Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,412 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,412
Hads: 3,855
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 194
Gots: 515 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jon on 08-04-2003

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Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pine aroma and nice bottle bubbles. Full-bodied IPA, with grapefruit. Nicely carbonated. Malts round out the finish. Would be happy with this all night. The hop and the whole hop including the leaf, tad of mint. Refreshing. Another Great Divide winner. (252 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 4/4/12.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hops. Taste is of citrus zest and herbal hops up front with a malt finish and an alcohol kick with each sip. There is also a slight vegetal presence that comes out as the beer warms. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not as good as I was expecting. (633 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with nice lacing. clear amber and gold mix.

S: musty, wet sock hop aroma. Touch of lemon.

T: pine up front and grapefruit finish. Overall musty and pungent hop flavor. Caramel malts.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body

Overall: Kind of an average IPA for me. (288 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured hazy light golden amber in color with a thin white head that slowly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose with some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell with a mild amount of bitterness from the hops and also has a fair amount of malty sweetness with notes of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. There is a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink because of the good balance between bitterness and sweetness. (624 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is a moderate golden-orange color with a short white head and not really any lacing. The nose is nice with some floral and piney hops. There is a bit of pale malt and works well all together. The taste is a bit of a drawback with some pale malts coming through and a bit of light hopping. Good bitterness on a medium body. Drinks quite well and ends up being a nice all-around brew. (441 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a slightly hazy dark golden color and a nice head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Grapefruit and pine notes

Taste: Starts out with a nice caramel malt aspect that is quickly overtaken buy a bitter piney flavor; after the swallow, the hops aspect turns sweet with plenty of grapefruit elements

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a slight warming

Drinkability: A superb IPA that hits all of my buttons (467 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a pretty basic but bigger than normal ipa. pours a pale amber color with a reasonable white head. smells sweet and resiny, hops is the only smell and flavor here. redish in taste, tiny bits of malt sweetness with a medium to large hop presence. mouthfeel is more heavy than it should be, filling and sugary. overall a good ipa but it doesnt even approach odell or new belgium ips offerings. sweet and dull to some extent. hercules is leaps and bounds better! (458 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: impresively floral; not only from complex hopping, but a nectar sweetness as well. Notably malty and spicy.
Appearance: one of the nicer head quality found in an IPA. Creamy, off white head. Tightly knit carbonation settled into a chuncky head that stayed forever. Color of deep copper to orange.
Taste: Aggresive hops overwhelms the nose. Tapers into a well balanced hop and malt flavors. Flavors intensify through the body. Finishes hot from the alcohol and appropriately bitter. Spiciness and citrus comes through from nose to finish.
Aftertaste: bitter and refreshing. Finish is not too dry. Leaves notes of alcohol, hop spiciness and mild sweetness.
Impression: active carbonation and alcohol tingles the palate. Very well balanced beer and strong from the time you pop the cap until its final sip. (814 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this IPA pours out as a nice clean looking dark yellow color, the head leaves a decent lacing, the smell has a nice hoppy aroma with a faint amount of malts in there. Some citrus as well. The taste has a decent hop bitterness with a good mouthfeel. Overall this ipa would be good for someone who wants to get into this style. (325 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy orangey color ale with a big white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is well balance with big caramel malt. Taste is a mix between sweet malt with some citrus and bitter hops. Body is above average and the beer is not filtered which I appreciated. (308 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Surprisingly dark amber with a good haze to it. Head retention is excellent, leaving plenty of lace as the glass empties.

Smell: The nose is all pine and fresh flowers, and what a nose it is. Tons of hop aroma with essentially no malt presence to muddle things up.

Taste/mouthfeel: Even parts semi-sweet crystal malts and floral, slightly herbal hops. The malt flavor is quickly taken out of the mix as hops begin to take over the palate, though they're never aggressively bitter. The floral character continues on through the finish, meeting a mild resiny bitterness that's surprisingly clean overall. The mouthfeel is fairly light and dry, though it almost reminds me of an amber. (696 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pristine bright orange with amber trim and a dense cap of orangish beige that has seemingly millions of tiny bubbles that become millions of tiny pits when they burst. Thick, pocked lace is beginning to be laid down in sticky sheets and gives the impression that very little of the glass will be untouched when it's finally emptied of beer.

This a nose that hits the hop lovers among us right where we live. Wave upon wave of beautifully pungent hop oil is atomized into my waiting nostrils and makes me dizzy with anticipation. Titan smells like candied pink grapefruit sections with just enough caramel to lend olfactory interest without spoiling the hop rave. It smells a bit tropical too, but not as much as some.

