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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: 696
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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Photo of TotallyHosed
4.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

TotallyHosed, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

MasterSki, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Sean9689, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of TroubleMaker
5/5  rDev +13.4%

TroubleMaker, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.5/5  rDev +2%

SubpoenaDeuces, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of ZacharyJ
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

ZacharyJ, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
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.

AgentZero, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of phingdong
4.5/5  rDev +2%

phingdong, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of claaark13
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

claaark13, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of AshleyMiller
4.5/5  rDev +2%

AshleyMiller, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of SpillyBeers
5/5  rDev +13.4%

SpillyBeers, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of nanobrew
4.5/5  rDev +2%

nanobrew, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of sisuspeed
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into some Hill Farmstead stemware. Cloudy orange body with a good amount of frothy white head. Leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. The aroma is filled with sweet and bitter orange zest, grassy citrus-laced hops and some earthy hay notes. Light brett funk underneath the citrus. This flavor is... wow. So many things going on, but the notes flow in a smooth linear fashion. Earthy wheat mixed with dry brett notes and hoppy bitterness hit the tongue first. Then waves of juicy orange, some booze take the spotlight before fading back to a dry, crisp, earthy finish with a touch of citrus peel bitterness. Carbonation is spot on and the body fits perfectly for this big, bold, saison. Even at 10%, this goes down pretty easy. Excellent. Love the brett and citrus. Definitely seek this one out.

sisuspeed, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of bobv
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

bobv, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Satchboogie, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

OtisCampbell, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -9.3%

mdfb79, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a game changer for me. Most "wild" beers that I've tried have a lightness too them. A slight effervescence if you will. Mimosa is deep and complex.

A rich and decadent beer that pours a heavy golden amber color with a nice tightly bubbled head. Fumes of intense and juiciest citrus roll into the nose accompanied by the scent of freshly cut grass from what I assume is the Funky yeast. It's powerful and intense.

As far as the taste goes it is a brilliant balance of the wine barrel, the citrus (which to me tatstes like tangerines) and the "wild". Just and explosion of juicey taste coming at you again and again. It's sweet, it's savory, it's smooth . . . It's a fantastic offering. Bravo Hill Farmstead.

Patrickbrusil, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Mag00n
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Mag00n, Feb 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

Rochefort10nh, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of jammalamma
4.5/5  rDev +2%

jammalamma, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

djrn2, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of RSchaeffer
4.5/5  rDev +2%

RSchaeffer, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4.5/5  rDev +2%

AutumnBeerLove, Feb 16, 2012
Mimosa from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.