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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

3,338 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,338
Reviews: 1,379
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 143
Gots: 218 | 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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Photo of UnknownKoger
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

Bottled on Jan 22, 2011. Poured into my Ranger IPA glass

As soon as I open the bottle, I'm greeted with the lovely piney aroma of hops. Smells outstanding. The pour is slightly aggressive and yields a very nice head. Color is standard golden with maybe the slightest hint of red or copper.

The taste is outstanding. The piney hops are nicely balanced by fruity/citrusy hops. All of this is balanced by a sweet malt taste. The mouthfeel is good...medium bodied. Lacing is great!

Overall and drinkability? Outstanding. I would definitely purchase this again.

UnknownKoger, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Dark golden amber color with two-finger frothy white head and heavy clingy lacing.

S- Piney hops, tropical fruit, and grapefruit citrus notes. The pine comes through the strongest, but pretty nice hop balance.

T- Like it smells, except much more balance among the hop flavors and a solid malt backbone. Assertive hop bitterness, but a nice sweet malt backbone.

M- Nice and creamy with a dry finish and tongue tickling carbonation.

O- A nice hoppy malty IPA that has a creamy mouthfeel. Overall this is a very solid IPA.

Hoptometrist, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of CHADMC3
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a rich copper body with golden hues and only a faint off white head that quickly dissipates to leave almost no lacing behind.

Abundant hop aromas waft from the glass as expected featuring pine and citrus with a sweet malty backbone that becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

The hops are quite tasty on the palate, again pine and citrus with perhaps a hint of spice and wood, complimented nicely by the sweet malt mid-palate.

Medium in body and carbonation with a very nice hoppy finish that leaves a touch of resinous residue in its path.

Quite a delicious American IPA with tons of authentic character and a delight to the senses.

CHADMC3, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Damian
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Drank on-tap at Plan B Burger Bar, Glastonbury, CT
Served in a pint glass

The crystal clear, amber colored liquid was topped by a tight, sticky, two-finger, sea foam cap. Head retention was outstanding, as it lasted until the beer was nearly finished. A thick spiderweb of clingy lacing stuck all down the sides of the glass.

Hops dominated the aroma, but they were well matched by the sweetness coming from the caramel malts. Candied orange peel notes were apparent. Some grapefruit rind too. Slightly spicy. Tropical fruits were also detectible as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was crisp and hoppy as well. Perhaps a bit more dry overall than the nose. Grapefruit rind was most noticeable. Some orange zest also came through. The malts were merely strong enough to keep the bitterness from the hops in check. The dry, resonating finish was piney and oily. Surprisingly, for a 7.10% ABV beer, the alcohol presence was quite subdued.

My only gripe with this beer was the mouthfeel. It was rather thin and watery with a mild yet large bubbled effervescence. I expected something a bit "bigger."

Titan IPA is a well-crafted, easy-drinking beer. Be careful with this one. The alcohol can really sneak up on you.

Damian, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Beautiful pine-orange complexion. Nice yellow/off-white head. Gorgeous lace.

Aroma is superb - citrus hoppiness dominates.

Bold, slow-burn development in the palate. The malts hit up front, then are washed away with a hops crispness -- I get pine resin and grapefruit. Nice tongue roll into a bitter finish.

Delicious and highly recommendable IPA.

secondtooth, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

- from the notes
12 ounce bottles.

A - copper like color with small head.
S - not overly strong but there is a little sweet with some hoppy notes.
T - hops to sweet and back to lingering hops.
M - enough carbonation to peel away the hoppy resins.
D - addictive drinkability

Beer4Baltimore, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A deep clear copper color with a three finger off-white head.

S- Citrus hop, pine hops, caramel malts.

T- Grapefruit/citrus hops upfront, nice sweet malt backbone that adds a nice balance, earthy and piney hops make for a really nice bitter finish.

M- Medium body, smooth, refreshing.

O- This is a solid IPA and I will definitely pick it up again.

larryi86, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of bum732
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%

S: A strong cat pee aroma, some pine, soft breadiness, some sweetness, some cinnamon as it warms.

L: Clear golden yellow, creamy white head with great retention and lacing.

