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Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,575 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,575
Reviews: 1,384
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 155
Gots: 304 | 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 animal69
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a slightly cloudy reddish-gold w/ a thin white cap which dissapates quickly leaving a nominal lacing in my goblet
S- smell is a combination of whole grain bread & strong tea w/ hints of piney citrus hops and nuts
T- mildly bitter for an IPA, grapefruit hops flavor blended w/ a rich bready, nutty malt, very well balanced, a bit of soapy mineral in the finish
M- a moderately sweet med body w/ an avg. co2 level
D- quite drinkable, a decent Am. IPA for sure

Photo of Buschyfor3
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a sturdy 14oz mug.

A: Pours a crisp, golden amber body with a rocky, foamy white head about a finger and a half thick. Patchy lacing clings to the walls of the mug. Really, it looks slightly lighter than other IPAs - not as much orange hues in the body as a DFH or a Stone IPA, but still looks good nonetheless.

S: Good hints of citrus - tart grapefruit, orange, maybe some lime. Malts peak through to deliver a slightly caramel-like sweetness paired with fresh bread.

T: Leafy, oily hops; pretty bitter hop flavor that gradually eases into grapefruit and orange rind. Bitterness carries well through the middle of each sip before letting the malts come into to add a bit of caramel or honey sweetness and a light, baked biscuit flavor. Aftertaste is hop bitterness competing with a stale bread notes.

M: Very crisp - strong carbonation. Prickly across the palate and very sharp. Probably intensifies the hop bitterness because it is cutting on the tongue - this bottle is fresh (bottled May 01, 2009). Slightly oily on the swallow.

D: This is pretty easy IPA to drink. Alcohol is there but its not overly noticeable. Pairs well with spicy chicken.

Another good IPA to add to my list; I would put this on par with DFH 60 minute IPA. Comparable in price, though I believe that Great Divide's offering is a bit sharper in terms of its hop bitterness. Nonetheless, it will be nice to mix this beer into my IPA rotation.

Photo of xhcadamx
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - orange amber with a thick merengue white head. amazingly thick lacing

S - resiny pine hops and a note of citrus. strong carmel background

T - flavors are much the same as aromas. bitterness is harmoniously in check with sweetness from the malt

M - thick and delicious

D - this is a beautiful IPA

Photo of wnh
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep reddish amber with one finger of thick, creamy off-white head. A few straggling bubbles rise to surface to give it a little boost.

Nose is pine hops up front with some citrus notes poking through, both on top of a caramel-like malt backbone. Flavor follows the nose, with a pleasant blend of pine and citrus hops on the first couple of sips that eventually makes way for floral, slightly earthy hops. Sweet malt comes through on the tail end, with a bitter finish of medium length.

Medium bodied, and fairly slick. In a word, effervescent -- not over the top, but very pleasantly more than subtle. Solid and plenty drinkable. A good beer that I'll be sure to revisit.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice rich golden color with a slight orange hue with about one finger of head.

S - sweet malty aromas up front with some pine and citrus hoppiness in the background.

T - Fairly bitter with citrus and pine hop flavors balanced by a fairly rich malt backbone.

M - Medium bodied with a pretty good level of carbonation. Somewhat resinous feel in the mouth after sipping.

D - Drinkable, well balanced brew with a pretty nice hop character and enough malt to balance out the moderate bitterness.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been a fan of Great Divide ever since the first time I have tried this beer. Easily my go to IPA. Here is my review:

A: Pours a nice golden amber color. Very frothy head that leaves chunky lacing on the glass. Looks awesome.

S: The smell is actually quite earthy. Citrus and pine is quite present as well. Smells very nice.

T: Hmm...I had this brew a couple months ago and remember it being much more flavorful. There must have been a change in recipe as the bottle says 7.1% ABV and I always remember is being 6.8% ABV. With that said, the hops seem alot more mellow. I get more earthy malt flavors and the citrus and pine take a back seat. Not as hoppy as before, and not as good as before...

M: Medium to light bodied. Very crisp, clean finish. Smooth and nice.

D: Pretty good drinkability. The hops arn't as pronounced as before, so the bitterness and dryness isn't there as much. More malt flavors this time, which to me detracts from the drinkability. Good overall though.

