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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

3,579 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,579
Reviews: 1,386
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 155
Gots: 306 | 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 EJNibs
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep orange-amber with one finger of head that holds for a minute so

S: Brilliant citrusy hops with notes of not only grapefruit, but prominent orange peel and lemon zest as well.

T: Wow, the hops come through as strong and as complex as in the nose, with bright citrus and floral notes upfront, a little bit of toasted bread malt in the middle, and with a fairly strong hop bitterness in the finish.

This one blew me away. I just grabbed it from a friend who is usually a PBR devotee, and I was very pleasantly surprised. It's certainly one of the best American IPAs I've had. Absolutely worth a try.

Photo of JamisonM
2.45/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: light orange color

S: chocolate and pine? strange smell for an IPA

T: dirty hops pine and earthy musky flavors... I am starting to think I got a bad bottle? taste puts me off its bad, burnt chocolate or burnt malts in here?

M: light body med carbonation

D: bad taste = not drinkable

overall: I may have gotten a bad bottle its a bit old but still should not be like this it says brewed on Jan 21 2010 so less then 4 months it should hold up better then this I would think.

Photo of detlefchef
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Almost cotton candy like head. Thick but very light and lacy. Less than brilliant but appealing amber color. Smells precisely as you'd expect. There's no question at all that you are about to drink an IPA. I think typicity is a good thing. Specific esters I'm getting on the nose are grapefruit and corn.

On the palette it is surprisingly malty and far less bitter than the classic IPA nose prepares you for. Honestly, I could do with a bit less malt and a bit more flamboyance, and I'm not necc. a big hop-head. In fact, this sort of reminds me of an IPA version of Fat Tire, just a bit too chunky for it's own good.

Tasty enough, I guess, but not something that I'm drawn to.

Photo of klikger
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4.21.10 poured into a standard pint glass

A - Transparent amber, a 1/2 inch of billowing white head which shrunk back to a quarter inch relatively quickly, excellent lacing, and a fair amount of visible carbonation.

S - All pine and citrus.

T - A modestly sweet bit of malt up front is quickly joined, and perhaps overpowered, by piny hops. The finish is all citric acid - lingering grapefruit dominates the palate for minutes after the last drop. As it warms up slightly, the floral element of the hops comes into its own, which adds another level to the bitter bliss that is sipping a Titan. Wow, I love this stuff!

M - Clean, crisp, carbonated, and has some bite. Mouthfeel is perfectly as it should be.

D - IMO, this is too good to waste by having more than a couple in a row, but it could be done.

I'm a big Titan fan. Today is the first time that I've had it fresh since being in Colorado in November, so this may be hyperbole, but I think this is the best IPA being produced outside of California, Michigan, and Minnesota.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 5/14/10.

A: Poured into a snifter, this beer appears the color of an autumnal rust orange with a touch of amber and is a little hazy. A 1/2 finger head disappears quickly and leaves a white film on top of the beer proper. The lacing looks like paint wildly splattered onto a wall and is sticky-icky.

S: I smell a sweet, honey-like malt aroma that is well balanced by a strong, piney and sweet citrus hop character.

T: The first thing that struck me is how evenly matched the malt and hops are. The malt lends a full honey and syrupy sweetness which is met with a crisp piney bitterness as counterpoint. I also taste orange, lemon, and lemon peel flavors from the hops. This is a fine tasting IPA.

M: This is really on the fuller bodied side for an IPA. I get a nice creamy texture which coats my palate nicely, followed by a nice drying bitterness from the hops. I would classify this mouthfeel as complex.

D: I do love me some IPA and this is one of the best I have had. I will absolutely be having more of Titan IPA. This beer hits on all aspects of the style that I love and hits on them well. Truly and well crafted brew.

Photo of JRed
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, rich orange in body with floating white head. Subdued aroma of oranges, orange rind, alcohol, hop resin. Mmmm...tasty. Hop leaves, citrus notes, some hop resin, slight alcohol in the thick orange flavors. The creamy mouthfeel blends well with this strong, flavorful brew. This is a damn good IPA for any season and afternoon. The ABV hits the head, not the palate and with every sip I'm becoming a bigger fan of the Titan.

Photo of Zekezilla
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up, based on what I've read a/b the Great Divide Brewing Company. I'd never tried anything from this brewery and boy, was I impressed!
A: gorgeous, rich orange, nice lacing throughout.xer
Smell and taste: bold, citrusy and piny hops throughout, but still manages to let the malt come through.
Mouthfeel: smooth, very lightly carbonated. Just a perfect match for this beer.
Extremely drinkable. I only got a single bottle this time but I'll be picking up a 6'xer next time, to be sure.

Photo of racer2k
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite pint glass

A - Reddish Amber color with a solid two finger head and robust lacing on the sides of the glass. The head slowly dissipates after a few moments to a thin sheen

S - Moderate hoppy and earthy tones in my glass with some fruity citrus on the nose

T- A sweet hop forward taste with a resiny bitter finish to the swallow. Well balanced beer with excellent flavor profile throughout.

M - Moderate carbonation is evident with a resiny finish to the beer.

D - Love the hop presence to this beer which is very drinkable. The 7.1% ABV is barely noticeable in this offering. Nice beer!

Photo of BeerCon5
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost copper color with about 1 finger of firm foamy head that left a strip of lacing on the glass after each sip. Interestingly when I finished the beer the glass was perfectly striped with left over lacing.

The scent was of mostly pine, a bit floral and some citrus notes.

The taste is predominately bitter hops, some caramel malt, pine and floral notes. It would seem that the ABV would be high enough to be noticed, but I did not.

Light-bodied, smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation.

In all a pretty good IPA, very easy to drink, not really one of my favorites but I wouldn't mind having a few now and again.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,579 ratings.