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

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Total Eclipse Of The HopTotal Eclipse Of The Hop

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

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

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 166
Photo of timtwoface
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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!!

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Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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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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Photo of Duke
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of mattsander
2.35/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of suspect
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of scootpolute
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
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?!!

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of distantmantra
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 liter bottle poured into a pint glass. June 2011.

A: Copper red color with large white head. Heavy lacing

S: Heavy citrus and pine notes with a hint of caramel.

T: Grapefruit and orange were the initial flavors, but a secondary pine flavor was evident. I detected some caramel aftertase. Alcohol slightly present but not overwhelming.

M: Bitter and full-bodied, but still smooth.

O: One of my first forays into Canadian craft beer. An excellent IIPA that I would purchase again.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 LazyL
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear copper with orange highlights and a thin creamy white head delivered in a pint glass, glowingly to our table. On the nose, nothing special and not much hops. The taste has a touch of clover honey and orange peel. Bitter from start to finish, but not in a bad way. Its creamy and the alcohal is well hidden with great lacing. It could use more hop nose to be a superstar, but still a solid IPA centered around bitterness. 90 IBU's are so smooth here and as it warms slightly releases more flavours. A very easy drinker for 8% and definitely worth a pint if your lucky enough to be in their Inn.

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Photo of alpineclimber
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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 CrazyMike
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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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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Understated bitterness, less strictly than the style still very enjoyable. Worth a try. Hoppy aromas. Copper to mahogoney body, tiny head, yet with a lace sheet. Orange simcoe flavours, a little fruity, a little boozy, average mouthfeel.
Bottle enjoyed with Mike Tessier et femme and Presario.
Had on tap at the brewpub and it was even better. Grapefruit orange aromas in this batch. A little boozy but very drinkable.IBU right there.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to get my hands on this,here in NC you may never find a BC brewed beer ever.Poured into an imperial nonic a rich bronze with a large fluffy off white head that settled into a creamy froth,alot of the head is left on the glass as it does settle.A variety of different hop aromas,a little herb,a little tea,and a shot of citrus fruit to go along with a not overly sweet biscuit malt base.What I like best about the flavor of this beer is the amped up malt bill doesn't make for an overly sweet beer,its hop profile may be a little more subtle than alot of the style but it has a well rounded hop palate,herbal and leafy,with a shot of grapefruit and light resin,the malts bring just the right amount of sweetness.This a well crafted beer,not in your face but enjoyable.

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Photo of CharcuterIAN
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 L bottle into my New Belgium globe.

good head, light retention, hazy copper color.

smells of citrus hops w/a light candy cornish malt.

taste is very well balanced sour citrus hop and malt.

I will deafeningly be buying more of this stuff... just wish that they would do a growler deposit program, like Schooner Exact.

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Photo of spree92
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 1 litre bottle with my brother. Poured a orange-golden copper color. Massive foam head that had awesome retention. Messy lacing left behind but looks really good. Hop aroma is well balanced with the malts that they used. Fresh wet hops bring citrus and floral notes. Taste is great. The bitterness is well balanced and does not feel like the 90 IBUs that they claim. Grapefruit is sticking to the tongue. What can I say, an excellent DIPA that is worthy of much praise.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Mages64
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L swing-top bottle into a tulip glass. 12oz. chilled.

A: Transparent amber with a slow fading head and loose lacing with a tight lively carbonation visible suggesting a pleasant mouthfeel to come.
N: All sorts of citrus: lime, lemon, grapefruit mostly, orange peel maybe and a NICE surprise of green apple and caramel.
T: So I assume that "total eclipse of the hop" refers to how the malt basically dominates this beer and uses the hops as a backbone. First sip is BAM green apple. tart with a caramel mix in it. Mid palette is red grapefruit so it's a little sweeter with citrusy hops and caramel malt prominently displayed. Finishes as if you just drank a red grapefruit drink and were chewing on caramel while you did it.
M: solid carbonation gave a really nice full bodied experience with not as much sticky as I was expecting.
D: This is a welcome addition to the pacific north west as we have so many Imperial IPAs competing for hop attention that this little import is definitely a great example to the hop heads that balance is key for a great tasting beer that you can drink over and over.

Side note: I opened the swing top bottle to pour 12oz and resealed it. I came back THREE weeks later thinking there was no way it was still carbonated. Not only was it still perfectly carbonated, but the sweetness had blended even better with the hop bitterness giving the beer an even better balance.

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Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swing top 1 liter bottle. Shared with 3 friends. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly hazy orangeish yellow with a very tall, thick and long lasting tan head that left moderate lacing.

A lot of hops in the nose, but not in the In-Your-Face way of most American examples, more floral and pine hops, with some malt background. That sums up the flavor profile as well. This is much more balanced than most hop heads will appreciate. there is some citrus hops on the finish.

The body was much fuller than most of the style, due to the solid amount of malt. Drinkability was very good for a beer this size. I mean that both about the ABV and the Liter container.

Overall, this is not an attention grabbing example, but over the course of drinking this beer it really grew on me. It's not as strong as most of the style (my local brewpub's regular IPA is almost the same ABV), but that's probably good if you're going to tackle a Liter by your self. And the bottles make great Mini-growlers.

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Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-amber with an off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: Floral, citrus and pine with some underlying bready malt & caramel.

T: This one has a nice balance for a brew of this strength. Some biscuity, bready malt with only a light caramel sweetness is overcome with huge depth of hop flavour citrus & pine with hints of floral & herbal hoppy goodness. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Smooth, moderate body.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep orange with some amber notes and a relatively frothy beige head. Looks pretty good, but darker than most DIPA's I had.

Smells of citrus, with some strong biscuity notes, and a slight floral spiciness. Some caramel malts as well in the smell as well.

Taste starts with some caramel malts, sweet citrus, and biscuity notes moving to a strong orange rind and grapefruit hoppy notes. The problem is that the hop bite (in the bottle I had at the very least) was quite astringent and quite metallic. Maybe I just got a bad bottle. I had difficulty finishing off this beer, and I usually love IPA's and DIPA's. The hop bitterness was just filled with too many off flavours (metallic, astringent). I don't mind bitterness but this beer's bitterness was very offputting. But again I may have had a bad bottle, given the other reviews.

Mouthfeel was pretty good. It was dry, and light to medium bodied, A little bit light bodied for me mind you.

Drinkability for me was quite low, but that may be because of an issue with the bottle I had, so I will give it a three because aside from the off flavours I noted this beer would have decent drinkability.

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