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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

1,440 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,440
Hads: 4,004
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 19.07%
Wants: 218
Gots: 631 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jon on 08-04-2003

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,440 | Hads: 4,004
Photo of beergoot
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date on label: Feb 20 2014

Deep golden yellow body with a thick, rocky, white head. Wet grass and over-ripened orange aroma. Juicy, slightly sweet malt flavor with a well-balanced hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; crisp and dry.

This may be a good example of having a supposedly fantastic IPA past its prime. The aroma was the biggest disappointment. It was rather faint and didn't have any real freshness or punch of pine and/or citrus. Taste-wise, it was very respectable with a nice balance of malt body and subtle sweetness nicely mingling with a bold yet not over-dominating hop bitterness. I'd certainly have another one if only to see if a fresher version delivers on the rather stellar BA reviews. My sample didn't reach those heights, but I imagine sampling a fresher batch may fall more in line with the opinions of other reviewers.
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Updated review based on a canned sample canned OCT/09/15 11:15 - Reviewed 11-30-15

Original review ratings: 4.25 3.25 3.75 4.0 3.75

Heavier, fruitier aroma; pineapple.

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Photo of beerviews2013
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a great brew love great divde

Pour: a copper color brew with a thin foam 2 finger head.

Smell:a nice blend of pine and sweet malts

Taste: more of a citrus bitterness then a hoppy bitterness. Also has a nice sweet malt appearance but very light.

Mouthfeel: was just perfect!!

Overall: a great beer from these guys love it!!!

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Photo of Bone53
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Light amber/copper with a one finger off white head.

Smell: As soon as I popped the cap and took a whiff into the bottle I smelled nothing but pine. I mean amongst the piniest aromas I've gotten from a beer. In the glass was a different story. Bready malts with undertones of tropical fruit

Taste: Bready malts, some pine, and light tropical fruits to finish it off.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Moderate bitterness

Overall: I've been indulging in some amazing IPA's and IIPA's (Head Hunter, Dirt Wolf, Chillwave, Flower Power, Maharaja) as summer is right around the corner and this isn't even in the same ballpark. Too bready and malty for me and not enough bright fruit characteristics. Doesn't deserve the perfect score from the bros in my opinion. If I want a IPA on the piney, more earthy side, I'll grab SN Torpedo or BP Big Eye before this. That being said, this is still a solid offering if no better IPA's are available

* A bonus for how fresh this was. Only two weeks old in PA

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Photo of SweetChicken
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- poured to a pint glass. Dark orange, even brownish hue. 1 finger head, leaving a nice lace. Hazy in clarity, not necessarily appealing so I docked it a bit for that

S- at first nose I got cotton candy. Draw two brought out a good balance of malt and hops. Pine, woodsy, apple, subdued but solid.

T- lots of tasty, I mean friggin tasty caramel up front, stays with it through the palate. The hops is present, but the focus is elsewhere. The malt base is smooth. Grassy at times. This beer mellows to a nice warm smooth finish. It makes a strong and focused, yet singular statement

M- medium to aggressive hops. Surprisingly it fits this beer. The mouthfeel smartly takes the focus off the beer taste then allows your mind to wander back. Ends silky on the tongue but not milky. Well done

O- this beer is very focused. If your palate digs the groove, then it hits a homerun. If not there is not enough complexity to cover the masses. In my case, it sits well with me. Ergo, home run in my opinion!

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Photo of abaer123
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

solid IPA from Great Divide. this is one of my favorites from Great Divide. I have to ask where to get it here in San Francisco. i have to write more about this beer, but i will write more about my experience at the GD taproom. Located in downtown Denver, the tap room is a little bit of a step up from other taprooms i visited while in Denver. The neighborhood looks a little seedy, but the place serves some great beer. i would recommend visiting wholeheartedly. as with any great beer place, it was crowded around the 5pm hour. pints could be bought for $6. i chose to buy the samplers at 3 for $3. i could easily have had a pint of each beer i tasted.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Date of 11/04/15

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, brilliant orange sapphire with a finger width off-white head. Fair retention, leaving behind a broken layer of suds on the surface. Fair lacing around the glass with good stick.

Smell - Floral, citrus and pine hoppiness at the forefront, with lesser notes of grass rounding out the aroma.

Taste - Soft, floral hop character accented by a touch of wood, pine, orange rind and grass. Malts come though with a bit of toastiness and caramel sweetness, providing a bit of balance to the complex hop profile. The finish is slightly sweet and toasty, with citrus and floral tones riding along a mostly piney and grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Fair creaminess. Smooth, easy finish.

Overall - Originally reviewed on 04/08/14 with a 5-month old bottle. I'm glad I had the chance to review a much fresher sample. The hops are clearly more aggressive than my last go-round, and help to deliver a solid and fairly unique IPA. This is well made, though if I'm being completely honest the grassy/piney hop combo in the finish is a bit much for my liking.

