Titan IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

Titan IPATitan IPA
BA SCORE
4.06/5
4,215 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jon on 08-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,492
Reviews:
1,477
Ratings:
4,215
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.52
 
 
Wants:
235
Gots:
777
Trade:
3
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Photo of mikeg67
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours copper with a lasting white head, nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus hops, black currant and some plums. Medium, tangy body. Piney, citrus hops balanced by strong malt presence, with hints of fruit and alcohol. Long and balanced finish. Outstanding, I would say bordering on DIPA, brew

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amazing head, very frothy and huge retention. I did a light pour and produced 5 fingers of head that stayed around for several minutes. Great lacing too. Coppor colour with a white frothy head.

S - light and airy, floral notes and pine hops. Various light notes of fruits also come through in the smell.

T - Pine hops and a light fruitiness come through in the initial taste, the aftertaste is a rather dry but fruity taste that lasts for quite a while. Very slight biscuit taste afterwards hidden beneath the hops.

M/D - light body with a carbonated but smooth feel to it. Highly drinkable, the flavour remains interesting in its entirety.

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Photo of ztaylor1
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- lazy amber color with small eggwhite head that lingers for a while

Smell- piney hops and sweet caramel are the first things noticed but it soon releases a sweet pear aroma.

Taste- strong hops in front wiith a sweet caramel malt into a nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- smooth but thick. Coats the mouth like honey. In a very good way.

Drinkability- good beer but I couldn't drink more than two.

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Photo of beagle75
3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft pour into a shaker pint glass at Whole Foods in Tustin.

A: Clear, burnished golden color with one finger of white head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: This beer smells most strongly of honey, accented by herbal hop notes most similar to sage. There is some toast detectable amidst the more volatile flavors, but nothing here leaves much of a favorable impression.

T: Begins off-dry, with faint pine and floral hop flavors that are soon edged out as the middle arrives with acidic and soapy flavors. Bright, estery stone fruit also emerges in the middle but doesn't define the moderate bitterness present in the finish. Fortunately the soapy flavor diminishes as the palate becomes acclimated to the qualities of this beer.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and smooth on the palate, with light carbonation.

D: A lack of compelling qualities makes this beer fail to distinguish itself, after drinking it on two different occasions. While the most questionable qualities fade over the course of a glass, nothing but the the thick sheet of foam clinging to the glass is very much worth remembering. Here is a beer that could not live up to the glowing reputation attributed to it on this website and by its association to Great Divide.

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Photo of tweeder263
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a hazy dark golden beer, frothy one finger head.Smells nice and hoppy, not overpowering. Taste is surprisingly balanced for an IPA. Mouthfeel is decent, not to watery or chunky. A very drinkable IPA, may even be a good gateway IPA for a newbie.

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Photo of gopens44
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Super nice to look at, yellow with an orange tinge. Nice frothy head that leaves behind a thin layer of creamy bubbles and massive lacing.

S - very grainy, like the barley really comes out. A little floral as well, but it's rather buried.

T - Once again, grainy. A little more earthy in the taste, with some subtle nuttiness there.

M - well carbonated yet shockingly silky. Very nice across the tongue indeed. Lots of bitter aftertaste.

This beer is nice enough. Not my very favorite IPA, but I enjoyed where they went with this. Not just a typical IPA, as they really seemed to put some work into setting this apart with a more mellow balance than I expected.

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Photo of zoso493
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Kronenbourg tulip.

Appearance: Titan pours a really nice apricot-copper color that is spot on for an IPA. The beer is sufficiently hazy without many noticeable particulates floating around in there. Atop the beer is a foamy one-finger head that doesn't waste any time in dissipating into a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: There's a nice piney, citric hop smell to this brew that grabs you right away. There are also some sweet malts that teeter on the edge of being like caramel but without the caramel goodness. As a result, Titan smells a bit like a brew made with hop extract, which is not fantastic for me, but the hops still make for a nice scent.

