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Titan IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jon on 08-04-2003

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy amber with a frothy white/creamy head and some decent lacing. Smell was a citrus hops, mixed with a malty caramel thta makes this smell quite balanced. Taste was definatly hoppy, and again had that bit of caramel, and some spiceness about it. Very nice dry finish and not overpowering on the hops. This is a good session beer and will definatly have more. Looking forward to getting some on tap!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation - poured the ale from a 12oz. brown bottle with a kelly green colored label -reminds me of the alluring natural colour of fresh hops.

A - A brilliant honey/amber that creates a massive off white head with a pleasing display of cascading malt. Lace is left abundantly clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - A mix of citrus and fragrant pine are transmitted from the fluffy head of this aromatic nectar. Ruby red grapefruit and orange zest come to mind. A host of fresh hoppy wholesomeness does not cease to delight. Pineapple-like odors add a positively tropical twist as they arrive in my nostrils.

M - Soft, sweet tanginess is the initial texture with juicy tart citrus and prickly pineapple morphing into bitter salty attributes. Later on the spicy footnote adds intrigue to the layered effect.

T - A sweet honey like taste is the initial flavor eruption. A jumping delivery of citrus is delivered next in a fruity spectrum of lively and mellow. Grapefruit mixes with the essence of blood orange and pineapple piquancy to give a blessed awakening of hop heaven. An underscore of pine and effervescent maltiness comes through in waves. A flavor full of nature's sweet bounty ripples across my taste buds longer after each full sip is swallowed.

D - An awesome IPA in every sense even for a (non) hop head. Fragrant, drinkable, sweet, but not overdone in the bitterness or Abv departments. Well made through and through - I would love to have a taste of this on any occasion. I will seek it out and stock my fridge- Truly great and worth every last ounce.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a golden orange color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: The nose starts off with a big bitter grapefruit aroma as well as some solventy notes. I get a bit of a Lemon Pledge aroma to this beer. There's a touch of sourness and an undertone of bready malt.

T: A moderate bitterness with a pretty substantial malt character for an IPA. Some piney hops provide bitterness as does grapefruit and citrus peel.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. The finish is pretty dry and bitter.

D: Wasn't really a fan of this one. It didn't have very many of the traits I usually look for in an IPA.

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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 Jason
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with “2003 Series” on the label.

Appearance: The foamy head holds it form as it settles at a snails pace, good clarity off the bright copper toned colour.

Smell: Super piney in the nose, fresh flowers and pine sap as well as some citric notes. Incredibly fragrant and spot on for a modern day IPA.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Big smack in the kisser with hops, not relying on bitterness alone but lots of hop flavour as well. The 60 IBUs flex hard on the taste buds, damn bitter. The warming alcohol comes middle to end with a poignant fruitiness and ester character that lays 2nd to the hops. The malt character has the biggest work out to push through and add some balance which it half heartedly does, but the foundation is not shaken with a sweetness that hold together for the duration. The hops don’t shake off even long into the finish, lots of bitterness and flavour in the end.

Notes: Remarkable, simply put this is a stellar IPA. If you are not a hop head or can’t truly enjoy a hoppy beer this is not your mug of beer. If so this goes down as a must try, meaning that … if you did not know, this is a limited batch so look for it now.

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

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange to copper in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that quickly reduces to a thin film with a single thick patch and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There is a light sweetness to the aroma with some hints of lighter fruits (pear and green grape). There is a heavy presence of both floral and pine hops.

T: The taste definitely follows the smell for this beer, it starts with some sweet caramel toasted malts and light fruits (pear and green grape). After that, the hop characteristics really come through with both floral and pine hops contributing to the bitterness. There is a mild hop bitterness but it does not really linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and a very slight amount of chewiness.

O: I find this to be a very approachable and easy to drink American IPA. This beer is definitely one that I would enjoy a couple of during a session though I think the bitterness and higher ABV would not make this a session beer. There is a nice complexity to the smell and the taste and a very nice balance between the sweetness and the bitterness.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an extremely clear orange color with a very white one finger head. The head dissipated down to a layer of fine bubbles on the top and leaves some sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Floral hops, some lemon, orange peel. and a little bit of grapefruit.

T: Extremely smooth, there is a nice citric flavor with some grapefruit as well as some pine The malt shows up as some caramel and a little bit of bread on the back end. Has a slight bitter finish, just to let you know that this is an IPA.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Does not really dry out my mouth too much. A solid go to IPA.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, browning copper color liquor. One-finger, eggshell colored head. A ring of lace is left with each sip.

