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Total Eclipse Of The Hop - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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86
very good

147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BDTyre on 09-07-2008

A strong India Pale Ale brewed with 100% barley, six varieties of hops, water and yeast. Extra barley balances the variety of hops in this brew. This is definitely for the hop lover. This beer is brewed in limited quantities as part of the John Mitchells series.

92 IBU
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Ratings: 147 | Reviews: 56
Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Redstone.
Big caramel maltiness, earthy and light citrus hop barely cuts through the malt sweetness. English inspired I assume, decent drinker.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose of bready malt, caramel, not much hop aroma. Taste much the same.

Photo of smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the big 1 litre bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Poured from the giant swing top 1 litre bottle.

A bit of a murky unfiltered and opaque red amber. Lots of yeast floaties even on a gentle pour, many just sitting in suspended animation like jello. Head is a big thick tan and four finger tall soapy and huge rocky appearance. Large amounts of speckled lacing all along the glass, and settles to a one finger puck.

Nice tea like and herbal hop aromas on the glass. Some hints of grass, mild caramel sweetness, and a floral pungency that comes out with quite a good amount of sweetness. Hop driven, with just a hint of malt sweetness to make it's presence, and a touch of biscuit just barely.

Palate hints what seems towards English style, and a very controlled and large one. Big notes of leafy green and herbal tea. Sweet controlled malt thickness and mild sugars finish off. Very leafy green aftertaste, and big tannic dryness but in control. Some hints of juiced tropical fruit seem to want to come out to play here as time comes around, which makes for an interesting note.

Overall this sort of reminds me of a somewhat English IPA hop angle but an American yeast neutral profile, and a hint of juiced fruit that gives a little bit of American note. Lots of green and tea herbality to it in a fun package with a hint of malt sweetness. Not really giving me the excitement, but a worthy brew.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear reddish copper in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and hints of amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of mottled thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pine, citrus/grapefruit pith, and herbal hops over a light aroma of biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of biscuit malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine, citrus/grapefruit pith, and herbal hops which impart a moderate to heavy amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly strong than moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: With the blend of six hops used in this brew, it has an older school IPA feel to it rather than a West Coast style feel (flavor/aroma). Not the easiest of beers to drink but still enjoyable. Glad that the 1L bottle is resealable (swing top) as it is big and would be tough to finish in a sitting.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy deep amber in color. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that was encircled by a wide collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of caramel malts and then transitions to pine resin hops, the latter of which linger through the finish and also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes exactly like an "old school" IPA and has a good balance between the caramel malts and piney hops.

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz snifter for a reddish copper brown with two finger head that died slow with lots of lace patches. One thing I am curious about is the amount of yeast in the beer as my glass had yeast particles everywhere (not just some floaters near the bottom) and I had to give it quite a few swirls to get rid of some, not all, of them. Just wondering if this beer normally has that much yeast or I grabbed an older bottle. The swirling definitely resulted in a yeasty smell, although the hops are not muted and I get a light citric scent along with some sweet caramel and bread/biscuit malts. For an 8 percent ABV beer they did their most to not only hide the alcohol but the hops are light, citric flavored, but not sharp or dominant at all. If anything, the yeast presence is strong so the beer has that sweet part, and sweet malts as well, but also a real slick smoothness. Not too flavorful or complex but a well-balanced ale that hits enough notes to not only be real tasty but also sessionable.

Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful amber-gold color with a frothy head into my glass. Lacing is present afterward.

Six varieties of hops congeal into one large, messy pine blueprint with just a touch of citrus somewhere.

Lots of sweet, biscuity malt to tide you over, in addition to that huge, messy hop bite. Speaking of which, it's also buttery and full of pine needles.

Finishes clean. Not bad.

I couldn't help but think of an Imperial English IPA when drinking this. It's nothing like the hop bombs that I've had.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1L bottle into a tulip.

