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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

3,352 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,352
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 144
Gots: 219 | 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 Shaw
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light amber in color with a sticky, foamy head that leaves very nice lace in my glass. It has quite the smell of hops: floral and spicy. Very nice.

As the smell indicates, this is a very hoppy beer, even for American IPAs. I think it's great, but if you aren't a hophead, you might want to steer clear. The taste is pure hops: bitter, floral with just a hint of sweetness from the malt. There's a great hoppy aftertaste, too. The flavors are wonderfully refreshing and a great reward after work.

The mouthfeel is smooth and light.

This is the first Great Divide beer I've had. I am looking forward to trying more. This is about the best American IPA I've had. Only Pelican's IPA is better, and I bet that's because I've always had that beer fresh in Oregon. This IPA was bottled in April 2005 and I'm drinking it in August 2005.

Shaw, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

08/16/05- Received via trade with Connecticutpoet.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a born on date notched on the label. Poured into my Stone Ruination pint glass.

Appearance- Orange golden color with a solid 1/2 inch head which part of which remains throughout the entire brew. Solid sheets of lace as well.

Smell- Ultra sweet and ultra fruity hop scents. I can tell already that this one is going to be good.

Taste- Wow, never before have I had an IPA as sweet as this one. It's like dipping your hand into a vat of powdered sugar and licking it all off. Huge sugary sweetness with a nice sugary canned fruit taste as well.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation level for and IPA. Coats your mouth due to the high sugar flavor.

Drinkability- This is the only downfall for me. I love this beer, but it's too damn sweet for me to have more than 2 for sure. Maybe even one. One is perfect here. Otherwise it's a kick ass IPA to be sure. Extra thanks to Connecticutpoet on this one....

GClarkage, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of MarineHokie
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle @ Linwood Grill.

Appearance: Off-white rocky head. Clear, bright orange copper color.

Smell: Lots of pine, barely perceptible orange blossom.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lots of hop flavors: piney, citrusy, grassy. Not overwhelmingly bitter, nice balance. Very smooth

Notes: Not sure what hops were used. I didn’t perceive much grapefruit, which I kind of enjoyed as a nice change from other IPA’s.

MarineHokie, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper color, medium white head, creamy looking, with no visible carbonation. Lots of hops in the nose, floral and citrusy. Taste is great, very hoppy, slightly bready, with lots of piney hops and a nice alcohol warmth to go with the hops. Could use more carbonation, which would really add to this beer. Still, this is a very hopcentic beer that continues the Great Divide hoppy beer trend.

TastyTaste, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of ADR
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bronze appearance, clear. Frothy but minimal head that settles at 1/4 of an inch on the top. Nice laces, dripping and interlocking patterns. Slightly juicy aroma, some elements of sweetness but with definite citrus tones. Mouthfeel is lighter than medium, carbonation is average and well-done. Flavor is very nice for a workaday IPA, bitter and resinous, lightly sap tinged, hoppy with some refreshing lime qualities, and with a decent but subdued light caramel backbone. Finishes without fade and with a remaining hop emphasis. Nicely executed, drinkable, representative for the American style, and a much better drink than the ESB to my mind.

ADR, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden, nice big head and lots of lace. Smell is deep and malty, some citrus and floral hops, grapefruit, breadiness. Taste is nice and balanced, very malty and bready but also a pleasant floral and citrus hoppiness, kind of spicy with a dry bitter finish. Mouth is nice and smooth, good carbonation, really tight body. Thanks DrJay.

Viggo, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear orange colour with a moderate amount of white head. Good retention after it reduces to a thin layer of foam, moderate lacing. Bready malt aroma, light fruitiness plus orange citrus hoppiness, just a bit of pine. Only moderate bitterness, but plenty of hop character. Citrus, pine resin are balanced nicely by toasted maltiness, especially at the start. Finishes with a resinous hop bitterness. Medium body, moderately low carbonation, a bit creamy and just slightly sticky from residual sweetness. I really liked the malt character and overall balance with the hop flavour and aroma.

