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

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Added by Jon on 08-04-2003

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Photo of adamette
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single at Save-On in Mentor a few days ago for $1.68 into my gold rimmed Ommegang goblet. “Bottled on April 27 1011” stamped on the lower right side of the label. This is over 4 months old. I am sure it is not the best of circumstances but let’s see what we have here.

A Very light brown, one cm fluffy head over a translucent light orange body in a classic look that provides no surprises. Head retention is good, though with a pleasing lacing on the inside of the glass. 3.5

S Classic hops with some barley malt smells rise up from the still present creamy, fluffy head. The smell is a bit basic too but I like that it does not seem to be an unbalanced, bitter IPA. 3.5

T The hops and the barley malt that I smelled are present in the taste in a relatively good balance. Here again I am taken back by how simply classic the taste is without providing much of anything remarkable to notice. This is a solid tasting basic IPA. 3.0

M Hops bitterness and presence of barley malt taste bolster the feel but the feel, like so many other factors in this beer, is pretty average for the style. 3.0

D/O Drinkability is just fine despite the slightly elevated ABV of 7.1% and overall this remains a solid IPA. I would like to have a more fresh one so more investigation is needed here I think. 3.5

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Photo of warmstorage
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled fourth week of August, but not year listed. I'll presume 2007. $8.59 in a six pack at Gold Rush Liquors, Anchorage, AK.

Presentation: I really tried to be fair. Beer clean bell pint glass, I haven't had anything to eat for hours, I tasted and rated it starting at 52 degrees, and up to 60 degrees now.

Appearance: slightly hazy, bright orange. Relatively dense, large off-white head dissipates and leaves essentially no head, but huge amounts of lacing.

Aroma: wet piney hops, but not a huge hop nose. Distinct malt.

Taste: sweet malty alcohol, with moderate to middling piney hops. A little citrus. The malty sweetness actually dominates. Way underhopped for a west coast style IPA, and the malt is way too pronounced. The hops are a little coarse and sharp: lots of Chinook, maybe?

Mouth: Thick and slick, with a moderate carbonation level. Fairly warm alcohol.

Overall: Ahhhh, well. Blah/ Drinkable beer, and I wouldn't send it back. But will I keep buying it? No way. There are just too many great IPAs out there to bother. Perfectly drinkable as a basic pub ale, or around a campfire, or while working in the yard. But maybe that's a problem: it's way to easy to drink.

It's not super fresh, being bottled a little over four months before I purchased it last week, so maybe that accounts for some of the limited hop character.

As I've said many times, I really love Great Divide's big beers, and think they are genuinely some of the best in each of their categories. Oaked Old Yeti is probably my favorite regularly produced imperial stout. So why does a brewery that is clearly capable of such greatness churn out such mediocre beer for their standards? The claim on the label that this is a "big, aggressively hopped IPA" is just bizarre to me. I actually bought this six pack of GD standards despite having long felt this way for two reasons: to really try to give them another chance, under the best conditions I could, and because I needed some basic, unidentifiable 12 ounce bottles for homebrew.

At least the bottles are nice.

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Photo of KajII
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium burnt orange with an average sized (1-2 finger) white rocky head that had good retention, reducing to a medium cap and having some good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a caramel malt, pine and floral hops and a mild moldy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (orange peel).

The taste was a nice bitter hoppy with a touch of citrus throughout, and had a light malty sweetness and a hint of caramel towards the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow with a hoppy slightly sweet malty taste settling nicely on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a bit beyond light in body and dry in texture with a lively carbonation.

Overall a nice refreshing twist on an IPA, the slight malty sweet finish was surprisingly enjoyable...

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sitting at Tulunes bar in Johnstown, PA having some after work malted refreshments and decided to try the Titan IPA from Great Divide. The color/appearance was a cloudy amber that had a lot of settlement in it....I HATE FLOATIES!!!! The nose was great...no surprise....a great floral bouquet which leaned more toward pine than citrus. The taste was not what I was hoping....I think the bottle I had may have been over primed, but I have certainly had better IPAs...and I was really hoping this was going to be good. The mouthfeel was ok, certainly could session. I will try to taste this one again sometime...perhaps I will like it better.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a golden orange color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: The nose starts off with a big bitter grapefruit aroma as well as some solventy notes. I get a bit of a Lemon Pledge aroma to this beer. There's a touch of sourness and an undertone of bready malt.

