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

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Added by ArrogantB on 06-11-2007

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 2007, Sampled April 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, slightly meringue like, off-white colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is well carbonated with lots of bubbles rising up through the murky, orange-gold colored beer. When held up to the light the beer shows a white-gold color that is similar to a Wit because of the haziness. Fruity aromas of pear and green apple subtly perfume the aroma along with a spicy, almost pepper like character. The finish has some cracker-like grain notes to it that can be somewhat pronounced at times. There is perhaps a touch of herbal honey aromatics here as well. Not a bad aroma, I find that it is pretty nice too. Coming back to the aroma after drinking this for a bit, it can be quite aromatic; spicy, herbal and with a solid fruit backbone, it is really starting to grow on me a bit more than it did initially.

The first sip is lightly sweet tasting with a fruitiness that accentuates this. The beer finishes with a touch of a carbonic bite as well as some lingering, light, but biting bitter hop notes. There is a touch of metallic character here, some touches of white pepper, a definite ginger note and some lingering, turpene driven clove like flavors that lingers on the tongue. The fruit notes remind me most of pears, but there is also a touch of sweet green apple. The hop character is pretty subdued, but there is a touch of herbal hop character that goes along with the more apparent hop bitterness.

Quite a bit fruitier than Duvel, and it is also a fair bit sweeter too. It is quite a bit different than Duvel, but it similarly needs to be enjoyed with a dedicated full bottle and a bit of time as it starts to grown on you if you spend some contemplative time with the beer. But this is quite a bit better than the beers reputation had me thinking. This is definitely an enjoyable beer that is a bit too easy to drink given the beer's strength.

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Photo of eljefe21
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Translucent pale yellow color. Pours to a single finger head that quickly dissipates. Some fine lacing.

S: Spicy yeast smell with hints of grass.

T: Warming alcohol and yeast flavor that lingers in the middle of the tongue.

M: Some carbonation up front. A medium body feel over the middle. Finishes in a some what dry fashion.

D: Crisp, dry and tasty enough to hide some of the beer's kick. A nice beer to wind down with at the end of the day in any season.

Served in a cervoise glass.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.41/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours absolutely clear pale gold. Head is initially thick but quickly dissipates to a thin sheen with plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma is pale malt and unidentifiable yeasty spices.

Taste is similar to the nose. Pale malt, with a mild grassy quality. Finish holds noble hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall, I am surprised and more than a little underwhelmed by this offering from a really great brewery. This is not really Belgian in character and is a watered down version of a BSPA at best. Don't bother picking this one up.

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Photo of bashiba
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden clear Macro Yellow with a huge fluffy light head.

Has a big sweet and fruity smell with a huge bit of yeast.

The flavor is light and sweet with a bit of green apple and pineapple flavor. Big yeast and light grassy hops round it out nicely.

The mouthfeel has a ton of carbonation and a long dry finish.

An Ok Belgian Pale, nothing special.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice light golden color with a one finger frothy white head that goes away quickly. Aroma is lightly floral,spicy, apple,coriander.,very yeasty. Flavor is banana, bubblegum, coriander.grass,light grains, notes of alcohol, and candy sugar. Light to medium body,high carbonation,crisp mouthfeel,with a dry spicy finish. Very drinkable, I would buy this again.

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Photo of bruachan
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beer quite clear, with tight suds above. ample bubbly from below, lacing is commendable

the aroma is tremendously hoppy, with a bouquet-full of noble scents. a little lemon in there, freshly-mown grass, mint? a touch of sweetness but i don't really get a sense of what the beer is going to taste like

warm and slightly nutty brew. hops are quite significant as well. in fact, i am unsure of what the beer would taste like without them (and don't mean that quite in the same way as i would of a hop-bomb IIPA). belgian yeast runs the show and the diminished foam bears witness, in the form of faint ringlets. quite bitter

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

12 oz bottle from John's Marketplace into Piraat tulip.

Clear strawish golden hue under one finger white quickly dissipating head. Pears, apples and Meyer lemons in the nose and taste buds. Pretty effervescent mouthfeel with alcohol well hidden. Fairly dry finish. Taste is nothing spectacular, not an exemplar in a difficult category. If given my druthers, I prefer Pranqster. Glad I tried it, but not something I'd purchase again.

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Photo of damienblack
2.41/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours thin, watery golden, almost completely transparent. Decent bubblies at the top, at least. Smell is nice at first, like pineapple or a sweet citrus fruit, but then it turns to like corn, followed by a harsh metallic smell overriding everything. Taste... well, it is crisp and carbonated, that's all it has going for it. It's artificial and metallic, with a good deal of astringency. Has a rotten or spoiled feel to it, like socks almost. Sour in a bad way. Oily feel, like fish oil, or the oil you would get tuna packed in. Same thing I get with Magic Hat Circus Boy. The earthy hoppiness helps augment the bad flavors instead of cleansing them, making more of a rancid, bitter aftertaste. It's pretty thin and watery, so if it tasted decent it would be inoffensive. The carbonation's the only thing it's got going for it. Great Divide, you've let me down here.

