Titan IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA
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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:
#2,615
Reviews:
1,478
Ratings:
4,229
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
4.52
 
 
Wants:
237
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781
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,229 |  Reviews: 1,478
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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Photo of foogerd
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear copper with a white head that just sits there
S- prickly piny hops a malt sweetness which comes in together with the hops
T- real fresh piny hops bittersweet notes come through the hops taste really fresh so that counts for alot but otherwise this ipa doesnt do much to stand out for me
M- nicely done carbonation tickles the tongue
D- very drinkable just not a standout ipa very solid though

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Photo of NODAK
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose has a good deal of citrus hops on it along with a juicy, fruity maltiness that makes it quite sweet as far as aroma is concerned.

Hops, as on the nose, are pretty citric upfront with a fair intensity to them...not among the strongest of the style but not light. This is paired by that juicy sweetness that was found in the aroma as well...for an IPA, it definitely has a pretty good fruity sweetness to it even though the malt does come in second to the hops still. There's a little of a resinous bitterness at the end, with the bitterness going into the aftertaste a while, and it finishes fairly dry and refreshing.

I enjoy it a lot for its balance, which seems to be a different quality among many popular IPA's now. Not too bitter, not too malty.

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

First time Great Divide has been available in CA so I picked up a single of both of their IPA's. Bottled on August 30, 2010.

Appearance - Pours a copper color into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger of quickly dissipating white head is achieved with a moderate pour. Little lacing is left on the glass.

Smell - Hops, pines, slight citrus aromas. A relatively malty backbone.

Taste - Similar to the nose, though more bitter. Spicy hops, and slight pine. Accordingly, the malty backbone is a bit much.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Relatively so, however, it is too malty for my liking.

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Photo of bfree
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

A: Amber orange, hazy, no head

S: there are citrus and floral/pine notes present but not pungent like other IPAs...looking forward to the taste

T: very mild hoppy/floral taste, a hint of honey, and a citrus flavor throughout. Delicious malty aftertaste

M: it is very smooth and creamy, no carbonation, lacks the bite that you find in many IPAs

D: this is REALLY easy drinking, very little carbonation or bitterness and very smooth throughout...very enjoyable

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Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light gold with orange highlights. One of the lightest IPAs I have ever seen.

Maybe half an inch of white foam head. Quickly died. Turned into a flat golden liquid with some bubbling and the barest white crust on the edge of the glass.

Smells like sweet honeyed caramel malt, a bit of floral hopes, and some tropical pineapple, and mandarin orange notes. Just a bit of pine and grapefruit. Whoa. Smells good.

Tastes good, too! The pine comes in here, with a dry bitterness on the finish. But, it's a sweet IPA first and foremost, and frankly, one of the best of this style I can remember. Succulent pineapple and some tropical notes, a bit of orange ... this is excellent.

Definitely on my IPA rotation. Forever. Nice lively mouthfeel.

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Photo of BBP
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Almost a tan orange color. Great carbonation and a head that was a bit on the thin side.

S- Hoppy. Some caramel malt as well. Had more of a sweet aroma. Not too much else is distinguishable.

T- Upfront hops, and a bit of fruitiness soon after. Like apple but sweeter. Possibly pear. Caramel notes coat it. Good balance.

M- Quite full for the ABV. Almost as full as a DIPA. Finishes Dry. Carbonation suits it well.

D- A great refreshing IPA. Flavorful, and while hoppy, it's also balanced well. Good in pretty much all regards. This beer has the bitterness that I expect from an IPA, and then it flaunts some great fruity flavor as well.

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

Poured an amber brown with orange highlights that had a thin head but it did leave nice frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was nice for an IPA which consisted of hops, citrus, slight grassy notes, and a good sweet malt presence. The taste upfront had a good nice hoppy grassy piney punch with citrus accents and some sweetness from the malts to help balance out the hoppy kick. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which has a citric, earthy, hoppy bitter, slight sweet, and crisp finish. It drank really good and I kinda like it more on tap versus the bottle offerings; still good either way.

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

Served into a flying dog pint.

A: Amber with no head and a small white lacing.

S: Citric fruits (reminded me of passion fruits), sweet malts.

T: Same citric flavor, a little bit spicy, piney, astringent, bitter, cleans mouth feel.

Delicious beer, this is my 4th Great Divide beer and every single one it's amazing. Recomended

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Photo of LittleDon
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint at Bar Louie, Centennial, CO.

Slightly amber tinged and hazy. No signs of carbonation and a dense white head producing copious amounts of lace. Good head retention. Citrus aroma with a touch or carmel, neither overly strong nor muted. Noticeable carbonation present up front. West coast hops come into play in the middle, mildly resinous and piney. Hops fade in late middle and finish and brew becomes more balanced with more caramel sweetness. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On date of May 6 2010. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin head and some lacing. Aroma is lots of hops and citrus. Flavorful taste of hops and citrus. Good amount of bitterness as well. This is one of those IPAs that can hold their own against the better Imperial IPAs. Big hop taste, and bitterness to go with a good-sized ABV. Titan is worth seeking out, no question.

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

Titan IPA is a hazy peach color with a little head when poured into a snifter. I know that this probably isn't the most appropriate glassware for this beer, but I really like how it concentrates aroma and keeps the beer at a fairly constant temperature.

The smell is very piney with a yeasty fruit character that is peach or apricot like and a little bit of ethanol. The beer is properly bitter with a pine and grapefruit blast. Unlike Hercules, which is very pineapple-y and fruit from hops, this is more assertive and masculine (if you can attribute that quality to beer). The first swallow renders your tongue dry from bitterness that stays to the end. As it subsides, the sweetness from the biscuity malt comes through. The mouthfeel is full and slick, and it was easy to drink.

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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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