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Hades Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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675 Ratings

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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 33
Gots: 8 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 06-11-2007)
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New York

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great Divide Hades Belgian-Style Ale smells of bread and spices with an average yellow color; there was a tiny head with this bottle pour, maybe a quarter inch.

The flavor is dominated by malt and yeast and the spice indicates there is some kick to this beer. It's crisp with a dry finish, but you can taste and feel that it's a strong beer that's not too strong. It's a Belgian style with a hint of pepper; an American interpretation that is enjoyable. It's good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 02:53:59 | More by CHickman
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Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a very deep yellow color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, a lot spices, light malts, some fruit and a little hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of spices, apples and honey up front. There's a decent Belgian yeast background. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild but complementary hops presence. Everything seems to work together well in this beer with nothing being too over-powering. The after-taste is lightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a nice not-so-strong Belgian that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 00:22:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Crystal clear, bright golden color. 2 fingers of white head when poured, fades to layer of white foam. Lots of bubbles!

S - Spicy hop aroma mixed with sweetness.

T - Sweet flavor, with a strong spicy/herbal after taste. The herbalness lingers and verges on cloying.

M - Sharp from the CO2, medium-light bodied.

D - I could have a couple of these, but after that the herbal flavor would get to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 00:33:40 | More by enfield249
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2.28/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured the Great Divide Hades Belgian Style Ale into the glass. There was virtually no head. Some white, airy bubbles floated on top for a moment, then vanished leaving a bubbly white ring around the glass. The color was a dirty gold, very light and transparent.

Smell was not very inviting: notes of oats and some spice, with an overpowering stale and sour scent.

Mouth-feel was weak and oily. There is not much to the taste either. The weak, stale spice flavor is there briefly. Finish has a quick, brisk bitterness of the hops but it almost comes across as an afterthought (or insult) and quickly vanishes. A weak maltiness fades in and out at the very end.

I have enjoyed Great Divide in the past, and am a huge fan of Belgian and Belgian-style ales. I was quite disappointed with this "Belgian-style."

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 22:19:43 | More by brianjay
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4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz bottled on 01/16/09

Pours a nice white 3 finger head. Body is a pale gold with lots of bubbles. Head retention and lacing are pretty good

Smell is of belgium yeast. Fruity zest and some peppery spice. Some straw malt but no hops.

Taste is a bit dry with some straw malt and some citrus or lemongrass. After taste has a slight metallic astringency, kinda how some white wines leave a similar affect. Taste of yeast is similar to grape and hops are slightly present and resinous.

Head is semi creamy and body is light and very smooth. Carbonation is on the mid to low side.

Over all a good attempt at a Belgium by an American brewery, especially for the price! Very easy to drink and at 7.3% alcohol can be deceiving. Now Im off to the Great Divide brewery for their St. Patricks day celebration

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 19:08:13 | More by angelmonster
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2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A hard pour get me about two fingers of head that shrink to just a coating covering the top. Not the head you would expect for the style. Bright golden in color. Some visible carbonation.

S - A blend of citrus and flowers.

T - Once again that same blend (orange comes to mind) but also some other citrus fruits as well . The hops stick around in the background mostly. Finishes dry after the initial sweetness.

M - Slick up front while the hops sticks around in the back of the throat. Can't taste the alcohol bite what with the different flavors at play.

D - I don't know. I seems like there is too many different tastes going on and my mouth doesn't seem to like that. An OK beer but not one that I would seek out to have again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 06:39:12 | More by JMBSH
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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my new Chimay goblet. This beer pours a clear, light to medium gold color. A minimal white head to begin with when poured, that settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing either. Has a sort of malty and biscuity aroma and I really could not smell much else. Had a sweet, malty, biscuity flavor with some fruit, such as apple and also a bit of citrus. Has a bit of spice such as coriander, clove and a touch of black pepper corn. Good flavor. Has a crisp, but also slightly syruoy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth. It coats your mouth nicely. Easy to drink in a good way. Not bad at all here, but I was expecting a bit more.


Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 03:55:19 | More by neenerzig
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3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden, a bit like champagne or Miller High Life. Head is initially robust, but dissipates quickly.

S: Smells Belgian. I'd say more, but I have a terrible sense of smell.

T: Really lacks the kick of good Belgian and Belgian-style ales. Has strong, off-putting, metallic flavors in addition to the sweetness you'd expect from a Belgian ale.

M: Smooth and puckering, sticks to the palate.

