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Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA

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3,662 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,662
Reviews: 1,403
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 172
Gots: 387 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 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

Photo of Anthony1
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a short-lived white head and moderate, sticky lacing. Fresh pine and citrus aroma. Citrus is more lemon/orange zest bitterness than a sweeter grapefruit. Herbal hop profile. Smooth, carbonated mouthfeel without a syrupy finish. Spicy, citrus hop taste tempered slightly with the malt. Crisp, and not sweet. Drinks more like a fresh-hop IPA than I expected. Refreshing and very nice.

Photo of beernut
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW. pours a clear golden orange color with a 1/2 inch white frothy head. aroma is somewhat sweet, citrus and pine. taste is grapefruit, hops, sweet and malty not too bitter either. no harsh aftertaste of any sort. very nice lacing throughout. what a great beer, could drink this all night.

Photo of jbhuxley
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
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
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
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
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,662 ratings.