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Total Eclipse Black Ale - Hoppy Brewing Co.

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Total Eclipse Black AleTotal Eclipse Black Ale

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hoppy Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brent on 01-12-2003)
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

wrightst, Aug 10, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -57.1%

cmgage, Jul 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

probabilityzero, Jun 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%

A: Black with a medium brown head.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, plum and other dark fruits in the nose.

T: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, really good.

M: Smoothish, and full bodied.

O: Tasty, if a bit boring. Recommended if you can find it. I think it's their best beer, but don't be fooled by the brewery's name. Their beer's are seldom very hoppy.

BierJager89, Feb 06, 2014
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2.53/5  rDev -27.7%

Of all the beers I have had in my life, I cannot remember having one that is so foamy! I was afraid to set the bottle down because every time I did, foam right out the top! Take a drink? Foam! Now, there are a few redeeming qualities about this brew...it does have a nice appearance of dark black molasses, but it tastes of burnt wood. The mouth feel is also going to be rated low by me as well for the unacceptable amount of foam I encountered in this beer. I even let it sit for some time thinking maybe I inadvertently shook it up, but I do not believe that to be the case. When I lived in the Sacramento area I used to frequent the Hoppy Brewery and remember it being a bit run down and I made a trip to Sacramento recently and brought back 2 cases of Hoppy brews. Gotta say I was disappointed. Oh well, next up?

ronniebruner, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

AnthemOfTheSun, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

IdrinkGas, Nov 24, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +24.3%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber ($4.49 at BevMo) into a pint glass.

Appearance: The head rushes up. The initial pour was about 20% beer and 80% head, although it settled down pretty quickly and I was able to top it off to a reasonable amount.

Smell: Heavy citrus, with some bitter cocoa coming through.

Taste: Like it smells, and that's a good thing. Citrus and hops first, then cocoa and hops, followed by toffee and hops, and then just hops. But it's interesting how the hops come back strong with each layer. Consequently a bitter aftertaste with some citrus.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant. Not too thin, not too thick, but it coats your mouth and stayed with me. Satisfied.

Overall: I'm not sure whether this is supposed to be a Black IPA or a Stout. It simply says "Black Ale." But whatever it is, it's a darn good beer. It pushes the bitterness level for a stout, and pushes the mouthfeel for an IPA. Well done, Hoppy.

hikanteki, Nov 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

harpus, Sep 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

sevenshubby, Sep 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

acurtis, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

djrn2, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

kaelingirl, Aug 24, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -57.1%

beernads, Aug 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

whatname, Jul 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +42.9%

Rocketman8911, Jul 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

BamfBacon, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Lynn, May 24, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

Bottle just in from Lueken Liquors. Is this how the brewer intended it? Maybe something more hoppy. As a dry stout, pretty decent, more of a light shwartzbier, with a muted hop. Very good drinkability. Light black coloured body, almost no head. Medium mouthfeel. Mollasses and light roast smell.

Sammy, May 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

jp312, Apr 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

EFR94, Apr 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Kuongming, Feb 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Nage37, Jan 19, 2013
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Total Eclipse Black Ale from Hoppy Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.