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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

3,352 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,352
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 144
Gots: 219 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jon on 08-04-2003)
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Photo of Gehrig
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of white froth top off a fine, moderately cloudy orange-red base, very nice. The smell gives off a lot of hops, though shy of a DIPA, with some orange and apricot fruit sidling their way in. The taste was boldly hopped while restrained, well-balanced with fruits and spices, a great-tasting citrusy IPA loaded with orange, apricot, and grapefruit. Ample biscuit malt adds brilliant balance. A wonderful mouthfeel makes this easy to drink.

I'm very impressed with this, a very well-balanced IPA. Grab it and don't look back.

Gehrig, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of milesfan76
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased about a month ago, poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Pours a nice reddish amber with about a finger and a half of white head. Head doesn't last long, but leaves a decent lacing.

S: Smells hoppy. A little bit of citrus coming through, but mostly hops.

T: Hops. Malts are present, but hops are most definitely the dominant flavor. Not nearly the hop monster that the Hercules is, but still quite hoppy. (Oh, BTW, I am a bit of a hop-head.)

M: Rather light in body even compared to most IPA's I've had. Pretty good carbonation.

D: At 6.8%, it's just a tad above what I would consider sessionable, but if I had more I could definitely do 2 or 3 of these in a night.

In a style that has a ton of worthy offerings, this is IMO one of the more notable. Great Divide has yet to disappoint me. Solid IPA.

milesfan76, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of brantadid
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish honey color. a 1/2 inch head formed and diminished quickly. A moderate amount of lacing.

Lots of citrus in the rind. Some really nice floral qualities.

A ton of hoppy bitterness in the taste of this beer. It was almost overpowering. Slight sweetness on the front palate, followed by grapefruit notes, and finished very bitter.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

brantadid, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of warmstorage
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled fourth week of August, but not year listed. I'll presume 2007. $8.59 in a six pack at Gold Rush Liquors, Anchorage, AK.

Presentation: I really tried to be fair. Beer clean bell pint glass, I haven't had anything to eat for hours, I tasted and rated it starting at 52 degrees, and up to 60 degrees now.

Appearance: slightly hazy, bright orange. Relatively dense, large off-white head dissipates and leaves essentially no head, but huge amounts of lacing.

Aroma: wet piney hops, but not a huge hop nose. Distinct malt.

Taste: sweet malty alcohol, with moderate to middling piney hops. A little citrus. The malty sweetness actually dominates. Way underhopped for a west coast style IPA, and the malt is way too pronounced. The hops are a little coarse and sharp: lots of Chinook, maybe?

Mouth: Thick and slick, with a moderate carbonation level. Fairly warm alcohol.

Overall: Ahhhh, well. Blah/ Drinkable beer, and I wouldn't send it back. But will I keep buying it? No way. There are just too many great IPAs out there to bother. Perfectly drinkable as a basic pub ale, or around a campfire, or while working in the yard. But maybe that's a problem: it's way to easy to drink.

It's not super fresh, being bottled a little over four months before I purchased it last week, so maybe that accounts for some of the limited hop character.

As I've said many times, I really love Great Divide's big beers, and think they are genuinely some of the best in each of their categories. Oaked Old Yeti is probably my favorite regularly produced imperial stout. So why does a brewery that is clearly capable of such greatness churn out such mediocre beer for their standards? The claim on the label that this is a "big, aggressively hopped IPA" is just bizarre to me. I actually bought this six pack of GD standards despite having long felt this way for two reasons: to really try to give them another chance, under the best conditions I could, and because I needed some basic, unidentifiable 12 ounce bottles for homebrew.

At least the bottles are nice.

warmstorage, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of reginaldo
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely does justice to the IPA style. Very powerful smell with strong floral and citrus aroma. Explosion of hop flavors. The first sip hits you with the strong hop bitterness and flavor, even for an IPA. Very well blended. Very bitter but yet is balanced out with the malty sweetness enough to make it easy to drink. A beer where a minute or so after drinking you still have that strong hop flavor in your mouth. Good job of blending the different hop varieties. Brewed with hopheads in mind.

reginaldo, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant light orange with a one-finger head that fades quickly with very little lacing left behind. Has an acute aroma of tangy citrus hops that reach out and grab you. There's a slight bit of pine in the background. Taste is superb with the bold hop bitterness somewhat rounded by the subtle lemon, orange, and malt forming toward the end with some phenol lurking behind but never really being able to assert itself. Mouth-feel is medium-bodied with just enough crispness to keep things in balance. There is a powdery affect after a few drinks. This is a very drinkable and tasty brew with little trade-off between the two.

stephens101, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy burnt orange with some gold around the edges. A two finger white head slips down to leave some sticky lacing as I sip this one down.
Large hop nose. Orangey and floral with a modest caramel sweetness and a piney background. Really a good smelling beer.
Tastes lightly malty sweet on the tip of my tongue. Some semi-sweet citrus fruits next and then bitter orange peels and earthy pine needle hops in the finish.
Throw in a medium body and smoothly chewy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to tickle the tonsils as it slides down.
A damn good IPA

Slynger, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of peck95
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a cloudy orange brown with a little head that has decent retention
a nice floral and citric smell
a good hoppy taste a grassy grapefruit taste almost a week lemon zest.
the only neg. thing about this is that it is a bit dry in the mouth feel
this is a very good ipa it is very tasty and drinkable. This ranks up there with the dogfish and stone ipas

peck95, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this was a good brew I have always liked the beers from the great divde, this was drank from a bottle in an ice cold glass, very bitter for an IPA in my opinion.

not my favorite IPA a little different from most IPA's that i have had recently, I do recommend this brew but would recommend a flight from the great divide as well, they are all strong I think.

