Total Eclipse Of The Hop - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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Reviews by Brad007:
3.49/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
12-11-2013 01:51:07 | More by Brad007
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4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
Glad to get my hands on this,here in NC you may never find a BC brewed beer ever.Poured into an imperial nonic a rich bronze with a large fluffy off white head that settled into a creamy froth,alot of the head is left on the glass as it does settle.A variety of different hop aromas,a little herb,a little tea,and a shot of citrus fruit to go along with a not overly sweet biscuit malt base.What I like best about the flavor of this beer is the amped up malt bill doesn't make for an overly sweet beer,its hop profile may be a little more subtle than alot of the style but it has a well rounded hop palate,herbal and leafy,with a shot of grapefruit and light resin,the malts bring just the right amount of sweetness.This a well crafted beer,not in your face but enjoyable.
05-06-2011 21:38:02 | More by oberon
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
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!
04-13-2012 05:10:06 | More by BashOnABike
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
1L swing-top bottle - reclosable, which is a good thing, methinks...8% ABV, 90 IBUs in this format. I like the name, a worthy contribution to the litany of pun-themed IPA monikers - Bonnie Tyler would be proud, maybe?
This beer pours a hazy medium bronzed peach colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky ecru head, which leaves some nice broken bicycle chain, sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly falls away.
It smells of bready caramel/toffee malt, warm buttery biscuits, bitter grapefruit and orange rind, mildly tart red fruit, and further leafy, piney hops. The taste is more bready, crackery caramel malt, crystallized toffee, muddled tropical fruit, a more focused grapefruit and blood orange citrus bitterness, faint roasted notes, and additional leafy, floral, and understatedly perfumed hops. Speaking of which, the alcohol is rather well integrated, and apparently not all that noticeable, at least at this juncture.
The carbonation is on the low side, but supportive enough in its wee frothiness, the body medium-full in weight, generally smooth (lending weak credence to the idea of a mostly old world hop paradigm), and a smidge creamy. It finishes well off-dry, the bready caramel malt hanging tough, and yet still pretty well balanced with a softening citrus and pine hoppiness.
The initial heady West Coast hops smack of this offering does indeed fade, even to the point of self doubt, but slowly and surely, leaves us with a decently balanced, yet still large and in charge IIPA. Once again, I'm taken by the Canadian-ness of it all - it's big, but well, not that big (except for the serving size, that is), the hops seemingly still paying tribute to the Commonwealth.
04-10-2010 05:56:20 | More by biboergosum
3.95/5 rDev +1%
1 liter bottle poured into a pint glass. June 2011.
A: Copper red color with large white head. Heavy lacing
S: Heavy citrus and pine notes with a hint of caramel.
T: Grapefruit and orange were the initial flavors, but a secondary pine flavor was evident. I detected some caramel aftertase. Alcohol slightly present but not overwhelming.
M: Bitter and full-bodied, but still smooth.
O: One of my first forays into Canadian craft beer. An excellent IIPA that I would purchase again.
07-01-2011 22:00:26 | More by distantmantra
3.95/5 rDev +1%
Understated bitterness, less strictly than the style still very enjoyable. Worth a try. Hoppy aromas. Copper to mahogoney body, tiny head, yet with a lace sheet. Orange simcoe flavours, a little fruity, a little boozy, average mouthfeel.
Bottle enjoyed with Mike Tessier et femme and Presario.
Had on tap at the brewpub and it was even better. Grapefruit orange aromas in this batch. A little boozy but very drinkable.IBU right there.
05-13-2011 21:58:07 | More by Sammy
3.05/5 rDev -22%
34 FL OZ. bottle poured into tulip glass (with left-over(s)!!!).
A - Pours cloudy brownish-red-amber, solid frothy, dark-white head...- some great lacing.
S - Hops and some spicy-like pine with lots of sweet citrus - grapefruit and orange VERY SWEET!
T - Strong bite with spice...Yes, strong hop flavor along with sweet & pine-like flavor. Due to the strong spicy tones, not so smooth...strong!
M - Good carbonation...The over 'spice' punch is too much for me. Also, in parts a bit 'too' fruity/sweet.
D - This one was highly regarded at the beer specialty-joint, "Malts & Vines" in Redmond WA (which seems to be a two in one version of Seattle's Bottle works...I was quite impressed to see something of this caliber on the 'east-side' of Seattle with the live taps patio, along with 3 huge fridges of beers to go!)...OK, more about the beer...I'm a huge x2 IPA fan...this one just has too much spice, and even though there is strong hop presence, the alcohol is the only characteristic that sticks out...So, very much a sipping beer, not the refreshing beer I was hoping for...Epiphany moment, this beer is from Canada…Not bad for a Canadian beer, eh?!!
08-10-2011 20:02:43 | More by scootpolute
4.35/5 rDev +11.3%
Had reviewed this previously, but it was an older bottle at the time, so this warrants a fresh review
A - a murky burnt orange, two solid fingers of off white head, which retained at half a finger with very sticky lacing all over
S - fresh citrus and grass, toasted grains, lightly fruity
T - strong citrus and pine with a little herbal note, toasty and bready malts provide nice balance to a hop bomb, with some light caramel sweetness coming through on finish
M - fairly smooth medium body, finished bitter and somewhat bready
D - a treat for the hop lover with fantastic flavours, the high alcohol is not noticeable, i wish this was a year rounder
09-08-2010 02:59:40 | More by joemcgrath27
British Columbia (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-orange with half a finger of thick, pale yellow head that leaves some nice lacing.
Smell. Caramel and light toasted grains. Citrus and a little pine takes a backseat.
Taste. Nice toasty light grains and caramel. Light citrus fruit and pears, some bitter resiny pine and citrus rind in the end.
Mouthfeel. Medium body with lower carbonation. Slightly sticky.
Overall. Nice and mellow for the style with lots of malt, but not in a bad way.
09-11-2011 22:53:09 | More by Rutager
3.08/5 rDev -21.2%
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.
05-21-2012 02:27:58 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.45/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
10-05-2012 12:28:48 | More by EgadBananas
4.53/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
03-18-2012 22:35:19 | More by LiquidAmber
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
05-18-2014 16:33:10 | More by metter98
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
From a 1L brown flip top bottle. Pours out a hazed coppery amber, capped by an impressive chunky merrengue-like cream coloured head with remarkable retention.
Mild chewy toffee malt in the nose, along with some spicy, floral, herbal hops. Good balance.
Toasted toffee malt at first in the flavour, pretty mild hops for the most part too, perfumey, light spice, more predominantly citrus and herbal, although even these characteristics are kept in check. The hops really shine in the aftertaste already, more of an English character than American variety.
Medium-full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, a bit grainy, a bit chewy, alcohol warmth on finish.
An approachable DIPA, drinkable yet forgettable on the same terms, and very English in character for those looking for a more spicy, herbal hoppiness, which is a nice rare surprise from a West Coast IPA on either side of the border. Everything said and done it leaves me holding out for a hero, with another nod to Bonnie Tyler.
04-26-2010 22:36:02 | More by IronDjinn
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
05-14-2012 11:55:32 | More by papat444
Total Eclipse Of The Hop from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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