DrJay, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of rowew
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle with the new style Great Divide labels. Notched with month and week brewed.

Appearance: Clear orange color with a huge off white head. Great retention, and lots of lacing.

Smell: Lots of pine and citrus - fragrant but not overpowering.

Taste: Very smooth mouthfeel with a low level of carbonation. Medium bodied. Taste covers the spectrum of hops - with lots of citrus and pine. Despite all the hops it is not overly bitter - just right as far as I'm concerned.

Overall impression: A well made IPA - perfect for the hop-heads. This isn't exactly a session beer, but I've been known to drink more than one on occasion. Thanks for putting this in six packs!

rowew, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of SwillBilly
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12 oz bottle with bottled date of April, 2nd week notched on the label.

Appearance: Pours a small white,lacy head that dissipates rather quickly. Color is orangy, copper almost apricot like. Looks very inviting.

Smell: Man, you could smell this one from a few feet away. Kind of a sweet and fruity fragrance with hints of grapefruit.

Taste: Wow. This is a great tasting IPA. Starts out pretty mellow, slightly malty sweet then a big, dry hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Big, thick and creamy. Very nice.

This has taken over as my go to IPA. Has a very nice warming effect due to the 6.8% abv. Easy to drink and now a staple in my beer fridge. I highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys IPA's. Great Divide is very underrated in my opinion. Go out grab this one and enjoy

SwillBilly, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a glowing hazy orange with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Streams of solid bubbles arise to the top. Lots of solid white head that leaves a plastered white lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell is of strong citrusy and piney hops with a bold biscuity malt backing up the aroma.
Taste is of well blended biscuity malts with the strong citrusy hops, making this a thick, borderline syrupy and sappy brew.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with the fullness of the hops and smooth malt sticking to the entire palate. Finishes well balanced with a citrusy stickiness that isn't overly bitter at all. Despite the high amount of hops, there isn't that overkill of burn either. Nice.
Drinkability is excellent also. This is so smooth and biscuity sweet, you'll forget about the 6.8% till you're near the end of the glass.
One of the finest bottled IPA's I've ever had.

weeare138, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of markman
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Titan IPA:

Nothing wrong with this IPA; citrussy, piney hops, a little hop oiliness in the middle…Oh my droogies, just what we all want in an IPA. Open the bottle, and the hops hit you in the nose and they don’t let up until the juicy hop burps subside. If I didn’t have to drive “all the way to Rhode Island” to get Great Divide, I’d have this at my disposal con-stant-ly.

Cheers…

markman, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clean orange amber beer. Has a big foamy off white head with very good lace. The aroma starts with a fruity grapefruit hop character with an inviting sweet grain malt background. On the taste there is a smooth maltiness before the hops grab control of the back of your tongue. The finish is full of a bittersweet grapefruit hopppiness.

Note: it may have been a mistake to to try this after a Smutty Big A IPA. But I was patient and waited for the new flavors to burn through.

ybnorml, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber

Translucent amber with a creamy, clingy white head. Citrusy aroma, with strong pine.

Taste is nice and bitter, with floral, citrusy hops. A very, very good IPA that finishes crisp and dry.

I'm a sucker for a good IPA and this one fits the bill for certain. Up there with Stone and DFH.

RockyTopHeel, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a crystal clear IPAish orange in color with s big, lightly-tanned head that seemed to last forever and laced the heck out of the inside of my Ruination glass.

Smell – The nose is big, complex hops gone wild. The raunchy pine sticks out above the others, but there is plenty to keep you interested. There’s also a mild caramel malt base as well.

Taste – The malts pick things up at the taste, but it’s that piney hop flavor that leads the show. It’s almost like it’s dry hopped.

Mouthfeel – This one is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with some brutal dryness.

Drinkability – I thought that the body was a little light for these bold flavors, but otherwise it was a terrific AIPA.

