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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Reviews: 1,411
Hads: 3,851
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 193
Gots: 514 | 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 Jason
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with “2003 Series” on the label.

Appearance: The foamy head holds it form as it settles at a snails pace, good clarity off the bright copper toned colour.

Smell: Super piney in the nose, fresh flowers and pine sap as well as some citric notes. Incredibly fragrant and spot on for a modern day IPA.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Big smack in the kisser with hops, not relying on bitterness alone but lots of hop flavour as well. The 60 IBUs flex hard on the taste buds, damn bitter. The warming alcohol comes middle to end with a poignant fruitiness and ester character that lays 2nd to the hops. The malt character has the biggest work out to push through and add some balance which it half heartedly does, but the foundation is not shaken with a sweetness that hold together for the duration. The hops don’t shake off even long into the finish, lots of bitterness and flavour in the end.

Notes: Remarkable, simply put this is a stellar IPA. If you are not a hop head or can’t truly enjoy a hoppy beer this is not your mug of beer. If so this goes down as a must try, meaning that … if you did not know, this is a limited batch so look for it now. (1,187 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge fluffy light tan head with an gold to amber body.

Smell: Hops dominate (flowery, piney & citrusy (lemon)), but fruitiness and malt also assert themselves.

Tastes of hop farm and maltiness still manages to sneak in. Stellar!

Mouthfeel: Hops are slightly overwhelming, but this has a chewiness to that hits the mark!

Frangibility: Wow, only thing stopping this from being a session beer is its ABV. I saw some Great divide beers at the last Broncos (cowboys fan actually) game I attended. I will surely seek this out, if available Yummy.... (555 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant, Philly, PA

Cloudy orange-amber pour, with a finger or so of frothy white head; decent retention and lacing. Citrusy hops on the nose, underlying malt sweetness, and a bit of acetone. Homebrewish. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing. Taste is expectedly hoppy, yet a bit dulled down by a pervasive breadiness, notes of citrus pith and pine, for a drying bitter finish. Medium body, and not a bad selection overall. (470 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beautiful, bright, glorious orange-toned coloration, fine helping of bubbling froth atop, dotted, lacey. Aroma: fresh and hoppy, very piney, like the needles have gotten lodged in your nostrils, and still fruitiness, too, peach, apricot, pineapple, quite a delectable bouquet, so far.
Taste: AH!, big, brash, brilliantly bitter dance on the plate right off the bat, MMMM!, really, the hops are still fresh, still vibrant, doing a fandango around the senses, leaving sweet, tasty, juicy hoppiness all around. Oh, this is fiercely delicious stuff, a hophead's delight. Medium to full body, long, bitter, yet sweet, candy-ish finish, excellent texture. These hops never ever quit, they're all over the place.
Only 60 IBUs, only 6.8%ABV? I don't believe it! This IPA is a never-ending delight, just issuing forth everything you'd want in a super-hoppy brew! (857 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle of this today in NYC to help my quest for the Top 100 Beers of Fame...this is my personal #99. Bottles on date of 12/26/11, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange color with two fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of lacing left on the glass and one inch of head left throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, pale malts, caramel malts, and light pine hops. Nice, but more malts than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, citru hops, fruity malts, pine hops, and pale malts. Light bready and biscuit malts as well. Again, very malty, moreso even than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer, but had a much larger malt backbone than I was expecting, or really want, in an IPA. Easy to drink and I liked the nose, a beer I'd have again but not when I was looking for a hoppy beer. (999 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I cannot believe that I have never reviewed this beer. But I guess I haven't, consider yourself ticked. Beer is orange with a mild hazy and a huge head of white small bubbles that completely coats the glass with lace. Carbonation moderate to low. Looks good.

Sweet aroma, piny and citrusy, citrus wins, could have been bigger. I wish I knew when this was bottled.

