Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,411 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,411
Hads: 3,851
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 193
Gots: 514 | 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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Reviews: 1,411 | Hads: 3,851
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent gold with one and a half fingers of slightly off-white head. The foam fades fairly quickly leaving a ton of residue along the edges of the glass. Decent lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet with caramel malts, a good pine presence, and just a dash of orange citrus. It smells inviting.

T: It starts out with a sweet malty backbone upon the first second. The pine hops come on second with a touch of juicy orange. As the beer progresses along, I get a small floral component and a taste of fresh cut grass. The finish is sticky with bitter biting pine, some alcohol, and some malt.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and coating to start, flavorful and well balanced in the middle, and finishes sticky with bitters and malt.

O: Good beer. Not something I'd buy all the time, considering how many better IPAs are out there, but it's good. I'd drink it out at a bar if the tap list didn't have any better options. (941 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Gold with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Grapefruit juice, honeydew, orange zest, caramel and notes of butterscotch.

Taste
Grapefruit juice and honeydew melon with lighter hints of tangerine zest and florals. Honey like malts with hints of caramel. Finishes with light notes of pine sap.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth and lightly bitter.

Overall
This is one mellow IPA. It's really smooth and easy drinking. (531 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was the first beer I ever reviewed and my first time trying an offering from Great Divide. I enjoyed this at some random Marriott hotel bar on the city limits of Denver. It's a very good IPA, but maybe a touch overrated. Strong and floral hops smell and taste. Slight touch of citrus. One of the best things about this beer is its appearance, the dark golden color and perfect head can definitely cause some vertical displacement. Checks all the boxes of what you'd want in a good IPA, but there's nothing all that special here. (533 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Haven't seen this since I've moved to California. When I lived back east, this was the beer that convinced me that IPA's were pure, overhopped garbarge. Thanks to my local Whole Foods, I get to try this one again and see exactly how much my palate has changed. Twelve ouche bottle, brewed on 2/13/13.

A: Fairly dark copper. Excellent clarity. Moderate carbonation. One and a half finger slightly darker than khaki head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is above average.

S: Malt dominant. Lot of caramel with a bit of citrus and a lot of pineapple sweetness.

T: Malt dominant in the mouth as well. Smacks of toffee and cinnamon. Hop notes bring in a bit of tropical fruit, with a lot of pineapple coming through as well. Little bit of stone fruit (peach, nectarine) and finishes with resinous evergreen sap notes. Bit briny in the aftertaste.

M: Creamy, medium bodied. Heavy malt lends to the illusion of weight, but the carbonation keeps things fairly balanced.

O: Wish I could have gotten this one fresher. Something tells me its slightly past its peak. Still, an enjoyable IPA that isn't from the West Coast. I'm glad my palate has finally come around. (1,162 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Hazy gold, thick fluffy white 2 finger head, nice thick lacing.
S - Not a whole lot goin on, some earthy hop scents, a little grapefruit, a little dank.
T - Mild bitter hop bite up front, with a creamy malt, somewhat buttery in texture, maybe complimented by the oily hops, but not huge on hops honestly.
M - Clingy oily hops stick on to your palate with some of that buttery malt.
O - Not bad, but it seems as if reading through the other reviews this beer kinda lacks in hops and to me its got more malt in it. Its leaning more towards English IPA than American for sure. (601 characters)

Photo of ubenumber2
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pub pint glass , nice golden colored brew with one finger white head and minimal lacing

Smells very faint of honey , malt , light hops and an earthy peppery smell

Tastes of of honey with a peppery aftertaste. The malt is really faint but nice and the hops are not that strong , maybe an old bottle , not sure. The booze comes in at the end and the bitterness is right on target for the style

Not too heavy of a mouth on this beer , not too light , carbonation is just right

Overall this is a good example of the style , could be better balanced I believe but still a decent brew (606 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. This was an accidentally cellared bottle from Dec. 2011. Poured a cloudy amber with a big creamy white head that lingers on and leaves nice lacing. Aroma has mellowed out and is much maltier, with subtle floral and citrus notes. The taste is very much similar with the malt and hops blended with a nice bitter hop hit on the finish. and now reminds me more of an English IPA than an American. It's still quite good and if my memory serves, the newer iteration is always delicious, as well. I'm happy to know that I can cellar it to get a more English-style or drink it right away to get an excellent American-style IPA. It's win-win. (679 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It is amber colored with brass highlights. This beer is topped with three inches of rocky, off-white head.

