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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Photo of ManofWax
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden, a bit like champagne or Miller High Life. Head is initially robust, but dissipates quickly.

S: Smells Belgian. I'd say more, but I have a terrible sense of smell.

T: Really lacks the kick of good Belgian and Belgian-style ales. Has strong, off-putting, metallic flavors in addition to the sweetness you'd expect from a Belgian ale.

M: Smooth and puckering, sticks to the palate.

D: For all its faults, you probably could drink several of these, and the 7.3% is well-masked.

Overall, Hades is the epitome of average in most ways, and probably not worth the money.

Served from a bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

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

Clear, pale gold in color, thin head, some lacing.

Aromas of a fresh sea-breeze, belgian yeast, and a light sweetness of honey.

Clean fresh flavors of citrus and pear, a light scrub of carbonation, bitter, spicy yeast and sweet honey finish.

Fairly light and smooth leaves a thin sweet coat with bitter notes on tounge.

Light, yet fairly complex, refeshing and sophisticated.

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Photo of becktone
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 12-26-08

Done horizontally with La Binchoise Special Reserve

Eye: Sparkling gold, crystal clear. Head formation is nice but retention could use some work, it falls to a thick blanket over the beer. Pretty average. Lacing is a thin, sickly and disappointing sheet.

Nose: Alcohol is present in the aroma, not dominant, but its warmth can be smelt. Spicy hops, I'm gonna say Sazz, are in the background. Overall pretty clean and crisp smelling. Malt backbone is present, but not as forward as I'd like. I would like this beer to be much bigger with the malts. The classic candi sugar aroma is missing, this is what I was really hoping for in this beer. Malt aroma is grainy in a way...really the big aromas here are spicy hops, warmth, and a soft malt aroma accented by touches of graininess.

Tongue: The sweet malt flavor and candi sugar first hits the palate and then is swept away. Coming next some hops, graininess. Finally at the end some caramel tones. Alcohol is noticeable, its flavor leaves its mark on the tongue. It seems to interfere with the aftertaste, that caramel flavor is now harder to pick up, the alcohol is getting in the way of that. Comined with the hops the alcohol, well...they both take away from this beer. Spicy and grassy tones from hops and the alcohol destroy the complexity of the malt. I don't think that this beer is big enough to support the characteristics of hops and alcohol. There isn't enough sweetness in this beer, not enough malt. The hops and alcohol seem like they belong to an IPA, they are out of place. The only Belgian connection I can see here is the Belgian IPA, and even so those have a much larger, and much more forward malt flavor. Its not that this is a bad beer, but it is a let down.

Feel and Drinkability: Real light bubbly body, should be a bit heavier. Not too bad though. This is one I'll finish and I'll enjoy it but, this isn't quite what I was looking for, especially when I had a craving for something big and tasty like Duvel. To me this is just a poor imitation of something far better, For the money its not really worth it. Not a bad beer by any means, but it really doesn't have enough belgian kick to it.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this Belgian ale into a pint glass, and found minimal head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was definitely abundant (as a good Belgian should) and smelled of coriander, cloves, and citrus.

The taste was light, similar to its smell, only weaker. This beer is subtly spicy with a watery mouthfeel and no major character notes to speak of. It bounces around in your mouth, but leaves no major distinct flavors other than cloves and oranges. It also leaves the mouth with a slightly bitter, dull aftertaste of flat water on the swallow. Good, not great.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I first started drinking this beer I had to check the site to make sure I wasn't missing what GD was going for.

It pours amazingly yellow, a very pale golden ale. There was very little head formation, 1/8" that quickly dissipates...not even a sheen across the surface. Needless to say, there is no lacing. Along with being nice and hazy, the color is the notable characteristic.

This ale is definitely spicy, I thought it smelled more like a heffe myself. It is musty with a slight sense of hops. Other than the common Belgian medicinal aromas nothing was very distinguishable, although there was a little citrusy hop aroma.

Ah yes, wheat beer is disguise. Hah, no seriously...the hops just weren't there for me, a little pungency and maybe a little bitter twinge in the end. I thought the malts were very subtle as well, but there is definitely some spice.

This beer was surprisingly light bodied. It was surely crisp and lively, very highly carbonated...gaseous. There was a slight drying in the finish.

Maybe a little higher among wheat fans or even Belgian fans...just not what I was expecting. I believe this beer to be very average with little else to offer. It lacks the complexity to be scored any higher.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Hades, a nice extra from thehand - thanks! Poured into a 14 oz. tulip.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden-bodied beer with an initial two-fingers of foamy, soft drink-esque foam that fades within 5 seconds into a thin sheen and 5 seconds later is gone entirely. What's really neat about this brew's appearance is the effervescence - entirely visible given the clarity of this brew, the carbonation is omnipresent, streaking upwards, sometimes literally nucleating in the middle of the body, twisting, spiraling upwards. The head retention and lacing knock it down a few points below average, but the neat-looking carbonation brings it back up a little.

