Naughty Hildegard ESB | Driftwood Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
driftwoodbeer.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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!

Added by bobsy on 02-16-2010

BEER STATS
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#1,862
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
129
pDev:
7.31%
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Photo of grover37
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Beer Bistro in Toronto. This is not a good beer, not sure why it rates so highly. Very confused between ESB and PacNW IPA. Way out of style (way too hoppy) and not a very good IPA either (way too sweet and caramelly). I don't appreciate it for what it is, though I could see people liking it.

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Photo of booby_hill
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CurtisD
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of knowyourown
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HipCzech
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 650 mL bottled (“bottled on Oct 23, 2017”) poured into a small nonic glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear copper with a dense, cappuccino foam head and thick, sticky lace.

Smell: Biscuit caramel malt, mango, wet rocks and slightly dank pine.

Taste: Slightly grainy, toasty malt with toffee, mandarin oranges, pine needles and earthy notes. Nicely balanced with good fruit notes and just enough bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy feel and lighter carbonation.

Overall: A decidedly West Coast take on ESB with juicy hops kicking up the fruit notes usually provided by estery ale yeast.

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Photo of BcCraft710
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CWVegas
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle thanks to Sylvain. Tasty but more of a American Pale Ale taste wise than a ESB?

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Photo of mistahmojoryan
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrenihan
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice nose, a mix of biscuity caramel malts and citrus and pine scents from the hops. The nose is a good indicator of the flavour, which is hoppy but very much balanced by a strong biscuit backbone. Mildly bitter. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. The boost of hops make it a fairly nontraditional ESB, but that works in its favour.

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Photo of leaddog
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a warm amber copper with three fingers of foamy cream coloured head.

Smell - floral and leafy hops, caramel malts, and tropical fruit (mango).

Taste - Starts off with bitter floral and leafy hops. The caramel malts come through next followed by the tropical fruit (mango). There is also pleasant orchard fruits present in the taste primarily apple and plum.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied light to moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth with the hops lingering.

Overall - A well crafted ESB. I was surprised with the nice bitterness from the hops in this brew. The malts added a nice balance to the brew which makes it very drinkable and refreshingly bitter. A unique and stand out brew from the folks at Driftwood.

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Photo of dillybarrrrr
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Naughty Hildegard from Driftwood Brewery. 6.5% Poured into a pint purchased at 6.99
Picked up because my co-worker wasn't a big fan so thought I had to try aha.
L: Not quite amber but not quite golden, right in the middle of this spectrum. Poured a perfect head and has light thin lacing, doesn't stick around long. 4.5 for the head and intriguing color
S: Piney. Hops come through first and foremost.
T: Where is the bitter? The hops are nice, I mean it has a kick of bitter but very little. I feel like the malt and yeast comes thru more than the bitter which is unfortunate. Green apple touch.
F: Definitely medium bodied, not super smooth but not thick. Hops stick around in your mouth.
OV: I mean I'ts good and drinkable, would I pick up another? Probably not. very mediocre :S

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Photo of Blaxn420
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SmithyAlan
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsander
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yancot
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunman3
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh me oh my. I love ESB and this hopped up version is absolutely smashing. It's gorgeous and naughty, what every mysterious nun should be. I will definitely be seeking this one out every chance I get!

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fluffy white head that lingers. Very fresh hoppy aroma. Hints of tangerine and pine. Flavour is doughy, slightly sweet and English malty. Hops come through as fruity almost pineapple like. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy. Excellent ESB

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Photo of likeablepaper
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeremy7
3.44/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imfinished
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Naughty Hildegard ESB from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 129 ratings