Hades Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

372 Reviews
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 Philousa
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imbibed on tap at Haven Gastropub on 6/9/12. Reviewed from notes.

Poured super clear with frothy, thin head. Golden like sunlight. Very floral Belgian yeast exhibits earthy spices. Not much citrus, but it's there if you look for it. Kinda buttery. Taste starts with light Belgian pale malt, then some cloves, allspice, and bitter Belgian malt. A little bit of nutty flourish with fresh berry. Fruit is faint, but there. Not much hops, but fresh grass comes to mind. Bitter cloves linger. Balanced mouthfeel with a dry aftertaste.

Solid American influenced Belgian. Not overly complex, but there's enough in there to keep it interesting.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, clear, light golden yellow with a small brilliant white head. Moderate oily lacing.

The aroma has a nice banana scent along with a rich bready malt.

The taste follows suit with the aroma, clear bready malts, what tastes like Euro pilsner hops and a nice subdued banana ester along with a mild spiciness.

Mouthfeel develops with warming and is full and very very smooth.

Very nice Belgian light pale ale, not terribly complex but very tasty and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Etan
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a tall tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful light gold with a decent white head. Small amount of lacing.

S: Sugary pale malt, stone fruit esters, banana, bubblegum, coarse grain, dry yeast.

T: Rich sweet pale malt, sugary white cake, mildly fruity estes (grapes, nectarine, banana), subtle pepper, soft yeast, hint of alcohol.

M: Light-bodied with some tingly carbonation.

O: Pretty good BSPA.

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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 JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

Poured into a goblet. Brilliant golden colour. Clear. Nice foamy head, good retention, some lacing.

Nose is quite pleasant and wild. Grain, apple, pear, spice, medicinal hops, floral notes, a bit of booze and funky Belgian yeast.

Tasty brew, similar notes as in the nose. Nice apple banana flavor, and the funkiness reminds me of many a Belgian ale. Grain to the finish along with some floral notes. Moderate to light body, carbonation is somewhat high. A bit oily.

A nice Belgian ale, light and flavorful. Would love this on draught.

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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 CloudStrife
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Bottled on Jan 20, 2012.

A: Pours a clear light straw yellow with a 1 finger white had. Almost no visible carbonation and the head becomes a film within a minute.

S: A nice fruity yeast aroma. Some banana, hops and bread notes too. Slight alcohol on the nose. Good belgian smell.

T: Banana yeast flavor with hints of hops. Little bready on the aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Light on the palette. Don't feel the booze till their in your stomach. Low carbonation, no real stickiness.

Overall not a super impressive beer. Good belgian qualities but there are better on the market. Very drinkable though. Great yeast strain.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Taco Asylum in Costa Mesa, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin white head. Clear amber color. No real lacing.

S- Golden malts and some light hops.

T- Very smooth flavor. Muted and yet flavorful. Hoppy and some wine notes.

M- Light bodied but too heavy on the carbonation.

O- Ok beer. Middling.

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

I picked up this bottle in Florida. We get distribution of Great Divide in New Jersey, but I never saw this beer on the shelf at my normal stores. Although I took most of the last month off from beer shopping.

In my tulip I get hazy yellow coloring with a very light head (that dissipated immediately). Hades has a very nice Belgian sour smell. You can really breathe in this beer.

I like the taste of Hades. It was a pretty clean flavor, and the balance is spot on. I get some straw flavor and a little bitter effect. The after-taste was also pretty clean. I like how it eased off the tongue.

I would like to enjoy more bottles of this in the summer. Hades was a light feeling beer, which does a good job of hiding 7.8% ABV. I am going to look around for this in New Jersey to store for the summer.

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

Hades Ale pours a lighter straw color. It’s a little hazy and has more of a gold look when held to light. It’s topped with a very modest white head that rises just above the surface. It falls quickly and leaves a very light, spotty lacing behind. Not bad.

The nose is above average. It’s a little weak in the aromatics department. Needs more strength. Belgian yeast is noted initially. Not a bad place to start. It has a spicy scent, featuring clove and pepper notes. There’s an earthy, grassy scent throughout. Smells a bit like noble hops. Light fruit notes of apple and peach are secondary and subtle. Smells a little malty and sweet late. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but isn’t overly strong.

The flavor is a notch above the nose. The malt base is clearly pilsner. Tastes a little sweet. Belgian yeast adds some nice spicy notes that work well with the yeast. Clove and pepper are the most notable. Fruit flavors of apple and peach are noted, but they are subtle. There’s a grassy hop flavor that’s readily apparent throughout. Definitely seems like some form of noble hop. It’s a nice flavor that works well into the mix. Spicy notes take over on the tail. Alcohol isn’t overly strong. Finishes spicy and grassy.

Hades Ale has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active and quite crisp. It has a nice bite to it. I like it. It’s relatively easy drinking. I could go for a bottle or two. The strong spicy notes might be a bit much beyond that.

Great Divide did a credible job with Hades Ale. It’s pretty good stuff. It does have a few blemishes. The nose could use more strength and perhaps the strong spiciness could be toned down just a tad. It’s pretty enjoyable overall though. Worth checking out.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip the beer pours a bright yellow straw color with a minimal head, not much retention nor lacing. Average looking beer, very little carbonation noticeable. The nose is more impressive with a nice blend of belgian yeast, sweet malt, and earthy hops. The flavor is also pleasant, a mix of cereal bread malt character with belgian yeast esters and earthy hops, well balanced, easy to drink and not overbearing. Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation. Overall, a lighter take on a belgian strong, but sill good.

