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Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA

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3,629 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,629
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 162
Gots: 349 | 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 stewart124
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light copper to orange in color. The head is white and doesn't linger.

Malty nose with lots of pine and grapefruit. Nice aroma.

Full-bodied and smooth. Lots of bread character and very citrusy. The hops present lots of pine and a strong bitterness. Nice complexity and the malt bill adds loads of depth. There is a nice caramel sweetness in the backbone.

Very delicious. Dry finish with a pear and pine aftertaste. Great IPA!

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle into pilsner glass. Bottled on August 20, 2009.

A: Deep crystal orange. A quarter inch of head sticks around for five minutes and then you have a nice smudged white ring of bigger bubbles and a slick on top. Looks like it leaves medium lacing.

S: Herbal, spicy, not quite piny hops. Slight sugary sweet carmel like an IPA I made in September.

T: Minimal malt but what's there is that same sweetness. A medicinal spicy hopping. It's very tasty in a heavy way.

M: Slick and heading towards thick. Lots of rising carb but it doesn't prickle unnecessarily.

D: I could drink at least two or three servings of this in a row. It intrigues me. Four would have me going pretty well, maybe perfectly.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up today at Brewforia... poured into my Delirium goblet... Good head.. nice lacing... the brew is lite orange.

Pine and citric hops dominate the nose with some minor pale malts...

Flavor has all the traditional makings of a good IPA.. nice bitterness that is balanced with some pale maltiness and then the citrus and pine really comes out swinging... lite/medium body with good carbonation.

Pretty good... Don't think I've had this before... but now thanks to Rick and Brewforia I should be able to get my Great Divide fix without trading... Cool!!


Photo of plinythethirsty
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer I've been ignoring at my own damn expense. In a nutshell, it's an outstanding American IPA. It has a pine/pineapple/fruit-cup smell. Its taste is a hop assault, splashing bitter citrus and pine across the palate and tongue. A worthy malt flavor rises briefly to confront the hop wave and cushion the mouth-puckering finish. After my first, I looked in the mirror to see if, perhaps, it had left an entire hop sitting on my tongue. It hadn't. But maybe the next one . . . .

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

Rich pale amber beer with a thick, dense head. Very fine sized bubbles. Good looking beer.

Aroma was strongly of pine & citrus with the hop aroma leaping right out of the glass at you.

Flavor is similarly strong and full of hop flavor. It's balanced by good malt. This is an outstanding IPA! It doesn't get as much attention as some others like Two-Hearted Ale or Stones IPA, but this is every bit as excellent of an IPA. It tends toward the slightly more balanced side of things than some of the others, but time that just means that there's a bit more malt support. The hop flavor and bitterness are every bit as assertive as other great IPAs. Very nice beer.

Photo of Frosty80
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: clear, light copper

Smell: good balance of hop pine and citrus and malt sweetness

Taste: good bitterness up front with a bitter, yet slightly malty sweet finish

Mouthfeel: low-moderate carbonatin. low-med body

Notes: took me forever to try this one cause the only review i had ever heard about it was not good. dont know what they were thinking. DEFINITELY recommended

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at TJ's in Paoli, PA. Served in a pint glass.

A: Big, creamy, frothy, foamy, off-white head. The body was annealed copper in color. Good retention, lacing ensues.

S: On the nose the heavy hops take front stage, running the gamut from piney, citrusy (mostly orange), grassy and flowery. They ARE NOT shy. Noticeable alcohol is present. Above average toasted malts with a big caramel component. Bready, grainy, slightly earthy. **Excellent aroma but a lack of intensity brought this rating down.

T: A little sweet but mostly spicey with semi fruity notes. I got pear and pineapple. I think I also noticed vanilla come through. Very intriguing.

M: Medium body. Great hoppy bitterness. Long lasting flavor. **Slick/smooth texture at first, then the Titan bites your tongue with lively and fizzy carbonation. I don't know where to suggest improvement. Top notch mouthfeel.