T: Sweet leafy malt, almost grassy. Medium herbal bitterness leads to some additional sweetness before drying slightly with some spiciness.

M: Medium bodied, medium high carbonation.

As someone who had a cat pee on their couch, i'm very familiar with this aroma. Smelling this beer reminded me of that couch, although not as strong. Luckily it doesn't translate too much to the taste, but not something i want to try again.

bum732, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of mattkoon
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

this beer pours a cloudy copperish. The smell is pretty standard for an ipa. I may be detecting a very slight vanilla, but it's so slight that I can't tell if I may just be talking myself into it's existence.
the taste however is a very solid symphony of citrus and pine. It's not as "floral" as a lot of ipas I've had but that doesn't take away from the flavor. Great divide has many really solid beers and this is another one.

mattkoon, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of hiphopipa
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottled on 2/11/11. Poured into a stemmed pint glass.
Pours clear and copper. Thin head leaves just a tiny bit of spattered lacing around the glass.
Smells good, like candy caramel and sweet strawberries, but doesn't have an overwhelming aroma.
Nice citrus hop zing, grapefruity and resiny, that cuts through the malts and syrup mouth feel.
The alcohol is pretty well hidden with a slight bite at first but forgotten at the end. Drinks easily, I'd definitely go for more of these if they were available here.

hiphopipa, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

12oz bottle poured into a cervoise-style glass
Bottled on Feb 15 2011

A-> Pours a clear copper color with about a half finger of off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a nice ring of clingy lace on the walls of the glass.

S-> Hmmm, bouquet is VERY sweet smelling. Definitely smells malt forward. Fruity esters and some very faint floral hops. (Upon warming, I get a creamy, vanilla smell also.)

T-> Let this one warm a bit in an attempt to reallly let the flavors indentify themselves. Sweet and earthy at first, with a nice hop bitterness in the middle with a slightly creamy texture with a hint of vanilla maybe? SOmewhat different.

M-> Fairly light for the style but medium bodied, pretty easy drinking, not too much carbonation.

O-> This beer caught me off guard at first. So much so that I thought my palate was out of whack. It was a very unique IPA and I'm not sure as to whether that was good or bad. It seemed well balanced at times but then it seemed malt forward at times too. Not sure about this beer, tasted almost stale at first and only being 2 months old to the day that can't be the case. Would only seek this one out again if fresh to try it again and see if it might be just me or this lone bottle.

Fluke828, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of keepersj12
4/5  rDev -2%

Looks good, smells good, is good. Nice and bitter. Lots of hops in the smell and taste. Citrus, pine and a sweetness buried in there somewhere. A very good IPA to say the least. My first from Great Divide is a winner. Give me more and more and more and more..

keepersj12, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Picked this up in Totowa because I've never had it before. I expected this to be pretty bold like the other IPA's that I've had lately but there was just something missing in this beer. Maybe it's fallen behind those that are hop bombs but there wasn't anything wrong with this and if I was given this beer without knowing what it was, I would have thought that it was a Pale Ale.

Nice copper hue to this pour with a decent head and just a bit of lacing to be seen. The nose has some pine and citrus to it but not anything overpowering or reminiscent of lemon or rind. The mouthfeel was relatively mellow and well-balanced with more malt than hops in the aftertaste because of the subtle sweetness. This didn't "burn" at all and i thought that as I worked my way through the bottle, I thought that it would eventually kick in, Alas, it didn't and for an IPA, this went down surprisingly easy.

I couldn't feel any of the alcohol in this and I was surprised that it was only 7.1% ABV when I looked at the side of the bottle. The carbonation is a bit more prevalent that I'm accustomed to for this style and this isn't as oily as a Sierra Nevada or Stone. By itself, this is a pretty good beer but since it's in a category with some giants, it's just a notch below the true Titans in the IPA category but few will go down as easily or smoothly as this.

JerzDevl2000, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of dubinsky
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Tulip.

A - Pours a dark orange color with some brown hues. A nice two finger head tops this beer with some chunky eggshell color foam that seems to stick around for a really long time. Eventually the head recedes leaving some nice lacing.

