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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

3,674 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,674
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 171
Gots: 395 | 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:
Beer added by: Jon on 08-04-2003

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall thin glass. Best before date clearly marked on bottle.

A: Slightly hazy bright orange under a half finger of white sticky head. Nothing here to set it apart.

S: Resiny hops all the way, with evergreen and some citrus taking the lead. Some crisper more bitter hops can be found along with a malty base upon closer inspection.

T: Less floral and pine/evergreen in the flavor than the nose, and more bitter hops. Some nice sticky flavors arrive in the middle, and along with some low-lying malt (exactly where it should be) take the flavor all the way to the long sweet and bitter aftertaste.

M: Body is medium, carbonation is good, but the whole mouthfeel could be a bit smoother. This is good, but I think it could feel smoother with more hop oils.

D: Very good drinkability for an American IPA.

Conclusion: This beer receives lots of praise from other BA's, and it is deserving I think. At first I was disappointed with the overall flavor, but as it warmed and I drank down a bit farther in the glass... the beauty of this IPA began to shine. Strong work on the part of Great Divide.

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

The beer is foggy orange with a good off-white head leaving lacing.

The smell has honey and fruits, grape-fruit and lemon, floral notes, wet grass and pine needles.

The taste is upfront sweet, honey, then citric, grape-fruity, notes and a good balancing aromatic bitterness.

Low carbonation, soft and a bit oily, a warm finish.

A good balanced IPA, better than the bottle I've sampled previously.

Photo of frognot
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky orange body with a thick foamy long-lasting off-white head

Smell: A lot of citrus with some stealth hops that are waiting to pounce on your taste buds

Taste: A strong hit of hops that is balanced superbly with citrus and sweet maltiness

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a nice crisp edge from the hops

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Looks and smells like should be heavier but has a wonderful balance of hops and malt.

Photo of boss302
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Amber in color, not clear, thick head to start and it lasted most of the glass. 4

S Smells like melon, some fruity character. There is a little citrusy hop aroma. 3

T This is where the hops shine, definently more hop flavor than hop smell. Some alcohol sweetness with alot of astringency in the finish. 3.5

M Medium body, high carbonation. 4

D This is a good IPA and worthy of trying, but with so many IPA choices this is just not one that I am likely to try too many times. This IPA is not high in floral aromas, but is high in astringency. Better than the majority of beers on the market, but average for IPAs. 3.5

Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: A promising, frothy head rests atop a translucent, bubbly brew the colour of light, dull copper. Chunks of sediment float through the beer, the unexpected result of a semi-vigorous pour. Very pretty, very thick lacing.

S: The label claims the Titan is "assertive" and "aromatic"; aromatic mayhap, but not assertive. A sourish smell of vegetation is masked by mild citrus and trace hops.

T: Good! But the label is very misleading. This beer is NOT an "aggressively hopped IPA brewed for hop disciples," but rather much more balanced. Crisp, with a main taste of piney hops amidst a strong, smooth maltiness. The aftertaste is mildly bitter, lightly drying, but overall balanced and round.

M: Very nice. Carbonation prepares the tongue for a malty-hoppy main taste which provokes a nice tingly-smooth sensation throughout the mouth.

D: A very good IPA, but not particularly memorable. All the same, it is very, very drinkable. I was shocked to see this beer was 7.1%! Balanced and, though it is more bitter than not, this beer will appeal to non-hopheads.

Photo of grittybrews
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich amber with an inch of quick receding fluffy head. Slightly sweet caramel aroma with just a hint of citrus.

Moderate carbonation and a relatively light mouthfeel. As with the aroma, caramel sweetness dominates the flavor, followed by some biscuit, lemon, and pine. Just a bit of tartness on the finish. Tasty and light, though the balance is a little skewed to the sweeter side at the expense of some hoppy IPA flavor.

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

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - golden, light tan, slight amber

Smell - Citrus, hops, grapefruit and malt

Taste - Standard citrus piney ipa flavor, mild and smooth. A slight hopbite. The grapefruit flavor is present. Sugar and alcohol blend in flawlessly. Nice ipa.

Mouthfeel - This ipa coats my palette nice, doesnt destroy it. Alcohol is hidden well so it doesnt numb my tounge. A pleasent drink

Drinkabilty - I would drink this beer again but, the only problem is, Im a hophead, and this beer isnt hop heavy. I drink this beer thinking about stones ipa, or even going to a double ipa. This beer is a gateway ipa to me. Theres no way id buy this over commadore perry , stone ipa or hoprod. Its real good, a great entry beer for a rookie hop drinker.

Photo of livewire78
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well waddya know? A burnt amber color for an IPA. Who'da thunk it? Head is kinda small but it leaves excellent lacing.

