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Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA

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3,627 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,627
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 161
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

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Beer added by: Jon on 08-04-2003

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

Pours nearly clear, golden/orange in color, with abundant fluffy, golden/off-white head.

Dominant sweet candied citrus scents. Mild pineapple and overall tropical fruit scents. Nice touch of a brown sugar sweetness as well.

The initial honey sweetness is both surprising, and a somewhat difficult to get past. There is a grassy lemon hops presence, as well as a trace of pine. There is a definite lingering sweetness.

Light to moderate carbonation delivers a smooth mouthfeel. Drinkibility would be higher if it wasn't so sweet.

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

A: Pours a bright, clear orange-bronze color. The large head has an orange tint and a dense, frothy texture. Retention is very good, with concentric rings of lacing persisting.

S: Oily, citric hop aromas. Pink grapefruit and orange pith, along with some more tropical notes of pineapple. A bit piney as well. A nice underlying pale malt base provides hints of sweetness. Faint hints of caramel as well.

T: A big rush of citric hop flavors and bitterness. Pink grapefruit is vivid and vibrant, with lesser notes of orange rind and tropical pineapple. A second dose of piney and lemony hops hits with different flavors. Underneath it all, a biscuity pale malt provides a bit of sweetness, bit it stays mainly in the background. There's also a mineral quality to the beer in general, recalling a British IPA in some ways.

M: On the full-bodied side of medium. Carbonation is fairly creamy. A hoppy oiliness at times, but overall a consistently dry beer.

D: This is my first beer from Great Divide, and color me impressed. A delicious IPA chock full of citric hop flavors. Generally high in character and drinkability. I've got their St. Bridget's porter in the fridge right now. I was looking forward to trying it before I tasted this, but now I'm really excited to try more of their beers.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a ragged white head. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of big piny hops with some floral notes and citrus notes in the background.

Tastes of the big piny hops upfront with some malty sweentess. There are also some fruity esters that make an appearance in the end. The malt lays a solid foundation for the hops. Some alcohol also comes through in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.

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

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz into a snifter. Has a golden-orange hue and with a bunch of carbonation although not much in the head department. Half a finger length at pour but turns into a dismal quarter finger that has a moderate retention.

Smell: The smell was very floral right off the bat that transforms to a somewhat earthy aroma that combines with a malty sweetness and a pinch of citrus hops. There is even a touch of sweet sugar like aroma that holds its complexities together.

Taste: Has quite a bit of bittering hops and as the label says its quite assertive for a traditional IPA much like walking in the woods and having a pine branch get smacked back in your face. There is a bit of fruitiness from mandarine oranges to lemonpeel that mixes with its hop characters. This brew even has some malt to round it out and surprisingly is capable of making it through the barrage of floral notes and lupilin. It finishes off quite crisp and bitter and has a nice bunch of complexities to finish the job out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and has ample carbonation that works nice with this almost chewy finish.

Drinkability: Almost like a weak DIPA that had me double check that it was in fact a regular. Abv is hidden and is very drinkable.

Overall: First brew by great divide and they are starting out strong in my book. This is a well rounded IPA in my opinion and could shake the foundations of some of my favorites.

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

bright orange-copper-amber that leaves a massive head that declines into extravagant lacing...just looks good sitting there. those pine oils punch into the nose though there is still a sense of an old english pale somewhere in there. nice detail. taste is what the nose suggested with those prickly piney notes but as stated by others, there's the maple sweetness keeping things as interesting as most upper echelon brews. not dry and puckering like the Smuttynose. this is bittersweet....more sweet than bitter. mouthfeel is nearly perfect, chewy making this, for hopheads quite drinkable.

Photo of mikel52588
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: June 24, 2009

Appearance: Pours an orange amber with a somewhat disappointing finger length head with little retention, leaves little lacing

Smell: smells really good. It has a fruity zest, I smell pinapple, orange, lemon, and some pine in there

Taste: The initial taste is quite sweet, followed by the citrus flavors and a spicyness and then finishing with the hops, it's a nice little progression that it makes with your taste buds.

