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 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 KDawg
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this poured a clear gold color with a small and foamy head

good complexity on the aromas with lots of malty tones along with citrus' and hops

medium/full feel with a real richness to it. The flavors are powerful with and a good amount of malts with some caramel as well. The feel gives the most and is one of the better parts of the beer

This was a pretty good beer. It did come off as slightly boozy along with being on the richer side.

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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 JoeAmerican77
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours yellow like a strong apple cider, fizzy white head furiously disappears to leave a smell of light lemon baby wheat grass and some mild hops. Bitter on the tongue, a little tin and copper, kinda spicy some hidden stone fruits. Coats the tongue and has a pleasant fizz to help wash the rest back.

Overall an okay ale, perhaps a bit one sided with the soapy hops taking complete control.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-09-25 in Lynchburg, VA

A - Hazy yellow straw with a 1.5 finger white head with big bubbles. Mild lacing.

S - Very pleasant. Lemon, pale malt, fruity yeast.

T - Much like the smell with lemon, malt, fruit plus some pepper and tasty hop bud oils and bitterness. The belgian yeast flavor is there but a bit muted, which works in this brew.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Moderately crisp and a bit bubbly.

O - A nice take on the style. I liked the milder flavor this particular Belgian yeast imparted.

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Photo of pants678
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's gold with not much head to speak of, transparent body.

Grapes, lemon and garlic round out the nose.

Aggressive hops with strong, sweet malt make up a down right cutting beer. It doesn't have the magic of Duvel, but this is a summer beer I should've saved for the afternoon on the balcony. Once all the spices, the garlic clears, there's a sour pull left on the tongue. This brew needs a touch of honey, like DFH Midas Touch.

Sharply carbonated, but rightly so.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light golden. Head is one finger thick and disappears almost immediately. The head is disappointing in a style that normally has nice voluminous heads.
S- Smell is yeasty, with a mild fruit aroma. Pretty timid.
T- More developed here. It initially is mildly fruity, slightly of apricot. There is a light clove like spicy notes. SLight alcohol presence.
M- Light, too much so for style. Not quite as deep of a mouthfeel as I'd like.
O- Subpar. Can't imagine that I'll revisit this one. Was a let down from an otherwise good brewery.

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Photo of thewalkindude
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian-style ale sports a light golden color and moderate carbonation, but unfortunately I was not impressed by the head, which was 2 centimeters thick and disappeared as quickly as the marquis de Lafayette did from history after the American Revolution, and as the head receded it left very little lacing on the glass. The Hades smells strongly of yeast, which is far more pleasing than brimstone. Yeast dominates the flavor of the beverage as well, along with distinct biscuit and wheat flavors that hide the alcohol taste, and, as the beer warms up, some relatively sweet spice notes. It's also a little more full-bodied than its appearance would suggest. All in all, this is a pretty good buy if you're looking for a nice, medium bodied bitter beer.

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Photo of josefnewsong
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a virtually clear golden yellow with a thin layer of head that leaves a decent coating of head made of miniscule bubbles that slide down the glass quickly and cling only occasionally. Smell is mostly grainy sweet malt with a bit of hop presence, only the faintest bit of yeast. Taste is just how it smells but with a bit more yeast and lagery twinge to it in the finish. Super light in body with a lot of carbonation. Overall its yummy, but nothin to write home about. Get'em cheap in mix packs now and then and its always a drinkable option. Alcohol is well disguised. Also have a couple sitting in the cellar -why not?

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Photo of JEdmund
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden yellow body. Disappointed in the small head formation and retention. Smell isn’t overly Belgian spicy, which is a surprise. Getting just faint hints of banana and spice. In fact, its maltiness reminds me of a maibock. Nice flavor with a lot of yeast fuitiness—a surprising quality. Finish has some alcohol heat. Body is medium in weight, but a little low on carbonation. I want this to be sparkling and effervescent like Duvel is. Doughy, slightly sweet malts are balanced well with the grassy hops. It really does taste/feel lighter than its ABV%. I think the yeast is providing the overriding character to this beer—not a bad thing. It’s quite a unique ale fruitiness. Another well done style of beer to round out Great Divide’s diverse portfolio. I didn’t expect any less.

