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Titan IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA
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4,216 Ratings
Titan IPATitan IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,543
Reviews:
1,477
Ratings:
4,216
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.52
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
778
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 4,216 |  Reviews: 1,477
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.56/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge fluffy light tan head with an gold to amber body.

Smell: Hops dominate (flowery, piney & citrusy (lemon)), but fruitiness and malt also assert themselves.

Tastes of hop farm and maltiness still manages to sneak in. Stellar!

Mouthfeel: Hops are slightly overwhelming, but this has a chewiness to that hits the mark!

Frangibility: Wow, only thing stopping this from being a session beer is its ABV. I saw some Great divide beers at the last Broncos (cowboys fan actually) game I attended. I will surely seek this out, if available Yummy....

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. pint - $6.75 (time to start drinking at home more often) at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Arrived at the booth a deep, dark copper body with a thin, though lasting, white head.

Smell: Fragrant hop aromas of bergamot, jarring grapefruit pith, and pine resin rest over a sturdy base of candyish pale malts.

Taste: Sweet, nigh candied maltiness upfront with a lesser taste of caramel and toasted pale malts. Pithy, citrusy hop character infused with pine needles delivers a rather assertive hop bitterness. Finishes bittersweet, though only the cumulative bitterness persists into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A touch sticky in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Plenty of bold bitterness, but it's backed up by enough sweet maltiness. A superlative example of an India Pale Ale and a valued member of the beer community. Surely we can all agree on that?

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4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been really busy for about a week-and-a-half and I am so glad to able to CANtinue The CANQuest (tm) while watching Game 7 between the Preds & the Sharks.

From the CAN: "Great Minds Drink Alike".

I Crack!ed the CAN open & employed a gentle Glug so as not to rouse or rile the Titan. It is late & I was not looking for trouble. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, tawny head with decent retention before falling back to wisps. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose ha a sticky pine-like presence acCANponied by a caramel maltiness. My initial thought was that it was a DIPA, but the ABV would be on the low end for that style, so I applaud the brewery CANsidering it an AIPA. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely of pine hops, but the caramel sweetness of the malt interacted well with them to create yet another eminently drinkable beer. Finish was semi-dry, but only because the malt had just enough of a presence to keep it from being totally dry. I really have to give up major props to Great Divide! I have CANcentrated on their CANs the past two nights and every one was a winner. I am now giving greater CANsideration to their mixed 12-pack of CANs for the upcoming summer.

My original bottle review dtd 10 Nov 2005 follows:

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.

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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an extremely clear orange color with a very white one finger head. The head dissipated down to a layer of fine bubbles on the top and leaves some sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Floral hops, some lemon, orange peel. and a little bit of grapefruit.

T: Extremely smooth, there is a nice citric flavor with some grapefruit as well as some pine The malt shows up as some caramel and a little bit of bread on the back end. Has a slight bitter finish, just to let you know that this is an IPA.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Does not really dry out my mouth too much. A solid go to IPA.

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4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pristine bright orange with amber trim and a dense cap of orangish beige that has seemingly millions of tiny bubbles that become millions of tiny pits when they burst. Thick, pocked lace is beginning to be laid down in sticky sheets and gives the impression that very little of the glass will be untouched when it's finally emptied of beer.

This a nose that hits the hop lovers among us right where we live. Wave upon wave of beautifully pungent hop oil is atomized into my waiting nostrils and makes me dizzy with anticipation. Titan smells like candied pink grapefruit sections with just enough caramel to lend olfactory interest without spoiling the hop rave. It smells a bit tropical too, but not as much as some.

Big, juicy, hoppy, delicious! The beer doesn't make any overtures toward the DIPA style, but as in the nose, the caramel malt contribution is noted and appreciated. It lurks among the hop vines, staying out of sight, adding another dimension to the already outstanding hop-dominant flavor.

I've had hoppier beer, but there's no reason that every brewery needs to engage in a macho game of hoppy one-up-manship. Great Divide has added more than enough to keep 99% of hopheads satisfied. Have I used the word 'hop' enough? Hoppity, hoppity, hop!

