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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

3,256 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,256
Reviews: 1,377
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 138
Gots: 194 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jon on 08-04-2003)
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eclipse54

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a clear golden amber color with about a centimeter of off-white, fluffy head. It takes its time settling down, and leaves a considerable amount of bubbly lacing behind. Smells of bready, biscuity malts, some piney hops, a touch of caramel malt, and faint spice. Taste begins with some spicy, partially bitter hops, moves into some significant bread and grain notes, and finishes with a smooth caramel texture. There is a flashback of the hops on the exhale, and you’re reminded this is indeed an IPA and not an amber or pale ale. Mouth is bitter, but not overbearingly so, and the finish is smooth and a touch dry. Overall, a solid albiet different IPA that I’d be happy to have again.

08-09-2011 01:22:04 | More by eclipse54
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance - Orange copper color, not clear like most IPA's but instead murky like a Belgian or Wheat. 1 finger head that holds nice retention and nice lacing.

Smell - some cracker scents. Some pine notes as well but very mild. Some lemon as well. I'm not really crazy about the smell, but its ok.

Taste - Very excellent taste for an American IPA. Great flavor, complexity, balance and very mild bitterness. Some piney notes. Surprising this is over 7%ABV its doesn't feel boozy at all.

Mouthfeel - Good.

Overall - A very good American IPA. Well worth checking out. Like others mentioned, its more balanced and malty, not crazy hoppy/bitter. Unless you're taste buds are fried needing the hop fry, this is another good example for newbies to try an American IPA/Pale Ale.

08-05-2011 22:46:06 | More by bubseymour
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FosterJM

California

3.6/5  rDev -12%

701st Review on BA
Bottle to tulip
12oz

Happy IPA Day beer.

No bottle date

App- A very dark orange with a pretty good clarity. A one and a half finger head. Falls nicely to leave a pond layer. A thicker line of foam around top of head

Smell- Ripe and damp citrus with a nice muted hop bitterness. A malty sweet note as well.

Taste- A pretty good IPA. More malt forward with a tamed bitter flavor. Muted grapefruit with a little bit of a creamy flavor.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation with a malty sweet little bit of bitter

Drink- So far Ive been more impressed with Great Divides Stouts. This is a malty IPA and it is a little unbalanced. Probably wont come back to this one.

08-05-2011 16:28:51 | More by FosterJM
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STKPICR0720

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

This brew poured a light caramel color. Super piney and floral smell. The taste was smooth and full of hops. All 60 IBU's hit you upfront and linger nicely. This IPA surprised me and was everything I have expected plus. With only 60 IBU's this brew held up like it was a 100 IBU brew. Well rounded brew glad I bought it. I would most definitley buy this brew again and again.

Cheers

07-26-2011 16:17:20 | More by STKPICR0720
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Lightbearer2012

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -16.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Good looking beer, with a nice dark orange hue. Aggressive pour produTced a healthy head that lingered but struggled to maintain itself.

Smell- I did detect some hops but mostly a grassy, sweet, malty aroma.

Taste- Wow..I expected a Titan-like burst of hops but this is malty. The bottle is dated 05-03-11 so maybe a slight hop fade but seriously this is too sweet and sugary for me. It's funny how people have described the "grassy" character of this beer because that is the flavor that lingers in my mouth.

Mouthfeel- syrupy and sweet with medium carbonation. Higher carbonation might have dried this out a little.

Overall- I am perplexed with this beer. I have had it a few times but it just seems too malty for an IPA with the name of Titan. Would I turn one down if offered? No, but will I buy again? No. Everyone should try it as it is well made quality wise but its just too sweet for me.

07-24-2011 01:30:28 | More by Lightbearer2012
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

Aroma: Crusty and bread-like malty notes first out of the glass. As it opens up some citrusy, piney, and slightly earthy hop notes persist. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber colored pour with a low white head. Head retention is fair and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Flavor: Nice earthy hop punch up front followed by crusty and slightly caramelized malt notes. Light citrusy, pithy, resin-like hop notes are all apparent. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Slightly prickly carbonic bite. Just a touch oily. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A nice, malty American IPA. I expected more hop aroma and flavor. Seemed a bit heavy handed on the darker specialty malts and is definitely headed in the direction of an American Amber. Regardless, a finely crafted IPA and nice on a summer afternoon.

