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Hades Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 720 |  Reviews: 373
Reviews by Douglas14:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of adamette
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought for $2.29 at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. "Bottled date" of APR 03 2009.

A Very pale yellow translucent body with minimal white, short lived head that leaves little to no head. Not that impressive, really. 2.0

S Light Belgian yeast and barley smell. Really slight, distant smell. 2.5

T Wow, the smell of this beer really did not give me much insight to the taste like other beers. The taste is a nice, malty Belgian Pale Ale with a nice, satisfying Belgian yeast taste as well. True to the style, a kind of classic BSPA taste. 4.5

M Moderate as this is a beer on the light side except that the malt, yeast and a slight kick of alcohol beefs it up. Nice feel for the style. 4.0

D Good drinkability for the style. 4.0

Notes: This beer really made a "comeback" in my book since the look and the smell left something to be desired but this is a nicely brewed Belgian Pale Ale that really hit the mark. Another nice beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Eddiehop
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of dalepryor
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel Tulip glass. Bottled Aug 10 2012.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that quickly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Quite a big Belgian aroma. Belgian yeast and funk with big hints of cloves, banana, lemon zest, pear, apple, orange, white grape, and some coriander. Some fairly grassy hops and light hints of grapefruit esters. Big presence of candied sugars. Also some soft malts along with hints of caramel. A pretty sweet but spicy smelling ale.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a complex, sweet, and spicy Belgian style taste. Spicy and funky Belgian yeast with clove and coriander spices. Big notes of fruits including banana, lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape juice, and a little grapefruit. Fairly grassy with a mix of earthy and citrus hops. Big taste of candied sugar. Towards the finish is a quite noticeable taste of malts with some notes of biscuit, crackers, and caramel. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy and juicy feel that is fairly smooth. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A really good take on this Belgian style. Good use of Belgian yeast and spices. Fruit taste is solid.

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Photo of pvibeer
4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BigJim5021
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After trying Belgica (which is absolutely great), I was pretty pumped to try Great Divide's BSPA. Sadly, it didn't live up to my expectations.

The smell is sweet -- which I assume comes from the candi sugar -- and at the same time a bit soapy. Not awful, but nothing all that great either.

The flavor is akin to an apple-y pilsener. Again, it's not bad, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel is decent due to good carbonation and some nice dryness.

Drinkability is decent as well. I was expecting better, but got a wholly inoffensive but generally average beer.

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Photo of shodrod
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden color with absolutely no head. It was carbonated I swear, just had no head. The aroma had strong hints of a river bank where fish have washed up. The taste was very wheaty with slight hints of apple juice. Overall, not my favorite example of this style. This brewery makes great beers but fell short on this one.

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of champ103
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fairly clear golden/straw color. A two finger white head forms with lots of bubbles rising to the top. The rocky foam has good retention, and nice lace is left behind.
S: A big peppery yeast is up front. Some fruity esters as well. Banana, citrus, lemon. A big and dry grassy hop aroma. Plenty of bread and biscuit malt. Really good.
T: A big peppery yeast is up front and center again. Grassy and floral hops with lots of bread and biscuit malt. Still very good, but does not seem to have the complexity of the nose.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and dry. Creamy at the same time. Very easy to drink. This is a pleasure to drink, and I wanted more after I finished.

This is a really good Belgian Pale Ale. What I would expect the style to be, and very enjoyable. Something I highly recommend.

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Photo of Zundo
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light hazy yellow (pineapple juice in color) one finger head with light lacing.

Smell: Pineapple, pear, clove, grassy and a bit peppery

Taste: Definately peppery, clove, pear and banana. Yeast is present too.

Mouthfeel: Light smooth and smooth

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable. The peppery, yeast bite is the only thing that could foreseeably slow you down.

I really enjoyed this and I don't even like clove...at all!

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Photo of RAC81
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of jdense
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from John's Marketplace into Piraat tulip.

Clear strawish golden hue under one finger white quickly dissipating head. Pears, apples and Meyer lemons in the nose and taste buds. Pretty effervescent mouthfeel with alcohol well hidden. Fairly dry finish. Taste is nothing spectacular, not an exemplar in a difficult category. If given my druthers, I prefer Pranqster. Glad I tried it, but not something I'd purchase again.

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Photo of Twal
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in Tulip,looked away and if there was any head on the beer I missed it in the 5 seconds I was typing (hades) in the BA search bar,there is absolutely zero head or bubbles or sign of life for that matter,it appears to be a glass of apple juice.
Taste was a little disappointing (for me) I had higher hopes based on some of Great Divide's recent offering.
Personally did not like it,seemed as though it was a dud,no carbonation but after reading similar reviews.

2nd attempt was a better effort,I've bumped up my rating from a D+
This beer seems better to be had straight from the bottle...

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Photo of ManUtdSooner
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of DrIPA
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of AMo
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of cardinals22
4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dbarny76
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of jtnord
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Hades Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 720 ratings