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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

3,254 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,254
Reviews: 1,377
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 138
Gots: 192 | 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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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

very well carbonated. the brew tried to vault itself out of my bottle; millions of bubbles materialized from the solution, contributing to a huge, moussy, ivory head. the lacing almost completely obscures my view through the glass. the beer itself is a crystal-clear copper. the head lasts til the bitter end

fruity malt notes compete with a citrus, spicy hop aroma. unlike many american IPAs malt is very important to both the aroma and flavor of this beer. piney (though not sticky) hop flavor with a good dose of grapefruit. rich dark caramel

great balance, complex, looks great, smells great

04-11-2006 04:58:31 | More by bruachan
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a hazy copper color with a thick rocky one finger head, that's slow to fall to a thick cap, and leaves behind thick chunks of lace.

Smell; pine needles, mildly bitter grapefruit as well as some nice caramel malts. There's also a really nice floral quality in the nose.

Taste; juicy grapefruit hops hit you up front, followed by a bitter pine sap flavor. It has just enough of a sweet malt presence that keeps the hops from being overpowering, an. d keeps this beer from being one dimensional. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very easy to drink. Damn it, where'd my beer go!

I picked up my bottle in Grand Rapids, MI, but I hear this will be available in Council Bluffs in the very near future. I'm looking forward to that.

04-11-2006 00:48:25 | More by RedHaze
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance - poured from 12 oz.'er leaving two finger head that recedes to 1/8 inch or so, that lingers all the way down, and leaves nice bubbly lacing. It is a nice orange copper.

Smell - Grapefruit and pine, some caramel. Balanced and mouthwatering.

Taste - Bready malt, a bit of a surprise given the caramel aroma I encountered when pouring it, but a pleasant one because I feared the malt would be too icky sweet, but it wasn't sweet at all, rather it was bready, even biscuity. In fact, it was perfect as a way laid-back backbone to the woodsy, piney hops, also some grapefruit tones. The ale finishes with an earthy, grassy tone followed by yet more piney bitterness. This is very good beer.

Mouthfeel - Full, even chewy. Moderate to low carbonation, which is good. Dry finish, with a pleasant hop oil mouthcoating, though coating is a little less thick than it is in other entrees in the AIPA menu.

Drinkability - Goes down very easy and is very tasty. I could easily finish several in one sitting ( abv of 6.8 does not scare me ), but also I could just be mellow and sip with this. This is an excellent hophead ale, but not so overbearing or extreme as to offend non-hopheads; you could try to convert them with this while fully satisfying your own hophead heart. Good stuff !

04-08-2006 18:22:39 | More by ultralarry2006
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Graham21

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Appearance is cloudy, copperish orange and yellow with nice floaters. one finger head with good retnetion and lacing that sticks to the side of the glass.

The nose was a little dissapointing to me; Very little hop and citrus tones. As for the taste it was quite better. The flavors started at the begining of your mouth and trailed all the way to your throat, at first a nice hop flavor as well as citrus and alcohol then changed to a sweet malt flavor that then became bitter. The taste was also slighty alcoholic. I also picked up some grape and maybe plum flavors. very interesting/very good.
As far as the hops go i could have used a little bit more!

04-08-2006 03:12:14 | More by Graham21
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Gusler

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

.After its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle the beer plunges into the glass, forming a massive frothy light tan head that slowly dissipates leaving a scraggy sheet of lace upon the glass. Nose has a spectacular hop floral aroma at the front, citrus like in crispness, nice sweet malt at the back, a refreshing sniff to be sure, start is sweet with a nice malt presence, and the top is light to middling in feel. Finish is sternly acidic; the hops vigorous, desert bone dry aftertaste, and a good IPA in my book.

04-06-2006 23:59:42 | More by Gusler
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Atlas1

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Great Divide does good beer from the limited experience I have with the brewery, so when I found myself with time to kill near the Brickskeller in Washington, DC recently, I decided to pop in for a pint. This time I tried the Titan IPA, and was very pleased with my choice.

Nice, delicate head and crisp, hoppy aroma. Not sure how fresh this bottle was, but it smelled like I was at a tasting at the brewery.

Firm mouthfeel, all around. Tasty too. Hoppy and mildly complex for an IPA, it reminded me at times of the 90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head, and that's a fantastic compliment in my book.