As expected, my glass is filthy with hop crust. The finish is on the long side, which allows the many facets of the 'hop jewel' to become even better defined. Pink grapefruit segues into orange which segues into lemon which segues back into pink grapefruit. There's a perfect point-counterpoint of bitter and sweet that makes my mouth very happy indeed. All 65 IBUs have been utilized to their fullest extent. I'd have guessed a little higher.

The mouthfeel is medium-full for the IPA style and is as lush and as smooth as the day is long (and there are only a handful of days longer than today). The beer slides down like summer weight silk and makes me want to keep drinking for the mouthfeel alone. Well, okay, the hopiliciousness has something to do with my need to gulp this nectar.

This is, without question, a Titan among IPAs. I have no desire to split hairs and say why it isn't ranked among my very favorites. Suffice it to say that this beer, at this point in time, is scatching my 'hop itch' with a vengeance and is a beer to be reckoned with for all who love humulus lupulus like they love life itself. Great Divide made a convert of me a long time ago. Titan IPA is simply the icing on the cake.

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4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with “2003 Series” on the label.

Appearance: The foamy head holds it form as it settles at a snails pace, good clarity off the bright copper toned colour.

Smell: Super piney in the nose, fresh flowers and pine sap as well as some citric notes. Incredibly fragrant and spot on for a modern day IPA.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Big smack in the kisser with hops, not relying on bitterness alone but lots of hop flavour as well. The 60 IBUs flex hard on the taste buds, damn bitter. The warming alcohol comes middle to end with a poignant fruitiness and ester character that lays 2nd to the hops. The malt character has the biggest work out to push through and add some balance which it half heartedly does, but the foundation is not shaken with a sweetness that hold together for the duration. The hops don’t shake off even long into the finish, lots of bitterness and flavour in the end.

Notes: Remarkable, simply put this is a stellar IPA. If you are not a hop head or can’t truly enjoy a hoppy beer this is not your mug of beer. If so this goes down as a must try, meaning that … if you did not know, this is a limited batch so look for it now.

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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle of this today in NYC to help my quest for the Top 100 Beers of Fame...this is my personal #99. Bottles on date of 12/26/11, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange color with two fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of lacing left on the glass and one inch of head left throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, pale malts, caramel malts, and light pine hops. Nice, but more malts than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, citru hops, fruity malts, pine hops, and pale malts. Light bready and biscuit malts as well. Again, very malty, moreso even than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer, but had a much larger malt backbone than I was expecting, or really want, in an IPA. Easy to drink and I liked the nose, a beer I'd have again but not when I was looking for a hoppy beer.

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4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy amber with a frothy white/creamy head and some decent lacing. Smell was a citrus hops, mixed with a malty caramel thta makes this smell quite balanced. Taste was definatly hoppy, and again had that bit of caramel, and some spiceness about it. Very nice dry finish and not overpowering on the hops. This is a good session beer and will definatly have more. Looking forward to getting some on tap!

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4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation - poured the ale from a 12oz. brown bottle with a kelly green colored label -reminds me of the alluring natural colour of fresh hops.

A - A brilliant honey/amber that creates a massive off white head with a pleasing display of cascading malt. Lace is left abundantly clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - A mix of citrus and fragrant pine are transmitted from the fluffy head of this aromatic nectar. Ruby red grapefruit and orange zest come to mind. A host of fresh hoppy wholesomeness does not cease to delight. Pineapple-like odors add a positively tropical twist as they arrive in my nostrils.

M - Soft, sweet tanginess is the initial texture with juicy tart citrus and prickly pineapple morphing into bitter salty attributes. Later on the spicy footnote adds intrigue to the layered effect.

T - A sweet honey like taste is the initial flavor eruption. A jumping delivery of citrus is delivered next in a fruity spectrum of lively and mellow. Grapefruit mixes with the essence of blood orange and pineapple piquancy to give a blessed awakening of hop heaven. An underscore of pine and effervescent maltiness comes through in waves. A flavor full of nature's sweet bounty ripples across my taste buds longer after each full sip is swallowed.

D - An awesome IPA in every sense even for a (non) hop head. Fragrant, drinkable, sweet, but not overdone in the bitterness or Abv departments. Well made through and through - I would love to have a taste of this on any occasion. I will seek it out and stock my fridge- Truly great and worth every last ounce.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
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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3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 4,216 ratings
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