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Photo of HoppyZymurgist
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into tulip like glass this beer poured slightly cloudy with a small head that did not last long. It is a pleasant honey-gold color.

S: Malty nose with fairly strong orange or citrus aroma. Good aroma that is still present as the beer is happily consumed

T: Very drinkable. Malty, spicy, peppery flavors are all present. Smooth malty start with the spices in the middle and citrus and some hops at the end. Very pleasant. I could easily put several of these down.

M: Just the right amount of fullness. Not thin or watery. Maybe a little high on the carbonation.

Overall: great session beer. This is a very pleasant beer I will definately try again.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden with light fluffy white half inch head. Not as much head as I'd thought.

Smells like belgian yeast, grains, malty sweetness, theres a spiciness, kinda like cinnamon, or those atomic fireballs on a smaller scale.

Belgian yeast, kinda fruity then grainy sweetness, then a bitter hoppiness that closes dry. Left with some fruit on the tongue. It does have the spice note the bottle talked about but not extreme.

Light medium body, smooth carbonation. Closes pretty dry.

Overall its decent. Not much to get excited about, but decent.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve been on a Belgian kick recently; if there’s a beer out there with that certain yeasty deliciousness I’ve come to love, I’m after it. This beer, Hades, is also my first endeavor with Great Divide Brewing Co., which seems to have quite a bit of respect on this website. More than enough reason to quaff something “Golden” and “Spirited,” as the bottle says. Anyway, it's off to Belgium, via Denver this time. Let's see how us Yankees deal with an historically foreign ale like this:

Brewed six months before the date of this tasting (“Bottled on Jan. 16th, 2011”).

A: Straw to its core, with a slight leaning towards pale gold, this one comes out looking a bit underwhelming. It’s not due to the color, though; the head that forms is small, only grasping a slight hint of the super-bubbly carbonation of the style. No lacing, either, and hardly any retention that leaves this one looking pretty average.

S: Happily, though, the nose is more than enough to distract me from this beer’s benign appearance. Deliciously defined fruits explode out of the nose, promoting the Belgian standard of sugary banana and juicy grapes. The malt character beneath is bready and rich, and it goes well with a slight buttery notion that whispers from the yeasts. It’s not super noticeable, making me think that this diacetyl tinge was planned or at least planned for in this brew. It certainly works for me, combining breads, butter, and fruit to give this one a nice banana bread sentiment. Tasty.

T: Well I’ll be damned; the palate on this one trumps a reasonable amount of BSPA’s that are straight out of Belgium! Spicy and floral, the bitters of yeast tang and mild hops combine, riding the front of the palate. A moderate warmness is consistent in its balance of the more sharp tastes, a dark testament to this beer’s malt character. Breads are a part of that statement, too, as expected. And what’s this: a bit of skunk? What a nice surprise. This level of complexity must be why Great Divide has such a reputation. Aftertaste is dry, with pleasant, fruity undertones that make this one indefinitely sippable. Careful, though; that 7.2% is literally undetectable.

M: Heavy enough to be serious, but flat enough to know it’s not Belgian, which is unfortunate. I will say, though, that this area of the scoring has very little effect on my overall impression of this particular beer. Hell, it could be thin and lifeless and I’d still love it for its palate.

O: By far, this is the best non-Belgian Belgian I’ve had. As I said above, this one even outshines some of the true Belgians I’ve sampled. Well done, Great Divide. With an experience like this, it’s no doubt that I’ll probably be trouncing through their line-up in the near future. Next stop, Denver (again).

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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 Brenden
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty one with lots of strength and substance to it. It's a pale yellow-gold in color, naturally hazy, developing a pure white head that sits somehow simultaneously fluffy, creamy and dense. It sticks around for a long time at over two fingers high and never really fades off, leaving fairly thick deposits of lacing in plenty.
The aroma immediately offers a wheaty, earthy yeast element. Behind that comes somesoft fruit, crackery malts and a nip of peppery spiciness.
The flabvor is big, rich and complex. Pale fruits (pear, etc.) balance with a very interesting yeast, still Belgian but with a twist, imparting a lightly musty (in a good way) and earthy flavor with a touch of that something like bubble gum. The light peppery spiciness complements well. A sweet malt base holds it all well and just a bit of hops flavor kicks in from the middle and into the finish.
The mouthfeel is at once crisp and creamy, filling the nmouth while never losing its nip, though it fades when it's been sitting a bit. Carbonation is active and the body is medium.

