Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,816 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,816
Reviews: 1,429
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 185
Gots: 483 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jon on 08-04-2003

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Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured amber in color with a fluffy white head on top. It had decent head retention and left very good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a good amount of piny hops present with a little malt sweetness in the background. The taste is hoppy but it also has a decent sweet malt backbone to it. The hops seem to show more of the pine character then they do the citrus. The malt sweetness also displays a little caramel to it which is a nice balance to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had some good flavors and went down easy but I wouldn't say it's high on my list of favorite IPA's. Overall I found it a pretty average IPA, it was decent but not something that really wowed me.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FRTH had this on cask. I love Titan, so I gave this a try
A creamier look to the amber brew, with a thin, soapy head that casks usually give. Lack of carbonation may hurt.
Smell: terrific. Pine, citrus, some earthy hops. This is a great sniffer.
Taste. Just like the Titan, nothing different except the feel. Smooth, not as crisp. A hint of vanilla and oak come in the end. Very drinkable, but the aroma was lost after a while

Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great Divide is one of those brands I wish was distributed in my area. I grabbed a bottle while I was in Phoenix over the weekend, and you can bet I'm looking forward to this. On to the beer:

Thick three-fingers head as it sits in my Messina goblet. Bronze-orangish color. Great sticking head. Tea-like hops are dominant in the nose, some herbal notes play to compliment the hoppy nose. It's very hoppy in the mouth. Mango and tea notes are the first noticable flavors this beer provides. Allowed to warm up a little, fruitier flavors emerge. Mellow grapefruit and sweeter citrus fruits, hoppy but not terribly bitter. It feels like silk in my mouth, not too much carbonation, and not too heavy.

I love my San Diego IPA's, but this one isn't as in your face, which tonight is a good thing. If ypu're looking for hops, but without being too over the top, then grab a Titan IPA.

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's pretty good, but doesn't have the hops complexity to make it an amazing one. The bitterness is right on and the big citrus hops flavors are pretty good. There's some nice lacing and a strong aroma with hints of the malty backbone. It's close to greatness, yet so far away.

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice big but containable head of two fingers, with large head soap bubbles of off white. Big bubbles and elevator music coming from the bottom up the glass. Deep gold of 24k quality with some minor cloudiness. No lacing upon finish. Excellent looking beer.

In terms of smell, good bread front with a fun "funk" character of burnt toast rye, funk sweet acorn squash, sweat even, musty like a winery, also dirt-soil.. big earth.

Taste comes up in a big raw barley sense up front good hop finish on the end. Extreme chew factor in palate with a VERY good body, mild grapefruit finish with minimal if any bitterness at all. ABV is totally hidden in this beer. Some slight wetness but not too much leaving a good solid drinkability for the consumer.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with orange highlights, but with lots of floaties. The smell is of herbal hops, grain, and black tea. The first sip was delicious, redolant of hop oils, but this quickly faded. There is orange citrus, unroasted grain, and more black tea. The whole thing sort of strikes me as orange pekoe with hops. Not bad, but a little unusual. The mouthfeel is a little thick and grainy. Pretty drinkable for the unusual hop flavors, but not my favorite ipa.

Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a glowing hazy orange with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Streams of solid bubbles arise to the top. Lots of solid white head that leaves a plastered white lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell is of strong citrusy and piney hops with a bold biscuity malt backing up the aroma.
Taste is of well blended biscuity malts with the strong citrusy hops, making this a thick, borderline syrupy and sappy brew.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with the fullness of the hops and smooth malt sticking to the entire palate. Finishes well balanced with a citrusy stickiness that isn't overly bitter at all. Despite the high amount of hops, there isn't that overkill of burn either. Nice.
Drinkability is excellent also. This is so smooth and biscuity sweet, you'll forget about the 6.8% till you're near the end of the glass.
One of the finest bottled IPA's I've ever had.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a pleasantly clear golden orange hue, with a fine filmy head of off-white. Lacing is streaking but sticky enough. Looks pretty decent. Good body and nice fine carbonation.

