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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

3,339 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,339
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 smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%

Clear, browning copper color liquor. One-finger, eggshell colored head. A ring of lace is left with each sip.

Interesting blend of floral hop and clean malt. Slightly bitter aroma.

Very bitter flavoring throughout the taste. Only during the initial sip are malts present--very dry. The hops take over with a vengence, lasting long after the swallow. Even as a hop-head, I find this to be overly bitter. The body is excellent with just the right carbonation.

As a hop lover, I enjoy this beer. Be prepared to pucker up.

smcolw, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of kmcnair
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

12oz bottle, bottled on 2nd week Nov. 2005, sampling a mere 6 weeks later.

Pours a perfect copper color complemented with a fluffy ivory head, makes nice halos of lace that stick around after every sip. Pine and citrus hops dominate the aroma, which is very pleasant and enjoyable. I detect much more hop flavor than hop bitterness in the foreground, although the aftertaste is rather bitter. Sweet lightly roasted barley malt, grapefruit and pine are nicely blended together giving this midwest IPA a very west coast flavor. The finish is a bit sweeter than I would prefer. Medium bodied, just the right ammount of carbonation and has a slightly sticky finish. This is a pretty nice IPA, its not much of a change up from the others available in this area, but I think it can hold its own.

kmcnair, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours out a clear yellow-gold. Good-sized white head, slightly rocky that fades slowly and leaves a good amount of lace. Columns of carbonation throughout.

Smell is quite hoppy, with a citric orange/grapefruit scent giving it a slight bitterness, but held in balance nicely by some caramel malt. Little bit of pine comes through as well.

Flavor is hoppy and solidly hits all the IPA standards. The hoppiness is initially a big wave of citric flavors, with grapefruit and orange at the fore but a tiny little bit of lemon and pineapple in the back. As it warms, the spruce and evergreen characteristics come out a bit more clearly. The malt is there, pretty sweet to balance everything out.

Overall: This one is supremely balanced and drinkable; it manages to put the big West Coast IPA hop presence out there without making it an overly-abrasive mouthburner.

whartontallboy, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

A - Hazy, bronze-orange beer. 1/2" creamy, white head. Fell after a short time. Great lace.

S - Concentrated, juicy pine aroma. Some caramel in the shadows.

T - Good, clean citrus. Ripe. Awesome bitterness. Very nice earthy malt in the finish. Superb balance.

M - Rich, full mouthfeel. Awesome.

D - Wow!! Drinkability is off the scale. Excellent!

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of hero27
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

12oz bottle. Bottled 9/05.

Clear orange/amber color. White foamy head that holds really well. Fresh floral hop aroma. Very bitter taste, even for an IPA. The huge IBUs somehow blend very smoothly into this one, and creates one remarkably drinkable IPA. Very similar to their Fresh Hop Pale Ale, but with some additional hops to boost the flavor. I've had the bombers as well, and I thought the 12oz bottles were just as good. No noticeable lack in quality moving to the smaller container, still a fantastic brew.

hero27, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of blitz134
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Caramel orange body with a one finger white head. Sticks nicely to the side of the glass. Aroma is alive with grapefruit and tangerine with a little lemon. Caramel malt sweetness abounds as well. Taste has a good bit of pine hoppiness with a little citrus. Finishes with a touch of resin. Not much malt, only a little bicuit malt flavor. Has a good bit of bitterness. Nice flavor, somewhat typical flavor profile of many other good west coast IPAs. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nice for this beer. Coats the mouth well and the flavor lingers. Drinkability is superb. I could easily put these back.

blitz134, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of SteveO1231
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Grabbed A six pack at BevMo!

Pours a beautiful bright amber, thin off white head the reduces to little bubbles rather quikly. Good carbonation, nice tiny white bubble lacing.

Pretty strong aroma of harsh hops, yeast and grainy and bread-like smell.

Very crisp on the palate, light malt/fruitysweetness followed by a sweet bitter hoppiness that turns very piney and abrasivein the finish. A little unbalanced but I'm sure most hop heads enjoy this brew.

Big bold hop kick in the pants, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, I'll have o check out some more GD products.

Cheers!

SteveO1231, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of ITK4ever
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Herc was my first foray into the Great Divide, but I needed a more "session" type offering and Titan fit the bill. I'm a hop-head and Titan doesn't disappoint. Cascade hops up-front with a little malt in the background for some balance. They've really tried to smooth out some of the bitterness and did a nice job. Pours clean, nice head and very drinkable. This is now one of my "go to's" since they started stocking it in my favorite liquor store.

