Titan IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

1,462 Reviews
Titan IPATitan IPA

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jon on 08-04-2003

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Reviews: 1,462 | Ratings: 4,152
Photo of ronskrnkn
1/5  rDev -75.5%

This beer is trash. Garbage trash. My buddy and I wanted to try something new. And we made a great dishonor. Between this and the Laurelwood Workhorse IPA, we fucked up something randy. This beer boasts of balance between "...rich malty sweetness...." and "crisp hop bitterness". And they lied. To all of us. The maltiness wildly savages the hopiness, leaving an overly sweet flavor on the palate. Its relatively high alcohol content makes it difficult to choke down. I'm sad I bought a six pack, I'm going to have to donate it to to the local AA chapter.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.24/5  rDev -69.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours a clear pale orange with a 1 finger head and lasting lace. The appearance is the highlight of this brew. It's aroma is faint grapefruit with malt in the background. The flavor is purely hop bitterness and not much else. There's a faint hint of sweet malt in the first sip but after that just overwhelming hop bitterness with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Great Divide Titan IPA is purley a hop bomb, not recommended.

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Photo of HopHead84
1.89/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5


On tap at Stone.

A: Dark golden orange with a one finger white head and some scattered lacing.

S: Pretty bland. I get a lot of caramel with a borderline cloying sweetness. There's a little orange. Blah.

T: Bready malt with strong metallic notes and muted citrus. Incredibly bland and the malt profile reminds me of cardboard and old bread with some booze.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: This is bad. 

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.07/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. Purchased from K&L in Redwood City. There's no bottle date on this, even though GD usually dates their stuff. However, given that they just expanded into CA this month, I think it's reasonable to assume this is a new, fresh batch.

A: Pours a clear amber body with a finger of long-retaining off-white head. Thick, fluffy collar with some scattered film on top of the beer. Nice sheets of lace during a swig, with some sticking behind as register marks.

S: Hm. It's not very pungent at all. On swirling it, I finally start picking up caramel and darker, sweeter malts. The hop character lags far behind; eventually it produces some citrus and pine. Underwhelming...

T: Kind of devoid of any flavor except caramel and some light hoppy flavors (grapefruit, maybe tangerine, pine). The finish is long-lasting and bitter. This has the characteristic signs of an old IPA, except it's not old. Wut.

M: Light-medium bodied. Good carbonation. A soft mouthfeel overall. Too bad there's no flavor to deliver.

D: Meh. Second time I've had this (once from a trade), and I've come to the conclusion that GD's IPAs just aren't worth it.

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Photo of scootpolute
2.3/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mellow start with a sharp hops aftertaste. At ‘Mid-way’ not so impressed…’kinda’ boring…The hops are dieing off,not as fresh as I was hoping, maybe that's why it’s from CO (compared with the 'in-your-face' fresh hops from the NW)? Bottom line, Boring+Bumbed I got a 6-pk :~(

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.41/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Soft golden in color with a fair, white head of about a finger. Solid ring lingers but with below average lacing for the style.

S- Hmm. This one seems to be bordering on skunk to me. Not picking up anything that makes the IPA aroma so great. Hops of raw dirt, spice, and some old wet pine, with a delicate malt base that conveys sour note of rotten pith.

T- Not much better than the nose indicates. More off-putting flavors for an IPA that seems to resemble more of a poorly constructed Scottish ale that left on a vinyl dashboard in West Texas summer day. Safe to say, I expected more.

M- Nothing wrong with the feel of this one, which reinforces my belief that this just isn't a good beer rather than a skunky bottle. Mid body with a fair drinkability if you can look past the flavor. Carbonation is about right.

O- Just not sure what happened here. IBUs don't take control, the balance is way off, and the malt...oh the malt. While I don't expect the malt to lead the way, the raunchy medicinal character made it seem like a pale ale gone terribly wrong.

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Photo of Philousa
2.41/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light copper with thick two finger head. It tries to lace the glass, but only hangs on in small globs. Lots of malt in teh nose, dominated by well cooked biscuit. Makes me want to eat this beer. Some grassy, pungent hops detectable under the malt. Thick biscuity malt, followed by grassy hops which linger to bring bitterness to the throat. A little nectar detected in the hop flavor with a few sips. Middling to thick feel.