Nose is really pleasant, with fresh green clipped aromas, some floral or herbal overtones, and just enough twang of citrus to clean it up and add some true refreshment. The pleasant grass/hay/vegetation aromas meld pleasantly with a touch of grainy malt, that just earths it. It's a really, really lovely IPA nose.

Taste is also good, although the graininess that was pleasant on the nose is too prominent, here, leaving a gritty taste mid palate that the clean direct hop bitterness has to overcome before it can shine. Otherwise, some herbal hop characters through the centre, and a slight phenolic bite from the bitterness on the back. It's good, and generously hopped, but it doesn't quite hit the high notes for me.

It's a good IPA, no doubt—although I expect nothing less from Great Divide. Although it's probably missing something overall, it's a drinkable brew, and certainly one I'd be happy to have regularly.

Photo of Zorro
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove.

12 OZ bottle that was bottled in April.

A chill hazed dark amber colored ale with a definite redness to the color. A decent off-white colored head forms and the fades to lace.

The smell is quite malty with a wood and tea scent and not much of the west cost hop aroma that I expected to find in a west coast IPA. Malt is strong here with a caramel scent and a little spiciness from the hops. In truth this smells more like barley wine than IPA.

The taste begins sweet and malty for an IPA with solid shot of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Mild for an IPA yet still bitter in the aftertaste I suspect that this maybe a version with a year of age on it and that is why the flavors and aromas from dry hopping seem to be missing. As a barley wine this is interesting and mellow the malt and bitterness balance is perfect. Caramel, oak, tea, leather, faint pine and grapefruit are the main flavors.

Really nice mouthfeel on this one, it is thick like a good barley wine with a pleasing slickness in the mouth.

Quite nice and drinkable but not what I normally think of when I drink an IPA. This could be considered to be an English style beer but by that standard this is still more of a barley wine. Tasty and worth trying, I will have to try this again when I am in Colorado or New Mexico and closer to the source.

Photo of HopHead84
1.89/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

01/17/2011

On tap at Stone.

A: Dark golden orange with a one finger white head and some scattered lacing.

S: Pretty bland. I get a lot of caramel with a borderline cloying sweetness. There's a little orange. Blah.

T: Bready malt with strong metallic notes and muted citrus. Incredibly bland and the malt profile reminds me of cardboard and old bread with some booze.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: This is bad. 

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a burnt orangish color with ok carbonation leaving a nice white cap.

S: Flowery notes, caramel.

T: Taste was offputting, with some floral and graprefruit notes and a disturbing syrupy mess.

M: Mouthfeel annoying with a big slick aftertaste of old butterscotch, sweet, caramel.

O: Not one I'd ever go back too

Photo of wl0307
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at the fantastic Archer Road Beer Shop in Sheffield; BB 05/2008, served lightly chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: pours a bright dark-orangey amber hue, coming with a force-poured, tight and rocky off-white froth with very good retention, on top of a very very fine carbonated body.
S: pronounced orangey+grapefruity hops fill the nostrils, very juicy and very very lively, while an unmistakable aroma mixed of flowery-nectar and lychee-fruits stays deeper underneath along with a solid but rounded pale malt bedrock. Intense, richly aromatic hoppy overall.
T: the initial grapefruit-zesty palate introduces lots of rather tannic bitterness (that treads surprisingly light!), ensued by a mildly caramely malt sweetness with a semi-rich, alcoholic mouthfeel; the lo...ng finish is bitter, bitter, lip-smackingly hoppy and bitter, yet not without a sound juicy malty aftertaste as a balancer... mildly sticky in the very end, too. It's not the most complex IPA I've tasted, but definitely the most impressive one in its own category that I've tried in the past 12 months. Simply delicious!
M&D: overall, it's slightly oily in texture for an AIPA, with very fine, soft fizziness at play to buttress the rich flavour and full body; this is helluva cracking delicious IPA with a fair complexity that any hophead should love!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a warm brownish orange with a slightly hazy body and a gentle carbonation. A thick creamy off-white head last for a bit.