D: A pretty flavorful brew and incredible mouthfeel makes this a WONDERFUL IPA. Not going to have another now, but I will certainly clash with the Titan on another day.

**Another day was 2/25/10

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

Had this IPA at Fathead Brewery located in North Olmsted Ohio.
A: Poured into a pint glass with 1/2 inch of head. Nice copper color.
S: I notice a strong pine odor more than any other.
T: Very solid and balance and taste.
M: Mild alcohol burn wih an even finish.
D: Very high, could drink a few of these at a time.
Summary: This is a sure try IPA. Hercules, another Great Divide beer, is currently my favorite DIPA.

Photo of cnally
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came highly recommended by Kahn's Fine Wines here in gorgeous, exotic Indianapolis. But in all seriousness, thank you like always, Kahn's.

This one pours a radiant orange with just a darker tint close to an amber-orange. A big fluffy head just paints the side of the glass.

The aroma is majestic. Very floral right up front, but the nose also contains some serious hop notes as well. The hop aroma is tempered by this amazing sweetness, honey like and malty.

What a good flavor. The taste is initially malty, burnt sugars in the front, which immediately die and flower into a massive hop flavor. Just a bitter mouthful...but very appealing nonetheless. A hop bomb by definition but is balanced enough and maintains enough sweetness to even out the hops on the finish.

Dry mouthfeel, astringent, but the perfect amount of carbonation and body.

Well, I wouldn't want to drink a whole sixer, or even more than one or two because of the kick-tail hop character. However, as a non-fan of hop bombs, this is a damn fine one.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll start by saying when I bought this last summer, it had a far more intense hop nose and flavor. That said, the 3 or 4 times I've had it since, I haven't gotten the same effect, probably an east coast freshness issue. The appearance is one intangible, with a thick, clumpy froth leaving gorgeous lacing down the glass. Brilliant orange.

The nose on this one lacks the intense pine and citrus I remember from before. It is replaced with the biscuit and nuttiness reminiscent of UK base malt, and a fruity though subdued yeast character.

Citrus and pine hops remain in the flavor over the aforementioned malt. Resiny, but the biscuit flavor seems like more of a UK flavor than American.

Nice body keeps it fairly balanced and drinkable, not cloying in any sense.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/amber with a weak white head. Not one of the better looking IPAs I've ever witnessed.

S: Hops - Lots of pine and some grapefruit with a little malt sweetness. Smells like it will be a nicely balanced IPA.

T: Piney hops pack a serious punch. Not as much citrus there. The underlying caramel malt base that is more apparent in the flavor than in the smell, providing a little sweetness. Long bitter finish.

M: Nice finely carbonated creamy mouthfeel with just a touch of alcohol burn.

D: Certainly a hoppy IPA, but not unbalanced either. As a whole the beer is better than its appearance and smell would suggest.

Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber orange color, dense frorthy head, good retention and lacing. Smell is composed of potent piney and grapefruit hops with nicely roasted carmel and pale malts in the rear. Taste is aggressive piney and grapefruit hops up front with a nice carmel and pale malt background. Medium bodied, slightly oily and chewy. Good IPA, slightly heaver than others in the style.

To me, this is pretty much the same beer as the Denver Pale Ale with a more robust hop presence.

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

Very nice IPA.

Poured a nice copper color. Definite pine and citrus aroma. Has a nice balance of hops and malt. If you are a hophead like myself you'll be pleasantly surprised. Nicely balanced not bitter at all. Very smooth. I could see this being a nice session beer. My local store just got this in and am looking forward to seeing what else the lineup provides.

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

Had this in the bottle in the past and loved it. Had this on tap at Tapwerks this time in OK.

Golden copper in color with a medium off-white head, some lacing.

Aroma of pine and citrus, some herbal notes. Malt is present, plenty to smell.

Tastes of pine, floral, herbal, with some dried apricots and bread.

