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Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,440 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,440
Hads: 4,004
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 19.07%
Wants: 219
Gots: 631 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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: 1,440 | Hads: 4,004
Photo of ybnorml
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clean orange amber beer. Has a big foamy off white head with very good lace. The aroma starts with a fruity grapefruit hop character with an inviting sweet grain malt background. On the taste there is a smooth maltiness before the hops grab control of the back of your tongue. The finish is full of a bittersweet grapefruit hopppiness.

Note: it may have been a mistake to to try this after a Smutty Big A IPA. But I was patient and waited for the new flavors to burn through.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber

Translucent amber with a creamy, clingy white head. Citrusy aroma, with strong pine.

Taste is nice and bitter, with floral, citrusy hops. A very, very good IPA that finishes crisp and dry.

I'm a sucker for a good IPA and this one fits the bill for certain. Up there with Stone and DFH.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a crystal clear IPAish orange in color with s big, lightly-tanned head that seemed to last forever and laced the heck out of the inside of my Ruination glass.

Smell – The nose is big, complex hops gone wild. The raunchy pine sticks out above the others, but there is plenty to keep you interested. There’s also a mild caramel malt base as well.

Taste – The malts pick things up at the taste, but it’s that piney hop flavor that leads the show. It’s almost like it’s dry hopped.

Mouthfeel – This one is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with some brutal dryness.

Drinkability – I thought that the body was a little light for these bold flavors, but otherwise it was a terrific AIPA.

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Photo of shippos
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

courtesy of roew...im not exactly sure on that (been awhile since i actually got this and just now putting the review in)

poured witha athick white head and fades ot a askim on a hazy orangy body. sweet malt to start, fruity and resiny with wonderfull hints of pine. sharp flavorfull bitterness in the front with a asweet malt center anda smooth mouth watering yet slightly dry finish, very very drinkable.

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Photo of mgdeth
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy amber color, foamy off-white head. Looks highly carbonated, and the haze is a little greater than I would like.

Smell - Ample hop aroma (mostly floral) is offset slightly by sweet malt. Appealing.

Taste - Crisp and bitter, but yet it is malty sweet as well. Of course, the bitterness dominates.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. The beer has an almost chewy and somewhat sticky feel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. The taste and smell of this beer will keep you coming back for more.

Comments - Hopheads ought to really enjoy this beer. I know that I do!

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. A lovely amber ale with a half finger head, that died down to a thin film of foam with lacing all over the glass.

Aroma was very strongly of pine hops... but there was a nice dollop of caramel along with a medium malt backbone, and a little bit of fruitiness. Well balanced.

Taste was like being hit between the eyes with a hop hammer. Incredibly powerful. Mostly pine bittering hops, but with rich medium malts underneath, and a hint of apples. The counterpoint between hops and malt was perfect.

Mouthfeel was outstanding. Not too astringent, not too carbonated, the hops were supported by the maltiness and filled the mouth with flavor.

I will definitely revisit this one. This is now my #1 American IPA.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is slightly hazy and shows a mix between copper, ruby and orange colors when held up to the light. It at first generates a three finger thick head when I pour it, it settles down to a frothy tan colored head that sticks around for a fair amount of time. The aroma is at first quite fruity with citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon zest. There are some aromatic notes of pine as well.

The taste is lightly sweet up front and this interacts with some of the hoppy notes to create a citrus character reminiscent of tangerines and oranges. The hops begin to grab a hold, and the beer has a really sharp bitter bite to it, which gives way to a lingering chalky astringent hoppiness. This is certainly a well hopped beer, it has a hint of maltiness to it, but just enough to be barely perceptible. It really is not enough to even tame the hops one bit. Because of the massive hop character this beer is almost dry on the palate. This is certainly and over the top hopped IPA, almost too much even for me and I like hops. At times I can see this really appealing to me.

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Photo of BitteBier
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bold, apricotish orange color with a hint of amber. Topped off by a generous amount of tight, off-white head that clings nicely. An excellent nose. The hops are there, of course, but this isn't a one trick pony. Some orange aroma and an interesting sweetness are detectable as well. The same goes for the taste, which is unexpectedly complex. Starts off with a crush of bitterness but features supporting appearances by pulpy orange, a bit of sweetness, and a tease of lingering alcohol warmth. A nicely balanced mouthfeel--not too oily, astringent, or chewy. Just when I thought I would never find another IPA that made me stand up and take notice...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a pint. "Month and week bottled: Third week of January" notched on the label.

Amber orange with a sticky, white head that sticks to the glass.

Citric/piney hops make up most of the nose with sweet malts peeking out underneath. Nice.

