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Hades Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hades AleHades Ale

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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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Photo of aubuc1


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

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a mich ultra pale with a thinning white head.

Smells a faint yeasty, chalky. Maybe some faint fruity smell.

Taste is a little better. Taste is crisp, yeasty, smooth light malt, and some light hop flavor.

Good mouthfeel, and very drinkable.

A step down for Great Divide, but a nice drinking beer none the less.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 20:57:08 | More by aubuc1
Photo of macster


3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm a huge fan of GD beers. They predominantly produce some of the premier domestic beers available. Hades is not one of them. I'm lost in attempting to align any of the qualities of this beer to anything that would resemble a Belgian style ale. Other than some faint apricot, peach, green grape sweetness in the aroma and flavor, there's not a whole lot to get excited about here. Very boring and average.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 09:06:21 | More by macster
Photo of stephens101


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

Pours a pure gold into a snifter. Two fingers of off-white head recede at a comfortable pace and leave well separated spots of lacing all around the glass. Smells of sweet, bready malts, pears, lemons and candy. Tastes of apples, grain, some grass and floral notes in the end. It's medium-bodied and fairly well carbonated. There's not much else to say. It's a straight forward Belgian Strong Pale Ale which maintains a good balance between it's drinkability and taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 03:44:37 | More by stephens101
Photo of Goliath


2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a one inch bright white head. Decent retention and spotty lacing.

The aroma is ok, but nothing too special. Slightly citric, spicey, and sweet, Some pale malt, sugar, and banana.

The taste is unimpressive. A slight citrus tone, with a bit of banana and spice. A touch of yeast character as well. The pale malting is not working for me at all. Tastes like rye malt. Even if it's not, it's not suitable for a Belgian style ale.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, slightly watery with low carbonation. Doesn't really feel like a Belgian style ale either.

Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol levels are getting high, though it's very well masked. Flavor profiles don't work well for me, and I think it really detracts from the beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 23:54:22 | More by Goliath
Photo of Cresant


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Duvel glass. No date. A hearty pour created only 1 finger of bright white head. The body was a rich golden yellow and crystal clear. Lazy bubbles rise slowly despite the etching in the Duvel glass for nucleation.

Smell was cement-like. Belgian yeast. Pineapple candy.

Taste was a nice tangy tartness. The bitterness was apparent and trumped the sweet gravity of the malts. Dank yeastiness. Drying finish. Well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Mild/moderate carbonation, weaker than expected for this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 15:20:23 | More by Cresant
Photo of ccrida


4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Hades is a clear gold with a small white head that leaves very light, scattered lace. The name is an obvious nod to Duvel, and that little head is no match.

Smell is classic and good, slight, lightly sweet graininess, waxy phenols, and plenty of grassy like noble hops. Really appetizing.

Taste is similarly classic and very good, well balanced and quite clean, semi-sweet, the flavors following the nose. I've had a few, overly-hyped stateside Duvel clones lately, and this one here rivals them all, and is pretty much as good as one could hope for in the style.

Mouthfeel has a light bodied, spritzy without being sharp.

Drinkability is great, as is this beer. I love this style when it's kept simple and clean like this. Add the domestic availability and value packaging and this is probably best in class (save for the flaccid appearance).

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 21:57:14 | More by ccrida
Photo of deereless


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium gold, thin layer of tight foam, crystal clear - 3.50, S: Distinctly Belgian aromas, smells like a pale malt and mildly like sweet wet grass - 3.50, T: Crisp and dry, spicy, nice use of bittering hops, hints of lager rather than a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, some lemon grass - 4.00, M: 3.50, D: A pretty straight-forward beer, very drinkable 3.75

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 23:38:24 | More by deereless
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a crystal clear golden yellow with odd hints of green. A frothy two-finger bright white head bubbles up and fairly quickly flattens out leaving a bit of oily lacing.

Aroma is as anticipated but a bit flatter with a bit less depth. That characteristic Belgian yeast aroma with hints of pear and apple are subtle, with lemongrass cloves and some straw and hay aromas jumping in. Muted on the whole, yielding a belgianish-grassy aroma.

Taste follows aroma pretty closely. Belgian yeast with that bready doughy spiciness hits first and gives way to a sweetness that could be classified as fruity, although the sweet candied fruits that I love in belgians seems a bit lacking. A nice spicy lemon pepper finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit surprising - thin, bubbly and harsh. It definitely delivers the spice, but seems to leave the fruit tastes behind. There's some prickly sweet-sourness at the sides of the tongue that sticks around for a good while. My palette is more confused than pleased with this one.

hmm. I'm a fan of great divide, but this one just kind of misses the mark. Not horrible, but given the fairly readily available options, this one doesn't really jump out at me. Just not quite complex enough to be interesting. Leaps and bounds beyond a macro lager, but kind of lacks a bit in the Belgian Pale category in my book. I could see it pairing nicely with food, but doesn't really stand out on it's own.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 05:33:49 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of coldmeat23


3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Over-sized Wine Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Very clear golden honey colored liquid. Crystal clear. Not abit hazy, as I expect from most Belgian ales. Slight head which leaves quickly. Okay lacing.

