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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

3,341 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,341
Reviews: 1,379
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 143
Gots: 218 | 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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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Tupperwolf, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of troutmask96
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

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...

troutmask96, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

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).

dreadnatty08, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of Terp96
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

Terp96, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of SethB2
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

SethB2, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of bigone4
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

bigone4, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of JasonCoop
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

JasonCoop, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of skillerified
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

skillerified, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of boulevard2
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

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

boulevard2, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of KFaulkner
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

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!

KFaulkner, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Optimat0r
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

Optimat0r, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

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'.

alexgash, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours out a great orange golden, just a touch hazy with an off white head. great lacing.

Smells very hoppy indeed. Floral hoppyness and lemony citris. A bit piney too. under that is a creamy caramel sweetness.

Taste is like sucking on hops. More piney hops and seems very earthy. it also has a tartness to add on to the bitterness. Also has a sweet citris to it, like orange juice. I have had this last bottle for a little bit, so it seems the hops have died down just a touch, so now it is quite creamy and smooth.

Mouthfeel is quite good. great balance. Good carbonation. It just seems so smooth on my tongue and fills up my mouth.

Overall a great ipa. period. try it if you havent, and keep buying it if you have.

acrawf6, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of Higravity
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%

A nice amber color white a slight white head. Smells like a cascade muted middle of the road offereing. Taste like a cascade driven middle of the road offering. The bitterness is at a nice level, but there is a touch of tea bag in the finish, I would like more hop flavor as smell. So boring I might fall asleep if I had ust this beer to drink thankfully I could mix up a sixer of GD beer.

Higravity, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of markb40
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%

My first review here on ba. I'm really sorry if the review is way off or my terminology is misused/confusing. Guess you've got to start somewhere...

First time tasting of this beer and only my second tasting ever of a GD brew. (Have previously had the Hercules DIPA). Poured from a 12oz bottle, marked with a freshness date of the second week in December, into my trusty tumbler. Not much head to speak of, but may have been due to a less than aggresive, over-chilled pour. The beer is a beautiful amber color, something I really like in an IPA. Nice lacing on the side of the glass as well.

In the nose, I'm getting a lot of caramel malt with a pinch of piney hops that are quickly drowned out by the malt. I'm a big IPA guy and I kindof expect to just be knocked out by big, citrusy/piney hops in the nose of an IPA which is why I've marked that down.

First taste... Impressed with the balance, though seems more characteristic of an ESB at this point. The beer has warmed quite a bit as I've typed so I'm getting some pretty good flavors coming out. Oooh, second sip and there are the hops in a really great bitter finish that is supported by nice malt backbone.

I like the mouthfeel of this brew. Nice carbonation levels, nice bittering hops that seems to be adequately supported by the malt background.

Yeah, I like brew and could drink it often, but the smell is really a turnoff for me from an IPA and I would probably grab a standby such as the Smutty IPA over this one 99 times out of 100.

markb40, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of quasimoto
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%

A - Beautiful deep amber color with a nice dense frothy off white head that is hanging around.

S - Strong hops with a background of heavy sweet caramel malts.

T - Strong woody hops. with barely a balance of any malts. There are sweet aromas of malt, but none in the flavor.

M - Light body with the sharp bitterness of the hops.

D - Not balanced enough to keep drinking all night long. Its enjoyable, but I dont know if its really smooth.

I just readthe brewing date, and it was brewed last july... 8 MONTHS AGO!!! that might be a problem.

quasimoto, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of amstelcat
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

The six pack I am sampling from has a brewed date of about 5 weeks ago-nice! Color was kind of a brownish copper, not as pretty as some others of the style. The aroma absolutely wakes your nose up- piney and clean. Smells good, so the taste? Big, bitter hops in the mouth. Waiting for the malt....barely there.

I should love this beer as an unabashed hop head, but in comparing this to others of the style, I kind of miss the balance of the sweet malt.

amstelcat, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of watermelonman
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

This poured to a nice orange and copper color with a medium head. The lace looks good too.

The smell is of powerful hops and the usual bits of grapefruit. The taste is almost completely dominated by the hops. The mouthfeel is fairly full, while bitterness lasts long through the finish. Drinkability is pretty good.

watermelonman, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of ddarden
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Nice burnt orange color with a very nice rocky head that last and leaves plenty of lacing. The smell is mostly of piney hops with a little malt poking its head through. Very good smell if you like pine trees. The taste of this IPA is on the sweet side. The hops taste like they smell..very piney and grassy with some citrus thrown in. This is a nicely balanced IPA because the malts definitely make themselves known. Very nice mouthfeel and a easy drinking beer. Great Divide once again puts out a very solid beer that I would recommend.

ddarden, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
4.53/5  rDev +11%

Appearance- Abundant, sticky off-white head. The color of the beer is dark, cloudy, deep orange-tinted amber.