Strong, but not over the top, hops jump out when tasted. The slightly sweet malts come through in the middle. The dry, slightly citric hops take over into a dry finish. There's enough malt to give this one balance.

Moderate mouthfeel. If you like a lot of hop, this one's an easy drinker.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange, with a long-lasting, creamy head. Strong piney hop aroma. For an IPA, this beer has a strong malt presence. Juicy fresh hop flavor, and the hops give this beer a nice spiciness too. Medium body. Damn good drinkability. This beer has an addictive tastiness that makes it hard to put down. Make sure to get at least a six pack. At less than $7 a sixer, there is no reason not to.

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Photo of carln26
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into a shaker pint glass a clear copper color with a nice sized cream colored head. The head displayed good retention and left a sheet of lace on the side of the glass as it receded. The aroma has a nice balance of hop flower, slightly grassy in nature with a big citrus punch, with oranges and grapefruit, along with a pleasant malt back. The taste has the grapefruit hop character accompanied by a nice bitterness up front. The hop flower is there, and the malt shows lightly on the finish. It had a slick, and rich mouth feel, and a nice drinakbility.

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Photo of StonedRugger
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of Titan IPA at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH.
I had not heard of Great Divide before coming across a few of their beers at the aforementioned grocery store. This is the first I have tried.
For my money this is probably the most complete IPA I have tried. Other good examples like Avery and Two-Hearted stick out because of how hoppy and dry they were. The Titan IPA was hoppy yes, but had enough malt or something else to lend the beer a subtle sweetness that makes it easily the most drinkable I have ever had.

As an unintended, but welcome, comparison, I finished the sixer of the Titan as I began working through a sextet of Three Floyds' Alpha King. While a good IPA the Alpha King still has too much of the hoppy bitter/dry character to stand up to the superb beverage that is Great Divide's Titan IPA. I just hope there other styles are as good within their groups as the Titan is to its.

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Photo of budsboy
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost cloudy orange with a sticky looking head.

Smells hoppy and sweet at first, then a pickle like spiciness. The hops are piney.

First sip is mild, then a bold, deep and wet pine soaked hoppiness barrells in. Quite a nice experience. Alcohol warms the gut as the piney goodness remains.

Thickening in the mouth, perky before leaving a bit of oil behind.

Good, good stuff. Easily one of the best IPAs I've had. If you like big doses of piney hops, you're gonna like this. Try some.

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Photo of stegmakk
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a coppery orange with a thick off white head that lasted. Also left nice lacing down the glass.

Aroma was of citrusy hops and a hint of some kind of fruitiness mixed with a light piney hops smell.

Taste...this is where the piney hops come and smack you in the head. While the piney hops is strong it is also mixed with an almost fruity hops flavor. This is by far one of the tastiest IPAs I have had in a long time.
Mouthfeel nice slick and oily.
Drinkability was good. I could have a couple, but not too many as it was surprisingly filling. I am definately picking up more of this.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of MrSeth
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's an IPA with some remarkable qualities.

Pours with a ruddy copper color. A little bit murky, but not too much so. A loose bubbly head forms and falls, fairly normal for the style. Minimal lace.

A big, welcoming nose grabs my attention. It's not sharp like some other IPA's can be, it's more earthy. But it gets my attention right away. A little bit floral, some orangey-citrusy aromas.. nothing you haven't smelled before. But it's the delivery that makes this one a winner. This is another well built ale from Great Divide, from the app. to the nose, etc.. Its medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel, with some sweet maltiness, citrus, bitter, pucker.. all the IPA bases are covered. A [very] good choice for this style.

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Photo of LiquidBreadMan
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Titan IPA is a feast for the senses. It pours a cloudy copper with a medium short-lived head. It's quite aromatic -- almost like walking into a cigar humidor -- with a strong peachy rasberry scent. The flavor starts hoppy and finishes dry and snappy, with a rush of tropical fruits and grapefruit in between. This is an excellent IPA.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer from Luke's Liquors in Rockland.
A real attractive orange/copper color w/ a full finger of thick, foamy tan head. Lacing has little cling, but the head is going nowhere.
Smell is fantastic...filled w/ piney hops w/ a whiff of cotton candy.
The taste is simply superb...resiny, citrus hops grab my tastebuds (mainly grapefruit) and the sweet maltiness complements this IPA real well. The alcohol is well hidden until the very last few sips.
Mouthfeel is thicker than most IPA's...closer to a double IMHO.
The finish is bitter, but not dry...very refreshing.
Drinkability is through the roof...could possibly be one of my favorite IPA's to date.
Great Divide impresses the hell out of me w/ each and every brew I try...next on tap, the oak aged Yeti.

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Photo of edchicma
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of asabreed
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of fizzyfred
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.