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Hades Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

676 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 676
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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ruckzuck

Georgia

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

A – golden, clear, beautiful, white head, lovely bubbles floating to the top

S – citrus, hops, malt

T – citrus, some malt, hops come through at the end nicely

M – medium-light, nice carbonation, nice aftertaste

D – pretty good, gives me pleasant thoughts of Duvel, nice and strong, this is from a bomber and I’ll definitely be finishing and enjoying it. Would drink again

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 18:18:33 | More by ruckzuck
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that goes slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nearly clear pale amber color. Nose is very slight spice. Flavor is like a unsweet honey, smooth with a clean finish. $7.70 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 23:38:42 | More by jdhilt
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warmstorage

California

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$5.59 for a 22 ounce bomber at Gold Rush Liquor, Anchorage, AK.

Appearance: slightly hazy deep yellow/golden. Limited white head dissipates rapidly, leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma: Sugar, lemon, grass, fruit, bubblegum.

Taste: Honey, saffron, bubblegum, fruity esters, cane sugar. A lot like Duvel and other Belgian golden strong ales, but somewhat unremarkable.

Mouth: Crisp and slick and full, nice, lingers long with light to moderate alcohol warmth. Perhaps the beer's best selling point.

Overall: A drinkable beer, a good beer, but far from a great beer, and somewhat disappointing from a brewery whose other big beer offerings I'm a huge fan of. (Hercules, Yeti, and Ruffian are all favorites of mine in their respective styles.)

This will likely irritate people who canonize Belgian beers across the board, but as an interpretation of a basic Belgian golden ale or "strong pale" it's really quite good. I just think that many of those beers (I've tasted over 200) are significantly overrated due to beer geeks being obsessed with Belgian beers.

[Don't get me wrong: if I was going to die and go to beer heaven somewhere besides California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, or Alaska, it would be Belgium. I just think that Belgium gets passes without regarding to intrinsic quality from beer geeks much like many Stone, Sierra, Victory, etc., offerings do.]

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 04:58:02 | More by warmstorage
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MiguelMandingo

Texas

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

Picked up a bottle at Broudy's in Jacksonville while visiting my sister. To me, Hades Ale is to Great Divide, as Golden Monkey is to Victory - a so-so American attempt at a Belgian Style.

Poured part of a bomber into an oversized wineglass.

Appearance - Ttransparent yellow, almost like a macro. It produces a 1 finger quickly dissipating head. It doesn't leave any lacing behind.

Smell - Very subdued smell. After digging really deep I was able to detect green apple skins, honey, a bit of banana, yeast, biscuit and a slight peppery note.

Taste - It has the typical characteristics that are found in most Belgians. It has a slightly sweet flavor that is very fruity - flavors of apples and bananas. Yeasty in flavor. It also has a peppery flavor and perhaps some clove. It tastes like it uses pale malts, and has a biscuity quality. It has a larger hop profile than is typical for the style, IMO. While it contains flavors that are characteristic of Belgians, the flavors aren't in balance with each other. It is too heavy on the pepper notes.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. It has a good level of carbonation to help cut through the thin body.

Drinkability - The beer goes down okay, but the flavor detracts from the overall enjoyability of the brew.

While this isn't an all out terrible beer, it is the worst offering I have had from Great Divide. If you are interested in having a decent American interpretation of a Belgian, reach for an Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 02:01:05 | More by MiguelMandingo
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ommegangpbr

New York

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

It was a bit of a thrill to see a bottle of Great Divide brew on the shelf that I had not heard of before.
Upon pouring one will witness a lovely gold color, but none of the GLORIOUS crazy head that one would expect from a Belgian strong pale ale. Very clear gold fluid in my Chimay goblet; maybe an indication of not enough yeast?
The scent is sharply sweet up front. Belgian yeast scents are clearly in there; esters that tickle the nasal passages. Could use another layer or two.
Flavor has more depth than the scent would lead you to believe. Top notes are fermented fruit sweetness with a crackery, bready base. This aspect leaves a pleasing texture on the tongue. Hints of pink bubble gum here and there.
Not too shabby all in all; reminds me of a more polite version of Golden Monkey. I'm thinking either some age or some tinkering with the recipe would serve this brew a world of good. Don't expect a world beater out of this bottle but do sit back and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 03:07:45 | More by ommegangpbr
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light golden yellow with no real head to speak of. Lots of active carbonation bubbling up in this one.

S: Very faint - a bit of spiciness typically attribute to Belgian style ales.

T: Some spiciness, a hint of biscuit, a hint of pepper, and some nice caramel notes. Not bad, but nothing spectacular.

M: Crisp, with lots of carbonation. Feels pretty nice.