I would definitely get this beer again. And again.

04-06-2006 18:16:53 | More by Atlas1
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surfadelic23

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -16.9%

I hadn't tried any new IPA's in a while and I saw this sixer and had to grab it.
This is a pretty one... a nice clear orangish color with a nice head and little bubbles of CO2 rising up in my Pitfield pint glass.
On the nose there is a nice hop smell but this one doesn't beat you over the head.
My first sip smacks you in the head with hoppy fun! Supposedly this is made with malt, but I'm not picking up a lot of it.
A very smooth mouthfeel that is helped by the right amt. of carbonation.
A very drinkable IPA that I will enjoy when another one of when I get home tonight!

04-06-2006 17:52:43 | More by surfadelic23
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DuqTroops

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Appearance - dark amberish in color. tall head atop the body.

Smell - malty scent, i expected to smell more hops, but it didn't carry much in the scent to the malts. However, i could smell a small amount of them.

Taste - very intense bitter hop flavor that is smooth.

Mouthfeel - smooth to the palate.

Drinkability - would've liked to have more tonight, but in a tasting setting you must move on. However, this is on the list to get more of...

04-05-2006 17:28:53 | More by DuqTroops
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ReDave

California

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Beautiful deep amber color, nice head, good aroma. This is a very good IPA. Good full flavored, hoppy, bitter, but still well balanced. It's been in the refrigerator for several months, but still has a fairly good hoppy aroma. Definitely a "rebuy"!

04-01-2006 04:11:51 | More by ReDave
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Enola

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

This was a very good IPA. One of the better ones I have had. The color was a rich mahogony. The smell was citrusy. The taste was fairly bitter. Just the right amount of bitterness. A very smooth brew. The drinkability would have to be high. I could drink these in session. And probably will at some point.

03-29-2006 02:39:56 | More by Enola
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Px2GrafX

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

Pretty golden orange with a dense two-inch white head. Ridiculous retention and lacing. Aroma is strong piney and lightly citrus hops. Sweet orange as well. First sip is hop flavor with a piney hop bitterness and with a nice caramel balance at the back of the sip. Citrus hop bitters in the aftertaste with a dry finish. Crisp light-medium mouthfeel with a very smooth swallow. If you like hoppy beers, then this one goes down super easy. No alcohol to speak of. Overall, quite a hoppy ipa. Similar to a dipa. Very bitter, but there's a nice balance as well. Delicious session and two thumbs.

03-28-2006 14:03:45 | More by Px2GrafX
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KyleVick4

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Good clean beer. Hopped well enough to remind you its an IPA but gently enough to where you will not be overpowered after a beer or two.

A: Clear amber color with a thick original head which mildy clings to my glass

S: mmm hoppy. Smells sweet and I pick up the piney freshness of hops. With traces of malt in the background.

T: More pine and syurpy. Hints of herb in the aftertaste

M: low-medium body, but still thick and syurpy. Mild carbonation.

D: perhaps not a session beer, but could still handle quite a few of these bad boys without tiring.

03-28-2006 05:48:04 | More by KyleVick4
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

A - this beer pours a hazy dark amber, heavy sediment and medium carbonation with a thinner white head that diminishes quickly

S - very rich aromas arise from the bubbling head, typical IPA aromas are present, hops and slight citrus, however they smell distinctly of a high quality

T - strong hop flavors as expected, with quite powerful herbal tea flavors

M - very bitter, but in a refreshing way, really and truly quenches

D - high, easily downed a great IPA

03-28-2006 03:30:37 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Tupperwolf

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle (wish I could get a bomber) into a pint glass a nice deep tawny-red amber, with the slightest haze and a somewhat reluctant head - a thin wafer with Styrofoam coloring and equallly sized bubbles receded after a few moments, leaving a millimeter ice-white layer and wispy lacing down the glass. You have to really get close to the glass to be able to see any carbonation.

The nose is a nostril-scorching, sinus-clearing acidic, citrusy, grassy ker-pow of hops, a confident, smooth, burly aroma. Malts are present, a slightly tart or sour quality layered in with heavy caramel, but the bursting hops are dominant and flavorful. They get my mouth watering.

Mmmm - the flavor is hoppy, and the lupulins are burly in flavor, just as they are in scent. There's a definite, ahem, cannabis flavor here, with slight orange peel tones, and it's layered nicely in with a rich, slightly roasty malt profile. Aftertaste is bitter, and slightly 'dirty' - earthy, but bitter!