07-17-2011 19:10:13 | More by mattcrill
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argock

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Amber-beige with soft pillow of off-white, tightly bubbled head with good retention and several bands of lace down the glass.

S: Big grapefruit aroma, leafy, and a mild pine injection with pale and light caramel malt aromas.

T: The hops are showcased well in this beer, probably mostly Cascades with some Amarillo bitterness and dry hopping. The crisp malt sweetness is light caramel.

M: A great balance of oily hop slickness, medium malt body, and crisp ale dryness.

O: A wonderful American IPA that sticks with GD's MO of caramel malt sweetness with a brilliant but varied hops blast. A wonderful beer and superior on tap.

07-16-2011 22:58:41 | More by argock
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DeltaGolfSierra

Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Appearance is copper - a bit darker than your typical IPA - with a nicely sized head that fades after a few minutes. A fair amount of lacing is left on the glass. Scents come through strongly and are typical for an IPA - a nice fruit cocktail smell of grapefruit and ripe pear. The taste is not as powerfully hoppy as many other IPAs - malts are definitely noticeable, but they do take a backseat to the hops. Malts provide a slight caramel taste in the background, while citrusy hop flavors dominate. Bitterness really isn't very strong; more of a tartness. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, almost creamy. A very nicely balanced and tasty IPA.

07-15-2011 02:23:34 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

12oz bottle from 6 pack, bottled on March 16. Poured into chimay chalice.

A: Slightly hazy dark amber/red color, minimal off-white head with rings of lacing. The color really sets this ale apart.

S: Intense piney hop scent backed by floral aromas. Has a sweet and bready malt aroma as well.

T: Pine, citrus and floral hop explosion, balanced out by perfectly sweet malt flavors. The middle is really where the bread and toasted malt flavors come through, although never pushing the intense hop flavors out of the spotlight. The dry piney hops linger for quite some time in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, a little on the sticky side, highly carbonated, with a dry bitter finish.

O: I was truly surprised by this beer, I had no idea it would be this good. The liquor store I work at only has the hercules DIPA which I haven't tried yet (since it's super expensive), but having tried this one, it's definitely going to be my next purchase. Getting back on track though... Titan IPA deserves to be placed right next to stone and green flash if you ask me.

07-13-2011 16:17:14 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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DavidST

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

For about 6 months I went through an IPA only phase, this along with Stone's IPA were mainstays in my fridge.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass, bottled on Apr. 26, 2011 date (I'm glad they started to do this).

Pours a slightly hazy light red / copper color with a creamy white head which leaves a nice foam lacing. The smell is of hops, piney and citrus, along with a little alcohol. Mouth feel is good medium with good carbonation, a little creamy. The taste is very good some pine hops, a little maltiness on the way down with a nice bitter hop after flavor. Overall a very good IPA, there's a reason why for the longest time this was always in my fridge.

07-10-2011 18:09:06 | More by DavidST
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

07-10-2011 16:18:02 | More by lacqueredmouse
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BeerAmbassador

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a hazy orange amber, with a nice two finger frothy off-white head. Heavy pine on the nose, and a bit of citrus. Big on the palate with a very malty background. Hops come in at the end. This beer has a lot of hop bitterness but the malt more than stands up to it. Nice creamy mouthfeel and tight carbonation. This is a really nice IPA by a brewery that I don't think gets enough attention.

07-08-2011 05:26:27 | More by BeerAmbassador
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Dan3279

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -1%

I was looking forward to this IPA and picked up a single bottle to give it a try. I poured the 12oz bottle into a pint glass to find a great golden bronze body with a small white head. This had a great aroma for an IPA, dominated with pine hops, caramel, and some sweetness. The taste was very good, it didn't blow me away like I thought it would, but a very solid IPA. I thought this IPA was a tad more sweet than bitter, but the bready malt, hops and caramel all work together.