T: A moderate bitterness with a pretty substantial malt character for an IPA. Some piney hops provide bitterness as does grapefruit and citrus peel.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. The finish is pretty dry and bitter.

D: Wasn't really a fan of this one. It didn't have very many of the traits I usually look for in an IPA.

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Photo of freed
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great typeface and nice label. Pours a deep copper(!) with good clarity and a slim rim of foam.

Aroma is gentle but similar to bigger centennial driven beers - both resiny and meaty, though tamer in comparison.

Taste is bright with its initial bitterness with a slight citrus quench, but the malt is missing and the taste just drops off. Still a nice beer, but the lack of body and malt contribution leave it a bit short of greatness.

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Photo of mikecharley
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was my friday after work beer today. Sat out in the sun, enjoying an ipa at a patio bar down at my local.

Pours an amberish copperish yellowish mixed ass color. its not yellow, but its not red... The cap is about 1 finger of great looking off white head. There is nice retention on this baby. The lacing is really nice too.

The aroma starts off with nice piney hops. There is a really sweet malt backbone that really muddles it though. Overall a decent smell on it though.

The taste follows the nose, with more sweet malts. the hop profile is nice, but I think it gets messed up by too much sweetness. There is some citrus hops with some pine in there as well. I really wish this wasnt so sweet and malty, and more dry.

Overall, its an alright beer for a hot lawnmower day, but nothing that I would seek out in the future.

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Photo of jsh420
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottled 1-21-2010

pours clear golen copper with a 2 finger head that has great retention and left lacing all over the glass

smell is metalic tangy malts very little grapefruit hops

taste a little better then the nose - oak fruit malts

mouthfeel is ok very little carbonation smooth and creamy

drinkability so so - i doubt i buy this again - it had been a while since i last had one and boy has my palate changed

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Photo of HosP
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz into a pint glass

A- Nice amber color. Hazy pour. Not much head, but lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

S- Hoppy aroma. Pine mixed with a grapefruit maybe. Malt undertones to it.

T- Not your typical IPA. More sweetness to it from the malts. Bready malts come through more than the pine hops. Slight bitterness in the middle gives way to the sweetness. Expected more hops rather than malts.

M- Medium body. Small carbonation. Dryer finish.

D- Not quite what I was expecting from an IPA. The balance was good though. Enough hops to keep the malts in check, but still more sweet. I typically like more hop bitterness to my IPA's so I probably won't be picking up another one of these.

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Photo of detlefchef
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Almost cotton candy like head. Thick but very light and lacy. Less than brilliant but appealing amber color. Smells precisely as you'd expect. There's no question at all that you are about to drink an IPA. I think typicity is a good thing. Specific esters I'm getting on the nose are grapefruit and corn.

On the palette it is surprisingly malty and far less bitter than the classic IPA nose prepares you for. Honestly, I could do with a bit less malt and a bit more flamboyance, and I'm not necc. a big hop-head. In fact, this sort of reminds me of an IPA version of Fat Tire, just a bit too chunky for it's own good.

Tasty enough, I guess, but not something that I'm drawn to.

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Photo of rpardon7
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second beer I have tried from great divide and had the same issue with this beer poured with a hellacious head took four pours due to an enormous head. When all was said and done it was a hazy golden beer with a light fluffy off white head. Smell was of biscuity malt and piney hops. Taste was mostly dominated by floral and piney hops had an off flavor that reminded my of soap. Mouthfeel was clean and crisp very clean beer. Drinkability was good, brewed to its style but not my favorite ipa.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange color with one and a half fingers of white head.

Scent of caramel, earth, and some hops. A bit overly sweet with not enough of a hop presence. Unimpressive, and it was bottled three weeks before I opened it.

Taste of piny hops, caramel, a hint of alcohol, and some fruit. Again the hops presence and bitterness are muted. It's okay, but too sweet and not nearly bitter enough for me. I don't care enough for this to purchase it again.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and slick with low carbonation.

