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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

3,667 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,667
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 172
Gots: 391 | 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 popery
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.7%
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
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
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
4.42/5  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
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
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
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
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 +10.6%
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
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
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 +1.5%
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
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +14.3%
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.

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

Great Divide's Titan IPA pours a very deep amber body that borders on becoming copper. It's clear, and tiny bubbles can be seen steadily streaming upwards. The frothy off-white head holds remarkably well and leaves impressive lace about the glass.

Piney and citrusy hops greet you in the nose amidst a soft blanket of sweetish caramel malt. It's very nicely balanced and welcoming, sometimes exhibiting hints of lemon along with the usual grapefruit and delicate pine.

The hops return in the flavor right up front, followed by sweet malt, and then a solid bitterness that ushers in a dry finish. The hops linger, mainly grassy and piney, as does a bit of the supple, biscuit-like maltiness.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a decidedly dextrinous edge, and creamy smooth with just a delicate zest on the tongue from its fine-bubbled median carbonation.

Rich and malty, but balanced by hop flavor and bitterness, this one is sure to please! It's not overly-done with bitterness, or hop flavor or aroma, or strength. Nor does the malt simply act as a base for the hops. Everything works together as one, yet all of the components stand out on their own - a very solid, well-structured IPA. Nicely done!

Photo of badmoon
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip from a bottle.

A: Gave about a finger's worth of head. I tend to use tulip glassware so it would be more in a pint. Disappeared quickly with some lacing left over.

S: Not as "hoppy" as most. There is some spice in the background. Slightly disappointing.

T: Mild hops in the front. Leaves a little bitterness on the finish. It's good but I've had better.

M: Decent carbonation but I'm not picking up anything else spectacular. It would grade out the same as some of our local competitors.

D: I could have more than one of these. It's drinkable just not remarkable. I do like it.

Overall: Please try it. It's a worthy beer but there are many others out there that are better choices. Maybe I just had a so-so bottle?

Photo of bsp77
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Burnt yellow-gold, 1/4 inch head, decent lacing.

Smell: Pine, citrus and some sweetness. Very potent.

Taste: Citrus (orange and grapefruit) upfront, pine at the end, bitter throughout. Sweet malts for balance, but not as much depth with the malts as I would like.

Feel: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: Fairly easy drinking IPA despite (or perhaps due to) persistent bitterness.

To me, this is an ideal example of an IPA; it fits the style perfectly. On the other hand, my favorite IPAs usually have something truly unique about them, this doesn't. It is simply a very well made IPA - not that there's anything wrong with that.

Photo of david131
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A light orange colored beer with a splotchy, thin white head that has decent lacing.

S- Cinnamon, caramel, cooked vegetables, pine, and a bit of ctirus. Good, but not exactly what I'm all about when it comes to IPA's.

T- Surprisingly bitter with some vegetable and caramel. Tastes very fresh. The caramel and citrus/pine works well together. Kind of old school.

M- Oily and bitter, but also clean and crisp. There is definitely a residual hoppiness on the tail end.

D- A crisp, oily IPA. Kind of reminds of a baby Old Ruffian.

Photo of Kromes
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with a thick white head that laced the glass. Nice sweet malt aromas mixed with pine, floral and citrus hops. Smells great. The sweet malt flavor in this beer is very apparent up front and in the finish. The hop flavors are pine, citrus and spicy. The finish is citrus bitterness. Very tasty, a good balance of malt and hops.

Photo of Onenote81
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear orange with no bubbles present. Great head with decent retention. Nice sticky globs all over the glass edge. This is a really a pretty beer. Smells of faint hops, some citrus, and a slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and well-done. Drinkability is high due to the crisp mouth. Flavor is bitter, but unfulfilling. I sense what they are trying to do, but it lacks a little bit. The bitterness is spicy, not citrusy at all. Decent, but there are better IPAs out there.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear body, decent head, carbonation

Piney hop smell, malt

Mild hop taste. Bottle says Assertive Aromatic on it. I have had quite a few more hoppy beers lately, but Ill have to take it that this beer tastes more hoppy fresh. I bought the last two of a six pack that were at my local shop which has a large selection of beers.

Pleasing mouthfeel, there is some body and alchohol to it from the higher than average abv

Pretty bitter overall. I drank this off the tap and have to say that I was much more impressed when drinking it off the tap. It tasted fresher and less aged as an IPA is usually best. Still pretty good out of the bottle though. The bitterness was definitely more intense than I remember it being out of a tap.

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

No indication of freshness on the bottle, which might be an issue, as I'll address in a bit. A clear, crisp looking golden copper brew, reminiscent of a darkened pilsener. Creamy white head. Pretty good lacing, spotty looking.

A rather sweet nose. Biscuit malt. Hops are... few and far between, honestly. Some citrus notes, but malt is to the fore.

Malt forward, and in fact more weighted towards the malt in full than I expected (though the nose was an indication). Biscuit and some caramel. More an English IPA to my mind than an American. I feel that maybe the sixer I picked up is past its best-by date. Grassy hops make themselves known. A hint of lemon rind. Finishes with slight bittering, but some definite hop drying. A tad bit resiny.

A good bit of CO2, maintaining prickliness throughout. Pretty light bodied and easy drinking.

Good. I would say that I expecting something hoppier, but again - I'm unsure as to whether these bottles are fresh enough to give me a proper taste. I will try again in the future and update.

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,667 ratings.