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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

3,660 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,660
Reviews: 1,403
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 171
Gots: 386 | 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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Photo of grub
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from jaxon53 as part of the Brews N' Tunes Summer Tour '07. thanks jason!

12oz bottle, bottled the first week of april.

pours slightly hazy orangey copper colour with a small dense white head. the head quickly drops to a film on top of the beer and leaves some spotty lace around the glass.

aroma is nice. pine and grapefruit. bread and cracker malts. bit of alcohol. bit of biscuit.

taste is good. medium-high bitterness level. resiny hop presence. grapefruit and pine. bit of tangerine and orange. bread and biscuit malts. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. nice medium body.

drinkability is great. balanced and very enjoyable. an excellent american ipa. thanks again jason!

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. brown bottle with notchings to indicate it was bottled in the 2nd week of May. Neat.
A: Beautiful orange/red color with a good, thick head. Good cling and lacing throughout the drinking of this beer.
S: Piney with lots of citrus. Mostly floral overall, with fruity notes underneath.
T: This beer lives up to the bottle’s description: hoppy & citrusy at first, followed by sweet malts, and then a crisp hoppy bitterness in the finish.
M: Dryish and crisp, with just the right amount of bite for an IPA.
D: Pretty powerful but not overwhelming. I will definitely drink this beer again.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a glowing, hazy orange with bits of suspended yeasties in there. Golden highlights shine through when held to light. Two fingers of dense head that takes a while to recede, leaving some lacing.

S: A nice citrusy and floral hop bouquet, very tempting. Has the sweet characteristics of say, a Bell's Two-Hearted, and an underlying pale malt base.

T: Has a somewhat mellow hop presence, with tartness detectable on the sides of the tongue. Leaves a lingering hop trail along the sides as well, with the surge coming toward the middle but fading into a smooth finish.

M: Bubbly and silky, carbonation is at a satisfactory level, complementing this beer well.

D: Maybe it's just me, but I wasn't overly impressed with this beer, but at the same time am not looking down upon it. Really, I just feel like IPA's are a difficult style to perfect because of their prevalence in the craft beer market, thereby cutting the ability to be unique. Those that do stand out are duly recognized, but for one that does have a good drinkability, such as this one, there's not much else to distinguish it from the pack.

Photo of Zorro
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove.

12 OZ bottle that was bottled in April.

A chill hazed dark amber colored ale with a definite redness to the color. A decent off-white colored head forms and the fades to lace.

The smell is quite malty with a wood and tea scent and not much of the west cost hop aroma that I expected to find in a west coast IPA. Malt is strong here with a caramel scent and a little spiciness from the hops. In truth this smells more like barley wine than IPA.

The taste begins sweet and malty for an IPA with solid shot of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Mild for an IPA yet still bitter in the aftertaste I suspect that this maybe a version with a year of age on it and that is why the flavors and aromas from dry hopping seem to be missing. As a barley wine this is interesting and mellow the malt and bitterness balance is perfect. Caramel, oak, tea, leather, faint pine and grapefruit are the main flavors.

Really nice mouthfeel on this one, it is thick like a good barley wine with a pleasing slickness in the mouth.

Quite nice and drinkable but not what I normally think of when I drink an IPA. This could be considered to be an English style beer but by that standard this is still more of a barley wine. Tasty and worth trying, I will have to try this again when I am in Colorado or New Mexico and closer to the source.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle(s)... I'm on 3 of 3, from a mixed 12 pack, served in a pint glass (all 3 times!).

A - translucent, orange color with a fluffy, tiny bubble, white head, that backed down to a little layer, leaving nice, tiny lace.

S - citrusy hop aroma, pleasant smelling.

T - very good, well balanced taste. bittering hops upfront, then the sweet malts tease your tongue before the bitterness of the hops finish you off after the swallow.

M - medium bodied, a bit slick, with mild carbonation.

D - I knocked off 3 of these before, during, and after a Mexican meal.

Final Note: Not for the 'Hoptically Challenged'.

Photo of jakon
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a bottled on date of the 1st week of June '07

Pours golden or amberish depending on whether you're holding it up to the light and what type of glass you're using. Nice pillowy white head. The aroma is freakin awesome. Huge pineapple/citrus notes. I'm just getting tons of orange, pineapple and pine. Love it. Haven't had this much pineapple in the nose since the Stone 10th. Same characteristics in the taste. I love this beer. One of my favorite IPA's. Slightly aspiriny with the bitterness, but the more pleasing hop characteristics drive this car. Just an incredible brew. A hophead's staple.