Taste: The extract feeling is still intact in the taste but this is still a delightfully bitter IPA. The hops are sticky and piney, which fits the bill fine for an IPA. Surprisingly, from a beer from Great Divide, this brew is not so masterfully put together, but it's still a good beer all the same.

Mouthfeel: Very nicely weighted brew. It's right there in between an IPA and a DIPA in terms of mouthfeel. The hops are only a whisker away from being cloying, but as it is it's a good sticky feeling.

Drinkability: This is not the most drinkable IPA I've ever had, but it's an enjoyable brew that has no problems going down.

Overall, Titan IPA is a good brew but that's about it for me. I can't say I'm disappointed, but I have really high expectations for Great Divide. Still, this is an enjoyable beer and worth trying.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle - no best by date visible.

Poured a light amber with one finger head that dissipated quickly light lacing .

Smell was of light citrus with pine and hops prevalent.

Taste was of light citrus hints with lots of hops and pine notes.

Drinkabilty was decent, The pine and hops were the most evident , the citrus wasn't as noticeable .

Overall a nice IPA .

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is a moderate golden-orange color with a short white head and not really any lacing. The nose is nice with some floral and piney hops. There is a bit of pale malt and works well all together. The taste is a bit of a drawback with some pale malts coming through and a bit of light hopping. Good bitterness on a medium body. Drinks quite well and ends up being a nice all-around brew.

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Photo of Chaney
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful golden color, with a good bit of carbonation, and a nice one finger off-white head that turned into a silky froth and remained there throughout the session.

S: A bit of grapefruit (Cascade) hoppy, pininess, but I was actually surprised by how much doughy yeastiness I got. It had that fresh-hopped leafy, earthiness of a harvest ale. Nice!

T: A bit of bitterness builds after a few sips, but the yeasty maltiness, washes over the bitterness, giving the palate more that just a citrus bomb. A tinge of lemon also makes an appearance, especially in the aftertaste.

M: The malt also washes over the sweetness, making this one of the more quaffably chuggable IPAs on the market. The carbonation is also to die for!

D: I had forgotten in the 2-3 years since my last session with this brew exactly how good it was.

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Photo of jchow79
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is incredibly balanced - with great aroma. The head is intense and releases a piney scent that doesn't overwhelm but tickles the nose.

There is a terrific amount of lacing. Looks like spiderman spun his web on my glass.

I highly recommend it. I will be back looking for more at the store.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a crystal clear burnt orange with a light white head. Quickly fades to some patchy, bubbly film, leaving some streaks of lacing around the glass.

Juicy, piny hops in the nose with some floral and spicy hints. A bit of fruit sweetness and toasted bread as well.

Bitter pine resiny hops right up front with citrus zest. A nicely rounded caramel malt base peers through the hops, balancing out the flavors. Light fruit sweetness mellows out the bitterness. Grapefruit hoppiness returns as the beer finishes mildly dry without too much lingering flavor.

Medium body, a little sticky, not overly carbonated. Highly pleasurable drinking, the alcohol is barely noticeable, and the flavors are spot on.

Instead of trying to beat people's palates to death with ridiculous amounts of hops, great divide balanced this out incredibly well, which results in a pretty fantastic ipa.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Medals, parings listed, 7.1% ABV, Bottled Jul 30, 2010.

Thanks to Gormanb for including this as an extra in our trade!

A - A tall pour to the tulip's center brought fourth a mammoth four-finger head. The stability and longevity of this bone-colored beauty was matched in amazingness only by the epic sheets of lace left on the tulip. Let's not forget the bright golden orange beer dampened slightly by a little haze either. Truly a beer to marvel at.

S - Relatively faint at first, the aroma takes a big leap upwards when floral notes blossom out of the brew. It has a combination of a colorful bouquet of flowers and exotic tropical fruit. A hint of resin and a backbone of sweet caramel malt keep it grounded.

T - The complexity found within this beer really makes it world-class. Loads of hops never become too overpowering. Mango, pineapple, and other tropical fruit add to the potent floral flavor. Notes of resin have a slight plastic component to them but don't ever upset anything. It's more-so in the aroma. Caramel and crystal malt give a solid backbone and some balancing sweetness but stay out of the hops' way.

