw wheat, Citra and Galaxy hops, Brettanomyces, and a healthy addition of fresh citrus zest. Mimosa was conditioned for 8 months in wine barrels with our resident microflora. 19º Plato 500 icus.
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Photo of mothman
3.57/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Pours a beige head. Color is a hazed dull yellow.

Aroma: Orange peel, fruits, wine barrel flavors, grapes, and some oak characteristics. It is hard to describe.

Taste: Oranges, yeast, bready malts. Grapes and wine barrels show again. Not as nice as the nose. Very yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Dry and sweet. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of bland.

Overall, the nose was awesome, but after that I wasn't impressed. The wine barrels showed nicely, but it was dry and kind of bland.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, bottle #140/450. Generously shared by - yep - cbutova. Originally had on 12/7 at a tasting.

Another Hill Farmstead gusher! Foams out the bottle, luckily not much lost. The appearance is pale hazy orange, foamy white head retains pretty well.

Tart fruit and bretty bugs dominate the smell. Good strength, a little on the simple side.

It does pull off a decent mimosa feel. Tart and funky orange juice instantly comes to mind, lots of tart light fruits in general (lemon, grapefruit). Some farmy funk, wheat, some oak. Not too much of a wine presence to me here but some white grape noticeable here and there.

Very light and easy drinking for 10%, hard to believe the alcohol content is for real here. High carbonation and very tart, moreso than expected.

A pretty crazy beer - huge orangey bretty saison - drinks way too easy for 10%. Though very enjoyable I don't think I'm as crazy for it as many others are.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange beer with a nice sized white head. Pretty good looking.

S - Just a slight bit of booze on the nose, but it's nothing bad. After finding out this is 10%, it actually seems pretty well hidden. Orange citrus is very present, this actually does have something of a champagne quality to it that reminds me of a Mimosa. Wine notes are mostly covered up by the citrus, but I think they are supposed to be more subtle than anything else.

T - This is very citrus flavor forward without managing to be too acidic. Orange and yeast with some tart notes and a bit of spice on the end.

M - Prickly carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Drinks quite easily for a 10% beer. I liked the taste, but this was nothing I would go crazy trying to trade for. This beer is more experimentally awesome than plain good, but I think given how unique it is and what they were trying to accomplish this is a big winner. Very innovative, and while probably one of my least favorite HF beers, that's due to how great their beers are. Even the worst HF beer is better than 90% of all the other breweries best beers.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is hazy yellowish orange with a tight creamy white head. Nose is heavy citrus, faint Brett leather and a touch of musk. Taste is also heavy citrus and tropical fruit, a touch husky and notes of musk. Very fleshy orange, alcohol shows in back, slightly fusel and a bit sour. Body is well carbonated and fairly dry, not too heavy but not light.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750mL waxed bottle served in a couple tulips glasses. Served chilled. After taking some time to strip off the wax, this finally opens with a hiss and a bit of a gush.

Aroma: Citrus zest and lots of barnyard funk upfront. Not really heavy on the acid at all. The funk really does well to compliment the citrus and does not overpower it at all.

Taste: Citrus rind dominates here. There is none of the acid that I would normally expect to make this sour. Instead, it just gives off some sweetness and the oils of the citrus. Some very light tartness is behind all this, along with a slight bitter hop note. It keeps this from being too sweet. There is a nice funk presence throughout along with the white wine and oak barrels. The alcohol is hidden really well.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated and definitely spritzy but the body is a bit more than I expected. Almost a touch syrupy.

Overall, a really interesting and memorable wild ale, but I think it is a bit unfair to compare this to other sours. It really feels like it was going for more of a citrus forward beer with strong funk backing than a sour. Really interesting, but not one of my favorites from Hill Farmstead. Certainly good, just completely different from my expectations.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow gold color...small lingering head. Modest carbonation. Big aroma of barnyard and funky fruit rind. Giant flavors...funky fruit rind, weirdness, brett, citrus, minimal alcohol, dry mineral finish. Big lemon zest, herbs...overall tasty and fun, good for a pint or so!!

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Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by theduderules at SourNotes'. Am I actually drinking this?! Thanks! Poured into a tasting snifter.

