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Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA

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3,699 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,699
Reviews: 1,407
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 175
Gots: 411 | FT: 2
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jon on 08-04-2003

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Ratings: 3,699 | Reviews: 1,407
Photo of greenmonstah
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

A - Pours a cloudly light caramel color with a half a finger of creamy white head. Lacing is stupendous.

S - Surprising. Sweet malts with only a little bit of hoppyness. Grapefruit hopes primarily, but there's a little pine to it.

T - Starts out with citrus hops and then a malty sweetness comes out. Bitter hops on the finish while the malts linger. A little disappointing, but still good.

M - Light-medium body with great carbonation. Feels great. A high mark for this beer.

D - For a 7% brew it's very easy to drink, but I wouldn't want more that two in one session. The bitterness may be a bit much for a lot of people.

Photo of CaptainTripps
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Hazy golden-orange color. The head? Well after pouring 4 oz of beer, the rest of the glass shot up in foam and didn't really dissipate quickly what so ever. Then when i attempted to pour more of the beer into the pint glass same story all over again.

S-Best part of the beer. Very flagrant, floral/sweet hops dominate the nose, citrus and grapefruit.

T- Well when i could taste the beer without the huge amount of head on the beer it was good. Pretty bitter taste, grapefruit and grassy notes up front. Semi-sweet taste. Malty backbone.

M- Light and refreshing. Again once the head was finally gone, the beer went completely flat and the mouthfeel went down hill from their.

D- Bad with my problem but maybe pretty good in a good bottle of it.

Reviewer note: I don't know what was wrong with my bottle but the massive head just ruined everything. Made it hard to drink the beer at first and once it was gone the beer was flat. Which would have been in a Stout but it just doesn't work for me in a IPA. Even though i had a bad time drinking it, I felt it was my duty to still share what happened with this beer. - Tony

Photo of dwilson01
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, a creamy off white head tops a body of pristinely clear orange-gold coloration.

The scent is pretty hop forward, I get a lot of citrus and some more bitter pine tones. This is coupled by an intense bready smell, just like fresh baked biscuits in my mind, or toasted whole grain bread maybe.

The flavor is great, balanced in every single way I could possibly imagine. The breadiness adds the sweeter type malty part to it, the hops go in two opposite directions; one with the sweeter fruity part and one with the more bitter pungent part. The bread reminds me of miltons multi-grain bread quite specifically and the fruity flavors I get an orange, pineapple, apple, and pear.

The mouthfeel is something you don't find in too many ipa's, it's a full-bodied brew with enough malt to let you know there is something there more than your standard one. It's a balance between creamy smoothness and a bitter harshness that not many are able to achieve.

Quite a drinkable brew, it's got me sold for sure.

Photo of generallee
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Information on the bottle includes a short description of the beer, a "Bottled On" date (Jul 15 2010) and the abv% (7.1).

Appearance: It has a hazy and pale orange gold color with an off white head. The head has good retention and leaves lots of sticky lacing all over the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light mix of sweet malt and even lighter earthy hops. I thought this was a little odd for an IPA to have more maltiness then hop notes in the aroma.

Taste/Palate: There is a good bit of fruity and bready maltiness up front here with just enough bitterness and earthy green plant like hop flavor to give it some balance towards an IPA. The body and carbonation are right on but I am finding myself trying to like this one.

Notes: I don't think I am really into this one. It is ok but not what I look for in an IPA.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.07/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. Purchased from K&L in Redwood City. There's no bottle date on this, even though GD usually dates their stuff. However, given that they just expanded into CA this month, I think it's reasonable to assume this is a new, fresh batch.

A: Pours a clear amber body with a finger of long-retaining off-white head. Thick, fluffy collar with some scattered film on top of the beer. Nice sheets of lace during a swig, with some sticking behind as register marks.

S: Hm. It's not very pungent at all. On swirling it, I finally start picking up caramel and darker, sweeter malts. The hop character lags far behind; eventually it produces some citrus and pine. Underwhelming...

T: Kind of devoid of any flavor except caramel and some light hoppy flavors (grapefruit, maybe tangerine, pine). The finish is long-lasting and bitter. This has the characteristic signs of an old IPA, except it's not old. Wut.

