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:
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear and golden with a single finger head without much retention.

S: spice and belgian yeast but light. some banana notes.

T: nice hop character. The spices and yeast blend very well. More fruity notes in the taste.

M: high carbonation and medium to light body.

Overall: Drinkability is excellent. I thought the hop character and complexity was better than would be expected.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good basic belgian style pale ale. pours a plain looking light adjunct lager color with a one inch white head. smells like german malts and belgian yeast. in your face and strong there. flavor is a little hoppy with a nice yeast crispness at the end. like a vienna lager in the finish. mouthfeel is too light for me, but plenty of bubbles and a nice sturdy abv for such a light feeling brew. dangerously sessionable. going to be good with some spice grilled burgers!

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin coating of bubbles on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of earthy yeast in the nose along with some hints of floral hops and spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the spices are a little more prominent and faint hints of alcohol, bitterness and biscuit malts are also evident.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink considering its strength and would make for a good strong pale ale to drink on a summer day (if you want something with a little more strength compared to a saison).

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Great Divide for sending this beer to Lexington. The beer fares quite well for its style and considering that most American brewerys cannot brew decent Belgian beers.

The beer begins with the standard straw color with a lively carbonated performance, good head-stance, but didn't retain as well as I had hoped.

Flavors portray a well-attenuated pilsner malt flavor with a good dose of honey/nectar sweetness, perfumy and flowery hops that balance well and dare to challenge the limits of hops in a Belgian pale ale. Estery, fruity and light on phenolics, the beer flavors capture the style well.

Fairly dry and fully attenuated, the beer proves both palatable and drinkable. Bitterness is a bit high, but aids to the dryness and cleanliness.

Hats off to Great Divide, this beer does something that U.S. breweries rarely do... to produce a Belgian beer that rivals some of the good ones from Europe.

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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 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 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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished installing a new garbage disposal and felt the need to celebrate.

Bottled in the first week of August 2007

A - Poured out a clear, golden/yellow color with a bubbly, white, one-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, grains and alot of yeast.

T - It tasted of tons of yeast. There was also noticeable clove and dried fruits complimented by a light maltiness.

M -It was crisp and sharp. Fairly fizzy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This a pretty good American representation of a Belgian. Really, though, I'd rather have one from Belgium.

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Photo of nickfl
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the few beers from one of my favorite breweries that I had not tried yet,for one Iam not a huge fan of the style,but I was thinkin that maybe GD put their own little spin to this.Poured into a large tulip glass a clear light to medium golden with a very tight sticky one finger bone white head that left broken lace behind as it settled pretty slowly.A mix of overripe pineapple,green apple,and light spicey yeast in the nose,with just a hint of herbal/leaf.Mouthfeel is a little light but not overly watered down,flavors are a little lighter than expected with some phenolic-like clove flavors and some medicinal qualities.Its ok but there are to many traits in this brew that makes me not a huge fan of the style,like say the medicinal compnonent,but in saying that its decent for the style and I wont grade it down because of my feelings about the style.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with very good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Some very nice lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of banana, clove, spicy yeast, and bread. Aromas are a bit weak. Taste of banana, cloves, honey, spices, and some other fruitiness. Fairly dry finish, but there is some slight spicy and fruity sweetness that lingers for a brief period after the finish. No bitterness detected in this as well. Medium carbonation and body, has a good mouthfeel for a Belgian style. Overall, this is quite an enjoyable Belgian style from Great Divide.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fizzy white 1.5 finger head rises up and bubbles its way down quickly to a lighter head covering and stops. Slightly clear wheat yellow colored beer.

N: A strong Belgian malt and yeast aroma, very Belgian ale like. Some wheat with a little banana and lemongrass, chewy malts, some toasty malts too. There is also a slight fresh bread dough aroma. Slight grassy hops as well.

T: Starts with chewy malts, mostly Belgian malts. There's also some big time Belgian yeast, with a slight fruity quality and Belgian ale flavors. Some grassy and slight spicy hops, lighter but there with a very mild bitterness. More lemongrass and slight wheat flavors, touch of banana, touch of raisin too actually, hint of Belgian candi sugar, but mostly dry taste. A very slight alcohol warmth. Some toasty malts, bready malts, fresh bread dough taste too. It starts to get a little Belgian tripel taste too.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes mostly dry, but not too dry. Some more Belgian malts and yeast flavors, with a hint of fermented and dried Belgian candi sugar that has turned to dry feel and a touch of boose. Hints of wheat again, with a little banana and lemongrass. More fruit, with a little citrus to go with the wheat. Chewy malts, Belgian malts, and slight toasty malts linger. Slight lingering grassy bitterness.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hades pours a clear golden body with a hint of an amber cast and some darker, but not quite orange, highlights. The short and creamy white head holds fairly well and leaves short walls of tiny spotted lace behind.

The aroma is spicy and apple-like with some dark fruit skins mixed in and a hint of chalkiness and sulphur as well. Some mild phenolics hide below the surface as well. The maltiness is a touch candy-ish.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a bit of a dextrinous edge and a gently zesty, fine-bubbled carbonation that tingles the tongue.

The flavor is mainly of grainy malt that's gently biscuity, but it's also heavily influenced by yeast character, giving it notes of spice (anise, black pepper, green cardamom, coriander), a subtle touch of vanilla, and fruit (apple, soft plum, a hint of melon, grapefruit, and perhaps some other tropical fruit as well - a smidge of lemon). Hops add a spicy/grassy edge. The alcohol is well-concealed, and the bitterness is balancing at a level that stays just below the maltiness, supporting and balancing it but not being intrusive. It finishes dry with a hint of chalkiness and some sugar/vanilla/fruit.

