Titan IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Titan IPATitan IPA
4,238 Ratings
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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Photo of gbontrag
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

available in 6 packs now.
Sure is a purty beer; Liquid burnt orange with a beauty-full froth just off-white. Looks like fleece trying to cling to the side of the glass.
Smells like a grass clipping pile sat in the sun for a couple hours, and some crushed barley soaking in malted spring water.
Beautiful hopping starts in the middle of the palate and puts a squeeze on the tongue from the middle to the tip, and leaves a tingly kiss right on the tip of my tongue. Very sexy. The malt is thin but sweet, and even a little raw. It goes the opposite way on the palate, right down very smoothly. It's like the parting of the red sea, bittering on one side, and malting on the other. So balanced it might give an accountant an orgasm. I could drink, and drink and drink and drink this. Leaves my mouth with a great spiciness like from nibbling on a piece of fresh herb (horehound, sage, thyme, anise basil).

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy red-orange color with two fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is full of citrus hops, and lots of em! Very fresh, but not too green. The taste starts with a little bit of sweet maltiness. Slightly bready, and a hint of caramel. The finish is all hops. Juicy citrusy hops bring lots of fresh flavor to the palate. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is great for an almost 7% IPA. Good stuff!

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Photo of mntlover
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a amber with golden hints nice fluffy off white head with good lacing. Aroma is lots of hops with sweet malt background, pine aroma on top of citrus background. Taste is hops right away bitter citrus grapefruit flavors stomp all over the malt. Good hoppy IPA with a lightly sweet malt finish and a lingering pine resin finish that sticks to your tounge. Mouthfeel is a little light, mostly hops, malt background seems a little light. Drinkability is good nice hoppy IPA hop heads will rejoice.

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

Pours with a head about half an inch deep of sandy-colored, variously sized bubbles. Head leaves a sticky collar and moderate lacing despite no visible carbonation. Beer is dark amber to matte bronze in color with honeyed bronze highlights... this is a good looking beer. The aroma is surprising--I was expecting the usual pine, grapefruit, etc. Instead, this presents a bouquet garni of oregano, tarragon, and bay; reedy hop characteristics of old hay and under-ripe orange skins; subtle saltine cracker maltiness. A quiet, padding-about nosefeel. Flavors are of a moderately hefty malt backbone displaced by strong, herbal, tweedy bitterness of hop stalks. Assertive taste of grapefruit skin practically curls up the sides of the tongue. Mouthfeel is bitter without being pushy--aftertaste fades out dryly. Drinkability? I thoughtfully reviewed the first half of the bomber for as long as I could stand it, and just slurped down the rest of the bottle. While this beer was clearly not over-the-top, I appreciated its subtleties, particularly the way its aroma made me consider hops for their herbal qualities. Just a really delicious, laid-back, herby smell. I can't resist the comparison to Chartreuse. And that drinkability! Man, this one really hit the spot.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. amber bomber with the old-style "Maverick" label on it. 2003 edition.

Poured a vibrant bright clear orange in color with a lovely cascading head that bubbled and foamed. Persistent lacing all over the glass in large uber-bubbly patches. Sticky. Aromas are a grab-bag of hop notes: pine is the most prominent, with citrus and flowery notes playing a supporting role. My wife walked into the kitchen moments after I opened it and asked what IPA I was drinking tonight...

Taste was ever-so-slightly a letdown for me. As juicy and fragrant as the nose was, the taste had a little too much raw bitterness for me. Hefty doses of brutal bitterness up front. MIddle sees some malty sweetness attempt to peek through (mixed with some honey notes as it warmed), only to be crushed in the end by the inevitable hop monster. Long and pronounced bitter aftertaste.

For only being 6.8% ABV and 60 IBU's, this beer sure as hell has the markings of a DIPA. Medium-high body and uber-thick on the palate. Quite drinkable. Good thing I can get this locally. Try it...you'll like it.

