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Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,520 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,520
Reviews: 1,383
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 149
Gots: 272 | 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 RuudJH
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is golden to orange, hardly any carbonation on this sample, but a good head on it.

Smell is very fresh. Hops, pine, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, apricot.
Taste is bitterness with a bite. The hops are dominant.
Mouthfeel is medium: it doesn't have too much alcohol in it. Taste doesn't linger very long either.

Overall it's great stuff.

RuudJH, May 06, 2010
Photo of ThirstyFellow
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of the bottle into a standard pint glass

a- Light gold with an amber accent just below the head. Heavy head presence which slowly dissipates leaving significant foam along glass

s- Strong piny aroma

t- Full hops presence from initial take-in and stays throughout the sip. Slight citrus hops on the finish show west coast influence. Very clean finish.

m- Very full and frothy. Slight oily texture.

d- Can go the distance on a pack on a warm night, a very enjoyable IPA.

In all, certainly a favorite of IPA's.

ThirstyFellow, May 06, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overdue review from a few nights ago.

The color is a very bright, clear but strong coppery orange. A just off-white head is a fat 2 to 3 fingers and extremely dense. This one leaves plenty of patchy lacing clinging to the glass in its wake.
Hops are all over this one, making for a delightful fresh, raw, pungent bouquet that manages a great balance from a caramel malt presence. Pine resin, mildly sweet, earthy and floral are all aromatic notes in this one. Very nice.
The taste is to par and it's fantastic. It's like someone squeezed juice right out of a barrel of hops cones into the glass, not forgetting the nice balance of flavors attributed to the sweet malt. This one is quite complex and delicious.
This one's really nailed the creamy smoothness. This is like silk, with just a little pop from the carbonation. A rich medium to full body is to style.
There's lots of drinkability with a fairly high but not extremely high ABV. Any IPA lover will want to drink lots of these in a sitting.

Brenden, May 05, 2010
Photo of snogglethorpe
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pretty decent American IPA; it reminds me a bit of Anchor Liberty Ale. The immediate taste is mostly bitter, not unpleasant. There's little of the grapefruit/citrus hop taste typically associated with American IPAs, but there is more subtle hoppy herbal flavor. The best part of it is the mouthfeel, which is thick and oily, something you can chew on, and there's a delicious lingering aftertaste that seems to last forever; it seemed like 30 minutes after I finished drinking this beer, I could still taste it.

I wasn't really too impressed when I first took a sip, but afterwards I found myself thinking about it, wishing I could have just a bit more...

snogglethorpe, May 05, 2010
Photo of BeerSquid
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Smooth looking, lovely translucent orange colour. Light amount of head.

S- VERY strong aromas of pine, and juniper. The strong hops are extremely evident. The bitterness punches the nose begging to be consumed.

T- Great pine taste! Nice and dry. Spectacular balance of the hops with other flavours. The hops carry a good bite, but it's not overpowering to the other tastes in the brew.

M- Fantastic! Light, and in no real way overbearing. It sits nicely on the palate and leaves a pinch of hops on the tongue.

D- Highly drinkable. If I had more, i would with out a doubt be having more of his great beer.

Cheers.

BeerSquid, May 05, 2010
Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Near orange hue; small head but good retention; lacing is great

S: Strong grapefruit and other citrus--like lemon peel; there is also a sweet malty undertone

T: Sweet and hoppy; bitterness is pleasant and the grapefruit/citrus quality is definately present but there is a sweetness that dominates--perhaps a bit too much; I'm sure it comes from the relatively high alcohol percentage but I just wish it was a bit better balanced

F: Good mouth feel and balance

D: The sweetness is a bit wearing but the alcohol is well masked; this is a good IPA but perhaps it is a bit much to have too much of, which isn't so bad anyway.

dbossman, May 04, 2010
Photo of Yeastcakes
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Smooth piney, resiny hop aroma with some orange, grapefruit in the background.
A - nice half-inch of medium sized bubble white head. Slowly dissipates to a quarter inch of head. Fairly clear orange-amber color (just a hint of haze).
M-medium to full body with medium-high carbonation. Some slickness in the middle of the tongue.
T-Full piney hops from the aroma with a solid bready malt backing the gives some sweetness in the middle of the tongue. Some lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth.
D-About average as far as IPA drinkability goes. Maltiness makes each taste good but the bitterness that lingers would probably cut me off at a pint.

Yeastcakes, May 04, 2010
Photo of david18
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a draft of this at Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West Side. I'm a big fan of IPA's and am also a big fan of the Amsterdam Ale House but I found this beer to be a little lacking in what I expect in an IPA.

It had a good look. Perfect light copper color, good carbonation but the aroma and flavor were a little subdued. In the same way that many east coast IPA's are more like West Coast Pales, this beer is nice a drinkable but no real surprises.

david18, May 02, 2010
Photo of Jesstyr
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I preface this with an acknowledgement that I'm not usually a big IPA fan, but I was really impressed by how drinkable this beer was - it was a more "attainable" taste for the differently palated.

