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Hades Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hades AleHades Ale

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696 Ratings

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 34
Gots: 14 | 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 YonderWanderer
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.

YonderWanderer, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
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.

cjgator3, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
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.

dreadnatty08, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of russpowell
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

russpowell, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
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.

cswhitehorse, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of meatyard
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.

meatyard, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of Billolick
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

Billolick, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
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.

jasonjlewis, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of AMo
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.

AMo, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of smcolw
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.

smcolw, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of nickfl
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.

nickfl, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of DaggerEyes
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

DaggerEyes, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
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.

ppoitras, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of atsprings
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.

atsprings, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of Douglas14
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.

Douglas14, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
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.

jmz62565, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
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.

NEhophead, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
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.

bluegrassbrew, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
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.

Imstillthegman, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of benito
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.

benito, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of BeardedSquash
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear gold liquid. A brief view of a fleeting white head before its gone leaving no lacing. Needs that rocky head, man. That's all its missing.

S: Clean sweet fruit and yeast aroma. Some peppery notes come out as it warms. A no bullshit, spot on Belgian nose up front.

T: A dry bready taste that quickly segues into a fuller, wheaty yeasty mouthful. Some light clove in the background that settles into a sugary finale.

M: Once again, dead on the money. A light mouthfeel that tingles with airy bubbles of spiced yeast.

D: A wonderful Belgian. Carries every characteristic of a delicious strong pale.

BeardedSquash, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of SupaCelt
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a handsome golden ale with a fizzy head of white that crumples with haste. No lace present. Light carbonation.

The nose is probably the best aspect of this beer. It is very pleasant and sweet smelling. Candy sweetness and some flowery potpourri. These components, while nice to sniff, are also quite subdued. Not much else to remark on. Alcohol is imperceptable per my olfactory abilities.

The taste is actually a bit less intricate than I had expected. The sweet and mildly spicy tones are quite nice to taste, but they seem somewhat under expressed. Overall, this is enjoyable to drink but it is an unremarkable brew in terms of complexity and boldness.

The mouthfeel is quite light and watery.

The drinkability is good as this beer has no qualities that are offensive. Likewise, there are no qualities that evoke the giddy enthusiasm that comes with a truly outstanding brew. It is light, a bit bland, but decent. No disappointment here but no overwhelming sensation either. A one night stand to be certain.

SupaCelt, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear gold with a short-lived white head a very little lace.

Smell: A muted reserved aroma is dextrinous malt (a hint of fruit) and alcohol with some banana phenols and spices.

Taste: There is a sweet malt attribute but this Belgian Strong Pales Borders on Malt licor to me. It is not bad. It has a fruity sweetness, pale malt, bread and spice flavor but it lacks the complex yeast flavors that make this style great. This one is a simple beer and doesn’t quite have the depth I would be looking for. Still, tasty enough to try. I’ll come back to it again in the future.

Mouthfeel: It is lively. That is well carbonated. Almost too much carbonation. It has a smooth dry finish after you get past the bubbliness.

Drinkability: It goes down easy enough with a dry finish but the alcohol it a little too prevent to consider it a sessioner and the carbonation a bit high to think of it as an evening nightcap sipper so it sits with me as an interesting one time novelty but not likely to find its way into my regular rotation of beers.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden, with bright highlights and great clarity. Aromas are of zesty, almost salty hops and an almost phenolic, spicy yeast character. It's got an earthiness that reminds of licorice or gentian root. On the palate, there's a softy, doughy bit that runs into some white fruits and spices. Things turn just a tad sweet at the mid-palate, but remain light. The end is quite dry. Mouthfeel is excellent -- fleshy carbonation that's not too heavy, alongside some light Belgian malts. Overall, this is very good. It's not as American as many American beers of Belgian style are. Good dryness, refreshing flavor, well balanced. Definitely a winner.

geexploitation, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a bright pale golden color ale with a huge white foamy head with perfect retention and good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is kind of cloying and more or less enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by sweet sugary malt which is kind of gross with a weird oily texture and light yeasty finish. Average body with some good carbonation. Definitely not the best beer from this usually fine brewery and not something that I am eager to try again and almost makes me want to suggest to the brewery to stay away from Belgian Ale and keep doing the IPA/IIPA and IS.

Phyl21ca, Aug 28, 2007
Hades Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.