The carbonation is mild, allowing the smooth malts and oily hops to seep around your tongue - I'm happily reminded of GD's own Hercules DIPA, which is the most viscous, oily brew I've ever swallowed, but this has a far more drinkable slickness.

Final thoughts: Hmmm... Great Divide is great.

03-24-2006 06:11:29 | More by Tupperwolf
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troutmask96

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Top-notch IPA here. Pours a lovely golden hue with little head. Smell is of biscuit, alcohol, and hops, hops, hops. Taste is ultra-smooth with a nice lingering bitterness. At 6.8% ABV, this is a little less intense than other IPA's, but in a pleasant way. Ranks alongside Stone's IPA at the head of its class...

03-18-2006 03:27:11 | More by troutmask96
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a light, crystal clear amber with plentiful soapy head. Aromas of biscuity, buttery malt jump out...and this is an IPA? Hops are also present, but make up the backbone. Flavors are rather balanced, neither malt nor hops takes the show. Hops are neither marked by grapefruit nor pine, I'm not sure what to make of them. This is my third IPA produced in the midwest (Two Hearted and Dragonfly), and neither show any similiarities to those produced from the coasts (Stone, Lagunitas, Victory, Brooklyn), so I'm curious if this is the desire to those from the middle of the country (more balance, less extreme)? It certainly is easy drinking, and would pair well with most foods. However, it is pricy ($8.50 for a sixer compared to 6 or 7 for the rest of GD).

03-16-2006 21:50:51 | More by dreadnatty08
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Terp96

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

This is a very good IPA. $9.75 a six at Wine World in Abingdon, MD.

Pours a very heady, deep amber color. Very filtered, clean looking beer. Nice lacing.

Smells of flowers. Sweet smelling as well. Slight cut grass smell. No hint of citrus. I favor the floral, piney scent over citrusy, grapefruit hop aromas.

Tastes exceptional. Nice floral hops up front. Sweet malt backbone with a piney, dry hop finish. Very balanced. The sweetness is very prevalent but only spells the hops. Not the sickening sweetness you get from marginal IPAs.

Again, very balanced. Oily slick on the tonge. Not a lot of prickly carbonation. Very smooth and weighted perfectly.

Overall, one of the best IPAs I have had. This is also a very good transition to Hercules. Very drinkable and very satisfying.

03-12-2006 16:48:21 | More by Terp96
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SethB2

California

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a non transparent, orangish brown color with a nice 1.5 finger head that last a little while before giving way to some spectacular lacing. Smells like a nice balance of hops and sweet malts. Taste is much the same. Reminds me a lot of DFH 60. One of the more balanced IPAs there are on the market Starts hoppy, then goes to sweet and finishes bitter again. I like it a lot. Mouthfeel is medium with the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability would be no problem for me. Great stuff. I'm glad I finally found some Titan in Sacramento.

03-08-2006 03:26:27 | More by SethB2
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bigone4

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Dark orangy/brownish tan coloring. Cloudy unfiltered IPA. Mild lacing of the glass clean white head but did not last too long. Floral citrusy tones with a mild hint of pine. Nice smell and very pleasent mouth feel. Very drinkable. More of my type of IPA. Thick hoppy feel and bite. Nice bitterness and a nice after taste. 6.8% abv is no joke. Hit me pretty hard after a day at work. Good overall IPA qualities and flavors. I really enjoyed it and would try it again. Impressive IPA from a bottle.

03-03-2006 15:10:01 | More by bigone4
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JasonCoop

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +18.6%

i love this stuff. great IPA.
pours a good hazy IPA color, mainly orange. pretty hazy too. very nice white foam that stays.

smells like ripe grapefruit and strong hops. awesome.

taste is extremely fruity. this beer is a grapefruit bomb. it's delicious. nice sweet grapefruit flavor with awesome huge hop bitterness. i love this brew.

mouthfeel is crisp and cottony as nicely hoppped IPAs should be. very nice IPA.

03-02-2006 08:10:14 | More by JasonCoop
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skillerified

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

Red-orange hued with an off-white head. The head is a bit on the small side, but it's making up for that with real staying power. Lacing is good. Lots of medium speed carbonation bubbles that actually look fairly fine in size.

