Total Eclipse Of The Hop
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

Total Eclipse Of The HopTotal Eclipse Of The Hop
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,691
ABV:
8%
Score:
87
Ranked #20,318
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 13.54%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
173
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Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
 
British Columbia, Canada
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Summer
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SCORE
87
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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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 173
Reviews by hophugger:
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3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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 !!

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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 JacobusFavier23
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 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 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 avalon07
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of korguy123
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1L bottle into tumbler.

A- Hazy dark copper pour with a two finger sticky, soapy, off white head. Lacing is sticky and chunky.

S- Sweet, sticky up front of toasted malts, strawberries, simple syrup and a touch of maple syrup. Pine bitterness and a little citrus notes are muddled in the background.

T- Roasted malts, sweet start with a bitter floral presence and a bit of citrus. Very chewy and bitterness seems lower than the 92 IBU the bottle claims.

M- Medium bodied, nice chew, dry lingering finish.

O- This is really malty for a IIPA. Problem with so much malts is that it starts to taste like a pale ale or a standard IPA. Why add so much malt and not ramp up the hops to make it stick out. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, just could be better.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of liquorpig
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 liter bottle poured into a pint glass (obviously the whole liter didn't fit)

Pours a dark amber, very slightly cloudy, nice looking head that fades down to clumpy islands in a thin film. Lots of fine active carbonation. Smell is a muted fruity bitter hoppy, lots of rich bready malt.

Taste is a little muted for an imperial IPA, nice and hoppy but not over the top. Stronger malt component than most imperial IPAs, too. Nice strong bitter grapefruit peel aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is dry and pleasant. Overall good beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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 alpineclimber
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 1L resealable bottle into a chalice. A thick foamy head sitting on an opaque copper brew. The head recedes and leaves a lot of lacing.

Smells fairly estery and fruity, I can detect a slight medicinal smell.

Lots big hop flavours, grapefruit and pine. The finish is not as bitter as expected but this does not detract from the experience.

A full mouthfeel. A little thicker then what I typically find with this style.

This is a pretty good DIPA and better yet it's from one of my favourite spots, Squampton. I only wish that this brew came in regular sized bottles, which is the case with all Howe Sound brews.

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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 NWer
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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 Dawkfan
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice looking amberish orange with a billowing 4 fingers worth of a creamy off white colored head. Multiple rings of lace left clinging to the glass.

S- A nice balance of caramel malt and C hops on the nose.

T- I was a little worried that the hops wouldn't shine through in the taste given the nose, but I was wrong. Although it's not an all out assault on your palate, the hops are fairly bold at the end and linger on awhile.

M- A fairly full bodied DIPA, low carbonation, smooth, creamy, and a touch of heat on the backend.

D- I like this one, easy on the palate and mouth. 1L isn't a problem finishing by myself. If I had to criticize this in one area it would be the heat from the booze, I've had higher abv DIPA's that hide it better, not saying it's overwhelming or anything but it's noticeable.

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Photo of lumikuuro
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Howe Sound brewpub, late September 2009.

This review is less detailed than normal as I was entertaining a visitor so did not take notes.

Appearance: Quite dark for an IPA; must be a lot of malt profile to come.

Aroma: Masses of hops, you barely need to get to the glass to experience the assault.

Taste: This is very heavily hopped, more so than their well hopped Devil's Elbow IPA, but this has a very pronounced malt profile to accompany and balance the hops, without taking away from them. I have been needing a break from the throw-as-many-hops-in-as-possible mentality of the pacific northwest, but with this amount of malt flavour as well, who needs that break? Noticeably strong abv. A beautifully balanced, intense imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, hops dance on the tongue. Everything you would want.

Drinkability: Very rewarding, easy to have a few of these. Just watch the abv!

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Photo of Adamostella
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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