Photo of BeardedSquash
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very heady, very cloudy orangish amber. Took a few pours to get it all in my glass, because the head would not quit. Looked like an ice-cream nipple as it held its form on the way down.

S: Bright citrusy hops. A sweet malt character.

T: Touché brewer. More than just aroma hops, plenty of bittering hops that cause a little pucker in my mouth. This is rounded out nicely with a bready malt backbone that reminds me of the holidays.

M: Active bubbles carry the malt across the tongue, to complement the hop hose.

D: Good stuff for the summer times. Not the most outstanding IPA when you've use to DFH's line up, but definitely worth picking up if you're headed to the pool.

Photo of cbak999
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer can be considered among the kings of bitter American IPAs. I LOVE THIS BEER! Pours an golden/orangish color with a nice 1/2 inch white head. The smell is very bitter - almost spicy and very piney. And the taste matches. As the beer goes down, there is a very nice lace that lines the glass. This beer is right on! A definite go-to for the category! I always keep a few in the fridge.

Photo of WaveRebel51
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely not a beginner's beer. The minute I cracked the bottle, the spicy hop aroma hit my nose and I was sure the hops would be too overpowering ... but it wasn't. The taste is well-balanced and should put a smile on he face of any hop-head. The high abv makes this a little heavy.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle marked second week of June 07. That would make this about two weeks old. Orange and clear with a rocky, fluffy, bubbly white head that looks like a sponge.The aroma is very hoppy and sticky. The bitterness works very well in this beer. The taste is sticky, hoppy and kind of chewy. They very expertly hid the slightly higher than usual ABV and I like this one a lot. Great Divide does a very good job again (no surprise).

Photo of BretSikkink
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy head with good height and retention, slightly hazy golden copper brew. Nose is very fresh and clear, with notes of pine needles, flowers, and zesty citric juice. Hops are fragrant and very pleasant.

Hop dominant in the flavor, which is full and quite bitter with a peppery zing. The malt profile is less distinct, but is sweet and somewhat holds its own. Alcohol is noticeable and warming, and works hard with the hops to hold the bitterness well into the finish.

Great hoppy IPA, this one keeps me coming back for more.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine beer from the slopes. This beer pours a honey gold with a great head that leaves some sticky lacing down the glass. Aroma is pine needles, grapefruit and orange marmalade. Taste is thick, semi-sweet and very dry with the bitter hops really showing through. Finish is smooth and not too dry. A great beer for the hop heads, but a touch too strong to make a session beer.

Photo of ttu94
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very surprised by this beer. I think the bottle looks cheap so I inaccuratly thought the beer would taste the same.

Looks solid coming out of the bottle but so do most beers.
Smells great! perfect combo of citress and pine aromas.
This may be the smoothest IPA I have had.
Wonderfuf mouthfeel.
Drinkability is among the best.

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great divide, another super rich IPA

appearance is an orangish color with shy amber strikes with a nice carbonations, hey hops bubbles!

Hops hit you right away, it is floral, piney, citrusy, oily, and pineapples flavours hit you. Shy malt smell follows the hops, and ends with candy flavours

Taste is hoppy, oily in mouth, very floral, bitter, citrus and pineapples follows, even some apple pie flavours come out. The malt presence is there but shy dued to the hops

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

Appearance is a hazy, amber orange beer with a collapsing head. Creamy foam sticks to the glass at every sip.

Smell of grapefruit and lime, but not in a sharp or mouth puckering way. Also some maltiness, but this comes second.

Taste is bitter with definate grapefruit notes. The hop is raw and resinous, but mild. The malt brings a nice balance and that is why this beer gets good reviews, because of it's balance.

Thanks to dogfooddog for this beer.

Photo of geexploitation
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear with a smallish head that fades to only a miniscule collar and some lace. Aromas of sweet orange peel, a hint of bitter chocolate and some doughy, yeasty bits. On the palate, fruity bitterness up front, then some herbal notes pop up that are a bit unusual and quite welcome in an American IPA. Quite metallic in the bitterness, especially toward the end. Big, juicy carbonation that fills the palate and thin, live-wire bitterness that has a rocky edge to it. This whole beer is filled with hard edges; there's nothing soft to the malts, hops, carbonation, nothing. In spite of that, it works. It's not a beer for everyday, but when you're looking for some good West Coast bitterness this will do the trick.

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

My first beer from Great Divide and it was exceptional. Poured into a 16 oz. pint glass, the beer was a medium copper, slightly orange color with a long lasting, but not particularly thick head. The aroma was very balanced for an IPA, with caramel and vanilla notes and a citrus hop aroma.

