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Hades Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 38
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ArrogantB on 06-11-2007

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Ratings: 708 | Reviews: 373
Photo of barnzy78
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz, 2009. Poured a golden color with remarkable clarity topped with a bubbly white head that dissipated rather quickly. Aromas were fruity reminiscent of apple juice with some familiar Belgian yeasts. Tastes were also fruity - apples with hints of pear and banana. Alcohol at 7.8% seemed non-existent. Mouth-feel was on the thin side, but has good carbonation. Finishes extremely crisp and is very refreshing with a hint of spiciness at the end. Overall, decent take on a Belgian Pale Ale, but flavors seemed on the weaker side - I hate to say watery, but maybe more like apple juice. Essentially, I expected it to be more 'Belgian' and more bold in flavor.

Photo of Pencible
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear straw color with a bit of white head. It smelled like earthy wheat and cereal grain and wild Belgian yeast, with lemon and grassy hops. It tasted like lemon and grassy hops with sour Belgian yeast, and some earthy wheat. It was a bit oily with a little carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was pretty basic and simple for a Belgian style ale. It had a clean taste, but the flavor wasn't exciting or very rewarding. It was just a sour pale ale with mediocre body. However, it did hide the alcohol very well, so it was quite easy to drink. Not bad but probably not worth buying again. I prefer something with more character.

Photo of jwinship83
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle with a born on date of may 8, 2009 on the side of the bottle. it also reads 7.8% abv. poured into my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours an exceptionally pale golden colored body with a small lasting white head. very fizzy with lots of carbonation racing to the top of the glass. small rings of lacing left behind after every sip.

S- lots of belgian yeast is the first thing i notice. the nose is also full of summer fruits. bananas, pears, apples, and grapes mostly. somewhat spicy as well. clove and coriander. almost wheat like. i think i can smell grassy hops faintly.

T- very yeasty and spicy. alot more clove and coriander than i could smell. the fruits come through strong. pears, apples, grapes, and bananas. theres a definite bite from the alcohol that i couldnt find in the nose. grassy hops poke through at the end.

M- light and thin with a high level of carbonation. a lot of warming from the alcohol as it makes its way down my esophagus.

D- the alcohol and spices combined with the large amount of carbonation makes for a weird combination. something i wont touch again for a while. hopefully some time smooths this one out. in its current state its just not for me.

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I saw the review after buying this beer, and much to my surprise, I was blown away. As someone who is recently getting into the Belgian strong pale, I found the Hades to be very well balanced, especially drinkable and perfect at the evening BBQ I was attending. The consensus around the table was clear. Hades is a damn tasty beer. Maybe because I got a very fresh (new label) bottle, but this was no "B" beer. Kudos to Great Divide

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear medium golden color with a plump, bright white layer of foam that leaves a nice coating throughout the tasting.

Nose is sugary, malty and yeasty. Bright, pungent fleshy fruits...apricots, pears and craisins. Has some light black pepper aromas as well. Smell is pretty nice and by far the best part of this beer.

Taste is grainy with a bunch of alcohol drying, like chomping on a handful of dehusked wheat kernels with a slurp of champagne. Yeast does not seem to contribute enough in the way of fruity esters, leaving the low specialty grain bill (if any) with a tough task of masking the fairly high ABV. For me, it does not have a huge Belgian presence and I am a bit let down by this beer.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale golden color. The head is a quarter inch of white foam that recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma of Belgian malts, biscuits, yeast, leather, some spicy hops. It is a nice aroma with good complexity, but it seems a little weak for a beer of this strength. The taste is more pronounced than the aroma. There is a good malt base, firm yeast notes, and a stronger hop presence. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that I can see myself drinking again.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a super clear golden hay color. Quick dispersing head and subpar bubbling. Looks like a pilsner. Sweet, lightly toasted, candy light malt aroma with some yeasty fruits and very light grassy hops to balance the aroma a little. The taste starts sweet and dry on the palate. The malts come out a little more, but the yeast and malts thin to a heated, alcohol, finish. Sweet, yet quick palate that tastes more like a dumbed Belgian style.

