Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,411 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,411
Hads: 3,849
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 192
Gots: 508 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jon on 08-04-2003

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Photo of Emassa78
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice IPA. Drank after a long run in search if quenching refreshment and the Titan provided just such. Crisp and clean with a full bodied hoppy character. The backside has a bit of a tonic quality that lingers a bit too long. Smell is absolutely devine and spicy with notes of pine and molasses. (294 characters)

Photo of BeernDrum
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like bitter. This beer has that. I nice full bodied IPA. Nice dark amber color. At first pour a nice hoppy yet sweet citrus smell. Smooth back end but a nice bitter bite. A very good IPA for my taste. I still enjoy headhunter the most but this is a close second. A very good beer for the fall season. (302 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.41/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Soft golden in color with a fair, white head of about a finger. Solid ring lingers but with below average lacing for the style.

S- Hmm. This one seems to be bordering on skunk to me. Not picking up anything that makes the IPA aroma so great. Hops of raw dirt, spice, and some old wet pine, with a delicate malt base that conveys sour note of rotten pith.

T- Not much better than the nose indicates. More off-putting flavors for an IPA that seems to resemble more of a poorly constructed Scottish ale that left on a vinyl dashboard in West Texas summer day. Safe to say, I expected more.

M- Nothing wrong with the feel of this one, which reinforces my belief that this just isn't a good beer rather than a skunky bottle. Mid body with a fair drinkability if you can look past the flavor. Carbonation is about right.

O- Just not sure what happened here. IBUs don't take control, the balance is way off, and the malt...oh the malt. While I don't expect the malt to lead the way, the raunchy medicinal character made it seem like a pale ale gone terribly wrong. (1,065 characters)

Photo of mjstacker
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard-pressed to find any real discernible aroma, hoped for more. Tastes great but doesn't change my life, could use a touch more carbonation and maybe a hint of sweetness. Still better the 99% of the IPA's out there so don't read too much into my hyper-critical review. Great beer. (281 characters)

Photo of Ohmmygawd
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It smells like apricot, tastes like apricot and looks like apricot. Are you sure this isn't Magic Hat's #9? This is delicious and the floral taste of beer isn't overpowering but nice on the tongue. At at 7.1% ABV I'm so happy it isn't a thick syrupy taste. I was craving floral hops and this beer did not disappoint.

Cheers to Great Divide! Well done! (353 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: dirty golden, with a fair amount of head the thins to a thin layer, ok amount of lacing
S: malty, bready, lightly floral
T/M: start malty sweet, almost a little sugary, and that taste can linger a little. There is a little dryness in there as well, waiting to come out. This sweetness reminds me a little of papya, and I get a hint of ginger taste as well. As the taste completes, there is a grassy flavor that never quite overcomes the malt beginning, but does diminish it to a biting finish. The carbonation held up for me, giving the end some cola-like notes.
O: This might be a little too malty for those IPA fans who like the bitter side, but fits my tastes quite well. It is malt forward, and there is some transition to a dry end. It would get a few more points if the finish reached a drier or stronger feel in the finish. (833 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The beer pours a nice white creamy head that last quite a bit. The beer itself is a medium amber, bordering on copper, and very clear. The lacing is also very nice and bountiful.

Smell:
A strong sweet, caramel malt smell with hints of aromatic hops. The hops are flowery with a slight piney bitterness and complement the malt pretty well.

Taste:
The beer has a hop forward taste with a strong sweet malt presence and backbone. The hops are somewhat bitter and lightly piney, but the beer tastes balanced overall, if not a little malt heavy.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation and medium bodied. The beer is fairly smooth all the way and feels a little refreshing afterwards with a slightly dry aftertaste.

Overall:
A very good IPA and worth getting again and again. Definitely a keeper in my rotation and highly recommended. (835 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There's a nice thick white head that lingers on the glass and a creamy golden body.
Everything about this beer is simply IPA done well. The smell is obviously hoppy, flowery, toasty, and a little sweet from the malt with a little fruitiness.

The taste follows suit with a wholloping punch of hop taste and hop bitterness that is followed by seriously nice malt undertones and fruity esters. Very nutty with bigger sips, like roasted almonds. The somewhat higher ABV is present in the taste, and very warming. Oddly, it's almost as if the higher ABV makes it more drinkable. You're left with a refreshingly clean feel and a hop bitterness that stays on your tongue for a good while.

I had one regret with this beer: I only had one of them, and not a six pack. Will be buying... for sure. (791 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer in hand was bottled on May 24 2013. I'm hoping I'm not too late for the aggressive hops.

I pour a half finger of head. This dissipates to a light froth within a few minutes. The body is a nice light coppery amber. Lacing is decent.

I could smell this as I poured it. Big juicy caramel malt mixes with tropical fruit and pine.

