Hades Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hades AleHades Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of cdizinno
4.85/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle, bottled on FEB 25 2010, with a papered logo different than pictured.

A: Cloudy, pale straw with light white head and decent lacing.

S: Very faint, maybe due to alergies, but mild floral hops and very yeasty.

T&M: Tastes much better than the faint smell. Nice balance of spices, quality yeast, and mild floral hops. Light to medium bodied.

This is close to La Fin du Monde and Duvel in quality. Probably even more drinkable and I recieved it in a local 'beer of the month,' so I'm not sure of the price, but it is probably a great buy for the style!!! The only thing Duvel has on this stuff is a slight edge on the clarity and smell. Excellent!

D: Highly recommended. Try with good artisanal cheeses, or an omelet. A crab omelet would be especially nice. Or spinach. Or asparagus....

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Photo of sweemzander
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on Jan. 16th, 2009.

(A)- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a massive white effervescent head with superb retention; its just not dissipating! Lots of sticky lacing all over the place.

(S)- Lots of clove & yeast. Lemony biscuit aromas. Light honey and evident hop/malt background.

(T)- Very evident hop influences with silky lemon and clove with wheat/biscuit notes. Light sweet maltiness of honeyed banannas. Even has an essence of oranges within.

(M)- Smooth as silk with great fruit and bread components. Great carbonation level that borders on sparkling. Great amount of hops added that gives it a superb pale characteristic, yet its still crisp and slightly sweet.

(D)- What an interesting beer. Great classic belgian characteristics with solid pale influences. Light, crisp, and very refreshing. A 6pk on a great summers day would not last long, let alone any day of the year! A superb example of the style it is.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an incredibly crystal clear straw color with a bubbly bright white head. Faint earthy and barnyard aromas, some grassy notes a touch of pepper and clove.

Incredibly clean and crisp, medium bodied concise and extremely well blended flavors. Phenolic balance throughout in contrast to the sweeter Apple and pear undertones. Sweet fruity yeast floral flavors and earthy hops. Incredibly clean balanced and flavorful. Drinkability is dangerously high. Simply an amazing beer. Incredible subtlety. Would get straight 5's if it was a touch less medicinal. But an extremely incredible beer. This thing needs to be available in NJ more often.

All the flavors you want from a big strong Belgian pale ale with the drinkability of a smaller Belgian pale ale. Amazing.

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Photo of NODAK
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma here is a fantastic mix of fruity esters, peppery spices, and yeast. Couldn't get much better.

Pours a very blonde hue in my mug with a fair head that quickly dissipates.

It tastes much like it smells. Initial taste is a burst of banana, mixed with some peppery spices. This comprises much of the body of the beer, which gives way to a finish that has a distinct Belgian yeast flavor profile to it, along with a small hop bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Afterwards, some syrupy sweetness hangs around for a short while.

All in all, it's just about perfect for style. There isn't much of anything about this beer that I would say wasn't done well.

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Photo of ccrida
4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
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).

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear straw colored under a sudsy white foam cap. Bread and yeast on the nose and palate with light fruit. A very creamy rich texture with a medium light body and above average carbonation.

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Photo of drperm
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my trusty Brooklyn footed glass.

A: Exactly what I was hoping for: looks like a slightly-cloudy devil beer -- pale straw and just a mite of haze.

S: Grainy, yeasty, saaz hops, wildflower honey, and hominy.

T: Right now, this is exactly what I want. I wish I had procured more than one from the market. This is right up there with is fellows in this style: Duvel, Pranqster, Don de Dieu....excellent!

M: I can't believe this is 7.8%. No way. [N.B. One hour later, yes I can believe it!] I'm loving this yeast strain. Slightly thin on the finish, but I will forgive them that for the overall richness it maintains.

D: Highly recommended. Try with good artisanal cheeses, or an omelet. A crab omelet would be especially nice. Or spinach. Or asparagus....