M: Light-medium bodied. Good carbonation. A soft mouthfeel overall. Too bad there's no flavor to deliver.

D: Meh. Second time I've had this (once from a trade), and I've come to the conclusion that GD's IPAs just aren't worth it.

Photo of Zimbo
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initially thinner and flatter than expected but with some wickedly complex lacing. Deep golden in colour, almost close to light copper.

Nose is good. You have to work at it but it is pungent and developed when you find it. Tastewise it was fizzier than expected but with a very bitter end and a lot of complexity. Yes. Almost a gingery end as the beer opened up over time in the glass. Very fine hop feel and well within the style I would expect. Over more time there's eventually an almost velvety and caressing drinkability as it goes down. Such development in the glass and bags of finesse here. Remarkable.

Went back to where I bought it but apparently the entire stock was long gone. Bastards.

Photo of flannelman808
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright orange yellow color. Extremely clear (as crystal). Bone white head which thins out fairly fast. The thin white layer of froth does stick around for quite a while however.

S: on the nose I get; Apricot, orange peel, pine, herbal notes and maybe a hint of brown sugar.

T: A resinous chalky bitter hop pollen like quality is what strikes me first. Candied Citrus peel like qualities are there but are far more subtle than I would have expected. Instead the bitterness shoots from a herbal starting place. And if followed by a Demerara sugar and citrus peel quality(notably orange rind). All of this is punctuated with a crisp dose of piney bitterness.

M: Somewhat chalky

D: high

Photo of IronLover
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper color with a thin white head that reduces to a white cap. Lots of sticky lacings on the glass. Medium bodied with lighter than expected carbonation, but smooth. Grapefruit and sweet biscuit aromas with a hint of pine. Sweet malt and grapefruit hop flavors in the beginning that transition to bitter pine flavors toward the finish. Ends with a balance of pine and very sweet maltiness. I'm bigger fan of IPAs than DIPAs but much prefer Great Divide's Hercules DIPA before this one.

Photo of foogerd
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear copper with a white head that just sits there
S- prickly piny hops a malt sweetness which comes in together with the hops
T- real fresh piny hops bittersweet notes come through the hops taste really fresh so that counts for alot but otherwise this ipa doesnt do much to stand out for me
M- nicely done carbonation tickles the tongue
D- very drinkable just not a standout ipa very solid though

Photo of NODAK
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose has a good deal of citrus hops on it along with a juicy, fruity maltiness that makes it quite sweet as far as aroma is concerned.

Hops, as on the nose, are pretty citric upfront with a fair intensity to them...not among the strongest of the style but not light. This is paired by that juicy sweetness that was found in the aroma as well...for an IPA, it definitely has a pretty good fruity sweetness to it even though the malt does come in second to the hops still. There's a little of a resinous bitterness at the end, with the bitterness going into the aftertaste a while, and it finishes fairly dry and refreshing.

I enjoy it a lot for its balance, which seems to be a different quality among many popular IPA's now. Not too bitter, not too malty.

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time Great Divide has been available in CA so I picked up a single of both of their IPA's. Bottled on August 30, 2010.

Appearance - Pours a copper color into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger of quickly dissipating white head is achieved with a moderate pour. Little lacing is left on the glass.

Smell - Hops, pines, slight citrus aromas. A relatively malty backbone.

Taste - Similar to the nose, though more bitter. Spicy hops, and slight pine. Accordingly, the malty backbone is a bit much.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Relatively so, however, it is too malty for my liking.

Photo of bfree
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Amber orange, hazy, no head

S: there are citrus and floral/pine notes present but not pungent like other IPAs...looking forward to the taste

T: very mild hoppy/floral taste, a hint of honey, and a citrus flavor throughout. Delicious malty aftertaste

M: it is very smooth and creamy, no carbonation, lacks the bite that you find in many IPAs

D: this is REALLY easy drinking, very little carbonation or bitterness and very smooth throughout...very enjoyable

Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light gold with orange highlights. One of the lightest IPAs I have ever seen.