Smells are what I'd expect. Slight white fruit smells. Peaches and apples, mostly. Some pepperey spice. Yeasty notes.

Slight sweetness. White fruits and honey. Spiciness. Yeasty bread notes.

No where near as creamy as it should be, IMO. Sort of rough, actually. The carbonation bubbles are too big, they should be smaller, therefore producing a creamier mouthfeel.

Not bad as a session beer, but if I'm spending this amount for a Belgian, I'd rather have an actual Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 20:49:03 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of AgingWarrior


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Samuel Adams beer glass a light golden color. Hard pour produced about a finger of fluffy white head.

Smells like a Belgian. Fruity with some spicy tones. When I smelled it, I knew pretty much what to expect, must be the yeast.

Tastes spicy with some sweetness on the front. Nice finish and after taste.

Mouth feel is a little on the thin side, light body, medium carbonation.

Pretty drinkable for a 7.3% ABV brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 01:01:09 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of phattysbox

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Snifter glass. Golden and absolutely clear in body. Nice 1 inch pillowy head that remains. Lively carbonation through the brew. This reminds me of Duvel...

Smell initially of fresh belgian yeast followed by a pleasant malt husk. Taste is reminscent of a classic belgain pale ale. Dry yeast, nice bready and biscut flavors. There is a lemon-like tartness in the first sip. A nice pilsner like hop profile rounds out the back. Meduim bodied and quite dry.

Towards the end however, as the brew warmed up, the yeasty notes began to get a little cloying at times - but overall not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 18:32:47 | More by phattysbox
Photo of Drew966


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hades pours a golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is a little fruity and a little malty. The mouthfeel is on the thin side. Clove seems to be the flavor that hits first, fading into a grassy hop flavor. Decent, but not as flavorful as I would expect for a Belgian style beer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 00:02:07 | More by Drew966
Photo of whynot44


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear rich golden color with a decent foamy white head that retreats fairly quickly to just a ring but continues to produce some decent lacing.

The aroma is spicy, yeasty with hints of pear and apple.

The taste is slightly sweet, honey, pears, a hint of vanilla and cloves with a peppery finish and a grassy, slightly metallic aftertaste.

Light/medium bodied, smooth and easily drinkable. A bit lighter in flavor, body and alcohol content than some of the Belgian brews but still a decent intro to the style. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 05:22:12 | More by whynot44
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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

One of the few beers from one of my favorite breweries that I had not tried yet,for one Iam not a huge fan of the style,but I was thinkin that maybe GD put their own little spin to this.Poured into a large tulip glass a clear light to medium golden with a very tight sticky one finger bone white head that left broken lace behind as it settled pretty slowly.A mix of overripe pineapple,green apple,and light spicey yeast in the nose,with just a hint of herbal/leaf.Mouthfeel is a little light but not overly watered down,flavors are a little lighter than expected with some phenolic-like clove flavors and some medicinal qualities.Its ok but there are to many traits in this brew that makes me not a huge fan of the style,like say the medicinal compnonent,but in saying that its decent for the style and I wont grade it down because of my feelings about the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 19:47:07 | More by oberon
Photo of humanawho


3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very light and thin looking, fast disappearing head but a nice solid white color

S - nice spicy light belgian aroma, but a little light on aroma

T - sweet and spicy with a nice little bite, pretty good balance

M - surprisingly good carbonation that i expect from this style

D - light tasting and enjoyable to drink

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 20:35:17 | More by humanawho
Photo of corey0212


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear golden color, soapy-white head pulls a disappearing act...poof. Leaves a foamy collar around the glass, a few spots of lacing. Smell is apple, pear, some peppery notes, yeasty aroma. Lots of apple flavor, pepper on the back of the tongue, some sugary sweetness upfront. Crisp, quenching. This would be great with seafood, and lighter fare.

Love the fact that this is in 12oz. bottles now, love the new packaging/labels/caps...love Great Divide!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 00:45:52 | More by corey0212
Photo of surfnebr


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

A very clean, clear, golden color as it pours. The head wasn't very thick and it didn't stick around for too long. The nose was pleasant, light caramel, brown sugar, a touch of melon; honeydew perhaps and the alcohol at the end.