RoyalT, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of shippos
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

courtesy of roew...im not exactly sure on that (been awhile since i actually got this and just now putting the review in)

poured witha athick white head and fades ot a askim on a hazy orangy body. sweet malt to start, fruity and resiny with wonderfull hints of pine. sharp flavorfull bitterness in the front with a asweet malt center anda smooth mouth watering yet slightly dry finish, very very drinkable.

shippos, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy amber color, foamy off-white head. Looks highly carbonated, and the haze is a little greater than I would like.

Smell - Ample hop aroma (mostly floral) is offset slightly by sweet malt. Appealing.

Taste - Crisp and bitter, but yet it is malty sweet as well. Of course, the bitterness dominates.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. The beer has an almost chewy and somewhat sticky feel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. The taste and smell of this beer will keep you coming back for more.

Comments - Hopheads ought to really enjoy this beer. I know that I do!

mgdeth, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. A lovely amber ale with a half finger head, that died down to a thin film of foam with lacing all over the glass.

Aroma was very strongly of pine hops... but there was a nice dollop of caramel along with a medium malt backbone, and a little bit of fruitiness. Well balanced.

Taste was like being hit between the eyes with a hop hammer. Incredibly powerful. Mostly pine bittering hops, but with rich medium malts underneath, and a hint of apples. The counterpoint between hops and malt was perfect.

Mouthfeel was outstanding. Not too astringent, not too carbonated, the hops were supported by the maltiness and filled the mouth with flavor.

I will definitely revisit this one. This is now my #1 American IPA.

connecticutpoet, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is slightly hazy and shows a mix between copper, ruby and orange colors when held up to the light. It at first generates a three finger thick head when I pour it, it settles down to a frothy tan colored head that sticks around for a fair amount of time. The aroma is at first quite fruity with citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon zest. There are some aromatic notes of pine as well.

The taste is lightly sweet up front and this interacts with some of the hoppy notes to create a citrus character reminiscent of tangerines and oranges. The hops begin to grab a hold, and the beer has a really sharp bitter bite to it, which gives way to a lingering chalky astringent hoppiness. This is certainly a well hopped beer, it has a hint of maltiness to it, but just enough to be barely perceptible. It really is not enough to even tame the hops one bit. Because of the massive hop character this beer is almost dry on the palate. This is certainly and over the top hopped IPA, almost too much even for me and I like hops. At times I can see this really appealing to me.

Gueuzedude, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of BitteBier
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bold, apricotish orange color with a hint of amber. Topped off by a generous amount of tight, off-white head that clings nicely. An excellent nose. The hops are there, of course, but this isn't a one trick pony. Some orange aroma and an interesting sweetness are detectable as well. The same goes for the taste, which is unexpectedly complex. Starts off with a crush of bitterness but features supporting appearances by pulpy orange, a bit of sweetness, and a tease of lingering alcohol warmth. A nicely balanced mouthfeel--not too oily, astringent, or chewy. Just when I thought I would never find another IPA that made me stand up and take notice...

BitteBier, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pristine bright orange with amber trim and a dense cap of orangish beige that has seemingly millions of tiny bubbles that become millions of tiny pits when they burst. Thick, pocked lace is beginning to be laid down in sticky sheets and gives the impression that very little of the glass will be untouched when it's finally emptied of beer.

This a nose that hits the hop lovers among us right where we live. Wave upon wave of beautifully pungent hop oil is atomized into my waiting nostrils and makes me dizzy with anticipation. Titan smells like candied pink grapefruit sections with just enough caramel to lend olfactory interest without spoiling the hop rave. It smells a bit tropical too, but not as much as some.

Big, juicy, hoppy, delicious! The beer doesn't make any overtures toward the DIPA style, but as in the nose, the caramel malt contribution is noted and appreciated. It lurks among the hop vines, staying out of sight, adding another dimension to the already outstanding hop-dominant flavor.

I've had hoppier beer, but there's no reason that every brewery needs to engage in a macho game of hoppy one-up-manship. Great Divide has added more than enough to keep 99% of hopheads satisfied. Have I used the word 'hop' enough? Hoppity, hoppity, hop!