S - The smell is incredibly tropical and fruity with some great citrus and pineapple and mango aromas. No real pine or grass to speak of. Its fairly sweet smelling and im expecting some decent maltiness from this one.

T - Taste is more bitter than the nose led me to believe. It starts of bitter and finishes rather sweet. Pretty well balanced with a nice lingering hop bite.

M - Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation. The hop oils are pretty prevalent here leaving some fairly thick oily film behind on my tongue.

O - Overall this is a good beer, but in a field of some AMAZING beers, this one falls a tad short of me to consider it great. Its well put together and the flavors are all there, but its lacking the wow factor that i have come to expect from IPA's. I would definitely drink it again, and as probably will, but i would not go through a whole lot of effort to get it.

dubinsky, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of rawfish
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours clear and dark copper, nearing amber with a one finger white head with tight bubbles. retention is very good and leaves spotty lacing all over the glass.

Aroma comes through more as the beer warms. Dominant pine and medicinal herbal hops, rather floral with basil and mint. Sweetness on the back end from the caramel malts.

Pine and light wintergreen hop character, ideally balanced with the caramel malts which lays down some sweetness. Tug of war balance with the hops eventually winning out and a steady bitterness throughout the drink. Dries well with according bitterness though could finish crisper.

Medium bodied and carbonation, flows smooth and even over the plate, good bitterness and alcohol slightly noticable.

Solid IPA all around, refreshing take with a more pine and herb heavy hop profile, well balanced. Would expect nothing less from GD whose IPAs and Yeti are their bread and butter.

rawfish, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of surprenant1138
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter, yielding approzimately 1cm of white head. Fair lacing. Aroma isvery hoppy, slightly citrusy, with a hint of flowers. Mouthfeel is of a medium body. Taste is fantastic for an IPA. Thid is a contender for my favorite. Citrusy (mostly lemon), very dry, super hoppy, slightly floral. There is almost a pine-like taste there. Superb.

surprenant1138, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Buggabeer
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

A Poured into a pint glass and the head of this beer was over the glass. White and fluffly like a cloud. Beer itself was a orangish amber color.

S. Nice citrus (grapefruit) and pine smell balanced nicely with malt breadiness.

T Good beer the initial taste is very well balanced between the malt and hops and the finish is great with a nice citrus and hop bitterness that is pleasant on the taste buds. Why can't other breweries make an IPA like this instead of it tasting like a bottle cap.

M Nice carbination and a smooth taste with the right amount of bitter finish. Great feel like the feel of your honey in a silk nighty.

O Very good beer and will be picking up a case ASAP!

Buggabeer, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev -2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a conical pint glass.

A: Pours amber with an off-white head.

S: Smells of piney and citrus hops and sweetness.

T: Hops pop out here, but there is a surprising amount of malt sweetness. Not exactly a West Coast IPA, but definitely has its share of hops.

D: Alcohol is hidden and this one goes down easy. I wouldn't call it "dangerous" but it definitely sneaks up on you.

Overall: This is a nice little IPA. It provides a decent amount of hoppiness with a nice sweet backbone. It doesn't rise too far above the masses of great IPAs, but it is a tasty and reliably good brew.

JohnnyChicago, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

I figured I had better get a review in of this since GD is pulling out of Michigan. Bottled on January 11th, 2011.

Titan pours a pretty standard medium amber with a pretty orange glow to it. The head is parchment in color with some nice tightly packed bubbles. It fades away to a thin layer that hangs around on top of the liquid. Lacing is excellent.

The aroma is wonderful with plenty of grapefruit and piney hops still present even with this bottle being three months old. Some more floral orangey aromas also make their presence felt, along with a nice bready and slightly caramel tinged malt presence.

The flavor of this brew is excellently balanced with resiny pine and grapefruity hops mingle easily with a nice malt backbone. Much like in the aroma the malt is bready and slightly caramel with just a touch of toasty quality. Bitterness is significant but not over the top. I know I said it was balanced, but it is definitely leaning towards the hoppier side of a balanced IPA.

