Naughty Hildegard ESB | Driftwood Brewery

Naughty Hildegard ESBNaughty Hildegard ESB
BA SCORE
96.7%
Liked This Beer
4.25 w/ 121 ratings
Naughty Hildegard ESBNaughty Hildegard ESB
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
Ranking:
#1,764
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
121
Liked:
117
Avg:
4.25/5
pDev:
7.29%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of CWVegas
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
3.91/5  rDev -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 -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrenihan
4.08/5  rDev -4%
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 -1.9%
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 -15.3%
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 +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SmithyAlan
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsander
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yancot
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunman3
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +1.2%
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 -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeremy7
3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imfinished
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hotmailmsn
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6.5% abv, N/A ibu, 650ml bottle (bottled on June 03, 2016)
A - clear copper with one finger off white head, fade fast.
S - green apple, mango, guava, citrus, caramel, butter milk biscuit, mineral, spice.
T - mild carbonation, smooth, medium body. toasted bread, liquorice sweetness, northwest english ale, with well balanced maltiness n following bitterness (direct, simple, intense, right on point). long lasting but not overpowering.
O - its really delicious, fruity on nose, sweet, malty, hoppy on palate. unique blend of IPA (for me) and classic english style. no ESB similar that i have tried before, it has fat tug malt character, which most driftwood beers have it, and thats y i like their brews so much. first naughty hildegard i have, and i am going to get more!

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Photo of Shaunmac16
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with one finger of off-white head that leaves melting honeycomb lace as it recedes.

Smells of sweet baking bread, roasted apple, orange rind and pine resin.

Tastes of more bready caramel malt and citrus rind, soft pineapple and melon, and more pleasantly dank piney hops.

Feels round and fuzzy. Sturdy middleweight with frothy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Very good west coast bitter.

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Photo of Kmat10
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of headlessparrot
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I can tell from the first sip why this is rated so high on Beer Advocate's top 100 Canadian beers: it's awfully hoppy, and awfully "West Coast" for a traditionally English style ESB. I wonder about the style designation, in fact.

Cloudy orange. Slight head that fades quickly. Some dank, piney flavours, maybe a bit of citrus pith, bitter black tea, and then big malt. Crystal, slight caramel. Bitter leafy greens, more tea in the taste, light biscuit. Low-moderate carbonation, but a fairly heavy body.

A very well-made beer (as is everything Driftwood touches, if we're being honest), but not really in my own personal wheel-house. And arguably mischaracterized--this could just as easily be an English-style IPA as an ESB.

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4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of byronic
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @Corson for this bottle!

A dark orange poor with minimal head. Smells of a nicely balanced hops and fruits but with definite malt presence. At first not really what I expected drinks more like an IPA however as it warmed it became very interesting. Notes of different types of citrus presented themselves.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Naughty Hildegard ESB from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 96.7% out of 100 with 121 ratings
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