A: 4.5 / S: 4.5 / T: 4.0 / M: 4.5 / D: 4.5 - From original review 21-SEP-04.

Review of 12oz. bottle with Titan IPA label on it. 26-APR-05

Even better than I recall the older Maverick version being. Simply a wonderful IPA. Nothing raw...just an uber-hoppy IPA that bursts with pine oil and citrus flavors. Palate-coating and immensely drinkable. Awesome.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown bomber, lists 65 IBUs and little else. Paid $6 at Whip In.
Aroma: Nice blend of spicy, floral, and citric hop smells. The slightest whiff of light malt base adds some complexity.
Appearance: Orange copper body capped with a creamy multi-sized bubble head. Light lacing evident as the head collapse to a quarter finger. Lacing continued down the glass leaving nice tidemarks within the foam gripping the sides.
Flavor: As per style, it’s all about the hops. The beer strikes a nice balance in some ways thought, the malt is strong enough to give a sweet candy base and the hops are full in flavor, but don’t burn and aren’t exceeding bitter. The hops really shine, giving a grapefruit, pine, rosebud blend, but with a sweet twist, very nice.
Mouthfeel: Medium heavy with a slight chew and while oily, not exceedingly so. It’s really a rather creamy smooth texture.
Overall Impression: Very enjoyable and quite drinkable for an IPA. Again, the balance is nice, full rich hops, sweet base to build on. I put this in the running with the best IPAs I’ve tasted. Massive taste, delicate touch, highly recommended.

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Photo of skybluewater
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky gold color, surprisingly thin head that leaves pretty good lace. Smells of citrus and pine. Taste is a piney, citrusy, melony melange, with a pleasent bitterness. Mouthfeel is a nice and full. I'm loving this beer. Very solid IPA here.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark orange colour with an awesome tan head of foam on top. This smells like fresh hops. Pine, Citrus, all the good stuff is here! The taste is hoppy as hell up front, with a nice touch of malt sweetness in the middle and a slightly alcoholic flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is perfectly balanced and the drinkability is awesome as well. One hell of an IPA from a new favorite brewery of mine!

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange copper color with a tall foamy head that sticks all over the sides of the glass as it very slowly dissipates. Nose is fresh cedar and pine along with some floral citrus notes—quite sniffable. Thick and juicy mouth feel like grapefruit juice mixed with pine sap. Taste has notes of acidic fresh citrus fruit and bitter grapefruit rind along with notes of raw hop leafs and resins. A very intense IPA and absolutely delicious. Rivals Stone IPA as the best IPA currently available locally.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber and gold with an enormous fluffy off-white head. Sheets of sticky lace on the pint glass.
Aroma has a light malt profile with some citurs rind and a distinct resiny hop note.
Flavor is slightly burnt caramel note and a little bit of raosted nut and a hop progression of citurs and then sharp oily, resiny notes.
Mouthfeel is hyper-sweet for a brief moment that is quickly overtaken by a gritty yet not overly aggressive bitterness. Leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste on the palate.
Drinkability is very solid, doesn't really stand out in a world of hyper-IPA's but very good beer.

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

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber, my bottle looks exactly like the one in the BA Database. No strength or freshness listed, but it proudly states that this one is 65 IBU’s.

Appearance: Amber hued body with Satsuma orange sunset glow. Clear definition helps to accentuate the off-white creamy head. The head easily forms a very thick looking uniform cap that has good resistance and longevity. Nice crisp clean lines in the Handled Pint Mug. Looks good.

Nose: Pine hops and floral grassy stains. Juicy sap like bitter shoots. Light orange and zesty lemons. A nice biscuit malt feel in the back end balances the fresh pineuous lawn-like IPA aromas.

Taste: Hoppy at first, juicy sap like oils, but then this turns very bitter, which is a surprise given the appealing nose. Starts with a delicate floral feel set against a decent malt biscuit middle. Acidic lingering bitterness and astringency in the end. This is an excellent hoppy-cum-bitter roller-coaster.

