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Naughty Hildegard ESB - Driftwood Brewery

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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 98
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 35
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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British Columbia, Canada

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

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bobsy on 02-16-2010

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!
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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 98
Photo of Rutager
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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 (576 characters)

Photo of pugdogbeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of Grunewald
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 650ml bottle into a pilsner glass. It pours clear ruddy amber with a tan head that does not subside and laces in thick rings.

S - bready malt, fresh pitted fruit, light caramel, rich piny hops and spice

T - sweet fruity malt, piny and herbal hops and a spicy hop finish. There is no funky taste at all here which is different from other brews with such pronounced hop flavors.

M - medium carbonation, medium body, benign viscosity, and semi dry finish that warms the stomach and the throat.

D - all around great beer (538 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is like a 3 Floyd's take on the style.

A: Clear, copper-bronze with a huge, off-white head; good retention & lacing.

S: Tangerine, nectarine, pine & grass with hints of sweet toffee.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit rind, grass, pine, floral, hints of toffee & cotton-candy fruity esters, balanced bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a slightly drying finish.

D: A good drinker.

Over-the-top for the style, but the hop-heads will love it. (467 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn this is good. Tons of hops but balanced to the dime this is why Driftwood is among the top tier of BC's brewers. A west coast ESB that is big and beautiful with excellent drinkability make this a new favourite. Now to put in cans and sell it in 6 packs (257 characters)

Photo of chickenm
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of EskimoDave
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I popped it open. The bottle made an alluring hiss at me. It was like a siren song. "Drink me Dave" it called out. I succumbed to it. As I was pouring it, the beautiful smell of earthy hops, with whispers of spiciness, filled the room. Oh Ms. Hildegard! You smell divine. Hildegard's red-copper body makes the perfect palate of maltiness. When you go in for that first taste Her Hoppiness just explodes in your mouth. The spiciness of them really picks up. This beer is sexy. This beer makes me feel sexy.

quick facts:

a) red to copper body. off-white head, good retention, good lacing
s)huge earthy, piney, some citrus, some spicy hops
t) earthy and piney hops, much more spicy hops, some citrus hops, nice sweet caramel maltness
m) good presence
d) a pleasure to drink. (773 characters)

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Naughty Hildegard ESB from Driftwood Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.