Big, juicy, hoppy, delicious! The beer doesn't make any overtures toward the DIPA style, but as in the nose, the caramel malt contribution is noted and appreciated. It lurks among the hop vines, staying out of sight, adding another dimension to the already outstanding hop-dominant flavor.

I've had hoppier beer, but there's no reason that every brewery needs to engage in a macho game of hoppy one-up-manship. Great Divide has added more than enough to keep 99% of hopheads satisfied. Have I used the word 'hop' enough? Hoppity, hoppity, hop!

As expected, my glass is filthy with hop crust. The finish is on the long side, which allows the many facets of the 'hop jewel' to become even better defined. Pink grapefruit segues into orange which segues into lemon which segues back into pink grapefruit. There's a perfect point-counterpoint of bitter and sweet that makes my mouth very happy indeed. All 65 IBUs have been utilized to their fullest extent. I'd have guessed a little higher.

The mouthfeel is medium-full for the IPA style and is as lush and as smooth as the day is long (and there are only a handful of days longer than today). The beer slides down like summer weight silk and makes me want to keep drinking for the mouthfeel alone. Well, okay, the hopiliciousness has something to do with my need to gulp this nectar.

This is, without question, a Titan among IPAs. I have no desire to split hairs and say why it isn't ranked among my very favorites. Suffice it to say that this beer, at this point in time, is scatching my 'hop itch' with a vengeance and is a beer to be reckoned with for all who love humulus lupulus like they love life itself. Great Divide made a convert of me a long time ago. Titan IPA is simply the icing on the cake. (2,490 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange-brown hue, with two fingers of chunky, foamy off-white head, which leaves some cirrus-like lace around the glass as it fades from sight. It smells of biscuit and caramel malt, and some understated orange citrus and pine hops. The taste is mild citrus hops, and a blend of more predominant biscuit and caramel malts. The carbonation is mild, the body medium weight, and sugary smooth, with a light floral, bitter citrus hops finish.

Not as hoppy or bitter as I was expecting, but decently flavoured, and balanced. (543 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy amber with a frothy white/creamy head and some decent lacing. Smell was a citrus hops, mixed with a malty caramel thta makes this smell quite balanced. Taste was definatly hoppy, and again had that bit of caramel, and some spiceness about it. Very nice dry finish and not overpowering on the hops. This is a good session beer and will definatly have more. Looking forward to getting some on tap! (409 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 12 oz bottle. Poured out an amber hue with a one-finger head. It left very nice lacing.

S - It smelled of piney hops and citrus.

T - It was fairly malty and very hoppy. It also had a pepper-like kick to it.

M - Crisp and sharp. It is a medium-bodied brew.

D - Very good. One of the better IPA's I've had. (312 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still another big winner from Great Divide,a slightly hazy copper/orange with a tight one finger head on top that settles leavinga ring of lace behind.Very piney aromas with a touch of lemon/citrus very intense and in your face,very resiny flavors along with pine but there is some balance going on a big caramelly malt backbone mingles very nicely and holds up very well to the huge dose of hops.Another great hop gem from Great Divide they rock. (447 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a golden orange color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: The nose starts off with a big bitter grapefruit aroma as well as some solventy notes. I get a bit of a Lemon Pledge aroma to this beer. There's a touch of sourness and an undertone of bready malt.

T: A moderate bitterness with a pretty substantial malt character for an IPA. Some piney hops provide bitterness as does grapefruit and citrus peel.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. The finish is pretty dry and bitter.

D: Wasn't really a fan of this one. It didn't have very many of the traits I usually look for in an IPA. (618 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. pint - $6.75 (time to start drinking at home more often) at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Arrived at the booth a deep, dark copper body with a thin, though lasting, white head.

Smell: Fragrant hop aromas of bergamot, jarring grapefruit pith, and pine resin rest over a sturdy base of candyish pale malts.

Taste: Sweet, nigh candied maltiness upfront with a lesser taste of caramel and toasted pale malts. Pithy, citrusy hop character infused with pine needles delivers a rather assertive hop bitterness. Finishes bittersweet, though only the cumulative bitterness persists into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A touch sticky in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Plenty of bold bitterness, but it's backed up by enough sweet maltiness. A superlative example of an India Pale Ale and a valued member of the beer community. Surely we can all agree on that? (903 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours with one finger of white foam on a slightly hazy, orange-brown body. The head settles pretty quickly but leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Pine and grapefruit hops with bready malt and some caramel in the background.

