Hades Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

718 Ratings
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 MPLS
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz (bottled September 21, 2009) poured into Duvel glass...certainly everyone has to own this glass.

A: This beer is vibrant with carbonation thanks in part to the etched glass that helps retain a nice asymmetrical frothy lattle like head. The color is very similar to straw without a bit of cloudiness, lace included.

S: This beer has a very Belgian nose thanks in part to the yeast that Great Divide uses. There is a very flowery aroma that is dominating it's scent. Underneath the flowery aroma there are citrus notes (lemon and apple), sweetened alcohol, and spices.

T: I guess this is a hard style to impress me in, falls short of Belgian goodness. There will be a debate as to whether the Americans can craft beers as good as their Belgian counterparts and in this situation I have my eyes set on Duvel. The taste isn't as clean as I would have liked, but does give way to some apple citrus pop up on the front of the tonge that slowly digresses to a earthy 'n' grassy spice with a adequate amount of bitterness. Better that average and almost good, 3.5/4.0, but no rounding up.

M: The mouthfeel is good and thx in part to the glass a nice head retains itself and is creamy and smooth when it touches the lips. Lively carbonation and a small alcohol component make up the rest of the mouthfeel.

D: This beer is pretty drinkable and the best thing about it not being Belgian is the price tag...80% OFF! Of course it's all about the taste and though I didn't mark the taste of this beer as good it's more than adequate with nice elements to it.

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

On-tap at the Great Divide Tap Room.

A: A fluffy white head sits atop a golden body that is slightly cloudy and has minimal carbonation. Head retention is pretty good and a nice lace is left on the glass.

S: Strong amounts of coriander, clove and lemon rind dominate. Slightly musty.

T: Malt has a dry biscuit flavor that gets things moving. A citrus and spice bitterness comes along quickly that is strong, yet not over the top for this style. Finishes slightly tart and dry, with lingering lemon and clove flavors.

M: Medium body feels like it could stand a bit more carbonation.

T: This is yet another nice offering my local crew at Great Divide. I'm really glad I stopped into the Tap Room and gave it a whirl.

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Photo of BierFan
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Bottled on April 3rd, 2009.

Appearance: Thin white head. Slight haze to a pale yellow body.

Smell: Sugary sweet. Kind of a raisin aroma. Certainly some sort of fruitiness going on, perhaps not raisins exactly.

Taste: Hops and yeast team up nicely to give it a spicy herbal bite.

I was expecting this to fall a little short compared to it's real Belgian contemporaries but it certainly lives up to the best examples of the style.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a light yellow with two fingers of white head. Some nice lacing as well.

The smell is pretty peppery with some a hint as honey and a sweet sugary flavor.

The taste is a bit citrus with some pear, banana and other fruit flavors. Some spices mixed into this beer like clove.

The feel of this beer light and pretty easy going down. Is easy on the pallet and is refreshing with is spicy, crisp flavor.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean white head w pale yellow clear look.

Banana esthers, nice yeasty nose. Friuty w apples and pears.

These flavors carry through to the taste, with a fresh and semi-dry finish, refreshing.

Light bodied and fizzy, a bit over carbonated. Very nice drnker the abv is not noticable, Not really sessionable, but a nice drinker.

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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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Photo of lenin2040
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served into a wineglass, because all my belgian stemware is broken...

Pours a decent straw goldn. Minimal head retention is kind of dissapointing. A little banana in the nose, hops as well. Not too sweet up front, crisp. Sours out at the end, with a defined hop bitterness at the end. Finishes moderately dry. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Alcohol comes through, not in a bad way.

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

A: A golden straw color, slightly hazy with a gigantic, beautiful, full white head. It's like a large foamy pillow....

S: Fruity, Plums, and maybe some subdued strawberries. Figs, maybe some cloves as well. Something else I can't put my finger on.. Something sweet and cloying...

T: Citrus and a little byte from the hops at first. Maybe a little pear in there as well.. Some faint hints of clove, and possibly peach. Very subtle although a little on the watery side,especially considering the alc %.

M: A little slick in the texture, the carbonation is great. It tastes just a little watery, but it doesn't really feel watery.

D: Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. Nicely done, and something I would pick up again. Well Balanced, and just enough sweetness and spice.

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Photo of beerman207
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- this one pours a pale golden colored body with a small lasting white head.

S- Belgian yeast as well as apples, pears, and perhaps even raisins

T- Definately a spicy brew. Has some pear flavor as well as some hops coming through in the end.

M- Moderate amount of carbonation

D- Overall, I'm not sure I'd go for this again but I believe it's worth a try as the Great Divide has som great brews.

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

Yellow color with sparse white lacing. Honestly not turning my crank; this head should be banging a lot harder. The retention is decent, but doesn't quite do Belgian pale justice.

