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Titan IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,455 Reviews
Titan IPATitan IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jon on 08-04-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,455
Ratings:
4,105
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
Wants:
219
Gots:
706
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 1,455 | Ratings: 4,105
Photo of beermanbrian
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a lumpy white head. Some of the stickiest lacing i've seen. Smell is citrus with some pine. Taste is surprisingly sweet up front but is balanced quickly with the hops bitterness. Grapefruit notes and some chewy malt flavors follows. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Very drinkable beer. Another great IPA that is a must try. Highly recommended.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hercules little bro pours a cloudy orange amber with a large white egg shell colored head leaves trickled lacing down the chalice. Aroma contains citrus grapefruit touch of tropical fruits noted with malts sweetness having a touch of sugary dessert bread. Taste is upfront with the hoppiness both flavor and bitterness hop juice with citrus grassy hops coming off balanced with enough of an abv and malt backbone to standup to the hops. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated slick with oily resins, nice. Drinkability: Solid as the IPA can get one of the best out of Denver, I have tasted.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was finally able to buy this in CA, today 12/09/05.

A - a golden tangerine color with some slight haze filled my pint along with a half finger of white head with a short life.
S - Citrus and pine are what come to mind and i detected some floral notes. What a good blend.
T - Now this is an IPA. Are you sure this isnt brewed on the West Coast, god damn good. More citrus bordering on grapefruit with some bitter hints carried on faint pine. There must be a good malt backbone underneath because the hop's character really comes out. As opposed to just dumping a bunch of hops resulsting in a tannic and bitter hop tea.
M&Dr - solid carbonation on a medium bodied sharp mouth feel. I just found my new default IPA.

Are you sure Pizza Port didnt brew this one??? Damn it's good.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle stamped 3rd week of June. Pours a cloudy orange/amber, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing afterwards. Scents of hops aplenty, and citrus. Very nice sweet and bitter, hoppy taste. Medium body. Very drinkable, highly recommended. The minute I open the bottle I got a good wiff of the hops, a very good sign of a good brew. Way to go Great Divide.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I immediately noticed how good this beer appeared. It had an orangish/pinkish/amber body and a small head, which fell fast, leaving wonderful lacing; excellent retention. It had plenty of carbonation.
It had a wonderful aroma, very floral, hoppy and sweet. It had plenty of sweet tones, such as honey and possibly vanilla and even some spice.
The taste was what one expects from an IPA, but balanced very well. It was bitter, actually very bitter at first. This was my only complaint. I love a good IPA but it was almost too much for me. This taste quickly transformed into a sweeter more drinkable taste, with bitter hops still present, but a piney malty blend. It felt biting and acidic at first but ended very smooth and refreshing. I say good job to Great Divide for this one.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a reddish-orange color. The head is two-fingers tall, rocky and white, and has good retention. The aroma is piney, spicy with dark fruits peaking through. The taste is piney and herbal with mildy grapefruit in the back ground. The mouthfeel is very smooth, and medium bodied. Overall, this is a damn fine IPA.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'd like to write an ode
to this crazy golden brew
with a whitish creamy head so adored by me and you
it entices with its scent
of melded hops and MALT
(yes it includes that ingredient that this style has long forgot!)
now it's fruity, now its doughy
now it's somewhere in between
now it's so goddamned balanced I sip it like a fiend
the body slides down like butter
despite the orangy zing
it's not too fruity, spicy, or bready, it's a balance of everything
12 oz. times almost seven
yet the alcohol taste it does lack
so this a dangerous one that I'll refer to as liquid crack

This is an amazing IPA. None of the flavors stick out enough to make it annoying, so it can be consumed all night.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright copper kettle color with a most impressive head. The head appears almost identical to the head on a root bear float. It stands like an ivory tower swirling out of a copper sea. It lasts forever.

Smell: Uber piney nose with healthy doses of grapefruit.

Taste: Pure hops smacks you upside your goram face. Grapefruit licks your tongue like a salty dog on acid.

Mouthfeel: mmm bitter.

Drinkable as they come.

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Photo of Derek
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze, produces enough head to leave a nice lace behind.

S: Citrous, piney, american hops.

