Hades Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Hades AleHades Ale
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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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Added by ArrogantB on 06-11-2007

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Ratings: 718 |  Reviews: 372
Photo of GilGarp
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a sixpack for under $9. I have never seen it in bombers but I'm pretty sure this is the better deal anyway. ABV is listed at 7.8%

Bottled May 8th, 2009.

Pours a golden straw yellow with a slight haze and short-lived white head. No lingering lace, it settles to look like any old Bud light.

Aroma is mild with slight funk and grassy hops.

Flavor is enjoyable with a sweet tropical fruit character up front followed by a pretty strong grassy hops and spice notes. It finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little over carbonated but that's often how Belgian styles are.

Overall a nice affordable Belgian strong pale. Not the best but certainly tasty.

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After trying Belgica (which is absolutely great), I was pretty pumped to try Great Divide's BSPA. Sadly, it didn't live up to my expectations.

The smell is sweet -- which I assume comes from the candi sugar -- and at the same time a bit soapy. Not awful, but nothing all that great either.

The flavor is akin to an apple-y pilsener. Again, it's not bad, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel is decent due to good carbonation and some nice dryness.

Drinkability is decent as well. I was expecting better, but got a wholly inoffensive but generally average beer.

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Photo of cdpike
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a pale yellowy-golden with bright white foam and is slightly hazy--in a nice sort of way. Nose is quite bready with a bit of honey and some faint spice notes. Very nice mouthfeel, very crisp and elegant with brisk effervescence. Taste is nice and dry with just the faintest bi of honey. Finish is not particularly dry, but lingers with a pretty characteristic golden ale flavor. This is a pretty enjoyable beer, although the name throws me a bit...the beer actually seems quite friendly and tame, not really one I would associate with the underworld. If I had my druthers I might prefer a bit more complexity with a punch. Worth a try though, especially since it's quite refreshing.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide- Hades

A- Bright clear yellow with good carbonation and a small fizzy white head. No lacing.
S- Sweet sugary rock candy with lemon and dry graininess.
T- Very sweet lemony grainy sunflower seed malt with dry grassy hops.
M- Starts off very sweet and grainy, slight sweet corn with a dry grassy finish.

Overall- Light, but flavorful and enjoyable

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Photo of jfmorey
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Pale yellow with little head that disappeared quickly

Smell is very lightly spicy, as is the initial taste; aftertaste is from the Belgian yeast, only a little funk; then a little bitterness. Lacks the complexity I was expecting.

Good carbonation, refreshingly light on this summer day; not bad but a little disappointing.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on date of Mar 16 2009 on front label. It was a hazy golden honey color with carb geyser in center of glass. Good quick sliding lace during the session. It had a large white head that settled into a thick collar with foam in center.

The aroma was excellent. Spicy yeast, lemon, pepper and sweet malt. A touch dry in the nose. The taste however was not as good. It was overly dominated by the spice and had a bad aftertaste. Starts out OK then quickly goes downhill. Needs something to cut the spice and knock back the aftertaste. I could finish it but was definitely ready to be done.

Overall, a miss for me but they have other amazing beers so I'll just stick to those. One and done.


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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A nice golden straw yellow. Little head with no lacing.

S- Some yeastiness, a little pear and apple. Sweet.

T- Follows the nose--some yeastiness, a little spice, some pear/apple, some lingering bready malt, and a pleasant hop kick at the end.

M- A bit thin. I could go for a little more carbonation. Dry finish.

D- I could slug this down because there isn't that much flavor, but I would find myself wanting more.

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Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - clear straw yellow with a thin airy head. No lacing to be seen.

s - fruity spicy belgian yeast smell

t - a lot of malt up front with the belgian yeast coming through with that spicy fruity flavor. Hop flavor is present and just the necessary amount.

m - medium body with a lot of carbonation

d - this is a good belgian with all things considered. They won't put duvel out of business but a good economical alternative.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow color with a small bubbly white head.

Scent of grain, yeast, sugars, and some malts. Quite good, there is nothing to dislike in the scent.

Taste of gain, yeast, sugars, and a hint of alcohol and some earth in the finish. Not bad at all, a pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with strong carbonation.

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Photo of tigg924
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: medium carbonation, 1 inch head, pale yellow

Smell: grass, malt, Belgian spices, and fruit

Taste: grass, malt, Belgian spices, cardamom, pepper, and a dash of hops in the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, light bodied, thin, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Strikes me as being very average for the style. There is not enough going on here to make me want to reach for another one.