I like the nose, it's cheerful and fresh. Some lemon, some spicy-pepper, and a fair amount of grain sweetness. The flavor is simple, straightforward biscuit malts with some sweetness and a hop presence that neither demures nor asserts.

Some clove, some continental-style lemongrass hops, with a decent smack of alcohol. Pretty solid effort, but I doubt I'll be back.

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Photo of adamette
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought for $2.29 at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. "Bottled date" of APR 03 2009.

A Very pale yellow translucent body with minimal white, short lived head that leaves little to no head. Not that impressive, really. 2.0

S Light Belgian yeast and barley smell. Really slight, distant smell. 2.5

T Wow, the smell of this beer really did not give me much insight to the taste like other beers. The taste is a nice, malty Belgian Pale Ale with a nice, satisfying Belgian yeast taste as well. True to the style, a kind of classic BSPA taste. 4.5

M Moderate as this is a beer on the light side except that the malt, yeast and a slight kick of alcohol beefs it up. Nice feel for the style. 4.0

D Good drinkability for the style. 4.0

Notes: This beer really made a "comeback" in my book since the look and the smell left something to be desired but this is a nicely brewed Belgian Pale Ale that really hit the mark. Another nice beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of erz316
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 floz bottle into la fin tulip. bottled on date of aug 06 2009.

big white head, and a slightly golden yellow body. head retains quite well and laces all over the glass. the body is lightly turbid. the nose is quite bold, offering up a large grainy presence and a slight sour apple flavour; there is minimal to no yeast, spice, or alcohol. the taste is quite sweet, much like the la chouffe bspa. there is a huge artificial banana flavour that dominates. the hops fall quite short in restraining the sweetness, though there is a definite bitter aspect to the beer, it is hardly noticeable to any great extent. the feel is medium with abundant carbonation, which could be crisper.

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Photo of jsh420
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

bottled july 7 2009

pours bright golden with a small 1/4 finger head that fades to a film and leaves no lacing

smell is alcohol banana and clove - tad musty and some spice

taste is so so - thought the flavors were a bit weak for being a "strong" - the fruit was a bit watered down - the spice was there

mouthfeel is ok just not enough carbonation - was just too smooth

drinkability - halfway through the glass i thought about tossing it but i went ahead and finished - but i would never buy this again - good thing i just got a single in a mix6

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Photo of rye726
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a thin white head. Nose has caramel grains, spicy alcohol and Belgian yeast. Taste is also sweet, but a bit dull for the style. Some nice clove and peppery yeast flavors though. Medium body a comes off a tad thick. Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of nickd717
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery right before the Friday session of GABF.

A - Golden color with a lasting white head and some lacing.

S - Aroma is banana, clove, yeast, and spice.

T - Pale malt, Belgian yeast, banana, spice, and bubble gum. Almost reminiscent of Russian River Damnation...but not quite as good. Still though, this is a solid Belgian-style golden ale.

M - Palate is a bit thin and watery, but still rounds out well on the finish.

D - Fairly high.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Clear yellow with lots of carbonation. Very small head, ring of lace that slides, but doesn't stick. Fruity bananas and berries aroma. A tingle from the carbonation up front with some honey sweetness and a touch of alcohol. Big middle with lots of grain. More bitter than I would have expected. Carbonation bite and bitterness in upper palate at the finish.

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Photo of Seru1
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep gold with a white head and nice carbonation.

Smell- Floral aromas waft up with a nutty hint in the back ground.

Taste- Honeyish flavor provides a nice sweetness balanced a by peppery floral bite.

Mouthfeel- Rather thin but because of the sweetness the thinness leaves it refreshing.

Drinkability- A very easy drinking offering. It wouldn't be hard to get through a 6 pack of these at all.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a small chalice. This one is a light golden color.. very fizzy and well carbonated. From appearances alone this pretty much resembles champagne. Smell is bubblegum, spicy, peppery, and slightly sweet. Taste is not quite what I expected: a lot more in terms of hoppiness and bitterness. Mild alcohol punch and slight grassy flavors.

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

A: Poured a lightly hazed straw-blonde with a towering 2 finger off white dome capping. Visible carbonation was light and random while the head maintained nicely all the while leaving slight sticky patches of lacing behind.

S: The nose was fruity and spicy, full of peaches, apricots and melons. A clean crisp pale grain aroma with hints of fresh pears linger on the fade finishing with a dry tart fruitiness.

T: The initial impression was fruity and spicy, peaches, melons with a peppery touch. The flavor is very crisp and sharp compliments of the pale grain backing that featured highlights of pears and oranges with a soothing alcohol touch on the trail. A light bitterness of dry citrus and tart tropical fruitiness coming compliments of the yeast leaves a good muskiness. The beer finishes up with a good peppery touch with hints of dry grass and grains making for a lightly dry ending.

