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Hades Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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373 Reviews
Hades AleHades Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ArrogantB on 06-11-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
373
Ratings:
719
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
12.74%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 373 | Ratings: 719
Photo of Atlas1
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I always like to be one of the first people to review a beer. Unlucky number 13 is just fine for me here. And another thing that's so interesting about this beer is the already wide range of reviews it's leaving in its wake. Well, let's add to the mayhem....

Poured from the bomber to a belgian snifter, the Hades appears a light, pale gold color, with a frothy white head that fades quickly with little lace. There is a lot of carbonation here, though, which provides a steady stream of bubbles and a ring of bubbly lace to enjoy. The aroma provides floral ethers combined with pepper and spices. Lemony clove with a slight peach/banana scent. Very belgian-esque. The taste is malty lemon. Buttery with a tangy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a dry hoppiness that cuts through in the end.

This is a nice beer, and solid outing for a brewery that does not specialize in Belgian style ales. It becomes more appealing as it warms in the glass, so keep that in mind. And the 7.3% ABV is masked quite well. In all honesty, Great Divide beers are among my favorites, and this one is definitely worth trying. But it's not great, and I'd just as soon be drinking a proper Belgian ale in the end.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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 cokes
2.3/5  rDev -37.7%
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 czechsaaz
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Aroma starts out spicy with some orange peel and maybe some lemon. Underneath is a sweet pilsner-type malt aroma. But it's not really all that strong smelling of anything, more neutral.

Fizzy and yellow, not a bad thing. (Take that S.B.C!) Very clear with lots of rising carbonation bubbles that feed a thin white head but very persistant throughout drinking a glass. Very nice lacing too.

Wow, very malty and sweet at first but there's a good amount of hop bitterness at the back end and the aftertaste that balances it out. Definitely a subtle hop variety as I don't get any grassy or citrussy hop oil flavor. There's a spicy yeast effect that is a little black pepper and a little bit of cinnamon on my palate. There does seem to be some orange peel addition in the spice too. Very well balanced malt/hop/spice combo like a lot of really good Belgian Strong Goldens.

Mouthfeel is medium but the very lively carbonation makes it seem a little lighter than it really is. There is a slight alcohol warmth in my stomach that indicates the beers strength.

I was a little worried about this since Belgian Ales don't seem to be part of Great Divide's usual repertoire. No need. This is a fine example of a strong Belgian (like Duvel). Definitely worth picking up again.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

crystal clear gold, with a white head that fades to a film.
the aroma is faint. i get some pepper, grain, pinaeapple, citrus, corriander, and hints of wheat characteristics, in no particular order.
the taste is mild with a soft pineapple and citrus, with a light grainy caramel maltiness. i get substantial corriander, and some clove. banana here and there. candy sugar. ambiguous bitterness at the finish cleans up an otherwise pretty sweet beer.
lighter bodied with fairly active carbonation. a little on the thin side, but i'm not going to complain, it compliments the beer well enough.
good drinkability, and in the context of a summer release, excellent for a warm day. something it might be nice to grab sixer of rather than a bomber, but a little high on the booze side of things to drink too many of, so maybe the bomber works better.

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is for real. Pale golden in color with a little lacing. The aroma is immediately reminiscent of of Duvel or a wit with a kick for the spice. The flavor is deep. Its starts sweet and bready, then bitterness grows while coriander, vanilla, and cream come through with a touch of belgian candi. The aftertaste is a long continuation of the spice and sweet malts. Oh so drinkable. My only negative comments are that this beer lacks the mouthfeel (a touch weak on the carbonation) and rocky head that help round out a great pale Belgian. Still damn tasty. Find this beer.

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Photo of John_M
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at Mahaffey's the other night.

I was pretty excited when I saw this "new to me" beer from Great Divide. This is the first Belgium style beer I have seen or tried from this excellent brewery. This is a pretty good beer, but I guess I was expecting just a bit more...

The beer pours a light gold color, looking more like an American macro then a Belgium wannabe. There is very little lacing in this beer and head retention is fair at best. Not the most auspicious of beginnings. On the nose I get very little. There is a hint of golden apples and spice, but it's pretty subtle. On the palate the beer is pretty nice, but hardly impressive. The beer has some sweetness, with flavors of apple and melon. The beer fiinishes fairly dry with a bite of hops, and has a light to medium body mouthfeel. The beer finishes with some refreshing crispness, and the abv. is very well disguised.

This is a nice beer from Great Divide, but I have to confess I was expecting a bit more flavor-wise. Oh well...

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Photo of mntlover
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear golden color some bubbles slowly rising to a white head that falls fast ringed foam. Some lace left behind on my glass.

Aroma is light fruity crisp citrus some banana light clove and some nice fresh grass clippings thrown in for good measure. Aroma is nice inviting smooth and crisp at the same time.

Taste is harsher then the aroma, don't know where to start but harsh sounds right, some malt light sweetness cut into right away by carbonation that has an alcohol hit too it. Not quite sure whats going on or how to put into words. Some fruit is appears along with nice spice in finish. Might be fine once the mellows but was expecting more from the aroma.

Mouthfeel is good crisp almost hitting light medium carbonation is decent good for the style.

Drinkability is for me not that great can't get over the harsh start to this one.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saw this one in the store for the first time today, so I was quick to see what it was. Poured into an over sized wine glass a golden straw color, with a small white ring head. In the nose was dry champaign, grains, and a very faint fruit presence. Taste held pretty much the same characters found in the smell, save for a slight white wine taste in the beginning. Mouthfeel was light bodied. Certainly seems to be a very balanced beer as well. One bomber of this will be plenty for me. I found this beer to be a little bit on the boring side.

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Photo of Domingo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has just started showing up in bottles.
Pours a golden yellow color with a moderate head. Compared to something like Duvel, it's got the right color, but it doesn't have the insane amount of foam.
Smells yeasty and kind of apple-like.
Taste starts off bitter and then switches to a little bit of a buttery sweetness and finishes spicy and dry. Not bad...but maybe it's a little plain? Something about it didn't quite jump out at me as being memorable.
Once poured it's a little on the thin side which makes it a little more drinkable, but lacks the lacing and sheer body of some Belgian examples.
Drinkability is pretty solid for a beer over 5%.
Great Divide is a favorite brewer of mine and this beer holds its own against the Belgian examples. I miss the giant foamy head, but it's nice not having to pour so carefully, too!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After tasting the Titan IPA/Belgian style in their tap room, I thought this was the end product of that test brew. It is not. This a light Belgian ale, poured a semi-clear golden body with a large, white head that formed up a bit rocky. Good lacing, nice retention.
Aroma was balanced with some citrus, a bit of pine, biscuit, sweet malt. Taste follows aroma. A nice balance between the malt and hops, the yeast richness faded after initial sip. This is a good one for the summer sitting on the porch.

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Photo of Lachlan
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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 ArrogantB
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was described as a Belgian golden ale to me by the bartender in the tap room at Great Divide.The color was clear yellow and the brew had a very small head that fades away pretty quick. I thought the carbonation lent to a nice mouthfeel. The smell was slightly yeasty, and banana-like. The taste was spicy and like bubblegum. I kept trying to think of which gum it reminded me of. This was a pretty good ale.

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Hades Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 719 ratings.
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