Titan IPA
Great Divide Brewing Company

Titan IPATitan IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #255
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,268
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 11.49%
Reviews:
1,489
Ratings:
4,289
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Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
Titan IPATitan IPA
Notes: Titan IPA is a big, aggressively hopped India Pale Ale brewed for hop disciples. It starts out with piney hop aromas and citrus hop flavors, and finishes with a nice rich, malty sweetness that is balanced with crisp hop bitterness.

2007 European Beer Star, Nuremberg, Silver Medal, IPA
2007 Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, IPA
2008 Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, IPA

FOOD PAIRINGS: Grilled lamb burger, Thai green curry, roasted zucchini & pesto, Cabot sharp cheddar, carrot cake.
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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz can, canned on MAR 20 2019; purchased single off shelf... poured into a nonic)

L: crystal-clear, orange-amber liquid; 2-plus finger-high, spongy-webby foam stand... head looks like it'll hold, but it collapses in moments, but leaves a lovely web of crusty lace

S: classic spicy-sweet orange-grapefruit concentrate; hints of pine, lemon, and toasty caramel malt; subtle, strident booze... excellent intensity overall

T: pine and citrus-scented cleaner humming atop a bold malty foundation: toasty caramel, doughy pale malt... ever-so-slightly clipped in the finish, helped by pungent, oily-resinous, bitter pine-grapefruity hops... halfway through, cool menthol medicinal tone settles in up top, caramel-cookie malt at the bottom

F: medium-bodied up front, owing to dextrinous malt and layered, oily resins, but beautifully cut by the booze and bitter sting lingering

O: I can't recall the last time I had quite a classic malty, mid-strength IPA like this (few and far between these days) or this beer in general - haven't regularly bought GD in years... seems to have held up nicely, hop expression well-preserved (1487)

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Photo of Stooven
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite IPAs, but it's hard to find fresh in Chicago,. Crushed three cans from a 2-week old mixed 12 pack while vacationing in Steamboat Springs. (Others were Colette, Denver Pale, and Whitewater).

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Photo of jadpsu
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still in Brighton.
LOOK: This poured a crystal clear, light amber. A thick, tight cream colored head that had good retention and good side glass lace before settling to a thin skin.
AROMA: Moderate to strong, (but not overly aggressive) citrus and pine aromas with some solid malt backbone. Excellent balance.
TASTE: Hops of orange, followed by a little less of grapefruit and pine nuts. Biscuit, bread malts add great balance.
FEEL: Smooth, drying mildly bitter.
This was an excellent IPA. About as good as it gets for me. This was right in my personal wheel house for the IPA style.

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Photo of joekoz007
3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks and smells great but flavor is not great. Very grassy and piney. Also very dry. Not much malt flavor for balance. I really like West Coast IPA's but this one didn't do it for me. Would drink another if it was offered to me but wouldn't seek this one.

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Photo of SB2017
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely aggressive, this is a beer that really tried to be flavorful and only just missed the mark. The Titan IPA is brutally bitter with just enough strong, sweet malts to balance it out, but the beer cant help but disappointing after the first taste. Some mistakes in the brew come through after a third sip, and the next few are somehow both overstimulating yet bland. A confusing beer, for sure, and something I'll only choose to drink again if I've got a big greasy burger in front of me.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

An aggressive pour yields about two fingers of head into my can style glass. Diminishes down to about half a finger, but hangs tight there for quite some time, pretty good retention. Body is a very dark burnt orange, almost more brown in color. Visibility is low due to the color, but otherwise it looks clear. Initial lacing looks very nice. Overall a good looking beer so far.

Nose is definitely more British in nature. Bready malts dominate the palate. Perhaps a touch of toffee. A touch of hops linger in the background. Very clean and smooth. Not typically my cup of tea, but I've appreciated a bready IPA in the past. The attenuation smells high, and that's really the most important part. It's not too sweet and gross in that regard. Nice nose.

Flavor is a touch sweeter than I would like, but it flirts with being an acceptable amount. Bready, but not quite as full as the nose was. Definitely a little bit of toffee. Bitterness is moderately low for an IPA, hits mostly in the finish. Still a nice flavor, but not as clean and full as the nose was.

Mouthfeel is ok, the aggressive pour probably used up a lot of the carbonation, because it's getting a little low on that account. Sweetness is a little high, but doesn't linger. Bitterness doesn't linger too much at all. Body is average, maybe a tad light. Overall, acceptable.

