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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

3,662 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,662
Reviews: 1,403
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 171
Gots: 387 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jon on 08-04-2003

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Photo of beertunes
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on November 10,2009. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a typical orangeish-amber color, with a fluffy, rocky off-white head that had very good retention and surprisingly low lacing.

A piney hop aroma greets the nose. There is a touch of malt sweetness in the background. The flavors are very similar to the aromas, mostly pine hops, with some citrus and floral notes, supported by a bit of malt.

The body was typical for this style. Drinkability suffered a touch due to the 7% ABV, if drinking a beer of that strength I ecpect more and bolder flavors to go with it.

Overall a decent IPA that I'll have again and is worth your time.

Photo of jdmcel
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I just picked this Titan IPA in a mix-a-six. 12oz bottle poured into a DFH pint glass.

A: A cloudy light copper/amber color and a nice 1/2in head that had great retention and stayed around about an 1/8in. Some great lacing.

S: Piney hops up front. The hops are the only thing that is coming thru.

T: A nice hopped up taste, not too bitter but a great a balance.

M: Not watery medium bodied.

D: Great beer. I really enjoyed this, wish I got more. I look forward to trying more Great Divide Beers.

Photo of gpioski
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

According to label: bottled on 12/16/2009. Enjoyed on 2/4/2010. $2.00 for a 12 oz. Pour was a bit weak, I was expecting a bit more head and only got less than one finger. Straw colored with nice lacing and minimal visible carbonation.

Aroma is total piney hops. It smelled like it would be refreshing. Also, a hint of citrus and malt.

Flavor is also major hops, pine with some citrus- as an IPA should be. Flavor profile was very similar to aroma. No suprises.

Mouthfeel is nice, slightly thicker than expected. Very sly on the ABV. Very drinkable. The 7.1% ABV would surely sneak up on me.

Overall, a very good IPA.

Photo of j37geogaddi
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have a soft spot for Titan IPA and the brewery that produces it. Great Divide doesn't dissapoint very often, if ever, and this beer is no exception.

Beer has a nice, clean amber color with little head.

You may notice Titan has barely noticeable smell when you raise your nose to the glass. What you can detect is a slight hop aroma with some caramel malt but its under-pronounced.

Tastes much stronger than the smell. Biscuity and malty- which is odd as it is an IPA. The finish is bitter though and you can detect some alcohol- it is over 7% ABV after all. Its very balanced though which reminds me more of an East-Coast style IPA which puts more of an emphasis on a balanced India Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is very nice- just my style. Not too thin, not too thick and carbonated well.

The beer is drinkeable although the alcohol is too evident for me to want to down a bunch of them.

Regardless this beer is very good. It tastes like Great Divide Hercules's baby brother, and it basically is.

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

12 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace PDX served 2.1.10 into Barley Brown pint glass.

Clear amber body, two finger white rocky head, medium-slow dissipation with nice lacing. Significant spicy hop hit in the nose, a bit of bready malts. Nice citrusy taste profile, a bit of sweetish malts for balance. Nicely carbonated, dry finish, not too bitter. Quite drinkable despite ABV. A real winner, definitely worth seeking out. One of the better Colorado IPAs.

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

A-Pours a light amber with a one finger off white head that hangs around for a bit and leaves decent lacing.

S-Pine and floral hops are at the forefront with citrus and malt notes. Smells very good.

T-Mirrors the nose. Pine & floral hops with some citrus and malt. A nice bitter bite, but not overly so.

M-Medium body, carbonation is crisp. A bit chewy for an IPA. I like it.

D-A very drinkable IPA. More than one of these is certainly doable.

A very respectable job from Great Divide.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Sam Adams prefect pint glass.

A - Pours a nice clear light bright copper color with a thin .5 inch head. The beer is very translucent. The head is off white and recedes to a thin film with some nice sticky lacing.

S - Very nice. Good strong piney character with some hints of cocoa butter and vanilla. Smells like Christmas. Pine sap and some more coca butter.