Also, bottling date stamped on is 1/18/09, so I know it isn't an old bottle.

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Photo of BMoney575
2.94/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 4-19-09
Bottled on 1-16-09

Pours a clear and fizzy pale yellow, with no head and no lacing.

Smell is Belgian, with subtle notes of grape, sweet malt, and alcohol. Exceptionally smooth.

Taste is all earthy hops and very astringent, with none of the Belgian character that's in the smell. The finish is harsh and quite boozy.

Mouthfeel is very fizzy and sharp, adds to the unenjoyable experience.

Drinkability is poor, not a good beer.

Overall, pass.

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Photo of Morey
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Very Very yellow color. One of the most yellow beers that I've ever seen. Good clarity with white head that sticks around for a bit, and then settles to a thin yet bubbly lacing.

Smells of spices (very typical for the style).

Taste is carbontion/ hop bite first and then in rush all of the different flavors from the different spices.

Mouthfeel in pretty thin and bitey.

I could probably only do one or two of these at most in one sitting.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not my favorite style, but it was given to me as a sample. When I review a beer, I'm sure to consider the style and not rate it against my favorite Ipa's.

That being said....this is a well made belgian and I would recommend it to fans of the style.

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Photo of badmoon
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip from a bottle.

A: Golden blonde. Nice head that disappears quickly. Very little lacing.

S: Spice, pear, citrus. It really jumps for me. Very similar to any Belgian.

T: Very crisp with the citrus flavors coming to the front. It's finishing strong with the pear notes.

M: This has a really medium feel. It's just right for me. It lingers for a little bit but not too much.

D: For a Belgian interpretation, it's very drinkable. I wouldn't want to have too many but you could easily be fooled into it.

Overall: Great brew! I will be picking up some more of this. It's really got a great balance of all the things that make an excellent beer. Try it!

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Photo of UA8
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden straw with a moderately tall white head.

S- The usual for a Belgian we have touch of pear, apple, and some citrus notes. A hint of sweetness and yeast as well.

T- Leads with sweet and crisp pear as well as some yeast/ citrus sharpness and sourness. Finish is clean and touch tart.

M- Medium high carbonation with a clean and crisp mouthfeel.

D- This a great Belgian pale for an American brewer. Easy to drink and very refreshing.

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

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, ginger, some clove, tart malt, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There's also a slight dryness associated with this brew. Tastes of slight yeast cleanliness up front, then a sweetness next, then slight tart malt comes through, some sweet malt in the background, and a slight hint of spice in the finish. A very smooth finish and overall a deceivingly good beer based on the clear, pale yellow appearance. Not the best example of the style I've had, but also a lot better than others - worth a try.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: clear gold

Smell: some malt sweetness, yeast, spice, wheat, light citrus

Taste: very light and crisp. almost too light and crisp. hint of yeast and spices and malt. mostly wheaty. clean, slightly fry aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body. moderate carbonation

Notes: surprised when the carrier said "top 25 of 2007 on BA". tasted more like a strong cream ale

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Photo of goatxpower
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a recent trip to Portland.

A- crystal clear yellow straw, Pilsner color. Nice bubbly carbonation. Thin head that faded fast. This may be related to my chosen glassware. I wish my tulip hadn't just broken.

S- I smell nothing, honestly. Well, very little. I do get a little bit of nice Belgian aromatics when I jam my nose in the glass.

T- This is a well done Belgian. Tastes like a Belgian and not a "US Belgian". Nice bready, spicey, candied fruit notes. Dried pear. Straw. Very reminiscent of La Choufe. Could be done with their yeast. Slight notes of pepper. Corriander? Grains of Paradise? A very nice example of the style.

M- It's thin and watery, but full of flavor, just like it's supposed to be.

D- This is totally sessionable. Granted, I would be pretty tossed after a sixer, 7.3% isn't as deadly as the usual 9%+ often associated with this style.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack at Wine Gallery in Kenmore Sq. Poured into stemmed crystal glassware. Very bright and crisp yellow color. Large pillow-like head that left good lacing. Quick surge of carbonation at the first pour. Smelled a bit malty up front with a hint of wheat. Taste was quite refreshing. Nice blend of hoppy bitterness with Belgian candied sugar sweetness. A tad sticky in the back of the throat with aftertaste. Drinkable but noticeable abv. Easily drank three in one sitting. Reminds me of a more refined version of Leffe Blonde. Another winner from GD.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden/canary color with thick pure white head that sticks around for a bit. Smell is citrusy and a bit spicy. There is a fruit, almost banana flavor, but not quite. Great Beligan spice notes on the front. The finish makes my tongue tingle.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on November 21, 2008:

Pours light golden yellow with a foamy white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of light grain, slightly nutty (almond) with spicy yeast and hay/floral notes.

