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Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,420 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,420
Hads: 3,893
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 202
Gots: 538 | 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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Reviews: 1,420 | Hads: 3,893
Photo of edchicma
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Exceptional appearance..pours amber with a pillow head that leaves slooowly. Smell is piney, cirtusy with a hint of yeasty undertone. Taste is citrusy with an oiliness that is just right. The slickness is quickly ofset in the finish which is just dry enough to invite another taste. Very drinkable for the style...leaves a very nice lightly bitter aftertaste...highly recommended. (380 characters)

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

Pours a nice light amber color whilte emitting a monsterous fluffy white head. Foam sticks around for quite a while leaving a slight lacing on the glass.
The smell is open pine forest. Some citrus and a prominent hop forefront dominate the nose.

Taste is just as expected. Hops! The malts try in vain to contain the hop assault in this brew. Mouthfeel is not for the faint of heart but I find it to be very palateable. I enjoy the hops attacking my tongue, wouldn't have it any other way. A great example of an IPA, although not my favorite style this is a well crafted brew. (579 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is pretty much what I've come to expect from West Coast IPAs: the dark orange color, the off-white head, the solid caramel malt backbone, and HOPS!!!! Huge grapefruit presence in the flavor and aroma. There's also a good amount of bitterness and carbonation there too. This one is a bit too heavy in the mouth for my personal taste, but it's still a very good beer. (370 characters)

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

Purchased a six-pack for around $9, and I was extremely excited to try my first Great Divide brew.

Appearance: A foamy white head dissipates quickly, but starts back up with each sip, oddly, I think. Nice thin and all-over lacing around the glass as I keep drinking. Hazy yellow-orange color; the bubbles, like tiny clear poppy seeds, gurgling to the top.

Smell: Yes, you can tell this is well done. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, and citrus, oily hop aromas, zest of both aforementioned fruits, some pine characteristics, floral aromas. Slight sweetness in the slightest sugary aromas: caramel, toffee? Basically all that you want, but extremely well-demonstrated. Balanced and beckoning.

Taste: What an IPA should be. Sweetness and tartness and oily hop bitterness up front, slowly singing into a balanced and slightly sweet aftertaste, something I don't know if I've experienced as well as this before. This is close to being fantastic: orange, lemon, oily hops, some pine, residual malt sweetness rounding it out. Damn nice.

Mouthfeel: Lots of acidity up front, medium carbonation, slightly creamy, medium-bodied. Close to more than just right.

Drinkability: At 6.8%, this could certainly be a session beer. It teeters the fine line between "this shouldn't" and "this should" -- to be derivative -- but it's up to you after you try it. I didn't know they made this in six-packs until recently, and I hope I see more and more Great Divide beers in this quantity because I won't hesitate to purchase. I have a Hercules waiting to be consumed, but seeing how it could get better with age, and wanting to wait until the right time, that sucker is sitting for at least a year before I indulge. (1,706 characters)

Photo of fizzyfred
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is deep golden color, very clear with a very light head. The smell is pure fruity, citrus hops. Not surprising, but very strong. The taste is also overwhelming hop flavor. I have to admit that this is not my favorite style, but the style still calls for some balance. This is slightly too much. It goes down with a hint of bitterness in the back of the throat. Carbonation is perfect for a bottled beer. Hophead will love it for sure. Might be good with barbeque. (473 characters)

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

Appearance: Hazy copper color with a large off-white head composed of coarse bubbles; head retention is superb, the lacing, which leaves scattered patches of foam about the glass walls, is excellent.

Aroma: Very strong note of pine, citrus, and floral hops, with the pine hops being dominant. Beneath the hops, some malt notes struggle futilely to assert themselves, there seem to be quite faint notes of light fruit as well.

Taste: Strong hops utterly dominate the taste from beginning to end. Soon after the opening salvo of bitterness, there is a brief interlude of sweet orange hops. These are followed by a cresendo of sharply bitter resinous hop notes that persist well beyond the close of the taste. After several tastes, light sweet fruit notes appear early and carry past the midpoint of the taste; these nicely counterbalance the sharply bitter hop notes. Amid all of this, the malt notes struggle to come forth, offering a mild, but pleasant sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, and quite full, the carbonation is very soft.

Drinkability/notes: A fine example of a style that I do not particularly care for, nonetheless, it would be iniquitous to fail to acknowledge the excellent craftsmanship that this beer embodies.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck with a pop top crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. (1,366 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color. Thick off-white rocky head. Great retention, and huge amounts of lace clinging to the sides of the glass. Big pine and grapefruit hop aromas. Biscuity malt flavor, sweet, taken over by the hops. No secret what style this is. Grapefruit flavors, resiny and sticky. Great amount of bitterness without being overwhelming. Medium body. This is a solid IPA at the very least. Great example of the style. Excellent beer. (433 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label declares 65 IBUs.

