Mimosa - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 699
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Wine Barrel Aged American Wild Ale brewed w/ Oranges

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-10-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.55/5  rDev -19.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.88/5  rDev -12%
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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3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
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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3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
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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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Mimosa from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.