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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

3,377 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,377
Reviews: 1,381
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 143
Gots: 226 | 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 UA8
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear copper color with a rich off white head that recedes fairly quickly.

S- Really nice tropical and citrus notes burst from the head. Man i hope the taste follows the nose.

T- Big big flavors on this one. Starts with and assertive citrus note possibly orange? Moves to a really nice balancing malt flavor and finishes with candied grapefruit peel.

M- Moderate carbonation with a reasonably full mouthfeel.

D- This IPA steps out in a big way as soon as you get to the nose. From there moves on to a quite exceptional balance. This is definitely a sessionable beer its not overly flavored and doesn't fry your taste buds. A very nice IPA.

UA8, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Color is hazy bright golden orange. Pours a nice fluffy head with great retention, leaving nice lace rings.

Smell is of grapefruit citrus and floral hops. Taste is quite similar, with bready malts. I also taste slight carmel and alcohol was heavily present.

Mouthfeel is slightly bitter, not as bitter as I was expecting. It mellows out really quickly and leaves a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty good ipa. I really enjoyed it and definitely would recommend it.

mothman, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of jcompton
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a see-through amber into a goblet.

smell: mmm, piney hops invade the nose.

taste: hops hit the tongue with a satisfying goodness. a slight malt attempts to balance this brew, but is overshadowed by the hops.

mouthfeel: slightly carbonated and goes down smooth (if you are a hophead).

drinkability: for me this beer is extremely drinkable. i could have a few because i love the aromatics and taste. the 6.8 would keep me from getting knee deep in a 6er at a bar. this is one of my favorite ipas.

jcompton, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of chrhowe
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass with a thick, white two-finger head. Took about 2 minutes for the head to subside but left nice lacing on the side. The beer itself gives off a golden peach color with ample carbonation.

The smell is completely refreshing. Smells of pine and citrus, particularly sweet grapefruit.
Also a subtle malty aroma underneath.

What I get in the nose carries into the taste. Definitely citrus, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine maybe. Nice hoppy flavor, with a small malt undertone in the end.

Feels very smooth, thick and not at all overcarbonated. Which leads to a drinkable beer.
Titan is a great ipa which one should always have some within reach. Not over board on hops, although hop overload is quite a treat, however titan provides a tremendous hop flavor that cures that hoppy need.

A great beer!~

chrhowe, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of brewintheLou
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a frothy white head. Lacing sticks to side of glass.

Smell is a sweet citrus and pine.

Taste the strong hop flavor at first then a nice malt backbone comes through. Bit of grapefruit comes though as well. Mouthfeel is a great medium feel, and the hop tends to stick around the mouth for a while after a drink. Beer is drinkable especially if in the mood for hop, but it does have a nice balance.

brewintheLou, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of skrib09
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear shiny copper color with a creamy colored head.

smells of hop essence... pine and citrus.

tastes similar to smell. a little malt finish in the taste, maybe some bready flavors at the end.

mouthfeel is crispy, "clean". maybe as you would expect from the extreme clarity of the brew.

good drinkability.

skrib09, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive cream white head with moderate lacing, does dissolve quickly. Deep burnt orange color, allows you to see through it without truly being transparent, more of a rust yellow-red tinge at the rims. The nose is controlled and powerful, full of grapefruit and orange citrus, pine cone, tarry tea leaves, biscuit and pressed flowers, while undoubtedly pretty damn hoppy, it really comes off more as an integrated whole than individual scents. Which here is a good thing. Full-bodied, you can feel it expanding against your checks without the aid of excessive carbonation. The grapefruit, orange, lemon citrus obvious but the tobacco, charcoal, tar, bong resin and wet stone elements most catch your fancy. The flowers come and go with the tide. Despite a relative paucity of malt, not as bitter as expected, drinks well for its weight and overall high energy level. Most excellent.

farrago, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of ATPete
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Bottled Nov 10 2008, 6.8% abv

Pours a wonderful glowing orange color with a small off white head that leaves lots of stickage on the glass. Sweaty nose, lots of herbal bitter hops, dried orange rind, twiggy and not very bright, earthy is the wrong term to use here so dare i say musty or muted in aromatic character. Big oily hops initially balanced big time by a sweet, slightly grainy malt backbone, to musty even still in flavor, i cant get down with the hop character that is trying to be achieved here. The mouth is decent, nice carbonation and a good full bodied viscosity. The aftertaste is bitter and very, very metallic.

ATPete, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of NEhophead
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a nonic.

Hazy auburn-highlighted copper in color beneath a bright white, dense head of foam. Thick walls of lacing around the entire nonic with great strength.

Oily, rustic floral hop aromatics with notes of bubblegum, grapefruit, apricot, and lemon zest. Burnt, toasted malt base with semi-sweet notes. Mild hints of must as a result of the peppery floral hops.

Oily citrus flavors up front: lemon, grapefruit, and apricot. Semi-sweet, biscuity malt flavor that remains as a steady base to the onslaught of dynamic hops throughout the sip. Throughout, the hops are distinctly floral in flavor with notes of dry spice, but certainly resin-like. Although the malt character is quite smooth, the finish is dry, burnt, and bitter.

Almost full bodied; despite the creamy base, the hop oils come across as being almost waxy. Texturally balanced given the strong malt and hop flavors.

A hop monster unlike the big, citrus left coast IPAs. This one is dark and sweet, but the hop intensity is certainly there. A drinkable, yet somewhat heavy IPA with a well-hidden 6.8% abv.

NEhophead, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Dodo2step
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Dodo2step, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Schwarz04
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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...

Schwarz04, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of praufs01
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
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 ; )

praufs01, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of dakid618
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

dakid618, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
4/5  rDev -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.

willjschmidt, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

bowersdm, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of dhilltop2000
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

dhilltop2000, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of peabody
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

peabody, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of mirish72
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

mirish72, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of AChamberlain
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

AChamberlain, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of jjazz
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

jjazz, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of optiontwo
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

optiontwo, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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 !!

nycbeerfreak, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

BedetheVenerable, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of malcontent
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

malcontent, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

jujubeast6000, Jan 09, 2009
Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,377 ratings.