The drinkability is pretty nice here. A little sweet, but it's a serviceable malt forward IPA.

The appearance turned out wonderful. The head eventually died, but the lacing was super thick all the way down the glass.

Overall a good beer. A little rough around the edges, but solid non the less.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

De craftbeer-shop.com.En copa Teku. Viendo Los 100 4x05-06. Cuerpo ligero y limpio, con perfile citrico-herbal y agradable amargor persistente. Buena, pero bastante por debajo de la Hercules

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Photo of beersampler6
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice crisp IPA that was very drinkable but not great juicy flavors and just a little too heavy on the bitterness. Pours a nice golden color with just a little haze, and some fading head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells faintly of some bitter citrus zest and piney hops. Tastes of some bitter citrus zest - mainly grapefruit, orange and lemon - as well as some faint hints of piney hops, malt and caramel. Not much sweetness to balance the moderately-intense bitterness. Smooth but thin mouthfeel, good carbonation. Unfortunately I was expecting a little more from such a great brewery.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Comes in a clear amber color with a creamy eggshell white head. Good retention. Nice rings of lacing.
Smells initially of tree bark, wood, pine needle, and earth. Further sniffs reveal orange peel, grapefruit peel, orange marmalade, honeycomb, toasted bread, and pine cone.
The taste is unsweetened iced tea, punctuated by pine sap, orange peel, and white grapefruit juice. Piney and woodsy throughout, with a big piney bitterness on the finish. Crisp and fairly clean, lightly dry, with an immense bitterness lingering.
The feels is light and crisp upfront, smooth and rounded carbonation, with a slick resinous finish that is scrubbed clean by the carbonation.
A good old-school IPA. A bit thin, but makes up for it in sheer drinkability.

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Photo of D1noB
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A deep hoppy taste that rounds off pretty smooth. The hops take over.

Taste rating in words: it's that person that always takes over the conversation and all you want to do is throat punch them.

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Photo of OliverWilde
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this fresh and I've had it a year and half old (bottle) and it's been damn good both ways. For a fairly low ABV IPA I'm surprised it aged so well. It's a dense beer flavor wise with a bit of haze. Now that they are putting it in shitty aluminium cans (shame on you Great Divide) who knows if shelf life will be shortened. However, this is the only beer out of a can that I have re bought. I've only had a few of Great Divide's brews but each time they've been spot on (for the style).

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Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second tasting of Great Divide, having previously enjoyed Yeti. Titan IPA pours a semi clear copper amber color with an off white foamy head that covers the surface like a blanket. Lacing clings to the glass throughout.
In the nose a faint scent of tropical fruit, mango and papaya, emerge first. This is soon displaced by grassy and pine needle tones. In the third phase, caramel sweetness, toasted malt and some of the fruit returns.
The mouthfeel has a silky caramel malt texture that is followed by a pine resin finish whose bitterness grows. Fruity and juicy flavors are complimented by a sticky malt feel. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Overall there is a nice interplay between the trio of malt, fruit and hops, with the earthy bitterness from the hops playing the lead.
A solid, well crafted and smooth IPA. I would have it again.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Pours a picturesque, clear, rustic orange with a fluffy, two-finger white head.
S- Nice citrus hop and malt.
T- Incredible balance of citrus hop and malt. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Pine resin sneaks in.
M- Incredibly smooth with the right bitter bite and malt.
O- This absolutely suprised me. World class!

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Photo of drmeto
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours a clear amber with small particle floaties and a medium to big,foamy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-peaches,grapefruit,fruitcake,passionfruit,oranges,malty
T:
-pine,honey,grapefruit,oranges,grassy,passionfruit
-medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
A really good West Coast IPA that feels more like a Double IPA.

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Photo of pubscout
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at the Riegelsville Inn in PA, served to me by a beautiful, delightful gal named Beth, who's also a well known artist in the area. And speaking of art, there is plenty of citrus--orange, mainly-- in the nose, and malt notes that approach the British model in this work of beer art. It was nicely carbonated but also had a smooth, almost creamy feel. Hops dominate at the front, and malt rounds out the back end with a pleasant bit of bittering. At 7.1% ABV, it teeters on the sessionable side; a damned good choice for BBQ and post-yard work. Retro-olfaction will yield even greater rewards.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ the Thirsty Lion in Denver:

B- / WORTHY

***
11/06/17 On-draught @ Pino's Restaurant, Castle Rock, CO.

B- / WORTHY

***
12.30.17 impression from a bottle:

Floral with a citrus bite. I'd bet on C-hops.