Beer is chewy with body and moderately bitter in the back with a lingering aftertaste of citrus and mild sulfur. It's a little sweet up front but it's not cloying or overly malty. It's a decent IPA, but I think it's a little too sweet and a little too sulfury. (626 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, unsure of bottling date, but it is in 2010. Pours crystal clear orange amber color with a dense 2 finger off white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a lacing cap. Nice lacing on the glass. Aromas of orange, mango, pine, caramel, and a bit of grapefruit. Decent aroma strength, improves as it warms up. Taste of fairly strong grapefruit, orange, and pine; with some caramel in the background. Sweet tastes on the front that lead to a fairly strong bitterness on the finish that lingers for a bit with citrus and pine flavors. Very smooth drinkability for it’s alcohol level. No alcohol noticed other than a very small warming after the finish. Very nice balance of sweetness and bitterness in this as well. Medium carbonation and body. Overall a very good IPA, tasty stuff. (802 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly clouded golden amber with a white head that descends to a thin creamy cover.

Piney, citric, floral nose - assertive hop aromas let you know that this is one for the "hop-heads" right off the bat.

The taste is of an on-slaught of juicy hops - piney and citric. It nears puckering bitterness but a malty sweetness comes in in perfect time to balance things out. The resin is controlled enough not to dominate, but mixes in nicely. Awesome hop profile with just enough malt to tie it together wonderfully and to smooth it out. Some warming alcohol is present, especially as it progresses, but restrained enough not to interfere in the rich complexity.

A full, chewy body allows flavors to linger in a very long finish.

A powerful, delicious IPA. A hop-head's delight! (783 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2 12 oz bottles, one of which was well past best by date bur still rather good.

A: cloudy golden-amber color with a modest size but somewhat durable bone head.

Both caramel malt and hops. Citrus, herbal and earthy notes. Unfortunate slight sour note in the nose does not re-appear in tasting. The flavor is more fruity and leaves a lingering grapefruit aftertaste that relatively low in bitterness.

O: clearly a good IPA. But even the (presumably but undated) fresh bottle did not live up to the many rave reviews. (519 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange to copper in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that quickly reduces to a thin film with a single thick patch and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There is a light sweetness to the aroma with some hints of lighter fruits (pear and green grape). There is a heavy presence of both floral and pine hops.

T: The taste definitely follows the smell for this beer, it starts with some sweet caramel toasted malts and light fruits (pear and green grape). After that, the hop characteristics really come through with both floral and pine hops contributing to the bitterness. There is a mild hop bitterness but it does not really linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and a very slight amount of chewiness.

O: I find this to be a very approachable and easy to drink American IPA. This beer is definitely one that I would enjoy a couple of during a session though I think the bitterness and higher ABV would not make this a session beer. There is a nice complexity to the smell and the taste and a very nice balance between the sweetness and the bitterness. (1,227 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It also has an excellent hop aroma that is piney with a slight citrus edge. The taste is great. It has a very intense bitter hop flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry and mildly malty. It has good balance. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good IPA. I love the citrus hop flavor and aroma. It has the right balance between malts and hops; a good drinker. (603 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Color is hazy bright golden orange. Pours a nice fluffy head with great retention, leaving nice lace rings.

Smell is of grapefruit citrus and floral hops. Taste is quite similar, with bready malts. I also taste slight carmel and alcohol was heavily present.

Mouthfeel is slightly bitter, not as bitter as I was expecting. It mellows out really quickly and leaves a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty good ipa. I really enjoyed it and definitely would recommend it. (517 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of piney and grassy hops, with some biscuit malt mixed in. There is also a sweetness to the aroma. The flavor is heavy on the orange citrus with some pine mixed in as well. I get a little bready, biscuit malt. Low to medium bitterness and a slight bit of alcohol is detectable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice IPA. (415 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an extremely clear orange color with a very white one finger head. The head dissipated down to a layer of fine bubbles on the top and leaves some sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Floral hops, some lemon, orange peel. and a little bit of grapefruit.