The taste is like a pilsner in ale form - lemongrrass with grainy malt and an herbal/floral dryness.

The feel is a bit "swishy" - not bad, as it does have a body, certainly enough to cover the alcohol reasonably well - not quite effervescent.

A very nice interpretation of the style. The general idea of the style is there, and, on its own, is a nice, well-balanced, enjoyable brew.

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Photo of CHickman
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great Divide Hades Belgian-Style Ale smells of bread and spices with an average yellow color; there was a tiny head with this bottle pour, maybe a quarter inch.

The flavor is dominated by malt and yeast and the spice indicates there is some kick to this beer. It's crisp with a dry finish, but you can taste and feel that it's a strong beer that's not too strong. It's a Belgian style with a hint of pepper; an American interpretation that is enjoyable. It's good, but not great.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a very deep yellow color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, a lot spices, light malts, some fruit and a little hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of spices, apples and honey up front. There's a decent Belgian yeast background. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild but complementary hops presence. Everything seems to work together well in this beer with nothing being too over-powering. The after-taste is lightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a nice not-so-strong Belgian that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of enfield249
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Crystal clear, bright golden color. 2 fingers of white head when poured, fades to layer of white foam. Lots of bubbles!

S - Spicy hop aroma mixed with sweetness.

T - Sweet flavor, with a strong spicy/herbal after taste. The herbalness lingers and verges on cloying.

M - Sharp from the CO2, medium-light bodied.

D - I could have a couple of these, but after that the herbal flavor would get to me.

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Photo of brianjay
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured the Great Divide Hades Belgian Style Ale into the glass. There was virtually no head. Some white, airy bubbles floated on top for a moment, then vanished leaving a bubbly white ring around the glass. The color was a dirty gold, very light and transparent.

Smell was not very inviting: notes of oats and some spice, with an overpowering stale and sour scent.

Mouth-feel was weak and oily. There is not much to the taste either. The weak, stale spice flavor is there briefly. Finish has a quick, brisk bitterness of the hops but it almost comes across as an afterthought (or insult) and quickly vanishes. A weak maltiness fades in and out at the very end.

I have enjoyed Great Divide in the past, and am a huge fan of Belgian and Belgian-style ales. I was quite disappointed with this "Belgian-style."

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Photo of angelmonster
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz bottled on 01/16/09

Pours a nice white 3 finger head. Body is a pale gold with lots of bubbles. Head retention and lacing are pretty good

Smell is of belgium yeast. Fruity zest and some peppery spice. Some straw malt but no hops.

Taste is a bit dry with some straw malt and some citrus or lemongrass. After taste has a slight metallic astringency, kinda how some white wines leave a similar affect. Taste of yeast is similar to grape and hops are slightly present and resinous.

Head is semi creamy and body is light and very smooth. Carbonation is on the mid to low side.

Over all a good attempt at a Belgium by an American brewery, especially for the price! Very easy to drink and at 7.3% alcohol can be deceiving. Now Im off to the Great Divide brewery for their St. Patricks day celebration

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Photo of JMBSH
2.97/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A hard pour get me about two fingers of head that shrink to just a coating covering the top. Not the head you would expect for the style. Bright golden in color. Some visible carbonation.

S - A blend of citrus and flowers.

T - Once again that same blend (orange comes to mind) but also some other citrus fruits as well . The hops stick around in the background mostly. Finishes dry after the initial sweetness.

M - Slick up front while the hops sticks around in the back of the throat. Can't taste the alcohol bite what with the different flavors at play.

D - I don't know. I seems like there is too many different tastes going on and my mouth doesn't seem to like that. An OK beer but not one that I would seek out to have again anytime soon.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my new Chimay goblet. This beer pours a clear, light to medium gold color. A minimal white head to begin with when poured, that settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing either. Has a sort of malty and biscuity aroma and I really could not smell much else. Had a sweet, malty, biscuity flavor with some fruit, such as apple and also a bit of citrus. Has a bit of spice such as coriander, clove and a touch of black pepper corn. Good flavor. Has a crisp, but also slightly syruoy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth. It coats your mouth nicely. Easy to drink in a good way. Not bad at all here, but I was expecting a bit more.


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Hades Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 718 ratings
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