Photo of Shumista
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my beer mug. Reviewed on my new blackberry...what an awesome new toy.

A- Hades pours a golden straw color, with a huge fizzy white head. Looks light enough to be mistaken for a pilsener.

S- Very belgian, yeasty and fruity.

T- Fruity tasting with a grassy hoppiness. Kind of sour.

M- Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

D- It is drinkable but not really interesting enough to make me want to go back for another.

Overall an okay example of the style but it doesn't hold a candle to some other American examples of the style like Pranqster and Matilda in my opinion.

Photo of greenjeff4141
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy, golden straw color, with not too much head that lingers as the glass empties.

Smell: Is nice but not strong. A sweet, spicy smell: cloves and other spice.

Taste: A nice light taste. The spice from the nose is first in taste, then the alcohol and a fruity touch. The beer finishes a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Not oily, very light and a bit chewy.

Drinkability: I, personally, am a fan of this style so I could drink a good amount of these. Not the best in the class by far but an easy drinking and a good price. Try Duvel or a Unibroue ale for other good examples of this style.

Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear gold with two-finger head that quickly died and left some fair lacing. A sharp, sour fruit smell of appels and pears along with a bit of yeast and some faint malts. Has a sharp, somewhat offbalanced taste as the leafy hops and sour fruit (apple, pear, hints of tropical) somewhat overpower the malts, although this is still somewhat smooth and finishes crisp but clean. Not a bad Belgian pale ale at all, but I couldn't see myself picking this over the real thing.

Photo of woemad
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased in Spokane at Huckleberry's about a month ago for $1.99. Bottled on January 16 of this year according to the label, which is unlike that featured in the BA pic.

Mostly clear, with a copper-gold color that takes on a more golden color when held up to the light. There was about an inch of white foam that dropped fairly quickly, but was easily agitated back into existence. Spotty lace.

Grassy, yeasty and spicy in the nose. There's also a bit of green apple and a faint scent of pineapple.

Grassy hops, fruit and spices hit the tastebuds. Increasingly, there's a noticeable warming alcohol sensation that sits towards the back but makes itself known. Ends on a dry note. Seems like the fruit is a little too forward.

Medium bodied, coating, but without that light, effervescent touch that is found in an authentic Belgian. A typical flaw among U.S. versions.

A pretty decent U.S. version of the style, but not something I'd characterize as great. A little too fruity, heavy and boozy tasting for anything more than one bottle, so I don't think I'd order another if consuming it on tap. I'm glad I tried it but I don't think I'll be drawn to it again.

Photo of asabreed
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle with the new snazzy GD label into a smaller wine glass.

Appearance: A golden yellow color, slightly hazy, not much bubbles in the body, and hardly any head or lacing. I expected more.

Smell: Grassy and herbal aromas initially with some lemon-dominated citrus in the mix. A bit of spiciness. Almost more of a domestic Saison aroma, as many of them are getting to this point, rather than a Belgian Strong Pale.

Taste: Way too heavy on the bitterness overall. Again, it seems more like a domestic Saison here. Herbal and spicy, yes, but the malt and sweeter flavors are pushed away by too much spice and too much bitterness. Some grassiness comes through nicely, and some lemon zest, but overall it's a bit too masked and unbalanced. Also, dare I say it has a soda water-like aftertaste?

Mouthfeel: The only bright spot here, and it's not that bright. Lighter to medium-bodied with a decent spritz of bubbly carbonation that's fairly decent on the tongue.

Drinkability: VERY disappointed here. I wonder what went wrong, especially since everything I've had from Great Divide has been great. I'd stay away from this one and stick to the Belgians. Glad I only got one bottle.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light and clear golden straw color, with a wispy, kind of sad head atop. Completely filtered, which always bums me out when dealing with a bottle of Belgian-style ale. Bottled on April 3, a little under 2 months ago. Bottle says 7.8%, not 7.3 as listed above.