Smells decent enough. Hops aren't the first thing that hits you. That's reserved for the caramel malt. Hops are second fiddle on the nose.

And in the taste too. A bready caramel maltiness is the first thing you get. It's pretty smooth and it fades into a lingering bitterness at the back end. The taste is kinda muted and bland. What's all the hype about?

Feels good on the tongue. Resinous and a little sticky.

You definitely won't suffer palate fatigue on this one so you could drink a lot of it. You'd get bored, though, so the question is would you want to drink a lot of it?

Photo of SamN
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A dirty dark orange color, the first words that popped in my head were "pickled amber". Huh. Something just isn't right about the color, sort of cartoonish. A sticky head forms neatly on top, slowly fading to a patchy, bubbly 1/4 finger ring. Big bubbles of carbonation add to it's over-the-top looks. Reminds me of Krusty the Klown's seltzer, which ain't free you know.

S- Huge quantities of hops in the nose, exploding with aroma; sweet citrus and bitter honey. Seems a little less complex, mostly two majors aromas, fruit and honey.

T- Hops, hops and then a little more hops on top of a lot of HOPS. Though consistent with Great Divide's tagline, this is a surprisingly balanced beer; there is a great undercurrent of honey malt sweetness in here. The balance saves the brew. Without it, my pour palette would be facing a Husqvarna buzz-saw attack of numbing hops.

M- Medium light, the sweet malts add a good amount of the body. Lively, but not fizzy. Light bodied, but not thin. Textured, but smooth. Must give high point here.

D- Surprisingly, pretty good. While not too complex, it did keep me interested thanks to the interplay of ingredients. Certainly a strong beer, it still makes every sip enjoyable and not a chore like some. Much better than I expected. Curse my negative attitude!

Photo of HosP
3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz into a pint glass

A- Nice amber color. Hazy pour. Not much head, but lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

S- Hoppy aroma. Pine mixed with a grapefruit maybe. Malt undertones to it.

T- Not your typical IPA. More sweetness to it from the malts. Bready malts come through more than the pine hops. Slight bitterness in the middle gives way to the sweetness. Expected more hops rather than malts.

M- Medium body. Small carbonation. Dryer finish.

D- Not quite what I was expecting from an IPA. The balance was good though. Enough hops to keep the malts in check, but still more sweet. I typically like more hop bitterness to my IPA's so I probably won't be picking up another one of these.

Photo of stonelis
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden orange. Large four finger head in my tall pilsner glass. Nice lacing which lasted for the duration of this beer. Nice hop aroma. citrus. Piney. Well balanced malt/ bitterness/ sweetness. This is very easy to drink. I really like this one!

Photo of tchenery
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle to a pint.

Nice hazy orange color with thin head lacing.

Smells of piney Cascade hops. Very American hop aroma but not overpowering. Some slight malt notes in there as well, sort of buscuity.

Has a nice smooth buscuit malt flavor as it smells followed by a citrussy piney flavor and a sharp bite at the end. Classic IPA flavor, smell, with exceptional balance.

Nice carbonation and smooth mouthfeel.

Excellent drinkability.

Photo of trevorjn06
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a wonderful hazy golden/straw hue with one finger of tight, creamy head. As it recedes it leaves some lacing on the glass.

The aroma (while still cold) is sweet bready and biscuity malts with light citrus and grassy hops. After letting it warm a bit... Still a fairly mild hop aroma, nothing bad about it just quite mellow and grassy, not much floral or "fresh hop" smells.

Taste is well balanced, quite malty for an IPA though not overly sweet, it has a nice bicsuity/grainy element to it. It begins with smooth malt flavors and transitions into a clean and very palatable hop bitterness that in no way overpowers the maltiness. The finish is some sweet malt remnants with a balancing bitterness and a nice hint of floral.

Mouthfeel is medium with a bit bellow average carbonation.

Overall this is a very drinkable IPA and I enjoyed drinking it but the hop aromas and flavors are a bit mellow/underwhelming for me.

Photo of rtepiak
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a wonderful nose bursting from the nice off white head. nose of citrus perfection that blends into something quite nice. smooth and malt walnut sweet with a bitter note that blends well with the distinct bitter of the centennial hopping. not soapy but black pepper clean. fantastic with curry. hints of pineapple candy that doesn't feel falsely sweetened.

Photo of beersnoop
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent balance for a big-hops beer. Just what you want if you like hoppy ale without making an undrinkable science experiment out of it. Balanced and tasty, much more so than other hop experiments I've tried. The Titan name makes it daunting, but I'd happily have a session of these. Big fan of Great Divide in general. Love their Hoss.

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured hazy light golden amber in color with a thin white head that slowly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose with some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell with a mild amount of bitterness from the hops and also has a fair amount of malty sweetness with notes of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. There is a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink because of the good balance between bitterness and sweetness.