S - I notice plenty of bready malt. Some alcohol and grapefruit manage to make an appearance.

T - Again, lots of biscuity malt. The finish contains some citrus with a clean finish.

M - Medium

O - It would make a decent APA. The hops are either faded of hidden really well. If it is an old bottle, I have had it on tap and thought it was awful, so this old bottle is still better than the last experience. (566 characters)

Photo of tipfortap
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5 words to describe it: Honey, Cracker grains, Chewy, Pine, Caramel

Paired it with: A couple different versions of dinner

Should have paired it with: Was thinking this morning on my way to work that it would be amazing with pad thai; could also be great with a grilled cheese/tomato soup situation or salmon with mustard sauce

Drink it if you like: Double IPAs, American Pales, Lemonade and Bourbon, Gin

A few other thoughts: This is a perfect example of a beer with balance and body that is not just trying to melt your face off and, like, make you want to try extreme skateboarding maneuvers. I’d sneakily give this to someone who “doesn’t like IPAs” and then, when they like it, dramatically reveal my mischievousness. (733 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Amber coloured liquid with a slight cream coloured head that dissipated quickly.

S: Peanuts, pine, grass, pineapple, apple juice.

T: Pineapple, apple, pine, grass and a honey malt backbone.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a medium level of carbonation. Some alcohol presence.

O: With a bottled on date of January 29 of this year, I would like to try a fresher bottle. I get the feeling that the hops in this one have faded. Further, there were some off cooked vegetable flavors like string bean which may indicate DMS. (526 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bronzed amber. Nice dense cap. Looks the part.

Pine and floral hops in the nose. Light crackery grain. A pinch of lemon and grapefruit citrus. Honestly, very simple, but nice.

A lot more pine, but not absent are the more flowery tasting whole hop cones. Green and vegetable-like. Slight taste of fresh string bean and some light astringent bitterness. Dank in the front, but washing out to clean in the finish, thanks to the bitterness. Light soapiness and more of that toasted dry cracker pale malt. Good stuff.

Welcoming in feel. Enough carbonation to scrounge up abit long and loud belch. Pretty smooth. Not without a little grit.

Top-shelf IPA. More of an East Coast example, but done right. Damn right. (711 characters)

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

Picked up a bomber at Trader Joes for $4.99 in May. Original review from bottle on 8-7-05.

Orange colored beer that poured a nice 2 inch head that is holding it's own and is leaving a nice lacing behind. 4.5
Nose is big on the pine, perhaps a simcoe hop was used. 4.0
Taste starts with a nice malt flavor and finishes with a big blast of hops. 4.5
Mouthfeel is very good as this brew is both lively on the palate and creamy. 4.0
Overall drinkability is good as this is a good example of the IPA style! 4.5

Had this on-tap at Johnny Fox's Public House with dinner on 3-12-13

Served in pint glass orange with decent head that left lacing behind. 4.0
Nice was of faint floral hops. 3.5
Taste is well balanced. Malt profile is big, Hops are floral and citrusy. Drinks more like a 2IPA than an IPA. 4.0
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth. 4.0
Overall a solid IPA that i would drink again. 4.0 (900 characters)

Photo of gpogo
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy golden orange body with a white head.

A- Sweet caramel with a grainy raw 2-row smell. Some light citrus.

T- Similar raw sweet malt flavor. I got some light buttery hints, but faint and not unpleasant or off putting. This isn't so fresh as it has been aged. There is still some bitterness, but hop flavor is mostly gone. The raw malt flavor is quite enjoyable, tastes like what eating malted barely tastes like.