T - Strong malt presence with good caramel sweetness and hints of vanilla. Piney notes overwhelm the tongue with nice sap character. More reminiscent of a East Coast IPA than a West Coast. Very attractive and bold almost roasted/smoked flavors. In terms of hops. The beer is full of them. Bitter and sticky around the mouth. Very nice and attractive bitterness and dryness.

M - Medium bodied with a nice strong feel. Nice CO2 and well balanced creamy body as well.

D - Good beer. GD always impresses.

Photo of mjl21
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 7.1%. Bottled on 12/7/09.

A-Pours a crystal clear light amber color. It has a very thin off white head that does not have very good retention.

S-There is pine and citrus hops, but they do not pop like a lot of the upper echelon IPAs. There is also some honey sweetness. I felt that the nose never really opened up on this one.

T-It is a blend of pine, touch of honey sweetness, and toasted pale malt. There is some grass flavor at the finish. It leaves some residual bitterness. I get a slight touch of booze.

M-Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D-A fairly easy drinking IPA that tastes fine, but needs some more kick in the aroma and flavor departments. I would much rather have a bottle of their fresh hop ale.

Photo of mikey711
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw colored, Nice and clear with lots of rising carbontion. Half an inch of foamy white head sits atop and leaves very big gobs of webbing behind

S: Very herbal and earthy smelling which provided some grassy notes. They were not all that crisp and clean smelling though. Slight hints of citrus lemon and ornage with a touch of pine are in the background

T: Nice pine flavor, but not overly so as it lacked the oily and resinous quality. Nicely balanced with the sweetness as there were subtle caramel and honey notes. Also a bit of floral hops were present as well

M:Good amount of body but it was slightly rough around the edges. No heat or graininess and it did feel like it would weigh me down

D:Nice and quaffable. A couple of pints would not be much of a problem

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

Pours a amber/copper color with a reddish tint. A nice, off-white head with decent retention leaves some nice sheets of lacing around the glass.

The nose starts out with piney and grassy hops, but there is also a nice citrus and floral hop character. It's like someone grinded up a grapefruit in some fresh cut grass and pine needles.

Tastes more bitter than the nose, with the piney and resiny hops taking the forefront. Cirtus and floral hops definitely take a backseat. A nice caramel malt backbone lies in waiting, giving just enough to balance this out nicely.

Medium in body, with a nice fine carbonation to it. Give off a feeling of fluffy or cloudyness because of the carbonation, something I really like and rarely find in IPA's. Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability is excellent, mainly because of the mouthfeel. It's so easy to drink and in no way offensive. Maybe it's too easy to drink...as 7.1% isn't exactly your ideal session beer.

A nice IPA from Great Divide. If this had just a little bit more going on in the taste department, I would go as far as to say this could be a world class IPA.

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

I'd have to ramp up my scores with having this fresh on tap (Old Mill, Austin, MN). Thanks David for having a short, but very good tap list.
The highlight of this beer is the great malt character in the flavor. Caramel and nutty quality that lies just underneath the grassy and somewhat citrus hop flavor. So tasty.
Excellently poured in a imperial pint glass. Nice creamy head that lasted the whole drink.
Smooth and moderate body.
So tasty.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light seethru brownish body with a good half-finger head and a lace ring around the glass. Great hop smell with citric and floral nots abounding and hints of sweet malts. A great, smooth tasting medium-bodied beer that is even a little buttery it is so smooth. Wet, citric and herbal hops are dominant but this beer is balanced and is in fact sweet on the backend and then finishes with a perfectly dry and crisp bite. An allaround great IPA.

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

Crackery malt aroma with pine and a distinct woody note that I also get from Hibernation.

The flavor is brighter than the aroma adding a citrus note to the wood and pine.

Mouthfeel is light-medium, somewhat chewy, with plenty of carbonation.

A really unique IPA, but I couldn't get into like I hoped I would. It lacked vibrance to me.

Photo of bobsy
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle drank at Volo.

Grapefruit and pine jump out of the bottle as soon as the cap is released. This is backed up by a pleasant caramel sweetness, and a earthy woodiness. The appearance gets top marks, mostly based on the great retention and epic sheets of white lace that cover every part of the glass. Not only this, but the body is a wonderful lusty copper, which demands to be drank.