T: Extremely smooth, there is a nice citric flavor with some grapefruit as well as some pine The malt shows up as some caramel and a little bit of bread on the back end. Has a slight bitter finish, just to let you know that this is an IPA.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Does not really dry out my mouth too much. A solid go to IPA. (636 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
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.... (992 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a big, fluffy off-white head that had decent retention. The nose was positively floral with hops. The color was a cloudy orangish-amber. It had a medium mouthfeel, which is fine for an IPA, IMHO. It had a really sharp hoppy flavor at the outset, but the finish was lighly malty enough to keep it from being overwhelming with hops. I'd be willing to drink it again. (381 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  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. (1,075 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with a quarter inch of dense, off white head that has great retention. There are obvious carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. It smells a little soapy at first, but once the head settles it smells of bready malt and pine hops. The flavor is piny up front with some intense hops, but finishes smooth with rich, bready malt. There are some citrusy notes here but are taken over by the pine hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

This is a pretty solid IPA. The hops are intense and hit the majority of the spectrum. The malt is heavy enough to balance this beer well. This is an IPA that I would go back to. (655 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to find this on tap. The bar was dark, but this arrived with a beautiful dark copper color with a perfect head - I should of had a camera. The aroma screamed of hops, very fruity and flowery.The taste could be described as incredible, a burst of hoppiness, perfectly bitter, with the sweet malt balancing it all. The hops and malt lingered on the tongue for a while which did not offend, but sparked my interest in how long it would last. Being a fan of IPAs and this being only one of a few Imperial IPAs I have had, I rank this the best yet. (556 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a small white head, good lace, good retention.

S: Biscuity, crystal style malt, with some green notes - hops.

T: Grass, earth, some pea notes dominate the hops with a hint of citrus - grapefruit comes out in the end. Definite malt component, going more to the East.

M: Medium-bodied, mild aftertaste, crisp, smooth.

D: A nice IPA, glad I finally got to try it, good balance. (414 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, "month and week bottled" date notched on to the label. Pours light almond amber, fairly clear, off white tiny bubble head, showing respectable retention and leaving moderate, fine lacing. Nose is all about grainy and pine hops.Some bready, biscuity malt notes under the hop crunch. This is a tasty and aggresively hopped IPA. Lots of pine hop notes. If you like em bitter and hoppy, this IPA will not dissapoint. Long grainy and dry finish. Nicely turned out IPA, well worth a try. (500 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This breweries beers were recommended to me by BA ColoradoBobs, cheers John.

355ml Brown bottle bought in Borough Market, London. Don't ask how much I paid, it makes me cry.

Poured into a Bateman's half pint tumbler glass two and half times).

Very excited to be let out the bottle, it filled my glass with half beer, half a slighty off-white foaming head. The liquid was a dull, old gold colour and a little cloudy come misty, with plenty of bubbles hurtling to replenish the head.

The aroma was fairly sweet to my nose, hops, but with candyfloss too. It got less sweet as it warmed, a more citrus twang appeared alongside the hops.

A taste that is a lot hoppier than what I am used too, but not so overpowering it knocked my socks off. Just a very heavy presence of the noble hop.

The second pour obviously had a lot of the sediment within it, so cloudier, lumpier and hopier.

The final dregs contained all the stuff that helps to keep you regular. I'm not the sort of bloke who leaves much (beer or food) but remind me to pour this beer in one go next time we meet!

I'd never have guessed it was a 6.8% brew, but it has a lasting flavour (of hops) and I could easily get used to it, if it was cheaper in the UK. All in all a pleasant experience, good stuff. (1,268 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured amber in color with a fluffy white head on top. It had decent head retention and left very good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a good amount of piny hops present with a little malt sweetness in the background. The taste is hoppy but it also has a decent sweet malt backbone to it. The hops seem to show more of the pine character then they do the citrus. The malt sweetness also displays a little caramel to it which is a nice balance to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had some good flavors and went down easy but I wouldn't say it's high on my list of favorite IPA's. Overall I found it a pretty average IPA, it was decent but not something that really wowed me. (803 characters)

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