Mimosa - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 191
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 3.66%
Wants: 701
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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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
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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of Luk13
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Paul. Beautiful opaque and cloudy golden/orange with nice head. Very aromatic nose, everything is well integrated. White wine and citrus at first, and then wheat and bretts. Some leafy hops can be found. Somewhat volatile, the alcohol is definitly present but not too much considering the high abv. Taste is coherent with the aroma with more hoppy bitterness and a solid brett presence. Full bodied and lively carbonation makes it very drinkable for its 10%. Very well executed and unique. (506 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Nick is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

Pour is nothing shy of gorgeous. Tons of lace, beautiful head. Nose is delicate and complex: truly smells like a mimosa. Orange and champagne both come through.

Taste is meticulously crafted. Similar to the nose, there are plenty of subtleties here. Again, it reminds me distinctly of drinking a mimosa.

Lots of carb matches the beer's goal but isn't really my thing. Regardless, this is a fantastic achievement by one of the world's best breweries. (489 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, Michael.

A mildly hazy orange with a dense, white head with solid retention and lacing, this looks good. The nose is pretty excellent. A very big Brett character, with an intense and dense pineapple character to pair with the oranges, and some tropical fruit (mango). There's some sourness as well. The palate is big, boozy, alcoholic but decidedly fruity with a blend of pineapple, orange and mango, with a refreshing carbonation. Moderately sour with a blend of citric and lactic acids (less lactic, more citric) The yeast does add some mildly spicy notes as well. Crisply carbonated, this beer is too big and too drinkable for its own good. Highly recommended. The orange character is nice and refreshing (719 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice two finger white head on a slightly cloudy light wheat colored body.

S - great sweet grapes and berries. Not too complex and no wildness to it.

T - great balance between the sour and sweet. Berries and cherries along with some lime and grapefruit. Only slight funk to it which only adds to the flavor and balance. Wow.

M - great carbonation and body.

O - all around great beer that I will need to get more of. (424 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4/5  rDev -8.5%
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!! (279 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.57/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (1,251 characters)

Photo of xenjoiii
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of TWStandley
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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. (503 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (980 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -8.5%
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 (744 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of TotallyHosed
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,097 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (1,094 characters)

Photo of claaark13
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,160 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (800 characters)

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (718 characters)

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