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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 06-11-2007

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Ratings: 708 | Reviews: 373
Photo of sevopie
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
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...

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Franchise
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of sml505
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, light gold with small frothy white head.

S - Toasted grain, banana, caramel, spice of light pepper/ coriander.

T - Sweet and lightly bitter and sweet. Light spice, coriander.

O/ M - Medium mouthfeel. Enjoyed the beer, but does not seem like a traditional Belgian. Nice spicy flavors.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass
Bottled: 1st week of August, 2007

A - Pours a surprisingly pale and cloudy yellow color, almost like a hefe. Head is smallish at about 1/2 inch and fades quickly, leaving a thin layer of bubbles. Lacing is pretty minimal.

S - Strong scents of lemon, banana and clove. Orange zest and perhaps coriander accompany. A bit of sugary sweetness mixes well with the fruit flavors. Kindof one-dimensional.

T - Starts with strong, tart lemon and some banana flavors. Lots of fruity flavors with some typical yeasty spice (clove, coriander, etc). Finish remains sweet with very little perceived bitterness. Bottle promises "noticeable hops" but I'm not finding them.

M - Tart flavor and high carbonation work hand in hand. Medium body with some spicy finish but little drying.

D - Low in alcohol for the style, making it a pretty drinkable beer. Flavor is not complex, but its never offensive.

A disappointing take on the Belgian Strong Pale Ale, tasting at times more like a german hefeweizen than the quintessential Duvel. Probably wouldn't buy again.

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

Pours a nice very slight haze golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, nice touch of yeast, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, nice touch of some kind of spices, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first GD in a long time, they still make some very tasty brew's.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a light and hazy lemon color with two fingers of bright white head.

Aroma of light malt, Belgian yeast, lemon, and flowers.

The taste is slightly tart and yeasty. Traces of pepper, bread, and lemon appear and then quickly fade away.

Light to medium mouthfeel and moderately carbonated.

A good Belgian Strong Ale but not one of my favorites by style or by Great Divide.

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

Bottled the second week of September 2007; drunk the third week of April 2008.

Pours a very nice light gold in color with a super-white head and substantial carbonation.

It has that nice Belgian aroma of biscuits and a wee bit of funk, coriander and other spice.

The taste is bready with notes of pepper and a bit of earthiness. The higher alcohol level is well-hidden. This isn't as sweet as other beers of the style, this is more funky.

The body is light and sharp. The heavy carbonation adds to the peppery and spicy quality of this beer.

Overall, this is a decent example of the style. It's worth drinking, but there are even better options out there.

Photo of
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Mostly clear, pale yellow in color. Large, rocky, white head. Some legs, decent lacing. Despite the head, beer itself seems rather still.

Aroma is citrus and coriander. Yeast and bread dough. Pretty mild overall.

Sweet more than bitter, apples and grapes (white). Touch of medicinal flavor. Candi sugar. Citurs. Herbal/grassy at the finish.

Light to medium in body. Medium carbonation, could be higher. Fairly dry.

I am a huge fan of Great Divide, but this beer doesn't do much for me. I expected more hops (not true to style, but true to GD). Overall, the beer is OK, but there are better efforts out there in this category.

Photo of Derek
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden-yellow, white head, very little retention, slight lacing. I expect a little more from a "Belgian".

S: Sulfur/mineral aroma with bread, caramel & toffee.

T: Bread, caramel, toffee, light spicing with a little tropical fruit. Alcohol is very subtle.

M: Moderate body and carbonation; smooth.

D: Surprising for its strength.

Photo of soupyman10
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one on the hopes that it'd keep up with the solid Great Divide beers I'd had in the past. Not quite, although nothing too disappointing. Poured a nice light straw color with a fairly weak finger of quickly dissipating head. Looks alright. Nose is nice and tasty; lots of spicy wheat and citrus, with some biscuity hints as well. Malt backbone. Flavor is similar up front, but it actually slips a bit as the beers gone on. The carbonation is too strong, and it combines with this sort of blandness that creeps into the beer. Sadly, the flavor just isn't that good, and the good nose can't disguise it. Overall, it's not terrible, just not terribly good either. A mediocre beer that might serve as an okay intro to the style. Interesting how a lot of American brewers that do some beers so well have a hard time with light Belgians.

Photo of JDV
2.48/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared with Fly, Dewbrewer, Humulone_Red and others. Thanks guys!
Slightly cloudy yellow pour. Light malt nose almost like the smell of a hot bowl of fresh white rice. Taste is rice-y, wheaty, and moderatley spiced in the style of a wit-bier. A bit sweet overall. Interesting beer, but not a favorite of mine.

Photo of Norsebrew
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow bubbly brew. I used a goblet syle glass to bring out the aroma of bananas and belgium yeast. The flavor was light and sweet with a bananas and spice which, for me, slowly started to become less and less tasty. Highly carbonated. Overall, this beer is just OK and would probably be best with food and not enjoyed by itself.

Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very mild Belgian style Stong Pale Ale. Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice size white head. The head quickly fades to a covering. No lacing. The smell is fairly pronounced, cloves, bananas and astringency. Taste is mild for a Belgian style ale. The astringency, bananas, cloves, bubble gum are all there but not to the level that knocks your socks off.