Never having had Mimosa before, I think my expectations were in an entirely wrong place. I went in expecting a OJ-Sprite blend (Denny's? IHOP?) and I was quite off. Light golden color and inviting looks. Great funk and citrus blend in the aroma. Tasted bitter, that initially came as a shock but got quite pleasing over the course of the sample. Although I wish the bitterness was dialed down a bit.

Citrusy flavors and bitterness dominate the wild ale underneath... orange candy like at times, very very rindy. The carbonation was light and was a slight disappointment... I was hoping for something more spritzy.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh for this one. Shared at a tasting 12/8. 750ml bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a .5 finger white head with great retention. Beer is a pale, slightly cloudy yellow. Stringy lace with good stick. Excellent appearance as always.

Nose actually smells a lot like mimosa. Big orange notes with a sweet, champagne-y spritz and a health helping of funk. Appetizing and very unique.

Opens orange rind, slight hop bitterness. Yeasty. Sweet and tart citrus throughout with notes of cane sugar. Finish is aggressively yeasty with a slight hop bitter presence. Aptly named as this one definitely reminds me of my favorite brunch beverage.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and oily in the mouth and slick and aggressive going down. Sticky, dry finish. Solid. Amazing how well the ABV is hidden here.

This is a solid beer overall but honestly, from Hill Farmstead, I expected a bit more. Sure, it tastes and smells like mimosa but not a particularly good mimosa... and only a decent wild ale all things considered. Like I said, this is solid but by no means a standout from the brewery. A bit overhyped.

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Photo of Doodler
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle at my Saison tasting with buds. Crazy thick red wax was tough to get thru but managed with a sawzall and a blowtorch. Shared all around with the crew. Poured into my HF wine glass with a cloudy golden hue. Offered up tons of carbonation and an aromatic fluffy head. First whiffs were of a pretty funky brew for a saison - with hints of straw, citrus and orange peel on the nose. Flavors were bready and slightly herbal, with a citrusy / lemon tingle and a drying finish. Soft on the palate. Great beer - though not up to the expectations put on it. Still - a very nice brew and a treat to try.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy straw color with a finger of pillowy foam with good retention and lacing.

Smells like a funky saison. A lot of white wine notes and citrus to complement the base and a healthy note of brett.

Taste follows the nose. The citrus isn't quite as strong as I'd like it to be. There are some subtle white wine notes, but the predominant flavor is saison with brett. Thankfully it's just the musty funky components of a normal saison so still good.

One thing HF consistently nails it on is mouthfeel. This is no different. Light body, but still creamy.

Overall a good beer, but quite as outstanding as I was expecting. Not knowing anything about this beer, I wouldn't immediately say Mimosa. A very interesting experiment that turned out pretty well.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2011 Vintage
Bottle number: 69/450

Thanks to JAXSON for this bottle.

Appearance: Mimosa pours a moderately hazy golden yellow, with a gentle pour yielding a massive white head. The head lasts really well for a 10% sour and coats the glass in beautiful patterns of sticky lacing as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Wow, this actually smells like a Mimosa - albeit a slightly funkier version. Orange and dry white wine dominate the initial aroma, but a little warming allows some other notes to become apparent. These include: A distinct bretty character (almost barnyardy), oak, old wood, old dry grass and some sweeter fruits (peach and a hint of granadilla).
There is no trace of the 10% noted in the nose.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour is dominated by big citrus notes, with white wine, oak and some brett character (almost horsey) also present. As the beer warms a light sweeter fruit character is noted, alongside notes of dry grass, sweat and a hint of hops. Warming also adds some alcohol character that seems to clashes with the brett.
The flavour is lightly tart (I was expecting it to be a lot tarter) and the finish is very dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a high level of soft carbonation. The combination of the mouthfeel and the fresh citrus flavour made this a fantastically refreshing beer for a hot summers day.

Overall: Mimosa is a really tasty wild ale, but is a little one dimensional in the flavour department. I would love to see how this one develops with age, but I can't see it ever being worth the price!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at WLV and poured into wine glass.

A - Pours light a light orange juice yellow/orange, golden hue, white frothy head, spotty lace, and wisps on top.

S - Large dose of citrus and funk, fruity sweetness, light grains. Big big citrus nose, very bright and enjoyable. The funk is pretty big as well, but just smelling the citrus notes is enjoyable for me. The booze isn't all to evident on the nose, but you know it's there.