D: For all its faults, you probably could drink several of these, and the 7.3% is well-masked.

Overall, Hades is the epitome of average in most ways, and probably not worth the money.

Served from a bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 01:56:24 | More by ManofWax
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4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale gold in color, thin head, some lacing.

Aromas of a fresh sea-breeze, belgian yeast, and a light sweetness of honey.

Clean fresh flavors of citrus and pear, a light scrub of carbonation, bitter, spicy yeast and sweet honey finish.

Fairly light and smooth leaves a thin sweet coat with bitter notes on tounge.

Light, yet fairly complex, refeshing and sophisticated.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 23:19:11 | More by cbn
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2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 12-26-08

Done horizontally with La Binchoise Special Reserve

Eye: Sparkling gold, crystal clear. Head formation is nice but retention could use some work, it falls to a thick blanket over the beer. Pretty average. Lacing is a thin, sickly and disappointing sheet.

Nose: Alcohol is present in the aroma, not dominant, but its warmth can be smelt. Spicy hops, I'm gonna say Sazz, are in the background. Overall pretty clean and crisp smelling. Malt backbone is present, but not as forward as I'd like. I would like this beer to be much bigger with the malts. The classic candi sugar aroma is missing, this is what I was really hoping for in this beer. Malt aroma is grainy in a way...really the big aromas here are spicy hops, warmth, and a soft malt aroma accented by touches of graininess.

Tongue: The sweet malt flavor and candi sugar first hits the palate and then is swept away. Coming next some hops, graininess. Finally at the end some caramel tones. Alcohol is noticeable, its flavor leaves its mark on the tongue. It seems to interfere with the aftertaste, that caramel flavor is now harder to pick up, the alcohol is getting in the way of that. Comined with the hops the alcohol, well...they both take away from this beer. Spicy and grassy tones from hops and the alcohol destroy the complexity of the malt. I don't think that this beer is big enough to support the characteristics of hops and alcohol. There isn't enough sweetness in this beer, not enough malt. The hops and alcohol seem like they belong to an IPA, they are out of place. The only Belgian connection I can see here is the Belgian IPA, and even so those have a much larger, and much more forward malt flavor. Its not that this is a bad beer, but it is a let down.

Feel and Drinkability: Real light bubbly body, should be a bit heavier. Not too bad though. This is one I'll finish and I'll enjoy it but, this isn't quite what I was looking for, especially when I had a craving for something big and tasty like Duvel. To me this is just a poor imitation of something far better, For the money its not really worth it. Not a bad beer by any means, but it really doesn't have enough belgian kick to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 23:11:10 | More by becktone
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this Belgian ale into a pint glass, and found minimal head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was definitely abundant (as a good Belgian should) and smelled of coriander, cloves, and citrus.

The taste was light, similar to its smell, only weaker. This beer is subtly spicy with a watery mouthfeel and no major character notes to speak of. It bounces around in your mouth, but leaves no major distinct flavors other than cloves and oranges. It also leaves the mouth with a slightly bitter, dull aftertaste of flat water on the swallow. Good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 00:41:39 | More by TangTKE402
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North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I first started drinking this beer I had to check the site to make sure I wasn't missing what GD was going for.

It pours amazingly yellow, a very pale golden ale. There was very little head formation, 1/8" that quickly dissipates...not even a sheen across the surface. Needless to say, there is no lacing. Along with being nice and hazy, the color is the notable characteristic.

This ale is definitely spicy, I thought it smelled more like a heffe myself. It is musty with a slight sense of hops. Other than the common Belgian medicinal aromas nothing was very distinguishable, although there was a little citrusy hop aroma.

Ah yes, wheat beer is disguise. Hah, no seriously...the hops just weren't there for me, a little pungency and maybe a little bitter twinge in the end. I thought the malts were very subtle as well, but there is definitely some spice.

This beer was surprisingly light bodied. It was surely crisp and lively, very highly carbonated...gaseous. There was a slight drying in the finish.

Maybe a little higher among wheat fans or even Belgian fans...just not what I was expecting. I believe this beer to be very average with little else to offer. It lacks the complexity to be scored any higher.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 17:43:21 | More by ncstateplaya
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3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Hades, a nice extra from thehand - thanks! Poured into a 14 oz. tulip.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden-bodied beer with an initial two-fingers of foamy, soft drink-esque foam that fades within 5 seconds into a thin sheen and 5 seconds later is gone entirely. What's really neat about this brew's appearance is the effervescence - entirely visible given the clarity of this brew, the carbonation is omnipresent, streaking upwards, sometimes literally nucleating in the middle of the body, twisting, spiraling upwards. The head retention and lacing knock it down a few points below average, but the neat-looking carbonation brings it back up a little.