D: This is a decent ale from Great Divide. A nice take on the style, but there are better options out there. Still, it is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 02:44:36 | More by YonderWanderer
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cjgator3

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a large tulip glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a thin white head. The aroma is reminiscent of Belgian strong pale ales fruity notes (mainly apple and a hint of banana). The mouthfeel is light and crisp from the carbonation. The taste crisp and slightly sweet with a mildly spicy finish. I will admit this is not my favorite beer style to begin with, but I have had enough within the style to have a fairly accurate judgment. This one falls pretty close to the middle of the pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 04:02:58 | More by cjgator3
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

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

Bottling label system proven impossible, so date unknown.
Pours a vibrantly clear pale straw color. A nice poofy white head soon dissipates to a quarter inch. Sweet maltiness dominates the bouquet, strangle very reminiscent of the Samarai I had last week. Esters are muted, nothing like a true Belgian, nor like many American versions. However, some citrus spiked dried plums can be smelled; a stickly sweetness is most of what I get. On the palate, it is slightly unfocused in its profile, starting out sweet and earthy, retreating to some vague floral, noble hop flavor and finishing even sweeter. They claim it is "extremely balanced", and while I would say it is more balanced than some, it's also very underwhelming. Of their entire lineup, this would probably be close to the last beer I would purchase from GD.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 18:46:23 | More by dreadnatty08
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-hazed bronze with 2 fingers of off-white head. Below average lacing & head retention

S: Grapes, appleskins, white pepper & lemon

T: Lemons, coriander & appleskins up front. Apricots & lemony hops as this warms. Finishes dry with too much appleskin

MF: Slick with low carbonation& fair balance

This drank okay, this a bit all over map for my tastes

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 15:37:54 | More by russpowell
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

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

The Hades came in an ominous 22oz dark label with a freshness date that forgot to be marked. Poured into a Belgian beer glass to get the full effect of the aroma. It was straw color with an apparent carbonation and a soft foam head that left an encompassing webbing on the side of the glass.

The smell was yeasty with a spicy aroma with a faint banana smell. The taste was yeasty with maltiness on the back end to mellow it out. It has a really pleasant aftertaste that stays with you for a long while. I will be buying this one again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 03:51:01 | More by cswhitehorse
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance is a clear pale yellow with a decent head that falls very quickly leaving no lacing.
The smell is clearly bananas.
The taste is spicy bananas, cloves and a hint of citrus.
Mouthfeel is very thin though not unexpectedly so.
Drinkability is pretty good.

This is a decent BSPA though certainly not my favorite. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 01:07:58 | More by meatyard
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Billolick

New York

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

Bomber bottle, notches on the label tell me this was brewed and bottled in August '07, its fresh. Pours very light and clear, under a loose white head that leaves fine and crisp lacing, that show nice irregular and stringy formations. I like nice lacing and this one shows off some mighty nice lace. Bright nose of fresh pepper, bubblegum, medicinal and as another reviewer some sharp piss notes as well. Love the style and I'm intrigued by this offering from Great Divide. Plenty of Belgian yeasty notes, more bubble gum, pepper and assorted spice. heady, tasty and thirst quenching stuff. Nice, full throttle summery beer, bring on the cheese, salads, bread, etc and enjoy. Surprised by some of the unfavorable reviews for this tasty offering

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 01:18:00 | More by Billolick
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Appearance is a pale goldern color with a decent head and retention.

Smell is of banana phenol and orange peel.

Taste is of corianeder and some belgian spicyness. Dryness comes out and the palate clears with a taste of banana that clings to the nose with each swallow..

This beer isn't as crisp as I would like for a beligan. It is slightly watery on the palate. That's the only really big flaw I can find with thsi beer.

I could make a decent session out of this beer. It's worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2007 00:14:37 | More by jasonjlewis
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AMo

Missouri

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

Great Divides Hades Ale pours a light golden yellow with little head that dissipates fairly quickly. The smell is fairly strong, mostly of yeast. According to the bottle its a rare Belgian yeast strain that gives a complex spice flavor and aroma. This is definitely a smooth beer with a medium to strong yeasty aftertaste. I'm not a huge fan of the yeast taste in beer, but this will be manageable to finish. Those of you who like the malt and hops flavor of beer, this one can be skipped; however, on the flipside if you like or want to try a yeasty beer, give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 05:03:47 | More by AMo
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly clear with a very pale gold color. Light lace, small head.

This beer smells far more closely to a cream ale than a Belgian. There are some "white" elements to it, but they are mild.

Ah, the taste is closer to the real thing. Some citrus and a good amount of wheat flavor. The swallow features stronger wheat that dissipates rapidly in the aftertaste. The beer is highly carbonated with a low body texture.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 00:49:59 | More by smcolw
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nickfl

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale golden color with slight haze. Two fingers of bone white head that doesn't stick around long.

S - Strong fruity ester aroma. Bananas, guava, mango and some white pepper. Hops are there in the background blending with the spice.

T - Malty and grainy with herbal hops. Fruitiness is less distinct than in the nose. Finishes with mild bitterness and sweetness lingering on the palate.

M - moderate carbonation. Medium body and a little bit sweet.

D - Pretty good drinkability, but not good enough. The real problem here is the residual sweetness; this beer just isn't dry enough for the style (and even disregarding style it is kind of cloying in the finish). The taste is a little flat as well; but in all fairness that wouldn't have been as noticeable if the aroma wasn't so pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 01:01:02 | More by nickfl
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DaggerEyes

New York

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

22 oz bottle bought at Spuyten Duyvil Grocery on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg Brooklyn

poured into a tulip glass a clear straw gold with a small head with very little retention. Fairly sticky with very small ammount of lacing.