T - Note quite as good as the nose. Citrus, the booze is evident, funky, floral. Masterski said it tastes like orange creamsicle, and I'm going to have to steal that one, because it's a good call. The alcohol is a bit too much for me with this beer, needs to below 8%, I think.

M - Medium, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - The nose is so good on this beer, but the taste doesn't quite live up to it. That said, it's probably the most refreshing 10% beer I've ever had, so that's a bonus. I think the booze can smooth out even more and make this one more enjoyable.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this rarity. Served in a wine glass.

A - Nice white foam with good retention that eventually settles to a thick collar and splotchy lace. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Nice orange presence in the aroma - certainly evocative of a mimosa alright. Some tropical brettanoymyces notes, dry champagne-like mustiness, a touch of grain, oak, and vinous flavors. Perhaps a touch of alcohol, revealing the listed 10%.

T - Taste loses a bit of depth, with more fresh orange juice and citric acidity in the finish. Oaky vanilla, tropical brett and sweet malts combine to create a creamsicle-esque vibe. Nice, but seems more simplistic than many Hill Farmstead offerings.

M - Medium body, with soft carbonation, a smooth, juicy texture, some tannic dryness, and light warmth in the finish.

D - Nice beer, but not among my favorites from Hill Farmstead. I'd gladly drink this again but I'd just as soon have Art or Anna. At this point Shuan Hill is mostly competing with himself, and after setting the bar so high even good beers like this seem like a touch of a disappointment.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Thanks! Bottle 126/450. Glad to get the chance to try this after original plans for acquiring a bottle fell through.

A: Straw golden with a big white head. Good retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Strong orange with spicy grapefruit. Earthy and rustic with light pepper notes. Floral aromatics meet leather. There's a lot of orange flesh and lemon with some tangerine.

T: Earthy and leathery with a faint tartness. Strong fruit presence with lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine. Lightly floral with a touch of saltiness. 10%? I would have guessed 6%. The beer has a rustic feel with a dash of oak.

M: Upper light body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and spritzy with some tannins.

Overall: Unique and really enjoyable. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First bottle I've had time to think about, 750 mL, red wax, #332, 2012. Thanks Tucker and Ashley.

Pours a slightly hazed, clear golden orange with a few fingers of frothy white head that fade to a collar and thin webs of lace. Small stream of bubbles support a thin film. Geuzue-saison hybrid with orange membrane on the nose. Mineral and brett, farmhouse hay, mild citrus sweetness and funk. Thicker side of medium body with a lactic acidity on the back of the tongue. Flavor has a strong citrus rind and membrane flavor, not overly sweet as the mineral acidity and bretty funk overwhelm it. Slight touch of rubbing alcohol comes through in the nose as it warms and the body grows more syrupy. Very nice, but not quite as enjoyable as Ann.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to Michael for sharing this one. Been a long time want.

Beer pours a hazy yellow-orange with a fluffy white head. Looks like a Hill Farmstead beer! Smell is not quite what I expected, but is damn impressive nonetheless. It's got a hint of citrus, but it's a lot more gueuze-y than I thought it would be. It's oaky and funky plus it's got some lactic sourness in there. Flavor is very interesting, a bit like a saison blended with a gueuze with a good amount of orange in there. Not exactly like a mimosa, but I certainly see the similarities. Unfortunately there's a bit of a mineral flavor that keeps this beer from being as amazing as I'd hoped. Mouthfeel is also a bit on the heavy side for the style, likely due to the fact that it's 10%, but the nice carbonation mostly saves it. Overall, this is a tasty beer and an interesting experiment, but it doesn't quite live up to my lofty expectations.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL poured into a tumbler. Bottle #2.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Bright orange. Nice white head.

Smell - Orange and brett are the most dominant. Some grassiness and hay. Pale malts.

Taste - Much more orange. More winey. Strong pale malt. Very bretty and earthy. Lingering orange flavor in the finish and just a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Slick. Bretty in the back with a touch of earthiness and acidity.

Overall - It's not life-altering, but it's pretty damn good. Brett is getting a bit strong and masking other flavors.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy orange with a big foamy head to it

S - Orange and lactic acid that gives it a nice sharpness. Slight blue cheese funk and champagne yeast

T - Orange juice, tart orange zest, lots of blue cheese funk and oak. Light lactic acid on the finish. This actually tastes just like a mimosa if it was sour and funky.