M - Medium-bodied and crisp with a nicely balanced, higher carbonation finish. Some noticeable bitterness comes across the tongue, but it's well-balanced just the same. Crisp and refreshing citrus finish going down.

D - This is an incredible IPA, very drinkable, and another beer to add to my list of reasons I'm angry Great Divide doesn't distribute here. World-class IPA.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/19/2010

A - Murky golden-brown color; alive with carbonation; nice thick 1 inch creamy colored head formed when poured into pint glass;

S - You can smell the freshness; malt flavors of nuts, biscuit, fruit; subtle hint of bitter hop aroma comes out after lingering for a while

T - Once consumed there is an immediate freshness to taste, almost like the beer is alive and has refreshed the palate; combined with what appears to be caramel, fruity taste as it rolls over your tongue; there is a bitter hops aftertaste that was hidden behind all the other flavors

M - Creamy foam feel as it swishes around in your mouth; light carbonated feel as it moves over the tongue

D - Positive impact of flavor at initial consumption; I am impressed with the fresh taste, feel of the beer, and flavors that my mouth picks up as its consumed. It tastes like a beer should, smooth and flavorful

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- cloudy pumpkin-orange color, appropriate for the day before halloween, not really a head on it, small ring of lacing on the outside
s- straight up grapefruit hops smell
t- nice balance of sweet malts and grapefruity hops with a medium hop kick and a slight hops lingering afterwards and a hint of pine, pretty delicious
m- nice medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy
d- very drinkable ipa, looks pretty good, tastes really good, smells good, add it to your list of ipas to try

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark muddy orange with off white 1 finger head. Nose has big malts, yeast and sugars are very prominent. Taste is led by the yeast. Sweet malts are met with piney hops and some raisins and dates. Hops are present but not the showcase here. The grains are prominent for me. ABV is omnipresent. Mouth is oily and sticky. CO2 neutral. This is very good, but very unlike any IPA I have had, being that the hops aren't the center of attention. Well done.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours glowing pumpkin with a stiff white head that rings. Sticky flower nectar and orange hard candy nose with a bit of dark toast and whiff of marshmallow as it warms. Orange marmalade malts with toast again, a barky bite in the middle, then tropical fruit hops that give way to a lemon juice and aspirin bitterness. Salty astringent linger. Chewy, creamy, medium.

Has big malts and fruity hops (Simcoe?) but keeps it in check with IBUs. Hoppier than on draft.

on-tap
(3.9; 4.50 4.00 4.00 3.50 3.50)
07/02/2010
On tap at The Rake, Borough Market, London.
Pours a rich rusty orange with thin creamy ecru head that leaves a solid sheet of lace. Mango and tropical flower nose. Gingery, Christmas cake malt, bitter orange and resin hops, with a burnt sugar hit and the end. Salty finish, bitter leave; oily, sticky, and verging on heavy. No real burn.
Drinks like a double. Hops don't clear the palate, which gets heavy, thus the hit to drinkability.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

A - Pours a cloudly light caramel color with a half a finger of creamy white head. Lacing is stupendous.

S - Surprising. Sweet malts with only a little bit of hoppyness. Grapefruit hopes primarily, but there's a little pine to it.

T - Starts out with citrus hops and then a malty sweetness comes out. Bitter hops on the finish while the malts linger. A little disappointing, but still good.

M - Light-medium body with great carbonation. Feels great. A high mark for this beer.

D - For a 7% brew it's very easy to drink, but I wouldn't want more that two in one session. The bitterness may be a bit much for a lot of people.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Hazy golden-orange color. The head? Well after pouring 4 oz of beer, the rest of the glass shot up in foam and didn't really dissipate quickly what so ever. Then when i attempted to pour more of the beer into the pint glass same story all over again.

S-Best part of the beer. Very flagrant, floral/sweet hops dominate the nose, citrus and grapefruit.