ITK4ever, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of beermanbrian
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a cloudy golden color with a lumpy white head. Some of the stickiest lacing i've seen. Smell is citrus with some pine. Taste is surprisingly sweet up front but is balanced quickly with the hops bitterness. Grapefruit notes and some chewy malt flavors follows. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Very drinkable beer. Another great IPA that is a must try. Highly recommended.

beermanbrian, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Hercules little bro pours a cloudy orange amber with a large white egg shell colored head leaves trickled lacing down the chalice. Aroma contains citrus grapefruit touch of tropical fruits noted with malts sweetness having a touch of sugary dessert bread. Taste is upfront with the hoppiness both flavor and bitterness hop juice with citrus grassy hops coming off balanced with enough of an abv and malt backbone to standup to the hops. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated slick with oily resins, nice. Drinkability: Solid as the IPA can get one of the best out of Denver, I have tasted.

WVbeergeek, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of SwillinBrew
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%

I was finally able to buy this in CA, today 12/09/05.

A - a golden tangerine color with some slight haze filled my pint along with a half finger of white head with a short life.
S - Citrus and pine are what come to mind and i detected some floral notes. What a good blend.
T - Now this is an IPA. Are you sure this isnt brewed on the West Coast, god damn good. More citrus bordering on grapefruit with some bitter hints carried on faint pine. There must be a good malt backbone underneath because the hop's character really comes out. As opposed to just dumping a bunch of hops resulsting in a tannic and bitter hop tea.
M&Dr - solid carbonation on a medium bodied sharp mouth feel. I just found my new default IPA.

Are you sure Pizza Port didnt brew this one??? Damn it's good.

SwillinBrew, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

Bottle stamped 3rd week of June. Pours a cloudy orange/amber, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing afterwards. Scents of hops aplenty, and citrus. Very nice sweet and bitter, hoppy taste. Medium body. Very drinkable, highly recommended. The minute I open the bottle I got a good wiff of the hops, a very good sign of a good brew. Way to go Great Divide.

Wasatch, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of sinistrsam
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

I immediately noticed how good this beer appeared. It had an orangish/pinkish/amber body and a small head, which fell fast, leaving wonderful lacing; excellent retention. It had plenty of carbonation.
It had a wonderful aroma, very floral, hoppy and sweet. It had plenty of sweet tones, such as honey and possibly vanilla and even some spice.
The taste was what one expects from an IPA, but balanced very well. It was bitter, actually very bitter at first. This was my only complaint. I love a good IPA but it was almost too much for me. This taste quickly transformed into a sweeter more drinkable taste, with bitter hops still present, but a piney malty blend. It felt biting and acidic at first but ended very smooth and refreshing. I say good job to Great Divide for this one.

sinistrsam, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +11%

This brew pours a reddish-orange color. The head is two-fingers tall, rocky and white, and has good retention. The aroma is piney, spicy with dark fruits peaking through. The taste is piney and herbal with mildy grapefruit in the back ground. The mouthfeel is very smooth, and medium bodied. Overall, this is a damn fine IPA.

KarlHungus, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%

I'd like to write an ode
to this crazy golden brew
with a whitish creamy head so adored by me and you
it entices with its scent
of melded hops and MALT
(yes it includes that ingredient that this style has long forgot!)
now it's fruity, now its doughy
now it's somewhere in between
now it's so goddamned balanced I sip it like a fiend
the body slides down like butter
despite the orangy zing
it's not too fruity, spicy, or bready, it's a balance of everything
12 oz. times almost seven
yet the alcohol taste it does lack
so this a dangerous one that I'll refer to as liquid crack

This is an amazing IPA. None of the flavors stick out enough to make it annoying, so it can be consumed all night.

waughbrew, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance: Bright copper kettle color with a most impressive head. The head appears almost identical to the head on a root bear float. It stands like an ivory tower swirling out of a copper sea. It lasts forever.

Smell: Uber piney nose with healthy doses of grapefruit.

Taste: Pure hops smacks you upside your goram face. Grapefruit licks your tongue like a salty dog on acid.

Mouthfeel: mmm bitter.

Drinkable as they come.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Copper-bronze, produces enough head to leave a nice lace behind.

S: Citrous, piney, american hops.

T: Citrous, piney, american hops. Yeah Baby! Tons of fresh grapefruity hops! This writes Pacific-Northwest all over your pallat. Nice bready malt backbone with a crisp, refreshingly bitter aftertaste.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. A little acidy fruit-juice feel... or maybe the taste is just fooling my mind.