Mouthfeel is suitably rich.

This taste would make the style very accessible for someone that has not had much experience with Belgian beers. This also raises the drinkability a bit. Between 7.3 abv and a mild, for a Belgian, flavor this beer is more drinkable than most.

I tend to like a more dramatic smell and flavor with Belgian styles, but this is not a bad beer at all.

Photo of rajendra82
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out a very pale shade of yellow and developed a steady head that was smallish when compared to the standard bearer Duvel which supplied the Tulip glass. The smell was clean, sweet, and floral. The hop notes typical in the other Great Divide beers were completely absent. The was too cloyingly sweet for a beer of this style. I prefer my Belgian Pale Ales bone dry, and the yeast strain they chose seemed not up to par to do the job needed. Pepper, vanilla, and pear notes were present, but candi sugar dominated them all. Mouthfeel was medium, but lacked that necessary crisp snap. Not a good choice if one needs to start on Journey towards Belgian style beers.

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

While working at Bocktown Beer and Grill this one quickly become a go to when it was on tap during it's initial release. Appears a light pale slightly clouded bright golden hue matched with an egg shell foamy white head, dwindles rather quickly with large bubbles clinging to my snifter. Dissipating head forms fine sporadic lacing with each sip. Aromatics full of spicy yet soft characteristics matching the likes of vanilla and tropical fruit with herbal chamomile tea. Definitely a highlight of malts and funky yeast notes but like other Belgian style strong golden ales it finishes with a balanced slightly grassy hop profile. Flavor full of spicy clove with vanilla creamy light toasted malts, a touch of black licorice, tropical mellow fruits, mild citrus again finishing with that chamomile herbal tea hop profile. Mouthfeel is not cloying in anyway although medium bodied carbonation is light and effervescent enough to carry this brew with ease. Drinkability is insanely and dangerously high light and complex will keep you intrigued and refreshed with that mid grade alcohol creeping on you the entire session.

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a very modest head for a Belgian style; some lacing, however

Smell: Bubblegum, floral banana and white pepper

Taste: Opens with a wheat bread flavor that becomes fruity (pear and apricot) and spicy (coriander and white pepper) by mid-palate; after the swallow, the yeasty/herbal elements build up in power, with the finish being dry and peppery

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Not quite as good as the devil himself, this beer is still deserving of its name

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

"Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another."


Corn silk with less than abundant carbonation. There are enough bubbles, however, to have created an attractive alabaster crown that looks better and better as it melts. It's more than competent in the lace department as well. It doesn't look Belgian, but it does look good.

The nose isn't classic for the style, but it, too, is well done. The beer smells bright, fresh grain-like, lemony and a bit spicy-yeasty (the only true link to the style). I have a feeling the flavor will follow that same path: a good American craft beer that has no business being compared to the *real* Belgian ales.

If one holds Duvel up as the comparison, Hades falls considerably short. If one is simply looking for a well-crafted Belgian-style golden ale from a great American craft brewery, then this ain't a bad way to go. Other than the fact that it favors simple over complex, there aren't many chinks in the armor.

The untoasted, biscuity maltiness provides just enough sweetness to keep the hops from dominating and to keep the finish from being dry. Although I had no luck determining the hop bill, Saaz is almost certainly present. Its characteristic snappy lemony grassiness is a wonderful foil for the subtle clove spiciness. Actually, Hades tastes quite a bit like a (borderline Imperial) pilsener spiked with Belgian yeast.

The body/mouthfeel is better in the second half of the bomber because it begins to favor medium over what was initially light-medium. It's more American ale (lightly viscous) than Belgian ale (airy and creamy), and the bubbles provide enough zestiness to keep things humming right along.

Hades Ale is a moniker that belongs to something black and oily and grungy, like a high-ABV Russian Imperial stout aged in oak barrels. This beer is bright and sunny. It's also delicious and wonderfully drinkable. While this is far from their most impressive effort, Great Divide delivers the goods yet again.

Photo of rallison
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden color with a 1/2 finger fizzy head that basically dies.

S: Yeasty and spicy. Not bad.

T: At first, it struck me as slightly skunky or something, but then I realized it was just yeasty spiciness. This flavor grew on me though, and I liked it. Light malt flavor with a touch of sweetness with a big spiciness. Relatively straightforward, but good.

M: Light body with medium to high carbonation. Crisp.

D: Very good. The bomber went quickly.

Recommended if it's not too expensive. A solid, easy drinking, spicy Belgian pale. Would go nicely with lighter meats and whatnot.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished installing a new garbage disposal and felt the need to celebrate.

Bottled in the first week of August 2007

A - Poured out a clear, golden/yellow color with a bubbly, white, one-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, grains and alot of yeast.

T - It tasted of tons of yeast. There was also noticeable clove and dried fruits complimented by a light maltiness.

M -It was crisp and sharp. Fairly fizzy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This a pretty good American representation of a Belgian. Really, though, I'd rather have one from Belgium.

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Hades Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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