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Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA

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3,635 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,635
Reviews: 1,399
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 163
Gots: 356 | 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 washburnkid
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
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
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of OzarkElmo
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Bottle August 8,2009. Pours hazy amber/orange with powerful aroma of citrus, pine. A bit more dry and bitter than most of the IPAs I've had this past year, but there is definitely a great malt presence throughout, more than the average IPA out there. to me this makes is a more well-balanced brew, and a very good one at that. Overall quite enjoyable in a warm summer evening on Kentucky Lake - Cheers

Photo of Seru1
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a pint glass from a brewmaster mix pack.

Appearance- Two Fingers of off white foam on a clear amber orange beer with decent carbonation.

Nose- Bright Citrusy notes of Lemon and mango with hints of melon make this a very fresh smelling beer. I think I detect rosemary and coriander in the herbal aromas.

Taste- Big hoppy slightly honeyed citrus and pepper spice end with a slightly mellow sweet malt. Very refreshing and complex.

Mouthfeel- The spice lingers for a long time afterwards and the flavor fills up your mouth.

Drinkability- I'd be okay with 2 maybe 3 at most at a time.

Photo of johannasclimacus
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice orange color with two fingers of fluffy head. As I was drinking, the beer left a few nice rings of lacing down the glass.

The smell is a nice blend of pine, citrus, and hops. These flavors really come through on the palate with the first sip, but the beer is not very bitter. It has a pretty strong malt backbone than holds it all together. The finish is pretty dry, leaving you yearning for the next sip. I picked up some orange rind at the end as well.

This is very drinkable and an exceptional example of the style. This might be my favorite IPA yet. I will get more and make this a go-to IPA.

Photo of MisterClean
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oregon brewer's dinner.

A - Poured orange with a 2-fingered white head. Dissipated moderately fast leaving nice lacing.

S/T - Grape fruit and citrus, with bits of honey.

M - Moderate bodied and hop dominated, which finished dry. Good.

D - Good overall, very sessionable. However, it does not necessarily distinguish itself from other IPAs.

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber into a dimpled mug with a tiny head.

Aroma is filled with the stench of pure hop. Oily pine and citrus aromas stick to your nose, and you can smell it on its way up to your mouth. Once again, this is the hop fix my nose was looking for after a few DIPA's that were very bitter without a good hop aroma.

Flavor is all around big, with a nice big malt presence and of course, a very nice hop bitterness and flavor. Hops taste citric, and it really blends in well as a layer of the bitterness.

Easy drinking, big IPA that packs a big flavor without being too sticky sweet, but not too dry either. I would have another. Very good.

Photo of BierFan
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on May 1st 2009. ABV of 7.1%.

Appearance: Two fingers of light tan head. Beautiful clear orange/copper colored body. Spots of lacing.

Smell: Very aromatic. Grapefruit and orange. The smell is really big and out of this world.

Taste: The taste is fruity like the smell. Has a little bit of pine flavor that sets in near the finish.

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

Bottled 4/7/09, tasted 7/26/09. Picked up at La Bodega, Anchorage, AK.

A: Clear, brassy/honey color, off-white head, lots of lacing after a slightly aggressive pour.

S: A fair amount of pine hoppiness gives way to a little bit of fruity sweetness. Not a hoppy/citrusy fruit, but a 'maybe the hops are starting to fade' kind of fruitiness. Almost like an overripe orange - not bad, but makes me wonder if it's too late.

T/M: Pine up front, fades into a nice grassiness, and I'm left with a bit of what I characterize as that old hop fruitiness. Nice bitter finish, dry but not too astringent, that makes me want another sip. Good malt character and creamy carbonation. Very smooth for 7.1% (per the bottle).

This is a great beer; I'd love to try a fresher one.

On a side note, I like the label. Picked this one up as a single in a mixed sixpack, and got lots of info right on the bottle in a simple, clear font. (Bottled on date, description, awards, pairing suggestions(!), brewery address, slogan, logos, ABV, oz./mL, standard warnings, all without being too cluttered.)

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

12 oz bottle says Apr 7, 09 on it, so maybe pushing the freshness...

Appearance: Clear orange, nice white head, leaves sticky lacing.

Smell: Wow. Super fruity and sweet. Strong citrus hops. Orange, pineapple and apricots. A little pine and grass, but mostly fruit.

Taste: Sweet maltiness with a nice bitter hops bite. This really leans to the malty side and that sweet fruity smell comes through in the taste. Like candied fruit. This will probably be too much for a pure hops lover, but I think its great. It does finish with nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thickish, almost creamy and a little oily. Kind of syrupy.

Drinkability: I'm going through this one fast. Its really a nice IPA. A little something different, but good. Its not unlike a barleywine, but with lower abv. Maybe its a little more bitter and hoppy when its really fresh, but I liked this one the way it is.

Photo of bbothen
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into standard pint glass.

Pours out a clear and light honey color with a thick and frothy 2 finger deep white head.

Smells of pine, earthy, grassy, florery hops with a nice sugary sweetness coming through.

Spicey piney hop bitterness, honey like sweetness, some citrus hoppiness but more subdued, spiciness, seems nicely balanced.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, kinda oily, crisp.

