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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 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 papat444
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

papat444, May 14, 2012
Photo of Tolosa
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Tolosa, May 12, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
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 grub
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over when sampled in 2010. thanks eric! 2012 bottle courtesy of a private order via keep6imports.

1 litre capped swingtop. sampled july 20/2010. originally reviewed at 4/3.5/3.5/4/3.5 = 3.58. revisited april 22/2012 as shown here.

pours super hazy deep orange with a huge fluffy off-white meringue head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of thick chunky lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. sticky sweet candied orange and grapefruit. buttery toffee and caramel. multi-grain bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. bit of grain. light alcohol. on my previous sampling I noted a bit of vanilla and something else herbal or spicy that i can't quite place. this is gone today, to my approval.

taste is nice. bit of pine. grapefruit and orange. touch of tangerine. light alcohol. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. slightly powdery. again, the previous sampling noted vanilla and that odd spicy/herbal thing, both of which are not present now. just over medium bitterness level. definitely seems like a "canadian ipa" in that it's more malt focused than hop focused.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level. carbonation is fine and well integrated.

drinkability is nice. pretty well balanced. that odd spicy/herbal/vanilla component I had previously noted threw things off and didn't really work for me, but it must have been a fluke due to an old bottle or something in my previous sampling. this 2012 bottle is clean and tasty and my only real complaint would be a lack of hop "oomph", for lack of a better word. they're there, but just not as balls-out as i'd expect in a DIPA.

grub, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

jrenihan, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of BashOnABike
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

BashOnABike, Apr 13, 2012
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 timtwoface
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, now this was an interesting take on the ipa, one I have never tried. Rather than being supremely hopped - which I love - it almost came across as a wonderful mix of an ipa and a solid porter style brew. I appciate it. Not a favourite but still, it's slid, easy to drink, and with a nice roasted aftertaste. Had I not known this was advertised as an ipa I could have sworn it was some porter variant. Check it out if you are a fan of either style!!

timtwoface, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, toffee brown with a finger width of creamy beige head.

Smell - Piney and floral hops, grapefruit/citrus, brown sugar sweetness.

Taste - Moderate level of piney/earthy hops flavour, leaving a light bitter aftertaste. Hint of citrus comes through as well. The hops are present from start to finish which provides a complexity to this brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a pleasant dry finish as well as a creamy characteristic.

Overall - A good representation of a DIPA by Howe Sound. I thought the sweetness in the smell provided a nice variation from the style. The hop characteristic to this brew was good but it could use more to represent the style better. Besides this, a worthy brew for those venturing in this style.

leaddog, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

LiquidAmber, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Duke
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Total Eclipse of the Hop poured a beautiful clear but deep red amber. There was a healthy one-and-a-half-finger just-off-white head that lingered and eventually left stiff lacing. Impressive.

Smell: The nose is all citrusy hops, and it's a little floral too. It's toasty at the back.

Taste: Very well balanced with the fruity, flowery hops playing a big role all the way through. But that's about all there is. The beer is a little toasty and caramel-like.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with what feels like quite soft carbonation. It's easy to drink.

Duke, Mar 17, 2012
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 Syr
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Syr, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +2.3%

fizzyted, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +2.3%

twelveinches, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

schnarr84, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +2.3%

EskimoDave, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Rutager, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

brotherloco, Sep 11, 2011
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 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 DaftCaskBC
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over cloudy amber liquid.

S: The faint smell of lemon and yeast.

T: Citrusy and piney hops and some malt.

M: Medium viscosity and low carbonation.

O: Somewhat acidic and not the most drinkable IPA I have ever had.

DaftCaskBC, Jul 28, 2011
Total Eclipse Of The Hop from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.