Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.45/5 rDev -15.4%
Picked up a 12oz single for $1.95 at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT. Bottled on Jun 21 2010, so about 3 months old at this point. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.
Semi-hazy golden brew generates a stable inch of light tan foam from a moderate pour. Some little yeasty particles are seen floating about and the head leaves generous lace. Smell has a nice background of semi-sweet and starchy malts. I think I smell a little wintergreen and tannins in there, but not much (any) hop. The taste has a good dose of soft pine and grapefruit hop on a pretty sweet honey backbone. Mouthfeel is moderately thick with a sugary viscosity. Finishes with lingering hop and slick sweetness.
Decent IPA, but too sweet.
09-23-2010 23:07:49 | More by BeerNinja007
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle bears a "bottled on June 10, 2010" date, so this is three months old. Pours a honey gold color with a creamy ivory colored head. Fairly active carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Nice head retention down the sides as the head reduces.
Floral citrus hops dominate the smell. Not much else going on, though.
Taste is fairly hoppy, with spicy hops nipping at the top and sides of the tongue. Some honey malt hits mid-tongue. Ends mildly bitter. Bitterness increases nicely as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel is relatively creamy, with a fair amount of hop spice on the tongue.
Very drinkable, if it weren't a 7% alcohol beer, I'd call is a session beer. Titan has long been one of my favorite IPA's. On par, if not better than DFH's 60 Minute, though not as good as Bell's Two-Hearted.
09-14-2010 01:07:19 | More by TheHoppiest
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
A-deep copper color, solid head, good retention, fair carbonation, decent lacing
S-some hops, piney, sort of fruity (apricots or maybe apples?)
T-bitter, makes way for the same fruit indicated in the smell, this time comes across as unripe fruit, really complex hop flavors, several layers of bitter
M-pretty clean, bitterness lingers for a bit on the tongue but dissipates quickly, i expected it to feel stickier
D- quite drinkable, definitely tipping the scales towards hops, I barely detect predominant malt flavors
09-11-2010 05:53:41 | More by culver501
4.72/5 rDev +15.7%
A: Bright copper with burnt orange hues. Frothy off white head with good retention and lacing.
S: Piny hops and lots of them over a toasted malt base. There is also an orange blossom hint.
T: The malt taste is fantastic. Toasty taste beat up by loads of floral and spicy hops. Great balance, exceptionally good.
M: Very smooth up front, prickly in the middle, dry in the finish. Great transitions through some very interesting feels.
O: Fantastic, I'll have another!
09-10-2010 01:18:34 | More by bundy462
District of Columbia
4.65/5 rDev +14%
Nice clear amber color, with a shallow white/off-white head that dissipated quickly in a pint glass. Sticky caramel aromas, mixed with some subtle hints of citrus and hops. A beautifully balanced IPA, with an initial hit of sweet toffee and caramel flavors followed immediately by bracing hops and grapefruit that cling to your teeth. With the perfect amount of carbonation to provide some vibrancy and mouthfeel, this is a delicious and very drinkable IPA.
09-09-2010 00:33:25 | More by malloyca
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
Attractive amber hue with a white-ish head.
Aromas of herbal hops and a pronounced wort sweetness. The two combine to form a sort of lemon lollipop smell.
Lots of sweet worty malts in the flavor with herbal, lemony hop bitterness. A little alcohol on the back end.
medium-full body with the hop bitterness edging out the sweet malts in the balance.
I'd be interested to try a fresh draft at their brewery - I think it might be better than what I'm perceiving here. Not bad.
09-07-2010 04:24:27 | More by dedrinker
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured into a tall thin glass. Best before date clearly marked on bottle.
A: Slightly hazy bright orange under a half finger of white sticky head. Nothing here to set it apart.
S: Resiny hops all the way, with evergreen and some citrus taking the lead. Some crisper more bitter hops can be found along with a malty base upon closer inspection.