M: a medium fullness, very slick and smooth in nature with a clean crisp finish on the swallow. Dry citrus and flowers round up the mouthful that was sharp despite the light carbonation.

D: A nice drinking Belgian style that had a good slightly tart and dry fruitiness fit per style that was easy to down and enjoy. Fruity, spicy with a dry finish will keep you sippin. AT 7.3% abv the alcohol will catch up to you before you tire of this drink. A perfect thirst quencher with a nice dry champagne finish makes this a recommend.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 1 finger light head that disappeared quickly. Small collar, little lacing.

S. Spice, yeast, pale malt, faint hops. Not a strong smell of anything.

T. Spice, clove, malt sweetness, some hop bitterness. Sublte tastes that improve as it warms.

M. Dry, light bodied, clean finish.

D. Should be drank just below room temp. Not something that I would seek out again after having drank 6 of them. Overall I was not that impressed.

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Photo of spointon
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a Chimay chalice. Though I picked this up as a single in the checkout aisle at a local store, it was only a month old as indicated by the bottling date on the label.

A= This ale poured a fairly clear gold with a disappointing thin white head. Seriously the head only raised about 1/8" and then disappeared very quickly. I also noted a smallish amount of active carbonation release. Only a few minor spots of lace left behind on the glass.

S= Quite an aroma on this beer. I found lots of musty yeast throughout, with lesser notes of malty sweetness, green pears, lemon, and grassy hops in there as well.

T= Like the aroma, the musty/funky yeast was all over the flavor. Aside from the yeast, I found a small sweet biscuit malt character and some estery flavors of lemon and pear. The grassy/dry hop flavors were quite noticeable yet still took a backseat to the yeast. Finished very dry.

MF= Light side of medium bodied with a disappointing carbonation level. I would have preferred this ale to be effervescent and spritzy. While it was not flat by any means, it was just too soft.

D= Not my favorite beer in the style (by a long shot) but definitely a worthy beer all the same. I would gladly drink this again if it was put in front of me!

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a mixed 12-pack purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light gold color with a one-finger fluffy white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet light fruits with a good amount of yeastiness and herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp sweet malt flavors are joined by medium fruits and a slightly bready yeastiness. Midway through the sip herbal hops join in the fray and carry through to a very lightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have a few more.

Overall I was surprised the ABV was as high as it is on this - I thought it was more of a Belgian Pale and thought the ABV was following that. To make a long story short I enjoyed this beer and you probably will too. Worth a shot.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on Jan. 16th, 2009.

(A)- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a massive white effervescent head with superb retention; its just not dissipating! Lots of sticky lacing all over the place.

(S)- Lots of clove & yeast. Lemony biscuit aromas. Light honey and evident hop/malt background.

(T)- Very evident hop influences with silky lemon and clove with wheat/biscuit notes. Light sweet maltiness of honeyed banannas. Even has an essence of oranges within.

(M)- Smooth as silk with great fruit and bread components. Great carbonation level that borders on sparkling. Great amount of hops added that gives it a superb pale characteristic, yet its still crisp and slightly sweet.

(D)- What an interesting beer. Great classic belgian characteristics with solid pale influences. Light, crisp, and very refreshing. A 6pk on a great summers day would not last long, let alone any day of the year! A superb example of the style it is.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, very light yellow-- looks watery, too light. Yes, too pale for a pale ale. Nice and bubbly with a short lived fluffy head. Almost no lace.

Smell: As it warms you get some sweetness and spicy yeast, also a little grassiness. Give it a good swirl, and its quite nice.

Taste: Same basic taste as you would expect from the smell, but not much else. Theres not much to it. There is some nicely balanced hoppiness that is more than I expected, but complexity is generally limited here.

Mouthfeel: It looks nicely carbonated, but actually feels a little flat and thin. I do not enjoy the way this feels.

Drinkability: Well, the smell and taste is decent, but the mouthfeel is too thin for me. On the plus side, there is very little noticable alcohol, and its quite refreshing. Not bad, not great.

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

Pours a very crisp and clean blond color. Effervescent with a short white bubbly head. Retention is very minimal and almost zero lacing.

Aroma is very fresh and clean. Lemony aroma backed up my a bit of graininess. Spicy yeast character falls just behind.

Biscuity malt flavors up front followed a combination of lemon and spice.The hop flavor is very plisenerish.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean. Lively carbonation and light bodied.

Very easy to drink and enjoyable. At 7.8% abv the alcohol is rather well hidden. Excellent summer beer.

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