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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 biggmike
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light golden color with a nice white head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma was fruity and biscuity and very pleasant. The taste was similar and very crisp. The mouthfeel was good. I guess I enjoyed this more than most as I was surprised by the mediocre ratings. I liked it a lot and will have again in the future. Good stuff.

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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 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 CapitolCrusher
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked this one up at the same time as the titan i love when brewers mix the belgian styles with the real hoppy beers

poured into my glass and this one had a nice monster head on it, but the bubbles seemed really fine and loose

smell was OK but did not get the big hops or spice i was expecting, but a lot of clove and vanilla in there, which was OK but just not that appetizing for me

mouthfeel was a bit chewier than i would have thought given the style. perhaps this one was just a different style i am not used to

overall this was an OK beer but not something that i would personally seek out

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with a small dirty white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell has Belgian yeast, light citrus, spice and a light malt scent.

Taste is yeasty, with a sharp malt character. A fruity and peppery aftertaste rounds out this strange brew.

Feel is medium bodied, and medium carbonated. A slight hop bite hits the front of my tongue.

Overall, feels very European, maybe not as good as the trappistes, but a very good beer.


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Photo of DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really weird that this is a summer beer and mine is marked "Bottled Nov. 28 2011" so that means at least two months old.

A - Wow for almost 8% I didn't expect such a bright clear yellow beer. Head was a minimal at a 1/4 inch but it did have a good level of sticky to it with good lacing.

S - For me nothing really stood out it was just a Belgium golden ale with no noticeable ABV sweet malts and that's pretty much it. Yeast was barley noticeable as well.

T - Well it's drinkable and hides the ABV good but it's a pretty hollow beer overall. Yeast is very minimal providing little fruity sweetness. Little to no hop profile providing little bitterness or drying effect. Sweet malts it seems like not enough.

M - Light to medium it should really have more flavor.

Overall I am stunned on how high the brothers rate this since it seems like a "light" Belgium beer. Sure it's smooth and pale but nothing seemed to stand out to make it special. Would consider getting an actual Belgium pale or Prankster over this.

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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 ferrari29
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip-shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a rich golden clear colored body; moderately carbonated; small, less than one finger sized head; white colored; didn't hold very well either; little lacing formed

S - Rich floral malt nose; yeasty; white grapes and spices; sugary hop smell; crisp and clean

T - Clean and crisp spicy Belgian yeast flavor; starts off with a nice spice and floral malt taste and ends with a dry flavoring of coriander and grains of paradise; slightly tart; sugary-sweet alcohol

M - Dry and effervescent; lingering spice aftertaste; thin

D - Good balance of hops and Belgian spiced yeast, but could have used a bit more body; the head didn't form as well as I would have like and the taste was a bit of a let down with the nice nose it had to start

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Photo of iSip
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide Hades Belgian Style Ale: Here is a unique offering. I poured this beer into a Leffe goblet glass that I picked up in Europe. The Hades has the look of an aged Chardonnay, very little head and a bright straw color. Almost no carbonation. Even though it looks more like wine than beer, the aroma is 100% Belgian Ale. The distinctive yeast aroma is abundant. And that Belgian yeast, bread and sweetness come through in the flavor, but not in an overpowering fashion. The Hades is light compared to any Tripels, has a bit of a dry hoppy finish, but make no mistake, there is plenty of Belgian style enjoyment. Very highly recommended for a lighter twist on the Belgian theme.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Light golden/yellowish in color, very clear, get a slight white head that while receding quickly left a slight layer of foam on the top.

S - Get Belgium yeast, slight citrus notes, some malt and a little funk.

T - Very nice, get the citrus almost like pineapple, hops on a nice clean and dry finish which I like, alcohol is hidden well.

M - Medium bodied, big and bold carbonation along with a slight sweetness.

O - A nice quencher, as stated earlier I like a dry finish in these types of ales and this one delivers

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Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Bottled on date says Aug 24 2011.

A- Pours a nice gold color with an 1/8 inch head that quickly fades to a paper thin ring and some splotchy foam on the surface. Not much lacing.

S- Light and subdued for a 7.8% beer. A bit of the Belgian yeast wafts up but is also a bit faint. I sense some funk in the final big whiff.

T- Wow. Where to begin? Has a sharp alcohol twinge that branches off into layers of first yeasty sweetness, followed by a mild hop bite and ends with a touch of sour. Malts are in the backseat but can be detected.

M- The high alcohol content is used well in this beer but mostly comes through in the feel rather than the taste or aroma with a spritzy bounce to it that's magnified by the medium-high carbonation. The funky sourness brings a pucker to the tongue at the same time.

O- I've never had a beer by these guys that's any less than great and this one's no exception.

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

A-a slightly cloudy pale gold with a thin layer of pure white head

S-pale malts, yeast, and light fruit notes

T-Similar to the smell but with a bit more bitterness than expected. Pale malts predominate followed quickly with bitter hops and then finishes with yeast and fruit-like sweetness. Spicy notes come out more as beer warms.

M-medium body, high carbonation

Overall a better drink than I expected. ABV is not overly present and flavors work together nicely.

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Photo of vincicle
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I would be the first to admit this beer has some qualities that certain beer drinkers would shy away from. It has a dry finish and can be at times slighty bitter due to the phenols and high ABV, yet the flavor of this beer is truly outstanding, with a very complex, yet balanced flavor profile that starts fruity/sour, mellows to a smooth carmel maltiness and finishes with a crisp bite. This complex flavor profile makes the beer suprisingly easy to drink and the balance makes this a beer that doesn't overpower the senses in any one category like some strong ales tend to do. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers from what is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Hades Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 718 ratings.
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