Interesting blend of floral hop and clean malt. Slightly bitter aroma.

Very bitter flavoring throughout the taste. Only during the initial sip are malts present--very dry. The hops take over with a vengence, lasting long after the swallow. Even as a hop-head, I find this to be overly bitter. The body is excellent with just the right carbonation.

As a hop lover, I enjoy this beer. Be prepared to pucker up.

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Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured amber in color with a fluffy white head on top. It had decent head retention and left very good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a good amount of piny hops present with a little malt sweetness in the background. The taste is hoppy but it also has a decent sweet malt backbone to it. The hops seem to show more of the pine character then they do the citrus. The malt sweetness also displays a little caramel to it which is a nice balance to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had some good flavors and went down easy but I wouldn't say it's high on my list of favorite IPA's. Overall I found it a pretty average IPA, it was decent but not something that really wowed me.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle of this today in NYC to help my quest for the Top 100 Beers of Fame...this is my personal #99. Bottles on date of 12/26/11, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange color with two fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of lacing left on the glass and one inch of head left throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, pale malts, caramel malts, and light pine hops. Nice, but more malts than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, citru hops, fruity malts, pine hops, and pale malts. Light bready and biscuit malts as well. Again, very malty, moreso even than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer, but had a much larger malt backbone than I was expecting, or really want, in an IPA. Easy to drink and I liked the nose, a beer I'd have again but not when I was looking for a hoppy beer.

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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 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 RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a minimal creme head that leaves nice lacing on the way down. A peachy citric nose is strong with some added perfume tones. I really like it. Flavor carries a noticeable citrus hop profile that stays dominant in the back of the mouth as fleeting tones of fruit ride in a quick wave over the tip of my tongue. Feel has a smooth liquid touch and the carbonation bites a bit. A very easy drinking IPA. Well balanced but very flavorful. A pleasure!

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Photo of jwc215
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly clouded golden amber with a white head that descends to a thin creamy cover.

Piney, citric, floral nose - assertive hop aromas let you know that this is one for the "hop-heads" right off the bat.

The taste is of an on-slaught of juicy hops - piney and citric. It nears puckering bitterness but a malty sweetness comes in in perfect time to balance things out. The resin is controlled enough not to dominate, but mixes in nicely. Awesome hop profile with just enough malt to tie it together wonderfully and to smooth it out. Some warming alcohol is present, especially as it progresses, but restrained enough not to interfere in the rich complexity.

A full, chewy body allows flavors to linger in a very long finish.

A powerful, delicious IPA. A hop-head's delight!

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with a quarter inch of dense, off white head that has great retention. There are obvious carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. It smells a little soapy at first, but once the head settles it smells of bready malt and pine hops. The flavor is piny up front with some intense hops, but finishes smooth with rich, bready malt. There are some citrusy notes here but are taken over by the pine hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

This is a pretty solid IPA. The hops are intense and hit the majority of the spectrum. The malt is heavy enough to balance this beer well. This is an IPA that I would go back to.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beautiful, bright, glorious orange-toned coloration, fine helping of bubbling froth atop, dotted, lacey. Aroma: fresh and hoppy, very piney, like the needles have gotten lodged in your nostrils, and still fruitiness, too, peach, apricot, pineapple, quite a delectable bouquet, so far.
Taste: AH!, big, brash, brilliantly bitter dance on the plate right off the bat, MMMM!, really, the hops are still fresh, still vibrant, doing a fandango around the senses, leaving sweet, tasty, juicy hoppiness all around. Oh, this is fiercely delicious stuff, a hophead's delight. Medium to full body, long, bitter, yet sweet, candy-ish finish, excellent texture. These hops never ever quit, they're all over the place.
Only 60 IBUs, only 6.8%ABV? I don't believe it! This IPA is a never-ending delight, just issuing forth everything you'd want in a super-hoppy brew!

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

Pours a nice big but containable head of two fingers, with large head soap bubbles of off white. Big bubbles and elevator music coming from the bottom up the glass. Deep gold of 24k quality with some minor cloudiness. No lacing upon finish. Excellent looking beer.

In terms of smell, good bread front with a fun "funk" character of burnt toast rye, funk sweet acorn squash, sweat even, musty like a winery, also dirt-soil.. big earth.

