Mimosa | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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. 19º Plato 500 icus.

Added by Jason on 01-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
200
Reviews:
51
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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692
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Photo of rmaste6282
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of vissai
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Joeybones3
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -8.9%
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

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Photo of Scottz5
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of phishisphunk
3.25/5  rDev -26%

Photo of seeswo
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of waltonc
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of TotallyHosed
4.83/5  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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of TroubleMaker
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ZacharyJ
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of claaark13
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of AshleyMiller
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SpillyBeers
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of nanobrew
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Mimosa from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.39 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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