Aroma: A very Belgian/German yeast strain here, lending light, artificial-smelling esters and a few spicy, faintly medicinal notes. The rest is similarly simple, honey-like malts, relatively sweet, with some faintly floral hop notes as well.

Taste: A very mild, slightly skunky-tasting Belgian. Slight yeast earthiness and spiciness, a few tart hop notes, and loads of pale, relatively dry malts, faintly clove/honey-like. It's pretty straightforward and simplistic, and the ease with which each note is picked out and defined makes the simplicity all the more obvious.

Mouthfeel: Soft and light, though with lots of crisp effervescence, active, fast, plentiful. The body itself is pretty thin as it is, thin but slick, crisp and dry. A pretty good feeling beer.

Drinkability: Decidedly average, in my opinion, and as all I've had from Great Divide thus far (OA Yeti, Yeti, Old Ruffian, Fresh Hop, Hercules) has been really, really solid, this one comes as a bit of a disappointment. Nonetheless, it's not bad, and definitely has its moments, but for 7.3%, I'd be hoping for a little more, especially from such a nice brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 06:45:13 | More by CrellMoset
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2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

via duffextracold

Clear straw color. Thin white bubbly head that fades quickly. Constant bubbles emitted from the glass bottom: looks effervescent.

Smells like cantaloupe and spice.

Tastes of hearty sweet malt with some lemon and spice at the end. No indication of high abv. Kinda boring actually. High carbonation ruins the mouthfeel and doesn't fit the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 22:02:29 | More by donkeyrunner
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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured ontap into Chalice

Appears nice and golden, though some carbonation appears soda like and a bit contrived. Small bone white head, no lace, no vibe. Recedes to nothing.

Smell is of sweet malts and a subtle belgian twang.

The taste is a fairly well rounded strong golden ale, a pronounced sweetness and a sherry like alcohal character. Soft and very distant fruit and that is all.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, champagne like finish.

This is a good brew, lacking a bit of depth but surpassing that with a fine drinkability that beckons for a night of mischief.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2009 07:15:45 | More by Stinkypuss
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New Jersey

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

Poured a clear yellow color with a 1 finger white head. head quickly diminished leaving behind some lacing.

Smelled of rich light malt. Some spice with hints of lemon.

Wow, nice flavor. All the maltiness up front you would expect, but a nice hoppiness on the far palate. Not assertive, just lets you know that it is there. Some lemon tartness and almost a slight sourness.

Mouthfeel isn't too heavy or too light. Overall, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 08:17:32 | More by brantadid
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Party Town, KY.

A - Poured a clear pale color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate sour citrus and yeast aroma.

T - Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation.

D - Refreshing soft brew that met my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 13:59:37 | More by tmoneyba
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hades pours a clear golden body with a hint of an amber cast and some darker, but not quite orange, highlights. The short and creamy white head holds fairly well and leaves short walls of tiny spotted lace behind.

The aroma is spicy and apple-like with some dark fruit skins mixed in and a hint of chalkiness and sulphur as well. Some mild phenolics hide below the surface as well. The maltiness is a touch candy-ish.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a bit of a dextrinous edge and a gently zesty, fine-bubbled carbonation that tingles the tongue.

The flavor is mainly of grainy malt that's gently biscuity, but it's also heavily influenced by yeast character, giving it notes of spice (anise, black pepper, green cardamom, coriander), a subtle touch of vanilla, and fruit (apple, soft plum, a hint of melon, grapefruit, and perhaps some other tropical fruit as well - a smidge of lemon). Hops add a spicy/grassy edge. The alcohol is well-concealed, and the bitterness is balancing at a level that stays just below the maltiness, supporting and balancing it but not being intrusive. It finishes dry with a hint of chalkiness and some sugar/vanilla/fruit.

Nicely done, and drinkable. Well-rounded and somewhat easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 04:37:50 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a flute/chalice.

A-Gorgeously pristine, golden beer. Bright white, bubbly head on top that retained moderately.

S-Clovey spices and sweet malt, with a slightly spicy hop character. A bit grainy with a little banana.

