Hades Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.18/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured out of a 12 oz brown bottle into a large snifter style glass. Bottling date of September 2012, but this style shouldn't have any problem holding up for several months.
Appearance - A sunny lemon yellow body with a stark white head of about 3/4th fingers head from an aggressive pour. Slightly cloudy, but that seems more from the temperature change than from any sediment. Head dissipates after a few minutes, leaving silky but sparse lacing.
Smell - Dominated by banana-like esters, clove and gentle spiciness. Hint of yeast in the background to support the fruit and spice notes.
Taste - The esters take a back seat to yeast and fresh sourdough. I even get some distinct funkiness which transitions to a faint kiss of bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and slightly viscous. Pleasantly contrasting carbonation.
Overall, one of the better American-made Belgian Strong Pale Ales I've had. You can sense the tribute to Duvel, but it still establishes a character all it's own. Definitely a beer I would drink over and over if it was readily available.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2013 20:10:12 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.16/5 rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up the Brewers' Picks mainly for this, though I like the Titan and get the Collette pretty regularly. Figure I'll just suffer through the three Denver Pale Ales in there (just kidding, actually looking forward to trying those again, as well).
Poured from a bottle into a goblet, light amber, really no head to speak of, just a thin sheen of small bubbles across the top and a modest collar. Totally clarified, light effervescence.
Smells sweet, yeasty, definitely get that Belgian yeast and some spice. Bottle says noticeable hops, but I'm not noticing it as much as they seem to think I should. A little boozy. Flavor follows suit, with more hops, biscuit and malt presence. Definitely sweet, with a nice boozy edge.
Overall, why did they take away the six packs, again? Seriously, this stuff's really good, worth getting the brewers' picks to try it if you haven't. Recommend if you like their Collette and Orabelle.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2014 03:50:29 | More by BeerWizard
Hades Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.