Hollenbeck2, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of AylwinForbes
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle and the head was astonishing, thick and sculpted, much like the Rockies from whence the beer came. Pale amber with a slight haze, some sediment in the bottle I noted. Notable aroma of citrus, pine and hop. Pungent bitterness but balanced with good citrus and apricot fruit. Very mouth-filling and the elevated alcohol level is evident. Outstanding beverage for its type.

AylwinForbes, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of brendan13
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a slightly hazy orange with a few centimetres of white head that slowly falls away to a thin whisp
S - Piney, floral, citrus fruitiness. A hop lovers beer that's for sure.
T - The hops take centre stage in the taste as well. Some biscuity malt to balance things out. A bit.
M - Medium bodied, fairly high crisp carbonation.
D - A great beer. I wish we had some more Aussie micro IPA's like this! Can't wait to try the Hercules I have waiting for me.

brendan13, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of pwoods
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint. Bottled at the end of August.

A: Pours a weaker orange than I had hoped. 1 1/2 fingers of egg shell, rocky head with some staying power. Decent lacing. Slight chill hazing.

S: Floral and earthy hops with subdued citrus. Might be toward the end of its prime. Still enjoyable.

T/M: Hop bitterness is at a pleasant level. More citrus comes out now and a bit of a piny and peppery bite. Malts are biscuity with very little sweetness. Body is about average for an IPA. Finish isn't overly dry with a mild bitterness.

D: Pretty standard IPA. It might get lost in the pack if it wasn't for it's easy of consumption.

pwoods, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of pershan
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD

A: Clear light amber, very little head, good lacing down the pint glass.

S: Distinct floral hop aroma - very nice.

T: Wonderful fruity hop flavor with a nice smooth hop finish - not overly bitter.

M: Nothing extraordinary, but nothing bad either.

D: A very drinkable IPA - not too malty, not too bitter. I would rate it up there with Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion (although Hoptical Illusion is less expensive).

pershan, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled the first week of July, 2007, poured into a pint glass

A: Slightly cloudy, golden orange in color. Little bits of yeast floating with light carbonation. Poured a small head that rose to a nice two fingers, creamy white in color. Faded to leave rings of thick lace down with every sip.

S: Has an outdoorsy smell. Woods and pine needles with a light citrus undertone.

T: Grapefruit and pine needles. Very crisp and well balanced. The bitterness of the hops contrasts really well with the slight sweetness of the malts. They brag about it on the bottle, but they got it right.

M: Crisp and light.

D: On par for the style.

Overall, this is a well structured beer. Very crisp and refreshing for an IPA. Lacks that overall fruitiness of most IPA's, but doesn't disappoint. A very clean IPA, Well done GDB. This one belongs up there with the upper echelon everyday IPA's.

ColForbinBC, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of marcpal
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz beer poured into pint glass.

A: Highly carbonated appearance with pale color. Not much in terms of lacing but significant head.

S: Woodsy aroma with strong bitterness in the hops. Flowery and almost painfully hope nose.

T: The sweetness of the malts and the bitterness are well balanced here and intense. Only 65 IBUs a bit of surprise, really seems higher profile. Enjoyed the malts but a little high on the bittering.

M: A bit too overly oily for my taste but the carbonation was perfect.

D: Highly drinkable in terms of taste most likely but I can see the hops becoming a bit overbearing over time. Love hops but I think it could get to be a bit much.

marcpal, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of iceball585
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden copper color, semi-clear, one finger thick head that lowered fairly quickly to a thin white lacy cover, decent amount of sediment throughout

S- Bitter hops, grains, toasted malts, hint of pine

T- Strong presence of hops (both bitter and flavor), pale malts, grains, slight citrus fruityness

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, starts bitter but finishes slightly sweet and dry

D- Definatly a session beer for any IPA lover

This is definatly one of my favorite IPA's. Strong presence of hops but not too much as some brewerys go over board w/ the hops. Also the good hops flavor is constant throughout from start til finish.

iceball585, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of jpwilliamson
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this beer for months and always seem to come back to it. It has a sophisticated aftertaste, almost fruity, smooth, but fully hoppy at the same time. What makes this beer special is that the flavor stays with you for a good minute after your swig...maybe even longer depending on your mood. It has tremendous complexity and depth.

jpwilliamson, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of ruckzuck
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer!