Much like Green Flash, Great Divide pumped up the ABV on its signature IPA with the sacrifice of taste. Don't get me wrong, its a good beer. However, the craftmanship just isn't as good this batch. Hops take a back seat and just doesn't taste as complex and wonderful as it did prior. This was easily my top IPA before, so I am kind of disappointed to see this beer take a step down. I noticed the same thing in their Hercules Double IPA as well. Easily my top Double IPA before, now its got too much malt flavoring. I love Great Divide, but they need to be more consistent. Cheers!

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice yellow/copper color almost an orange color. Provides a nice white foam head with some ample lacing.

S: An abundance of citrus hops hit the nose right off the bat. There is a slight bready malt background there as well.

T: After the smell, I knew I was in for a great tasting beer and this didn't disappoint. A complex beer but it is combined nicely. Tons of citrus hop flavoring, with a hint of pine. The bready malt flavor is noticeable giving this beer a great balance.

M: Leaves a nice sticky bitterness on the palate.

D: This is a great beer and one of the best American IPA's I have had to date. A lower abv, 6.8%, does not make this 'sessionable' but it is easy to drink multiple in a sitting.

Photo of beerman207
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark orangish amber with 1 finger head leaving some nice lace in the glass

S - Citrus and pine coming through the nose as well as some sweetness and malt

T - Simply fantastic. The pine comes through strong at first with a bitterness that smacks you in the mouth. Some sweetness comes through after that as well as some of the citrus grapefruit.

M - Low carbonation and leaves the palate feeling a little sticky

D - This is definately in my top three in terms of IPAs are concerned. Excellent beer and I could certainly have a few of these in a sitting with it clocking in at 7%.

Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, juicy IPA with good a hop bill. The hop flavors are a mix of pine and grapefruit. I don't understand why Great Divide doesn't distribute to California, but this IPA would fit right in with our lineup. It's the kind of IPA with enough hops to make you feel a bit relaxed from the lupulin or humulene or whatever. The beer is fairly bitter but still well-balanced, in the sense that no off notes stick out or distract from the whole. It's a medium bitter, well-executed, West coast-leaning IPA, and that's probably the best description that I can come up with. The malt has good sweetness but doesn't get in the way of the stars of the show. The only real flaw that I can think of is that it's a bit middle of the road compared against the current field of American IPAs. That said, it's a very well done version of the middle of the road. It just doesn't have that little extra complexity or uniqueness or depth of the very best of the style.

Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan30 2009

Pours a clear amber with one inch of white head that settles to an intermediate cap. Heavy spotty lacing is left on the glass. This one looks like a winner. Aroma is full of pine and citrus hops. A definate malt base as well as some alcohol is also detected. Starts off with a bold hoppy flavor. Pine and herbal elements mostly with a little citrus. Nice malt base gives this American IPA some semblance of balance. Has a bitter finish. Nothing spectacular about the body, feels a little thin in fact. Nice carbonation though. An American IPA that is more balance than the typical hop bomb. Nicely done.

Photo of ThaBobfather
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bubbly orange/burnt color with a fingers worth of medium/thick head.
Smells strongly like a fresh flower. Nice hoppy aroma.
Complex mouthful here. An initial hit of bitter with a nice sweet malt tie in.
After-taste is pretty crisp, the bitter after-taste makes want to take another drink.
Drinkable not only because of it's nice flavor, but also because the finish demands it to be consumed. The first drink leaves me thirsty for another.

Photo of MeisterBurger
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA that pours a medium amber. NO WAY!!!! It has a great head and I can already tell this will be a lacing machine.

It smells like an IPA should, with the usual grapefruit and pine and...honestly, somebody needs to invent an IPA thesaurus so I can say more than "caramel" "grapefruit" and "pine" when reviewing an IPA. Smells great though. Not the most dry hopped IPA ever, but just enough to keep it interesting. This has a little toasted malt in the nose as well.

Taste is piny hops galore and leaning more towards the herbal and earthy than the citrus or grapefruit that is normally prevalent in American IPAs. The malt is toasted, slighlty toffee. There's something in this beer that is frustratingly similar to something in Yeti. Beer mail me and let me know what it is if you know. Anyway, dare I say it, it's almost like Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA if Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA was a lot bolder. A bit dense and malty for the style and totally creeping up on being a DIPA which only makes me fear Saturday night when I try Great Divides Hercules.

