Day #4 of American Craft Beer Week takes us to the Rocky Mountain state, Colorado. Titan IPA is made by the fine folks at Great Divide Brewery. This India Pale Ale has a slightly above average for the style 7.1% ABV.
Titan is a big, aggressively hopped India Pale Ale brewed for hop disciples. It starts out with piney hop aromas and citrus hop flavors, and finishes with a nice rich, malty sweetness that is balanced with crisp hop bitterness.
Titan pours a fizzy light copper with plenty of bubbles cutting through the liquid. Head is two inches of thick foam that eventually fades to a film, leaving behind copious amounts of lacing.
This was quite the interesting and inviting nose. Smells of biscuit, pistachio, slight pine, orange and citrusy hops flood your nostrils and invite you in for a sip.
It’s actually quite odd that the malts are in the forefront of the nose, but take a backseat to the hops in the flavor. Piney hops hit first, with a Saltine cracker-like backing. There’s an odd nutshell type of flavor in the backend (was this the pistachio I detected in the nose?). This isn’t necessarily a “bad” taste, but not something you want it your beer. The hops become more prominent as it warms.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and sticky. It dries your mouth and leaves residue behind (like most good IPAs do).
Titan IPA is okay, but nothing great. The flavor is too muted for an American IPA, with the hops barely making themselves known amongst the big malt flavors. I had high hopes for this beer, but I am disappoint.
Overall: 6.5 out of 10
As an INDIA PALE ALE: 6 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Victory HOPDEVIL, Smuttynose IPA “FINEST KIND”, Sweetwater IPA