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Titan Ale - Watch City Brewing Co.

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Titan AleTitan Ale

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32 Ratings

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Watch City Brewing Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-1999)
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Photo of rusty3335


2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

02-10-2012 17:27:30 | More by rusty3335
Photo of Todd


2.63/5  rDev -29.9%

Presentation: Hand bottled @ Watch City for BeerAdvocate.com

Appearance: A deep mahogany brown with a slightly off white foam head with some stick and decent retention.

Smell: Grain, with soft malt notes, touch of must.

Taste: Semi-smooth with a bit of grain coarseness on the palate, and an overall raw / dry feel. Grain tannins run about, with slightly sweet malt flavour. Other flavours include a touch of smoke, blood, faint fruity flavours and roasted. I can also pick-up some paper flavours from oxidation of the beer. Hops get a bit lost in the tannins, but they emerge with a thin hop citrus twang now and then. Finish is dry, with some grainy leftovers.

Notes: Not a bad brown ale, a bit too coarse for my liking ... and this sample had been bottled and sitting in my fridge for a bit. Try it on tap at the brewpub, if you can.

01-20-2002 17:17:49 | More by Todd
Photo of maxk


3/5  rDev -20%

11-26-2013 22:47:48 | More by maxk
Photo of scxcrunner


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

09-08-2013 00:06:07 | More by scxcrunner
Photo of Rekrule


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

09-19-2012 21:36:54 | More by Rekrule
Photo of ExtraStout


3.31/5  rDev -11.7%

Had this on tap at the brewery (1.060 S.G., 42 IBU's, 6.1 % ABV).

An American Brown Ale that's malty and mildly hoppy. It poured a dark brown with a nice tan half-inch head that lasted a bit. It's not quite my style but a brown ale's go I've had much worse and more thin brews. It was just okay for me but I wouldn't choose it again if I had a choice.

07-28-2013 19:31:05 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of waughbrew


3.4/5  rDev -9.3%

Medium brown with a white head that laces. A light leafy citrusy aroma seems a bit out of place. Flavor has toasted grains peak through for a second before the mishmosh of hops take over. I say mishmosh because it is slightly fruity, but more kind of just leafy blandness. Finishes with that same flavor lingering. Medium body is smooth and drinkable. The hopping just doesn't impress me and covers up any good malt flavor that may be there. Overall a decent beer to drink if you aren't going to think much about it.

08-16-2004 13:25:45 | More by waughbrew
Photo of BDIMike


3.45/5  rDev -8%

Pours a slightly light brown color with a very nice white head that stays throughout the drink.
I did not get much of a smell out of this beer. A slight smell of malts and a bit of citrus.
Flavor is of toasted grains and then the hops take over. Fairly good balance between the two of these two elements.
Mouthfeel is smooth, but not the usual thickness in a brown ale that I like.
This smooth brown is a good offering and very drinkable. However, I wouldn't really want to drink too much of it, because of the general lack of interest.

05-25-2008 22:49:34 | More by BDIMike
Photo of mdaschaf


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-29-2012 17:54:17 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of DrinkingDrake


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-27-2013 23:55:52 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of RixBeer


3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a very dark brown that only lets a tiny bit of light in through the edges. One finger head that fades into a thin ring along the edge of the pint glass.

Faint smells of burnt chocolate brownie or maybe even fudge. With a subtle blast of warm french toast.

Tastes of bitter chocolate malt that fades quickly. Hint of honey and a pinch of brown sugar.

The tiny amounts of carbonation and the overall smoothness make this brown betty a fairly ok to drink.

Overall I like this beer on a slightly chillier or foggy/rainy day (which is not how I had it for this review, but have before). This beer would be decent as long as it wasn't warm out.

05-11-2008 16:28:55 | More by RixBeer
Photo of PatandDavid


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

Had this while out with BAs a bit ago. Could look up and see the mighty Biere Titan poster looking down at my me while I drank. Aah, the Biere Titan! Ok, this was actually the 'best' beer of the bunch, even considering all the other newer ones that were on. I think it had the best meld of all the flavors coming together, even though it probably wasn't the highest abv or other excitement on at the time. Dark brown with a tan head, the aroma was low, but with a balance of malt to hops. Tight fine carbonation. Medium + body. Some nice maltyness, but an interesting twist with the grassy hop finish.

07-02-2005 16:53:12 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of warriorsoul


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

This one came from a Growler purchased by my Brother-in-Law 4 days ago...hand delivered to my house...what a family I inherited.
Pours a very dark brown/red color w/ a slight tan head...minimal lace.
Hints of raisin, toasted malts, and a touch of alcohol.
A very nice texture w/ smooth drinkability. It could be a session beer w/out much effort.
This is not the one beer I would want to keep on hand, but a very decent brown that I could enjoy any night out.

12-30-2004 02:58:58 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of DrJay


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

Dark brown and just slightly translucent with chestnut edges. It was topped by a creamy light tan cap that left a lot of lace on the glass. Aromas of citrus and resinous hops, malty and nutty. Moderate bitterness, citrus/grapefruit hops, sweet caramel and toffee notes with a little chocolate character. Medium body with fine carbonation, decent texture but a little bit coarse. A good drink with lunch on a cool, rainy day.

