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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

3,117 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,117
Reviews: 1,371
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 127
Gots: 154 | 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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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

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

P- Knickerbocker in Altoona, PA

from notes/memory.

A- a nice orange color with amber hues and very appealing. Very bright with the orange. Not much head but itcould be the bartender poured wrong.

S- Grapefruit, coriander and other citrus aromas. Hops hops and more hops.

T- the hops burst through onto the palate. grapefruit is significant and then comes some floral tastes. Quite equitable to each other.

M-a hops explosion. It feels likei bit into a grapfruit that is just overly ripe. A lil sour but good nonetheless.

D- I struggled at first but then i got my bearings about me and threw it back. A nice beer to have with appetizers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 20:20:19 | More by Dodo2step
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Schwarz04

Minnesota

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

Appearance: Light cloudy amber with orange hues. Thick creamy head that dissipates quickly. Some marginal lacing also present.

Smell: Very floral and weedy/grassy.

Taste: Very bitter, nice floral taste. obviously quite hoppy. Tastes very similar to Two Hearted Ale. A few hints of roastyness in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: Quite similar to other IPAs, a bitter semi dry aftertaste, not too sticky though...

Drinkability: Pretty darn good, however I think the bitterness would get to me after 3 or 4...

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 02:06:57 | More by Schwarz04
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praufs01

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Hazy amber with a big fluffy off-white head.

Aroma - Light tangerine aroma with some floral hop notes in the background.

Mouthfeel - Smooth medium bodied ale that is silky and creamy on the palate.

Taste - Light tangerine flavor on a nice caramel backbone that smoothes out then finishes with a slightly bitter orange zest flavor.

Overall - Holy crap what a great ale!!! This is without a doubt one of the best American India Pale Ales I've ever had. I knew I liked Denver, Colorado for a reason ; )

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 00:11:28 | More by praufs01
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dakid618

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep amber color with two fingers of fluffy off-white head with excellent retention and thick gobs of lacing. Smell is of citrus hops. Taste is a perfect blend of malts and hops. Citrusy and piney with subtle biscuit undertones. I am very impressed with this IPA. Light mouthfeel and not very dry for all the hop character it has. I could definitely session this beer it is very drinkable. Quite possibly one of the best IPA's I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 04:25:32 | More by dakid618
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willjschmidt

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Bright orange color with a nice sized white head.

S: Citrus and pine, just what you'd like to smell in an IPA.

T: Lots of hops with a big juicy bite. I'm not sure of the hop profile used in this beer, but it's quite a bit different than anything I've ever tasted. Floral notes as well with a bitter finish.

M: A bit oily and resinous, smooth and medium bodied.

D: A very good IPA, definitely worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 01:47:51 | More by willjschmidt
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bowersdm

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - orange color, 1 cm of stiff whitish head. Nice lacing.

S - floral and citrusy hop notes

T - floral and citrus hop notes with a touch of malt sweetness, but it's mainly hops throughout. It seemed one dimensional.

M - nice crispness to the beer

D - easy drinking beer, more malt flavor would have been nice, but I'm more of a barleywine person than an IPA guy.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 09:18:06 | More by bowersdm
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dhilltop2000

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter rusty-orange color. The foam caps the brew nicely with a fairly thick top layer and a high sudsy layer. Once everything settles down a cookie,doughy, yeasty aroma is noted along with the typical IPA nose. Tastes is surprisingly full for the aroma and goes down well.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 00:44:35 | More by dhilltop2000
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peabody

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really clear weak ice tea color with two fingers of off-white suds. Decent lacing around the tulip glass.
Smell is kind of soapy with just a hint of piney hops.Slight caramel sweetness detected also.
Taste is a little washy at first but the dark hops come out in the aftertaste. Not much sugar. Nice bitter mouthfeel and your mouth dries out quickly.
Probably a better drinking beer but I really like the mouthfeel on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 20:58:14 | More by peabody
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mirish72

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised by how tasty this beer was. I had seen it on the shelves for months and never thought to try it out, and honestly only picked up a six because I wanted to try something new and didn't want to get the same old same old.

I opened it up and was surprised by the strong hoppy aroma. Pours well and was a little darker than I would have though, almost looks like a double IPA. I poured into a red wine goblet and allowed it to settle before trying a sip.

The hops come through but it doesn't have an overpowering taste ans it is very drinkable. I will say that as good as this was, I am bummed I didn't grab the double IPA, because it must be amazing.