S- The smell of caramel malt is very well blended with a burst of citrus hops. A slight smell of biscuit malt is hidden in the hops aroma aswell.

T- A nice blend of grapefruit and almost lemon citrus hops blends with a nice pale malt with just a hint of toasted malt. A slightly sweet finish is meet with a breath heavy with hops. I don't notice any of the piney hops that are mentioned on the bottle.

M- Nice medium mouthfeel with not alcohol warmth or astringency. It does have a slight creaminess to it but that is very faint.

D- This is a very nice IPA. The hops are well balance with the malt and there is lots of good depth to the hop flavor. This is a well-built beer.

Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cool-to-room temp.

Appearance: The ale is an amber color that borders on auburn orange. There is a good head and nice lacing in the glass.

Smell: The ale has a fruity hop aroma that grabs you.

Taste: The ale has a piney hop body that tastes very fresh. The malts are present, providing a cereally balance to the hop kick.

Mouthfeel: The piney hops are pleasant and provide a change of pace on the palate.

Drinkability: The ale is very drinkable, even with the higher abv. The hops are a big reason for that.

Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Titan IPA is cheerfully radiant and its toasty colour scheme runs on a gradient, a sort of pineapple yellow at its base that becomes a solid kumquat orange by the top. Clarity is preserved despite a vague haze. What its head lacks in substance it makes up for in lacing - there is as much white plastered to the surface as there is to the sides of the glass.

Resiny pine, acidic citrus and fresh out of the oven pastries comprise the holy trinity of IPAs - and this one has them all, in spades. The pine smells especially sappy, the orange and grapefruit appear festering and the doughy breads are sweet and seemingly honey-laced. Hmmm, a sip is getting mighty tempting right about now... I better give in.

The flavour has about as many toppings as an ice cream sundae bar. Juicy, plump, acidic fruits make up most of the bill (pineapples, grapefruits, tangerines, coconuts) although toffee squares, wafers, caramel and nut and honey laced pastries (think a good baklava) are also on the table. There is an awful lot of that delicious pine syrup too.

The sweet breadiness of the malts is not inconsequential - but versus the hops it's a just another horse chasing Secretariat. The brewer drew this up to be hoppy and that is how this one goes down. The (vividly pine-like) syrupy character, the animated herbalness and the lifelike citrus all strikingly resound on the dynamic 'bite' this leaves on the tongue.

Great Divide is a titan amongst craft brewers; their IPA (and DIPA) are appropriately titled. Since I discovered American micro beer some four or five years ago I'm hard pressed to think of a brewery whose offerings I've enjoyed more - both in terms of quantity of different beers and quality of enjoyment - in that time than Great Divide. This is a fantastic flagship beer from a brewery who makes no shortage of fantastic beers.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours a vibrant and clear amber-brown, with a steady flow of carbonation, yet no head. The beer has stong and heavy aromas of pine, hops, and a sweet citrus balance. The beer has a heavy bitter hops flavor, with sweet foundations to balance. Slight grapefruit highlights that linger through to the aftertaste. Sharp and peppery flavors also present in the taste, which help trasition to a quick and smooth finish. Left to sit for a while, the beer takes on some slight floral flavors that will fill the palate and your sinuses. The beer is round and full in mouth, and a bit on the bold side with the full flavors, but very tasty. This beer has strong flavors and hop characteristics that make it a great sipper, but not sure if I could handle more than one or two in a sitting.

Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a strong oily citrus hop with a solid piney and peppery aroma.

The taste was upfront resiny hop spice. Juicy citrus and biting pepper dominated. Multiple layers of pepper and grapefruit. Really something I have never experienced in an IPA before. There was a soft caramel malt that was obviously overshadowed by the hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a spicy bite and dry finish.

Overall a superior AIPA. Soild ABV as well. Very drinkable.

Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle stamped 3rd week of June. Pours a cloudy orange/amber, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing afterwards. Scents of hops aplenty, and citrus. Very nice sweet and bitter, hoppy taste. Medium body. Very drinkable, highly recommended. The minute I open the bottle I got a good wiff of the hops, a very good sign of a good brew. Way to go Great Divide.

Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with meathookjones. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' 2" off-white head over the light amber brew. Head fades very slowly, and lacing is foamy and plentiful. Aroma is dominated by crisp, fruity, piney hops. Taste is upfront with some light sweetness, quickly giving way to the hops portended in the nose. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great. Nice representative of the style, for sure.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up today at Brewforia... poured into my Delirium goblet... Good head.. nice lacing... the brew is lite orange.

Pine and citric hops dominate the nose with some minor pale malts...

Flavor has all the traditional makings of a good IPA.. nice bitterness that is balanced with some pale maltiness and then the citrus and pine really comes out swinging... lite/medium body with good carbonation.

Pretty good... Don't think I've had this before... but now thanks to Rick and Brewforia I should be able to get my Great Divide fix without trading... Cool!!

4/4/4/3.5/4.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sitting at Tulunes bar in Johnstown, PA having some after work malted refreshments and decided to try the Titan IPA from Great Divide. The color/appearance was a cloudy amber that had a lot of settlement in it....I HATE FLOATIES!!!! The nose was great...no surprise....a great floral bouquet which leaned more toward pine than citrus. The taste was not what I was hoping....I think the bottle I had may have been over primed, but I have certainly had better IPAs...and I was really hoping this was going to be good. The mouthfeel was ok, certainly could session. I will try to taste this one again sometime...perhaps I will like it better.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Poured a slightly cloudy orange with half a finger of bubbly white head.

S - Bitter citrus hops with sweet caramel in the background.

T - Bitter citrus (mostly grapefruit) hops with some pine. Not much of a malt backbone at all but still a very flavourful IPA.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated, a slight chew.

D - An excellent IPA. Definitely one that I would buy again.

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice IPA. Dark gold color, clearer than is usual for the style. Nice fluffy head with decent retention; soapy lacing that clings pretty well. Nice enough hoppy aroma with both pine and citrus notes; nothing earth shattering but an appealing nose nonetheless. Taste is quite good; with both the pine and citrus notes prominent; very mildly sweet malt backbone that gives the beer a nice balance; not a hop bomb by today's standards. Medium carbonation with a pleasantly lingering finish that's slightly bitter and still flavorful..the hop characteristics linger nicely.

This is a sort of middle-of-the-road AIPA that's very well executed. Not extreme or overtly bitter; easy to drink, booze totally hidden; the maltiness isn't excessive but it's definitely more prominent than many other contemporary examples.

Photo of beertunes
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on November 10,2009. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a typical orangeish-amber color, with a fluffy, rocky off-white head that had very good retention and surprisingly low lacing.

A piney hop aroma greets the nose. There is a touch of malt sweetness in the background. The flavors are very similar to the aromas, mostly pine hops, with some citrus and floral notes, supported by a bit of malt.

The body was typical for this style. Drinkability suffered a touch due to the 7% ABV, if drinking a beer of that strength I ecpect more and bolder flavors to go with it.

Overall a decent IPA that I'll have again and is worth your time.

Photo of Duff27
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Full one-fingered white head sitting atop a dark amber/red hued IPA. Difficult to see but there is a lot of effervescence and sediment in there. A plethora of lacing.

S- Slight citrus. Bready.

T- Sweet citrus. Pine. Just got a hint of vanilla?...wtf? Kind of muted overall.

M- A tad of the syrupy side. Adequate enough carbonation.

D/O- Overall, a little disappointed. Compared to other "top-tier A-" IPAs Ive had recently, this one falls short in the flavor department. I'd still like a few of these on any given night but not even close to Celebration, Finestkind, and the like.

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,816 ratings.