09-12-2009 23:43:36 | More by DrJay
Photo of Jayli


3.75/5  rDev 0%

I've had this beer several times over the years, finally reviewing.
Consumed 10/16
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a medium brown with garnet/ruby highlights to it. 1/4 inch of khaki colored head tops this brew. Minimal lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Nose is of sweet caramel, molasses, and roasted malts.

T: Taste starts with caramel sweetness in the forefront. A nice nutty-ness and roasted malt flavoring fill out the middle. Finish has hints of brown sugar mingled with a bit of hop bite in the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth body.

D: Goes down easily, mild kick, not very filling, nice representation of style. I could, and did, have a few pints of this one.

10-20-2010 14:59:46 | More by Jayli
Photo of Andy


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

Big hoppy American style brown. Deep brown color, big earthy hop notes. Malt is there in the beer but the main attraction is the fresh hop bitterness and flavor.

05-30-2002 19:04:21 | More by Andy
Photo of UncleJimbo


3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

This brown ale poured a hazy brown with a trace of white foam. The smell was malty but modest. The taste was of malt and hops. This brown ale was actually quite highly hopped, in my opinion. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp, and the finish was hoppy. The drinkability was good.

01-27-2003 20:51:31 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.9/5  rDev +4%

What I like about this ale is that it is more than you expect. I normally stick with their specialty beers or their stout but though that I should try something new. Dark brown in color with a small off white head. Well pronounced hops and malt keep this beer in balance. This is one that I will go back for soon.

12-05-2002 03:53:45 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of ppoitras


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Growler obtained at the brewpub by a friend. Thanks Scott!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dense tan head over the clear burgundy brown brew. Head falls at a moderate pace, with strength around the rim, and good lacing lace. Aroma is nutty hearty grain. Taste follows the nose to start, then sees the bitterness come on and balance to the close. Mouthfeel is creamy but a touch grainy, and drinkability is good. Nice brown.

03-01-2009 17:11:46 | More by ppoitras
Photo of j37geogaddi


4/5  rDev +6.7%

09-01-2013 18:39:35 | More by j37geogaddi
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, ruby-brown coloring with a filmy, white head. There is a nose of roasted toffee and nut, with a hoppy undertone. The flavors are rich caramel and hazelnut, with a resiny and peppery hops undertone to clean it all up. Tasty. Bitter and sweet balanced aftertaste, with a clean, smooth finish. Very good brew.

09-16-2012 23:54:05 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of pveilleux


4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-17-2012 02:22:19 | More by pveilleux
Photo of bignick


4.05/5  rDev +8%

This is a really good beer. It is their take on a Northwestern Brown Ale. For my money, it is as good a take as you can find in a Boston area brewpub. It is rich and smooth. It is full enough bodied to stand up to any food, but not such so that it becomes undrinkable. It is malty and roasty, but finishes with a nice hop kick. It is definitely a good take on the style by Watch City.

02-16-2006 19:50:20 | More by bignick
Photo of Reagan1984


4.05/5  rDev +8%

A nice finger of creamy light tan head tops each pint. The beer is a deep mahogany color with dark reddish tones. Like a nice piece of furniture. Retention decent, not much lacing.

Aroma is of deep malt and sweet caramel. Fairly aggressive aroma. Nice.

This is a big chewy caramel that also has a sense of brown sugar. Also with nut like notes and a touch of cinnamon. Also some cocoa or chocolate tones that hold on towards the finish. Fairly sweet but not cloying.

The body is very thick and bold.

I really enjoyed this brew. It had a fresh sense to it and went very well with food.

Nice Nut Brown... Bigger then most.

03-15-2009 17:03:00 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of battlekow


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance: Holy crap, this beer is overcarbonated. I opened it ten minutes ago, and still can't fill the glass. Every effort is repulsed by a tremendous avalanche of bubbles--I waited until the head died entirely, then attempted to fill the glass several times with no success. I have no idea about quality control/consistency with Watch City, but it looks like they rarely bottle their beers. This is supported by the very plain label with the alcohol content handwritten in black marker. Anyway, other than the head, it's a thick, cloudy dark brown.

Smell: Hoppy, chocolatey, a little bit of grape.

Taste: Malty and vinuous at first, with a roasted, chocolate, and slightly hoppy finish. I really like the way this tastes. It actually reminds me of sparkling grape juice (fake wine)--with additional character, of course.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy.

Drinkability: I'm assuming the carbonation thing is an anomaly, and I feel bad because I really like the way this beer tastes and smells and I know the appearance and mouthfeel scores are going to drag the overall score down. Anyway, I think this is a more balanced version of the Brooklyn Brown and Duck-Rabbit Brown; a hoppy brown ale, but in a subtler way. I would kill to try this on-tap.

Thanks to fdrich29 for the bottle.

07-30-2005 04:14:15 | More by battlekow
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Titan Ale from Watch City Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.