This is a well rounded beer, tastes bigger than it is with ample bitterness and hoppy resins.

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a pint glass:

A - Soft copper color with a good head that fades fast but leaves lacing that sticks around.

S - Sharp citrus and pine scents with hints of malt.

T - Unique hop flavor that really accentuates that pine and citrus taste. Malt is evident as well but the hops overwhelm the taste. Nice alcohol kick aftertaste as well.

M - Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D - I dont this would be a session beer for most unless you are a hop head. very enjoyable though.

Photo of moz9
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my all time favorite beers. It's different than any other IPA I have had. The piney taste that you hear about in other reviews blends nicely with the citrus hop flavor. It has a sharp after taste and it's fairly light body makes it very enjoyable to drink. The best thing about this beer is that it's a great deal at $9.99 for a six pack. Most of the Great Divide beers are outstanding. This one is by far my favorite. I would love to try it on draft sometime.

Photo of RiekerStarBrew
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When I poured the beer into my pint glass, it displayed a hazy copper/gold color. The head was thin and quickly dissipated. The beer had a great fresh hop aroma reminiscent of citrus/pine. Additionally, there was a sweet caramel malt aroma that paired nicely with the hops. The flavor of the beer starts with an assertive hop bitterness. The flavor faded into a pine-like hop flavor and finished malty sweet. Overall, the balance between hops and malt is this beer's greatest quality making it a multiple pint candidate.

Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Three fingers worth of slightly off-white foam that is chunky and comprised of varying sized bubbles... Excellent retention ultimately gives way to a clump of foam in the center of the glass... ... Pale bronze color wiht a faint orange hue... A decent amount of small carbonation bubbles swirl and rise throughout... Tons of sticky lacing clings to the glass...

S - The quality malt base is at the forefront of the aroma... Sour dough... Caramel... Crust... The hop aroma takes the form of mildly sweet citrus... Some evergreen notes as well...

T - Quick burst of sweet caramel malt to start... Very bitter piney hops start slow but come on quite strong by the finish...

M - Slight bit of carbonation on the tongue... Medium bodied... Ultra smooth... Slightly creamy going gown turning very dry on the finish... Puckering... Slightly sticky...

D - An assertive IPA... Teetering on DIPA territory... Solid and straight forward... Another very solid offering from Great Divide... Not being a "hophead," the hops are a little to daunting to make this sessionable...

Photo of claminat420
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a nice transparent amber color. solid two and a half finger head. thick/heavy lacing.

S- sweet malt blended nicely with a piney hop scent

T- sweet malt backed up with a light floral front taste. back end has a slight bitterness.

M- light to medium bodied. nice carbonation.

D- could kill four or five out of a six.

Overall- a solid ipa. hops and malts are blended to a science.

Photo of batty
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bought and drank in cambridge, ma, October '09. bottles says it was bottled on Aug 07 2009.

pours a just-slightly-less-than-clear peachy amber, with decent dull white head. head dies a bit overly quickly, but lace is excellent, and very sticky.

smell, as opposed to the appearance, is less than spectacular. sweet kinda sticky peachy-caramel malts man the show, with a dull earthy-citrus hop muted in the background.

taste as well is good, but not great. i feel the malt characteristics are over much for an ipa, a bit too sweet and cloying. the sweet reminds me of approaching a barleywine type taste, but this doesn't have the rest of the complexity and darker malts to back it up. hop flavor is good - quite a bit of 'green' type hop flavors, with a decent citrus (grapefruit and bitter orange peel type) middle. good overall, but not my favorite by any means. a little alcohol presence noted.

nice and thick though, really great body.

overly cloying to be superbly drinkable for my palate. good, but overall glad i bought a bottle and not a sixer.

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

This is a very pretty beer. Cloudy golden yellow with a nice frothy head that leaves some very nice lacing.

The smell isn't an overpowering hopfest, which is nice. The sweet malts come out quite nicely.

