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Naughty Hildegard ESB - Driftwood Brewery

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BA SCORE
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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 25
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed to honor Hildegard Von Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine nun who allegedly was the first to record the use of hops as an ingredient in beer. While this is open to debate, we like Hildegard's style and we can't imagine a beer without hops. This extra special bitter has lots of hops- Hildegard would be proud. We are! Cheers Hildy!

(Beer added by: bobsy on 02-16-2010)
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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Hornet2003:
Photo of Hornet2003
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark orange and a nice, creamy head that retains well.

Smell: Lots of citrus hops in the aroma followed by a nutty English malt character. Reminds me of a highly hopped Fuller's ESB.

Taste: Lots of malty sweetness and a slight English pub-ale flavour. Definitely picking up some biscuity malt as well as a ton of coastal hops (grapefruit, mango, lemon). Slight alcohol taste as well but it is well placed among all the other assertive flavours.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy as a solid, English-style ESB should be. I've had a lot of other North American interpretations on the style but mouthfeel is something most haven't been able to replicate from their English cousins. Driftwood does this incredibly well with Naughty Hildegard. Extremely pleasant to drink.

Overall: The hops make this border on IPA territory but the malt keeps it firmly entrenched as the delicious ESB it is. As a close cousin to the Fat Tug IPA, this is a nice, smoother alternative for someone who craves hops, but doesn't want to be bitch slapped by them.

Hornet2003, Aug 19, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of trail77
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

trail77, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of nomoon
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

nomoon, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of chickenm
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a big white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Really nice aroma of piney hops. Balanced flavor with hops and caramel malt. Light-medium body with a fairly dry finish. Quite drinkable, this is an enjoyable beer from Driftwood.

chickenm, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

JonnyBeers, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Fresh bottle from rutager. Pours tan brown body with small retained white head. Smells odd. Taste is mild hoppy competing with some sourness and buttery and some honey. Really not meeting the style. Not to drinkable. Will try again on tap when I am there soon.

Sammy, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Brewrambler
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Brewrambler, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of pugdogbeer
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing bitter from Driftwood with lower carbonation and loads of hops. Drinks extremely smooth.

Colour is a wonderous light orange when raised to the light with a nice white head.

Exceptionally smooth with a bitter hoppiness that comes off with a spicey, sweet taste. Nice mild aftertaste.

pugdogbeer, May 02, 2010
Photo of 1stOffender
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

1stOffender, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Boozecamel
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Boozecamel, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask just tapped at Kingfishers for CAMRA Fraser Valley's first cask event. Love this label!!!

Appearance. Awesome. Deep golden amber with just a little haze. Three fingers of thick off white head that leaves some pretty bands of lace.

Smell. Sweet caramel and citrus, spicy hops.

Taste. Nice grassy, floral hops and citrus fruits, just enough dry caramel malt. A little lingering bitterness. Real good stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth medium carbonation.

Overall. Awesome stuff that was just made better by enjoying it with a bunch of cool local craft beer fans

Rutager, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of earthy bitter hops with light dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also a well-balanced mxi between some earthy hops with some citrus bitter notes with a solid dry caramel malt backbone. Body is above average for style with good carbonation. Very enjoyable beer with nice earthy hops mix but not sure it has much to do with actual Bitter anymore.

Phyl21ca, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle best before 11/14/12 courtesy of Rutager. Thanks! Poured in to Bruery tulip glass.

A - Translucent medium amber/orange colour. One finger of fluffy cream coloured head with decent lacing.

S - An amazing fresh hop aroma up front with grapefruit, tangerine, peach and pine notes. A slight malt sweetness is present in the background.

T - A nice bitterness up front, reminiscent of an IPA. Grapefruit, pine, orange zest and some peach. A decent malt sweetness provides some semblance of balance.

M - Light to medium body with a very nice chew. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of montrealbcr89
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

montrealbcr89, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of CookstLiquor
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice "interpretation" of an ESB. There's a ton of fresh citrusy-piney hops on the nose and an equal amount on the palate. But at 6.5% this is approaching an IPA in a lot of ways (except for the copper-brown color). Still, a flawlessly made beer and another great release from Driftwood.