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Photo of Treborofmoria
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is golden in color to almost light amber. The nose reveals malt and grassy tones.Taste is all about the herbal belgian yeast. Malty body with distinctive belgian character. Mouthfeel is very light for being over 7%. Drinkability....if you are in the mood for belgian styles, it is very high. I had this at room temp. and it was very good. It has a rustic refinement at room temp. Sounds like a misnomer, but until you try it, it seems to fit. Simliar to style of Celis Grand Cru, I like Celis Grand Cru, but this is better. Tastes cleaner, very true to style, without a doubt worth trying.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Nearly perfect crisp light golden color with fantastic clarity. White two-finger head rises and quickly falls. Little lacing.

Nicely spiced, clovey, a touch of dry banana, crisp.

Airy, light, no bitterness, smooth, easily drinkable, not overly spiced, heavy carbonation is nice and not too distracting, sweetness is leveled and not over taking. Very well blended

Solid ass brew! Very well thought out and well placed flavors. My only draw back was the cold harsh carbonation. Everything else rocked. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BeardedSquash
4.44/5  rDev +20%
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.

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Photo of HombreWing
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber...glass...piraat

Eyes: HAzy golden pure white head ...falls quickly but does leave a little trail

Nose: Nice lemony citrus hop smell ..some yeast spice...bready malts as it warms.

Tongue: Slighty sweet...bready malts balanced by citrusy hops and spicy yeast ...hand in hand w/ it's aroma.

Mouthfeel : a bit more full bodied than for style or at least what I prefer.

Overall experience: I like this better than some other American made Belgian Golden/Strong Pales. I forget what I paid but would buy it again.

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Photo of worta1128
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First foray into Great Divide's catalog. Recommend that you pour it into a glass with a wide bowl and with room for a nice, foamy head. Bubbles disappear quickly, but go a long way in releasing all the bouquet and flavors. Smells almost like a white wine: a Riesling. Fruity and slightly sweet, but not overpoweringly so. In fact, the sweetness gives way to a nice hoppiness after a few moments. Nice aftertaste, i.e. no real bitterness. Very, very nice Belgian ale.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$12.99/6'er @ BevCo. Bottled 5/21/10, 7.8% ABV. No ingredients listed on the mfgr website.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear straw golden, barely eeking out a tiny white head with poor retention and no lacing. The aroma is of spicy phenols (I'm getting green cardamom and white pepper), sulfur, wheat, candi sugar, pineapple, and some delicate floral hops (tastes like Saaz)...reminds me a lot of Goose Island Matilda or Duvel...likely same yeast strain and hops. The mouthfeel is lightly spritzy with a piquant acidity and a medium-dense body. Carbonation is moderate. The taste is quite good...plenty of nice balance between the pale malts, the light candi sugar, a good level of bitterness (like Matilda), a clean ferment, a hint of bubblegum, and spice phenols. Light DMSO (sulfur), which is OK by me for this style.

This is a really enjoyable beer. Well brewed, true to style, considerably cheaper than Duvel, and delicious. I would gladly buy this again and recommend trying it.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I saw the review after buying this beer, and much to my surprise, I was blown away. As someone who is recently getting into the Belgian strong pale, I found the Hades to be very well balanced, especially drinkable and perfect at the evening BBQ I was attending. The consensus around the table was clear. Hades is a damn tasty beer. Maybe because I got a very fresh (new label) bottle, but this was no "B" beer. Kudos to Great Divide

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. It has a perfect blend of Belgium yeast with bittering hops. It pours super clear golden color (a bit surprising for a Belgium.) Smell - crisp/bright/citrusy Belgium yeast. Taste is well balanced of pale ale meets Belgium ale. If you like pale ale you'll dig this. It's a good break from straight forward pales ales. If you like Belgium ales you'll dig this too. It's not too sweet and not overly bitter. Alcohol is very well masked, you can barely tell it's a 7+ abv. I love Great Divide beers - haven't had a bad one yet! Nice work GD!

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Photo of david18
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought that I'd reviewed this beer before and now maybe I think I've never tried it because this is a lot better than I (thought I) remembered. It's very close to Duvel, maybe even better than the Stone 08/08/08.

