Titan IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA
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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After their Nomad pilsner finally sealed the deal for my Great Divide love, I thought I’d give one of their most loved brews a taste. Titan IPA, here we go:

Brewed about six months ago (“Bottled on: SEP 21 2011”); yea, I know it’s an IPA, but I’ve grown tired of waiting for hoppier brews to come out this summer. I’ll take the age into consideration if there’s something jarring about the taste/nose.

A: Lightly hazy sunset-orange body, with only a short tan cream for a head. Still, it gets to a fizzy one or two fingers before it settles to a filmy retention. Lacing is here and there, webbed and thin. Not a lot of shine in the body, but enough to gleam when you reach for your glass.

S: Decent pine and citrus notes from the hops, but nothing huge or pungent – possibly due to the age, I know, but the scents that are there (however small) are enjoyable. Malts are mainly what’s on display, with carrot-cake spice and thick caramel front and center. Some gummy peach candy and earthiness peak out at the finish. Aromas are balanced, but not very complex.

T: Here’s where the hops make their appearance – these bitters are powerfully resiny, without a drop of grapefruit or floweriness. On the whole, though, I’d describe this palate as “bitter orange:” the hops mix right into a fruity malt to showcase an orange rind effect. Like the nose, though, there’s another thick malt flavor beneath all this bittering: toast. Good ol’ caramel malts, with a bit of a grainy pale malt leaning, leave the profile riding on tastes of bread crusts, toffee, and raisiny darkness that sticks to the tongue for a while. Finishes with that fruit stickiness, a touch of alcohol (vodka), and a tight pine crispness.

M: A bit flat, i.e. not incredibly bubbly but not mouth-coatingly thick. There is a touch of fizz at the very beginning of every sip, though, which is enough to keep it interesting.

O: Maybe a fresher bottle would show off a bigger, bolder nose; I hope so, because that’s one of the main things I love in a good IPA. Even without a mind-blowing aroma, there’s no doubt: this is still a good IPA. I don’t like it as much as Great Divide’s European-style offerings, but this still showed a wonderful lovability through its Americanized character. Now I’m curious to try Hercules…

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A - Darker than I expected. Was expecting more of a light brown, or golden color but came out more of a clear amber color. Poured a 12oz bottle into a dogfish head snifter vigoursly giving it a nice finger and a half worth of head.

S - Strong floral scent with some piney earthy undertones. Lots of sweet malt, nothing really special here.

T - Much better than I expected. After seeing and smelling this beer I pictured it having more of a sweet malt dominant flavor, but instead I was pleasantly surprised by the abundance of hops. Not much citrus flavor but had some awesome pine, and earthy hop characters. There's still some sweet malt and fruit flavor but in good balance with the piney hops.

M - Not a lot of carbonation, could have been a much more refreshing beer, but the lack of carbonation gives it a thicker viscosity and leaves more of a heavy feeling.

O - Wasn't my favorite IPA but at under $2 for a single i'd probably get it again. The taste of this beer saved it from a drain pour, the aroma and appearance we're nothing special at all, and wasn't expecting to not finish it. However the taste was a pleasant surprise.

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Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 4,229 ratings
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