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Photo of blackie
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: watery golden ginger-ale color, thin white head

s: pale grain - pretty light and a bit metallic, grassy noble hops, glimpses of yeasty ester, spicy-sweet ethanol, dried lemon, dried stone fruits, green pear, some florals, coriander, white pepper, I started on the higher temperature side but it does start to open up as it warms further - first sniff was weak to the point of suggesting comparison to a nice pale lager, a better malt base would up this to a 4

m: low carbonation and a light-medium body, a bit dead on the tongue

t: similar to the aroma, pale malts precede cleaner esters, dried peach, lemon rind, pear, white pepper, and some spicy-sweet alcohol, a gentle warming of the stomach occurs

d: pretty easy, but I'd sacrifice drinkability for character, and the ethanol stands out amidst the sparse support structure

single from Grape & Gourmet, VA Beach...bottled April 03, 2009

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Photo of barnzy78
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz, 2009. Poured a golden color with remarkable clarity topped with a bubbly white head that dissipated rather quickly. Aromas were fruity reminiscent of apple juice with some familiar Belgian yeasts. Tastes were also fruity - apples with hints of pear and banana. Alcohol at 7.8% seemed non-existent. Mouth-feel was on the thin side, but has good carbonation. Finishes extremely crisp and is very refreshing with a hint of spiciness at the end. Overall, decent take on a Belgian Pale Ale, but flavors seemed on the weaker side - I hate to say watery, but maybe more like apple juice. Essentially, I expected it to be more 'Belgian' and more bold in flavor.

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Photo of Pencible
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear straw color with a bit of white head. It smelled like earthy wheat and cereal grain and wild Belgian yeast, with lemon and grassy hops. It tasted like lemon and grassy hops with sour Belgian yeast, and some earthy wheat. It was a bit oily with a little carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was pretty basic and simple for a Belgian style ale. It had a clean taste, but the flavor wasn't exciting or very rewarding. It was just a sour pale ale with mediocre body. However, it did hide the alcohol very well, so it was quite easy to drink. Not bad but probably not worth buying again. I prefer something with more character.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle with a born on date of may 8, 2009 on the side of the bottle. it also reads 7.8% abv. poured into my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours an exceptionally pale golden colored body with a small lasting white head. very fizzy with lots of carbonation racing to the top of the glass. small rings of lacing left behind after every sip.

S- lots of belgian yeast is the first thing i notice. the nose is also full of summer fruits. bananas, pears, apples, and grapes mostly. somewhat spicy as well. clove and coriander. almost wheat like. i think i can smell grassy hops faintly.

T- very yeasty and spicy. alot more clove and coriander than i could smell. the fruits come through strong. pears, apples, grapes, and bananas. theres a definite bite from the alcohol that i couldnt find in the nose. grassy hops poke through at the end.

M- light and thin with a high level of carbonation. a lot of warming from the alcohol as it makes its way down my esophagus.

D- the alcohol and spices combined with the large amount of carbonation makes for a weird combination. something i wont touch again for a while. hopefully some time smooths this one out. in its current state its just not for me.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I saw the review after buying this beer, and much to my surprise, I was blown away. As someone who is recently getting into the Belgian strong pale, I found the Hades to be very well balanced, especially drinkable and perfect at the evening BBQ I was attending. The consensus around the table was clear. Hades is a damn tasty beer. Maybe because I got a very fresh (new label) bottle, but this was no "B" beer. Kudos to Great Divide

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear medium golden color with a plump, bright white layer of foam that leaves a nice coating throughout the tasting.

Nose is sugary, malty and yeasty. Bright, pungent fleshy fruits...apricots, pears and craisins. Has some light black pepper aromas as well. Smell is pretty nice and by far the best part of this beer.

Taste is grainy with a bunch of alcohol drying, like chomping on a handful of dehusked wheat kernels with a slurp of champagne. Yeast does not seem to contribute enough in the way of fruity esters, leaving the low specialty grain bill (if any) with a tough task of masking the fairly high ABV. For me, it does not have a huge Belgian presence and I am a bit let down by this beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale golden color. The head is a quarter inch of white foam that recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma of Belgian malts, biscuits, yeast, leather, some spicy hops. It is a nice aroma with good complexity, but it seems a little weak for a beer of this strength. The taste is more pronounced than the aroma. There is a good malt base, firm yeast notes, and a stronger hop presence. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that I can see myself drinking again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a super clear golden hay color. Quick dispersing head and subpar bubbling. Looks like a pilsner. Sweet, lightly toasted, candy light malt aroma with some yeasty fruits and very light grassy hops to balance the aroma a little. The taste starts sweet and dry on the palate. The malts come out a little more, but the yeast and malts thin to a heated, alcohol, finish. Sweet, yet quick palate that tastes more like a dumbed Belgian style.

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Photo of Shumista
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my beer mug. Reviewed on my new blackberry...what an awesome new toy.