Aroma: A very Belgian/German yeast strain here, lending light, artificial-smelling esters and a few spicy, faintly medicinal notes. The rest is similarly simple, honey-like malts, relatively sweet, with some faintly floral hop notes as well.

Taste: A very mild, slightly skunky-tasting Belgian. Slight yeast earthiness and spiciness, a few tart hop notes, and loads of pale, relatively dry malts, faintly clove/honey-like. It's pretty straightforward and simplistic, and the ease with which each note is picked out and defined makes the simplicity all the more obvious.

Mouthfeel: Soft and light, though with lots of crisp effervescence, active, fast, plentiful. The body itself is pretty thin as it is, thin but slick, crisp and dry. A pretty good feeling beer.

Drinkability: Decidedly average, in my opinion, and as all I've had from Great Divide thus far (OA Yeti, Yeti, Old Ruffian, Fresh Hop, Hercules) has been really, really solid, this one comes as a bit of a disappointment. Nonetheless, it's not bad, and definitely has its moments, but for 7.3%, I'd be hoping for a little more, especially from such a nice brewery.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

via duffextracold

Clear straw color. Thin white bubbly head that fades quickly. Constant bubbles emitted from the glass bottom: looks effervescent.

Smells like cantaloupe and spice.

Tastes of hearty sweet malt with some lemon and spice at the end. No indication of high abv. Kinda boring actually. High carbonation ruins the mouthfeel and doesn't fit the taste.

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

Poured ontap into Chalice

Appears nice and golden, though some carbonation appears soda like and a bit contrived. Small bone white head, no lace, no vibe. Recedes to nothing.

Smell is of sweet malts and a subtle belgian twang.

The taste is a fairly well rounded strong golden ale, a pronounced sweetness and a sherry like alcohal character. Soft and very distant fruit and that is all.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, champagne like finish.

This is a good brew, lacking a bit of depth but surpassing that with a fine drinkability that beckons for a night of mischief.

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Photo of brantadid
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear yellow color with a 1 finger white head. head quickly diminished leaving behind some lacing.

Smelled of rich light malt. Some spice with hints of lemon.

Wow, nice flavor. All the maltiness up front you would expect, but a nice hoppiness on the far palate. Not assertive, just lets you know that it is there. Some lemon tartness and almost a slight sourness.

Mouthfeel isn't too heavy or too light. Overall, very nice.

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

Bottle from Party Town, KY.

A - Poured a clear pale color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate sour citrus and yeast aroma.

T - Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation.

D - Refreshing soft brew that met my expectations.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hades pours a clear golden body with a hint of an amber cast and some darker, but not quite orange, highlights. The short and creamy white head holds fairly well and leaves short walls of tiny spotted lace behind.

The aroma is spicy and apple-like with some dark fruit skins mixed in and a hint of chalkiness and sulphur as well. Some mild phenolics hide below the surface as well. The maltiness is a touch candy-ish.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a bit of a dextrinous edge and a gently zesty, fine-bubbled carbonation that tingles the tongue.

The flavor is mainly of grainy malt that's gently biscuity, but it's also heavily influenced by yeast character, giving it notes of spice (anise, black pepper, green cardamom, coriander), a subtle touch of vanilla, and fruit (apple, soft plum, a hint of melon, grapefruit, and perhaps some other tropical fruit as well - a smidge of lemon). Hops add a spicy/grassy edge. The alcohol is well-concealed, and the bitterness is balancing at a level that stays just below the maltiness, supporting and balancing it but not being intrusive. It finishes dry with a hint of chalkiness and some sugar/vanilla/fruit.

Nicely done, and drinkable. Well-rounded and somewhat easy to drink.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a flute/chalice.

A-Gorgeously pristine, golden beer. Bright white, bubbly head on top that retained moderately.

S-Clovey spices and sweet malt, with a slightly spicy hop character. A bit grainy with a little banana.

T-Clove-like phenols with spicy hop character. A bitterness arises midway and lingers into the finish. Very malty. In spite of this, finishes very crisp. Very dry with the lingering bitterness and a slight spice.

M-Overall medium body with a medium-high carbonation which blends in well with the whole of the beer. A very light finish.

D-Good, but not spectacular, beer. It's quite enjoyable and refreshing, but does not skimp on the Belgian characteristics and complexity.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Great Divide for sending this beer to Lexington. The beer fares quite well for its style and considering that most American brewerys cannot brew decent Belgian beers.

The beer begins with the standard straw color with a lively carbonated performance, good head-stance, but didn't retain as well as I had hoped.