I have to give this beer kudos. While I believe the hops would be a little more crisp if it were fresher, this is still a tasty IPA. It starts off with a good malty caramel flavor, then dives into pine and grapefruit hop notes. This is backed up with mandarin oranges and a couple other tropical notes. Solid.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It has the perfect amount of creaminess. It leaves a little bit on the tongue and finishes dry. (777 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought July 28th in a mixed six at Julio's in Westborough Mass. Bottled April 29, 2013, so a bit aged at over three and a half months. Hops might not be at full strength by now, which may account for my experience being somewhat muted compared to the bottle label's description of Titan as "aggressively hopped...brewed for hop disciples."

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Beautifully clear medium amber formed an inch tall white head which receded slowly to a thick surface foam with considerable lacing up the inside of the glass.

s: Mild citrus.

t: Banana followed by a moderate hop bite along the sides of the tongue.

m: Moderate, quite smooth until later when the hops stand out more.

o: Unique for the persistent though mild banana flavor, although that eventually becomes a just-mowed-a-wet-lawn grassiness and then pine resin. On the whole, an interesting and easy drinking IPA. (922 characters)

Photo of medicinewheel
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- poured into a Big Sky pint glass from 12 oz bottle- perfect appearance for what I had heard about this beer and couldn't find before in PA. (found on Topsail Island, NC on 7/11/13). Bottled on date is 5/23/2013.
Perfect deep golden-amber color, 1 1/2 finger head with long retention and nice lace stickiness on the glass that holds for the duration.

Smell- A little sweeter than expected and less piney than expected- but very nice- candy and medicinal to me at this time.

Taste- outstanding taste- really amazing-and smooth; so perfectly balanced for the amount of hop you can taste which I was hoping for in this beer, by the back end malts- very well hyped beer and it lives up to it. Big strong flavor but not overwhelming to me- so good I would call this sessionable for me even at 7.1% ABV.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation as well- smooth and not overly carbonated, a bit chewy
with a long tongue. I like to sip this one slowly when possible to savor it., though it is so good it can be hard to hold back here.

Overall- Love it and recommend to anyone who likes hops- Definite Must Try IPA by Great Divide- serious great beer here! Thanks Swingbridge and the babe behind the counter! (1,206 characters)

Photo of Boardshort_Brewer
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - copper hue with a small white head. Bubbles streaming up from the bottom.
Smell - Okay, sweet malty with very minimal hop aroma.
Taste - Great bitterness, barely lingers. Mostly malty with some pine and light grapefruit hops to balance out. Overall a decent IPA though far from the best. (300 characters)

Photo of CorvetteMike
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold tone to it with 1 finger of foam.

S: Pine smell, hoppy, and some malt balance.

T: Pine and some hops in the taste, with a slight bitterness.

M: Slight carbonation, amongst the pine, and hops present

O: Very enjoyable, well-balanced, no aftertaste, and very smooth.This bottle was part of a sampler pack I made up from my favorite Liquor Store. Titan IPA was so enjoyable I went back and purchased 12 more bottles. (426 characters)

Photo of JordanHageman
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first IPA I tried and I couldn't stomach it. After drinking more and developing my pallet I went back and revisited it and I loved it. Great beer. I recommend it. Great tasty IPA with lots of flavored to excite and amaze your pallet. Also a great bottle to add to any beer drinker's collection. (298 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Murky deep caramel copper. Cream colored head leaves a bubbly film. Good random sketchy lacing.

Aroma: Spicy, sweet, caramel, earthy and bitter.

Taste: Subtle on the caramel sweetness, the spiciness comes in immediately. A really solid, woody middle then a bitter, hoppy finish. Bold.

Mouthfeel: A little on the heavy side.

Overall: Definitrly a nice sipper. Doesn't feel boozy per se, but definitely bold with excellent flavor. (468 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thin off-white head.
Light aroma of citrus, floral hops and bread.
Taste of sweet slightly toasted malts with piney and floral hops. Notes of grapefruit and passion fruit. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body and low carbonation.
Last time I had it was in bottle and it seemed better. Worth it a third match. Anyway I am rating this mostly based on my first best experience. (395 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured orange amber in color but without much in the way of head.
S - sweet malts, pineapple and a little citrus.
T - Grapefruit, citrus, fruit and floral character. Sweet. Nice creamy malts and pineapple is involved like the smell. A bit buttery and defiantly pine notes.
M - Medium body and carbination. a linger of bitter finish
O - Bought four random beers thinking this would be the least of the pack. This is a great IPA. Will not be a regualr drinker but when im looking for an aggressive different take I will keep in mind. (537 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Stupid-good IPA from Great Divide. I picked up a six of this from Target today for about $10, after realizing that I'd always seen this around and never tried it.

Has a green label with some kind of Spartan warrior on it, and a few medals listed on the side. Says 7.1 ABV. Poured into a goblet a clarified deep amber with a smallish white head that leaves a good amount of lacing down the glass. Carbonation appears visually pretty minimal.

