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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
howesound.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

Added by BDTyre on 09-07-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
169
Reviews:
62
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.58%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
31
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of lumikuuro
5/5  rDev +30.5%
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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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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Photo of Tolosa
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.48/5  rDev +17%
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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4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrenaline
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one's been sitting in my fridge for a couple weeks, building the anticipation!!

A - Pours a cloudy golden caramel/orange colour with a solid couple thumbs of head, leaving a noticeable amount of lacing scarring the glass. Head is a light golden brown as well.

S - Sweet lemon citrus scent. Hops are quite noticeable on this one, only further developing the anticipation of the taste.

T - Quite bitter, the lemon citrus hops come through quite strong, and the bitterness is left on the aftertaste. Almost a bit metallic on the aftertaste as well, but the hops definitely compensate to overpower the stronger alcohol content.

M - Pretty light on the palette, foaming up nicely on the swallow. Nicely balanced.

D - Having already known that the reviews for this one were quite positive, I wasn't all that surprised that it lived up to my expectations. A nice hop bomb, and totally fulfilled my craving for hops this evening. Would totally recommend this to anyone looking for a nice DIPA that isn't overpowering or offending.

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Photo of MAB
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's too bad that Howe Sound makles so many limited edition beers -- this one would quickly become one of my go-to choices for an IPA.
It looks like a bitter, it smells like a bitter, and it had the big, thick head I associate with lots of hops, but the taste is so much more complex. The initial hit to the mouth is not so much hops and hop bitterness, oddly. I immediately detected caramel and other sweet malty notes, with a hint of hops. The bitterness arrives later and it is mighty fine.
It got better with every sip. Lovely!

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Photo of Jerplamo
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had reviewed this previously, but it was an older bottle at the time, so this warrants a fresh review
A - a murky burnt orange, two solid fingers of off white head, which retained at half a finger with very sticky lacing all over
S - fresh citrus and grass, toasted grains, lightly fruity
T - strong citrus and pine with a little herbal note, toasty and bready malts provide nice balance to a hop bomb, with some light caramel sweetness coming through on finish
M - fairly smooth medium body, finished bitter and somewhat bready
D - a treat for the hop lover with fantastic flavours, the high alcohol is not noticeable, i wish this was a year rounder

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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy copper-red appearance, with a small amount of thick head that leaves decent lace and retention. Smell is sweet and citrusy, picked up a hint of toffee and malt as well.

Taste is a powerful combination of malt, fruit (picked up apples and citrus), bread, caramel and toffee. Everything is tied together with a strong hop ending, the taste is balanced. Surprisingly the alcohol isn't evident. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Aftertaste is a lingering bitter hop taste.

This is a strong and flavorful beer; the title should give you a clue on how strong the hops are. Still, it's refreshing beer with excellent taste. Can easily polish a bottle of this.

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Total Eclipse Of The Hop from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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