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

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87
very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 09-07-2008)
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MithrilTuxedo

Washington

5/5  rDev +28.2%

11-13-2013 23:13:21 | More by MithrilTuxedo
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lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Howe Sound brewpub, late September 2009.

This review is less detailed than normal as I was entertaining a visitor so did not take notes.

Appearance: Quite dark for an IPA; must be a lot of malt profile to come.

Aroma: Masses of hops, you barely need to get to the glass to experience the assault.

Taste: This is very heavily hopped, more so than their well hopped Devil's Elbow IPA, but this has a very pronounced malt profile to accompany and balance the hops, without taking away from them. I have been needing a break from the throw-as-many-hops-in-as-possible mentality of the pacific northwest, but with this amount of malt flavour as well, who needs that break? Noticeably strong abv. A beautifully balanced, intense imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, hops dance on the tongue. Everything you would want.

Drinkability: Very rewarding, easy to have a few of these. Just watch the abv!

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2009 05:05:59 | More by lumikuuro
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krankyjoe

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

10-03-2013 16:44:10 | More by krankyjoe
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Tolosa

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 04:02:09 | More by Tolosa
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

09-22-2013 02:50:56 | More by ZachT
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 22:35:19 | More by LiquidAmber
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Aggro

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

03-29-2014 10:10:32 | More by Aggro
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

11-01-2013 03:06:57 | More by Erik-P
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TequilaTom

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-29-2012 03:53:37 | More by TequilaTom
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DrShakalu

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

10-16-2012 00:41:38 | More by DrShakalu
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one's been sitting in my fridge for a couple weeks, building the anticipation!!

A - Pours a cloudy golden caramel/orange colour with a solid couple thumbs of head, leaving a noticeable amount of lacing scarring the glass. Head is a light golden brown as well.

S - Sweet lemon citrus scent. Hops are quite noticeable on this one, only further developing the anticipation of the taste.

T - Quite bitter, the lemon citrus hops come through quite strong, and the bitterness is left on the aftertaste. Almost a bit metallic on the aftertaste as well, but the hops definitely compensate to overpower the stronger alcohol content.

M - Pretty light on the palette, foaming up nicely on the swallow. Nicely balanced.

D - Having already known that the reviews for this one were quite positive, I wasn't all that surprised that it lived up to my expectations. A nice hop bomb, and totally fulfilled my craving for hops this evening. Would totally recommend this to anyone looking for a nice DIPA that isn't overpowering or offending.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 01:35:46 | More by andrenaline
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's too bad that Howe Sound makles so many limited edition beers -- this one would quickly become one of my go-to choices for an IPA.
It looks like a bitter, it smells like a bitter, and it had the big, thick head I associate with lots of hops, but the taste is so much more complex. The initial hit to the mouth is not so much hops and hop bitterness, oddly. I immediately detected caramel and other sweet malty notes, with a hint of hops. The bitterness arrives later and it is mighty fine.
It got better with every sip. Lovely!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 17:56:40 | More by MAB
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 02:59:40 | More by joemcgrath27
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy copper-red appearance, with a small amount of thick head that leaves decent lace and retention. Smell is sweet and citrusy, picked up a hint of toffee and malt as well.

Taste is a powerful combination of malt, fruit (picked up apples and citrus), bread, caramel and toffee. Everything is tied together with a strong hop ending, the taste is balanced. Surprisingly the alcohol isn't evident. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Aftertaste is a lingering bitter hop taste.

This is a strong and flavorful beer; the title should give you a clue on how strong the hops are. Still, it's refreshing beer with excellent taste. Can easily polish a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 03:26:52 | More by CrazyMike
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-21-2011 05:07:18 | More by chickenm
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Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

04-13-2014 03:32:01 | More by Idrankthat
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

05-09-2012 02:17:51 | More by bumchilly25
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Chadzo69

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-19-2014 22:31:11 | More by Chadzo69
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brotherloco

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Litre Flip-Top bottle. Can't find a date. Served in a 22oz glass.

Pours a gorgeous, hazy, unfiltered deep amber w/ over an inch of beige foam. Tons of lacing left in the glass.

Aroma contains floral and citrusy hops, but also a lot of malt variation. Bready and toasty notes sit in the background. Overall sweetness. A touch of booze.

Flavor starts very nicely balanced. Bitter resiny hops on top of the tongue and sweet malt filling the mouth. A little roasty malt appears in the middle. It's a bit of a one note flavor without much development, but that one note is damn tasty. A little alcohol sting in the finish, but it fits in nicely. In fact, 8% is the perfect ABV for a DIPA, IMHO. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

A medium body with medium-high carbonation. Never gets overly thick or cloying.

My first Howe Sound beer, and I dig it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:30:47 | More by brotherloco
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1L swing top bottle poured into pint glass mar21 2011

A clear reddish copper with average carbonation but you wouldn't guess it by the large two finger light tan head that has great retention and leaves several partial rings of lace well down the glass

S lots of citrus and toffee with a little pine

T some grapefruit rind, tangerine, guava and even more toffee and pine then I smell, (and I could smell a fair bit), just a hint of booze and even more tropical fruits and toffee on the finish

M quite bitter, fairly full bodied for the color and it leaves a fair bit behind in your mouth, both lingering flavors and a little grit on your teeth

O I rather liked this one, flavors are pretty strong and the 8% is quite well concealed

I missed out on this one last year when it came to Alberta so I'm stoked I got one this time around. This isn't their Devils Elbow beefed up it has a completely different hop profile and is well worth trying

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 06:38:51 | More by wordemupg
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Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-15-2012 15:30:22 | More by Coastal_Brew
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spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 1 litre bottle with my brother. Poured a orange-golden copper color. Massive foam head that had awesome retention. Messy lacing left behind but looks really good. Hop aroma is well balanced with the malts that they used. Fresh wet hops bring citrus and floral notes. Taste is great. The bitterness is well balanced and does not feel like the 90 IBUs that they claim. Grapefruit is sticking to the tongue. What can I say, an excellent DIPA that is worthy of much praise.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 23:32:57 | More by spree92
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urbantornado

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-28-2012 18:09:53 | More by urbantornado
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GETTNCRUNKED

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9%

05-20-2014 00:13:15 | More by GETTNCRUNKED
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Total Eclipse Of The Hop from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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