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Photo of kj8525
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle ~3 months old. Color is a straight amber. Very little head.

On the nose I pick up the malt, floral, and citrus. Malt seems to be stronger than most IPAs.

Nice malt backbone on the front. Finishes like a ipa. Piney and citrusy. Not a lot of tropical fruit like on some of the west coast styles.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 3/4/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - a straw orange, powerful carbonation bubbles that builds a hefty, foamy white head that leaves brilliant lacing!
Smell - ciabatta bread, hops that smell like a forest.
Taste - balanced pine and earthy hops and buttery malts.
Feel - malt creaminess up front with bitterness from the hops to finish it off.
Overall - a flavorful and enjoyable brew; not as aggressive as I like my IPA's, but this is still outstanding! Now in cans!

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Photo of BTodd
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A-1 to 1 1/2 fingers of foam, nice lacing. Dissipated slowly. Beautiful, orange-amber, crystal clear.

S-biscuit, floral, fruitiness. Less powerful than I'd expected.

T-This one felt a little more malt balanced to me. Bready, caramel malt with some pine characteristics coming through.

M-Felt a little heavier than some, perhaps the maltiness coming through. Nice carbonation. Due to the weight, not quite as "drinkable" as some others for me.

O-Enjoyable but didn't meet my expectation with the other ratings and how beautifully it poured. I'd like to have more of a hop presence, beyond just some bitterness shining through.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours lovely clear orange with a fat creamy head of off white foam that left sticky lace. Nose is scrumptious with a bit of caramel and big bright fruit. Orange, mango and a touch of pine. Hops are herbal and a little dank. Taste is light caramel and plenty of fruit to include orange, mango and some wonderful tartness from grapefruit. Has a perfect balance int he flavors that is remarkable. The bitter is complimentary and does not exceed the fruit, the fruits do not overshadow the caramel. The pine is earthy and there a touch of herbal that comes forward in the finish to leave some grass with all that. The mouthfeel has a touch of weight to it but drinks essentially light and very juicy.

So well done! It just kept getting better as it moved across the palate.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottled Feb 19, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: An earthy and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus, grass, and caramel malt. Upfront mix of earthy, floral, and herbal hops with hints of wet grass and pine resin. Citrus hop hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, mango, kiwi, and pineapple. Solid malt backing with hints of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like the smells hints at, an earthy, juicy, and nicely bitter hop forward taste with good notes of citrus, grass, pine, and caramel malt. Upfront earthy, herbal, and floral hop notes with a taste of damp grass and dank pine resin. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, pineapple, and kiwi. Good backing presence of sweet malt with notes of caramel, grains, yeast, and cracker. Nicely juicy and oily. A pretty good IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and pretty drying on the finish.

Overall: A very good take on a IPA. Good juicy citrus notes along with some earthy hop notes and sweet malt.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger cap of a pure white color. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a bready malt smell with some notes of graininess mixed within. Along with the bready smells are some nice earthy and piney smells as well as some sweeter aromas. The sweet aromas are mainly of a fruit nature with some pear, orange, and a little bit of a tropical fruit smell of mango.

Taste – The taste begins bitter bite right from the start with a nice earthy flavor mixed with some grapefruit hop as well. Along with the bitter hop are some nice bready and sweeter tangerine and mango flavors that end up balancing the hop nicely with the sweeter and malty flavors creating a base taste that lasts throughout the flavor profile. As the taste advances further, more hop flavors come to the tongue with some more earthy tastes as well as a resinous pine. While these increases in hop flavors come, the grapefruit mellows some and a bit of a doughy and caramel flavor take its place. This creates a smoother taste at the end of the tongue, and when mixed with the nice hop profile leaves a rather pleasant “dank hop” flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the mix of bready and hoppy flavors the thicker body is fantastic as it accentuates these flavors wonderfully all while the higher carbonation level keeps it quite refreshing.

Overall – A very tasty and nicely malty and hoppy IPA. Quite nice.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours light copper color with a thin, foamy head. Strong citrus smell. Very fruity, citrus taste with a strong hoppy aftertaste almost piney, but seems tart with a dry taste. Bitterness prevails long after drinking. Good, but not my favorite IPA. Would drink when available. It is just a little too tart for me to go to every time.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice white lacing sticks to the glass. Head is fluffy white foam and has nice retention. Orange glow from the brew with a slight tint of red.

Awesome aroma. Orange, apple, pine, creamy, milky. Juuust a bit too light.

Smooth, sharp, biting bitterness, but not overzealous. Sweetness is prevalent, but more of a dry earthy rind. Flavors are well blended, not filling, delicious, quaffable, highly drinkable and if it wasn't for the high ABV. Light, solid, tons of flavor.

