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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Photo of OskarL
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a two finger frothy head that has really good retention and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smells of fresh hops, lots of grass, caramel, grapefruit and pines.

Taste is very welll balanced with grassy hops, caramel malt, toffe, some buttery notes that fit in well and some fruity hops in the finish.

Full bodied with low carbonation and very smooth.

Sold in a 1l bottle that is very easy to drink.

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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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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 liter swingtop bottle, big thanks to my boy Sid for sending this out.

Pours a hazy dark orange, some amber highlights, almost a touch of light red, huge and rocky off white head forms, very chunky and sticky, slowly settles down to a huge and chunky layer, tons of lace sticks everywhere, looks pretty damn good.

Smell is nice, very pleasant hoppiness, a lot of floral, quite fruity, a nice strawberry note, a bit of grapefruit, alcohol, slightly spicy and herbal, some decent citrus, lightly malty, some caramel and a bit of biscuit, quite nice.

Taste is nice too, some citrus and grapefruit hoppiness, some biscuity malt, a bit of caramel, peaches and some tropical fruit, mango, orange, pretty nice stuff, decent herbal bitterness, some sharp citrus, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a touch of the light side, low to medium carbonation, goes down pretty damn smooth for the ABV. Thanks Sid!

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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 Dawkfan
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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 IronDjinn
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 1L brown flip top bottle. Pours out a hazed coppery amber, capped by an impressive chunky merrengue-like cream coloured head with remarkable retention.

Mild chewy toffee malt in the nose, along with some spicy, floral, herbal hops. Good balance.

Toasted toffee malt at first in the flavour, pretty mild hops for the most part too, perfumey, light spice, more predominantly citrus and herbal, although even these characteristics are kept in check. The hops really shine in the aftertaste already, more of an English character than American variety.

Medium-full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, a bit grainy, a bit chewy, alcohol warmth on finish.

An approachable DIPA, drinkable yet forgettable on the same terms, and very English in character for those looking for a more spicy, herbal hoppiness, which is a nice rare surprise from a West Coast IPA on either side of the border. Everything said and done it leaves me holding out for a hero, with another nod to Bonnie Tyler.

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

One of the most balanced, perfectly drinkable IIPA's I've ever tasted.

Poured from a 1L swing top, which was closed for about 20 minutes until I wanted more. Poured a wonderful typical English bitter amber colour, with a wonderful white frothy head which clung to the glass all the way down.

Aroma is pretty subdued for an IIPA, nothing comes across as to overpowering. But nice pine, citrus, grapefruit aromas tease the nose.

Taste is creamy, malt, biscuity and a real nice drying bitter attack on the back of the tongue. The hops don't totally overpower the flavour, but really blend well with the malt profile.

This is 1L bottle is so easy to drink it's a sin. An IIPA shouldn't be this easy to enjoy. A real lesson to other brewers who 'think' an IIPA has to be hopped to high heaven to qualify.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 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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Photo of canucklehead
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer but I swear I wanted more hops as the malt showed up more than the hop profile. Could the sample on tap be old ( lack of hops due to aging. The beer has a very nice full mouthfeel and finished strongly( ABV was not too noticeable) but the big hops to be found for the style seemed lacking. A malt bomb DIPA

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

Obviously the guys at Howe Sound are Bonnie Tyler fans.

Nice orange appearance, but a little bit on the dark side. It looks more like a bitter. Nice hoppy, citrus smell. Floral undertones and almost a creamy malt character.

Nice zesty hop taste, but good malt profile. The hops aren't in danger of running away, but they are definitely a force to be reckoned with. (For comparison, Dix's IPA, which was right next door is 72 IBU - this is 102 IBU.)

Decent carbonation and surprisingly drinkable. At 7.5%, I was impressed with by a minimal alcohol profile. Very easy to be lost in the Eclipse.

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