Mimosa
Hill Farmstead Brewery

MimosaMimosa
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Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
10%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 9.03%
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
200
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  683
Gots
  18
SCORE
97
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MimosaMimosa
Notes: Mimosa began as an idea: a beer inspired by our obsession with citrus. We built a recipe comprised of our favorite ingredients: Local organic raw wheat, Citra and Galaxy hops, Brettanomyces, and a healthy addition of fresh citrus zest. Mimosa was conditioned for 8 months in wine barrels with our resident microflora. 19ยบ Plato 500 icus.
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Reviews by Thehuntmaster:
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Thehuntmaster from South Africa

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
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!

Jan 12, 2013
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DonFrap from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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RuckusDu from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

May 27, 2012
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DaveHack from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Jul 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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HopsHopenstein from Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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Nachojon from Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes I finally found. Amazing beer, the depth of the flavor from champagne, tannins, citrus, bubbles to the creativity needed to make this beer just something you can't forget. Loved the funk here somehow balanced with the clean flavor. My first HF beer and mind blowing.

Apr 15, 2016
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canadianghetto from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Jul 28, 2014
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jmilo64 from Maine

3/5  rDev -32.3%

Jun 26, 2013
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TimoP from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -21%

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cestlavie from New York

5/5  rDev +12.9%

Jan 19, 2012
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huskermike12 from Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Jul 03, 2013
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CheapBeerBuzz from California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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Beerdster from Alaska

5/5  rDev +12.9%

Jun 09, 2013
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Number45forever from Vermont

4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cracked into a bottle of Mimosa for my 30th birthday with two good friends, sampled as the sun was setting over the lake at my buddy's camp. Not too bad.

This beer is awesome. As with so many of HF's barrel aged saisons, it is a testament to balance and artistry in brewing. I'm an absolute citrus fanatic so this beer is right up my alley from the start....

Appearance: HF saison, golden and glowing. Less head than say an Arthur, fades on the quicker side. Awesome.

Smell: If I could just smell this beer, I'd prefer that over drinking many other beers. Orange, funk, greatness.

Taste: !

Mouthfeel: Great.

Overall: I can't imagine much else better than this. I'll make every attempt to get more and more of this beer. Here's hoping either this beer is brewed again, or some other Imperial saison with citrus addition is crafted by Shaun Hill and the team at HF.

Like others have said, this beer is like a ramped up Juicy. Just perfect, and it's aging VERY well.

Jun 24, 2013
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Aug 12, 2012
Mimosa from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 200 ratings