T- Well when i could taste the beer without the huge amount of head on the beer it was good. Pretty bitter taste, grapefruit and grassy notes up front. Semi-sweet taste. Malty backbone.

M- Light and refreshing. Again once the head was finally gone, the beer went completely flat and the mouthfeel went down hill from their.

D- Bad with my problem but maybe pretty good in a good bottle of it.

Reviewer note: I don't know what was wrong with my bottle but the massive head just ruined everything. Made it hard to drink the beer at first and once it was gone the beer was flat. Which would have been in a Stout but it just doesn't work for me in a IPA. Even though i had a bad time drinking it, I felt it was my duty to still share what happened with this beer. - Tony

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Photo of dwilson01
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, a creamy off white head tops a body of pristinely clear orange-gold coloration.

The scent is pretty hop forward, I get a lot of citrus and some more bitter pine tones. This is coupled by an intense bready smell, just like fresh baked biscuits in my mind, or toasted whole grain bread maybe.

The flavor is great, balanced in every single way I could possibly imagine. The breadiness adds the sweeter type malty part to it, the hops go in two opposite directions; one with the sweeter fruity part and one with the more bitter pungent part. The bread reminds me of miltons multi-grain bread quite specifically and the fruity flavors I get an orange, pineapple, apple, and pear.

The mouthfeel is something you don't find in too many ipa's, it's a full-bodied brew with enough malt to let you know there is something there more than your standard one. It's a balance between creamy smoothness and a bitter harshness that not many are able to achieve.

Quite a drinkable brew, it's got me sold for sure.

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Photo of generallee
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Information on the bottle includes a short description of the beer, a "Bottled On" date (Jul 15 2010) and the abv% (7.1).

Appearance: It has a hazy and pale orange gold color with an off white head. The head has good retention and leaves lots of sticky lacing all over the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light mix of sweet malt and even lighter earthy hops. I thought this was a little odd for an IPA to have more maltiness then hop notes in the aroma.

Taste/Palate: There is a good bit of fruity and bready maltiness up front here with just enough bitterness and earthy green plant like hop flavor to give it some balance towards an IPA. The body and carbonation are right on but I am finding myself trying to like this one.

Notes: I don't think I am really into this one. It is ok but not what I look for in an IPA.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.07/5  rDev -49%
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 Zimbo
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initially thinner and flatter than expected but with some wickedly complex lacing. Deep golden in colour, almost close to light copper.

Nose is good. You have to work at it but it is pungent and developed when you find it. Tastewise it was fizzier than expected but with a very bitter end and a lot of complexity. Yes. Almost a gingery end as the beer opened up over time in the glass. Very fine hop feel and well within the style I would expect. Over more time there's eventually an almost velvety and caressing drinkability as it goes down. Such development in the glass and bags of finesse here. Remarkable.

Went back to where I bought it but apparently the entire stock was long gone. Bastards.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright orange yellow color. Extremely clear (as crystal). Bone white head which thins out fairly fast. The thin white layer of froth does stick around for quite a while however.

S: on the nose I get; Apricot, orange peel, pine, herbal notes and maybe a hint of brown sugar.

T: A resinous chalky bitter hop pollen like quality is what strikes me first. Candied Citrus peel like qualities are there but are far more subtle than I would have expected. Instead the bitterness shoots from a herbal starting place. And if followed by a Demerara sugar and citrus peel quality(notably orange rind). All of this is punctuated with a crisp dose of piney bitterness.

M: Somewhat chalky

D: high

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Photo of IronLover
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper color with a thin white head that reduces to a white cap. Lots of sticky lacings on the glass. Medium bodied with lighter than expected carbonation, but smooth. Grapefruit and sweet biscuit aromas with a hint of pine. Sweet malt and grapefruit hop flavors in the beginning that transition to bitter pine flavors toward the finish. Ends with a balance of pine and very sweet maltiness. I'm bigger fan of IPAs than DIPAs but much prefer Great Divide's Hercules DIPA before this one.

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Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 4,215 ratings
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