Photo of SilverFoxxy
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Feb 2010 drank Aug 2010 in small tulip.

Look: Nice orange colour with white head. Nice lacing. Half a point taken off for a lot of chunky sediment which I don't want to see in my IPA.

Smell: Piney hops mainly. Not bad but would like everything to be turned up a little bit.

Taste: Again with the piney hops but definitely a citrus edge in there. Grapefruit I would say. Balances the sharpness well with the sweet flavour of the malts. Enjoyable but again would just like a little more.

Mouthfeel: Standard for the style. A little more carbonation would be nice.

Drinkability: Excellent. Could knock these back all night.

Overall this is a solid IPA but I would like it to have a bit more bite. Back to checking dates (or moving to the US) for me.

Photo of glid02
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright citrus hops backed by pale malt aromas. Also present are hints of floral and tropical fruit hops but the citrus aromas stop just short of overpowering them. As it warms the hop aromas turn slightly toward the pine side of things but remain skewed toward citrus.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderate pale malt flavors kick things off and are quickly overtaken by loads of citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the citrus flavors fade just a bit and make room for hints of tropical fruit and pine hop flavors. Both variations carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall I'm glad that I revisited this beer - it really is a fine example of the style and doesn't get enough credit. Well worth a shot.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Nice orange bronze color with white creamy head and lacing.
smell: piney floral hops. This one was bottled in Feb. so I'm guessing it's subdued. Should have checked that before picking up a six. Still a nice hoppy nose.
taste: More of the same. Good taste but I'm thinking I should gotten a fresher batch.
mouthfeel: medium.
drinkability: Goes down pretty smooth.
Need to pick up a fresher batch and revisit.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint. Pours a cloudy, dark orange with a considerable amount of sediment wondering about. The nose is dominated by the piney hops. The tast begins with a mellow citrus (orange and lemon) but is quickly swiped away with the piney hops. The pine flavor lingers on the back of the tongue a while. Not my cup of tea.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a small white head, good lace, good retention.

S: Biscuity, crystal style malt, with some green notes - hops.

T: Grass, earth, some pea notes dominate the hops with a hint of citrus - grapefruit comes out in the end. Definite malt component, going more to the East.

M: Medium-bodied, mild aftertaste, crisp, smooth.

D: A nice IPA, glad I finally got to try it, good balance.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange with slight haziness. Good head with excellent retention - still 1' thick a full 5 minutes later. Eventually drops to thick clumps. Good lace.
Smell is hops, grass, vanilla with hints of smoke and malt.
Taste is sharp hops note, slight maltiness, grass and alcohol.
Some warming, tight, light effervescence. Medium-full bodied. Pretty good offering.

Photo of Brewmiser
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a 6pack of this to prepare for my trip to Denver.
Appearance: A nice golden color with a nice head that lingered for a long time.
Smell: very bold hops & heavy citrus but there was a balance between the 2 that made you want to smell it again.
Taste: starts off with the bitter hops then lends to a piney/citrus finishing witha bready malt.
Mouthfeel: full but smooth
Drinkability:I'm a IPA fan but this was a great beer & could drink it all day.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 12/28/09

Bottled on 12/7/09

Medium dark amber color; nice clarity. One finger head dissipates fairly rapidly, leaving a thin layer of bubbles. Swirling revives it some. Thin retention throughout.

Pine hop aroma settles just outside of bold territory & suggests a good bit of bitterness is to follow. Hints of citrus: grapefruit; lemon; tangerine & orange. Biscuity malt undertones with notes of caramel. Very nice all around.

Quick hits of piney bitterness upfront, quickly followed by swaths of floral & citrus hops (the latter being well-blended & difficult to fully distinguish). I'm getting some grapefruit, orange pith & maybe pineapple. Toasted bread & faint notions of caramel make for an unobtrusive malt profile.

Medium bodied, though it seems thin at times. Crisp & clean. Reasonably lively carbonation. Lingering notes of floral hops & pine bitterness.

Drinkability is really good, especially for a "somewhat stronger" IPA, as it were. Given my druthers, I usually like my IPAs to have some resiny grit, but I can't fault Titan IPA; the clarity truly is impressive for the style.

Photo of jera1350
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with a fluffy light tan head on top that leaves some rings of lace around the glass.

Nice hop scent fills the nose. The hops are floral and citrusy. A nice grapefruit presence with some malt sweetness.

Great bitter hop taste that presents some pine and citrus flavors. Quite a bit of grapefruit crispness. Nice malt sweetness to add a bit of balance.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied, pretty dry finish.

A nice IPA representation right here. This is in the top tier of IPA's. I would buy this one again.

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,674 ratings.