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Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA

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BA SCORE
91
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3,701 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,701
Reviews: 1,407
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 175
Gots: 411 | 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:
Beer added by: Jon on 08-04-2003

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Ratings: 3,701 | Reviews: 1,407
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.

Photo of steelerguy
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden color, crystal clear, nice two finger head that faded bug hung around throughout. Looks a little more carbonated that a standard American IPA.

S - Nice malt smell right off the bat and then hit with and earthy smell that I don't find all that appealing, more like soil than growth.

T - Malt flavors up front, immediately followed by a strong pine hop presence. Then I get an earthy soil like flavor that I smelled and it does not do good things for the beer.

M - Good mouthfeel, the carbonation is a bit strong but not unpleasing. Smooth with a little warmth from the alcohol.

D - Bitter but not so much as to wear on you. Very drinkable if the earthiness is something you like.

Photo of Martin2D
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Classic IPA coloration of amberish golden

S - Not as pungent as some, but definite hop aroma

T - This is a very balanced beer. It is built on a decently malty backbone as compared to most IPA's, but there is plenty of hop presence.

M - Medium in carbonation and body

D - Definitely sessionable, one of my go to IPA's if I'm looking more for an "East Coast" or balanced IPA style.

Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From Notes: 1/11/09
Great Divide Brewing Co.
Titan IPA
6.8% Alc.
12oz. bottle with "8/27/08" stamp on it

Appearance= Vigorous pour into Frog & Peach pint glass yields a 1.5 finger head. Dissipates rather quickly. Not opaque. Very nice deep orange/redish color. Minimal carbonation. Wish the head was better, but hey, I always say that. ;)

Smell= Not a huge nose. Very nice smell though when I get a good whiff.

Taste= Magical. Hops, citrus. Everything is balanced very nicely. It's hoppy all the way through, not just at the start or finish.

Mouthfeel= Perfect. Not too thin, nor is it too syrupy or resiny.

Drinkability= Probably in my IPA Top 5. For me = very high drinkability.

Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide Titan IPA is a clear amber ale with slow-rising bubbles. It has a dense, bubbly, splotchy, yellowish head that leaves excellent lacing. The label says "BOTTLED ON: JAN 14 2005". It has a bold, hoppy aroma that's all pine and citrus. It is medium, maybe medium-full, bodied. It feels smooth and syrupy in the mouth with a slightly sticky, slightly gritty finish. It's quite bitter-- a little top-heavy with a lot of pine in the taste. It becomes sweeter toward the finish. It's pretty leafy tasting and not fruity. It's really hoppy, but not really stand-out. It's a good IPA.

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

The beer pours a nice copper color with foamy, sticky head that left some remanents on the side of glass. A big floral and citrus bouquet. A slight biscuit flavor up front provides some balance to the main event, which is the hops. Floral and citrus leads to a pine finish. A dash of hop resin is left on the palate.

This is a great full flavored, hoppy, but still sessionable, brew. I really enjoy it.

Photo of SaucyA
3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Dec 29, 2008.

A - Standard pint glassed. Pours a clear copper/sunset orange with a one-finger off white head. Good lacing.

S - Muted, yet very fruity, citric hops. Pineapple juice and pine needles, but not supremely overhopped like a West Coaster.

T - A nice, delicate hopping manages to battle a nice malty background... and ends up winning in the dry, slightly bitter finish. Nothing standout, but a good offering. Kinda boozy on the way down, which doesn't work incredibly well.

M - Good all around. Medium carbonation and medium thickness.

D - Not the most drinkable IPA, but not a slouch. Worth trying, but I'm not revisiting it.

Notes: I had higher hopes for this brew.

Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An orange color with a nice head that sticks around for awhile. Piney hop smell, makes you want to dive right in and when you do it is good. All juicy and hop like with a good caramel backbone to the whole experience. Easily drinkable and refreshing. Some really hoppy IPAs I almost need a water after having them it's almsot like they dry your mouth out, but not this one. 2/2 with me liking Great Divide so I am eager to search out Yeti and other treats they may have. Very good IPA

Photo of emsroth
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Bottled on jan 14 2009

App: What seems to me to be true amber. Off white head with some of the prettiest lacing I've seen.

Smell: A balance of hops and malt. Sweet, biscuity malt. Sour apple hop smell. Bitterness comes through on the scent and I can't wait to taste. Not as welcoming as others. Some ipas' scents just stop you dead in your tracks and ask you to dive right in! This was just a friendly invitation. I like the former, so I guess it's a matter of personal preference.

Taste: Hard to describe, but tastes like an ipa should. The hops give it a floral sweetness upfront and finish with a nice level of bitterness. A neutral (meaning not great or not awful) bitterness lingers on the palate for a while after. As it warms the flavor mellows: the hops step back and let the sweeter malt step up. Still something lacking in the flavor for me, hence the 4.5.

Nice full mouthfeel that's not sickening like some can be. Feels like a meal in a glass but in a good way. Carbonation is perfect. I could drink many of these if not for the 6.8% kick.