T: Less floral and pine/evergreen in the flavor than the nose, and more bitter hops. Some nice sticky flavors arrive in the middle, and along with some low-lying malt (exactly where it should be) take the flavor all the way to the long sweet and bitter aftertaste.
M: Body is medium, carbonation is good, but the whole mouthfeel could be a bit smoother. This is good, but I think it could feel smoother with more hop oils.
D: Very good drinkability for an American IPA.
Conclusion: This beer receives lots of praise from other BA's, and it is deserving I think. At first I was disappointed with the overall flavor, but as it warmed and I drank down a bit farther in the glass... the beauty of this IPA began to shine. Strong work on the part of Great Divide.
09-05-2010 23:43:12 | More by allforbetterbeer
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
The beer is foggy orange with a good off-white head leaving lacing.
The smell has honey and fruits, grape-fruit and lemon, floral notes, wet grass and pine needles.
The taste is upfront sweet, honey, then citric, grape-fruity, notes and a good balancing aromatic bitterness.
Low carbonation, soft and a bit oily, a warm finish.
A good balanced IPA, better than the bottle I've sampled previously.
09-04-2010 18:52:35 | More by rarbring
4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
Appearance: Pours a murky orange body with a thick foamy long-lasting off-white head
Smell: A lot of citrus with some stealth hops that are waiting to pounce on your taste buds
Taste: A strong hit of hops that is balanced superbly with citrus and sweet maltiness
Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a nice crisp edge from the hops
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Looks and smells like should be heavier but has a wonderful balance of hops and malt.
08-30-2010 03:54:43 | More by frognot
3.48/5 rDev -14.7%
A Amber in color, not clear, thick head to start and it lasted most of the glass. 4
S Smells like melon, some fruity character. There is a little citrusy hop aroma. 3
T This is where the hops shine, definently more hop flavor than hop smell. Some alcohol sweetness with alot of astringency in the finish. 3.5
M Medium body, high carbonation. 4
D This is a good IPA and worthy of trying, but with so many IPA choices this is just not one that I am likely to try too many times. This IPA is not high in floral aromas, but is high in astringency. Better than the majority of beers on the market, but average for IPAs. 3.5
08-29-2010 23:24:28 | More by boss302
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.
A: A promising, frothy head rests atop a translucent, bubbly brew the colour of light, dull copper. Chunks of sediment float through the beer, the unexpected result of a semi-vigorous pour. Very pretty, very thick lacing.
S: The label claims the Titan is "assertive" and "aromatic"; aromatic mayhap, but not assertive. A sourish smell of vegetation is masked by mild citrus and trace hops.
T: Good! But the label is very misleading. This beer is NOT an "aggressively hopped IPA brewed for hop disciples," but rather much more balanced. Crisp, with a main taste of piney hops amidst a strong, smooth maltiness. The aftertaste is mildly bitter, lightly drying, but overall balanced and round.
M: Very nice. Carbonation prepares the tongue for a malty-hoppy main taste which provokes a nice tingly-smooth sensation throughout the mouth.
D: A very good IPA, but not particularly memorable. All the same, it is very, very drinkable. I was shocked to see this beer was 7.1%! Balanced and, though it is more bitter than not, this beer will appeal to non-hopheads.
08-23-2010 23:33:54 | More by AgentMunky
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured a rich amber with an inch of quick receding fluffy head. Slightly sweet caramel aroma with just a hint of citrus.
Moderate carbonation and a relatively light mouthfeel. As with the aroma, caramel sweetness dominates the flavor, followed by some biscuit, lemon, and pine. Just a bit of tartness on the finish. Tasty and light, though the balance is a little skewed to the sweeter side at the expense of some hoppy IPA flavor.
08-23-2010 03:46:08 | More by grittybrews
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Serving type - bottle
Appearance - golden, light tan, slight amber
Smell - Citrus, hops, grapefruit and malt
Taste - Standard citrus piney ipa flavor, mild and smooth. A slight hopbite. The grapefruit flavor is present. Sugar and alcohol blend in flawlessly. Nice ipa.