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Photo of beertunes
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on November 10,2009. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a typical orangeish-amber color, with a fluffy, rocky off-white head that had very good retention and surprisingly low lacing.

A piney hop aroma greets the nose. There is a touch of malt sweetness in the background. The flavors are very similar to the aromas, mostly pine hops, with some citrus and floral notes, supported by a bit of malt.

The body was typical for this style. Drinkability suffered a touch due to the 7% ABV, if drinking a beer of that strength I ecpect more and bolder flavors to go with it.

Overall a decent IPA that I'll have again and is worth your time.

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Photo of Ohiolager
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At first i liked this IPA. But after Having an ohio IPA, i find this a little bland and boring. More like a pale ale than an IPA if you ask me. The best part is the crisp clean slightly over carbonated mouth feel. I feel the hops are too weak making the malts more prevalent. Overall i enjoyed this brew, but i would never take it over a rhinegeist or madtree IPA or any ohio IPA for that fact.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Independent. It was accidentally put on nitro.

A - It pours a golden copper with an off-white head that resembles pancake batter.

S - The smell is vague IPA, nondescript except to say it is sort of cabbage-y.

T - Fantastic hop flavor dominates the taste; herbal, citric, and grassy. The pale malt is way in the background, but it seems to have a metallic tinge which becomes more apparent on the finish. I am not sure if the nitro-tap changed the flavor profile, or what, but it is sub-par compared to the bottle.

M - This is the real casualty of the accidental nitro-tapping; the brew is not dense enough to hold the nitro-carbonation, as a result the effervescence does not last very long at all, leaving a flat beer in a relatively short time.

D - I believe this brew would've been better with old-fashioned co2.

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Photo of bort11
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Fluffy off white head with good retention. Nice sticky lace that leaves a documenting ring with each sip. Color is a clear dark coppery red.
Smell is piney with a sweet malty background. Taste is equally piney with a bit of grapefruit citrus flavors added.
Mouthfeel is a slightly syrupy body with really no carbonation to it. The initial head is misleading as to what to expect with the carbonation. I was starting to think I may have gotten a bad batch, but after looking over other reviews it seems this is the norm. This is pretty disappointing to me. This beer has everything else going for it. Just adding a bit of carbonation to it would give it an added crispness that I enjoy in an IPA. I will finish off the six pack, but probably won't get this again.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled November '09, so this should be pretty good.

Nice copper color, with a modest head that laces decently and sticks around pretty well.

Aroma is of musky hops, and those typical beery smells.

Flavor was nothing to write home about. Kind of a muffled hop presence, with a sweet and malty residual flavor. Somewhat spicy and herbal. Where are the bright citrusy and piney flavors? Sort of disappointing. Mouthfeel was okay, pretty creamy.

I'm a big IPA fan, and this stuff just wasn't up to snuff. Bad bottle?

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Photo of silentjay
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a plain bubbly copper with a decent near-white head that sticks around for a bit and laces well.

aroma is mostly of citrus hops and caramel malt. pretty balanced in the aroma. not as hoppy as I had predicted, but still nice.

The hop profile is pretty heavy in bitter citrus tasting hops. not much pine or fresh-cut grass in this flavor profile. plenty of bitter grapefruit that is sweetened up a bit by the toffee and caramel malts. oily and resiny with a bit of alcohol lingering.

medium bodied with plenty of resin and bitterness left on the tongue. prickly carbonation is ample.

goes down just above average for me. a bit alcoholic, bitter, and rather sweet. I'm not too big of a fan of the hop profile and the malt profile does not help it for me, though it may work for other brews. Would really welcome more piney/grassy/earthy hops rather than this. I can see how others would like it, but its not for me.

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Photo of dirtyskunk
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent looking IPA, darker than average with a thin fading head.

Smells decidedly bitter, almost medicinal. Maybe some herbal nature to the hops.

This is one bitter beer, tons of general hoppiness and hop bitterness that gives almost a metallic pull on the palate. Unfortunately there's not a lot of specific hop character or flavors coming through for me. Very bitter but no fruit/spice/pine/mint/tobacco or any other gustatory notes to impress me here. I've had this IPA several times so I know it's not just this bottle lacking.

