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Mimosa - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 700
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Wine Barrel Aged American Wild Ale brewed w/ Oranges
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of DenverLogan
4/5  rDev -9.3%
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!!

Photo of Gushue3
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jrae2424
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of EJLinneman
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mothman
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.

Photo of Gosox8787
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.

Photo of standardcherry
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of xenjoiii
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage Bottle 157/450

A: Murky golden color with a bright white head that is holding up beautifully.

S: A culmination of super funk, citrus (tons of orange) and acidity.

T: A brilliant showcase of citrus up in the front; as the citrusy flavors begin to subdue, a mellow tartness begins to emerge; the finish is brings to light subtle oak and wine characteristics.

M: Light carbonation with a creamy/soft medium body.

O: This beer just slinked its way into my top 5 all time favorites. Every aspect of this beer is huge, and they all blend together in perfect harmony; this beer is the definition of equilibrium.

Shaun Hill, if you read this, I thank you dearly for this brilliant creation.
Cheers.

Photo of TWStandley
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Review from old notes:

Poured into a snifter.

Appeared a golden/orange color with a thick perfectly white head.

Smelled of orange rind, fresh squeezed orange juice, a bit of barnyard/cheesy funk, and some earthy notes.

Tasted like a beer-mosa. Whoa, thats why they call it this. Delicious. Champagne and orange juice backed by a tart sourness.

Mouthfeel was a bit of everything...tart, refreshing, bubbly, and puckering.

Overall it is delicious and I am sad I will likely never have this again.

Photo of wdarcy77
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of CADMixes
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4/27/2012

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.

Photo of Caterwaul
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thorpette for insisting that we open this one. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware.

Bottle 124/450

Pours a slightly-cloudy golden-peach with a huge, fluffy white head. Fantastic retention and loads of sticky lacing as it falls to a nice cap.

The nose starts off with orange peel and is quickly followed up with some light straw and earth. Just a touch of cherry in the background. The Brett is working wonders here. Some notes of wine and oak in the background.

Flavor keeps things on the same level with some beautiful and complex Brett notes. Aside from orange peel, there's some light tropical fruit and a dusting of pineapple. Faint tartness follows through to the finish after a smidgen of oak and wine.

Body is light and über refreshing. Finish has a very subtle tartness along with citrus zest and some earth. Bit of tart cherry. Very crisp and dry.

Overall, simply a fantastic beer. The only thing I can say is that Shaun has done it yet again. Phenomenal.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of vissai
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Joeybones3
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mimosa
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

Photo of Scottz5
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of waltonc
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Mimosa from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.