Hades Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.
Belgian beer has yet to peak, as more American brewers are inspired each day--jumping right in or just simply dabbling with a beer or two. Great Divide has jumped in and released Hades.
The white head is not shy at all, as it quickly expands to the top of the glass, leaving lace that has no problem staying for the duration. The pale golden color shows off a bright clarity and a substantial amount of tiny bubbles racing to the top. Borderline pungent aroma of chalky, fruity yeast, hints of peppery, estery alcohol and biscuity malt in the back. There is certainly no lack of crispness here as it rips through the moderate body. Right away, the flavors go toward yeasty bitter herbal phenols with layers of spicy peppery alcohol, fruity yeast and a biscuity base malt character that seems to hold everything together. There's a tight kernel of maltiness middle-to-end that vanishes quickly as the dry finish sets in with lingering yeast and bitter phenol.
The flavor profile is bursting at the seams, yet there is a level of drinkablity that stays true even for its slightly higher than average ABV. A rare Belgian yeast strain is used and it shows, the rarest of the Trappist brews come to mind with each sip--a guess, of course. A bullseye for Great Divide here, it's great to see a craft brewer tackle such a temperamental style and come out on top.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2010 00:03:54 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
4.46/5 rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25
Nearly perfect crisp light golden color with fantastic clarity. White two-finger head rises and quickly falls. Little lacing.
Nicely spiced, clovey, a touch of dry banana, crisp.
Airy, light, no bitterness, smooth, easily drinkable, not overly spiced, heavy carbonation is nice and not too distracting, sweetness is leveled and not over taking. Very well blended
Solid ass brew! Very well thought out and well placed flavors. My only draw back was the cold harsh carbonation. Everything else rocked. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2014 03:36:43 | More by chugalug06
Hades Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.