Howe Sound Brewing Total Eclipse of the Hop Imperial IPA: This is a Imperial IPA brewed in Squamish, BC at a strength of 8% abv with 90 IBUs of 6 undisclosed varieties of hops. It comes in a 1L flip top bottle that Howe Sound Brewery is known for, which is named a pot stopper according to their website. I’ve never really found that you can save this for more than an evening as it loses carbonation too quickly, so when you buy these it is good to understand this contains 3-6 standard drinks in a single bottle, especially at 8% abv this is basically a standard 6 pack in a bottle.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours with three fingers of foam in my Spiegelau IPA glass with a bubbly middle and a cloudy orange copper colour, note on the final pour there are some serious big chunks of gunk that pour out, doesn’t effect the flavour but good to know about beforehand. The aroma is piney and doughy with some tangerine citrus and caramel.
Flavour: I got some pine upfront followed by bready malt that had both a grainy and chewy texture. The middle of the beer was herbal with caramel and malts that turned into biscuits and finally it finishes with more pine, a hint of lemon and significant grapefruit bitterness.
Overall Impression: Fairly bitter, however the malt profile is quite delicious and balances it out quite nicely.
Rating: Excellent, 8/10 quality double IPA that has come complexity yet is balanced enough to allow you to experience all the flavour.
Food Pairing: I like their suggestion on the website about meaty pies, a beef pie smothered in gravy would accompany this one quite nicely.
I would rank this as my third favourite local Imperial IPA, just behind Red Racer and Russel Hop Therapy.