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Hades Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ArrogantB on 06-11-2007

BEER STATS
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#24,629
Reviews:
372
Ratings:
718
pDev:
12.6%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of LCannon4
1.75/5  rDev -53.1%

Photo of Brunite
1.9/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: A nice clear bright yellow. A white puffy head. Lots of carbonation.

S: Arghh. This took be aback. Very foul smelling. Skunky. The beer was fresh (3 months old) enough. Either this was a bad bottle...or a bad beer.

T: Same as the smell. Skunky.

M: Thin...fizzy.

O: Very disappointed. Drainpour.

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Photo of 5lat5ive
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of cokes
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wan gold, and nearly spotlessly clear. A puffy white head appears momentarily after a vigorous pour, and then vanishes entirely.
Feeble aromatics of dormant lawn via pils malt, and vague notions of orange zest, rock candy, and minerals.
Flows into the mouth with the crunchy pils maltiness taking the helm. Solid, if generally requisite start. From here, it goes nowhere. And I mean that literally, as nothing happens. There are phantoms of citric rinds, urine, and candy sugar. But those are so far to the periphery, and so thoroughly run roughshod over by the fizzy, humming carbonation to prove illusory. It rides out with a remnant candy sweetness, and lingering vegetal slickness.
As mentioned, the mouthfeel is gaseous and fizzy and cheap.

Hollow in flavor. Hollow in texture. Hollow in execution. Hollow in its entirety.

No yeast sediment in the bottle, thus not bottle conditioned and not likely to improve with age.

I've loved every other GD bomber I've had. This brew is an aberration.

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Photo of brianjay
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured the Great Divide Hades Belgian Style Ale into the glass. There was virtually no head. Some white, airy bubbles floated on top for a moment, then vanished leaving a bubbly white ring around the glass. The color was a dirty gold, very light and transparent.

Smell was not very inviting: notes of oats and some spice, with an overpowering stale and sour scent.

Mouth-feel was weak and oily. There is not much to the taste either. The weak, stale spice flavor is there briefly. Finish has a quick, brisk bitterness of the hops but it almost comes across as an afterthought (or insult) and quickly vanishes. A weak maltiness fades in and out at the very end.

I have enjoyed Great Divide in the past, and am a huge fan of Belgian and Belgian-style ales. I was quite disappointed with this "Belgian-style."

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Photo of damienblack
2.41/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours thin, watery golden, almost completely transparent. Decent bubblies at the top, at least. Smell is nice at first, like pineapple or a sweet citrus fruit, but then it turns to like corn, followed by a harsh metallic smell overriding everything. Taste... well, it is crisp and carbonated, that's all it has going for it. It's artificial and metallic, with a good deal of astringency. Has a rotten or spoiled feel to it, like socks almost. Sour in a bad way. Oily feel, like fish oil, or the oil you would get tuna packed in. Same thing I get with Magic Hat Circus Boy. The earthy hoppiness helps augment the bad flavors instead of cleansing them, making more of a rancid, bitter aftertaste. It's pretty thin and watery, so if it tasted decent it would be inoffensive. The carbonation's the only thing it's got going for it. Great Divide, you've let me down here.

Also, bottling date stamped on is 1/18/09, so I know it isn't an old bottle.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.41/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours absolutely clear pale gold. Head is initially thick but quickly dissipates to a thin sheen with plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma is pale malt and unidentifiable yeasty spices.

Taste is similar to the nose. Pale malt, with a mild grassy quality. Finish holds noble hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall, I am surprised and more than a little underwhelmed by this offering from a really great brewery. This is not really Belgian in character and is a watered down version of a BSPA at best. Don't bother picking this one up.

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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.

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of Overlord
2.56/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, the streak of fantastic beers from Great Divide had to come to an end at some point.

Pours a shockingly pale yellow. At the bottom and edges of the glass, it actually looks like clear liquid. That's a first.

Smells like stale buzzing yeast and a whiff of malt.

Dunno about the flavor. Big zesty lemon-y metallic yeast backbone with some hay/mineral-iness about it, and ... some malt ... and ... staleness?

REally not particularly pleasant. Also too flat.