Bouquet starts off with floral, citrus, and grassy notes. There's a touch of a sweet fruit in there too, maybe banana. Not overwhelming, but not bad.

Taste is fairly unique. The malt and hop flavors are blended nicely. The malt hits just a little before the hop and gives it a nice little sweetness that's then held in check by the hop bitterness. There's a touch of spice, maybe from the alcohol. The malt flavor is almost cookie-like in taste. The hop has a citrus feel and bite, but a nice herbal taste to it. Not a complex brew, but a very tasty one.

Mouthfeel is a little creamy. Defintely medium bodied, which is nice. The carbonation is just right, not overly aggressive as some IPAs tend to be. The balance between sweet and bitter is just about perfect too. I have nothing bad to say about the mouthfeel. Exceptional.

This is a really tasty IPA. It seems to differ slightly in interpretation of the style, but it's a very good difference. I really like this one.

02-28-2006 10:58:56 | More by skillerified
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boulevard2

New York

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

This is a 12oz. bottle with freshness date to insure quality.

This beer starts off with a cloudy amberish color with little head and small retention.It looks inviting and I can't wait to taste.

I smell a fruity and floral characteristic along with a strong citrusy hop overtone. This beer beer is bursting with flavour and I can't wait to have another sip.The mouthfeel of this beer is a bit chewy but then switches to a lite carbonated swallow. This is a classic IPA and the brewers knew what they were doing with this batch.

I am convinced that west coast beers bring the heat when it comes to beer. Great Divide with there IPA solidifies my thoughts! A great beer and my hat goes off to the Titan of IPA's

02-26-2006 20:22:06 | More by boulevard2
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KFaulkner

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

From Colordado, the Microbrew capital of America!

Purchased as a six pack from a store in Hagerstown, MD, it was somewhat pricey for a sixer, but clearly worth it after the first sip.

"Brewed for hop disciples..." is what the label says, and if so, you can call me Paul. Great Divide says great minds drink alike. The bottle has a bottled-on date and indicates 6.8% alcohol.

The head on this beer is best I've ever seen... hands down. It foamed right up to the lip of the glass without overflowing and maintained it's head for a considerable amount of time. It smelled like what beer dreams are made of; hoppy, fruity and wonderful. It has a golden brown color as I'd expect from an IPA.

The taste is fantastic; hoppy but not bitter, it goes down very smooth and leaves no tingly aftertaste that many other IPA's do. Immediately upon finishing I reached for another. This is a great beer.

The mouthfeel is its weakpoint, slightly more viscous than I'd expect and a little watery in the mouth; but this takes nothing from its taste. Its drinkability is, to phrase correctly, "through the roof."

Leave it to Colorado to make another outstanding beer. I give this one two thumbs up!

02-26-2006 01:58:52 | More by KFaulkner
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Optimat0r

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

appearance - i really like this one, a rich caramel color and moderate foaming

taste - hmmm. at first its really good, hops dominant immediately and at the end, but there is a slight ....wait, nevermind, its mostly all hops. sharp, piney hops is the taste.

drinkability - heres the thing. at first its almost identical to the stone ipa(this is good) but unlike the stone, which gets smoother and more drinkable as you go, this one quicky becomes more and more bitter(like arrogant bastard) and after around 8 oz its aftertaste becomes too strong it starts to taste like SOAP.
if your a hophead, this one is a huge winner. otherwise, you probably could try a bottle if you feel like something hoppy but probably wont have any more than that. its a quality ipa, but with a taste only hopheads will love.

02-25-2006 03:58:58 | More by Optimat0r
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Bright orange copper with golden edges. Dense cushion of guazey, light golden sand head. The nose is bursting with sappy, resinous, and citrus hop bitterness. These bitter aromas are nicely balanced by sweet honey and butterscotch maltiness. Light fruit aromas are there too. Excellent. Bitter hop resins [pleasantly] assault the tongue right off the bat. A bit numbing. Very piney and resinous. Not much citrus. The hop onslaught is met nicely by sweet fruity malt. Finish is dominated by hop burn bitterness with a touch of butterscotch. Nice. Medium-bodied, creamy feel. An excellent IPA that reminds me a little of Hop Ottin'.

02-24-2006 03:27:03 | More by alexgash
Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,254 ratings.