Poured into a Palm tulip glass. Clear golden amber with big white head that settles quickly and remains with good lacing. Nose is earthy, with significant pine, and a lot of hoppiness to it and maybe just a hint of citrus in there.

Taste is much like the nose, but with quite a bit more citrus. There is a decent balance of maltiness in there. Significant hops, pine, and bitter, but there is a subtle sweetness. Medium body, lingers nicely and a nice hint of carbonation. Smooth and complex with a lot of diversity.

Jesstyr, May 01, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice IPA, leaning on its malty side.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Overall Great Divide layout with a green and light cream range with dark fonts, with a silhouette of a Roman warrior, the Titan... Side narrative notes intent, main ingredients, general description of the brew, awards, and food pairings. Shows bottling date (Feb 16 2010), and Alc. by Vol. (7.1%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear medium amber pour, rich frothy head with fair retention, nice surface memory and lacing.

S - A bit of a subdued nose with touches of citrus and pine, plenty of malt sweetness embracing it.

T - Characteristic Great Divide malty sweetness under the hoppy profile, resinous, citrusy, with nice light bitter touch.

M - Medium body and carbonation, a bit low in fact, lightly sticky.

D - Nicely drinkable, but missing an assertive profile it feels a tad dull at points under the malty undercurrent.

Notes: Not very assertive on this take... It is a bit over two months since it was bottled and the assertive hoppiness could have faded, but not this much (at least not compared to other IPAs had under a similar time frame). In any case it remains rather drinkable and pleasing, although one may long for a touch of a more punctuating hoppy presence. Need to review on a fresher bottle if possible and update this entry accordingly.

Daniellobo, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the tap a beautiful, medium amber color, capped off with an inch or so of off-white foam. Huge hops on the nose here. The hops are literally jumping from the glass. Pine, citrus, freshly mown grass. The hops are also very prominent in the flavor here, nicely lifting the sweet and caramel malt flavors. Definitely one of my favorite IPAs.

emmasdad, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of bpfishback
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle,bottled on 2/16/10 into a DFH snifter

a - red copper, with a nice 1/2 in head that fades very quickly

s- light hops smell with sweet malt

t- nice with a refreshing citrus and bitterness on the finish

m- a little thin but a pleasant refreshing feeling from the carbonation

d- very easy to drink, I could down this relatively quickly

bpfishback, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of karlbronson
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. Behind Yeti, this is my favorite GD brew, maybe.

A: poured into tulip shaped glass. nice rich medium dark ipa. very nice large head that settles quickly. medium lacing

S: very pleasant. nice mix of pine, citrus, malt and Amer. hops

T: lots of hops with slight malt undertone. long bitter finish. no real alcohol presence. very tasty for a normal production beer. Tastes better as it warms up a little

M: bitter and smooth. slight sweetness in the finish

D: Better buy more than 6, they go quicker than you think

karlbronson, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light redddish amber with a huge golden head that condenses into a nice foam. Light citrusy and malt aromas. Instantly it is easy to realize that this is a very balanced IPA. Titan is citrusy and sweet with the malt balance. I would venture to say that the balance is slightly tipped in the favor of the malts but the good hop linger makes you forget about it. It's incredibly smooth with the alcohol blended nicely, almost unnoticeable until the end of the glass.

This is a good easy drinking and pleasant IPA. No over hop here but there is enough to keep a hop interest and I do like the sweetness.

Bfarr, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of climax
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This titan poured a vibrant amber hue with pretty good clarity. The head was somewhat large with and faded cockeyed very slowly. Even swirling it around to agitate the aroma, the glass notched well of lace.

The nose was right where it should be, balanced very well by heavy profiles. Lots of citrus, and as much pine flavors were equaled by a sweet and actually quite complex malt bill. Sweet caramel, cocoa,and biscuits added an excellent dimension to the malt profile. Nice and different from the usually quite predictable IPA.

The flavor was no let down either. The hops hit hard early, reminding me it WAS an IPA, yet the malt flavors and more delicate characteristics surfaced as it warmed and the pine and citrus flavors subsided. Bready flavors were prominent in the long lasting finish.

The body was medium, and the feel was smooth, juicy, and crisp. The carbonation had a good sharpness and lingered through the somewhat dryish finish. This is an awesome IPA, Great Divide managed to achieve excellent complexity and strength in the malt, while remembering what an IPA is all about. Bravo.

climax, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of tmgcannon
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious, drinkable, American IPA. Poured into a pint glass with a thick white head, amber in color. Aromatic and citrusy, but not exactly a session beer at 7.1%

Highly recommended to me by a bartender at Isaac Newtons and I have to agree with him. One of the better IPA's I've had.

tmgcannon, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- pours a golden orange color with a foamey head. Lacing remains on the sides of the breew as it goes down. It looks like a true IPA in appearance

S- a citrus and pine hops attack. There is some dry and bready malt in there as well

T- some bold bitterness moves in first. The citrus theme is true as well. The malts are as dry as the scents. Bitterness remains with the taste. The IPA game plan is executed pretty well