T - The beer starts out with citrus hop flavors and some toasted malt. A bit of toffee appears in the middle along with some more toast. The hop character focuses more on pine in the finish along with moderate bitterness and more toasted malt and dry caramel.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice IPA with lots of hop character and a strong backbone of malt. The most prominent hop note is pine, backed by a little bit of grapefruit. This works nicely with the dry, toasted malt and there is just enough sweetness to keep the toast from becoming acrid in the finish. Very drinkable. (861 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide's Titan IPA pours a very deep amber body that borders on becoming copper. It's clear, and tiny bubbles can be seen steadily streaming upwards. The frothy off-white head holds remarkably well and leaves impressive lace about the glass.

Piney and citrusy hops greet you in the nose amidst a soft blanket of sweetish caramel malt. It's very nicely balanced and welcoming, sometimes exhibiting hints of lemon along with the usual grapefruit and delicate pine.

The hops return in the flavor right up front, followed by sweet malt, and then a solid bitterness that ushers in a dry finish. The hops linger, mainly grassy and piney, as does a bit of the supple, biscuit-like maltiness.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a decidedly dextrinous edge, and creamy smooth with just a delicate zest on the tongue from its fine-bubbled median carbonation.

Rich and malty, but balanced by hop flavor and bitterness, this one is sure to please! It's not overly-done with bitterness, or hop flavor or aroma, or strength. Nor does the malt simply act as a base for the hops. Everything works together as one, yet all of the components stand out on their own - a very solid, well-structured IPA. Nicely done! (1,209 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/4/07 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a well-blended combination of hops, citrus and caramelized malt.

T: Just as with the smell, the taste is very well-balanced with flavors of hops, citrus sweetness and caramelized malt. Eventually the hops flavor wins out, but it's not over-powering. The after-taste is hoppy and sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, it has a good kick to it, not very filling, good representation of style, this one is well worth sticking with for an evening. (748 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer from a brewery I wish I could try more stuff from. Clearly the best of the mixed 12, it made me sad I only got to try three of these. Super hoppy, a nice high ABV to warm you up, and delicious. IPA's don't get much better than this. While it's no Cambridge House IPA, it's right up there with HopDevil as my favorite. (330 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper-tinted amber in the tulip glass. Rather coarse carbonation. Kind of sweet and citrusy with some pineapple as well. Interesting aromatics but fairly flat in the flavor profile. A little fruit in the aroma, more orange in the nose. Hoppy with an increasing grapefruit rind flavor as you sip. Thoroughly bitter aftertaste. Sharp with that acid twang of many IPAs.

Label says bottled on: Oct 26 2011. You wouldn't think it would over the hill in just a few months, but that's the way it tastes. More cardboard than flowers. (527 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation - poured the ale from a 12oz. brown bottle with a kelly green colored label -reminds me of the alluring natural colour of fresh hops.

A - A brilliant honey/amber that creates a massive off white head with a pleasing display of cascading malt. Lace is left abundantly clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - A mix of citrus and fragrant pine are transmitted from the fluffy head of this aromatic nectar. Ruby red grapefruit and orange zest come to mind. A host of fresh hoppy wholesomeness does not cease to delight. Pineapple-like odors add a positively tropical twist as they arrive in my nostrils.

M - Soft, sweet tanginess is the initial texture with juicy tart citrus and prickly pineapple morphing into bitter salty attributes. Later on the spicy footnote adds intrigue to the layered effect.

T - A sweet honey like taste is the initial flavor eruption. A jumping delivery of citrus is delivered next in a fruity spectrum of lively and mellow. Grapefruit mixes with the essence of blood orange and pineapple piquancy to give a blessed awakening of hop heaven. An underscore of pine and effervescent maltiness comes through in waves. A flavor full of nature's sweet bounty ripples across my taste buds longer after each full sip is swallowed.

D - An awesome IPA in every sense even for a (non) hop head. Fragrant, drinkable, sweet, but not overdone in the bitterness or Abv departments. Well made through and through - I would love to have a taste of this on any occasion. I will seek it out and stock my fridge- Truly great and worth every last ounce. (1,585 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a minimal creme head that leaves nice lacing on the way down. A peachy citric nose is strong with some added perfume tones. I really like it. Flavor carries a noticeable citrus hop profile that stays dominant in the back of the mouth as fleeting tones of fruit ride in a quick wave over the tip of my tongue. Feel has a smooth liquid touch and the carbonation bites a bit. A very easy drinking IPA. Well balanced but very flavorful. A pleasure! (476 characters)

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Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,412 ratings.