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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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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

01-23-2013 20:12:27 | More by ColForbinBC
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jbuddle

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-22-2013 21:31:17 | More by jbuddle
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Quackus

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

01-18-2013 22:43:00 | More by Quackus
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dcguitar

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-17-2013 22:47:52 | More by dcguitar
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mrbubbler

California

4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-16-2013 03:57:30 | More by mrbubbler
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-13-2013 21:22:09 | More by spycow
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle #077/450, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy, glowing orange with two and a half fingers of white, foamy head. Head hangs around for a while, and leaves some great sticky lacing. Definitely a radiant looking beer.

Smell: Huge burst of orange juice and funk up front. A nice clean bit of lactic tartness comes through in the middle. A distinct bready, saison quality provides some depth. Nose ends with more of the recognizable Hill Farmstead funk.

Taste: Starts with fresh squeezed orange juice and orange peel, and immediately mixes with a lactic tartness and some barnyard funk. A doughy sweetness in the middle. A really light white pepper and a tough of oak. Finishes with a lactic orange tartness and some more funk.

Mouthfeel: Insanely drinkable. Really refreshing, and incredibly juicy. Not particularly dry, but there is some character there from the oak. Pretty tart, but not sour.

Overall: Mimosa definitely exceeded my expectations, and they were pretty high to begin with. Not the best Hill Farmstead I’ve had yet, but pretty close. It reminds me of Art with loads of oranges.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:18:09 | More by cfrances33
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2011 Vintage
Bottle number: 69/450

Thanks to JAXSON for this bottle.

Appearance: Mimosa pours a moderately hazy golden yellow, with a gentle pour yielding a massive white head. The head lasts really well for a 10% sour and coats the glass in beautiful patterns of sticky lacing as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Wow, this actually smells like a Mimosa - albeit a slightly funkier version. Orange and dry white wine dominate the initial aroma, but a little warming allows some other notes to become apparent. These include: A distinct bretty character (almost barnyardy), oak, old wood, old dry grass and some sweeter fruits (peach and a hint of granadilla).
There is no trace of the 10% noted in the nose.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour is dominated by big citrus notes, with white wine, oak and some brett character (almost horsey) also present. As the beer warms a light sweeter fruit character is noted, alongside notes of dry grass, sweat and a hint of hops. Warming also adds some alcohol character that seems to clashes with the brett.
The flavour is lightly tart (I was expecting it to be a lot tarter) and the finish is very dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a high level of soft carbonation. The combination of the mouthfeel and the fresh citrus flavour made this a fantastically refreshing beer for a hot summers day.

Overall: Mimosa is a really tasty wild ale, but is a little one dimensional in the flavour department. I would love to see how this one develops with age, but I can't see it ever being worth the price!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 19:52:30 | More by Thehuntmaster
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-11-2013 02:35:18 | More by jsilva
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New York

4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-09-2013 16:14:01 | More by afksports
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California

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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chrisfromboston

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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BeerCosmonaut

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

01-05-2013 04:54:52 | More by BeerCosmonaut
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Lukafer

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.5%

12-30-2012 19:42:25 | More by Lukafer
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denimdemon

Indiana

4/5  rDev -9.5%

12-30-2012 19:40:53 | More by denimdemon
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Callmecoon

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-26-2012 04:52:37 | More by Callmecoon
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 18:54:11 | More by Chico1985
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

12-12-2012 00:59:47 | More by CypherEnigma
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 20:08:57 | More by cpetrone84
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh for this one. Shared at a tasting 12/8. 750ml bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a .5 finger white head with great retention. Beer is a pale, slightly cloudy yellow. Stringy lace with good stick. Excellent appearance as always.

Nose actually smells a lot like mimosa. Big orange notes with a sweet, champagne-y spritz and a health helping of funk. Appetizing and very unique.

Opens orange rind, slight hop bitterness. Yeasty. Sweet and tart citrus throughout with notes of cane sugar. Finish is aggressively yeasty with a slight hop bitter presence. Aptly named as this one definitely reminds me of my favorite brunch beverage.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and oily in the mouth and slick and aggressive going down. Sticky, dry finish. Solid. Amazing how well the ABV is hidden here.

This is a solid beer overall but honestly, from Hill Farmstead, I expected a bit more. Sure, it tastes and smells like mimosa but not a particularly good mimosa... and only a decent wild ale all things considered. Like I said, this is solid but by no means a standout from the brewery. A bit overhyped.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 17:51:47 | More by SpeedwayJim
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second and last bottle of this gem. About 10 months old at this point and starting the night off for my 1000th review celebration, this is #998.

Bottle bomb foams up and gets all over the table. I guess that isn't a total surprise with some wild bugs in a brew.

A- Poured into five pint glasses for a tasting with a big foamy white head. The head forms to a huge size and has nice retention. Body is a golden orange with a fair amount of haziness going on. Tons of thick lace all around the glass in random patches.

S- A big blast of white wine, orange zest, orange juice, saison yeast, lemons and tart hints. You can tell there is individual elements from yeast, barrels, wine, wild bugs and added fruit but it all blends very nicely.

T- The citrus, wine and funky bugs all show up very nicely still with a bit of age. Massive orange and lemon flavors, which remind me of both the flesh and the zest of each. The wine from the barrels is very apparent with white wine, grape and oak notes. A great level of tartness is here and there is just a bit of barnyard, spicy/grassy funky flavors. Saison yeast rounds it all out with more spicy, peppery and fruity hints.

MF- Light and dried up body sort of reminiscent of a lambic or Gueuze. Carbonation has that foamy feel but is crisp and goes nicely with the flavors at hand. Big tartness and some spicy bitterness (like citrus rind tends to be) in the finish.

Very complex with a huge range of influence. It seems like citrus flavors come from the fruit, wild bugs and the saison yeast which rules. I really like how the wine flavors work into the mix too. A Hill Farmstead brew to really remember.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 03:29:23 | More by cbutova
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chippo33

Vermont

5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-30-2012 03:30:38 | More by chippo33
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

11-26-2012 19:26:52 | More by Anonymous1
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.5%

11-24-2012 15:34:57 | More by acurtis
Mimosa from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.