Carbonation was moderate, and mouthfeel was very good with a slightly viscuous, creamy texture. The flavor was very balanced as well. Toasted malt flavors with matching bitterness, the caramel and toasted flavors subsiding and leaving a long lasting hop finish. I've used the term "balanced" a couple of times, and that is my main impression of this beer. It's a refreshing change from IPA hop attacks, to a more drinkable, yet expertly crafted beer. A fantastic beer that I will purchase again (and again....).

Photo of UnionMade
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange, topped with a creamy, dense head. Great head retention, keeping a thick film throughout, sheeting the glass with lace. Kinda meek in the aroma department. Citrus and floral hops, but you really have to stick your nose in the glass to get it. Maybe my nose isn't working properly. The flavor is excellent. Soft, sweetish toasted malt outbalanced just a touch by juicy citrus hop bitterness. Tons of hop flavor. Clean otherwise, with no off flavors. Really resinous and orange-citrus. Full bodied, with just enough carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Lingering citrus bitterness. Great stuff.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Darker than expected, it was almost a burnt orange with a thin off-white head. Medium carbonation and medium to heavy lacing.

S- Fairly balanced for an American IPA. Definite citrus scent from the hops, but some malts came through with the grapefruit tones.

T- Again more balanced than expected for the style. At first it was hard to pin down because I was anticipating the strong hops but was pleasantly surprised by the malts coming through.

M- Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

D- A very balanced IPA. I wouldn't pick this one up if I was looking for a huge hop punch, but it is very drinkable. It would be a great beer to introduce somebody to American IPAs without attacking their tastebuds with the hops.

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

Appearance: It's a clear, light golden color with a foamy, one finger head. Retention and lacing were good.

Smell: Very citrusy sweet combo of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and mango. Piney and very enticing hops are underscored by a bit of toffee malts.

Taste: Citrus sweetness kicks it off. Mostly grapefruit with some orange and lemon backing it up. Hops are excellent and provide a very good bitter twist. There are some slight caramel or toffee malt flavors to balance it out a bit.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is excellent. At 6.8%, it's very drinkable. I think I could session this. It's that good. Overall, excellent offering from Great Divide.

Photo of sstackho
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 6-pack purchased at Bauer Wines in Boston. A lazy pour on my part results in a large head which eventually goes away. Plenty of carbonation seen through the clear copper hue. Strong hop aroma. Taste is chock full of hops straight on, but not too much hops of the floral variety that I tend to enjoy. Definitely a solid choice for a hoppy IPA.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, the great Titan!

Pale gold copper color / clear / nice head – foamy and nice and sticks around for a nice long while

I smell American hops – citric and floral – and nicely balanced with sweet malt – roasted and toasty, fresh and enticing.

Good balance. Sweet malt – dense and sweet toasty and floral citric (grapefruit) and bright American hops. So much hop! A little dry and puckering from the crap-load of hops – but still balanced in my book. Finishes dry with some hop flavor.

Medium bodied and smooth with a little thickness. I could go for a little more carbonation though.

This is how an American IPA should be. Excellent I say! Kudos to Great Divide. Looks great and 6.8% ABV – whoop!

Photo of jaxon53
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass from a twelve ounce bottle. Poured a beautiful copper auburn color. A not very vigorous pour yielded about a good inch of thick frothy dull white head. Head somewhat quickly settled into a thin layer atop the beer. Left a decent amount of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell was of bitter citrusy hops, resiney pine aromas, fresh mowed grass, and a little bit yeasty. Taste was about the same but better. Nice and hoppy up front, pine, citrus fruits, grassy and bready. All stacked on a smooth malty backbone. Pretty well balanced. Seems to have just the right amount of carbonation. Nice and full bodied in the mouth. Lots of flavor packed into a little bottle. Pretty damn drinkable too.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another nice offering from Great Divide. Poured an orange copper with a big, pillowy, soapy froth that remained throughout. This looked really nice. Smell was as expected. Big floral hops and very subtle sweet malt. This is spot-on for the style. Taste was juicy, resinous hops up front with plenty of bitterness and a nice biscuity malt on the finish. While I'm growing tired of this style and the big, over-the-top hoppiness, this is a really good example of the style.

Photo of Reed415
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber color, Very minimal Head

S - Very mellow hop smell in the nose

T - Lots of hops, very smooth though. Not too harsh, not to weak. Right in the middle which makes this beer.

M - Good and Solid Body, Mild Carbonation

D - Very Drinkable, very smooth for an IPA

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,660 ratings.