T: Citrous, piney, american hops. Yeah Baby! Tons of fresh grapefruity hops! This writes Pacific-Northwest all over your pallat. Nice bready malt backbone with a crisp, refreshingly bitter aftertaste.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. A little acidy fruit-juice feel... or maybe the taste is just fooling my mind.

D: I love it, but it's pretty bold.

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Photo of scooter231
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Brewtopia, this was definitely in my top three... no, top two favorite brewery list (just outdone by Ommegang- but that's probably a biased opinion). Just stellar beers.

This reminded me of a toned down version of their DIPA. Light and easy to drink, a good hop/malt balance going on, with a touch of citrus in the background. Bubbly, and just so easy to drink.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My glass was clean and clear before the pour. After the serving was done my glass coated with a layer of foam with distinct layers near the top and some spiderwebbed patterns further down. This is fancy time.
Smells are fresh, fruity and powerful. Citrus shenanigans are afoot. The mouthfeel is alive with texture. Think hops pop rocks.
Even the hoppy burps produced by this brew are enjoyable. T'is a sign of excellent brew I tell you.
Some of the best bottled IPA out there.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of jakester
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as a single at UJ's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Born on date sloppily notched on the label.

Pours a hazy light orange/amber with a 2 finger head of off-white foam. Slow carbonation drifts to the top. Fantastic lacing, you can count every sip.

Aroma is strong grapefruit and pine needles, very yummy, with a huge biscuity/caramel-y malt smell and a hint of apples or pineapples.

Flavor is grapefruit and pine sap, real fruity, not overly sweet for the amount of malt. Pretty damn bitter, in a pleasant way. This is really tasty stuff. Aftertaste is long, bitter, and, I assume, Amarillo and/or Cascade hops.

Mouthfeel starts on the full side, but quickly thins out to medium body. Carbonation is soft. Finish is long and on the sweet side.

I love IPA's like this, although I know some think it's too much. This, to me, is one of the better IPA's I've had. Huge hop character, strong malt backbone; a terrific beer.

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Photo of clvand0
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours an amber color with a small head that has decent retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of citrus hops - grapefruit is what comes to mind first. The flavor is just like the aroma - full of grapefruit hops and lacking a little bit of malts that would give it a good balance. Finish is bitter. Mouthfeel is fairly thick for the style. The drinkability is just ok on this one.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden copper, thin wisps of soapy lace coat the glass. Fruity apple and citrusy in the nose, with a mellow, leafy hop note. Hops are the word in this one; not in a sense that they overpower the palate, but they do take over on the malts juuust a bit. Very close to balanced, though not as sticky with malts as I'd like it. Nonetheless, this hophead really isn't complaining. Soft plum notes contain a mild sweetness that balances the pinecone hoppy bitterness nicely. Mild carbonation bites the tongue initially, and just as quickly is gone. Alcohol? 6.8% you say? Nary a trace. Sessionable indeed.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apricot coloured, filmy yet lacing white head. Lots of floaties give it an appealing cloudiness. Yeasty aroma is gently mellowed despite the massive hoppiness. A good dose of caramel malt plays the lever here and blends along to bring out a subdued fruitiness and earthiness. Quite resinous hops profile, very herbal and sappy, potent if a bit astringent in their high level of dryness. Growing bitterness with every sip, mouth coating. Comfortable texture, medium body, apparently gently carbonated though it bites if you keep it too long. Fairly typical, but still good above average stuff.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for Morris729 who traded this one to me. Pours a clear amber color with good head retention but does fade over time. There was good lacing as well.

The smell is hoppy as it should be. There are definite notes caramel and some lighter bready qualities. The hops themselves are stronger in pine qualities then say citrus but both are well represented.

The taste is good. First notice is a well balanced hop flavor from the flavoring and bittering notes. The malt is sweet and well balanced and supports the stronger hop flavors. There is a tart flavor that reminds of granny apples. There is a slight oily flavor at the end but it is light.

