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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

3,664 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,664
Reviews: 1,403
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 172
Gots: 389 | 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 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.

Photo of jrallen34
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

It pours a clear very light orange/gold with a very a light white head that is gone immediately with no lacing.

The aroma is very nice lots of citrus, the sour grapefruit variety balanced by a nice hoppiness at the end.

The taste is a little light in the beginning for me with a little sweetness, but wish that was bigger. The end is a nice with some hops that lasts a while.

The feel is pretty light and watery could be better.

Very drinkable especially at 7.1% can't taste that at all.

Overall a pretty cheap very good ipa. Could use a little more complexity in the taste but pretty good.

Photo of bosox941827
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber to orange, lacing down the glass evident for each sip - very nice.

S: More toasted malts than hops - odd for an IPA

T: Note - I let this warm a bit (though it's still slightly chilled) before I wrote this, but am still getting more malts than hops. Toasted malts are very prominent. Hops are there, but not as "in your face" as you'd expect for a 65 IBU IPA. After the malt taste dissipates, bitterness is what's left on the palate, but is still in the background - on the back of the tongue as well. My overall impression of this beer is "sweet", rather than "bitter", not what you expect for an IPA.

M: Good - what you'd expect for an IPA; not over-carbonated.

D: Very drinkable, but not a "world class" IPA in my opinion, though I am an unconverted hop-head. If trying to session it, myight tire of the sweetness and need something more bitter.

Overall a good beer, but more like a pale ale for me than an IPA.

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

Amber body. The head was rather thin and short lived.

Citrus and earthy hops up front with a heavy caramel malt balance.

Orange and grapefruit citrus hops are the mainstay. This is nearing "balanced" for an IPA, but not quite. The malt is sweet and slightly grainy. The aftertaste is nice and bitter.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but does have a good dry finish.

I did enjoy this one quite a bit. Aside from the light body, this is a quality IPA.

Photo of Kadonny
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli into a nonic pint glass.

A: A deep amber orange color with a one finger off white head. Nice full glass lacing.

S: Citrus hops with a deep malt sweetness. Great nose.

T: Citrus hops with orange, lemon, grapefruit and tangerine with a lighter grassy hoppy flavor. The deep caramel sweetness melds in with the hops to provide a very balanced beer. The sweetness does not back down and finishes out the beer with the hops bitterness and bite coming in to help finish off. A very hoppy beer that stays balanced and seems less hoppy than what it is. Nice.

M: Medium and maybe even a bit thin. I would have liked the hops and bitterness to linger and be more prickly. I think the malt really smooths things out in this beer.

D: High, these are way drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall this is another beer that didn't taste like the bottle. I actually liked the bottle a bit better as it seemed hoppier to me. Still, this is a very solid IPA that I would drink anytime.

Update 12/21/2009. I purchased a keg of this beer based on my prior great experiences with it. Is it possible they changed the recipe? My review from my keg at home yields a beer that is much, much sweeter. The hops are overtaken quickly with a very sugary sweet malt flavor that finishes the beer out. Bitterness is lacking and the mouthfeel is syrupy. I'm feeling this IPA is too sweet for my liking. FYI keg is dated November 2009, so it's only 5 weeks old. Alas, I may end up trading this one in, I'm not sure I can drink the entire keg of this. Sad too, I used to love this beer.

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

On Sight: Pours a nice 2 finger thick white head, great ambercopper tone, wonderful head retention, and leaves some nice lacing around the glass.
Aromas: Hops, hops, hops- There is also a slight sweetness, along with hints of fruit, and very floral and earthy on the nose.
Tastes: Hard to get past the hops with this one could be a little over-whelming if you are not use to so much at once. Actually it is a well balanced beer. I can pick up just a small hint of some sweet malt, small hint. If you're into hops be sure to pick this one up, and enjoy.

Photo of mfkr
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice golden red color, with a really large head that staid for a long time and left lots of lacing.

S - Lots of hops and some spices.

T - Lots of hops in the taste, slight malt sweetnes.

M - Medium body and refreshing carbonation.

D - Nice IPA that is really easy to drink much of.

Photo of HalfFull
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The Titan pours a clear golden straw with a bit of haze. A half inch of soapy slightly off white foam sits atop and offers good retention and lacing.

Nose is slightly sweet with citric hops and malts fighting for the title. Bit of a void here, offering greater depth with some warming and exposure, yet never really in line with expectations of an IPA.

Flavor follows the nose with citric hops up front and a rather dry and chalky finish for the style, particularly given the assumed sweetness on the nose. Some oily pine notes reveal themselves later but don't compensate for the chalky close. Otherwise a bit watery on the finish with no lingering bitterness or distinct malt flavor. Rather boring in the end in a nondescript way. Nothing excels and nothing detracts much, yet more blah than yeah.

Note: Bottled on July 01, 2009.

Photo of karma99
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle date stamped Oct 14, 2009. Label quoted ABV as 7.1%. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

Robust Copper with a tinge of Gold/Red, 1 finger head when poured semi-vigorously. Excellent lacing in spite of not having much head.

I love hops, but if you really want to impress me show me a strongly hopped beer that is balanced and finished well, complex and with a good ABV. Well, I have found the perfect example of such an IPA here in Titan.

Nice balance of pine and citrus hops, good "twang" to the tastebuds but not too bitter, finished with subtle smoky sweetness from the malt. Crisp carbonation gave it a nicely biting mouthfeel, again exemplary of the best IPAs.

A definite winner, one you'll like to turn others on too, they will bow to your IPA prowess if you lay one of these on 'em.

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!!

4/4/4/3.5/4.5

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

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
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.

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,664 ratings.