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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

3,427 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,427
Reviews: 1,382
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 147
Gots: 243 | 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 RonfromJersey
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Secret Santa 2005 # 3

A thick hazy orange body, alive with bouncing carbonation, topped by three fingers plus of Rocky Mountain-like loose white froth. Good lacing.

The hills (of froth) are alive, with the smell of pine...A clean fresh scent of pine, like Pine-Sol without the more abrasive cleanser aspects. Very inviting.

Yum. I'm a sucker for an IPA that gives you a good malty sweet foundation before piling on the hops, and I've got one here. Big splash of caramel before the citrus, grapefruit first, then orange, comes crashing all around. A big hop snap and lingers on and on, in a good way.

Nice medium mouthfeel. Very, very drinkable.

A very enjoyable, but not too over the top, IPA.

RonfromJersey, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 12oz bottle with the label stamped to indicate this beer was bottled in the 2nd week of November 05. Poured into my Alesmith pint glass.
Titan IPA has a clear orange coloring, lots of minute carbonation and a rocky white head that left spidery lace. The nose was saturated with the pungent aromas of citrus and spruce that held dominant over notes of sweet malts and a hint of butterscotch diacetyl.
The taste left a scathing swath of oily hops juice across the palate, trailing a path of tangerine peels and pine sap. The malt profile was there but was no match for the overlording hops. Still, there was enough malt presence to create the desired and often elusive balance sought in an American-styled IPA. The feel was medium-bodied, a bit creamy, and soft.
Overall, this is one knockout India Pale Ale, so very quaffable. It paired up very well with an Oriental chicken salad lightly coated with a spicy Thai peanut dressing. Another awesome brew from Great Divide. Highly recommended.

Boilermaker88, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a mix pack I assembled from great divide.

Sweet and hoppy smell that combines ok. Reminded me of a pale on the hoppy side of things.

Taste: Oily Hops, Malted sweetness, grapenuts, earthy tones and citrus.

Mouth and drinkability came down to the astringent end to every pull, and a long lingering dry bitter finish. Ok but just decent.

Notes: I thought it was around average for the style. Had better, had worse, this is somewhere in the middle.

DogFood11, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the darker IPA's I've seen. Deep copper with orange hues, its also very cloudy. There is little head though and appears low in carbonation. The smell is sugary sweet like caramel and bread, with a deep hop aroma to round it out. The taste is also sweet, with rich caramelly malt flavor blending in to a good finish that's quite bitter, but not overdone. It feels smooth, with low to medium carbonation, and an average thickness. Very good balance and the fact that they don't overpower you with hop bitterness makes this one very drinkable...

bennetj17, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of pjwilson
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Light orange, strawish color. it's actually lighter than the DPA. again that great divide head.

s: can smell it from 2 feet away. that's good. I bring the glass to my nose...ah it's a malty and hoppy IPA. I love those kind, (though i love the pure hop bombs too. Beer's about diversity kids) Fresh hop flower dancing with some bisquity malts. It's a dead draw. I have to say it would be a hair better if wieghted more to the hop side...

t: Ok first there is alcohol in the taste. Not wanted here. Then the bitterness doesn't complement the hop flavor....which is good on it's own. i cannot explain it other than that. The bisquity malts are in too little in number. The should either be gone completly or amped up to give more body. However you could do alot worse. It's certainly an interesting swirl of hop, alcohol and bisquit.

mouthfeel: too light and watery. the fullness from the DPA is completely gone.

drinkability: this stuff is pretty drinkable from the wateriness. however a fuller beer can be just as drinkable.

Wow, I liked the DPA so much more than this one. Goes to show you gotta try it all as the majority can miss lead you on this site sometimes. Anyways back to the beer. For a very malty tasting IPA, Nectar IPA is better than this one. Therefore since Great Devide IPA is 3.50$ more a sixer than that beer here in California, I will buy that instead. The flavors just didn't blend here for me. However, I am very glad the company is distrbuted out here now. I dunno try it, you might like it. Some chicken I marinated with it came out killer.

pjwilson, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1st of all this bottle looks like it was only filled with 10 ounces of beer. So wtf? On to the review. This poured a very nice orange amber color with a nicely sized tan head. Some lacing. The aroma is of piney hops, not as strong as southern tier ipa, but nice. Kinda nice not being totally dominated by pine trees at gunpoint though.The aroma is very well balanced, lots of other flowery fragrant amazing smells. Caramel or other malt like sweetness found. The taste is great, kind of a dry bitter blast. But really a great combo of pine hops and rich malt. Mouthfeel was nice, kinda carbonated, dry feeling. Tingly good but not watery. VERY drinkable.

