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

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of mattsander
2.33/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

mattsander, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of QuestionableScum
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep orange with some amber notes and a relatively frothy beige head. Looks pretty good, but darker than most DIPA's I had.

Smells of citrus, with some strong biscuity notes, and a slight floral spiciness. Some caramel malts as well in the smell as well.

Taste starts with some caramel malts, sweet citrus, and biscuity notes moving to a strong orange rind and grapefruit hoppy notes. The problem is that the hop bite (in the bottle I had at the very least) was quite astringent and quite metallic. Maybe I just got a bad bottle. I had difficulty finishing off this beer, and I usually love IPA's and DIPA's. The hop bitterness was just filled with too many off flavours (metallic, astringent). I don't mind bitterness but this beer's bitterness was very offputting. But again I may have had a bad bottle, given the other reviews.

Mouthfeel was pretty good. It was dry, and light to medium bodied, A little bit light bodied for me mind you.

Drinkability for me was quite low, but that may be because of an issue with the bottle I had, so I will give it a three because aside from the off flavours I noted this beer would have decent drinkability.

QuestionableScum, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Howlader
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of tonyf55
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

tonyf55, May 04, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -23.3%

xnicknj, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of scootpolute
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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?!!

scootpolute, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, May 21, 2012
Photo of KarateR0bot
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

KarateR0bot, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Asics
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Asics, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Converge
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Converge, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swing top 1 liter bottle. Shared with 3 friends. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly hazy orangeish yellow with a very tall, thick and long lasting tan head that left moderate lacing.

A lot of hops in the nose, but not in the In-Your-Face way of most American examples, more floral and pine hops, with some malt background. That sums up the flavor profile as well. This is much more balanced than most hop heads will appreciate. there is some citrus hops on the finish.

The body was much fuller than most of the style, due to the solid amount of malt. Drinkability was very good for a beer this size. I mean that both about the ABV and the Liter container.

Overall, this is not an attention grabbing example, but over the course of drinking this beer it really grew on me. It's not as strong as most of the style (my local brewpub's regular IPA is almost the same ABV), but that's probably good if you're going to tackle a Liter by your self. And the bottles make great Mini-growlers.

beertunes, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

EgadBananas, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of suspect
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a giant 34oz capped bottle with optional swing top into a Dogfish Head Snifter. Thanks to my buddy Chris for bringing this back from the Idaho Beer Fest.

A: Crystal clear light amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1.5 finger head that disappears after a few minutes. Leaves a small ring around the edge. Little to no lacing to speak of. Lots of tiny little bubbles push their way to the top.

S: Lots of bitter citrus his the nose up front. Strong grapefruit smell with some lemon in the mix. Slight piny notes follow the grapefruit. After that it's some malt and a small touch of alcohol.

T: Not quite as hoppy as one would think from a IIPA but it's nicely balanced and really full of flavor. The citrus hops are toned down but are the first thing I taste in this beer. Followed by caramel malt and bitter pine hop. Some spices in there as well that I can't quite put my finger on.

M: Well carbonated, less bitter than other IIPAs I've had. Medium body, aftertaste doesn't linger quite as long but it still leaves me wanting more.

O: A decent beer, one that I'm glad I tried but not one I would spend a lot of energy seeking out again.

suspect, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Brad007, Dec 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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Total Eclipse Of The Hop from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.