M- well carbonated and medium bodied. It's as you would expect

D- I did imagine that there would be some sweetness with this as well. There really was not but it was still a good brew. The bitterness reall shines through and makes for a good IPA

lovindahops, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of crhensel
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Bottle into pint glass) Pours a deep orange/light brown with a one finger head that stuck around for a while, leaving a nice lacing as it fell. The nose is strong with pine and citrus notes, letting you know you are in for nothing but hops here! There is a slight straw tone as well. A slight sweetness starts on the tongue, but it is soon overpowered by the hops. The finish is very crisp, but the bitterness hangs just a bit too long on the tongue. Paired this one with some nice spicy pizza and it complimented very well. I doubt I would have this one as a stand-alone, however.

crhensel, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Flashsp2
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Titan IPA into GDBC pint

Pours a perfectly clear copper penny with golden highlights and a
dense beige head that sheets lacing all the way down. Lovely.
Nose is powerfully herbal, piney, and grapefruit/citrusy/lemon with a
chewy chunk of caramel thrown in the mix.

Palette is dry with a crisp bitterness that is dominated by herbs and
pine resin, with a touch of floral hop and a bit of caramel/bread to
take the edge off slightly. It tastes like a Yeti sans the dark malt
component. Close to balanced, without much sugar heft to overpower the
hopness. The bitterness lingers and drags its way down the throat. No
alcohol is detected, but this flushes the cheeks quick enough.

Somewhat chewy body with a low level creamy carbonation that is
actually nice, considering I usually prefer my IPAs a bit on the
lighter side.

Quite easy to drink in quantity, the refreshing bitterness keeps you
coming back for more. Leans toward the balanced side, sort of in the
middle of the East and West Coast styles, which makes sense. They are
in Colorado.

Flashsp2, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Independent. It was accidentally put on nitro.

A - It pours a golden copper with an off-white head that resembles pancake batter.

S - The smell is vague IPA, nondescript except to say it is sort of cabbage-y.

T - Fantastic hop flavor dominates the taste; herbal, citric, and grassy. The pale malt is way in the background, but it seems to have a metallic tinge which becomes more apparent on the finish. I am not sure if the nitro-tap changed the flavor profile, or what, but it is sub-par compared to the bottle.

M - This is the real casualty of the accidental nitro-tapping; the brew is not dense enough to hold the nitro-carbonation, as a result the effervescence does not last very long at all, leaving a flat beer in a relatively short time.

D - I believe this brew would've been better with old-fashioned co2.

ktrillionaire, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of BigIrishman
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy but bright ruby color with a huge fluffy white head.

Smell: Plenty of piny hops with a bit of faint citrus hops in the background. The earthy hops co-mingle with a huge malty backbone. This aroma is nearly overwhelming but is acting like a giant magnet...m..u..s..t...t...a...s...t...e

Taste: Nice balance between the piny hops and the boozy malty background. The 7%+ made me believe this brew was going to be between an IPA and DIPA, and i'm not let down. I really like how there is just enough citrus hops to add a bit of spice to the back of this beer, overall this is really nice.

Mouthfeel: Clean but also a bit creamy for an IPA.

Drinkability: Definitely not your average spring/summer all day IPA, rather the sipping type that gives you your IBU fix without obliterating your taste buds like a double would.

BigIrishman, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of the tap clear and golden amber with a white head that retains well and creates decent lacing for this style of beer.

Strong hoppy, citrus and pine hit your nose.

Upon first taste, hops, pine, and grapefruit citrus are big but not overwhelming. The middle is mellowed out into a light malt and finished with a light bitterness and dryness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and refreshing.

"May I have another, please?" Damn near the perfect IPA!

ThreeDimesDown, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into whiskey glass. 4 months old- not ideal, but not terrible either.

A- Nice golden honey color, minimal head but significant lacing. Very thin lacing but a great even coating all the way down. Attractive.

S- Nice hop aroma.. pretty strong citrus bite. Piny, but more 'new growth' than resiny sap qualities.

T- Very good... hoppy, bitter, a touch fruity, and drying. Pale malt does a wonderful job of providing a platform for the hops without encroaching on the flavors. The pine backs off a bit and I get some nice tropical fruit flavors.

M- Very crisp, clean, tasty... two thumbs up.

D- High- if I can find this fresh (THANK YOU FOR THE BOTTLE DATES, GREAT DIVIDE!!) I'll buy a sixer. No questions asked- a great American IPA.

ShogoKawada, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of BrewHops
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First try of Great Divide Brewing. Simplistic labeling of all GDB is interesting and eye-catching. Impressed with drinkability. Not too hoppy so the drinkability is great.

Plan on trying other Great Divide brews based on this excellent IPA. Too bad the only place I can find Titan is at Whole Foods and its all luck of the draw there.

BrewHops, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of femALEist
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was looking forward to trying this one because it is from Colorado's Great Divide Brewery and I have never had any of their beers before either. It poured a beautiful copper red. It smelled of pine, wood, grapefruit with a hint of caramel. It tasted like citrus, pine, grapefruit, wood with some moderate bitterness. It ended on a caramel malt finish with some bready tones to it. I would have this one again.

femALEist, Mar 25, 2010
Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,520 ratings.