Total Eclipse Of The Hop
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
Imperial IPA
3.8 | pDev: 13.68%
Jun 15, 2018
Sep 07, 2008
Very Good
Total Eclipse Of The HopTotal Eclipse Of The Hop
Notes: 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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Reviewed by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
New version is a NEDIPA instead of a NEDIPA, but had that dank NW hop. Great mix of the styles and totally worth a try. Smooth, fruity, dank, soft, not too bitter, a new and different style!
Jun 15, 2018
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Rated by Trapperjon955 from Canada (AB)

3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 1 liter bottle into a Perfect pint glass.
I really like this one.
Excellent beer for the price.
May 26, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Irrationalist from California

Sep 06, 2017
Rated: 3.7 by goalie35 from Canada (AB)

Jul 29, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 16, 2017
Rated: 3 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jun 21, 2017
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Amber body with medium bubbles. White head rising maybe half a finger's length settling easy after two or three sips.

Smell: Ligh hops which dissipate pretty quickly.

Taste: Sweet malts which come off pretty smooth. Bitter floral feel which definitely is easier on the palates for beginners to the IIPA world.

Mouth: Medum carbonation but full bodied.

Overall: Good brew especially factoring the price. Delivers especially when sharing with a friend or two. Salud.
May 29, 2017
Rated: 3.24 by Leif_Eriksson from Canada (AB)

Nov 27, 2016
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A solid, if unremarkable, aroma of hops, citrus, caramel, and some malt as well.

T: Tasted of a little bit of caramel, mild citrus notes (oranges), caramel, a fair amount of hops, light malt, a grassy quality, light pine notes, and a light bready quality. Not a bad flavor, but it isn't quite as aggressive as other DIPAs. Pretty good, but milder than some of the style.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a basically smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: For the most part, this is a solid beer, but it has some flaws. Nonetheless, it's worth a look.
Nov 08, 2016
Rated: 2.27 by Mebuzzard from Colorado

Jul 31, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by boszormeny from Canada (ON)

Apr 21, 2016
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Rated by JonSchwartz from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Growler Grlz, Durham
Apr 03, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by DamienI from Washington

Mar 06, 2016
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Reviewed by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L-Darker amber look. Nice frothy head on the beer. The color is very pretty.
S-Earthy sweet and malty, with a hoppy ipa finish. The smell is very pleasant.
T- Caramel/malty flavor. This beer is dark and tastes dark. The bitterness I expected is almost too masked in the maltiness, but still very delicious nonetheless.
F-Medium bodied with just enough carbonation. Very easy drinkability, the smoothness works well with the flavor of the beer.
O-Very good beer. I had this on tap at a biergarten in Mobile, AL. The whole "Total Eclipse" and "Nighttime" theme this beer has really goes well with its dark, moderate, and earthy flavor.(If the people who designed this bottle and the brewers had that in mind, props to them).
But overall, this beer isn't too exceptional. It's decent. If you can try it, its better than good but less than great.
Feb 23, 2016
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Reviewed by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Once upon a time, there was beer in my life. Now there's malt liquor in the dark. Nothing I can do, total eclipse of the hop... It warms my heart to know that my wife thought a swingtop bottle of this would make my Valentine's Day. As far as IPAs go, this is respectable and on-point. Looks, smells and tastes the way it should.
Feb 15, 2016
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Devil’s Elbow, Vancouver.
Creamy bishop’s collar over rusty ESB amber. 4
Melanoidins, touch of leaf, and dried orange rind - but faint. 3.5
Bang of toast, them orange marmalade, slight resin and apricot juice. 3.5
Cointreau end and peppery linger.
Medium, smooth, salty, slight chew. 3.75

This is the DIPA in a range of four, all of which I sampled, and only the Triple IPA was hopped to where it should be. Toast over caramel only exacerbates how buried the hops are - don’t get 90 IBUs for a second. Gets some salt and powder as it warms, but that’s not coming close to saving this.

More mediocrity from Howe Sound. 3.75
Feb 04, 2016
Rated: 3.2 by kiki3drt292 from California

Nov 25, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by BCborn from Canada (BC)

Sep 14, 2015
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Reviewed by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.
Jul 20, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Jul 18, 2015
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Rated by phatmasterc from Canada (BC)

3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
THe only thing i find this beer lacks is aroma. Not much there compared to others. It's kind of mild for an 8% beer. Still enjoyed drinking this.
Jul 07, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Mlkluther from Canada (AB)

Jul 01, 2015
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Reviewed by hophugger from Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours a beautiful golden-amber with an orange hue that really sets it off. Aroma is citrus, pineapple, piney hops, some hay/grass and a very little touch of funk/skunk, nothing offensive, actually quite nice....Second whiff brings a little more of the skunkiness and a touch of overripe oranges. Taste is very hoppy (90 IBUS), yet has a nice balance with the barley. Bitterness is obvious but not overpowering and is pleasant. Taste has a touch of citrus and pine, especially hay and some pineapple accents. This beer drinks very smooth for an IIPA. As this beer warms ever so slightly, a little more maltiness and overripe fruit appears. Nice beer, hoppy and bold, yet surprisingly balanced !!
Jun 22, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

Jun 14, 2015
Rated: 3.92 by avisong from Virginia

Jun 12, 2015
Rated: 4 by RichH55 from Illinois

May 07, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by Svingjo from Canada (BC)

Apr 02, 2015
Rated: 4.39 by Jerplamo

Mar 29, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by Ivanhoes_Backpack from Canada (NB)

Feb 21, 2015
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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.
Feb 14, 2015
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Rated by ygtbsm94 from Utah

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Nose of bready malt, caramel, not much hop aroma. Taste much the same.
Feb 09, 2015
Rated: 3.31 by Fievel from Pennsylvania

Feb 09, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by BeerBuzzGuy from North Carolina

Feb 03, 2015
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

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.
Jan 29, 2015
Rated: 4.48 by Toolman1962 from Canada (BC)

Jan 12, 2015
Rated: 3.1 by AlexFields from Tennessee

Dec 14, 2014
Rated: 3.4 by Mr_Casual from California

Dec 13, 2014
Rated: 2 by Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

Dec 09, 2014
Rated: 2.52 by blipetzky from California

Nov 30, 2014
Rated: 1.25 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2014
Total Eclipse Of The Hop from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 173 ratings