Almost entirely yeast on the nose, with a bit of butter and honey. The aroma has kind of an off spice note kind of sour smelling. Not very pungent or pleasing.

The flavor first hits with light sweetness, honey maybe, then kicks in with yeast spice and clove, then finishes with that slightly off, somewhat astringent spice note again. Mouthfeel is plenty dry and peppery and it makes for one of the more refreshing 7.8% you may have. The goods just don't really do it for me.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow/gold color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head that dissipated to a thick cap. Thin lacing in broken rings. Decanted continually.

S: Spicy yeast and light fruit. Somewhat of a honey sweetness.

T: Bready malts. Apricot and light-colored fruits. Mild bitter in the finish. Some warming alcohol.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and coating ahead of a dry finish.

D: Flavorful, crisp and dry. Disguises the abv pretty well. Nicely balanced.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 2007, Sampled April 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, slightly meringue like, off-white colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is well carbonated with lots of bubbles rising up through the murky, orange-gold colored beer. When held up to the light the beer shows a white-gold color that is similar to a Wit because of the haziness. Fruity aromas of pear and green apple subtly perfume the aroma along with a spicy, almost pepper like character. The finish has some cracker-like grain notes to it that can be somewhat pronounced at times. There is perhaps a touch of herbal honey aromatics here as well. Not a bad aroma, I find that it is pretty nice too. Coming back to the aroma after drinking this for a bit, it can be quite aromatic; spicy, herbal and with a solid fruit backbone, it is really starting to grow on me a bit more than it did initially.

The first sip is lightly sweet tasting with a fruitiness that accentuates this. The beer finishes with a touch of a carbonic bite as well as some lingering, light, but biting bitter hop notes. There is a touch of metallic character here, some touches of white pepper, a definite ginger note and some lingering, turpene driven clove like flavors that lingers on the tongue. The fruit notes remind me most of pears, but there is also a touch of sweet green apple. The hop character is pretty subdued, but there is a touch of herbal hop character that goes along with the more apparent hop bitterness.

Quite a bit fruitier than Duvel, and it is also a fair bit sweeter too. It is quite a bit different than Duvel, but it similarly needs to be enjoyed with a dedicated full bottle and a bit of time as it starts to grown on you if you spend some contemplative time with the beer. But this is quite a bit better than the beers reputation had me thinking. This is definitely an enjoyable beer that is a bit too easy to drink given the beer's strength.

Photo of eljefe21
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Translucent pale yellow color. Pours to a single finger head that quickly dissipates. Some fine lacing.

S: Spicy yeast smell with hints of grass.

T: Warming alcohol and yeast flavor that lingers in the middle of the tongue.

M: Some carbonation up front. A medium body feel over the middle. Finishes in a some what dry fashion.

D: Crisp, dry and tasty enough to hide some of the beer's kick. A nice beer to wind down with at the end of the day in any season.

Served in a cervoise glass.

Photo of Phelps
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Perfectly clear dandelion yellow. No bubbles. Large bubbles of head explode and leave what looks like a foamy white mountain range. The head recedes to a layer of film that leaves slight lacing.

S: Bright floral hops, slightly metallic, with hints of apples and pear.

T: Starts sweet with notes of citrus and grass dominating. There's also some spicy yeast in there, and a high hoppy bitterness throughout, but more so at the finish.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel, pleasant carbonation level--it's not too intense, just lets you know it's there.

D: Enjoyable? Sure. Memorable? Not so much. Though I do think it would go great with some salmon.

Photo of Blakaeris
2.41/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours absolutely clear pale gold. Head is initially thick but quickly dissipates to a thin sheen with plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma is pale malt and unidentifiable yeasty spices.

