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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ArrogantB on 06-11-2007

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Photo of Brunite
1.9/5  rDev -48.6%
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 cokes
2.3/5  rDev -37.8%
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 -37.8%
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 -34.9%
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 -34.9%
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%
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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Photo of Overlord
2.56/5  rDev -30.8%
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 -28.9%
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 -28.4%
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%
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 -26.8%
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 -26.2%
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 -26.2%
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 -25.9%
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 Dewey0603
2.77/5  rDev -25.1%
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 -23.5%
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 -22.7%
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 jcnd9803
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - I really wasn't planning on it being this golden. This is about the clearest beer I've ever had.

S - Banana, clove, yeast, and spice.

T - Belgian yeast, banana and spice. Pretty standard Belgian-style golden ale.

M - Actually thin and watery.

D - Not enjoying this that much. Definitely my least favorite from this great brewery.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

via duffextracold

Clear straw color. Thin white bubbly head that fades quickly. Constant bubbles emitted from the glass bottom: looks effervescent.

Smells like cantaloupe and spice.

Tastes of hearty sweet malt with some lemon and spice at the end. No indication of high abv. Kinda boring actually. High carbonation ruins the mouthfeel and doesn't fit the taste.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Bright straw body with a modest head that comes nowhere near measuring up to the namesake of the glass, but it does stick around and leave a bit of lacing.

Smells tame but pleasant, with floral, clove and tangy yeast aromas all present, but all mild. Tastes a touch more lively, with a certain spiciness (white pepper?) and a bit of lemon perking things up. Lacking in crispness and carbonation, and there's a bit of a clingy sweetness in the finish. It's not bad at all, but it's pretty forgettable.

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Photo of becktone
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 12-26-08

Done horizontally with La Binchoise Special Reserve

Eye: Sparkling gold, crystal clear. Head formation is nice but retention could use some work, it falls to a thick blanket over the beer. Pretty average. Lacing is a thin, sickly and disappointing sheet.

Nose: Alcohol is present in the aroma, not dominant, but its warmth can be smelt. Spicy hops, I'm gonna say Sazz, are in the background. Overall pretty clean and crisp smelling. Malt backbone is present, but not as forward as I'd like. I would like this beer to be much bigger with the malts. The classic candi sugar aroma is missing, this is what I was really hoping for in this beer. Malt aroma is grainy in a way...really the big aromas here are spicy hops, warmth, and a soft malt aroma accented by touches of graininess.

Tongue: The sweet malt flavor and candi sugar first hits the palate and then is swept away. Coming next some hops, graininess. Finally at the end some caramel tones. Alcohol is noticeable, its flavor leaves its mark on the tongue. It seems to interfere with the aftertaste, that caramel flavor is now harder to pick up, the alcohol is getting in the way of that. Comined with the hops the alcohol, well...they both take away from this beer. Spicy and grassy tones from hops and the alcohol destroy the complexity of the malt. I don't think that this beer is big enough to support the characteristics of hops and alcohol. There isn't enough sweetness in this beer, not enough malt. The hops and alcohol seem like they belong to an IPA, they are out of place. The only Belgian connection I can see here is the Belgian IPA, and even so those have a much larger, and much more forward malt flavor. Its not that this is a bad beer, but it is a let down.

Feel and Drinkability: Real light bubbly body, should be a bit heavier. Not too bad though. This is one I'll finish and I'll enjoy it but, this isn't quite what I was looking for, especially when I had a craving for something big and tasty like Duvel. To me this is just a poor imitation of something far better, For the money its not really worth it. Not a bad beer by any means, but it really doesn't have enough belgian kick to it.

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Photo of BMoney575
2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 4-19-09
Bottled on 1-16-09

Pours a clear and fizzy pale yellow, with no head and no lacing.

Smell is Belgian, with subtle notes of grape, sweet malt, and alcohol. Exceptionally smooth.

Taste is all earthy hops and very astringent, with none of the Belgian character that's in the smell. The finish is harsh and quite boozy.

Mouthfeel is very fizzy and sharp, adds to the unenjoyable experience.

Drinkability is poor, not a good beer.

Overall, pass.

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Photo of Rhynes2
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice light golden color with a small head that lingers for a few minutes before fading away. It's a belgian style with some light malt character. The taste is slightly bitter and tastes like a belgian style. Hops give it a slight hop bitterness. it has a slight grassy taste and almost wheat character. It's not really my type of beer and won't be buying this one again any time soon.

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Photo of JMBSH
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A hard pour get me about two fingers of head that shrink to just a coating covering the top. Not the head you would expect for the style. Bright golden in color. Some visible carbonation.

S - A blend of citrus and flowers.

T - Once again that same blend (orange comes to mind) but also some other citrus fruits as well . The hops stick around in the background mostly. Finishes dry after the initial sweetness.

M - Slick up front while the hops sticks around in the back of the throat. Can't taste the alcohol bite what with the different flavors at play.

D - I don't know. I seems like there is too many different tastes going on and my mouth doesn't seem to like that. An OK beer but not one that I would seek out to have again anytime soon.

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Photo of youngleo
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a one inch head that didnt hang around very long. Head was white in color. Ale itself was a cloudy lemon yellow color. Left some minimal lacing of rings when drank. Very light smelling, just of lemon and yeast. Tasted of corriander, lemons and yeast. Also perhaps of bread. I didnt think it was all that hoppy. Had a slight bitter alcohol aftertaste. Felt light in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was right. Im glad I tried this Ale. I just dont think I would want to make it a session beer.

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