Golden amber shiny copper penny sunset under a spumescent craggy delicate ivory head cap chock full 'o sudsy bubbles rising to an impressive lattice lace ring layer. Exquisite lattice lace.

Scents of delicious pine hops and orange fruit scents. Excellent hops possibly cascades and centennial? Sweet candy sugar.

First swigs: Sweet citrous orange slices moving towards a lemon/orange flavor with some malt grain backing. Hops are strong in the line of but not quite FFF AK. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel is acidic feel touching upon a 2IPA medium to full bodied with an easy enjoyable sense.

Last swigs: Excellent! A smidge away from Hurcules. 100% Am IPA. Top notch. (703 characters)

Photo of bnuttz
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smells of citric fruits, such as lemons, oranges, and grapefruits. Some piney notes are also evident. The sweetness of the malts adds to the fruitiness of the aroma. The taste is sweet and bitter. The malt backbone is evident, very sweet and fruity. The hops are citric and well presented, very well varied. This is solidly bitter. Mouthfeel is damn close to full. This is highly drinkable and a dangerous IPA. Reminds me of the junior version dreadnaught. (456 characters)

Photo of JackStraw22
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-amber with a good inch or so of off white head. Decent retention and good lacing too.

Smell: Umm..hoppy. Deep herbal/earthy hop aroma. There's a little bit of maltiness that comes through, but not a whole lot.

Taste/mouthfeel: The same earthy/herbal hop taste is present that's picked up in the aroma. Relatively sweet, but no more than a typical IPA. Not too bitter, but the bitterness is certainly there, it just doesn't linger or really dominate. The hops seem more focused here on the taste and aroma. Feels full bodied in the mouth, a little slick, but still crisp enough to be refreshing.

Drinkability: Excellent, would make a great session beer. (696 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass with a 2 finger pearl white head that leaves intricate lacing all the way down the glass. Titan is a copper hue that looks magnificent. The aroma is complex and intriguing, i have to say its not a typical IPA smell though this is not a typical IPA. The smell is somewhat like a grapefruit with brown sugar on it, a citrusy hop smell with a sweet malt backbone...really fantastic. The mouthfeel is somehow creamy and smooth with light carbonation which is weird considering how hoppy and bitter it is. The taste is initially slightly hoppy followed by a mild and bready malt flavor and then WHAM! the hops hit and its a wallop. The hops flavor is really complex and could be analyzed for hours but i detect grapefruit, perhaps lemon and a floral grass type of flavor that really grounds the beer for the bitter, dry finish that leaves you jonesing for more hops. Truly a fantastic IPA, easily one of the best available in NC (along with the hoppy hour and big boss). The alcohol is discernable but i have to say no more than any other descent IPA which is surprising given the high alcohol content of this beer. In a word Fantastic (1,154 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a sort of dull rusty brown color. Lucking the large, bright head and tons of lacing offset the ugly colors. The smell is identical to orange drink. Almost like Sunny D. I can't get past that flavor. Sweet orange concentrate flavor. The taste isn't nearly as sweet or as orangey. More of a pine hoppiness to it. Lots of raw bitteness in there as well. Malts come and go. Quite sweet in the malt department with honey notes and a little toasted bread in there. Alcohol, what alcohol? I didn't know the abv and couldn't taste it at all. I think the bitterness offset it, but I sure was feeling a nice little buzz by the end. The hops linger forever, this could truly be a sipper because the flavor just hangs in my mouth. Nice alpha acid hit in the end. Another great beer from this brewery. (804 characters)

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown botle with month and week bottled date of N 4.

Hazed copper in color with a large, clingy white head.

A bitch-slap of hops in the smell. Massive tangy grapefruit aromas paired with a sweet and sharp piney zing.

Great citrus taste. Light and refreshing, never overbearing. Lemony zing at the back of the mouth. Malts almost show, but get swallowed by all of the great hop flavor. Quite the thirst quencher.

One of the best examples of the style for this kid. I don't think I could ever tire of it's hop mojo. Super drinkable. (551 characters)

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

Pours a nice reddish honey color topped by an off-white head. Some nice sheets of lacing are left, and the read sticks around til the very end. Nice hoppy aroma fills my nostrils as I inhale. Great assertive grapefruit and pine nose. Flavor is nice and bold. Lots of hop oils coat my mouth and provide bliss. Sharp piney hops bite at the tongue and are largely unchecked by the shallow malt taste. Diverse hop profile comes through in the taste, very interesting. A little caramel and spice are there too. Nice full mouthfeel leaves me satisfied. This is one truly good IPA. (574 characters)

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 WesWes
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It also has an excellent hop aroma that is piney with a slight citrus edge. The taste is great. It has a very intense bitter hop flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry and mildly malty. It has good balance. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good IPA. I love the citrus hop flavor and aroma. It has the right balance between malts and hops; a good drinker. (603 characters)