Mouthfeel: Its medium in body and quite dry, not as creamy as I would expect. Highly carbonated even with the little amount of head.

Drinkability: Its quite drinkable, not to heavy, a little dry, but that compliments its flavor. It has 7% abv so its in the middle as far as that goes. It would pair nicely would sharp cheese or any kind of food that is dry on the palate.

Photo of DerBayer
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

How does this stack up to the Meister of American IPAs - HopDevil Ale.
Wwwwell, not unfavourably at all the taste is a similar balance of maple malts and piney hops and very commendable I like the beer and I like the style.

Slightly dry mouthfeel - OK for the style but the only slight letdown as far as I am concerned

Photo of burnstar
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a medium sized head. Nice lacing on the surface. Smell is sweet malt with light fruit. Citrusy hops. Taste is citrusy grapefruit and piney hops. Big sweet malty backbone. Sharp bitterness in the finish and a pleasant slightly bitter hop aftertaste. Very nice. Full bodied. Tasty and drinkable. Overall a great IPA.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide Titan IPA poured light copper--slighty lighter than I prefer for an IPA, but with a huge head and lots of lace left on the glass.

The smell was malty sweet and floral; however, the flavor was earthy, complex and balanced, with more bitterness than suggested by the aroma. There was a great degree of aggrssiveness in the feel but enough balance to make it finish smooth.

Great Divide Titan IPA is a great every day IPA.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A- Nice tan head about an inch thick that takes a while to fade into a thin lace, but sticks around for the whole ride. The beer itself is a nice clear amber color. Very pretty.

S- Right off the bat, pine needles. It's like walking in a pine forest. There's also some citrus, lemon and orange peels and a hint of maple syrup.

T- Huge bitterness up front. Citrus and honey flavors followed by tree sap and more pine needles. Akin to being slapped in the mouth with a pine branch. The malt brings up the rear and adds a nice balance to the beer. Sweet, roasted notes and a nice flavor of pipe tobacco.

M- The beer has a medium body and low carbonation, despite a persistent head. It finishes dry and leaves a bit of a sticky residue on the tongue, not unpleasant though.

Overall I enjoyed this beer very much. I don't have a lot of experience with IPAs, but this has certainly made me interested in trying some more.

Photo of linnet
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber colour, lots of particles in the liquid, small creamy beige head plenty of lacing. Aroma is full of hops, pine, grapefruit and also malt in the background. It has great divides unmistakeable signature smell. Flavour is hoppy with a very distinct bitterness and notes of grapefruit, lemon and pine. Mouthfeel is crisp with medium bubbles.

Photo of bump8628
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Harvard pint glass with an inch of eggshell head that sticks to the glass and lasts the entire time. Dark gold in color with a copper tint and a light haze.

Smells of piny and herbal hops and some toasted biscuity malt. The hops don't pop in the aroma as much as I'd like in an IPA

Taste is a mix of piny, herbal, and juicy citrus hops. There is also a very solid malt backbone that's toasty with a prominent caramel presence. More balanced than a lot of IPAs, which could be good or bad depending on your IPA preferences.

Plenty of carbonation and a clean, crisp finish make this an easy beer to drink. Overall, a nice beer but I like a little more hoppiness in an IPA, especially one at 7% ABV.

Photo of SaintPeter
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big off-white creamy head, great retention. Golden copper in color, highly carbonated. Nice cling and lacing.

Nice floral, grapefruit hop aroma. Citrusy. Very pleasant!

Malty initially but the hops drop in somethin' fierce! Burn, but very nice lemony pine burn. Crisp and clean. No off or resiny taste.

This is a really nice IPA, syrupy in the mouth, warming to the mind and body.