As expected, my glass is filthy with hop crust. The finish is on the long side, which allows the many facets of the 'hop jewel' to become even better defined. Pink grapefruit segues into orange which segues into lemon which segues back into pink grapefruit. There's a perfect point-counterpoint of bitter and sweet that makes my mouth very happy indeed. All 65 IBUs have been utilized to their fullest extent. I'd have guessed a little higher.

The mouthfeel is medium-full for the IPA style and is as lush and as smooth as the day is long (and there are only a handful of days longer than today). The beer slides down like summer weight silk and makes me want to keep drinking for the mouthfeel alone. Well, okay, the hopiliciousness has something to do with my need to gulp this nectar.

This is, without question, a Titan among IPAs. I have no desire to split hairs and say why it isn't ranked among my very favorites. Suffice it to say that this beer, at this point in time, is scatching my 'hop itch' with a vengeance and is a beer to be reckoned with for all who love humulus lupulus like they love life itself. Great Divide made a convert of me a long time ago. Titan IPA is simply the icing on the cake.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: impresively floral; not only from complex hopping, but a nectar sweetness as well. Notably malty and spicy.
Appearance: one of the nicer head quality found in an IPA. Creamy, off white head. Tightly knit carbonation settled into a chuncky head that stayed forever. Color of deep copper to orange.
Taste: Aggresive hops overwhelms the nose. Tapers into a well balanced hop and malt flavors. Flavors intensify through the body. Finishes hot from the alcohol and appropriately bitter. Spiciness and citrus comes through from nose to finish.
Aftertaste: bitter and refreshing. Finish is not too dry. Leaves notes of alcohol, hop spiciness and mild sweetness.
Impression: active carbonation and alcohol tingles the palate. Very well balanced beer and strong from the time you pop the cap until its final sip.

BEERchitect, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a pint. "Month and week bottled: Third week of January" notched on the label.

Amber orange with a sticky, white head that sticks to the glass.

Citric/piney hops make up most of the nose with sweet malts peeking out underneath. Nice.

Strong, but not over the top, hops jump out when tasted. The slightly sweet malts come through in the middle. The dry, slightly citric hops take over into a dry finish. There's enough malt to give this one balance.

Moderate mouthfeel. If you like a lot of hop, this one's an easy drinker.

ypsifly, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange, with a long-lasting, creamy head. Strong piney hop aroma. For an IPA, this beer has a strong malt presence. Juicy fresh hop flavor, and the hops give this beer a nice spiciness too. Medium body. Damn good drinkability. This beer has an addictive tastiness that makes it hard to put down. Make sure to get at least a six pack. At less than $7 a sixer, there is no reason not to.

beveragecaptain, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into a shaker pint glass a clear copper color with a nice sized cream colored head. The head displayed good retention and left a sheet of lace on the side of the glass as it receded. The aroma has a nice balance of hop flower, slightly grassy in nature with a big citrus punch, with oranges and grapefruit, along with a pleasant malt back. The taste has the grapefruit hop character accompanied by a nice bitterness up front. The hop flower is there, and the malt shows lightly on the finish. It had a slick, and rich mouth feel, and a nice drinakbility.

carln26, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of StonedRugger
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of Titan IPA at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH.
I had not heard of Great Divide before coming across a few of their beers at the aforementioned grocery store. This is the first I have tried.
For my money this is probably the most complete IPA I have tried. Other good examples like Avery and Two-Hearted stick out because of how hoppy and dry they were. The Titan IPA was hoppy yes, but had enough malt or something else to lend the beer a subtle sweetness that makes it easily the most drinkable I have ever had.

As an unintended, but welcome, comparison, I finished the sixer of the Titan as I began working through a sextet of Three Floyds' Alpha King. While a good IPA the Alpha King still has too much of the hoppy bitter/dry character to stand up to the superb beverage that is Great Divide's Titan IPA. I just hope there other styles are as good within their groups as the Titan is to its.

StonedRugger, Jun 01, 2005
Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,352 ratings.