Doesn't shy away from hop bitterness, but it's not imbalanced.

B- / WORTHY

***
08/09/18 bottle:

B-

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Photo of Wrigfen
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer looked great, and tasted fine, but not what I was expecting from an IPA rated so highly. Nice head and lacing, but not a truly great tasting IPA. However, not one to scoffed at either.
I am somewhat reticent to give it a full review or a lower rating because I drank this from a glass poured from a can. Not exactly fair to compare those that I have bottled or more so on tap.
The date it was canned on was February 15, 2017 and where i purchased it today (June 19, 2017) it was refrigerated.
Will try again, hopefully can find it on tap, but may be a problem on the East Coast.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a can at Chickie's and Pete's during dinner. Interesting muted scent of orange soda with a slight companion of malt. Ok, pretty good flavor from a caramel malt swaying brew which is not my favorite for an IPA but this one falls short of biting caramel. Slight bitterness with a creamy thick feel.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a ruddy burnt orange almost burnt brown color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Foamy messiness weaves around the glass. The aroma bleeds a sticky resin sweetness, sly bitterness smooths in decently. The flavor takes the ebb and flow of the sweet hops to malts to be bitter in both accounts. Lingering resin backing aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation rides at a nice pace. Overall, good AIPA that I could have again.

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Photo of teromous
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the right side of the label: "BOTTLED ON: MAR 10 2017"

Appearance: The body is a hazy golden color with a short creamy textured white head. It has good retention and lacing.

Aroma: The aroma is very muted but there is a touch of citrus and a light grain scent.

Taste: I get a pretty strong candy sweetness up front that turns into a strong sweet malt flavor. It is a very addictive flavor to anyone with a sweet tooth. It has a nice mild bitterness that starts toward the middle of the sip and tapers off at the end. There is a nice hop flavor to the beer which seems to be mostly herbal with a touch of orange citrus flavor. and only a light touch of pine mixed with grapefruit in the aftertaste. The flavors combined are really, really good.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is awesome. It is very drinkable and overall it just feels bright on the palate. Great carbonation and bitterness. The body rests in that middle ground between light and medium. The finish is dead center between wet and dry.

Overall: It was a highly enjoyable beer that you never get tired of drinking. It delivers a great sweet malty flavor and a nice herbal hop character with a touch of citrus. At different points while drinking the beer it gives very different experiences and that really does make the beer interesting to drink. It makes you want to go back and sip it again to chase the flavors you picked up on the last sip but then you are met with something else, then something else again. I kept waiting for my palate to adjust but it was constantly surprised by great flavors. The only downside to the beer was the lack of aroma. While it did have some aroma it just wasn't on par with some of the more average beers on the market, which was surprising given the fantastic flavor it had. Overall I would love to drink it again and I would recommend it to people who like any variation of IPAs.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very copper in color. Nose let's you know this is a hoppy beer for sure. The taste is very resinous and almost harsh at first. The follow through lightens up the harshness. Good beer

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Photo of JustinReinhardt
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Has an amber color, nice frothy head, lacing is prominent.
Smell: Sweet and malty aroma.
Taste: Sweet and malty in the front, bitter and hoppy in the back. Clean and crisp, perfectly balanced, duly carbonated.
Feel: Very smooth and agreeable; the carbonation is perfectly invigorating.
Overall: Outstanding IPA.

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Photo of Baumer
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of head, orange color -quite transparent and quite a bit of lacing. Looks like an IPA, but with more head than normal. hoppy aroma with a lot of orange and general fruitiness. malty and hoppy like an IPA should be and pretty balanced I'd say. I have heard great things about this IPA and it doesn't disappoint. medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel (especially for the style). finish is pretty bitter and a bit on the slow side. a good beer. not as transcendent as Bell's Two Hearted Ale, but in the same league. Definitely in my top 5 IPA list.

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Photo of williamphelps
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ridiculously long head with tons of lacing. Aromas of slight bitter pine tree, sweet lemon, malt, raspberry, complex. Palate of bitter, tart lemon pine needles, red apple, sweet raspberry, complex. Light bitter especially in finish but balanced overall. 94/100.

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Photo of BigGold
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had at Wintzell's Oyster House, Orange Beach, AL, poured from 12-oz. bottle into tumbler, and then poured from 12-oz. can into tulip. Reliably traditional American IPA.

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Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 4289 ratings