The medium body had medium carbonation and was really easy and fun to drink. Overall a solid IPA that I enjoyed even if it wasn't super bitter and hoppy like I expected.

07-07-2011 01:41:04 | More by Dan3279
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nickfl

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

07-02-2011 06:21:15 | More by nickfl
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DAllspaw

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

Bottle into tulip. Pours a deep copper great looking with good lacing.

Smell is lacking on normal floral essence from IPA. Some pine and citrus but not very pronounced.

I now think I understand what the phrase malt backbone means, I think and that is where this beer excels. Really nice taste. Would like to try on tap.

07-02-2011 03:24:19 | More by DAllspaw
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +1%

Poured a darker copper color with tons of fluffy beige head and very good lacing.

Smell is great. Nice and hoppy with some slight malt flavor coming through.

Taste is very good. Not as hoppy as I'd like but I think the hops have mellowed a bit as the bottle is 6 months old. Good flavor though overall.

Mouthfeel is medium. Goes down pretty smooth. Easy drinking beer.

Overall a pretty good IPA. I'd definitely like to try a fresh one sometime.

06-30-2011 02:12:14 | More by richkrull
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mattjv

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

A-Pours a deep copper hue, frothy head with respectable retention. Lots of energetic bubbles rising, looks highly carbonated.

S-Caramel/sugary sweetness hints at a strong malt backbone. Fruity aromas dominate the hop presence, grapefruit and orange come through strong. Mild piny presence but it takes a backseat to the citrus on this one. A hint of alcohol is present but takes a backseat to everything else.

T-Caramel malt starts off on a sweet note, more restrained than the aroma led to. Hop presence comes in quickly. Moderate bitterness throughout, big citric presence. Grapefruit dominates with some orange notes. Pleasant black tea flavor, hints of pine. Aftertaste is fairly clean with a mild lingering bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, drinks fairly easy on a muggy summer night. Moderate carbonation is right where it needs to be; balances the sweetness without getting in the way.

O-A nice example of the style with something for everyone. Strikes a nice balance between malt & hop presence, and isn't too heavy for the summer months.

06-27-2011 03:53:38 | More by mattjv
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Orange-tan and crystal clear. 1.5 finger head with some staying power and nice lacing.

Smells piney and hoppy, with grapefruit overtures and a little lemon peel.

Taste is boldly and intensely hoppy, with an oily resinous feel to it. Dried lemon peels, pine, grapefruit, and plenty of malts finish it off. It's so strong tasting that it could be a double and I wouldn't doubt the style at all. Well done.

Body is medium, with light to medium carbonation. Oily hops bitterness lingers.

It's a darn fine IPA and another great beer from Great Divide.

Upon second review I can't see much reason to change anything. It's a lovely beer and a great IPA.

06-25-2011 17:20:38 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Sensaray

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a rich clear amber color with nicely retaining half inch frothy off white head.

Large whiff of hops. Some tropical fruit's here too. Citrus.

Nice spice leads to citrus hops that then get piney for a bit then leads to a bitter close. Nice malty caramel sweetness comes into play the more I drink.

Smooth drinking, medium light feel. Good carbonation

Overall very good american ipa.

06-24-2011 05:08:12 | More by Sensaray
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doughanson78

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: 1 finger slightly off white head. Some large bubbles in head. Very good lacing. Nice clear golden orange color with slight hints of red in the light.

S: Nice fresh piney hop scent, just enough and not overpowering. Also some light, but good, citrusy aromas. Great balance of sweet malts coming through. Caramel.

T: Sweet caramel malts at the tip of the tongue. Orange peel hop bitterness along with pine and slight grapefruit. Kind of a weird mix. Almost a slight chemical aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Tingles the tongue and leaves a warm feeling in your stomach.