A- Hades pours a golden straw color, with a huge fizzy white head. Looks light enough to be mistaken for a pilsener.

S- Very belgian, yeasty and fruity.

T- Fruity tasting with a grassy hoppiness. Kind of sour.

M- Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

D- It is drinkable but not really interesting enough to make me want to go back for another.

Overall an okay example of the style but it doesn't hold a candle to some other American examples of the style like Pranqster and Matilda in my opinion.

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Photo of greenjeff4141
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy, golden straw color, with not too much head that lingers as the glass empties.

Smell: Is nice but not strong. A sweet, spicy smell: cloves and other spice.

Taste: A nice light taste. The spice from the nose is first in taste, then the alcohol and a fruity touch. The beer finishes a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Not oily, very light and a bit chewy.

Drinkability: I, personally, am a fan of this style so I could drink a good amount of these. Not the best in the class by far but an easy drinking and a good price. Try Duvel or a Unibroue ale for other good examples of this style.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear gold with two-finger head that quickly died and left some fair lacing. A sharp, sour fruit smell of appels and pears along with a bit of yeast and some faint malts. Has a sharp, somewhat offbalanced taste as the leafy hops and sour fruit (apple, pear, hints of tropical) somewhat overpower the malts, although this is still somewhat smooth and finishes crisp but clean. Not a bad Belgian pale ale at all, but I couldn't see myself picking this over the real thing.

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Photo of woemad
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased in Spokane at Huckleberry's about a month ago for $1.99. Bottled on January 16 of this year according to the label, which is unlike that featured in the BA pic.

Mostly clear, with a copper-gold color that takes on a more golden color when held up to the light. There was about an inch of white foam that dropped fairly quickly, but was easily agitated back into existence. Spotty lace.

Grassy, yeasty and spicy in the nose. There's also a bit of green apple and a faint scent of pineapple.

Grassy hops, fruit and spices hit the tastebuds. Increasingly, there's a noticeable warming alcohol sensation that sits towards the back but makes itself known. Ends on a dry note. Seems like the fruit is a little too forward.

Medium bodied, coating, but without that light, effervescent touch that is found in an authentic Belgian. A typical flaw among U.S. versions.

A pretty decent U.S. version of the style, but not something I'd characterize as great. A little too fruity, heavy and boozy tasting for anything more than one bottle, so I don't think I'd order another if consuming it on tap. I'm glad I tried it but I don't think I'll be drawn to it again.

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Photo of asabreed
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle with the new snazzy GD label into a smaller wine glass.

Appearance: A golden yellow color, slightly hazy, not much bubbles in the body, and hardly any head or lacing. I expected more.

Smell: Grassy and herbal aromas initially with some lemon-dominated citrus in the mix. A bit of spiciness. Almost more of a domestic Saison aroma, as many of them are getting to this point, rather than a Belgian Strong Pale.

Taste: Way too heavy on the bitterness overall. Again, it seems more like a domestic Saison here. Herbal and spicy, yes, but the malt and sweeter flavors are pushed away by too much spice and too much bitterness. Some grassiness comes through nicely, and some lemon zest, but overall it's a bit too masked and unbalanced. Also, dare I say it has a soda water-like aftertaste?

Mouthfeel: The only bright spot here, and it's not that bright. Lighter to medium-bodied with a decent spritz of bubbly carbonation that's fairly decent on the tongue.

Drinkability: VERY disappointed here. I wonder what went wrong, especially since everything I've had from Great Divide has been great. I'd stay away from this one and stick to the Belgians. Glad I only got one bottle.

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light and clear golden straw color, with a wispy, kind of sad head atop. Completely filtered, which always bums me out when dealing with a bottle of Belgian-style ale. Bottled on April 3, a little under 2 months ago. Bottle says 7.8%, not 7.3 as listed above.

Almost entirely yeast on the nose, with a bit of butter and honey. The aroma has kind of an off spice note kind of sour smelling. Not very pungent or pleasing.

The flavor first hits with light sweetness, honey maybe, then kicks in with yeast spice and clove, then finishes with that slightly off, somewhat astringent spice note again. Mouthfeel is plenty dry and peppery and it makes for one of the more refreshing 7.8% you may have. The goods just don't really do it for me.

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

A: Pale yellow/gold color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head that dissipated to a thick cap. Thin lacing in broken rings. Decanted continually.

S: Spicy yeast and light fruit. Somewhat of a honey sweetness.

T: Bready malts. Apricot and light-colored fruits. Mild bitter in the finish. Some warming alcohol.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and coating ahead of a dry finish.

D: Flavorful, crisp and dry. Disguises the abv pretty well. Nicely balanced.

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