M- Medium body, it was sweet, but it doesn't annoyingly stick around. Carbonation is there, but not too low or high.

D- I really want to try a fresh Titan. It aged in a very pleasant manner, but I imagine a hop head wouldn't have aged it as long as I had. In my defense it was lost in the back of the kegerator. (736 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance slightly hazy orange a finger of white foam dissapates quickly.

Aroma- butter vanilla carmel some pineapple and a little bit of wine-yness

Taste- floral hop front with a buttery camel taste in the middle that gives way to a bit of a resiny hop flavor. That lingers slightly. Alcohol flavors are subdued this is an IPA that doesn't rely solely on the aroma. there are some layers of hop flavor. some floral and soapy an then some kind of piney.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied not too much carbonation. The Malt sweetness that could be heavy on the tongue gets cleaned up really well by the hops. LIngering Hop profile isn't unpleasant either.

Overall I would say that this is a very tasty IPA. Its not as fragrant as most and it is not all grapefruit like some it is a strong IPA with a good malt profile. the alcohol is also cleverly disguised. (854 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Hazy, unfiltered cloudiness that resembles a hefeweizen. Pours a creamy white head that fades relatively quickly into a quarter-finger. Foam coats the entire glass and leaves barely any lacing. Pretty for an IPA

S-Rich, sweet fruits. Prunes, raisins. Malted hops and citrusy fruits (mandarin oranges)

T-Follows the nose, mostly. Very rich prunes with a citrusy bite. The fruits are layered underneath a malty finish, which complements the rich fruits nicely. A very complex brew with a subtly dry finish.

MF-Kind of watery, but very palatable and crisp.

O-An exceptional IPA. I wasn't a big fan of the style until now. The flavors are nicely layered on the palate, as the rich fruits precede the citrusy fruits, which in turn precede a malty finish. Very, very complex beer and is balanced perfectly. Usually IPA's are too aggressive in the citrus fruit flavor, but this one has nailed it perfectly. (907 characters)

Photo of Adeeez
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really nice, many different flavors with every sip. Overall one of my top picks for IPA. The smell was less than expected from so many flavors. Again, with beer this good it is a nitpik. GREAT IPA!! The piney lightly sweet mix along with a bread base are really world class. (274 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Poured into a nonic glass. Light honey-caramel in colour, with a terrific head of sturdy foam that leaves some fantastic snowy lace down the sides of the glass. Spectacular.

Nose is very nice, though not at all what I expected - resin, citrus and floral hops, a musky grain and mild caramel. The musk gives this brew a raw, natural smell that reminds me of fresh bread.

Tastes at first of resin, pine hops, before that musky grain creeps in, which is accompanied with honey, caramel, cracker, bread and citrus. Finish is short and not overly bitter - at 7.1%, this brew is remarkably smooth and damn-near chuggable with a mild body and easy carbonation. Fantastic stuff.

An example of the style that displays its one unique character, which sets it apart from its brothers. Very nice, easy drinking IPA that still packs a punch. (883 characters)

Photo of SeanGC
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a very clear, light copper color with a 1 finger white head. light lacing, and head thins out shortly after pouring.

S - Citrus and fruity. Pleasant aroma, but surprising.

T - As the aroma suggested, citrusy. Additionally, has a candy-sweet flavor on the front end. Decent bitterness on the back-end that will sit around after swallowing.

M - Medium-light body. Standard and appropriate for an IPA.

O - Good beer. Nice use of citrusy hops with an interesting sweetness in the flavor. (497 characters)

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

A: into a stange glass, medium gold body with a fat finger of pale, dense head, flames of lace reached up from a persistent head

S: hoppy floral and herbal notes over a musky malt base

T: lots of pine hops up front, measured out against a sweeter, chewy malt base; bitter finish.

