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

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Total Eclipse Of The HopTotal Eclipse Of The Hop

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 157
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 22.4%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 1-Liter bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong earthy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are several other 2IPA’s that I would choose first.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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

A: Copper-amber with an off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: Floral, citrus and pine with some underlying bready malt & caramel.

T: This one has a nice balance for a brew of this strength. Some biscuity, bready malt with only a light caramel sweetness is overcome with huge depth of hop flavour citrus & pine with hints of floral & herbal hoppy goodness. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Smooth, moderate body.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 liter swingtop bottle, big thanks to my boy Sid for sending this out.

Pours a hazy dark orange, some amber highlights, almost a touch of light red, huge and rocky off white head forms, very chunky and sticky, slowly settles down to a huge and chunky layer, tons of lace sticks everywhere, looks pretty damn good.

Smell is nice, very pleasant hoppiness, a lot of floral, quite fruity, a nice strawberry note, a bit of grapefruit, alcohol, slightly spicy and herbal, some decent citrus, lightly malty, some caramel and a bit of biscuit, quite nice.

Taste is nice too, some citrus and grapefruit hoppiness, some biscuity malt, a bit of caramel, peaches and some tropical fruit, mango, orange, pretty nice stuff, decent herbal bitterness, some sharp citrus, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a touch of the light side, low to medium carbonation, goes down pretty damn smooth for the ABV. Thanks Sid!

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer but I swear I wanted more hops as the malt showed up more than the hop profile. Could the sample on tap be old ( lack of hops due to aging. The beer has a very nice full mouthfeel and finished strongly( ABV was not too noticeable) but the big hops to be found for the style seemed lacking. A malt bomb DIPA

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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.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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