A malt first IPA. These types of IPAs aren't my favorite. Maybe it's just where I live and grew into the West Coast IPA style, but I like my IPAs hoppy. Please also try to make your beers a little complex. Don't give me a one note malt. GDBC did just that with this beer. All I get is biscuit and a bit of hops. Makes me want to age it and hope it turns into a Barleywine.

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Photo of JamisonM
2.51/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: light orange color

S: chocolate and pine? strange smell for an IPA

T: dirty hops pine and earthy musky flavors... I am starting to think I got a bad bottle? taste puts me off its bad, burnt chocolate or burnt malts in here?

M: light body med carbonation

D: bad taste = not drinkable

overall: I may have gotten a bad bottle its a bit old but still should not be like this it says brewed on Jan 21 2010 so less then 4 months it should hold up better then this I would think.

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Photo of betsona
2.52/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date of 2/8/11.

A- Clear golden amber. Off a moderate pour a finger worth of white head. Head quickly dissipated into thin lacing and slight bubbles around edge of glass. Light lacing on the glass. Moderate carbonation.

S- Hops with orange. A tangy orange smell. Burnt caramel with a bit of piney tone. Has a musky smell as it warms up.

T- A hit of malt--caramel--followed by even more sweetness. Primarily sweet malt that has some hay flavor. If hops were ever part of the brewing process, they don't turn up during the drink at all.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. Nice lingering of all the flavors. I wish the upfront taste was as pleasant the after.

D- With so many amazing IPAs out there I think I will pass in the future. If I see it on-tap, I will give it another go.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.53/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Translucent orange sunburst, some lacing.
The aroma is more citrusy then anything else, but muted, with some bready malts.
Flavor wise it tastes like muted juicy orange peels, a bit bitter like the rind, with dough and biscuit notes.
The body is too full and dense, with too low of carbination. I like my ipas dry and crisp, that is why i drink ipas.

A standard ipa to pass over.

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Photo of infi
2.63/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic pint.

Cloudy red-orange color with a foamy, white head, which sits quite snugly in the nonic bubble. Decent amount of carbonation in the liquid. Great head retention time. Smell is very minimal in all areas. Prolonged shelf-life of this bottle really killed it. Some citrus notes, big malt presence and little to no hop aromas.

Taste is basically a watered-down IPA. In other words, a drain pour. Hop presence is completely eradicated. Mostly a watery mess of lemon rind and stale malt. Just an unfortunate buy of an old bottle. Definitely will reconsider if given a fresher sample.

Barely medium-bodied. More so on the thin side overall. Moderate carbonation. Drinkability receives benefit of the doubt. A fresher bottle will definitely ameliorate the overall low scores.

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Photo of bastardface
2.65/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have no idea as to why this beer is so highly rated. The taste was bitter and not very appetizing. The look of it was average at best. The smell was rather hoppy and profound which was appealing. The bitter taste after a swig was harsh. I did not like this beer and I don't plan on having another any time soon.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.71/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/20/2006 (750mL bottle):

Pours a big foamy head, big bubbles, slightly off-white. Appearance of semi-cloudy amber red-brown color. Moderately weak aroma of hops. Hoppy piney dry taste, bitter to start, but sort of mellows out, slight malty taste.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Titan IPA pours a hazy darker golden color with a nice large head. There is a very malt smell and very very earthy. The taste has some pine notes, but is very earthy, tastes like what I imagine mulch tastes like. Big full flavors. Overall its a strong, but tastes like mud.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance drops in an amberish color, 1/4" white head. Aroma lacked any dry hopping.

