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

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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Sanchezrox23, Apr 14, 2014
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, Apr 06, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

clayrock81, Apr 06, 2014
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Aggro, Mar 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

cjgiant, Mar 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

jbaker67, Mar 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

twenty5, Mar 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Mattyb79, Feb 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

xnicknj, Jan 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

JohnnieNepal, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

MacQ32, Jan 03, 2014
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3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

MylesMac, Nov 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jbeervt, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

kjyost, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

maplesyrup76, Oct 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

krankyjoe, Oct 03, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Axnjxn, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

PEIhop, Sep 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Asics, Sep 29, 2013
Total Eclipse Of The Hop from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.