The body is medium with a pleasant mouthfeel that has good carbonation. The finish is dry and hoppy just like it should be, with some hop bitterness lingering on the palate after swallowing.

Titan IPA is drinkable and enjoyable. It is a great representation of an American IPA and one that I will miss having access to. Luckily, if I am ever missing this brew I can just throw back some Two Hearted or Huma and feel okay about the whole situation.

zoso1967, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev -2%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Willis Tower pint glass.

The color is a clear gold with a finger of foamy white head ans some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is earthy with a resiny bitter flavor that also has a floral aoma.

The taste is a bit citris flavor with nice quiet bitterness that is not overagressive. The taste is also a bit flowery and sweet with a crisp malty flavor that gives a nice edge to this beer.

The feel of this beer is medium and goes down well with a nice drinkable feel. A well balanced beer that leans both was but keeps things managable.

Duhast500, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of thebrood1987
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%

You definitely smell the herbal, piney, citrus and a tad of grapefruit from the hops mixed with the sweet malts. It also has a very nice fruity smell as well. You get a bit of the citrus hop bite and then the caramel thick rich malts come in and then leave you with a grapefruit herbal piney taste and bitterness from the hops.

The body of this beer is rich and pretty full and the malt does shine through more than other IPA's. Its almost like an Amber IPA. Not to say the hops aren't strong flavorful and bitter though. This is a great balance of a beer.

They really know what they are doing over in Great Divide. This is an excellent example of how you can still have a strong american IPA without extreme bitterness. This is a definitely a winner.

thebrood1987, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of busterthecat
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%

Bottle dated: feb 15th, 2011. poured into pint glass.

A- A nice deep orange amber. No head. light carb.

S- Smell is light but can pick out sweet oranges, a whiff of biscuity malt with a touch of pine. A light caramel sweetness.

T- Orange and piney hops. A very strong malt, that doesn't over power. Quite balanced. Malt has a slight caramel stickiness. Not overly sweet at all and really lets hops shine though in end and finish.

M- Hops tingle tongue a bit with their bitterness. Drying and a touch of resin. Medium body that lingers well.

O- A good IPA. A smooth drinker. The 7% can sneak up with how easy this goes down.

busterthecat, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

bottled: 2/16/11

A: Pours a ruby copper ale with excellent clarity. Single finger head of tight peanut foam dissipates in a minute to two. thin, but consistently sheeting lacing.

S: Pine needles, grass, soil. The hop profile here is very earthy to me. Nice movement from the citrus I have become so accustomed to of late. Caramel, munich malts come through at the back end. Maybe a hint of apricot.

T: Nice, solid malty beer with a healthy bitterness and hop presence. The beer is still piney with plenty of oily resin. Good flavor. Resonates on the palate.

M: Medium to heavy for the style with moderate carb. Good call. Feels heavy enough to slow me a down to an appropriate pace.

O: Very good, unique take on the IPA. Stong work as usual from a very solid brewery.

harrymel, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of riored4v
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

Reviewed on 3/18/11.

Poured in to a pint glass. Thin, off-white head that faded quick. Clear, amber colored body.

Smell had a nice grapefruit and piney aroma. Good maltiness with some light caramel.

Taste consisted of citrus and grapefruit hops upfront that turned to a mild, piney bitterness. Mellow, malty backbone gives enough sweetness but still lets the hops shine and be lightly bitter. Some light caramel and biscuit flavor.

Mouthfeel had a medium body, medium carb with a nice, dry finish.

Overall it was a good beer. Great balance of malt and bitterness.

riored4v, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

A- Sits clear copper/ amber with little head and no lacing. darker for an ipa..

S- nice and hoppy. slight sweetness goes with the piney scent im getting. picking up on some malt too but hops dominate.

T- VERY citrusy. obvious grapefruit and citrus up front thats sweet and bitter. wow really wasnt expecting this sweetness. slight bitter sweet lingering

M- moderate carbonation on the tongue and medium mouthfeel.

O- I like this IPA, its different. I usually tend to go for the piney taste over sweeter ones. Absoltely a good beer, but i would more than likely be reaching for something else next time.

Gushue3, Mar 31, 2011
Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,338 ratings.