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Mimosa - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 689
Gots: 17 | 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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TWStandley

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

05-01-2012 15:36:12 | More by TWStandley
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

05-01-2012 14:02:24 | More by wdarcy77
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CADMixes

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

04-29-2012 23:09:16 | More by CADMixes
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HopHead84

California

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 19:45:27 | More by HopHead84
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Caterwaul

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

04-29-2012 18:35:29 | More by Caterwaul
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rmaste6282

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-22-2012 18:15:19 | More by rmaste6282
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 21:52:43 | More by Thorpe429
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.5%

04-19-2012 13:19:12 | More by imperialking
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vissai

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

04-09-2012 18:24:08 | More by vissai
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Joeybones3

Vermont

5/5  rDev +13.1%

04-09-2012 03:39:14 | More by Joeybones3
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tewaris

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -9.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 19:10:40 | More by tewaris
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Scottz5

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

04-04-2012 15:15:48 | More by Scottz5
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phishisphunk

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -26.5%

04-03-2012 02:22:26 | More by phishisphunk
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seeswo

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

04-03-2012 01:53:53 | More by seeswo
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waltonc

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

04-02-2012 01:35:49 | More by waltonc
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 09:59:20 | More by jmarsh123
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

03-31-2012 21:05:35 | More by Urbancaver
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TotallyHosed

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to codysjb for acquiring this bottle for me. Review written from sparse notes.

The appearance is flawless. A large 2 finger foamy head is present that leaves heavy lacing. The color is a golden opaque orange. Carbonation is visually evident.

The smell is very inviting and complex. I easily detect citrus, yeast and barrel wood. It's exciting to detect very different aromas from a wild brew.

The flavor matches the nose. There is light citrus, wine barrel notes and a bit of tart yeast. There is no detectable alcohol in the flavor, but the effects are felt.

The feel is light and a crispy, dry finish.

I loved this brew. Sure, this is far from typical for the style, but it is the best and most enjoyable that I have had. The complexity is very enjoyable and much appreciated. Other wild or farmhouse brews that I've had which were aged in white wine barrels did not produce barrel notes in the nose, nor palate, which were detectable. Excellent work by Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 02:39:57 | More by TotallyHosed
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 16:43:21 | More by MasterSki
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 15:36:39 | More by Sean9689
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TroubleMaker

Florida

5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-21-2012 01:09:55 | More by TroubleMaker
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

03-18-2012 23:00:18 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

03-18-2012 15:10:55 | More by ZacharyJ
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 15:09:35 | More by AgentZero
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

03-14-2012 14:00:29 | More by phingdong
Mimosa from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.