Photo of gimmehead
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange amber with a big eggshell head that quickly reduces to a skim coat. Great nose: citric and floral hops with some toasted cereal grain. Tastes initially of sharp pine mingled with bitter citric grapefruit notes, the classic combination. Very hop dominant, but there is a balancing malt presence underneath with a lingering resinous aftertaste. Feels oily slick on the tongue, down the hatch effortlessly. (416 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fresh growler from Fingerlakes Beverage. Thick, dense, resinous cream colored head fades slowly to a patchy film leaving a very fine lace as it fades. It's got a floral hop/bubble gum aroma. Slightly hazy glowing orange amber colored beer with streams of fine bubbles rising slowly through the middle. There's an interesting mix of bubblegum and chewy piney hop flavor. The finish is fairly bitter without overpowering the flavor. Moderately thick body with a soft mouthfeel that isn't too sticky. A tasty, interesting IPA. (525 characters)

Photo of SupaCelt
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber with much bubbles. Thumb thickness head of dense and compact construction. The bubbles keep coming. Floating a continuous biscuit top on the juice below. Fragmented, sticky lacing rims the edge opposite the route to my mouth. Clear and crisp appearance.

The smell throws off a some resiny pine and sweet maltiness. The hop aspect of citrus coupled with the sweetness gives an orange with a lemon twist impressoin. Raw crop scents add a layer or two of homegrown, earthen character.

The taste bites right off the bat. As in tickles the tongue. Carbonation and hops...a super duo. This thing is mostly hops. No attempt at balancing bitter and sweetness is even remotely considered here. This is a hops showcase all the way. Tiny moments of sweetness are just overpowered by the hopping. Bitter at the first and all the way through. Relentless. Sure, I like bitter ass hoppy IPA's, but there are better ones lurking around than this particular one. I enjoy the bitter and dry finish much more when there are other tastes to compliment it. This one has a bitter and dry start and finish with backup of other textures. No complexity. It tastes like they just heaped in five bushels of hop cones and called it good. "Hop heads" have at it. I'll stick to some of the old boys that have more substance to offer. (1,320 characters)

Photo of freed
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great typeface and nice label. Pours a deep copper(!) with good clarity and a slim rim of foam.

Aroma is gentle but similar to bigger centennial driven beers - both resiny and meaty, though tamer in comparison.

Taste is bright with its initial bitterness with a slight citrus quench, but the malt is missing and the taste just drops off. Still a nice beer, but the lack of body and malt contribution leave it a bit short of greatness. (440 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here is a terrific IPA! A fellow BA tipped me off that our local "packy" had this one. Hops leap from the bottle, great aroma! Nice, golden amber color. Large, foamy head, lots of sticky lacing. This is a prototypical American IPA, with lots of hops (but not overly dry in the finish). I will do a head-to-head with Indiga and Dogfish Head 60 (two of my favorite IPA's) to compare, but I think this is AT LEAST as good as those excellent brews. Thanks Ron! (456 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blistering orange, on-going bubble bath pure white head. Pine hops, grapefruit and some earthy tones on the nose; non-hop heads should turn away. Aggressive stinging hop juice, swirling sweet malts in the background. Large orange peel, some bananas and ester like characteristics, but they take a distant back seat to the assertive juicy and oily hops. Solid, a fantastic IPA, one that can hang with the big boys. (413 characters)

Photo of avylover
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great looking brew here. Nice golden orange color, and a good looking frothy white head. Aroma is a great mix of sweet malts, grapefruity hops, and mild alcohol. This a brew that stands out. It's balanced i ntaste in front, but finishes nice & bitter how I like it.fruity hops, malty backbone, almost slightly smokey, and nice dry bitter finish. Great full mouthfeel with just enough carbonation, and pretty drinkable stuff. A great IPA (436 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the new 12oz. bottle a very nice hazy amber orange with a sticky one inch head on top. Tight lacing around the entire tulip glass...very nice. Sweet citrus nose with hints of orange and grapefruit as well as some pine. Just wonderful...keeps my nose coming back for more.

Big blast of citrusy (grapefruit, orange, lemon) tones and some sticky pine resin hoppiness along a nice wave of crisp caramel maltiness. A nice bitterness envelopes my mouth while not being overly pronounced. There's a very nice balance here...but the hop burps remind you what this brew is all about. Damn good IPA.

A nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel with good body. I think it's great that Great Divide has put this in sixers instead of just bombers...as it's easy to drink and would make a nice session. Highly recommended. (815 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a hazy, deep orange color, with a big cream head resulting from my violent pour. Good lace. The hops on the nose are sick-wit-it, excellent mix of pine, bitter, flower, hops and more hops. There is some sweet malt in the front, but it is blasted away by dank bitter hops. There are more intense ipa's, ruination comes to mind, but this version is damn tasty as well. This brew changed my mind about this brewery. (425 characters)

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,420 ratings.