Mouthfeel was milky and chalky when cold, but chewy and creamy and just wonderful the more it warmed.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange color with one and a half fingers of white head.

Scent of caramel, earth, and some hops. A bit overly sweet with not enough of a hop presence. Unimpressive, and it was bottled three weeks before I opened it.

Taste of piny hops, caramel, a hint of alcohol, and some fruit. Again the hops presence and bitterness are muted. It's okay, but too sweet and not nearly bitter enough for me. I don't care enough for this to purchase it again.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and slick with low carbonation.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a 12oz bottle today and happened to find I've never reviewed this beer. The beer is orange with a thick and pillowy off-white foam. It smells just like an American IPA should, resiny and citrusy with enough caramel malt to provide not quite a counterbalance but at least a decent second stage. The beer tastes perfect too, not overly malty like many DIPA's, but then if more breweries made IPA's this tasty then they might not feel compelled to double them. Strong hops throughout, delicious. Easy drinking, a common beer on my deck in the summer. This is such a solid beer.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Light amber with a slight haze. 2-3 fingers of off white head rise. Retention is decent before falling to a 1/4 inch cap. Moderate lacing.

S - Citrus and pine from the hops come through full force with herbal accents. Toasted malt provides the backbone. Caramel and faint notes from stone fruit come through as well. An exceptional blend of malt and hop aroma.

T - Excellent. Caramel and toffe appear with a burst of grapefruit peel from the hops. Moderate sweetness begins to fade mid palate and introduces a smack of pine and cut grass, and even a bit of something that reminds me of rosemary. Late palate is dominated by mint and pine with just a smidge of burnt brown sugar from the malt hiding in the background. A noticable bitterness grows but it's extremely managable and just enough to offset the semi-sweet finish. Earth and citrus peel linger on the palate.

M - Solid medium body with a tight and low carbonation. My first thought is that the brew needs a bit more carbonation to compete with the malt, but over the course of this 12 oz it seems only reasonable to let the toffee-like quality of the malt shine until the end.

D - Excellent stuff, defintely up there with the top IPAs I've had. Though a bit malty for the style, it's at the very least unique and superbly balanced. Bitterness is kept in check, standard American hop flavor is well represented, and there's a good dose of sweet malt to keep things interesting and set it apart from so many of the grapefruit bombs that flood the shelves.

Photo of a10t2
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of March 17 2009. Bottle says 7.1% ABV, so maybe this recipe has changed recently?

A: Pours a crystal clear copper color with no sediment, clearly filtered. A thin white head falls quickly but leaves thin patchy foam on top. Moderate lacing.

S: A big citrusy hop wallop with a little sugary aroma and just a trace of earthiness.

T: Hops are more pungent and less citrusy than the aroma would suggest, with lots of bitterness to back them up and quite a bit of maltiness without being sweet, even a hint of grain. The up-front flavors are very well balanced, and then the puckeringly bitter finish lasts forever.

M: Very dry but carbonation is medium, so things stay pleasant from beginning to end.

D: If you like very hoppy IPAs (this on borders on IIPA territory) then drinkability is very good. Bitterness could be off-putting if you weren't expecting it, but I could easily drink several.

Photo of mikecharley
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was my friday after work beer today. Sat out in the sun, enjoying an ipa at a patio bar down at my local.

Pours an amberish copperish yellowish mixed ass color. its not yellow, but its not red... The cap is about 1 finger of great looking off white head. There is nice retention on this baby. The lacing is really nice too.

The aroma starts off with nice piney hops. There is a really sweet malt backbone that really muddles it though. Overall a decent smell on it though.

The taste follows the nose, with more sweet malts. the hop profile is nice, but I think it gets messed up by too much sweetness. There is some citrus hops with some pine in there as well. I really wish this wasnt so sweet and malty, and more dry.

Overall, its an alright beer for a hot lawnmower day, but nothing that I would seek out in the future.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow.. I was impressed. Just a simple and very solid IPAs. Not overboard, just a great product. Great session ale with a good kick.

appearance: golden amber reddish hues,

smell: loaded and more loaded hops, very plesant for a hop head

taste: mad hops of course, this beer is loaded with it. I great example of IPA balance. some sweetness since the ABV is high. not bad.

mouthfeel: medum bodied

drinkability: very easy and smooth. Probably one of my favorite IPA's

Photo of WakeandBake
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear golden/amber color body with a nice big fluffy white head that lasted a while,leaving some nice lacing,lits of tiny carbonation bubbles. Aroma is bold and hoppy,piny,and citrus one of the best qualitys of this brew. Flavor is very good a nice sweet caramel malt up front,slightly grainy,some good piny and pineapple flavors,more leafy hops than anything,not as bitter as expected but a very nice hop flavor indeed,very balanced,with a full mouthfeel,slightly sweet finish.Quite sessionable,All around a very good IPA.