Mouthfeel is above average, good carbonation to balance out that hop bomb bitterness

Overall not my favorite. Great divide has better beers, even better IPAs (see fresh hop). If you're looking for a bitter bomb, this'll do, but if you want more complexity look elsewhere.

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Photo of Boardshort_Brewer
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - copper hue with a small white head. Bubbles streaming up from the bottom.
Smell - Okay, sweet malty with very minimal hop aroma.
Taste - Great bitterness, barely lingers. Mostly malty with some pine and light grapefruit hops to balance out. Overall a decent IPA though far from the best.

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Photo of champ103
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a semi cloudy copper/orange color. A white fluffy and creamy head forms with just a touch of lace as the head recedes.
S: Citrus fruits and hops up front. Very typical for an American IPA. Buttery, biscuity, and nutty malt aroma. A complex malt profile for the style that I really enjoy.
T: Lots of hops. Grapefruit, citrus flavor. A cloying sweetness with a decent malt backbone. Plenty of hop bitterness though.
M/D: Average. Farly dry and slick in the mouth. The bitterness makes this hard for me to drink and session (like most IPA's for me I guess).

Not bad at all for the style, but it is not my favorite. I enjoy this beer, but not crazy about the style in general. If American IPA's are for you though, this is a most try.

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Photo of Dave128
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Foamed up a bit upon popping so I started with a careful pour to try and offset the foaminess. Ugh it took me like 5 minutes to get this beer poured cuz i don't like to slurp the head and it lasted around forever. I seriously had to scoop some out because it was taking so long to go down. Idk if it is overcarbonated or i kept it too cold or what.. No freshness date :/

A - Obviously a very nice head. Still sticking around a few sips in.. Orange and very cloudy. there is a constant sheet of lace down the opposite end of the glass. very nice look.

S - pretty piny. Hints of alcohol and citrusy hops.

T - Piny and resinous up front.. Somewhat floral. I can't really taste and citrusy hops that I caught a very light glimpse of in the nose. Finishes nice and sweet with a not-so-palatecrunching bitterness. Its actually a pretty refreshing bitterness. Alcohol is definitely noticable.

M - Over-carbonated for me. Idk if this is an attribute of the beer or just a fault in bottling or packaging, but it seemed to be a little off. Every sip turned to froth in my mouth immediately that wasnt always so pleasant.

D - Nothing about this beer screams TITAN to me. Then again.. I got it as a single at a bottle shop and for lack of bottle dating I have to review this beer for what it is... and I wasn't terribly impressed by it.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear body, decent head, carbonation

Piney hop smell, malt

Mild hop taste. Bottle says Assertive Aromatic on it. I have had quite a few more hoppy beers lately, but Ill have to take it that this beer tastes more hoppy fresh. I bought the last two of a six pack that were at my local shop which has a large selection of beers.

Pleasing mouthfeel, there is some body and alchohol to it from the higher than average abv

Pretty bitter overall. I drank this off the tap and have to say that I was much more impressed when drinking it off the tap. It tasted fresher and less aged as an IPA is usually best. Still pretty good out of the bottle though. The bitterness was definitely more intense than I remember it being out of a tap.

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Photo of rcusick
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - poured a cloudy brownish orange color with very little head that quickly dissipate to nothing but a ring around the edge

smell -reminds me of citrus, but more orange then lemon or pine like many other peers in the style but not over the top, infact it was pretty weak smelling overall, but this maybe due to this bottle having been held on to too long.

taste - a well balanced IPA, not overly malty, not a hop bomb and hides its alcohol content quite well, i had to double check to actually believe it is 7%

mouthfeel - very smooth and easy to drink.

overall - a great beer that i hope to try again and would love to try a fresh sample on draft.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jhawkinmo for giving me the chance to try this beer.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

Apperance- Golden copper color, with a good head (very dense bubbles) and good retention. Also good lacing

Smell- I got a mild hops smell from this one

Taset,Mouthfeel- Bitter hops in the front with a clean finish, medium to high carb as the bubbles tingled on my tounge enhancing the bitterness. Medium body

Drinkability- Good drinkable beer, would recommend this one to IPA lovers.

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Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 4,151 ratings.
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