Photo of Jeffo
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger thicker off-white head with great retention. Orange-red or scarlet red, clear with higher end carbonation. Head eventually fades to a decent film which remains until the end and leaves some great thick lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Toasted malt, coriander and tyme spices, and some grapefruit. Perhaps some mild melon in there as well. Nice nose.

TASTE: Toasted malt, fruity and spicy as well. Some coriander, tyme and peper as well. Some citrus and melon notes in the background. Finishes with some sweetness, spiciness and bitterness in a nicely balanced combination. Mild and long lasting aftertaste with a slightly alcoholic tint to it. Bold enough but not overpowering. Very enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body, not as creamy as hoped, unfortunately. Goes down smooth and finishes crisp with a touch of dryness on the palate.

OVERALL: Good stuff. Best all round IPA I've had so far. The palate could be a little creamier, but great overall. Drinks away very easily. Recommended.

Photo of LukeD23
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is perfect for this style. Brilliant golden color with a beautiful white cream head. Some lacing.

The aroma is probably the best Ive smelled on an IPA. I love it! A Piney bouqet on the front with a tantalizing hint of citrus and nuts in the backround.

Flavor has a nice sweet start to it with a great spicy citrus hop flavor, that rolls into a malty graininess then leads to the quenchingly bitter finish. So freakin good.

Mouthfeel again is just spot on. Nice body that isnt to heavy pairing well with the dryness of the beer. This helps a ton with the drinkability of this ale.

OVerall, One of the best IPAs Ive had. Great hop aroma great hop flavor and great hop bittterness, but..thats not all this thing has, the malt backbone is so strong and that is what takes it to the next level to me. Love it.

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

A: Riche copper color with pillowy off white head that dissipates slowly, and leaves heavy lacing down the glass. Very nice looking beer.

S: Balanced aroma of bready malt and big citrus hops.

T: Malty upfront, with some sweet carmel, fresh bread and bisquits. Then the hops explode in your mouth with big citrus flavors, ruby red grapefruit, lemon zest and some sweet mandarin oranges. After hearing everyone say how hoppy this beer is, I was expecting an unbalanced hop bomb. And while it's definitley hoppy, it has a nice malt backbone to make this nicely balanced.

M: Full bodied, ample carbonation

D: This is an excellent IPA. Great balance, great hop flavor, I could drink these all night. Another great offering from Great Divide.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. I think this would have been better into a pint glass though as the head was somewhat smaller than expected. Very slightly hazy, creamy head with good retention and great lacing. Smell was a good balance of grapefruit and piney hops, a little more on the citrusy side. Taste was great. A very citric, slightly sweet taste at first followed by a good bitter piney hops pucker. Mouthfeel was a little thinner and dryer than I like but good. Slightly oily. Overall a great beer and easy drinker. Best a little warmer than normal, would easily drink more if I could get any in Vegas!

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

Three creamy and delicious looking fingers of ivory head over a semitransparent amber. A cap of head retains and there's a good amount of lacing on the pint glass. Pine and citrus hops throughout this aroma. Lots of perfume on the nose. As expected from the aroma, I get big piney hops right away. Also up front are those delicious florals and citrus, with the latter seeming more like grapefruit than anything else. There's a caramel malt sweetness, but this brew is pretty fresh and has a hop profile to prove it. Good balance, though. A crisp, medium body sends this brew smoothly down. This is a damn good IPA, and I can't wait to bust into the rest of my 6er.

Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English "pot" pint glass
Copper colored with a big , long-lasting foamy head
Aroma-Big hit of juicy, piney hops and citrus
Taste-Full-on hops up front with juicy citrus notes, followed by a bit of a malty middle that gives way to a bittering big hop finish.
Overall, very tasty and well-balanced. Certainly worth a try!!

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

Appearance - Darker copper-orange color. Clear with a huge foamy head although I did pour it quite fast.

Aroma - Instantly I noticed a pleasant hop smell that really stood out. Must have been the citrus in the hops. A bit piney too.