The flavor is lighter than expected as was the texture. Pineapple, brown sugar, light bread and melon. The alcohol does not come through in the taste as much as the nose advertised. This is a winner for a session beer. Not too sweet and not too heavy.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 02:28:32 | More by surfnebr
Photo of sevopie


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden in color... looks like a typical American domestic. White head with visible rising carbonation.

Smell - Smells of pears, yeast, with a slight sweet twang, and a slight bitter flavor.

Taste - Honey and spice jump out at first, as well as some funky bitterness. Clears up a bit like a pilsner, but still has some funk leftover.

Mouthfeel - Light and bubbly

Drinkability - These are pretty easy to drink with how light they are, and generally pleasing on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 07:07:01 | More by sevopie
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
As a big fan of Great Divide, I had never seen this particular brew available until now...
Appearance: Light-golden hue with massive carbonation rising and a minimal head...
Smell: Beautiful, true-to-the-style Belgian Pale Ale aroma consisting of honey, tropical flowers, yeast...
Taste: One of the best American depictions of this Belgian styled Ale... Sweet, inviting, with essences of golden honey, sugared candy, vanilla, and yeast...
Nice, medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a great overall level of drinkability for a 7.3% ABV...
Another winner from Great Divide...

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 18:23:13 | More by dsa7783
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a white head. This is not what a Belgian ale is supposed to look like. This is what a lager looks like. Nose is barely spiced. Flavor is okay. Kind of mild. Dough is there as is some funk. It's decent. Feel is okay on both liquid and carbonation. This is an okay beer. It's not bad by any means. It's just not a very good example of this style. I'm glad they released it in 12 ounce bottles so I didn't have to waste time and money on a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 23:00:50 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Hojaminbag


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

Golden yellow body with a fluffy white head. Leaves behind a little bit of lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, some fruits, and peppery aroma.

Up front the sweet malts are noticeable first, then some fruitiness following that. A spiciness that is somewhat peppery and somewhat grassy comes next. Well-balanced

A little bit of a dry mouthfeel, very well carbonated.

This beer is extremely smooth and easy to drink. Considering the reasonable price tag, I will be checking this out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 13:54:57 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of paulthebeerguru


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Sweet malts, yeasty and tons of citrus in the nose. not what I expected at first. Pale yellow in color, with some cloudiness. Solid white head, good retention and lacing. Nice flavors...some citrus, very yeasty, some fruity flavors...fall fruits and clove. medium body, some usually Great Divide flavors, smooth and creamy. very drinkable. nice palate and very enjoyable. nice American take on a Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 19:53:10 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of Oxymoron


4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even Disney has a character name Hades! Pours a mostly hazy off yellow color, with no help from me adding the sediment. A fluffy white head with great retention and lacing through the tasting.

The nose is on par for a more fruity Belgian blond. To start there is a with sweet Belgian Pils malt that leaves a soft finish. Noticeable candi sugar notes as well. There are plenty of Belgian esters, pepper, orange peel, hibiscus, and rose peddles. Minor cloves and banana notes as well. Some yeasty notes as well, mango and citrus and a hint of plums on the back end.

The taste follows right along with the nose. A sweeter malt presence with a heavy candi finish. More complexity from the malt but is enhanced by the more fruity yeast notes. More of a citrus kick with lemon, oranges and peaches. This is enhanced by more hibiscus & rose flavors. Very clean overall with no real solvent characteristics. Very palatable.

The body is light and very easy to drink. A bit high for carbonation but ok for style. Very nice beer, surprised not rated higher.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 21:29:30 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Double-deuce bomber with a bottled-on date clearly notched on the label, poured into my DFH pint glass yields a bright, clear, pale golden body with a steady trickle of active carbonation, capped with a couple of snappy, soapy fingers of ivory foam that recedes rather quickly to a creamy sheet at first, but really stands up tall after a few additional pours from the bottle, but shrivels again, leaving virtually no lacing.

Smells is citrus-fruity and herbal-hoppy with the lightest touch of banana.

Flavors are led by soft ripe fruits with a touch of plum, banana, and a spicy note of alcohol. A caramel-covered fruit sweetness revels itself as the drink warms, only to be knocked down by bitter hops in a powdery-dry finish.

Crisp and refreshing with good drinkability, this is an interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 01:46:12 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of Franchise


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering pours a golden yellow shiny and bright leaving a clear bubbly effervescent body leaving a thin white lace. The aroma is spicy fruits, grass, hay, banana, and lucious tropical fruit.

The taste is brisk on the palate, sweet fruit upfront moving to a tart, musty, dry finish. Nicely bittered with spicy phenols. This beer is solid great on a hot day worth seeking out.

I paired this beer with whole wheat spaghetti and meatballs w/homemade marinara sauce and it was perfect. The tangy sauce really went well with the sweetness and alcohol in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 15:23:40 | More by Franchise
Hades Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.