Mouthfeel: Solid body, the below average carbonation allows the bitterness to strip the hop oils of the inner cheeks and pummel them in the finish.

Drinkability: A fantastic nightcap, the 22ounces started and finished well, the last mouthfeel just as refreshing and appealing as the first.

Overall: Not as hoppy as you may think, moreover this is a Bitter IPA with a nice biscuit malt background mixed in with some citric twinges and a floral flash here and there. Very nice indeed.

Titanic props to BigHuge for this beauty, can’t wait to try the other two Great Divides I have after this one!

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

This pours out a clear copper body with a few fingers of light tan head. Rings of lacing were left around the glass as this was consumed. The aroma is bursting with fruity citric hops especially grapefruit there was a slight caramel to it as well that was more apparent later in the session. Definitely can tell from the smell alone this is going to be a good one for a hop fix. Citric hops come first in the flavor with orange and grapefruit notes as well as a bit of pine in the mix as well. A slight malty sweetness can be detected as well to keep this one from going over the top. Excellent hoppy bitter finish on the end that completes this great taste. This is a medium bodied brew that fills the mouth and palette with hops galore. Drinkability is excellent for any one that has a taste for hops if not you’re drinking the wrong brew to begin with. Great offering from Great Divide that is on par with their DIPA and Imperial Stout.

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Photo of usualpulp
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color, with a nice thick white head.

Big smell thats apparent here is hops, with a slight fruityness in the background, but this beer screams hops, from smell alone.

The taste is nice and crisp, very hoppy, but not overkill at all. There is an almost pine like flavor on the finish, reminds me of some of the winter beers out there in that aspect. Theres a citrus flavor present as well, very grapefruit like. The beer feels very crisp in the mouth, not overly bitter, but not too sweet, very nice balance.

Overall this is one quality beer, definately worth buying when you see it on the shelf.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a bright, clear amber with a good light fluffy head. Nose is fresh hops, a little malt and a trace of soap.

Taste is aggressive, bitter hops with little malt at all. Earthy, floral, piney, fresh mouth-puckering hops all over the place. A little malt base comes out late in the taste but not really enough to make a difference. Finish is clean but still very bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium and astringent, lots of lacing all the way down. Great if you like your hops unadulterated but it lacks the balance to really be too drinkable.

Not a hophead I, but I do enjoy and can appreciate a brash, slap-yo-mama hop monster on occasion. I just feel this is too one-dimensional -- all hops and not much else.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One inch of pale, beige, thick, slow, sticky head sits on a clear, deep, copper beer. Slow carbonation. Thick, sticky rings of lacing. Total grapefruit-piney hops in the nose; fresh and sweet, too. Pine sap and grapefruit rind up front. Nice, fresh hop oil and a little sweetness. Middle is thick, full, darkish tasting, but still full of hops. Remains bitter hoppy right through the finish. Very bitter. This is a good, one-dimensional (maybe one-and-a-half), American IPA. There's a decent malt contribution, but it really can't compete with the hops. But it's a quality brew, and it does sweeten a little with temperature.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

First time I have seen this in Texas, got it at the Cityview Majestic.

Pours clean orange with huge white head. Retention is medium to long.

Aroma is grapefruit from the hops, really not much more than that.

Taste is very hoppy, but not all that sharp. A very smooth hop that delivers a nice bitterness. Not very complex but when you are in the mood for a nice smooth hop fix this one will do it.

The mouth is pretty expected from an AIPA. Carbonation that enhances the bitter hops, nice dry lasting finish.

This is a good IPA and I would suggest giving it a try.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber served chilled in a pint glass. The bottle I reviewed was actually called Maverick IPA, but the Maverick line was renamed and thus we have Titan, Yeti and Hercules.