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty good start, pours a nice golden coppery color and the head sticks around for a while, leaves some lacing on the glass. Honestly, on a visual aspect, it might be the sexiest looking IPA I"ve seen.

S: Piney, floral, just all around mouth-watering.

T: Pine, wow that's like pine sap, it's awesome. Bitter and lots of hop flavor.

M: Great body on it, quite nice.

D: Pretty high I'd have to say. Just great flavor all the way to the end, I never get tired of it.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a (hometown) Boulevard pint like a molten penny shining through with a copper sparkle.

Sturdy hops filter through to the nose, revealing layers of floral, caramel and even a bit of tobacco.

The beer also keeps a fair bit of head after the pour, while some of the lacing follows down the side of the glass.

That's a tasty beer - while the floral notes are still apparent, the tobacco comes to the fore, filling the mouth with a sweet depth that sits on the tongue much like cigar smoke - heavy at first, and then only as a lingering reminder of what was, with a trailing bitterness.

A little more highly carbonated than I would like, it tingles the tongue, and whicks away the moisture.

Highly drinkable, though I'd prefer a more floral IPA.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Aventinus weizen glass.

4.5 A: Clear medium orange color. Two finger of thick creamy head with excellent retention and tons of lacing. Some crap in suspension.

4.5 S: Loads of piney and citrusy hops balanced with a hint of sweet malt. Outstanding.

4.0 T: Damn good brew here. Hops are the main event (duh) with pine flavor coming through hardest. Then there is some lemony citrus. Big bitterness on finish. Malts do a good supporting role.

3.5 M: Medium body. A tad bit undercarbonated and not as creamy as i'd like.

4.0 D: I could drink a few of these.

Photo of sevopie
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden Copper in color with a sizable off-white head. Laces Sporadically.

Smell - I smell some piney hops, a bit of bready malt, and something I can only describe as cooked peas. Not sure what to think of that.

Taste - Piney and citrusy hops both show up in moderation here, with a very bready malt. There's a bit of a nut flavor as well, with some caramel, and again... what I can only describe as cooked peas. Thankfully, its very mild in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with a healthy amount of carbonation. Enhances the bitter slightly.

Drinkability - Once I get past the peas thing, this is a fairly solid brew. Its a bit heavier on the piney hops than I prefer, but the caramel sweetness balances that a bit. Solid offering, I'd love to try this one on draft to see the difference.

Photo of thain709
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden amber body...the perfect head forms...white and a good one inch and settles into a cap...great lacing

S - Very complex...you pick up both malts and hops...but they are so balanced

T - Once again...very complex...you are rushed with the citrus and fruit flavors from the hops...then all of sudden the bitterness goes away and you are tasting a sweet, caramely goodness...it finishes strong but it's not all bitterness

M - Coats the palate nicely...medium body

D - I didn't like this at first...I thought it was too sweet...like I said...it's very complex...turned out to be a great IPA...well balanced and wonderfully complex

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Very clear with some bubbles. HEAD: Big and bubbly, but also tight. Impressive lacing. COLOR: Light amber with alot of good orange hop color.

S- HOPS: All sorts of hops in here from dank and vinous to bright and floral MALT: Sweet, bready, and complex for an IPA. Something about this beer smells stale, but I can't tell what.

T- TONGUE: Fresh, wet, and bitter hops dominate this brew. HOPS: What more can I say? Perfect amount of bitter and a delicious dose of aroma. MALTS: A bit more simple than what I expected from the smell, but there is some good caramel flavor.

M- BODY: Wet and juicy. CARBONATION: Very smooth, excellent carbonation

D- Fine American IPA with superior drinking qualities. The bittering in this beer is not distracting, it is assertive.

This beer is easy to drink at cold temperatures, but let it warm up and you may find yourself in heaven.

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,575 ratings.