MF - Good carbonation that leaves a tingle. Dry finish

O - Really good and interesting beer from Hill Farmstead with lots of funk that gives it a good blue cheese presence to it

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip.

Mimosa has a full golden orange color with a off-white cap that retains nicely and leaves spots of lace all over the glass.

The malt in the nose has a light and dry crackery feel. There is a ton of orange and lemon citrus, with some tropical fruit as support. After that some Brett comes into the nose, with some funky and musty notes.

The flavor is not really dry at all. It has a biscuity malt presence, a ton of juicy citrus zest, and a tart citrusy finish.

The body is full for the style, with an above average carbonation. It is much juicier than a normal saison, with citrus and tropical fruit notes contributing to this sensation. There is a mild acidity that comes from the citrus.

Overall I enjoyed this more than any other HF saison.

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Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Jason.

Hazy straw body with a lasting fluffy head. Huge citrus aroma, dominantly orange and grapefruit. Slightly spicy and floral, with a little acidity poking through. The palate is similar, very citrus forward, orange flesh and peel, tannic barrel, light spiciness. This is delicious, a smorgasbord of bright citrus flavors. The body is unfortunately quite heavy, and the beer begins to feel somewhat syrupy once it warms, but it's is very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of claaark13
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great day for a run and a refreshing citrus-based beer. Thankfully, jedwards has provided just the thing. Served at around 50 degrees in a HF tulip 304/450.

A - Somewhat transparent orange with a thick, frothy head. Looks pretty nice. Thick lacing remains the entire time.

S - The wheat, orange, lemon, funk and tartness shine through. It has the distinct Saison in the front of the aroma.

T - Soft Saison flavor comes out first with the yeast and lemon, then is followed up with the tart orange/lemon. The finish is clean and a little bit prickly. It is like a very tart Saison with a lot of citrus. I don't find any of the direct hops flavors that may have been indicated by the label. Just about right on the tartness though (for a Saison, cough cough).

M - Light/medium with moderate carbonation.

O - This is a very different beer. It is a sour citrus Saison, I suppose it can be classified as an American Wild. As a Saison, it is fantastic. As an AWA, it falls a little behind. Tartness could have been more prominent for an AWA. I think I was actually expecting more orange, if that is possible/realistic. Watch out Dany, Vermont is in the picture.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this, Joe. Pours a hazy yellow color with a tall white head. A really nice tartness of lemon on the nose. Plenty of wood, a bit of white wine, some peach, grapefruit, and a nice musty funk. The flavor is quite citric and has a nice tartness to it. Lightly funky and woody. White wine flavor, a bit of bread, straw, and a crisp, dry finish.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by someone, thanks. Beer is orangish with a lot of haze, a wispy white head of small bubbles, some retention but no lacing.

Aroma is like orange zest and some fruits with a mild oakiness and some Brett notes.

Beer is light in body, quite citrusy, oaky and dry with some tannins at the end and a lot of citrusy zesty flavors in the middle, the brett shines through as well. I'd have this again as well.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared during Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour and tart citrus fruit (especially orange) and some nice spice aromas. Taste is of sour and tart citrus flavors with a spice presence on the finish. There is an acidic and mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and quite a nice surprise when I was offered a pour.

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Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dipped in red wax. Bottle # 313/450 shared with friends. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a hazed golden yellow with a frothy white cap more than a finger strong. A full wall of lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is bretty and funked that transitions into orange zest and rind. There is a bit of a cheese note coupled with lacto and yogurt. As it warms up, more orange citrus elements come forward with fresh rindy and pulp character accented by a hint of neutral alcohol like vodka. The name of this brew is spot on.

The taste is rindy with fruit, zest and pulp of oranges. The orange inclusion provides a bit of earthy to rindy fruit bitterness mildly like grapefruit but more specifically like orange/tangerine. Quite fruity with the citrus integratin nicely with a mild acidity that is more tart than sour or acidic really.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is really a fresh, unique and inviting take on the american wild style. I would seriously pursue another bottle of this if the cost of admission wasnt so high and it wasnt as sought after as it is. Really fitting of the name and dangerously drinkable. It wasnt until my glass was 4/5 of empty before I noticed the alcohol inclusion was as high as it was.

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Mimosa from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.