The hops hit off the bat, with wonderful juicy grapefruit, and full on pine resin. The bitterness is moderate, but will please any hophead. Once they fade, a strong background of caramel malt becomes apparent and mixes in with sweet honey and light earthy notes. Everything is wonderfully balanced and drinkable, with no one factor allowed to dominate. The mouthfeel is very full for an IPA, and impressively creamy. Its actually remarkably smooth, which gives it a distinctiveness that some other examples lack.

Trust Great Divide to make an excellent beer. Its early in the year yet, but I think this may be an early contender for one of my favourite IPAs of 2010.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden red color with a huge tick bubbly head which leaves a ton of lacing down the glass.

Smell is of big bready malts and citrus hops.

Taste is like the smell. Good aggressive hops, mainly citrus and and grapefruit with a little pine in there too. Good malt backbone with mainly a bready flavor.

Smooth mouthfeel, nice and creamy.

Very drinkable, quite a nice IPA.

Photo of KTCamm
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pour a lear copper w/ 1/2 finger of white creamy foam. Residual lacing evident.

Smells piney/citrus-y with hoppy notes. Definitely a west coast feel to it.

Taste opens oily hoppy but remains balanced and in check throughout. Good malt presence. Mild bitter finish - enjoyable, not overpowering.

Dinkable for something called Titan IPA. Good beer here.

Photo of OttoBomb
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 fl. oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (January 9, 2010). "Bottled on: OCT 29 2009" on the label.

Eyes: Nice foamy, two-finger head, retains well. Has a very rich copper color.

Nose: The aroma aggressively jumps from the glass, pine and citrus, some honey sweetness appears once a deeper sniff is taken.

Tongue: Almost overwhelming hop punch, really nice overall. A crisp pine, citrus character fairly well balanced with the resiny malts. The malts are not as sweet as they might be, which accounts for the lingering bitterness in the aftertase.

Mouth: A good, medium weight, smooth body. Carbonation is right where it should be.

Libation: A very potent hop punch, but it's a pleasant one. This isn't exactly balanced, but it still works well. I find this a much more powerful IPA than others, actually a borderline DIPA. A very nice offering that goes down well despite the aggressive bitterness and respectable ABV of 7.1%.

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

Had on-tap at The Dusty Boot Saloon (Beaver Creek, CO)

Amber-brown hue poured with a half an inch worth of head; fades quickly leaving behind generous collars of lacing.

Strong scent of earthy, woody pine. Very dank and resinous, and as the beer warms subtle undertones of sweet malt greet the nose as well.

Wow, intense bitterness that continues to assault the palate way past the swallow, however caramel malt sweetness helps preserve some balance. Flavors of citrus fruit, pine, biscuit malt, and a nice dry finish, round out the taste. The alcohol presence is very well hidden. This is what a lupulin lover seeks!

Medium bodied, highly carbonated, and chewy mouthfeel.

While the high carbonation and bitterness does hinder drinkability somewhat, it definitely destroyed my palate but kept me coming back for more. Overall a deliciously hoppy IPA.

Photo of dasenebler
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled November '09, so this should be pretty good.

Nice copper color, with a modest head that laces decently and sticks around pretty well.

Aroma is of musky hops, and those typical beery smells.

Flavor was nothing to write home about. Kind of a muffled hop presence, with a sweet and malty residual flavor. Somewhat spicy and herbal. Where are the bright citrusy and piney flavors? Sort of disappointing. Mouthfeel was okay, pretty creamy.

I'm a big IPA fan, and this stuff just wasn't up to snuff. Bad bottle?

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

On tap at Canal Street in Reading on 12/30/09. Dark amber with thick white head. Sweet malt and citrusy (orange and grapefruit) hops. Very nice flavor a nice balance of sweet malt and bitter hops. Crisp finish and the bitterness lingers. Medium body with moderate carbonation. I could have had several of these, but wanted to try some other things. I will be buying some of this soon for sure.