Even with a few months on the shelf, the hops are still solid and holding true. GDBC has perfected Titan. It's damn good and is my go-to beer when I have no clue what to get. Solid. Highly recommended, I wish it came in CANS...

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Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper with a white (gray?) head.

S: Pineapple, orange and mango in the nose. Smells really good.

T: A bit floral, with some orange, orange rind, maybe a touch of pineapple and mango.

M: Medium bodied, smooth enough.

O: Definitely worth a try. Recommended to anyone who likes a nice, somewhat tropical IPA.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light copper in color, 1 inch foam head when poured. Nice IPA lacing.

S: Unique nose - bursting with light fruit like mango, kiwi, strawberry. Almost like a pinot grigio.

T: The light fruit shines through initially, then comes a piney bitterness.

M: Pretty light-bodied

O: Refreshing, complex, and delicious. Despite the high ratings, this beer is still underrated and looked over.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer lives up to its name. This is a titanic IPA, loaded to the brim with awesome hoppy mana. PINE. Its like drinking the most wonderful christmas tree, followed by citrusy hoppy delight. Overall, a killer beer, and a high enough ABV to accumulate beer sweater.

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Photo of blindtiger24
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle pouted into a pint glass.

A: Amber / copper color with slight carbonation. Pours a super thin head that dissolves quickly.

S: Malt / yeast, caramel, toffee, and some pine aromas.

T: Acidic and slight earthy bitterness that is interrupted by bready, biscuit sweetness. Then a dank hop bitterness kicks in on the after taste.

M: Medium bodied that is more bitter than sweet and warms the throat.

O: Malt is much more apparent in aroma and flavor for this classic IPA than many of its predecessors. Still, it's a good introduction for those new to the style and has enough kick for the hop head.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours super foamy. Two fingers of beer with nine of foam. It took 15 minutes to get the rest poured. The body is a hazy medium straw color.
The aroma is mango in the pine forest.
The taste is dominated by a bold and dry grapefruit bitterness with some lemon and orange.
The texture is dry with moderate carbonation.
If you like super dry bitterness, this beer's for you. It was a bit much for me though.

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Photo of bonercityUSA
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, dated 11/13:

A: Beautiful orange-amber coloring with a one-finger head. Moderate lacing throughout.

S: First impression is soured fruit, somewhat dank. Yeasty/bready aroma comes on strong as the beer warms.

T: There is a very earthy quality to the initial taste, with the malt and sour tropical fruit far in the background. Quite odd that it lacks any of the hop punch that I expected for a relatively-fresh IPA. Bitter, dry, but far from hoppy.

M: Actually quite nice- slick and oily. Medium to med-heavy.

O: Just didn't pack the hoppy aroma and taste that I was hoping for. I think the sour & earthy notes would have benefited from that classic fresh-hop flavor. Far from a terrible IPA, but far from my first choice.

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Photo of FPWolff
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok, so I feel bad rating this beer lower than the rest of the crowd but it's really not my cup of tea. Big, malty, piney flavors with overpowering bitterness that drip off the tongue make my mind go to a beer in which the hops have dropped out (sadly) -- even though they have NOT. I'm a fan of Great Divide, though, and will not hesitate to buy another 6 pack of this beer if I'm going nat'l forest skiing. It really is a Colorado homage, and I feel like I could come to like this beer more if that's what I was searching for.

Love this world.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a best by date on the label (+1)

lightish look for an ipa, big bubbly head. i can't smell much (my fault, not the beer) but i pick up pineapple and hops. taste is slick and dirty with hops: pine, bright, tangy star-fruit, lemon syrup. feel is oily, but not too bad.

your typical solid, overly-hopped ipa. well done.

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Photo of GlenRockJohnZ
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at Johanson's Westminster MD. Soft amber glowing copper appearance, solid mouth-feel, good piney taste with slight hints of citrus. Really liked the taste and feel of the beer, goes down easy, but must say that the aroma was faint, almost missing in comparison with most other IPA's of my experience. Other tasters thought it was yeasty, although I can't say I detected that. Overall, very good bordering on excellent.
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Photo of frothy_80
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look- Darker reddish amber. One and half finger white head. Relatively clear for being a hop bomb.
Smell- Resinous pine and lots of it. Malt sweetness.
Taste- Pine, pine, and more pine with a minimal grapefruit character. Malt sweetness in the middle then followed with a bitterness that lingers.
Feel- Med-full bodied. Good carbonation. Easy drinking.
Overall- If you like big resin pine flavors in your IPA than this is for you. For me it just seemed single sided with over abundance of pine and nothing more.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge caramel flavors balanced by a piney, resiny, herbal hop-bomb flavor. Chinook perhaps? Nose and palate follow each other, and the carbonation level is assertive without being too aggressive. Not much clarity in the color; a copper orange hue. Great but not perfect, and a nice change of pace from the citrus hop flavor of west coast IPA's.

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Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.