Nicely done, and drinkable. Well-rounded and somewhat easy to drink.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a somewhat clear gold (some suspended solids were noted) with a rather large white head that then died down but left very minimal lacing. Aroma is sweetness, citrus, spice, and yeast.

Taste is malty sweet and yeasty. Orange and lemon citrus stand out. Lively spices (pepper, clove) dance throughout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. That over 7% ABV is detectable but covered up very well by the flavors.

All in all, not a bad attempt by Great Divide at the style. There are better out there but you won't be too disappointed opting to spend some time with this guy.

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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 mactrail
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crisp blonde ale with Belgian complexity.

Beautiful pale color in the Brigand chalice with lacy streamers of foam. Very flowery in the mouth and fragrant in the nose. Tart with a perfectly balanced hint of sweetness. Bitterness takes over the long finish, both hops and apparently the Belgian yeasty funk. Light body, nicely carbonated on the tongue.

I think it would be interesting to taste this against authentic Belgians in the same style. I think this version would prove more drinkable. Great Divide does the Belgian styles better than their other beers, I think-- the Hades, Belgica, and Hoss are my favorites.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, sparkling light yellow body with a white, creamy head.

Smell: A sweet-smelling grainy nose with hints of yeast, pineapple, banana, and perfumy hops.

Taste: Again, sweetish and grainy, but with a pronounced, sweet lemony flavor and lesser notes of yeast and banana. Light, spicy hops lend a bit of bitterness to the lightly acidic, semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I will say that when faced with the task of soothing my harried nerves after navigating my way through Atlanta traffic, the Great Divide Hades did a bang up job.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another."


Corn silk with less than abundant carbonation. There are enough bubbles, however, to have created an attractive alabaster crown that looks better and better as it melts. It's more than competent in the lace department as well. It doesn't look Belgian, but it does look good.

The nose isn't classic for the style, but it, too, is well done. The beer smells bright, fresh grain-like, lemony and a bit spicy-yeasty (the only true link to the style). I have a feeling the flavor will follow that same path: a good American craft beer that has no business being compared to the *real* Belgian ales.

If one holds Duvel up as the comparison, Hades falls considerably short. If one is simply looking for a well-crafted Belgian-style golden ale from a great American craft brewery, then this ain't a bad way to go. Other than the fact that it favors simple over complex, there aren't many chinks in the armor.

The untoasted, biscuity maltiness provides just enough sweetness to keep the hops from dominating and to keep the finish from being dry. Although I had no luck determining the hop bill, Saaz is almost certainly present. Its characteristic snappy lemony grassiness is a wonderful foil for the subtle clove spiciness. Actually, Hades tastes quite a bit like a (borderline Imperial) pilsener spiked with Belgian yeast.

The body/mouthfeel is better in the second half of the bomber because it begins to favor medium over what was initially light-medium. It's more American ale (lightly viscous) than Belgian ale (airy and creamy), and the bubbles provide enough zestiness to keep things humming right along.

Hades Ale is a moniker that belongs to something black and oily and grungy, like a high-ABV Russian Imperial stout aged in oak barrels. This beer is bright and sunny. It's also delicious and wonderfully drinkable. While this is far from their most impressive effort, Great Divide delivers the goods yet again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Evolution pint glass

A: The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a small head and little lacing retention

S: The nose is floral with some malt and a definite yeast component. It is a distinctly belgian style nose.

T: The taste matches the nose, it is yeasty but nice and floral as well. It gets a little tangy and bitter on the back end.

M/D: This beer has a nice mouthfeel with a lot of little bubbles. It is very drinkable and I enjoyed it. Then again, Great Divide typically does not disappoint.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of fluffy white foam on a very carbonated golden yellow body. Even settling for ten minutes left behind a ton on lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was light, pears, apples, hints of light lemon an citrus pops in it. Nice. Warming brings hints of the yeast and nice touches of the bready touches of. Light, well balanced flavor. Hints of citrus and pears nicely balanced against light bready notes, hints of grain and a nice well balanced feel. Very, very drinkable and just a very well rounded light belgian ale.

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Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I so wanna take Cerberus for a walk like that... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises clove, orange peel, nutmeg, black pepper, bread yeast, and coriander. The taste holds notes of mandarin orange syrup, orange rind, clove, black pepper, cardamom, greens, and a touch of flowers in the background. A strange orange-resin bitterness pervades, holding steady in intensity throughout. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a light syrupy feel. Overall, a nice BSPA, but the flavors just aren't for me.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While working at Bocktown Beer and Grill this one quickly become a go to when it was on tap during it's initial release. Appears a light pale slightly clouded bright golden hue matched with an egg shell foamy white head, dwindles rather quickly with large bubbles clinging to my snifter. Dissipating head forms fine sporadic lacing with each sip. Aromatics full of spicy yet soft characteristics matching the likes of vanilla and tropical fruit with herbal chamomile tea. Definitely a highlight of malts and funky yeast notes but like other Belgian style strong golden ales it finishes with a balanced slightly grassy hop profile. Flavor full of spicy clove with vanilla creamy light toasted malts, a touch of black licorice, tropical mellow fruits, mild citrus again finishing with that chamomile herbal tea hop profile. Mouthfeel is not cloying in anyway although medium bodied carbonation is light and effervescent enough to carry this brew with ease. Drinkability is insanely and dangerously high light and complex will keep you intrigued and refreshed with that mid grade alcohol creeping on you the entire session.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a white head. This is not what a Belgian ale is supposed to look like. This is what a lager looks like. Nose is barely spiced. Flavor is okay. Kind of mild. Dough is there as is some funk. It's decent. Feel is okay on both liquid and carbonation. This is an okay beer. It's not bad by any means. It's just not a very good example of this style. I'm glad they released it in 12 ounce bottles so I didn't have to waste time and money on a bomber.

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