Pours a dark copper color with a big white head with some great lacing. Smell is malty and hoppy both. piney hops for the most part. taste isnt as huge on hop profile as i expected, malts are also there and present but the hop bitterness hits you on the back. Mostly grapefruit and pine is what i take from the flavor. Not sure how fresh this one is either as no bottling date, id guess 3 months ish though. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall pretty good IPA, would be much better fresh i think too.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ordered from a shop in Washington. I was not expecting a 1L bottle, I can assure you of that! lol

Pours a dark caramel colour. Not totally translucent. A beige head adorns. Leaves a little lace.

Aroma was sweet malts, a hint of nuts, some earthy, spicy, flowery hop notes. Not huge; was definitely a more malty DIPA.

Same kinda went for the taste. Sweet up front, rich maltiness, though a nice bitterness, but more of a spicy, herbal, earthy hoppiness on the taste. Not my favourite hop notes, but it's pretty decent either way.

Had a creamy texture. Full bodied for an IPA.

Not bad. Not sure how fresh this was either. Initially, wasn't too keen on the price, and while the size of the bottle made up for that a bit, I probably wouldn't want to try this again.

Photo of korguy123
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1L bottle into tumbler.

A- Hazy dark copper pour with a two finger sticky, soapy, off white head. Lacing is sticky and chunky.

S- Sweet, sticky up front of toasted malts, strawberries, simple syrup and a touch of maple syrup. Pine bitterness and a little citrus notes are muddled in the background.

T- Roasted malts, sweet start with a bitter floral presence and a bit of citrus. Very chewy and bitterness seems lower than the 92 IBU the bottle claims.

M- Medium bodied, nice chew, dry lingering finish.

O- This is really malty for a IIPA. Problem with so much malts is that it starts to taste like a pale ale or a standard IPA. Why add so much malt and not ramp up the hops to make it stick out. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, just could be better.

Photo of maclean25
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at a liquor store in northern BC. I've come to expect high-quality, flavourful but mellow beers from them. This one pours with a fluffy head which reduces fairly quickly with lots of lacing. The body has cloudy, copper-orange colour. The aroma has lots of citrus and an earthy, slightly smokey quality scent. Beginning to drink, I was bracing for a heavy hops and bitterness but found it starts rather lightly. It all hits soon afterwards and lingers in the aftertaste. Despite the high hops, there is still significant malt presence. Hides the alcohol well, which is at 8%. It feels oily (or creamy) with little carbonation and a full body. Overall, it basically met my expectations (which were high).

Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a private order, 1L swing top into a tulip several times over.

Reddish brown with some orange highlights, dense cream coloured head, strong retention and lace. Nose of grapefruit, piney, citrus and some tropical notes. Really identifiable as a BC IPA, has a similar hop character to most IPAs I've had out of the province before. Some sweet malt character. Taste has sweet citrus, grassy hops and a big caramel back bone. Alcohol content is easily confirmed. Good bitterness, medium-full body and a low medium carbonation. A good IPA, but doesn't really stand out.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1L bottle from Private Order. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium translucent orange/amber colour with one finger of fluffy cream coloured head. Some light lacing.

S - A big sweetness up front full of bready/grainy malts, caramel and some toffee. A big bitterness is present as well with some floral and herbal aromas coming through.

T - Big bitterness up front that immediately gives way to a huge malt presence fully of bready/cereal flavours, caramel and a touch of toffee. The hops provide a very English flavour profile with floral, herbal and grassy flavours. A very big malt presence for a DIPA. The finish is bitter and dry with a big sweetness, reminiscent of an American barleywine.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

Photo of papat444
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chad for this one.

Poured from a 1L bottle and enjoyed over the course of the weekend (thank you swingtop!).

Appearance: A vibrant orange body that is quite eye-catching with a not too massive head that gently settles down and leaves spotted lacing everywhere.

Smell: Peaches, orange, candy sweetness, tangerines, mangoes, soapy lemon and some pine.

Tastel: Cloves, oranges, piney hops, tangerines, caramel a bit and restrained hop candy.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation that doesn't overdo it with an evident balance in the middle but just enough of a bitter kick in the finish.

Overall: A thoroughly enjoyable DIPA with a sweet touch.