T-Clove-like phenols with spicy hop character. A bitterness arises midway and lingers into the finish. Very malty. In spite of this, finishes very crisp. Very dry with the lingering bitterness and a slight spice.

M-Overall medium body with a medium-high carbonation which blends in well with the whole of the beer. A very light finish.

D-Good, but not spectacular, beer. It's quite enjoyable and refreshing, but does not skimp on the Belgian characteristics and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 04:16:13 | More by CHSLBrew
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Great Divide for sending this beer to Lexington. The beer fares quite well for its style and considering that most American brewerys cannot brew decent Belgian beers.

The beer begins with the standard straw color with a lively carbonated performance, good head-stance, but didn't retain as well as I had hoped.

Flavors portray a well-attenuated pilsner malt flavor with a good dose of honey/nectar sweetness, perfumy and flowery hops that balance well and dare to challenge the limits of hops in a Belgian pale ale. Estery, fruity and light on phenolics, the beer flavors capture the style well.

Fairly dry and fully attenuated, the beer proves both palatable and drinkable. Bitterness is a bit high, but aids to the dryness and cleanliness.

Hats off to Great Divide, this beer does something that U.S. breweries rarely do... to produce a Belgian beer that rivals some of the good ones from Europe.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 05:19:00 | More by BEERchitect
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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

vintage first week of April 07, just bought tonight.

look is of a slightly hazy golden colour, minimal head retention and not much lacing to speak of.

definitely Belgian yeast, a slight bit of malt and a bit of spiciness.

definitely a belgian in style, yet doesnt quite do enough for me. i am from american pale ales, so my taste is most obscured, i will have to try more in the future

mouthfeel is good, light yet full, but for some reason i cannot say it is full bodied like most of the other belgian strong ales i have had. it may be the pale part of the style, but i cannot be certain.

overall, this is definitely a good session beer, even at 7.30%, it may bet he fact that it is almost two years old and the hops have been quite subdued, maybe someone can gie me some feedback on a fresher date and different notes. i found this beer to be a bit of a disappointment, i was expecting much more. i haven't had many Belgian strong pale ales, mostly just the strong ales, which could play a part into my notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 02:30:51 | More by brewnewbeer
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District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with "Bottled On" marking of Nov. 21, 2008 (Just about a month and a week ago) into a Lucifer snifter, this attempt at my favorite style is a pale yellow color, maybe hints of gold. The white head did not evidence much retention, and only slight drapery-like lacing.

A yeasty malt nose, doughy. Lemon. Hints of white pepper.

Bubble gum. Light fruits. Some spice at the end. Chalky yeast dusts the palate and sticks around, its slightly sour.

Prickly feel from the high carbonation level, crisp, but with the chalkiness noted above. Light to medium in feel, this is a very drinkable but indistinct Belgian strong pale.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 22:30:12 | More by TheMistler
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3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had a bottle of this sitting in my fridge for as long as I can remember, so I decided to crack it open yesterday.

Pours a pale yellow with plenty of carbonation. Minimal lacing. Smell and taste are both slightly lemony with hints of pepper. Decent malt presence. Belgian-style yeast is pretty prevalent in the taste.

This brew is pretty drinkable since its ABV is relatively low. This beer is neither amazing or terrible. Just a good beer to have to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 21:32:30 | More by jdubjacket
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Light yellow hue accompanied by a weak head. Brilliant clarity.

S: Lemony citrus with a little pepper. A light sweet malt character some perfume like hop aroma. There is no overpowering fruit ester character. This is not a stellar aroma. Average at best.

T: A clean taste for this style of beer. Some pepper notes. No bitterness. Some soft malt character. Lacking fruit ester notes. Some perfume, floral hop character.

MF: Light body. Lacking appropriate level of carbonation. Slightly dry.

D, notes: Despite the lack of full flavor this beer is highly drinkable. This is not a bad beer just not particularly exciting or interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 16:24:36 | More by Nipitato
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a decent pure white head that settled into a puffy cap, not much lacing. The aroma is fairly faint, I pick up some candi sugar and yeast phenols. Smells like it should. The taste is very light for a BSPA, very Stella like. Some light candi sugar and Belgian yeast flavors and spicy hops. The feel is very light, almost watery, very crisp. Though lacking in appearance, aroma, and taste, this brew is quick drinkable. I would say sessionable but the 7.3%ABV would prevent that. A positive is that you don't taste the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 04:03:17 | More by Gmann
Hades Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.