Maybe half an inch of white foam head. Quickly died. Turned into a flat golden liquid with some bubbling and the barest white crust on the edge of the glass.

Smells like sweet honeyed caramel malt, a bit of floral hopes, and some tropical pineapple, and mandarin orange notes. Just a bit of pine and grapefruit. Whoa. Smells good.

Tastes good, too! The pine comes in here, with a dry bitterness on the finish. But, it's a sweet IPA first and foremost, and frankly, one of the best of this style I can remember. Succulent pineapple and some tropical notes, a bit of orange ... this is excellent.

Definitely on my IPA rotation. Forever. Nice lively mouthfeel.

Photo of BBP
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Almost a tan orange color. Great carbonation and a head that was a bit on the thin side.

S- Hoppy. Some caramel malt as well. Had more of a sweet aroma. Not too much else is distinguishable.

T- Upfront hops, and a bit of fruitiness soon after. Like apple but sweeter. Possibly pear. Caramel notes coat it. Good balance.

M- Quite full for the ABV. Almost as full as a DIPA. Finishes Dry. Carbonation suits it well.

D- A great refreshing IPA. Flavorful, and while hoppy, it's also balanced well. Good in pretty much all regards. This beer has the bitterness that I expect from an IPA, and then it flaunts some great fruity flavor as well.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber brown with orange highlights that had a thin head but it did leave nice frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was nice for an IPA which consisted of hops, citrus, slight grassy notes, and a good sweet malt presence. The taste upfront had a good nice hoppy grassy piney punch with citrus accents and some sweetness from the malts to help balance out the hoppy kick. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which has a citric, earthy, hoppy bitter, slight sweet, and crisp finish. It drank really good and I kinda like it more on tap versus the bottle offerings; still good either way.

Photo of arturorg
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a flying dog pint.

A: Amber with no head and a small white lacing.

S: Citric fruits (reminded me of passion fruits), sweet malts.

T: Same citric flavor, a little bit spicy, piney, astringent, bitter, cleans mouth feel.

Delicious beer, this is my 4th Great Divide beer and every single one it's amazing. Recomended

Photo of LittleDon
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint at Bar Louie, Centennial, CO.

Slightly amber tinged and hazy. No signs of carbonation and a dense white head producing copious amounts of lace. Good head retention. Citrus aroma with a touch or carmel, neither overly strong nor muted. Noticeable carbonation present up front. West coast hops come into play in the middle, mildly resinous and piney. Hops fade in late middle and finish and brew becomes more balanced with more caramel sweetness. Medium mouthfeel.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On date of May 6 2010. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin head and some lacing. Aroma is lots of hops and citrus. Flavorful taste of hops and citrus. Good amount of bitterness as well. This is one of those IPAs that can hold their own against the better Imperial IPAs. Big hop taste, and bitterness to go with a good-sized ABV. Titan is worth seeking out, no question.

Photo of Soonami
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Titan IPA is a hazy peach color with a little head when poured into a snifter. I know that this probably isn't the most appropriate glassware for this beer, but I really like how it concentrates aroma and keeps the beer at a fairly constant temperature.

The smell is very piney with a yeasty fruit character that is peach or apricot like and a little bit of ethanol. The beer is properly bitter with a pine and grapefruit blast. Unlike Hercules, which is very pineapple-y and fruit from hops, this is more assertive and masculine (if you can attribute that quality to beer). The first swallow renders your tongue dry from bitterness that stays to the end. As it subsides, the sweetness from the biscuity malt comes through. The mouthfeel is full and slick, and it was easy to drink.

Photo of camp0474
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy orange color with a frothy off-white head. Traces of lacing.

S: Earthy and citrus hops with a biscuity malt smell.

T: Tart grassy hop bitterness blends into a semi sweet malt. Hop oils leave a lingering bite on the tongue.

M/D: Smooth medium body with a crispy bite from the lingering hops. Fairly drinkable but a little to bitter for me to consume a lot in a row.

Noticed this one was bottled about 7 months ago, so probably missing the upfront hops.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of culver501
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Photo of malloyca
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of dedrinker
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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