Photo of Tolosa
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A : deep, troubled gold. Marvelous regular head, abundant.

S : It's like a bouquet of fresh hops has been thrown in your face

T : Hoppy as it can be. VERY bitter, very hoppy, a bit of toffee. Alcohol is stealthy.

M : ample feeling of bitterness, lightly sparkling, aftertaste is definitely bitter.

O : if you like hoppy bitter beers... don't look anywhere else.

Photo of tonyf55
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Beer Revolution. Served in a pockal glass.

Visual (3.5): Dark rusty red with a pure white minimal head (likely a consequence of the tap) body has a low opacity with a dense colour.

Aroma (2.5): minimal aroma of floral hops. Weak aroma with little to nothing there. Disappointing.

Taste (3): Grassy, floral, hop flavour with a little bit of malt balance. Leaves a sweet, but bitter flavour on the pallet.

Mouthfeel (3.5): nice rough carbonation over the tounge that isn't too coarse. Light to medium body with small carbonation bubbles that don't last past the initial swallow.

Overall (3): A very average IPA with minimal aroma and a stereotypical hop profile. The mouthfeel is appropriate to an IPA but leaves a little to be desired in hop complexity.

Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over when sampled in 2010. thanks eric! 2012 bottle courtesy of a private order via keep6imports.

1 litre capped swingtop. sampled july 20/2010. originally reviewed at 4/3.5/3.5/4/3.5 = 3.58. revisited april 22/2012 as shown here.

pours super hazy deep orange with a huge fluffy off-white meringue head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of thick chunky lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. sticky sweet candied orange and grapefruit. buttery toffee and caramel. multi-grain bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. bit of grain. light alcohol. on my previous sampling I noted a bit of vanilla and something else herbal or spicy that i can't quite place. this is gone today, to my approval.

taste is nice. bit of pine. grapefruit and orange. touch of tangerine. light alcohol. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. slightly powdery. again, the previous sampling noted vanilla and that odd spicy/herbal thing, both of which are not present now. just over medium bitterness level. definitely seems like a "canadian ipa" in that it's more malt focused than hop focused.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level. carbonation is fine and well integrated.

drinkability is nice. pretty well balanced. that odd spicy/herbal/vanilla component I had previously noted threw things off and didn't really work for me, but it must have been a fluke due to an old bottle or something in my previous sampling. this 2012 bottle is clean and tasty and my only real complaint would be a lack of hop "oomph", for lack of a better word. they're there, but just not as balls-out as i'd expect in a DIPA.

Photo of jrenihan
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber with a very large white head.

Smell is certainly hop focused. Pine, orange, grapefruit, floral notes and a big burnt caramel/toasted malt scent backing it all up.

Taste does not live up to the smell. Toasted malt is upfront. Some pine and citrus (orange, some grapefruit) along for the ride. Alcohol is a little more noticeable than expected for 8%.

Heavy and full bodied, moderate carbonation, sticky. Pretty thick for the style.

Overall, decent but not great. Howe Sound does not appear to date their bottles, so I am not sure of the age of this one.

Photo of BashOnABike
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1L resealable bottle into 16oz pint glass.

A: Orange-amber, with slight cloudiness. A huge (like, 3", woops!) off-white, tan-ish frothy head, moderate dissipation with messy lacing, plus this cool, cream-like lumpy surface pattern. Neat!

S: Faint hop, a little apple juice, lime, almost a little coriander, grapefruit, and a little whipped cream. A bit underwhelming though, but it could be my cold.

T: Smooth malt, amber-esq smoke, sweet hop, citrus, with mild hop after. Really good, a nice mix of sweet and astringent.

M: Super frothy on the head, and fairly hearty on the beer. A little tingle with bubbles, low-moderate carb, moderate body, more than an avg double. The froth on the head was pretty sick though.

O: Amazing, best of amber, cream and India Pale ales. Almost whipping cream head, with excellent flavour. A little lacking on the scent, but the rest more than makes up for it. Definitely worth a try!