Mouthfeel - This ipa coats my palette nice, doesnt destroy it. Alcohol is hidden well so it doesnt numb my tounge. A pleasent drink
Drinkabilty - I would drink this beer again but, the only problem is, Im a hophead, and this beer isnt hop heavy. I drink this beer thinking about stones ipa, or even going to a double ipa. This beer is a gateway ipa to me. Theres no way id buy this over commadore perry , stone ipa or hoprod. Its real good, a great entry beer for a rookie hop drinker.
08-22-2010 06:33:42 | More by wvsabbath
3.7/5 rDev -9.3%
Well waddya know? A burnt amber color for an IPA. Who'da thunk it? Head is kinda small but it leaves excellent lacing.
Smells decent enough. Hops aren't the first thing that hits you. That's reserved for the caramel malt. Hops are second fiddle on the nose.
And in the taste too. A bready caramel maltiness is the first thing you get. It's pretty smooth and it fades into a lingering bitterness at the back end. The taste is kinda muted and bland. What's all the hype about?
Feels good on the tongue. Resinous and a little sticky.
You definitely won't suffer palate fatigue on this one so you could drink a lot of it. You'd get bored, though, so the question is would you want to drink a lot of it?
08-21-2010 14:54:39 | More by livewire78
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
A- A dirty dark orange color, the first words that popped in my head were "pickled amber". Huh. Something just isn't right about the color, sort of cartoonish. A sticky head forms neatly on top, slowly fading to a patchy, bubbly 1/4 finger ring. Big bubbles of carbonation add to it's over-the-top looks. Reminds me of Krusty the Klown's seltzer, which ain't free you know.
S- Huge quantities of hops in the nose, exploding with aroma; sweet citrus and bitter honey. Seems a little less complex, mostly two majors aromas, fruit and honey.
T- Hops, hops and then a little more hops on top of a lot of HOPS. Though consistent with Great Divide's tagline, this is a surprisingly balanced beer; there is a great undercurrent of honey malt sweetness in here. The balance saves the brew. Without it, my pour palette would be facing a Husqvarna buzz-saw attack of numbing hops.
M- Medium light, the sweet malts add a good amount of the body. Lively, but not fizzy. Light bodied, but not thin. Textured, but smooth. Must give high point here.
D- Surprisingly, pretty good. While not too complex, it did keep me interested thanks to the interplay of ingredients. Certainly a strong beer, it still makes every sip enjoyable and not a chore like some. Much better than I expected. Curse my negative attitude!
08-21-2010 06:07:02 | More by SamN
3.25/5 rDev -20.3%
Poured 12oz into a pint glass
A- Nice amber color. Hazy pour. Not much head, but lots of lacing sticking to the glass.
S- Hoppy aroma. Pine mixed with a grapefruit maybe. Malt undertones to it.
T- Not your typical IPA. More sweetness to it from the malts. Bready malts come through more than the pine hops. Slight bitterness in the middle gives way to the sweetness. Expected more hops rather than malts.
M- Medium body. Small carbonation. Dryer finish.
D- Not quite what I was expecting from an IPA. The balance was good though. Enough hops to keep the malts in check, but still more sweet. I typically like more hop bitterness to my IPA's so I probably won't be picking up another one of these.
08-19-2010 03:26:31 | More by HosP
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured a golden orange. Large four finger head in my tall pilsner glass. Nice lacing which lasted for the duration of this beer. Nice hop aroma. citrus. Piney. Well balanced malt/ bitterness/ sweetness. This is very easy to drink. I really like this one!
08-17-2010 23:21:05 | More by stonelis
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
12 oz. bottle to a pint.
Nice hazy orange color with thin head lacing.
Smells of piney Cascade hops. Very American hop aroma but not overpowering. Some slight malt notes in there as well, sort of buscuity.
Has a nice smooth buscuit malt flavor as it smells followed by a citrussy piney flavor and a sharp bite at the end. Classic IPA flavor, smell, with exceptional balance.
