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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

3,422 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,422
Reviews: 1,382
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 147
Gots: 242 | 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 DavidST
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

DavidST, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerAmbassador, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Dan3279
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Dan3279, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

nickfl, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of DAllspaw
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DAllspaw, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

richkrull, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of mattjv
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mattjv, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sensaray, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

doughanson78, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of hmph
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

hmph, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

BeerLover99, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Cozzatoad, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Thehuntmaster, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Noxious26
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Noxious26, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of biteme398
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finger and a half of head. Color is amber, perhaps a shade darker than a typical IPA. Smell is strongly of pine and citrus, very pleasant. Taste is of hops, from the front to the back. A spiciness noticeable up front. There is a smoothness underneath the hop facade, that creates a bit of balance. But balance is not what the intention was and the hops provide the majority of flavor. Decent complexities in taste. Overall a good beer that doesn't hold back its hoppiness. A fairly strong IPA that will be disappearing in my area for now.

biteme398, May 31, 2011
Photo of scootpolute
2.25/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mellow start with a sharp hops aftertaste. At ‘Mid-way’ not so impressed…’kinda’ boring…The hops are dieing off,not as fresh as I was hoping, maybe that's why it’s from CO (compared with the 'in-your-face' fresh hops from the NW)? Bottom line, Boring+Bumbed I got a 6-pk :~(

scootpolute, May 30, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this IPA pours out as a nice clean looking dark yellow color, the head leaves a decent lacing, the smell has a nice hoppy aroma with a faint amount of malts in there. Some citrus as well. The taste has a decent hop bitterness with a good mouthfeel. Overall this ipa would be good for someone who wants to get into this style.

Knapp85, May 30, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a beautiful golden bronze color with a perfect 2 finger head. Excellent lacing, average carbonation. Orange flashes in the glass when held up to the light. Slightly cloudy beer, and fairly stunning to look at.

S- Grapefruit, hops, caramel, malt- very sweet smelling.

T- Completely different than the nose. Hops prevail here, very earthy tasting. Malt and caramel barely noticeable in the background, and I don't taste any fruit at all. Somewhat bitter, although not too much so. No alcohol detected whatsoever.

M- Definitely hop oriented, but I'm missing something here. It seems a little too one dimensional to me. Almost.... flat. Not complex at all. This is a solid IPA, but definitely not among my favorites.

O- Solid IPA, but definitely not amongst my favorites. It's very dry, earthy, and just lacks the complexity that I like in my IPA's. It's worth a pick up, and hop heads will probably like it, but I probably won't search for this one.

jayhawk73, May 18, 2011
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on Mar 16 2011.

Appearance: Deep amber with a thinner white head that recedes rather quickly.

Smell: Fantastic smell of piney hops. Rich aroma promises a great tasting IPA.

Taste: Not to be outdone by the aroma, a fantastic citrusy hop flavor. A bit maltier than many IPAs, I notice a faint caramel aftertaste. Slight alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thinner mouthfeel than many IPAs, still smooth. Slight carbonation.

Overall: A great IPA from Great Divide. I loved Hercules the first time I tried it and I like Titan as well.

JednoPivoProsim, May 16, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep orange, gold, good clarity, some white head, no lacing

S: deep resinous pine hops, nice and aromatic, some caramel sneaks in as well along with some notes of toasty bread

T: bitter hops to start, earthy and piney, big malty character with bread and toffee, nice balance

Mf: medium to high carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O: nice piney hop and earthy character, nice malt profile that balances things out nicely

homebrew311, May 15, 2011
Photo of Amalak
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A. It has a copper color and is semi-opaque. There are some bubbles and has some head with limited lacing.
S. Beautiful floral and hoppy scent.
T. That is sensational. It has a wonderful caramel sweet scent. There is a mild floralness to it mixed with some balanced bitter hops. Has a nice nutty finish to it. That is a perfectly balanced beer.
M. Mild tingle. Refreshing.
D. The balance makes this so easy to drink. Whereas some IPAs are a bit harsh with the hop after a while, this is a perfect combination.

Amalak, May 15, 2011
Photo of soughtbygod
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a beautiful honey/copper hue with a 1-inch cream colored head. Head retention died off after awhile, but the beer still seemed to hold a quarter inch head throughout the entire drinking session. The only true knock on the appearance was the lack of lacing.

S: The initial smell is nice and hoppy, but not in a "knock you over" way. I was kind of anticipating a hop bomb I guess, but instead, got a lot sweet malt character out of the aroma. Some diectyl was detectable as well.

T: Hop sweetness...malt sweetness...basically, a super sweet tasting brew with a nice touch of hop bitterness. A little too sweet, brown sugary in fact for a DIPA.

M: Medium to light body brew that had some oily/creamy like characteristics.

D: Smell and taste wise...the beer is okay, but I detected little alcohol and found this beer quite pleasing to drink.

Overall: Probably one of Tustin's better beers and worth a try if you ever decide to go there. Cheers!

soughtbygod, May 15, 2011
Photo of Aircow86
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A vigorous pour produces 1.5 fingers of head that fights a long time to stay atop the beer, great holding power. A clear (almost looks filtered) orange color. Lacing down the glass is thick.

Smell: Strong citrus hop aromas, lots of grapefruit. A little malt detectable in the background, not too much though. Hop aromas are sweet and powerful.

Taste: The hops do not disappoint. I don't know the hop bill but I would suspect some American c-hops are at play here. A soft bready aftertaste from the malt, very nice balance for my liking.

Mouthfeel: More carbonated than average. A nice thickness in the mouthfeel but I wish it had left a thicker hoppy coating in my mouth, disappears quickly.

Overall: This is a delicious beer. Try as I might, I have trouble finding very many faults. Clearly deserves a place in the upper echelon of American IPAs.

Aircow86, May 12, 2011
Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,422 ratings.