Taste - I was happy to see that it tasted much like it smelled. The piney/citrus hop flavor stuck there the entire time. It was nice to have real hop flavor along with the bitterness. There was enough of a malt backbone to balance it out some.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and carbonated.

The kind of stand-out IPA that I like. Not overwhelmingly bitter and a distinguishable taste. The kind that I would recognize without seeing the label.

Photo of Genghis22
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled May 1, 2009 - Received in a trade, thanks again Stephen!

A - Pours a clear golden honey color. Nice white head that fades quickly.

S - Sweet smells of ripe citrus and malts. Slight touches of pine and floral hop aromas.

T - Wow! First taste is a bit sweet, very citrusy. Then it become very bitter, nice piney flavor comes through. The aftertaste is full of rich biscuity malty goodness. Very well balanced.

M - Awesome. Nice full bodied, a bit chewy, but not syrupy. Moderate carbonation. Almost feels like a DIPA, but not quite there, very nice for a standard IPA.

D - Oh hell yeah! This is a delicious beer! I could drink a bunch of these, too bad they don't distribute to CA. Very nice IPA. The alcohol is not detectable in the taste, and at 7%, not quite a session, but not a "one and done" either.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Four fingers of lemon yellow sea-foam rests above a clear to slightly hazy rich amber ale. That head leaves ample lacing as it gradually recedes to form a large homogenous pillow. Oh, and the label has great retro graphics too.

This is one hoppy nose. Grapefruit and pine dominate, but one can still distinguish grain in the background, with a quick pop of malt. Oh, ad as it warms, pineapple puts in a showing..

The hop bitterness is as strong as anticipated, as the hops seem to be more focused on bitterness than flavor. Still, my pint glass is happy to host this delicious brew, worthy of the Elder Gods. Some acidity is present, with pronounced caramel. The finish is long bitter, and an homage to grapefruit. While less complex than I had imagined, Titan IPA is elegant in its simplicity.

Almost viscous, this is a smooth, bone dry temptation, with some metallic notes. The alcohol is moderate, as is the carbonation .

For those who appreciate a beer with a strong influence of hops, this will be easy to drink. Lift this one alongside a pool, or with all things cheesy.

Photo of ProfessorCJ
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz glass into a chilled pint glass. Purchased at Fresh Market

A-Clear golden orange ale with a finger of short lived white foam. A little lacing later.

S-Hoppy but not overwhelmingly so. A little yeast or bread.

T-Good straight forward IPA taste. Hops up front with citrus peel after taste. No alcohol taste even thought it is 6.8% ABV.

M-Good after taste of bitter in the back of the throat. But it is a little thin up front.

D-Yes! Very Drinkable, not filling. I'm about to open a second one.

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

Bottles on date Jul 17, 2009

A: Dull orangy amber. Slight haze. Lovwely creamy soft off-white finger head. Some nice fine lacing.

S: Breadiness and caramel trump the pine hops.

T: This is a simple pleasure. Really tasty bready and caramel malt. Some citrus but mostly pine hop in the finish and aftertaste. Really pleasing.

M: Full side of medium bodied. The malt really adds to the fullness with one hell of a backbone. Plenty of fine carb that is fairly gentle on the palate.

D: I love a very aggressive IPA. I tend to prefer the hop forward versions but this beer reminded me that I love malt. It's definately a hoppy beer but it doesn't seem that way because the malt is so predominant. It's one of those beers that you can throw back - very drinkable. Really nicely done and well balanced. As much as I enjoyed it, I would love to try a more hop forward version.

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

Pours a dark golden color with a 1 finger foamy white head and a good amount of carbonated bubbles flying around in there. Smell is grains up front, detecting some fruits in there, possibly melons, and some spice. Taste is sweet malts and hops to a very nice balance with some of that grainy flavor peaking through. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish, not too much carbonation. Solid IPA. I could easily drink a few more of these.

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,627 ratings.