Highly drinkable IPA. Quality choice in the style.

Photo of nicholasdes
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Titan is cloudy golden brown with a thin white head with moderate lacing. Surprisingly, the nose does not have strong hop aroma, very malty and sweet with hints of citrus. It has a mellow sweet malt taste up front, followed by smooth light hop flavors, the tang of alcohol and a lightly bitter aftertaste. Its very full in your mouth with a clean finish. It is too sweet and not as spicy as I like my IPA's but drinkable.

Photo of Docer
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. single bottle purchase... just to try...

- Nice caramel, copper color... rather clear... frothy head all over... very good lacing and appearance..

- Smell is a very sweet one... major malted grain, caramel malt.. sweet brown sugary bread... cinnamon roll... lol.. little bit of floral and pine hop notes...

- Sweet malt bomb.. could easily sit longer for a double.. and could use some more dry-hopping... just not enough of a hop profile.. but more so a sweet caramel, honey.. sugar beer.

- Slightly chewy but overall good... little dry..

- Very drinkable except for how sweet it is... I am sure most people could get sick after about a growler of this just because of how sweet it is... not very well balanced overall..

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 LordAdmNelson
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks great to me... Deep rich amber color--like a dark oak color-- that reminds me of a less red Alpha King. Big pillowy white head with great retention/lacing.

S- Big hops here. Nice citrus hops with some piney notes thrown in. Caramel malt lingers in the background.

T- Slightly bitter, nice kick of grapefruit, some grassy notes thrown in in the background, finishes with a nice malty kick. Caramel malt with some bread in there too.

M- Smooth and coating. Less dry than most IPAs I've had, a bit sticky, bordering on syrupy.

D- Great drinkability... not too bitter, not too high ABV, just an enjoyable drink. I could see a great session with these.

Photo of abar22
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Perfect Pint

Titan IPA is bronze with hues of gold when held up to the light. The head poured a one finger foamy white head that settled into a nice solid cap. Minimal lacing was left in it's wake.
The nose presents a whiff of malt, lime, and a grassy hop scent when agitated.
The flavors match the scent; some malt first, then lime, more malt, and finally a grassy hop bitterness. I could do with a little more hop character but it is a finely balanced IPA that hides it's 7.1% ABV well.
Mild carbonation and medium balance presents a quality mouthfeel. The balanced nature of the beer makes it a bit more drinkable than a hop bomb but the 7.1% ABV will catch up to you after a while.

Photo of Magpie14
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: the body is fused with orange and some amber, as well as some yellows. Rather pleasant looking. The pour formed a nice bit of dingy cream on top and left nice sheets and, at some spots, generous coats of lace

S: first off this seems to drift away from an IPA. After a strong inhaling session I decided that smells of toasted malts took the show. I was hard pressed to pull out some fruity whiffs and was able to gather plenty of herbaceous notes, mostly pine. Maybe some lemons and oranges are in the back, seems like a malt heavy IPA

T: my first sip proved that enough malts win the battle on the tongue. The toasted notes are drizzled with buttery caramel and gooey toffee-nut. I find these flavors reminiscent of a heavy Pale Ale, as far as I am concerned. The hops only make a showing towards the end of the sip and nip at crusty pines, sugary lemons, and squeeze of white grapefruit. Soft hop oil hits the tongue...barely, most of my glass is now gone
I should think that malt mongers will find enough in this beer and hop heads might be a bit disappointed? maybe? In any event, I found the flavors nice just that the malts are heavier than the hops on the beer teeter-totter

M: the body has a real nice feel and good weight. I would call this medium in body and slick as a whistle on the way down. The little bit of carbonation gives a certain attainable zest that augments and does not diminish the gulping I have been doing

D: no real problems with this one, only more hops! I can not help but think of the big brother of Titan...Hercules Double IPA. Hercules boasts hop flavors all over the hop board and Titan falls a ways short in my book, even in general for an AIPA. But, as always, give it a try and Great Divide is still a favorite in my book

Photo of jwinship83
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a born on date of may 1, 2009 poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours a clear copper colored body with a small light beige colored head. the head doesnt stick around too long but leaves rings of sticky lacing behind.

S- the smell is very mild. caramel malts and grassy hops. not really what i was expecting.

T- ah, ok. there are the hops. it starts out with sweet caramel and toffee malts. after that comes a refreshing blast of hops. lots of citrus and pine. nice and bitter.

M- medium bodied. crisp, clean, and refreshing. moderately high level of carbonation.

D- easy to finish and quite enjoyable. a few of these would be a fine choice, but its a little too strong to drink all night. the alcohol is well hidden. a pretty good IPA to have on the shelf all year round.

Photo of jlb307
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Dead Guy pint.

A: Pours a nice honey-amber color. Slightly hazy with a thick off-white head. Thick, sticky lacing all the way down. Nice classic look.

S: Somewhat faint on the hops end of it, but still present. Slightly floral and piney with a surprising hint of alcohol nose to it.

T: Very hoppy with light citrus and pineapple hints. Nice bitter finish.

M: Very crisp and light. Dances on the gums and goes down smooth.

D: Very drinkable beer and enjoyable too. Would gladly have again.

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,635 ratings.