Monday, February 7, 2011

Great Divide - Titan and Hades

Great Divide’s Titan is an India Pale Ale with an ABV of 7.1% and is a very good IPA.  I am not sure if this is the flagship brew from Great Divide, but it has to be one of the top sellers.  It pours a golden amber with a large and nice head.  This one has a nice hop aroma of pine and citrus and is nicely balanced for my palate.  I take in the nice malt sweetness and then have a balance with the bitterness of the hops.  Great Divide describes Titan as 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.”  The descriptors on the label are “Assertive” and “Aromatic” and if you want to know what to expect with a beer from Great Divide, just look at the label.  I appreciate the accurate description’s Great Divide provides on the label of their products. 
Hades from Great Divide is a Belgian-Style Ale with an ABV of 7.8%.  This one pours a clear gold / straw color that reminds me of the color of Pilsner.  This is another nice beer from Great Divide and you can definitely taste the Belgian yeast in this Belgian inspired beer.  The label descriptors are “Golden” and “Spirited” and Hades has a good balance with a little more hops than classic Belgian ale.  The description of Hades is “a Belgian-Style golden ale brewed with a rare Belgian yeast strain that gives a complex spicy flavor and aroma. Noticeable hops and medium malt character make it a very well balanced, crisp ale.”  I am very much enjoying my samplings from Great Divide. 

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