The taste is nicely balanced between the sweet and the bitter. Very tasty.

In the mouth it is nicely balanced. Not syrup or watery and with just enough carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, even for a malty guy. I'd grab another.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on August 20, 2009.

A-Poured a clear copper-amber hue with a two finger head that receded into a nice sticky lace.

S-Piney and citrus hops, and some bready malt.

T-Hoppy bitterness with a faint malt sweetness that is not quite enough. Flavor is somewhat nondescript for style. Not nearly as aggressive as the label proclaims. Taste improves as it warms.

M-Very smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level.

D-This was okay. I had it one other time and remember it being better.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and crisp coppery color into my Duvel tulip. As I pour, foam swirls up through the beer but rapidly dissipates, giving me only a thin film of foamy head. The lacing comes in spots and an irregular pattern of splotches from top to bottom.

Mounds of piney hops bring some bittering notes along. There is a bready malt character that surprised me, as I don't usually expect any malt presence in the aroma of a west coast IPA, let alone a non-caramel malt. The backbone brings with it the promise of an incredibly balanced IPA.

I am not disappointed. My visions of balance were met and exceeded. Caramel and bready malts provide a strong and complex backbone. This is balanced nicely by the piney hops from the nose, as well as hidden flavors of grapefruit and other more mild citrus. The bitterness is not the dominant hop character, as should the balance be in a good IPA.

The carbonation is modest, allowing the texture of this fine beverage to be noted and enjoyed. The malt backbone gives a sticky feel. The texture, alcohol level, and balance make this an awesome beer to be enjoyed multiple times in a row.

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

Titan IPA is cheerfully radiant and its toasty colour scheme runs on a gradient, a sort of pineapple yellow at its base that becomes a solid kumquat orange by the top. Clarity is preserved despite a vague haze. What its head lacks in substance it makes up for in lacing - there is as much white plastered to the surface as there is to the sides of the glass.

Resiny pine, acidic citrus and fresh out of the oven pastries comprise the holy trinity of IPAs - and this one has them all, in spades. The pine smells especially sappy, the orange and grapefruit appear festering and the doughy breads are sweet and seemingly honey-laced. Hmmm, a sip is getting mighty tempting right about now... I better give in.

The flavour has about as many toppings as an ice cream sundae bar. Juicy, plump, acidic fruits make up most of the bill (pineapples, grapefruits, tangerines, coconuts) although toffee squares, wafers, caramel and nut and honey laced pastries (think a good baklava) are also on the table. There is an awful lot of that delicious pine syrup too.

The sweet breadiness of the malts is not inconsequential - but versus the hops it's a just another horse chasing Secretariat. The brewer drew this up to be hoppy and that is how this one goes down. The (vividly pine-like) syrupy character, the animated herbalness and the lifelike citrus all strikingly resound on the dynamic 'bite' this leaves on the tongue.

Great Divide is a titan amongst craft brewers; their IPA (and DIPA) are appropriately titled. Since I discovered American micro beer some four or five years ago I'm hard pressed to think of a brewery whose offerings I've enjoyed more - both in terms of quantity of different beers and quality of enjoyment - in that time than Great Divide. This is a fantastic flagship beer from a brewery who makes no shortage of fantastic beers.

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

Appearance: Light reddish golden colour, with a creamy white hea, and medium carbonation. 4

Aroma: Big citric hops on the nose, with grassy pines, and lemons. There are also clear floral notes. 4

Taste: Crisp refreshing hoppy flavours at the front, with a resiny pine, and lots of citrus. There is a caramel base provided by the malt, that comes through with a sweetness slightly in the middle. It finishes with a massive hoppy bitterness that lingers. 4

Mouthfeel: Light on the palete, with coating feel. The carbonation is lively, giving it a rough texture. 4

Drinkability: A solid IPA in the American style that offers a powerful hoppy taste that lasts to the end. Very drinkable, there is almost no sign of the heavy alcohol content. 4

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,629 ratings.