Smell- Rich, sweet malt. Buttery. Juicy, piney, herbal hops come on strong. Hints of something mild and sweet in the malt profile; vanilla-like. Somewhat floral overall aroma.

Taste- Luxurious, smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect; sharp, but not biting. Soft, sweet, creamy malt flavors hit the taste buds, only to be overtaken the next moment by a bigger-than-average hop bite. The hops are strong & citric; very grapefruit-like. The beer finishes with a slight alcoholic tingle, and herbal hop flavor sticks to the tongue once the tingle fades. Tasty!

Verdict- An enchantingly fierce IPA, one that any hophead will love.

bearrunner44, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of heyitsbyron
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured a single from Woodman's in Madison ($1.25) into a tulip glass.

First impression was that this looked exactly like Celebration Ale, an absolutely glowing burnt orange color and a dense white head. Perfectly clear, laces well, and the color just lights up the room.

Smeels like grapefruit, pine, malt and maybe just general fruit. Heavy, but subdued.

Taste is powerful and more fruity than I've had in an IPA. A good citrus hop kick with lots of fruitiness and maltiness. Sweet and slightly slighty boozy finish.

Heavier in the mouth than it appears, but smooth and well carbonated.

I'd drink it, buy it and enjoy again-- no question. Plenty of booze to get me going but not too powerful to knock me out. A well done beer from an excellent brewery.

heyitsbyron, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of Domingo
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Stands along with 2-3 others as "what an IPA should be."
Pours a dark orange/red color...but there are actually tiny swirls of color in the mix. Based upon the hop character, I'd assume that might even be hop oil.
Smell is of floral hops, but there's definitely more to it. Rather than assaulting you with one scent, there's definitely a bit of a sweet pine smell, alcohol, sweet fruits, and even a little grain thrown in.
Taste is initially sweet, but it fades into bitterness. No overkill mouth-pucker, just a smooth bitter finish. It's stronger than most IPA's, but certainly nowhere near the kick from a double-IPA. I think it's a perfecct medium to be honest.
Mouthfeel and drinkability for this beer are directly linked. It's a nice mix of thickness and flavor to allow you to drink several in one sitting. It's still pretty strong in the ABV department, but it doesn't really inhibit anything.
If you like the style, this is (one of) the best.

Domingo, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of jslot38
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz Bottle, poured into a standard American Pint Glass.

Appearance: Have to admit, head ran over a little bit on this one, but I won't criticize. Lacing is absolute insanity, was sticking to the glass from the first moments to the last sip, had to practically scrub it off later. Head is off white on a lovely amber/golden body.

Smell: A few notes of citrus - orange peel, a touch of grapefruit. Floral, absolutly floral hops running ruthlessly through my aromatic brainwaves.

Taste: Holy hop heaven. Blind taste test, I'd imagine this is a DIPA. Toasted biscuit background but the floral hops take over in this hop extravaganza. Really, the citrus notes from the smell are diminished, unfortunately, besides that, quite the taste. I'd say its more somewhere in between that 4 and 4.5, but I gave it the better mark for its overall beauty in the realm of IPAs.

Mouthfeel: A bit oily, slick and carbonated. Goes down easy considering the harsh hop presence on the tongue.

Drinkability and Notes: Could certainly have a few of these, but not the ultimate session IPA I've found with DFH 60 or SNPA. Went well with Utz Sourdough Pretzels and GW beating Xavier in a thriller.

jslot38, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

A very nice easy-drinking, well-rounded, balanced IPA. Poured a golden brown with a thick and fluffy white head that recided to a thin film. Lots of layered lace. Flavor is a nice balance between the hops and the malts. Piney freshness with a nice thick malty sugar holding it all up like a Greek column. Bit of lemon zest. Not overly complicated but simple and enjoyable. Medium body with a bit of a creamy AND a dry finish that made me want to pick up the glass again as soon as I put it down.

MuddyFeet, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Pale copper in color. Nice, small white head that leaves some great lacing. Hoppy aroma-mellow grass and grapefruit. Not as "in your face" as some other US IPAs. Big hop flavor. Has an almost thirst quenching bitterness to it. Great malt backbone behind the whole package. Damn fine balance between the malt and hops. Perfect, slick, oily mouthfeel to it. Goes down dangerously easy. A hell of a US IPA. I have to welcome Great Divide to Maryland. I have been seriously impressed with all their beers so far. Keep em coming.

lackenhauser, Feb 01, 2006
Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,341 ratings.