Appearance: Clear orange topped by an offwhite frothy head. Lotsa visible carbonation. The head recedes to a film and left thick sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Juicy aromas of grapefruit, oranges, and spruce. In one word: hops. Quintessential American IPA aroma. Decent presence of caramel malty goodness as well.

Taste: Sweet and sticky tastes of hoppy goodness. Very juicy wackloads of orange and grapefruit citric bitterness. Enough caramel malt sweetness to keep this from being hop tea. Not quite complex enough for perfection, but darn near it. Just maybe a tad monochromatic, but certainly a lovely color and one I'd paint a room with. Just not the whole dang house.

Mouthfeel: Thinned slightly by the sheer hoppiness of this brew, but still a nice medium bodied beer with some long lasting aftertastes.

Drinkability: Damn is this some fine stuff. Fruity and hoppy. Balanced within reason for a West Coast IPA. I hope Titan is as good, cuz I might have a new IPA to have lying around.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Titan IPA pours a copper color with a huge, pillowy, off-white head that had good retention and lacing. A little cloudiness comes out in the second half of the bomber.

Its aroma is strong spicy, piney hops with some citrus notes and caramelly sweetness.

Its flavor is strong, bitter, piney, grassy hops that are offset by citrus. Some sweetness comes out as it warms. The carbonation seems a little harsh on the palate and it was thinner than I expected. It leaves a sticky hop bitterness on the tongue.

Overall, it was pretty similar to the Hercules just a little less so. It's not as full-bodied or balanced as the Hercules. It would be interesting to do a side by side comparison. This is still a very fine IPA.

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Photo of marc77
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Deep copper hue with a slight chill haze. One fingered, persistent cream white head. Tattered lace remains. Nose is predominantly pine essence and clementine, with honeyish malt and stately bready pale malt tones secondary. Fairly mellow aromawise. In flavor, light lovibond caramel sweetness upfront yields to assertive, pith like hop bitterness. Hop flavor is of softer citrus notes, most notably tangerine and ripe, juicy clementine. Trace pine sap hints. Static biscuit malt presence provides a solid malt foundation. Virtual lack of esters indicative of a neutral American yeast strain. Sweetness appreciably as it warms, with medium toffee sweetness surfacing, although hop presence manages to remain dominant. Moderate in body and suitably viscous in mouthfeel. Finishes sweeter than most IPAs, countered with an orange rind fringe. A well rounded IPA. Assertive, but not overbearing in citrus character. Squeaky clean and damn tasty.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of Great Divide's BC "Maverick" series of brews. 2003 edition in a 22oz bomber.

6.8% ABV, 60 IBU.

Pours out to a semi-hazy beautiful shiny copper, forming a whipped off-white head with very good retention and very nice sticky lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is rich with tons of resinous piney, sweetly and pungently citric hops with a touch of freesia and orange blossom. Kiwi fruit is faint, but not agressive like in all their other brews. Mouthfeel is smooth but also pungent with moderate acidity and medium body. Taste is very nice for the style...pungent and grassy but not overly acidic hops...reminds me a bit of amarillo and columbus...a substantial pale, amber and crystal malt body is in good balance with the hops. Bitterness level is great...not too bitter, but not to sweet or husky like the Bear Republic Racer 5 I had last night. A light floral and resinous astringency caps it off in the finish with notes of vanilla, honey, and oranges. Huskiness lingers in the aftertaste, detectable minutes after the sip. No perceptable alcohol, metals, or fermentation problems. I just wish there was a little bit more malt sweetness

A very nice IPA. A great mix of drinkability and pungency, with a great balance of hops aroma and flavor, malt, bitterness, and mouthfeel. Not being impressed with their other brews, this is the best I've had from the brewery thus far. Recommended.