And now i am revisiting this 10 minutes later. It is warming up a bit and it is unleashing all sorts of godly flavors. All parts of my mouth are so happy. Try this beer!

kbnooshay, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide + IPA = great beer. If you have any doubts, check out Titan and Hercules.

This beer has a great hop aroma to go with a crisp, fresh bitterness that's both aggressive and refreshing. And at 6.8% ABV, there's enough malt to balance the hops while still allowing for a proper lupulin showcase.

Because this IPA is a little heavier (hop- and alcohol-wise) than some other IPAs, it has a slightly heftier feel to it. But only slightly. I think the alcohol is actually pretty well-masked. For my tastes, however, the extra mass in this beer is a welcome element.

This is a really solid IPA, perhaps not as crisp and neat as some other versions, but hey, it's certainly no APA and in fact it's pretty much halfway to a DIPA.

VoodooBrew, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy amber with golden highlights. Rocky and extremely lacy ivory head. Big citrusy hops aroma, tangerine and grapefruit mostly.

Taste is bitter, bitingly bitter. Lots of grapefruit here. The sweet hops from the nose is not evident, this beer took the gloves off and delivers blow after blow of bitter citrus to my tongue but not in a bad way. Could use a bit more malt profile for balance. A pleasing long lingering bitterness on the tongue and back of throat. Dry. I like it, could drink a bunch but the hops are just a bit harsh.

ViveLaChouffe, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of shirfan
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich orange with a fantastic pillowy head and stick-to-the-walls lace.

Aroma: Juicy, juicy hops. Grapefruit, light pine, and a mild toasty malt note that says "come on, stop typing and drink me already."

Taste: Just as good. An explosion of citric hoppy goodness in the mouth, tingly upper cheeks similar to ruby red grapefruit juice, and a creamy, malty, sweet toasty malt body. Never overly bitter or grainy. Finishes with a faint falling off to leafy, earthy notes. Not a hop bomb in that it's more than sufficiently malty to back it up.. more like a hop laser.

This fills the gap in my soul left by the lack of Southern Tier IPA in Florida -- absolutely top notch. I'm looking back at the 4.5 I filled in for taste... no. This is a perfect IPA, absolutely balanced and delicious. Five you earn.

shirfan, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of masikon
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a transparent cream soda with a white 2 finger head which sticks around till the end. Scent is massive and so appetizing, notes of apples, pears, and pine sap force the glass to your lips. Taste is a blast of botanicals, more apples and pears along with a green bean like flavor? lol whatever it's damn good, also the more typical hop presence of piny evergreen and flowers...just enough malt here to add body and texture but the focus is all hops. Wow, being a former hopaphobe I can't believe what I was missing out on...these new generation IPA's ans double IPA's are absolutely delicious. This is top notch.

masikon, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of derrickt007
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a copper color with a creamy 1 1/2 inch head. Beer looks very inviting.

Smell is of hops and more hops. Citrus, grapefruit and a hint of pine in the nose.

The taste is primarily hops, with a small amount of malt coming through at the end, but mostly the grapefruit, citrusy hops coming through.

The mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated, the hops leave a nice bitterness on your tongue.

High drinkability on this one, I truly enjoyed this IPA

derrickt007, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of cubedbee
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear glowing copper with two fingers of frothy head, excellent retention, pretty nice lacing. Smell is very hoppy, resinous pine and grapefruit primarily, nice. Taste is nice and hoppy, light lemony citrus upfront, grapefruit and floral throughout the middle, a green piney finish. Bitterness on the finish is only mild--this is all about the hop flavors. Medium bodied with a nice mild carbonation for a smooth coating feel. At $9.50 a sixer, this is a little pricy, but it's definitely an awesomely tasty IPA.

cubedbee, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of Dithyramb
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden colored brew with some slight haze. Off white head had limited retention, but pretty good lacing. Enjoyed while watching bowl games and playing pool at Max's.
Hops on the nose, mostly citrus and pine.
Very nicely balanced, and very hoppy IPA. Grapefruit, citrus and pine hops give it considerable bitterness with a sturdy, but otherwise uneventful, malt backbone.
Medium bodied with lingering bitterness. Slightly more lighter bodied than expected, making it more drinkable. Enjoy having these CO beers on tap now in MD, my carry on luggage is now so light...

Dithyramb, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,427 ratings.