The body is a medium feel and the phenol is noticeable but not exactly hop. Overall a good IPA.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was put to the test at my local packy to grab this or the wild berry ale...Im glad i picked this one. Appearance is a nice murky orangish color with a thin head. Theres also a little bit of sediment still lingering here and there. Smells of malt, biscuit and something else rather dry...can't quite put my finger on it. Mouthfeel is relatively thick, with strong hops hitting you right up front. Theres a very piny, earthiness to this beer with some citrus behind it, maybe grapefruit and some lemon. As for drinkability, its a damn smooth ipa that would be a great session beer. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of sopor
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice IPA! Another 4 across the board!

A little less than a CM of of creamy off-white head sits atop a birlliant amber brew with a fine sediment haze. A little lacing left. Smells of caramel and buttered biscuit are strong with just a hint of hops.

A balanced IPA? Good buttered biscuit and slightly smaller caramel malt tones start out and are quickly joined by a well-balanced yet potently bitter hop profile of pine tar and resin that sticks to the aftertaste. Not complex, but very tasty, with hops developing more as the brew warms. Moderately light body is accompanied by small slightly foamy carbonation. Very drinkable, and very deserving of it's spot in the top 10 american IPAs.

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Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of far333
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich honey amber color, hazy and thick looking with particulate matter swirling around. A foamy orangey head rises up an inch high and then settles down leaving a sticky ring around the top of the liquid. Aroma is hearty doughey malt laced with lemony hops and ripe fruit. Flavor is initially malt with surprisingly subdued piney hops, but the flavor turns to tangerine hops as it moves through the mouth. A sharp hop bitter emerges in the finish, and orange peel lingers. Mouthfeel is even, but somewhat watery, almost slick. Fairly drinkable, but not overy complex.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful glowing copper pour unleashes 2 fingers of dense khaki head that is wonderfully persistant and leaves layers of crusty lace.

Aroma is tantalizing, filled with notions of grapefruit and tangerine, bitter herbacious notes, and warm pine. There's a nice malty presence too, resulting in a wonderfully balanced nose.

An assault of pine-laced grapefruit and tangerine leads the way. Herbal florals and sticky pine sap flavors follow through to a great chewy malt backbone, supporting the massive hop payload. Theres a fruity, bubblegum sweetness in here that is both subtle and delicious. It's definately a hop-bomb, with enough complexity and charm to appeal to the masses.

Body is thick, dense, and chewy. It has a smooth, creamy texture and feels slippery on the tongue. Each sip leaves a sticky hop kiss on my lips. Drinkability? Just roll up a keg!

PS This is one beer that definately should NOT be drank ice cold!

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Photo of orfeu
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bright amber-orange with a massive, dense, rocky, french vanilla colored ice cream head. nose is piney citrus with some delicious smelling apricot whiffs. spruce juice bitterness on the tongue at first with a very nice grapefruit pith middle and a malty and minerally finish. lacing is incredible -- a sticky ring after every sip, and the head is diminishing slowly around the edges while the center meringues up in a shape not unlike the hats devo wore in the "whip it" video. the mouthfeel is full and juicy. as the beer warms the malts become more prevalent, with peach and orangey flavors. if i could afford to, i'd rotate this with celebration and fin du monde as beers to bring to parties. an excellent beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still another big winner from Great Divide,a slightly hazy copper/orange with a tight one finger head on top that settles leavinga ring of lace behind.Very piney aromas with a touch of lemon/citrus very intense and in your face,very resiny flavors along with pine but there is some balance going on a big caramelly malt backbone mingles very nicely and holds up very well to the huge dose of hops.Another great hop gem from Great Divide they rock.

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled: 10.10.05

Appearance was rich orange, almost as if terracotta could be clear. A decent head formed upon pour and fades gently. Little lacing.

The aroma was creamy with sweetness rising over the hops. Deeper smells revealed citrus, specifically lemon zest that grew over the time it took to drink the beer. It eventually reminded me a little of Pledge furniture polish, sometimes overwhelming when I went for each sip. Some caramel malts also sat underneath these esters.

The taste was floral and citrus up front but balanced out with caramel malts. Hop bitterness took charge, making this much more bitter than I anticipated with the malty smell. The brew was mid-carbed and left oily hop residues on the tongue.

It was decent. I wasn’t as impressed as I was expecting. But it goes down easy. Not sure I’d get it again for the price around Boston, but maybe something on tap next time I see it.

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Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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