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Photo of asabreed
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle with the new snazzy GD label into a smaller wine glass.

Appearance: A golden yellow color, slightly hazy, not much bubbles in the body, and hardly any head or lacing. I expected more.

Smell: Grassy and herbal aromas initially with some lemon-dominated citrus in the mix. A bit of spiciness. Almost more of a domestic Saison aroma, as many of them are getting to this point, rather than a Belgian Strong Pale.

Taste: Way too heavy on the bitterness overall. Again, it seems more like a domestic Saison here. Herbal and spicy, yes, but the malt and sweeter flavors are pushed away by too much spice and too much bitterness. Some grassiness comes through nicely, and some lemon zest, but overall it's a bit too masked and unbalanced. Also, dare I say it has a soda water-like aftertaste?

Mouthfeel: The only bright spot here, and it's not that bright. Lighter to medium-bodied with a decent spritz of bubbly carbonation that's fairly decent on the tongue.

Drinkability: VERY disappointed here. I wonder what went wrong, especially since everything I've had from Great Divide has been great. I'd stay away from this one and stick to the Belgians. Glad I only got one bottle.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a Great Divide sampler at Great Divide's Taproom in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed from notes taken yesterday. Not paired with food. Expectations were moderately high, as I tend to like Great Divide's beer. Cost was $1.00 USD.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and poor retention. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: Light vinegar is all me broken nose detects. All apologies, lads.

T: Light vinegar, clean barley, and an excess of crystal malt - which ruins the balance. Poorly built for a Golden Ale. Not complex either. Bland and boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also thin. Light on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable but lackluster. Wouldn't get it again. $1.00 for a sampler is a fair price, but I wouldn't seek this out in bottle form by any means.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I pour the Hades into a wine glass from a 12 oz. bottle. This beer pours a clear and bright medium straw in color. A thin cap settles out too fast.

Nose is light and thin with a bit of spice and Belgian yeast. Did I say thin?

Flavor is equally thin. Did I say thin?

I wasn't huge on Collette but this is making it look good. Bit of pepper spice is present yet notably under carbonated. Touch of sweetness and somewhat vinous in nature.

Offers a decent Belgian aroma with agitation but it takes too much work to get there. Overall. a fail. Thanks for trying..

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.71/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of wcudwight
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear pale golden color. Head rises and falls quickly at 1/2". Lot's of active carbonation.
Smells of Belgian yeast. Straw, hay, kind of earthy. Lacks a lot of the complexity that I've come to expect from Belgian styled beers.
Taste of Belgian yeast and pale malts. Boring for the style with a harsh aftertaste. If BMC were to release a Belgian beer, I imagine it would taste a lot like this.
Mouthfeel is lively and active given the good carbonation, with out being over kill.
This is a sipper. It's also a one and done for me.

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Photo of shodrod
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
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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Photo of claytong
2.74/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a-? didnt get that out of the beer, they might be reviewing partly based on price, not sure. anyways, tasted like a collaboration between a pale and ale and a belgian style ale leaning more towards pale. not much complexity to it. light yellow in color, not much head.

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Photo of Lukebell15
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of rojapa
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Dewey0603
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of denver10
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had this one a long time ago and remember being indifferent towards it, but recently been in the mood to revisit it. Pours a yellow, golden color. Looks like apple juice. A little over a thumbs width white head. The yeast is the first thing I smell and it hit me the moment I poured it into my glass. As it settles the yeast maintains its strength alongside some breadiness from the malt. The funkiness of the yeast is definitely the most assertive of the features and I kinda wish they dialed it down just a tad. Same deal with the flavor, the yeast is what hits the hardest and I think it hit me way too hard. The yeast didn't hide the rest of the flavors though, which were bready, a touch of hops, and a peppery and fruity finish. A nice creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with a nice dose of carbonation to keep it alive in your mouth. I definitely enjoyed it more this time around than the first time but not as much as I'd hoped to. If they could tone the funk down I think this would be much more enjoyable for me. I drank one bottle of this, I couldn't drink any more without taking a break.

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Photo of Twal
2.86/5  rDev -23.3%
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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Hades Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 718 ratings
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