Titan IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
06-18-2005 03:11:34 | More by Gueuzedude
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
12-30-2005 20:22:31 | More by smcolw
3.35/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
08-04-2010 04:15:19 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
04-22-2008 18:00:24 | More by BlackHaddock
4.75/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
08-14-2003 00:50:47 | More by Gavage
4.78/5 rDev +17.2%
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....
08-16-2005 21:47:30 | More by GClarkage
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
A great beer from a brewery I wish I could try more stuff from. Clearly the best of the mixed 12, it made me sad I only got to try three of these. Super hoppy, a nice high ABV to warm you up, and delicious. IPA's don't get much better than this. While it's no Cambridge House IPA, it's right up there with HopDevil as my favorite.
10-05-2008 23:33:16 | More by oriolesfan4
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
Appears a glowing hazy orange with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Streams of solid bubbles arise to the top. Lots of solid white head that leaves a plastered white lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell is of strong citrusy and piney hops with a bold biscuity malt backing up the aroma.
Taste is of well blended biscuity malts with the strong citrusy hops, making this a thick, borderline syrupy and sappy brew.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with the fullness of the hops and smooth malt sticking to the entire palate. Finishes well balanced with a citrusy stickiness that isn't overly bitter at all. Despite the high amount of hops, there isn't that overkill of burn either. Nice.
Drinkability is excellent also. This is so smooth and biscuity sweet, you'll forget about the 6.8% till you're near the end of the glass.
One of the finest bottled IPA's I've ever had.
07-21-2005 02:53:53 | More by weeare138
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Body is a pleasantly clear golden orange hue, with a fine filmy head of off-white. Lacing is streaking but sticky enough. Looks pretty decent. Good body and nice fine carbonation.
Nose is really pleasant, with fresh green clipped aromas, some floral or herbal overtones, and just enough twang of citrus to clean it up and add some true refreshment. The pleasant grass/hay/vegetation aromas meld pleasantly with a touch of grainy malt, that just earths it. It's a really, really lovely IPA nose.
Taste is also good, although the graininess that was pleasant on the nose is too prominent, here, leaving a gritty taste mid palate that the clean direct hop bitterness has to overcome before it can shine. Otherwise, some herbal hop characters through the centre, and a slight phenolic bite from the bitterness on the back. It's good, and generously hopped, but it doesn't quite hit the high notes for me.
It's a good IPA, no doubt—although I expect nothing less from Great Divide. Although it's probably missing something overall, it's a drinkable brew, and certainly one I'd be happy to have regularly.
07-10-2011 16:18:02 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.08/5 rDev 0%
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.
11-10-2005 23:02:28 | More by woodychandler
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
It's pretty good, but doesn't have the hops complexity to make it an amazing one. The bitterness is right on and the big citrus hops flavors are pretty good. There's some nice lacing and a strong aroma with hints of the malty backbone. It's close to greatness, yet so far away.
04-15-2007 00:38:55 | More by tempest
2.88/5 rDev -29.4%
A: Poured a burnt orangish color with ok carbonation leaving a nice white cap.
S: Flowery notes, caramel.
T: Taste was offputting, with some floral and graprefruit notes and a disturbing syrupy mess.
M: Mouthfeel annoying with a big slick aftertaste of old butterscotch, sweet, caramel.
O: Not one I'd ever go back too
09-08-2011 19:22:16 | More by barleywinefiend
United Kingdom (England)
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
Got this bottle at the fantastic Archer Road Beer Shop in Sheffield; BB 05/2008, served lightly chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.
A: pours a bright dark-orangey amber hue, coming with a force-poured, tight and rocky off-white froth with very good retention, on top of a very very fine carbonated body.
S: pronounced orangey+grapefruity hops fill the nostrils, very juicy and very very lively, while an unmistakable aroma mixed of flowery-nectar and lychee-fruits stays deeper underneath along with a solid but rounded pale malt bedrock. Intense, richly aromatic hoppy overall.
T: the initial grapefruit-zesty palate introduces lots of rather tannic bitterness (that treads surprisingly light!), ensued by a mildly caramely malt sweetness with a semi-rich, alcoholic mouthfeel; the lo...ng finish is bitter, bitter, lip-smackingly hoppy and bitter, yet not without a sound juicy malty aftertaste as a balancer... mildly sticky in the very end, too. It's not the most complex IPA I've tasted, but definitely the most impressive one in its own category that I've tried in the past 12 months. Simply delicious!
M&D: overall, it's slightly oily in texture for an AIPA, with very fine, soft fizziness at play to buttress the rich flavour and full body; this is helluva cracking delicious IPA with a fair complexity that any hophead should love!
11-27-2007 19:20:32 | More by wl0307
4/5 rDev -2%
Pours a nice amber color with orange highlights, but with lots of floaties. The smell is of herbal hops, grain, and black tea. The first sip was delicious, redolant of hop oils, but this quickly faded. There is orange citrus, unroasted grain, and more black tea. The whole thing sort of strikes me as orange pekoe with hops. Not bad, but a little unusual. The mouthfeel is a little thick and grainy. Pretty drinkable for the unusual hop flavors, but not my favorite ipa.
12-28-2006 03:52:04 | More by Georgiabeer
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
08-30-2005 20:56:27 | More by Billolick
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
This is a 12 oz bottle served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cool-to-room temp.
Appearance: The ale is an amber color that borders on auburn orange. There is a good head and nice lacing in the glass.
Smell: The ale has a fruity hop aroma that grabs you.
Taste: The ale has a piney hop body that tastes very fresh. The malts are present, providing a cereally balance to the hop kick.
Mouthfeel: The piney hops are pleasant and provide a change of pace on the palate.
Drinkability: The ale is very drinkable, even with the higher abv. The hops are a big reason for that.
07-30-2006 02:18:53 | More by akorsak
4.08/5 rDev 0%
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.
04-20-2012 22:24:48 | More by dbrauneis
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a warm brownish orange with a slightly hazy body and a gentle carbonation. A thick creamy off-white head last for a bit.
S- The smell of caramel malt is very well blended with a burst of citrus hops. A slight smell of biscuit malt is hidden in the hops aroma aswell.
T- A nice blend of grapefruit and almost lemon citrus hops blends with a nice pale malt with just a hint of toasted malt. A slightly sweet finish is meet with a breath heavy with hops. I don't notice any of the piney hops that are mentioned on the bottle.
M- Nice medium mouthfeel with not alcohol warmth or astringency. It does have a slight creaminess to it but that is very faint.
D- This is a very nice IPA. The hops are well balance with the malt and there is lots of good depth to the hop flavor. This is a well-built beer.
08-25-2005 00:58:58 | More by rhoadsrage
Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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