CookstLiquor, May 23, 2012
Photo of pudoo
5/5  rDev +16.3%

pudoo, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of EspressoGuy
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: bright copper; translucent
S:very pleasant soft malt/hop balance; caramel, fresh buttered bread, slight spice, grapefruit rind, melon
T: that is very tasty and balanced right to the end. Hops and malt are so well integrated and supportive of one another; not over the top. Just a slight bitterness right at the finish. The bitterness keeps the malt from becoming too rich and sticky. Makes me want to keep coming back for another sip.
M: medium bodied; medium carbonation
O: I really like this beer. The balance is really there. My only wish was that it was a little lower in alcohol so that it was more of a session ESB. Perfect with my Mexican-theme dinner.

EspressoGuy, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of ThirstyDutchman
5/5  rDev +16.3%

ThirstyDutchman, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes accumulated since the birth of Zoe.

Thanks to chickenm for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, best before 111612.

Appearance: Bright burnished copper, fairly clear. Head manages barely over 2 fingers before going to a thin ring. Clings all around and could be a bit livelier though nice rings as glass empties.

Smell: Juicy hops leave a nice citrus aroma mixed with some pine. Laced in back is a tea-like maltiness.

Taste: More balanced in flavor as malt is more predominant with hops coming in the latter part. A touch of grapefruit sweetness in the finish that grows as drinking progresses.

Mouthfeel: I'll give the body a medium feel with a nice raw bitterness in the aftertaste that gathers steam.

Overall: Gets better as it warms. A hoppy ESB that is quite good though i preferred Mitchell's.

papat444, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A perfect clear copper with minimal bubbles that stream up to 2 fingers of just off white head that finishes with a thin film of bubbles.

S: Floral mix with pine resin and warm smooth malts. Hints of warmed sweet cream and grapefruit. ... please please...let the taste be as good as the smell!

T: Excellent balance between smooth malts and piney resin. Tastes of grapefruit and smooth cream and finishes back with grapefruit rind. Opposing flavours can sometimes be overwhelming and confuse, but this manages to strike a middle ground and a simple balance of creamy malts and piney hops.

M: Mild on the carbonation and rich and creamy in mouth feel, top notch

O: Balance between hoppy citrus, pine and malty sweetness with smooth creamy mouth feel creates an incredible interplay of opposing scent and tastes. This brew develops a balance that is incredibly wonderful to drink. Must buy more.

FondueVoodoo, May 22, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason, 650ml into a tulip.

Darker orange/copper with a white head. Strong retention and great lacing. Bready nose, some English hopping with strong citrus presence, earthy, sweet and caramel flavours. Taste has some toffee, earthy, more citrus, pine and some light herbal notes. Bready sweet finish. Light bitterness, medium low carbonation. A very flavourful ESB.

liamt07, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of SebD
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, some grapefruit, pine resins, sweet caramelly malts and some breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus and grapefruit upfront, piney resins giving off a nice bitterness, sweet caramel and some bready/biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Such a well balanced beer and so hoppy at the same time. I could drink this all day, loving it. I think Driftwood might just be my favorite Canadian brewery.

SebD, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Driftwood Brewing 'Naughty Hildegard ESB' @ 6.5% , first tasted at HOPoxia on tap , this review from a lot of 650 ml bottles purchased for $6.75

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a clear dark amber with a medium size off white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint glass

S-smell is big citrus , so similar to a PNW IPA

T-big & strong tasting , yet so smooth

MF-ok carbonation , medium to full bodied

Ov-great beer , even better ESB , seen a lot of this naughty lady this summer

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose: Smells authentically English. Bitter citrus, grapefruit. Pale malt notes. Bready.

Taste: Big citrus bitterness on a pale ale backbone, has the crisp and light body of a pale ale with huge grapefruit and floral hops smattered all over it.

This is a really enjoyable ESB, definitely one of my favourites. The combination of flavours, the body, mouthfeel; everything just comes together really pleasantly. A great accompaniment to a lot of dinners as well - ESB's are good for that, I find.

JasonLovesBeer, Aug 11, 2013
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Naughty Hildegard ESB from Driftwood Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.