Nice carbonation and smooth mouthfeel.
08-17-2010 02:10:32 | More by tchenery
4/5 rDev -2%
It pours a wonderful hazy golden/straw hue with one finger of tight, creamy head. As it recedes it leaves some lacing on the glass.
The aroma (while still cold) is sweet bready and biscuity malts with light citrus and grassy hops. After letting it warm a bit... Still a fairly mild hop aroma, nothing bad about it just quite mellow and grassy, not much floral or "fresh hop" smells.
Taste is well balanced, quite malty for an IPA though not overly sweet, it has a nice bicsuity/grainy element to it. It begins with smooth malt flavors and transitions into a clean and very palatable hop bitterness that in no way overpowers the maltiness. The finish is some sweet malt remnants with a balancing bitterness and a nice hint of floral.
Mouthfeel is medium with a bit bellow average carbonation.
Overall this is a very drinkable IPA and I enjoyed drinking it but the hop aromas and flavors are a bit mellow/underwhelming for me.
08-15-2010 05:42:52 | More by trevorjn06
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
a wonderful nose bursting from the nice off white head. nose of citrus perfection that blends into something quite nice. smooth and malt walnut sweet with a bitter note that blends well with the distinct bitter of the centennial hopping. not soapy but black pepper clean. fantastic with curry. hints of pineapple candy that doesn't feel falsely sweetened.
08-15-2010 03:32:00 | More by rtepiak
4.65/5 rDev +14%
Excellent balance for a big-hops beer. Just what you want if you like hoppy ale without making an undrinkable science experiment out of it. Balanced and tasty, much more so than other hop experiments I've tried. The Titan name makes it daunting, but I'd happily have a session of these. Big fan of Great Divide in general. Love their Hoss.
08-14-2010 21:32:51 | More by beersnoop
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
A: The beer poured hazy light golden amber in color with a thin white head that slowly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose with some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell with a mild amount of bitterness from the hops and also has a fair amount of malty sweetness with notes of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. There is a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink because of the good balance between bitterness and sweetness.
08-14-2010 16:09:11 | More by metter98
United Kingdom (England)
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Bottle Feb 2010 drank Aug 2010 in small tulip.
Look: Nice orange colour with white head. Nice lacing. Half a point taken off for a lot of chunky sediment which I don't want to see in my IPA.
Smell: Piney hops mainly. Not bad but would like everything to be turned up a little bit.
Taste: Again with the piney hops but definitely a citrus edge in there. Grapefruit I would say. Balances the sharpness well with the sweet flavour of the malts. Enjoyable but again would just like a little more.
Mouthfeel: Standard for the style. A little more carbonation would be nice.
Drinkability: Excellent. Could knock these back all night.
Overall this is a solid IPA but I would like it to have a bit more bite. Back to checking dates (or moving to the US) for me.
08-13-2010 19:32:59 | More by SilverFoxxy
4.53/5 rDev +11%
On-tap at Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta.
Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of bright citrus hops backed by pale malt aromas. Also present are hints of floral and tropical fruit hops but the citrus aromas stop just short of overpowering them. As it warms the hop aromas turn slightly toward the pine side of things but remain skewed toward citrus.
Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderate pale malt flavors kick things off and are quickly overtaken by loads of citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the citrus flavors fade just a bit and make room for hints of tropical fruit and pine hop flavors. Both variations carry through to a moderately bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have another.
Overall I'm glad that I revisited this beer - it really is a fine example of the style and doesn't get enough credit. Well worth a shot.
08-11-2010 01:14:30 | More by glid02
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
appearance: Nice orange bronze color with white creamy head and lacing.
smell: piney floral hops. This one was bottled in Feb. so I'm guessing it's subdued. Should have checked that before picking up a six. Still a nice hoppy nose.
taste: More of the same. Good taste but I'm thinking I should gotten a fresher batch.
drinkability: Goes down pretty smooth.
Need to pick up a fresher batch and revisit.
08-07-2010 23:34:32 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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