O: An alright IPA. The Hercules Double IPA is definitely better. Looks great, smells real great, but the mixture of malts and the aftertaste leaves a lot to be desired. First Great Divide brew that I really don't care for.

06-23-2011 03:03:32 | More by doughanson78
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hmph

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A: Golden amber, good amount of small carbonation bubbles, nice one finger head with an enormous amount of lacing

S: a good combination of hoppy pine and a smooth malt smell, good fruity notes as well, honestly to me it smells almost creamy

T: not really sure how to describe it but taste like a creamy hop with tones of bitterness, you can get the fruit and pine taste not overly bitter but has a bit in the finish

O: A good beer, period. Good taste with the hop and malty creaminess really combining well. No real hint of alcohol, just a well done IPA.

06-22-2011 16:53:00 | More by hmph
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

A: deep orange/amber hue, 1 finger head, wonderous lacing

S: lemon grass, big pine, solid malt

T: lemon, orange rind, pine, long bitter malt finish

M: med. body, good sticky/oily mouth

O: Once again, GREAT DIVIDE delivers for me.
Outstanding beer, little too powerful to gulp.
I will get this beer again, bank on it.

EXCELLENT, SEEK IT OUT!

06-16-2011 19:25:38 | More by BeerLover99
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Cozzatoad

Italy

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

335ml (12oz) bottle

A- Dense orange in colour, a little hazy. Medium and large bubbled white head: not much retention but good lacing

S- I can't detect anything besides hops, but they feel good. Pine, citrus, orange and a nice hint of spiciness among an incredibly fresh herbal feel

T- A caramel malt base is quite easily detectable, and brings perfect balance to a good amount of dominant hop flavours: citrus, orange peel, a fresh herbal feel. A lively hint of spiciness on the tongue (alcohol in the mix?). Bitter grapefruit aftertaste

M- Body is thinner then expected, maybe due to moderate carbonation. Still feels pleasantly crisp and fresh on both palate and tongue. Gets a little flat as the beer starts warming

O- You don't need a super bitter hop bomb to make a good american ipa and this beer is proof. Bitterness is there but never out of spot or too dominant. This means killer drinkability with a persistent fresh feel, but still good complexity

06-15-2011 08:25:19 | More by Cozzatoad
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4/5  rDev -2.2%

355ml bottle 7,1% ABV.

I ordered Titan IPA from an online store and was a little disappointed that it wasn't a little fresher. I hope the beer hasn't suffered too much.

Appearance: Titan IPA pours dark golden-orange with a large off white head that displays great retention and leaves tons of lace clinging to the upper reaches of the glass.

Smell: Ah, the freshness issue is immediately noted. While the nose is still great, it is missing the pungency I love in fresh IPA's.
Caramel malt is immediately noted, but then falls behind the grapefruit, resiny pine, pineapple, orange (hint of marmalade maybe?) and grassiness of the remaining hops.

Taste: As with the nose, the initial sweet caramel notes are fast overtaken by grapefruit, pine, pineapple and other citrus fruit. Superb lingering bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, smooth carbonation, wonderful bitter finish that lasts an age.

Overall: Titan is certainly a quality IPA and I will make every effort to get a much fresher bottle.

06-10-2011 13:49:14 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. Purchased at Knightly Liquors in Orlando.

Slightly hazy and orange in colour. White head is 1/8 inch on the pour but quickly disappears and we're left with a very thin cap.

Aroma is your typical american west coast IPA. Chiefly citrus hops with a little caramel malt as support.

Taste is dominated by hops with little to no evidence of malts. Blast of citrus hops right from the start continues throughout leading to a bitter, astringent finish. The alcohol makes itself readily apparent at the finish as well. Rather heavy handed on the hops for me.

Mouthfeel is pretty oily. The bitterness of the hops and alcohol presence are really harsh on the palate.

Overall, this is a decent representation of the style. The American IPA is generally over hopped and not balanced enough for my liking and this fits the bill exactly.

06-09-2011 02:44:56 | More by Noxious26
Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,256 ratings.