Aroma is wonderful; herby, grassy, sweet, citrusy (think candied oranges) and alcohol tinged. Flavor follows suit, with the alcohol and citrus being more present. The bitterness from the hops is definitely cranked up, but balanced a bit by the sweetness. Mouthfeel is oily as all getout, carbonation is low (but appropriate), and the finish goes on and on.

I tell ya, I've had two of these, and I like this beer. Boy do I. (866 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says Bottled on FEB 20 2013.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains pretty well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind on the glass.

S- Piney, musty hop aroma with a considerable alcohol fume. Slightly medicinal.

T- Medium-high bitterness that's earthy and semi-astringent from the booze presence. There's a small amount of cereal grain sweetness in the aftertaste. Slightly vegetal.

M- Semi-sharp and oily with a resinous hop bite. Medium body and carbonation.

O- I like Hercules better since, with this one, the booziness isn't as justified. (730 characters)

Photo of gleemonger
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear yellowish orange with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a long time. Leaves nice sticky lacing.

Hit first with some sweet malts, followed by a mellow citrusy hop aroma. Pretty subdued, not too complex, but nice.

A little malt forward, but pretty balanced between the same sweet malts I picked up in the aroma, followed by some basic citrusy hops. I'm not really getting much of the piney hops they describe, but they are in there in the background. Kind of basic, but good.

Moderate body and modrate carbonation. Basically spot on with what I expect from the style as well. Some nice creaminess too it too. Refreshing, yet has some substance. Very nice.

My hopes were pretty high given the super high marks for this one, and it's definitely pretty good, it just didn't really stand out to me all that much. Maybe it's a bit old. I'd recommend it though, for just a good, basic IPA that isn't trying anything too crazy. (941 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (dated April 29, 2013) into a globe glass.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces almost no head, just a thin collar of patchy, white foam. The beer is deep copper in color, clear, and pretty still.

S-There are some nice hop notes here! I smell orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of lemon and pine. There is just a hint of biting chalkiness and soapiness, which is offset by the mild caramel sweetness from the malts.

T-The taste lacks some of the complexity and fruit from the smell. I detect more pine and caramel maltiness here. There is still a decent wave of citrus and pineapple, but the overall impression is more bitter and sharp. A nice example of this style.

M-The beer starts out with a mildly-assertive, lightly-prickly carbonation. There is some hint of hoppy oiliness, but this beer is not terribly dank or stick feeling.

O-After umpteen different times that I have ordered and enjoyed this beer while out and about, I was pleased to finally review it at home. The smell, in particular, is a high point with loads of delicious, hop-forward flavors and just the right of amount of tan, caramel malts to balance things. The beer loses points for looks, which were pretty meh, but I will happily finish the six-pack I purchased. (1,270 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank too.

Smell: caramel and bready malts with some citrus hops in there too.

Taste: Same as above with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and some bitterness.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA. Not getting the Hopd most people talk about, but still an enjoyable beer. (531 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well balanced. A more malty, balanced aroma, but plenty of hops. At 7.1% ABV is it almost a DIPA? A good value and an great beer.

A – Poured a clear honey color with almost no head, well carbonated.

S – A malty aroma with some pineapple and other passion fruit. Can there be some coconut aroma as well in there?

T – Piney hops, malty middle, bitter finish.

1st - Bottled on 12/26/2012 Poured into a small wine glass.
Re-review - Poured into a pint glass. (464 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Awesome label with an attractive look. Label gives brewery info, a small description of the beer, small food pair suggestion, web info, ABV info, bottled on date(1/30/2013), Award info, Great Divide logo and theme/motto “Great Minds, Drink Alike”.

Appearance: I poured this from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter glass. Titan poured out a bright copper that is very clear with a 1 finger airy white foam head that was light in density. Head retention was 2min 30sec before fading into a thick frothy coating and very thick bubbly ring. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Nose starts out very piney with some sweet floral aromas that end in a sweet citrus scent that is very orange smelling.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is very piney bitter on the start with a slight hint of toasted malt. Sweet citrus fruit hop flavors dominate mid palette and then turn bitter on the back end with hints of toasted malts coming back through. Bitter aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied but filling with an above average amount of smooth carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: I thought this was a great example of the IPA style that combines an excellent flavor and aroma with good mouthfeel and body. Really lives up to its reputation. Try it out!! Classified as an American IPA @ 7.1%. Consumed 4/1/13. (1,327 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours deep gold in color with a small half finger cream head that has good retention.

S: it has a sweet smell that I want to say is coming from the hops but i there is also carmel malt coming through so this may be what's sweet It's pleasent but not too strong.

T: hops are are defiantly there. piney upfront but nothing too insane. It actually lets a fair amount of malt through the back end and gives it an almost sweet character that fades quickly into the bittering hops.

M: not to thin, carbonation is not overdone.

O: a good ipa that's true to the style. Very drinkable I would not get sick of drinking multiple of these in a row. (643 characters)

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,411 ratings.