Sweet nose with lots of complex sugary scents going on. A bit earthy, Honeysuckle, spicy yeast, herabacious.

Earthy, chalky with a fair amount of spice on the tip of the tongue.

Fairly thin bodied but rounds out quite nicely and feels a bit fuller than it actually is. A Moderate amount of carbonation with a very dry finish

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 23:38:47 | More by DaggerEyes
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into a heavy glass pint, formed a 1/4" white head over the clear light golden brew. Head dwindles rather quickly, with moderate amounts of lace. Aroma is spicy yeasts and sweet malts. Taste is combination of the nose's two attributes, and they meld quite nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth with easy drinkability. A pleasing, easily approachable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 23:23:11 | More by ppoitras
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atsprings

North Carolina

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

Pours a crisp pale yellow with a decent head that diminished to a ring. The aroma was of Belgian yeast and slight sweet malts. The taste was somewhat sweet and had far less hop character than I would expect from any pale, even Belgian, still somewhat enjoyable. The beer was medium bodied and rather crisp with a nice amount of carbonation. This is an enjoyable beer, but not one I'd pick over a Saison or Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 22:48:53 | More by atsprings
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Douglas14

California

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

This beer pours a light golden, straw color with a nice head that disappears with little lace left. Strong, typical Belgian aroma comes immediately. The same goes for the taste only with a slight American spin. Its spicy, sweet and fruity. This is a great beer from an even better brewery...I wish it appealed a little more to me though. Anyway, worth a try and I recommend it to everyone.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 03:15:44 | More by Douglas14
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jmz62565

Connecticut

2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden/yellow with a small white foamy head that dissappears quickly. This sort of looks like a big time macro. The smell has a Belgian scent to it,candy sugar,lemon,clove and banana. The taste is crisp,but thin and weak. Some clove,banana,wheat,and lemon,but this is pretty disappointing. The m/f is thin and weak with the flavors not really mixing all that well. I can't believe Great Divide made this. I love Great Divide and this is easily their worst beer. Sorry Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 05:46:28 | More by jmz62565
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
Bottled the first week of April 2007.

Pours the palest of golden shades with a light haze. Foamy, white head that settles to an intact sheet rather quickly. Faint traces of thin lacing, but no real eye candy.

Sweet, Belgian candied-sugar; hints of coconut and vanilla. Moderate corriander spice. Stiff, malted wheat and grains with a lingering must and skunk aroma.

Semi-sweet, Belgian candy with an overmatched spiciness of clove and corriander. Metallic-flavored grains with a bland wheat flavor in the middle; reminiscent of a pale lagered beer. The yeast is very evident in the finish with a dark, floral bitterness.

Light in body for the style. Grainy, dry, with an intense level of carbonation.

A bit weak/bland for the style which bordered on a grain-based, Pale Lager. Not one I'll be returning to.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 00:55:22 | More by NEhophead
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bluegrassbrew

Georgia

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

22oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a very clear light gold color. Nice initial head that drops quickly to just a slight ring.

Smell is quite good. Bubble gum at first. Soon notes of sharp citrus and sweet candy sugars take over.

Taste is very solid. Belgian candy sugars are on the edges. Some slight hops on the front with a huge biscuity malt presents throughout. Very dry in the finish with some citrusy zest.

Solid mouthfeel, maybe a tad too thin?

Overall, this is a good beer. Belgian-esque, but not up to the standard of the finest Belgian Ales. Still a very tasty brew. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 02:35:56 | More by bluegrassbrew
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light straw color with about a two fingers of white head. Lacing is nonexistent.

Aroma is of sweet malt, fruit, and spices. I don't really notice any of the yeast I was expecting.

The flavor is on the sweet side. More malt than anything else, really. Some spice and a touch fruit (banana mostly). Not a lot of character as in other Belgians.

Crisp, thin mouthfeel with a dry finish. Highly carbonated. This is an overall easy drinking brew, but not what I want when looking for a BSPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 15:50:19 | More by Imstillthegman
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benito

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed after having two 22-oz. bombers over a few days...

A: In color, like a classic Belgian golden ale with a rocky, foamy head that dissipates too fast and, left for awhile, disappears altogether. Light carbonation...another minor aesthetic flaw

S: This is the highlight of this brew. Spiciness (cloves and pepper) matched well against rubbery phenols. A solid yeast strain they're using there at GD.

T: Initial sweetness gives way to a distinct alcohol warming and a spicy, very dry finish.

M: There are abrupt transitions between the flavors and the length is cut short by the overly dry finish and an acrid aftertaste. They've got to mellow out the finish and let more flavors develop over the course of a pint (or more).

D: Fine, though again, the swift finish does take something away from an otherwise enjoyable beer.

This isn't the best or worst beer from Great Divide, and it's nice to see them take a stab at a Belgian style. Now it's time to tinker and make it even better...

Until then, pick this one up once only and just for the novelty of something new from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 03:44:11 | More by benito
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