This makes me happy to go to Colorado on business later this month.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 02:54:00 | More by mirish72
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AChamberlain

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really love this beer. Honey, amber color, with an barely offwhite soft foamy head. Lacing hanging all around. Citrusy, resiny, hop goodness in the nose. The flavor keeps kicking my ass. Perfect. It's hard not to gulp. This is a beer you don't want to end. Smooth, medium bodied. Crisp and refreshing. One of the best IPAs available.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 02:15:32 | More by AChamberlain
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jjazz

South Dakota

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit more color than most IPAs I've had. A deep gold, slightly orange. Head is about average. Retention could be a bit better. Lots of flaky yeast sediment.

Aroma is very nice, with some definite sweet malty notes, and, of course, hops. A bit of yeast on the nose as well.

The flavor is excellent, with a bit more balancing sweetness than many IPAs. Herbal and citric hops dominate, with honey and spice lurking in the background. Lime juice.

The bitterness / sweetness balance is just perfect. Not as much one dimensional bitterness as many, but plenty of piney hops.

Carbonation is just right, and the full bodied mouthfeel is great.

Bitterness dominates the long finish.

I really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 02:18:41 | More by jjazz
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optiontwo

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. poured into broad mouth glass

Appearance: A nice semi-clear orange/copper color pours into the glass and sits with a quarter inch head with decent lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops jump out but quickly followed by sweet, almost candy smelling, malts. A slight earthiness backs up the sweetness.

Taste: Hops are in the forefront but the sweetness gives this IPA a different taste than most others. The grapefruit and pine are there but accompanied by other fruits such as apple and banana. All this combined with the earthy background that the smell promised makes for a very unique taste. Hop bitterness finishes it all off and makes me want another sip.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than I would expect, not quite as crisp as some IPA's, feels good going down. For some reason, even though this is 6.8% ABV I feel like the alcohol is highly detectable.

Drinkability: I probably wouldn't go through a whole six pack in a night but it is flavorful enough to drink a few in a row.

Overall: Interesing IPA from Great Divide. I really enjoy some of there products, such as Yeti imperial stout, but I think I would only buy this IPA if I was in a certain mood. I don't know what kind of hops they use but that might have something to do with it, also the sweetness. All in all though, a solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 20:36:17 | More by optiontwo
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nycbeerfreak

New York

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. I could swear I see a green tint from the hops in the creamy , rocky tan head that would not go away ! Great lacing.

S. Classic hops. Good piney, citrusy hops.

T. Big hops up front, malt backbone with a finish of big hops that last !

M. Very Smooth with a great hops taste.

D. This is definitely my favorite IPA so far, and I have had all the big boys !!

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2009 04:10:27 | More by nycbeerfreak
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a nice label explaining the specifics of the beer.

Appearance: Nice dark gold beer with low carbonation and nice lasting/foamy ivory head.

Smell: Sharp, simple piney and citrusy hops

Taste: Nice woodsy/piney hops up front, balanced very nicely by a light caramel/salty toffee presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and a bit slick

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: This is a very tasty IPA with good drinkability; it's almost sessionable but for the abv%...it's nothing special in that the flavors aren't remarkably complex, but it's perfectly-balanced and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 04:53:49 | More by BedetheVenerable
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malcontent

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm looking at this attractive light amber beer capped by a generous snow-white head but I'm getting hit with the hops from a foot away! Let's move on.

Hops jump out right away with a pine and pumelo one-two punch and a fresh, "green" scent, as if freshly picked. As skillfully presented as the hops are, the malt is what gets me. Earthy and slightly sweet, it provides a solid foundation from which the main ingredient builds upon. Impressive.

Pungent, pine flavor permeates the palate with the aforementioned sweet malt kiss to finish. Bitterness is really ratcheted up on the back end and lingers into a surprisingly buiscuit-y aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is staggering for something this heavily hopped; light, spritzy and not at all sticky from the hop resin. Since the hops are so bitter and don't trend towards the sometimes building cloying nature of citrusy varietals, this is an IPA that makes for a great sessionable beer if you're in the mood. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 00:50:31 | More by malcontent
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/20/2006 (750mL bottle):

Pours a big foamy head, big bubbles, slightly off-white. Appearance of semi-cloudy amber red-brown color. Moderately weak aroma of hops. Hoppy piney dry taste, bitter to start, but sort of mellows out, slight malty taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 06:12:57 | More by jujubeast6000
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

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

Pours a golden amber in color with about a finger of off white head that exhibits decent retention. Aroma is pretty good. Lots of piney/resiny/citrus hops with a nice malty sweetness. Taste is pretty good with solid piney/resiny/citrus hop flavors. Solidly bitter but not overwhelmingly so. A bit of malt sweetness cuts through the hops and provides a bit of balance. Good mouthfeel with medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is quite good. Fairly well balanced (although this particular bottle may not be the freshest example). Overall, easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 02:52:34 | More by mnj21655
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased a 12 oz bottle as part of a Make Your Own 6 Pack at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Poured a lovely orange with a big, thick, foamy white head. I always love it when the head peaks out a little bit over the lip of the glass. Smelled a good bit of citrus, like some pineapple/orange/grapefruit/tangerine and some pine. The taste matched the smell. Some soft bitterness. Nothing overwhelming, and unbelievably smooth considering the bitterness. Fantastic balance, very smooth, easy to drink. This is a phenomenal beer. This bottle was my first, and absolutely won't be my last.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 01:09:31 | More by Gyle41386
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic. Bottled on 11/04/08.

