Naughty Hildegard ESB | Driftwood Brewery

Naughty Hildegard ESBNaughty Hildegard ESB
BA SCORE
4.25/5
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:
#1,767
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
121
pDev:
7.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
2.8/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

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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 KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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 Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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

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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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 LazyL
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful clear dark amber with a cream coloured foamy thich head. The aroma is suble roasted malt with a bit of clover honey and pine. The taste is sweet heavy roasted malts, carmelized brown sugar and a medium/ high level of bitterness. Fresh tasting with a touch of leafy earthyness. The mouthfell is bold with a big body feel and nice contrast between bitterness and rasted malt. A bit of a burnt flavour comes though. A bit heavy maybe, but a nice, interesting beer.

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Photo of papat444
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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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 Justindouglas7
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JoeyRamone
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Stizz19
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of thefullpython
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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