Great IPA. Still deciding how it ranks for me.

Now let's see how it goes with food...

Photo of wescj
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Slightly burnt orange in color, with a wet head which decent retention. An unusually high amount of little particles suspended in the beer.

Hops jump out of the aroma, as if I were smelling a bottle of pine and floral infused hop perfume. Very enticing.

Taste is a hop-lovers paradise. Very fresh and juicy. There's some caramel malt in there, too--just enough, though.

Very smooth mouthfeel, and extremely refreshing. Lives up to its name.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American IPA's are certainly not a rare breed, and it really isn't all that difficult to find really good ones. Great Divide's Titan is another in a long line of very bitter and tasty brews of this style.

Pours clearer than many IPAs but is very thick and sticky. Very nice lacing off of the big bony head. Less in the nose than I would prefer, I really love IPAs that just overflow with aroma, but this one doesn't. There is a sweetness in there, perhaps carmel along with some flowerbed floral smells. Much more in the flavor however, citrus and pine. It achieves that good kind of bitterness that we all are looking for. Very bitter, but so filled with other flavors that compliment the bitterness that it is very pleasant. Thick and creamy as I mentioned, almost coats the mouth like a stout, leaving a nice smooth bitterness that lingers.

Its good, OK?

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

I had this beer a few years ago in a bottle, and hadn't tried it since. Found it on tap and thought I'd give it a go-- so glad I did!

Loved the up-front hops and sweet malt that balanced out the flavor. This is an IPA that is very easy to drink-- smooth!

I enjoyed it so much on tap that I bought a six pack. The beer had been bottled just a couple of months ago, and tasted very similar to the tap version. I was pleasantly surprised after reviewing a bottle in 2006 that I wasn't so crazy about!

Photo of Rainintheface
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep golden with a one finger foamy white head, which leaves some nice lacing. moderate carb

S: pine. lots of it. citrus is there but mild. some sweet malt aromas also

T: pine sap, caramel and a bit of citrus. this also has a woody/oak presence

M: medium body, nicely bitter and crisp carb

D: A new favorite. wish I had more...right now

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well Im going to tackle my fear of IPA's. Well not really fear but you know, just I prefer my malty beers. I actually had have a couple sips of this beer at a bar(my friend ordered it). Alright well here it goes.

This pours a dark yellow/with some orange in it. Frothy two finger off white head that leaves soapy lacing behind.

Smells like an IPA. Honey, lemon drops, sweet syrupy smell, floral notes with a hint of spices coming in at the end.

This is not bad, not bad at all. Actually this is good, refreshing, I cant believe my eyes. Lets go back in time. The last time I had an IPA(well besides Celebration Ale)was the first time I really ventured off into Craft Beer. I mixed a six and did not know what an IPA was, or any other style whatsoever. One of the beers I picked up was "BIG EYE" and it was the first one I drank out of the six. Man my virgin palate got knocked the fuck out. Alright well on to the review.

Taste is of honey, sweet syrupy sugar, bread like maltiness, lemon, grapefruit, oranges;. Man this is fucking good, I cant believe it. I definitely need to start drinking more of this style.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, covers your whole palate with sweet stickiness of flavors.

The alcohol percentage is not that high, and this is a fairly cheap beer, so drinkability is very high for me. Yummy!!!

GO OUT AND TRY THIS BEER

Photo of angelmonster
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big 3 finger off white head. Golden orange in color with some bubbles floating up. Head retention is good and lacing is very good

Smells mostly of citrus and pine hops. There is also some sweetness im assuming is from the malt and a trace of alcohol

Taste is of slightly bitter hops. Piny herb taste definitely lingers for awhile, malt is very faint.

Mouth feel is light and smooth. Nice balance of carbonation, inside of mouth is left with a semi numbing coating of hops

Over all , highly drinkable IPA, not too much of a hop bomb. 7% alcohol is hidden nice and will sneak up on you. Not a big fan of IPAs but i would buy this beer again

Photo of klewis
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the GD tap room 3/19/09

A: Golden with a foamy head. Thick lacning.

S: Vegetal, earthy hops with a touch of pine. Nice complexity.

T: Complex hop taste with citrus, pine, and earthy flavors. It's all there combining to form a great hop profile with a moderate bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with very light carbonation. Extremely smooth.

D: Tasty and a solid beer in every category.

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

Picked up as part of Great Divides sampler pack.

A: Pale copper color with a slight chill haze. The fluffy white starts out big, has decent retention, and leaves behind a good amount of intricate lace.

S: Citrus and floral smells predominate, with a hint of oak and pine.

T: Lots and lots of citrus hops come on right away. Grapefruit and lemon are the most notable flavors. Malt has a subtle sweetness that breaks through underneath all those hops. Finishes with a nice lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body feels a bit oily. Carbonation level is a touch high.

D: A really nice IPA. The bottled version seemed a bit sweeter than on-tap. But that might be due to my warmer serving temp.

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Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,701 ratings.