Mimosa | Hill Farmstead Brewery

MimosaMimosa
BA SCORE
96%
Liked This Beer
4.4 w/ 200 ratings
MimosaMimosa
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 01-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
200
Liked:
192
Avg:
4.4/5
pDev:
9.09%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
692
Gots:
18
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Luk13
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of KMcG
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of rpstevens
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of DoubleSunshine610
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of SummitVA
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BenH1068
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of brystmar
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of RuckusDu
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4/5  rDev -9.1%
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!!

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Photo of Gushue3
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jrae2424
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of EJLinneman
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mothman
3.57/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of xenjoiii
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.75/5  rDev +8%

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.

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Photo of wdarcy77
4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Caterwaul
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Mimosa from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 96% out of 100 with 200 ratings
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