D: I love it, but it's pretty bold.

Derek, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of scooter231
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

At Brewtopia, this was definitely in my top three... no, top two favorite brewery list (just outdone by Ommegang- but that's probably a biased opinion). Just stellar beers.

This reminded me of a toned down version of their DIPA. Light and easy to drink, a good hop/malt balance going on, with a touch of citrus in the background. Bubbly, and just so easy to drink.

scooter231, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

My glass was clean and clear before the pour. After the serving was done my glass coated with a layer of foam with distinct layers near the top and some spiderwebbed patterns further down. This is fancy time.
Smells are fresh, fruity and powerful. Citrus shenanigans are afoot. The mouthfeel is alive with texture. Think hops pop rocks.
Even the hoppy burps produced by this brew are enjoyable. T'is a sign of excellent brew I tell you.
Some of the best bottled IPA out there.

ommegangpbr, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev 0%

This poured with a big, fluffy off-white head that had decent retention. The nose was positively floral with hops. The color was a cloudy orangish-amber. It had a medium mouthfeel, which is fine for an IPA, IMHO. It had a really sharp hoppy flavor at the outset, but the finish was lighly malty enough to keep it from being overwhelming with hops. I'd be willing to drink it again.

woodychandler, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

I bought this as a single at UJ's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Born on date sloppily notched on the label.

Pours a hazy light orange/amber with a 2 finger head of off-white foam. Slow carbonation drifts to the top. Fantastic lacing, you can count every sip.

Aroma is strong grapefruit and pine needles, very yummy, with a huge biscuity/caramel-y malt smell and a hint of apples or pineapples.

Flavor is grapefruit and pine sap, real fruity, not overly sweet for the amount of malt. Pretty damn bitter, in a pleasant way. This is really tasty stuff. Aftertaste is long, bitter, and, I assume, Amarillo and/or Cascade hops.

Mouthfeel starts on the full side, but quickly thins out to medium body. Carbonation is soft. Finish is long and on the sweet side.

I love IPA's like this, although I know some think it's too much. This, to me, is one of the better IPA's I've had. Huge hop character, strong malt backbone; a terrific beer.

jakester, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%

This one pours an amber color with a small head that has decent retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of citrus hops - grapefruit is what comes to mind first. The flavor is just like the aroma - full of grapefruit hops and lacking a little bit of malts that would give it a good balance. Finish is bitter. Mouthfeel is fairly thick for the style. The drinkability is just ok on this one.

clvand0, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Golden copper, thin wisps of soapy lace coat the glass. Fruity apple and citrusy in the nose, with a mellow, leafy hop note. Hops are the word in this one; not in a sense that they overpower the palate, but they do take over on the malts juuust a bit. Very close to balanced, though not as sticky with malts as I'd like it. Nonetheless, this hophead really isn't complaining. Soft plum notes contain a mild sweetness that balances the pinecone hoppy bitterness nicely. Mild carbonation bites the tongue initially, and just as quickly is gone. Alcohol? 6.8% you say? Nary a trace. Sessionable indeed.

IrishRedRock, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of Rastacouere
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%

Apricot coloured, filmy yet lacing white head. Lots of floaties give it an appealing cloudiness. Yeasty aroma is gently mellowed despite the massive hoppiness. A good dose of caramel malt plays the lever here and blends along to bring out a subdued fruitiness and earthiness. Quite resinous hops profile, very herbal and sappy, potent if a bit astringent in their high level of dryness. Growing bitterness with every sip, mouth coating. Comfortable texture, medium body, apparently gently carbonated though it bites if you keep it too long. Fairly typical, but still good above average stuff.

Rastacouere, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
4.08/5  rDev 0%

Thanks for Morris729 who traded this one to me. Pours a clear amber color with good head retention but does fade over time. There was good lacing as well.

The smell is hoppy as it should be. There are definite notes caramel and some lighter bready qualities. The hops themselves are stronger in pine qualities then say citrus but both are well represented.

The taste is good. First notice is a well balanced hop flavor from the flavoring and bittering notes. The malt is sweet and well balanced and supports the stronger hop flavors. There is a tart flavor that reminds of granny apples. There is a slight oily flavor at the end but it is light.

The body is a medium feel and the phenol is noticeable but not exactly hop. Overall a good IPA.

Oxymoron, Nov 07, 2005
Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,339 ratings.