Taste comes up in a big raw barley sense up front good hop finish on the end. Extreme chew factor in palate with a VERY good body, mild grapefruit finish with minimal if any bitterness at all. ABV is totally hidden in this beer. Some slight wetness but not too much leaving a good solid drinkability for the consumer.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is copper with a decent level of carbonation. The tall head is off white and creamy. Aroma is of a strong, fresh piney hop atop a sweet malt base. Initial flavor is of strong hop flavor, a nice citrissy-pine mix. The sweet underlying malt flavor fleshs out Titan nicely. Bitterness is moderate for the style. All in all, the full-flavored, fresh taste of Titan make it a winner.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sitting at Tulunes bar in Johnstown, PA having some after work malted refreshments and decided to try the Titan IPA from Great Divide. The color/appearance was a cloudy amber that had a lot of settlement in it....I HATE FLOATIES!!!! The nose was great...no surprise....a great floral bouquet which leaned more toward pine than citrus. The taste was not what I was hoping....I think the bottle I had may have been over primed, but I have certainly had better IPAs...and I was really hoping this was going to be good. The mouthfeel was ok, certainly could session. I will try to taste this one again sometime...perhaps I will like it better.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours a vibrant and clear amber-brown, with a steady flow of carbonation, yet no head. The beer has stong and heavy aromas of pine, hops, and a sweet citrus balance. The beer has a heavy bitter hops flavor, with sweet foundations to balance. Slight grapefruit highlights that linger through to the aftertaste. Sharp and peppery flavors also present in the taste, which help trasition to a quick and smooth finish. Left to sit for a while, the beer takes on some slight floral flavors that will fill the palate and your sinuses. The beer is round and full in mouth, and a bit on the bold side with the full flavors, but very tasty. This beer has strong flavors and hop characteristics that make it a great sipper, but not sure if I could handle more than one or two in a sitting.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, "month and week bottled" date notched on to the label. Pours light almond amber, fairly clear, off white tiny bubble head, showing respectable retention and leaving moderate, fine lacing. Nose is all about grainy and pine hops.Some bready, biscuity malt notes under the hop crunch. This is a tasty and aggresively hopped IPA. Lots of pine hop notes. If you like em bitter and hoppy, this IPA will not dissapoint. Long grainy and dry finish. Nicely turned out IPA, well worth a try.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I cannot believe that I have never reviewed this beer. But I guess I haven't, consider yourself ticked. Beer is orange with a mild hazy and a huge head of white small bubbles that completely coats the glass with lace. Carbonation moderate to low. Looks good.

Sweet aroma, piny and citrusy, citrus wins, could have been bigger. I wish I knew when this was bottled.

Beer is chewy with body and moderately bitter in the back with a lingering aftertaste of citrus and mild sulfur. It's a little sweet up front but it's not cloying or overly malty. It's a decent IPA, but I think it's a little too sweet and a little too sulfury.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

08/16/05- Received via trade with Connecticutpoet.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a born on date notched on the label. Poured into my Stone Ruination pint glass.

Appearance- Orange golden color with a solid 1/2 inch head which part of which remains throughout the entire brew. Solid sheets of lace as well.

Smell- Ultra sweet and ultra fruity hop scents. I can tell already that this one is going to be good.

Taste- Wow, never before have I had an IPA as sweet as this one. It's like dipping your hand into a vat of powdered sugar and licking it all off. Huge sugary sweetness with a nice sugary canned fruit taste as well.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation level for and IPA. Coats your mouth due to the high sugar flavor.

Drinkability- This is the only downfall for me. I love this beer, but it's too damn sweet for me to have more than 2 for sure. Maybe even one. One is perfect here. Otherwise it's a kick ass IPA to be sure. Extra thanks to Connecticutpoet on this one....

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Poured a slightly cloudy orange with half a finger of bubbly white head.

S - Bitter citrus hops with sweet caramel in the background.

T - Bitter citrus (mostly grapefruit) hops with some pine. Not much of a malt backbone at all but still a very flavourful IPA.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated, a slight chew.

D - An excellent IPA. Definitely one that I would buy again.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's pretty good, but doesn't have the hops complexity to make it an amazing one. The bitterness is right on and the big citrus hops flavors are pretty good. There's some nice lacing and a strong aroma with hints of the malty backbone. It's close to greatness, yet so far away.

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Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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