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

Bright and clear, dimly orange golden color, solid cap of frothy white foam sits well, resides slowly down to a thin skim and bubbles with immensely sticking sheets of lacing. Resinous hop nose of highly sweet citrus and pine needles. Solid IPA nose. Wouldn't mind a bit of a toasty malt backing though. Once it warms up there's a bit of caramel malt coming through. Taste has nice meld of malty fruityness and slight citric twinges in the front. Middle is subdued in a calmness of caramel but building a base of pine and bitterness to come. Oh...and it turns into a pine needle forest in the finish with lots of pulpy thick, leafy hop bitterness while maintaining a favorable smoothness. Many notes lingering of orange and grapefruit peels mixing with the pine. Nice hoppy IPA taste. Feel is about medium, quite smooth the whole way down until that finish kicks in. Which in fact mellows out and the bitterness falls a bit short, but is still nice at that point with a nice fluffy woodish give. A nice IPA to have alot of.

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

Pours a glowing amber-copper color, nice thick head, leaves a nice sticky lacing in my glass. Strong grapefruity cotton candy, hoppy aroma. Medium body, soft and creamy mouthfeel, Strong citrus hoppy with some caramel flavor, nice lasting bitterness, very tasty.

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

As a confirmed hop-head, the bar grows ever higher for an IPA to impress me. This beer cleared the bar with room to spare. Poured a bit more amber-ish than usual, more of a red ale look. Aroma - the expected grapefruit, but quite juicy and luxurious. Exceptionally smooth - none of the rough edges that so often accompany pumping up the hops volume. Easygoing, with a nice malt aspect that balanced the hops quite well, yet the beer was by no means heavy or even particularly malty. Simply a well-executed beer.

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Photo of bditty187
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 Series

Largely clear, tawny-bronze-copper in hue, the color is typical of an IPA, sometimes there is nothing wrong with typical. A billowy off-white head reached a healthy two fingers in height. It is an impressive sight. The head retention was very good, it was damn sticky and it lasted a long while before fading to a patchy, foamy, residue. The subsequent lacing was very sticky and quite prevalent. This is an attractive looking beer. Big citrusy notes in the nose, especially upfront, in the middle an orangey, pulpy aroma was detectable as were hints of caramel, pine needles and spruce. When I took a hard sniff I could smell a hint of metal. That is off-putting. Thankfully the potency of the hops was large enough that the metal was drowned out on normal sniffs. All in all, the bouquet was inviting. The hops were very juicy and quite succulent. The citrus flavors of grapefruit flesh blend perfectly with an orangey taste. Add it the caramel maltiness, some toastiness, and then bring back the hoppy influences of pine and then kick in some spruce. Wow, this is tasty! The big hop bitterness does well in covering a noticeable flaw. Metal is perceptible in the finish and briefly in the aftertaste. I can get past it and it is hardly apparent. Still it is noticeable. The hops shine nicely in this IPA and frankly the hopping is great! I love the blend used. It is very complex (as hops go) and amazingly juicy. This IPA is not balanced at all and I don’t believe the brewers ever intended to be. It seems to be bitterer than 60 IBUs; this is more proof that IBUs don’t translate into actual bitterness. However the alcohol content seems stronger than 6.8%. How odd. The carbonation is modest, on the low side, I like the silkiness of the mouthfeel; the body isn’t that big, it hovers around medium. It is nothing special. Whatever. Maverick IPA is very tasty, very drinkable, and very likable. I can’t ask for nothing more. I purchased a bomber in Loveland, CO. IMO, it is worthy trying.

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

22oz Bomber with no freshness date. This big boy poured a clear copper color with a thick, dense and creamy head. Aroma consists of some serious hops that are fruity and piney. Some bready yeastiness is also present in the aroma which adds up to one nice smelling brew. The body is medium, soft and smooth with a biting bitter finish. Flavor has a citrusy hop note up front that kicks you in the backside with bitterness. Malt is underneath and lends good support to round things out. This is one bitter IPA and a good one in my opinion.

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Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 4,238 ratings