Photo of Otesanek
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into 22oz snifter at 50f bottled on 9-15-09, drank 12-9. Wonderful rich copper color 1/4 inch off-white head. Tons of sticky ribbons of lace. Pretty mild aroma, clear hops, sugary pine. Flavor is very balanced, my kind of IPA, nice malty sweetness to hold up the drying hop bitterness. Combines into a kind of lemony (without the acidity) sugar syrup. No sign of alcohol what so ever. Good citrus pith character. Good body, rich and sweet without being cloying. Lightly coating. This drinks very easily, similar in weight and approach as the DFH 90 minute. Great balance of hop bite and sweet malts.

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

Serving type - 12 oz. Bottle into Chimay Goblet

Appearance - Pours a nice, amber/caramel color, with a thick, off-white head, and leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

Smell - Plenty of hops and pine notes, and some caramel and citrus fruit notes as well (orange, grapefruit). Smell almost makes me think "evergreen forest", lol.

Taste - Bitter hop/pine notes up front, with a sweet caramel aftertaste that has lingering fruit notes (grapefruit, orange). Extremely well done!

Mouthfeel - One of the best mouthfeels I have come across in an IPA, it has the perfect level of carbonation, and a nice creamy feel to it that just makes drinking this beer that much better.

Drinkability - About as sessionable as a 7% beer can be. The hops might get to some after a while, but I could drink several of these in a row.

Overall - Possibly my favorite IPA, as this one has what I feel is the perfect balance of great flavors/aromas, mouthfeel, and drinkability. Wish it was more readily available/cheaper here in WA!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Meh, not a Great Divide fan in terms of their hoppy beers. Just so average, looks like any beer. Appearance is the best thing, looks like a standard upper echelon ipa, but then it goes awry. Aroma, lacks that hop crisp affect you want. No dry hopping seems to be going on.

Taste, massively carbonated, foams up in yo mouf! Not much hop character, tastes like some indian browns kind of. Mouthfeel turns skoal like. No thanks.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Nick!)

Appearance: After a not so careful pour a crystal clear amber color reveals itself. Two fingers of head is sitting on top with some nice oily looking bubbles sitting up there too. After a few swirls in the snifter the head disappears quickly, but I'm left with a thick clump of bubbles still sitting on top of the beer. Some nice sheets of lace are covering the snifter from the sweet and sticky malt. When held up to the light, the slight effervescence makes me think the carbonation on this will make it great right from the starting line.

Smell: The nose isn't packing as much hop flavor as I was expecting. It's there, yes, and it's a fine amount to call itself an IPA, but I was hoping for one of those IPA's that truly is an IIPA. Not the case here today. There is a little bit of malt in the nose. The rest is an herbal aroma from the hops, including pine. I am also getting a little bit of a mineral aroma possibly from the water that was used.

Taste: Like the nose had anticipated, there isn't a load of hop flavor that crosses the palate, at least not right away. The first flavor to cross the palate is some of the sweet caramel malt. The malt flavor is quickly pushed to the side from some herbal grassy and pine flavored hops. Once the beer washes away I'm left with a very mild citrus flavor coating my teeth including orange peel and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: The physical character of the beer is spot on. It has a medium body, and a nice level of carbonation right after cracking the bottle open that makes it easy to dive into.

Drinkability: Again, spot on. The beer doesn't pack a hop punch. It's a beer with balance between malt and hops. The feel of the beer is great, the hop profile is there in the nose and mouth, and the beer makes your glass look lovely at the end.

This beer has the malt character to be turned into an IIPA, and I have a Hercules sitting in my fridge. Perhaps tomorrow I will get to see the hop punch from Great Divide.

Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours straight up orange with a great-looking white head, creamy and lumpy, leaves good lacing. I can smell it from the moment of popping it open, all hop scents, grapefruit and citrus mostly. Taste is big on hops (mostly citrus and grapefruit, and a little pine), but I think malts are just as or more present, but they are balanced very well. Mouthfeel is smooth, maybe a tad watery. Very enjoyable and easy to take down a few in one sitting. Sessionable American IPA's are one of my favorite styles, and this is a great example of them.

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,662 ratings.