Photo of Converge
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1L swing-top bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Pours with a thick tan head of creamy foam sitting atop a deep and hazy ruby-amber brew; looks really nice. The head slowly settles down to a soapy cap, leaving bits of lace on the glass, although not much.

S - Fresh, juicy hops upfront with a sweet caramel malt lurking in the background. More floral than tropical or fruity, but some orange peel and grapefruit shines through. West Coast pine character rounds it out. A nice balance of floral hops and caramel malt backbone.

T - A little underwhelming overall. The hop character is there, but the tropical and pine notes don't really come through, but neither do the floral hop notes. The hop profile really just comes across as bitter, but not very flavorful. Howe Sound don't date their bottles, but the place where I purchased this one got them in about 6 weeks ago, so there shouldn't be significant degradation on the hop profile yet. Minimal citrusy notes come through here and there, backed with a rather bland caramel malt that adds nothing to the flavor. Overall this feels poorly considered and executed, yielding lackluster results.

M - Rests on the lighter side, but has some chew to it. Overall it feels quite smooth, but at the same time a little watery. This one really suffers in the finish though, feeling hot, oily, and disproportionately bitter in comparison to the uninteresting hop profile.

D - My second somewhat underwhelming experience with Howe Sound. Overall this was a decent beer, but the lack of real hop presence and rather unnecessary bitterness and the poorly masked alcohol heat made for a sub-par representation of the style. I've heard great things about Howe Sound, and after being disappointed with their beer in the past, I figured that skipping to one of their most hyped up beers might help me see what all the fuss is about with this brewery. Unfortunately, this did nothing but further sour my opinion of their beer.

Photo of timtwoface
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, now this was an interesting take on the ipa, one I have never tried. Rather than being supremely hopped - which I love - it almost came across as a wonderful mix of an ipa and a solid porter style brew. I appciate it. Not a favourite but still, it's slid, easy to drink, and with a nice roasted aftertaste. Had I not known this was advertised as an ipa I could have sworn it was some porter variant. Check it out if you are a fan of either style!!

Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, toffee brown with a finger width of creamy beige head.

Smell - Piney and floral hops, grapefruit/citrus, brown sugar sweetness.

Taste - Moderate level of piney/earthy hops flavour, leaving a light bitter aftertaste. Hint of citrus comes through as well. The hops are present from start to finish which provides a complexity to this brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a pleasant dry finish as well as a creamy characteristic.

Overall - A good representation of a DIPA by Howe Sound. I thought the sweetness in the smell provided a nice variation from the style. The hop characteristic to this brew was good but it could use more to represent the style better. Besides this, a worthy brew for those venturing in this style.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, clear copper-orange amber. Two finger head and heavy lacing. Nice constant carbonation bubbles from the glass. Light sweet malt and citrus aroma. Hop forward with a background of light malt, mild dark and light fruit. Hoppy finish with a peppery, citrus, grapefruit flavor. Deceptively hoppy in the start and finish, but has an underlying complexity that supports the hops. Refreshing and different IPA. Will buy again.

Photo of Duke
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Total Eclipse of the Hop poured a beautiful clear but deep red amber. There was a healthy one-and-a-half-finger just-off-white head that lingered and eventually left stiff lacing. Impressive.

Smell: The nose is all citrusy hops, and it's a little floral too. It's toasty at the back.

Taste: Very well balanced with the fruity, flowery hops playing a big role all the way through. But that's about all there is. The beer is a little toasty and caramel-like.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with what feels like quite soft carbonation. It's easy to drink.

Photo of mattsander
2.35/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Murky deep amber, head hangs around for a while with an aggressive pour. Nothing pale about it, but not unappetizing.

S: Sweet bready malts jump out first with some indication of floral hops. Definitely a malt-centered aroma.

T: Starts as a sweet syrupy caramel vanilla toffee bomb then reveals a long, coarse bitterness. Not much in terms of hop flavor, very disappointing. It's as though the entire hop bill was added at the very beginning of the boil.

M: Chewy and creamy.

O: My least favorite beer from this usually-awesome Canadian brewery and a poor example of the style.

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Total Eclipse Of The Hop from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.