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Photo of Northsider
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in bottle at Bad Apple Chicago.

I don't know much about this style but I ordered a Hades on a whim suggestion from the server. I was scared the abv would be too much for me (laugh if you want), but this beer was excellent and perfectly balance to mask the alcohol content. Color was pale golden. Smell was very biscuity and yeasty. Taste was excellent...better than I had hoped!

Overall, lots of flavor in this one, not to be missed!

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Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a thin white head that immediately disappears leaving no lacing.

Slight earthy aroma with a touch of floral hops countered by some pale malt and light fruit notes. Bland nose but not offensive.

Light bodied with a slightly watery, crisp mouthfeel. Floral, earthy hops provide faint bitterness which is countered by some light fruit, zesty spice and some alcohol sweetness. Hints of pepper and coriander followed by some apple, pear and light grapes. Easy to dink but not complex or very interesting.

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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 ThaCreep
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summer fruit nose with smells and all special features of the apple and pear, all present in the nose but not acids. Easy to drink after all. Hop light enough and unfortunately the finish a bit weak. Of course, ideal for summer due to summer fruit flavors and complex proposed but too little, too little for a dark beer called by the name of the Underground God. Not a real "Belgian-style" but more a "american pale ale".

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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 shanblur
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at home, and poured from bottle into snifter.

A - Pours a very light yellow with some hint of orange. 1 finger head recedes with no lacing.

S - Smells of Belgian yeast, bready.

T - Lots of yeast and bread taste with little to no hop bitterness or malt flavors

M - Carbonation to the extreme, slightly oily

Overall a decent beer, have had better in this category.

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Photo of huxcrunner
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light yellow golden color with white head and average lacing and rentention the smells were of light malts and slightly yeasty but not overpowering the taste of this beer was just great this was one of my favorites in recent tasting it was smooth full bodied and full of flavors that you would expect in a belgian style beerl very happy woth this choice highly recommend

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Photo of chocosushi
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6-pack from Byron's Liquor
Bottled on April 08, '11

First time reviewing, used to drink this frequently in the fall season.

A ~ Straw-Blonde/Beige. Looks like really good white wine. Usually get a good head on this, but this one's pretty wimpy. Good clarity for a Belgian. Translucent.

S ~ Noble Hops, Coriander, Bubblegum & sweet grass.

T ~ Crisp, earthy hops (hop oil only lingers a little bit), Good yeast flavor that is not too intense, banana bread, malt that doesn't cloy, powdered sugar, damp field, fennel. Only a hint of white pepper. Hay on the finish. Almost like a farmhouse BPA. Love it.

M ~ Really playful on the palate. A good balance between warming alcohol on the back of the throat, malt and spice on the tounge, and the in-and-out touch of hop oils.

D ~ Session session session. Granted, not the MOST complex Belgian, but pretty impressive 6-pack offering nonetheless. Good for enjoying/savoring, or chugging after a heavy lawn mow. Buy.This.Beer.


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Photo of ExplosivoSR
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

Pours an almost champagne-like ultra blonde yellow. No head to speak of. Lots of little bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. Smells of earthy funkiness, with quite a bit of breadiness in there. Taste is a nice mixture of malts and an almost saison-like hay flavor. Almost no hop flavor that I can taste... Mouthfeel is a bit too powerful for my taste. I was expecting something crisp, but ended up getting something that lasted longer than I expected. Not too bad though.

Overall not a bad beer. For me, a bit more hoppiness would have complemented the earthiness. I'd like to try this again.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Mostly clear gold/amber colour with a very large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell – Breads/grains, cloves, lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of lemon and wheat mixed with cloves and yeast. It finishes with a spicy lemony aftertaste.

Overall – The beer isn't very complex but the taste is very good. The flavours are well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden. I'm happy I tried it and I'd buy it again.

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