Taste is similar to the nose. Pale malt, with a mild grassy quality. Finish holds noble hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall, I am surprised and more than a little underwhelmed by this offering from a really great brewery. This is not really Belgian in character and is a watered down version of a BSPA at best. Don't bother picking this one up.

Photo of bashiba
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden clear Macro Yellow with a huge fluffy light head.

Has a big sweet and fruity smell with a huge bit of yeast.

The flavor is light and sweet with a bit of green apple and pineapple flavor. Big yeast and light grassy hops round it out nicely.

The mouthfeel has a ton of carbonation and a long dry finish.

An Ok Belgian Pale, nothing special.

Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice light golden color with a one finger frothy white head that goes away quickly. Aroma is lightly floral,spicy, apple,coriander.,very yeasty. Flavor is banana, bubblegum, coriander.grass,light grains, notes of alcohol, and candy sugar. Light to medium body,high carbonation,crisp mouthfeel,with a dry spicy finish. Very drinkable, I would buy this again.

Photo of bruachan
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beer quite clear, with tight suds above. ample bubbly from below, lacing is commendable

the aroma is tremendously hoppy, with a bouquet-full of noble scents. a little lemon in there, freshly-mown grass, mint? a touch of sweetness but i don't really get a sense of what the beer is going to taste like

warm and slightly nutty brew. hops are quite significant as well. in fact, i am unsure of what the beer would taste like without them (and don't mean that quite in the same way as i would of a hop-bomb IIPA). belgian yeast runs the show and the diminished foam bears witness, in the form of faint ringlets. quite bitter

Photo of jdense
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from John's Marketplace into Piraat tulip.

Clear strawish golden hue under one finger white quickly dissipating head. Pears, apples and Meyer lemons in the nose and taste buds. Pretty effervescent mouthfeel with alcohol well hidden. Fairly dry finish. Taste is nothing spectacular, not an exemplar in a difficult category. If given my druthers, I prefer Pranqster. Glad I tried it, but not something I'd purchase again.

Photo of damienblack
2.41/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours thin, watery golden, almost completely transparent. Decent bubblies at the top, at least. Smell is nice at first, like pineapple or a sweet citrus fruit, but then it turns to like corn, followed by a harsh metallic smell overriding everything. Taste... well, it is crisp and carbonated, that's all it has going for it. It's artificial and metallic, with a good deal of astringency. Has a rotten or spoiled feel to it, like socks almost. Sour in a bad way. Oily feel, like fish oil, or the oil you would get tuna packed in. Same thing I get with Magic Hat Circus Boy. The earthy hoppiness helps augment the bad flavors instead of cleansing them, making more of a rancid, bitter aftertaste. It's pretty thin and watery, so if it tasted decent it would be inoffensive. The carbonation's the only thing it's got going for it. Great Divide, you've let me down here.

Also, bottling date stamped on is 1/18/09, so I know it isn't an old bottle.

Photo of BMoney575
2.94/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 4-19-09
Bottled on 1-16-09

Pours a clear and fizzy pale yellow, with no head and no lacing.

Smell is Belgian, with subtle notes of grape, sweet malt, and alcohol. Exceptionally smooth.

Taste is all earthy hops and very astringent, with none of the Belgian character that's in the smell. The finish is harsh and quite boozy.

Mouthfeel is very fizzy and sharp, adds to the unenjoyable experience.

Drinkability is poor, not a good beer.

Overall, pass.

Photo of Morey
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Very Very yellow color. One of the most yellow beers that I've ever seen. Good clarity with white head that sticks around for a bit, and then settles to a thin yet bubbly lacing.

Smells of spices (very typical for the style).

Taste is carbontion/ hop bite first and then in rush all of the different flavors from the different spices.

Mouthfeel in pretty thin and bitey.

I could probably only do one or two of these at most in one sitting.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not my favorite style, but it was given to me as a sample. When I review a beer, I'm sure to consider the style and not rate it against my favorite Ipa's.

That being said....this is a well made belgian and I would recommend it to fans of the style.

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Hades Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 708 ratings.