M: very luxurious and rich, with nice crisp hop bitterness and a slight tingle of carbonation

O: very well-made IPA that hits all the points: creamy smooth malt base, aromatis and bitter hops, good-looking, and great finish. Very drinkable. (524 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in straight-edged ale glass

A: dark amber; smallish head dissipates quickly, and the carb action is a bit disappointing; bad batch? too cold?
S: aromatic and inviting; bubblegum
T: aggressively hopped IPA; complex; nice interplay of treble and bass notes; grassy; not very sweet

Very solid, excellent IPA (321 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/4/12.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange color with a thin film of off-white head.

Aroma: Orange citrus and pine. Caramel syrup. And oddly enough, lettuce (but not in a bad way).

Taste: An interesting mix of flavors. Definitely notes of citrus and pine like in the nose mixed with a very nice balance of caramel and crystal malts. The odd aroma is coming through in the taste and I detect the flavor of lettuce. It might just be a type of earthy hop character. Either way it is an interesting flavor that gives a nice brightness to the palate. 7.1% ABV actually seems a tad potent for the amount of flavor in this one but it's not a huge stretch. Smooth and almost a wet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with average carbonation and easy drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A decent IPA that's worth the purchase especially if you are into East Coast IPAs. Would I drink it again? Maybe, I just don't care much for the hop profile. (948 characters)

Photo of nmickels13
5/5  rDev +22%

Enough said: I'm not an savy savant or a frequent reviewer, but I've been trying IPAs for years and this is still my favorite. Great Divide has lots of good beer and I go there every time I visit my Bro in Denver! Top 5 = Titan, Stone Ruin, 2 Hearted, Green Flash and Lagunitas. (278 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear, bright copper color with a half finger head and minimal lacing.

S: Floral, pine, and citrus hops with a hint of some sweet malts.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly. Nice and bitter.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O: This is a very enjoyable IPA from Great Divide. I'm glad I tried it and I'll be glad to drink it anytime. (395 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 12/24/2012. All breweries should clearly label the bottling date like Great Divide does.

A: Clear copper body with no haze whatsoever. Generous soft head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Piney hops and grain. Kind of a mellow nose.

T: Fresh, this is a decent IPA. It falls off quick though, and that sweet roll malt takes over. Very off-putting.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied, nice carbonation. A very nice beer to drink.

O: This beer is much better on tap at their brewery than what I've found in bottles (even when fresh). (541 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Freshness date of Nov. 26 puts means this beer is about a month and a half old.

A: Pours a beautiful golden-orange color with excellent clarity. The creamy off-white head doesn't retain as well as it should, but some swirling of the glass will revive it briefly. Lacing forms thin, broken, jagged rings and some small spots.

S: Juicy melon, melon rind. Honeydew melon. Passion fruit and strawberry. Dank, herbal edge and a general pithy scent. Fresh lawn clippings. Oily. Tropical esters are apparent but not too forceful. Mandarin orange. Sweet, doughy malt base. There's more complexity than one usually encounters in the style, but it doesn't quite pop as much as I remember.

T: Lots of honeydew melon, possibly some watermelon, passion fruit, mandarin orange. Bitterness is only moderate, though it builds and sharpens a little. Garden herbs on the mid-palate. Grass clippings and some dank hop tastes. Hemp seed and white grapefruit pith. Very slight touch of peppery alcohol and some tropical esters. Fleeting taste of fresh strawberries. Sweet doughy malt base and a very subtle toasted grain flavor. Sweet overall though it does start to dry into the finish. Oily and herbal hop finish leaves a fair amount of earthy bitterness on the palate.

M: Medium bodied. A little weighty in the mouth, but very creamy and well-rounded. Modest carbonation. Smooth. Slight gritty, enamel raking feel. Could possibly use a touch more carbonation for that added crispness, but as it stands this is still a very good mouthfeel.

O: Titan sacrifices the straightforward, bitter hop onslaught in favor of a more flavorful and nuanced approach. There is a lot more complexity to this beer than most within the IPA style. It also finds a way to remain quaffable despite the 7.1% abv and noticeable alcohol contribution. It seems to have lost a step now that the IPA category has become perhaps the most competitive beer style, but it's still better than most. Still a must-drink. (2,018 characters)

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,411 ratings.