Ultra thick three finger khaki head that settles to a thick bubbly cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Very aromatic hop aromas. A little bit of citrus and some herbal notes. The malts add a little bit of a bready background.

The first flavor that came to mind with the first sip was pineapple. Some of that very sweet, citrusy, yet tart fruit flavor that I love in my IPAs. The malts are very subtle behind the hops, giving a slight toasty flavor. Full bodied.

A very sold IPA, always been one of my favorites, even as one of the first IPAs I tried. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 03:26:48 | More by BeerSox
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OldYoda

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up during Chirstmas week at our beer exchange. Bottle says it was born third week of April? Poured into my Troeg's standard pint glass and got zero head and no residual lacing at all. The color is fairly standard for the style - a cloudy orange brown. I really think this beer was way best it's best date.

Smell was some citrus and bread with a whiff of hops.

Taste was ok but again nothing special.

Mouthfeel was decent but a little thin.

Drinkability at this ABV is just fair.

From other BA reiviews I expected much more from this brew. I'd like to get a fresh bottle and give it a second chance, but barring that, I would say this is a less than sterling example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 02:35:29 | More by OldYoda
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the better IPA's I've had.

This combines a biscuit like malt backbone with juicy flavorful hops.

On the aroma there is a lot of citrus and pine and even some grassy notes....but what makes it even more special is the nice biscuit like malt notes that are evident as well.

The taste is close to the aroma....the hops lead the way with fresh squeezed oranges, and tangerines...pine notes are there too (subtle enough though)...but again it is the tasty biscuity maltiness that blends in and makes this special.

Medium bodied...finishes dry....has some "good" bitterness on the finish but the hops in general add a flavorful element.

If I had to guess I'd pick Amarillo or Simcoe or both as hops in this one but again to me the reason this beer works is two-fold....#1-Those wonderful hops that exhibit a juicy, flavorful and somewhat bitter feel and #2-the biscuity malt backbone that blends perfectly.

If I had this near me I would but this a lot....a lot...

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 04:11:40 | More by ZAP
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umtox

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Your take on this beer, even more so than most, will be highly dependent on personal taste. You need to be a true hophead to truly appreciate this beer. It is one of the bitterest beers I have tasted. The bitterness is sustained from the first sip to the last aftertaste. If you are looking for a potent IPA, then this is for you. However, if you are looking for some balance out of an IPA, then look elsewhere-the malt does not stand a chance here.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 14:44:30 | More by umtox
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/20/08. Bottle courtesy of sloth. Pours a clear orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of bitter piney and citrusy hops. Flavor of a hint of pine, but mostly citrusy. A little on the bitter side but still quite tasty and drinkable.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 17:57:17 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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bifrostguard

California

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

A - Clear copper in color with a nice off white head leaving a good amount of lacing.

S - Hops. Pine, floral and citrus with a maltly aroma in the background.

T - Delicious. Juicy piney hops with a mild citrus undertone and a secondary malt sweetness that is overshadowed by the bitterness. A good balance, but I do like imbalanced IPAs best.

M - Medium bodied and smooth.

D - Very easy drinking. I would definitely be willing to stick with this one for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 06:21:59 | More by bifrostguard
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roan22

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a case of Titan IPA [with the new package design] at the Beeryard yesterday for Christmas.

This beer is becoming scarce in SEPA..everyone loves it and fresh cases are snatched up fast around here.

Anyway it pours a clear gold/orange..typical to style, with fresh spongy foam and incredible lacing. Aroma is of piney hops, canned pineapple, peach and melon.

Taste is slow to unfold. First we have notes of: oily hop resin, booziness, a maltiness [more rich than most IPA's, but certainly not Hopdevil-rich], then a drying on the tongue forms a semi long lasting bitterness, which is good..but then there is this unfortunate twinge of metallic canned pineapple/sour grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Tiny bit of harshness associated with this case of Titan, even sourness, something I don't previously remember experiencing when I had this before on tap [many times]. I also do not remember this taste existing in the previous case I purchased, which was about 4 months ago.

I am not going to rate this beer down due to one instance of inconsistency [either on Great Divide's behalf, or more likely due to my palate's memory being off lol] but I will be more wary of Titan from this point forward. Its still a great IPA from an outstanding brewery..one of my faves. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 02:31:57 | More by roan22
Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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