A - amber, cloudy, not much head

S - citrus, hops, sweetness

T - hoppy followed by some citrus; bit of a bitter aftertaste

M - smooth, medium-light, some carbonation, aftertaste is enjoyable

D - Oh this beer is so good. I could drink it all night. Too bad this is my last bottle =( I'll have to pick some more up next weekend. If you haven't had this yet do your beer-drinking-self a favor and have one!

ruckzuck, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of wl0307
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at the fantastic Archer Road Beer Shop in Sheffield; BB 05/2008, served lightly chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: pours a bright dark-orangey amber hue, coming with a force-poured, tight and rocky off-white froth with very good retention, on top of a very very fine carbonated body.
S: pronounced orangey+grapefruity hops fill the nostrils, very juicy and very very lively, while an unmistakable aroma mixed of flowery-nectar and lychee-fruits stays deeper underneath along with a solid but rounded pale malt bedrock. Intense, richly aromatic hoppy overall.
T: the initial grapefruit-zesty palate introduces lots of rather tannic bitterness (that treads surprisingly light!), ensued by a mildly caramely malt sweetness with a semi-rich, alcoholic mouthfeel; the lo...ng finish is bitter, bitter, lip-smackingly hoppy and bitter, yet not without a sound juicy malty aftertaste as a balancer... mildly sticky in the very end, too. It's not the most complex IPA I've tasted, but definitely the most impressive one in its own category that I've tried in the past 12 months. Simply delicious!
M&D: overall, it's slightly oily in texture for an AIPA, with very fine, soft fizziness at play to buttress the rich flavour and full body; this is helluva cracking delicious IPA with a fair complexity that any hophead should love!

wl0307, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of genog
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange color with plenty of sparkling carbonation. A generous amount of foamy, and rocky white head that spills over the side of my glass, and leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is earthy hops, with some pine. Taste is not as hoppy as the smell, very muted for an IPA. Mouthfeeling is oily and watered down.

genog, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a medium amber..very crisp and clean..good carbonation with lots of head. good lacing observed.
Nice aroma....citrusy with a maltiness.
Taste is very good and refreshing. Highly hopped with a good balance of malt. Very floral in taste, almost grapefruit.
Mouthfeel as well is good. Nice on the palate indeed.
Very good beer in my humble opinion.

dmamiano, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of PhageLab
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz weizen glass, because I think they do wonders for an IPA.

A - Slightly above average here, cloudy golden coloration with an off amber hue. Minimal head with poor retention and spotted lacing.

S - Very perfume oriented floral hop smell, if they made a cologne of it, I'd wear it despite the fear that every time I was pulled over the cops would automatically assume I'd been drinking.

T - Superb! Hop blast with each sip, with a lower level of citrus hints than most IPAs, I like that. I wish I had a Two Hearted handy, so I could do a side by side, because I think this would hold up in nearly every category.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium body, mild carbonation, and an oily finish, leaving a small bit of yummy behind.

D - Damn good I must say, this is easily one of the best brews I've had in a while. An impressive IPA that I wouldn't turn down anytime. This is my first beer from Great Divide, but I must admit, it's making me want to crack open the Samurai that awaits in my fridge.

PhageLab, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12fl oz bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a hazy amber orange colour. Dirty white head poured tight, thick and quite rocky then faded slowly to decent thickish coating.. quite a lot of carbonation and a decent amount of patchy sticky lacing...

Aroma - Lots of citrus and piney hops, light sweet caramel maltiness, some light butterscotch notes, pretty floral and perfumed, some sea salt notes, faint yeastiness, tart fruits (apples and grapefruits), some alcohol esters just noticeable..

Taste – Lots of fresh pine and floral hop bitterness first then the light caramel / toffee malts balance things out... light grapefruit and lemon fruitiness, light breadiness, again some alcohol just coming through, salty notes, quite grassy...

M&D - Quite smooth and slightly oily... medium bodied... pretty refreshing but maybe slightly on the strong side to be overly drinkable..

Overall - Another very good American IPA... definitely worth a try...

mdagnew, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, no freshness date, bottled in 4th week of april though, hope it kept well.

A: Pours a creamy cloudy amber mahogany with a bone white head one inch head that sticks around for quite a while, can't even see through this thing. There is an ample amount of lacing

S: This one smells super sticky and sweet, big hits of pine, I swear you could pass this off as a DIPA, this one relies big on the pine and nut characters and very little on bitter fruits like grapefruit.

T/MF: Bitterness is present almost immediately, at first this beer is very piny and sticky and perhaps the bitterest grapefruit I've ever experienced, just hammering the hops home on the tongue, then after a bit of time in the mouth this beer becomes very juicy and almost sweet, the finish on this is incredibly long as the tongue is just covered in hop oil which is when the pine flavors come back. I can't really detect a malt presence but maybe this is what dampens the bitterness about halfway through tasting, I just wish this beer was a little bit more balanced.

D: Really quite good and could be used as a stepping stone for those looking to experience a DIPA but do not really want to dive right in.

bluemoonswoon, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of tronester
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange. It isnt bottle conditioned (I asked Great Divide in an email) but the haze might be from dry hopping? Smells of citrus and pine. Quite malty tasting, with a great hop presence. Mouthfeel is rich, carbonation levels are good. Pretty drinkable for such a strong IPA.

tronester, Nov 01, 2007
Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,352 ratings.