Taste was obscured by an excessive amount of carbonation. Still lacking hop character, can't tell if this is old or not from the lack of bottle dating I can discern. So much brown malt and old oxidized cardboard and woody notes. Man GD makes some good stuff but this bottle didn't do the trick.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in a heffe glass from a bottle. amber color with haze and ok head about 1/2 in thick some head.

smell is grainy and very little hop notes... weird for an IPA

taste is piney hops with no real bite... but finishes with a nutty flavor with some malt

medium body with low carbonation

Overall i was kinda disappointed in this one... a great brewery but just not a great IPA.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.81/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Great Divide : Titan IPA

Pours a solid dark orange color with a chill haze. Soapy foam tops the Titan, and overall has a nice look. Light aroma of sweet malts and some orange/citrus hops. In the taste, sweet up front, with vague suggestions of orange marmalade. The hops emerge briefly and then succumb to a sugary sweet malt body. Light to medium bodied feel, a bit thin. Overall, on the meek side of the style, and could use more bittering hops to balance.

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Photo of Nfl1991
2.85/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This IPA has a lot to it. Sometimes they say less is more, and I think in this case that pertains to this brew. Nice hoppy floral smell, like a good IPA should. The first taste is wonderful, but the burnt sugar aftertaste is something I don't care for. It's unique in it's entirety, and especially as a west coast IPA. Not bad, but id drink a hell of alot of IPA's before this one.

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Photo of tewaris
2.86/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz, not the freshest bottle, poured into a pint. I have never seen this beer fresh, I guess they just send the old beer out here :-/

Amber colored, moderate clarity, thick sediment, medium head, good retention. Smells of malt and tastes such... quite delicious in that department. Sweet, toasty and caramel like. Very good. There presence of old hops in aroma and taste in undeniable but not not assertive. The fruitiness is absent but some earthy/grassy notes remain. Like an aged American Barleywine diluted with an equal amount of water to take the edge off.

That said, as far as the description on the label goes, this is mostly fail.

4, 3, 3, 3, 2

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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

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Photo of Reaper16
2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Now that I've noticed the label, it says it was bottled on the second week of June. It seems this IPA is a year old. [EDIT: please consider this review as pertinent only to aged bottles of this beer. These scores are not indicative of a fresh bottle]

Pours a archetypal IPA orangeish with a soapy, one-finger cream head. Lacing is similarly soapy. That's all I have to say about it; excellence is simple many times.

Smells of caramel, syrupy malts first and foremost. Uh oh; this beer is past its prime for sure. Some earthiness, presumably the dying gasp of the hops peeks through at times.

This old bottle of Titan doesn't taste nearly as poor as I imagined it would. Sweet, sweet biscuit flavor throws itself all over the palate. The hops aren't altogether dead; there is a tamed version of the floral quality that I so like in Great Divide's Hercules Double IPA. Ghosts of bitterness on the finish make way into an odd, medicinal astringency. This was actually pleasant in a way until the very end of the finish. I'm not pouring this, which is encouraging.

Silky and fair-bodied, the mouthfeel contributes to making this ancient bottle tolerable. As far as drinkability, I couldn't recommend a sixer of this or anything. But its nice enough in an "I-like-beer" sort of way for this one bottle.

Overall, this year-old Titan is not a good beer. But is pleasant enough to drink and I'm sort of glad that I had the chance to taste this. Obviously, you would rather get your hands on a suitably fresh bottle instead on one bottled a year ago.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Meh, not a Great Divide fan in terms of their hoppy beers. Just so average, looks like any beer. Appearance is the best thing, looks like a standard upper echelon ipa, but then it goes awry. Aroma, lacks that hop crisp affect you want. No dry hopping seems to be going on.

Taste, massively carbonated, foams up in yo mouf! Not much hop character, tastes like some indian browns kind of. Mouthfeel turns skoal like. No thanks.

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Photo of Strix
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear pale orange, decent head with some lacing.

Smell floral, with a pine hint. Sort of weak.

Taste piney and biscuity. Then takes a wrong turn for my taste, with grassy and buttery notes. Just not a good blend for me. Buttery/metallic aftertaste.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Buttery/grassy/metallic notes ruined it for me in this one. Sorry folks.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was mediocre for me. Smooth, dank, piney, resinous, little carbonation, minimal lacing, no head. Slight presence of alcohol.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of JeffBlue
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Draft revisted, Barrell House 101, Ventura, 2/16/15) This one knocked my socks off back in 2012 at the Beer Authority in New York. Subsequent tastings have let me down somewhat.

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