A little fruitier in aroma than the original but great pale copper color with good light carbonation. I'll get this again and again.

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Photo of hickmancase
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Total Wine:

A: Clear. Golden. One-finger head.

S: Bright. Effervescent. Belgian.

T: A sharp bite into the palate with a dry finish. Crisp. Delicious. Great take on the style.

M: Near perfect carbonation. Light bodied.

D: Excellent example of the style.

Like Duvel.


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Photo of dwilson01
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz into my new belgium tulip glass, this one gotten as a surprise as a mistake by the store. I got a 6er of Titan Ipa and this ended up being in one of the slots. Pours very clear with a slight haze to it. Pale golden yellow in color with a creamy white head a finger thick to top it, good lacing and retention as well.

the smell strikes me right off the bat as malty and fruity. Upon a further inspection I detect more strongly a spicing as well. Orange citrus and coriander spice tinge the nostrils while the malty backbone provides a light bready type scent that is honey sweet.

The flavor is quite complex. The first stage is a bold citrus fruit flavor with some sweet overtones to it. This is followed by the body of the brew composed of the malty flavors; I get an herb bread roll and cornbread elements as well as the sweeter clover honey to compliment. The finish gives me a reminder of the Belgian style this brew emanates from with a slightly sour pinch.

The mouthfeel is extremely creamy, it's thick and robust while being light and fluffy at the same time. This quality makes it very drinkable which for a 7.8% brew can be pretty dangerous although enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a very deep yellow color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, a lot spices, light malts, some fruit and a little hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of spices, apples and honey up front. There's a decent Belgian yeast background. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild but complementary hops presence. Everything seems to work together well in this beer with nothing being too over-powering. The after-taste is lightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a nice not-so-strong Belgian that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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 Lachlan
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Falling Rock during their 10th Anniversary week. Crystal clear, bright and pale yellow with a creamy white dense head that falls away shortly. Excellent carbonation helps sustain a thin, lingering head, though. Nice lace. Aroma is of smooth esters and a hint of yeast. Tastes slightly fruity with a low hop flavor that blends well with the overall profile. Somewhat sweet, but not overly so. Feels creamier than it should for a dry beer- I'd have to credit the CO2 level for perceived body. This isn't a session beer, but it sure drinks like one.

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Photo of Northsider
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in bottle at Bad Apple Chicago.

I don't know much about this style but I ordered a Hades on a whim suggestion from the server. I was scared the abv would be too much for me (laugh if you want), but this beer was excellent and perfectly balance to mask the alcohol content. Color was pale golden. Smell was very biscuity and yeasty. Taste was excellent...better than I had hoped!

Overall, lots of flavor in this one, not to be missed!

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Photo of SamN
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy golden yellow hued beer. Nice complex crown of foam on top, lively streams of happy bubbles pour from the scoring to make a very nice sight in my goblet. Classic Belgian looks.

S- Spicy sweet cloves, bittered tulips, fresh fruit, rich pale malts, some distant buttery dactylics. A quite aromatic beer, but I would slightly richer smells, they seem to fade off slightly.

T- The palette is greeted with a dazzling array of fruity yeast tastes, bold but slightly sweet citrus hops and a strong and reserved backdrop of malt. Finishes on a sort of dull, residual hops bitterness which I don't care for. Starts great, finishes so-so. There's a lot going on here, lots of delicious bright and fruity tastes, a strong lemon tartness bites and almost numbs the tongue. The hops bitterness is kept on simmer till the end when it kind of overcooks and ends up dull and unappealing. But mostly, this is a tasty beer with a lot to enjoy.

M- Medium body and a little bit of chewiness. Holds together well and makes for good pulls from the glass.

D- Quite good. Pity those who drink this from a bottle, a Belgian-style like this needs to be opened up and explored, not simply peer upon it's surface with crude glug-glugs from a dusty, dirty old bottle! Pour this in a proper glass, and tell me it's not great!For it's strength, I'd like a few more of these, please.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
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

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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