Flavors portray a well-attenuated pilsner malt flavor with a good dose of honey/nectar sweetness, perfumy and flowery hops that balance well and dare to challenge the limits of hops in a Belgian pale ale. Estery, fruity and light on phenolics, the beer flavors capture the style well.

Fairly dry and fully attenuated, the beer proves both palatable and drinkable. Bitterness is a bit high, but aids to the dryness and cleanliness.

Hats off to Great Divide, this beer does something that U.S. breweries rarely do... to produce a Belgian beer that rivals some of the good ones from Europe.

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Photo of brewnewbeer
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

vintage first week of April 07, just bought tonight.

look is of a slightly hazy golden colour, minimal head retention and not much lacing to speak of.

definitely Belgian yeast, a slight bit of malt and a bit of spiciness.

definitely a belgian in style, yet doesnt quite do enough for me. i am from american pale ales, so my taste is most obscured, i will have to try more in the future

mouthfeel is good, light yet full, but for some reason i cannot say it is full bodied like most of the other belgian strong ales i have had. it may be the pale part of the style, but i cannot be certain.

overall, this is definitely a good session beer, even at 7.30%, it may bet he fact that it is almost two years old and the hops have been quite subdued, maybe someone can gie me some feedback on a fresher date and different notes. i found this beer to be a bit of a disappointment, i was expecting much more. i haven't had many Belgian strong pale ales, mostly just the strong ales, which could play a part into my notes.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with "Bottled On" marking of Nov. 21, 2008 (Just about a month and a week ago) into a Lucifer snifter, this attempt at my favorite style is a pale yellow color, maybe hints of gold. The white head did not evidence much retention, and only slight drapery-like lacing.

A yeasty malt nose, doughy. Lemon. Hints of white pepper.

Bubble gum. Light fruits. Some spice at the end. Chalky yeast dusts the palate and sticks around, its slightly sour.

Prickly feel from the high carbonation level, crisp, but with the chalkiness noted above. Light to medium in feel, this is a very drinkable but indistinct Belgian strong pale.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had a bottle of this sitting in my fridge for as long as I can remember, so I decided to crack it open yesterday.

Pours a pale yellow with plenty of carbonation. Minimal lacing. Smell and taste are both slightly lemony with hints of pepper. Decent malt presence. Belgian-style yeast is pretty prevalent in the taste.

This brew is pretty drinkable since its ABV is relatively low. This beer is neither amazing or terrible. Just a good beer to have to sip on.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Light yellow hue accompanied by a weak head. Brilliant clarity.

S: Lemony citrus with a little pepper. A light sweet malt character some perfume like hop aroma. There is no overpowering fruit ester character. This is not a stellar aroma. Average at best.

T: A clean taste for this style of beer. Some pepper notes. No bitterness. Some soft malt character. Lacking fruit ester notes. Some perfume, floral hop character.

MF: Light body. Lacking appropriate level of carbonation. Slightly dry.

D, notes: Despite the lack of full flavor this beer is highly drinkable. This is not a bad beer just not particularly exciting or interesting.

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Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a decent pure white head that settled into a puffy cap, not much lacing. The aroma is fairly faint, I pick up some candi sugar and yeast phenols. Smells like it should. The taste is very light for a BSPA, very Stella like. Some light candi sugar and Belgian yeast flavors and spicy hops. The feel is very light, almost watery, very crisp. Though lacking in appearance, aroma, and taste, this brew is quick drinkable. I would say sessionable but the 7.3%ABV would prevent that. A positive is that you don't taste the ABV.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a mich ultra pale with a thinning white head.

Smells a faint yeasty, chalky. Maybe some faint fruity smell.

Taste is a little better. Taste is crisp, yeasty, smooth light malt, and some light hop flavor.

Good mouthfeel, and very drinkable.

A step down for Great Divide, but a nice drinking beer none the less.

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Photo of macster
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm a huge fan of GD beers. They predominantly produce some of the premier domestic beers available. Hades is not one of them. I'm lost in attempting to align any of the qualities of this beer to anything that would resemble a Belgian style ale. Other than some faint apricot, peach, green grape sweetness in the aroma and flavor, there's not a whole lot to get excited about here. Very boring and average.

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Photo of stephens101
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pure gold into a snifter. Two fingers of off-white head recede at a comfortable pace and leave well separated spots of lacing all around the glass. Smells of sweet, bready malts, pears, lemons and candy. Tastes of apples, grain, some grass and floral notes in the end. It's medium-bodied and fairly well carbonated. There's not much else to say. It's a straight forward Belgian Strong Pale Ale which maintains a good balance between it's drinkability and taste.

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Photo of Goliath
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a one inch bright white head. Decent retention and spotty lacing.

The aroma is ok, but nothing too special. Slightly citric, spicey, and sweet, Some pale malt, sugar, and banana.

The taste is unimpressive. A slight citrus tone, with a bit of banana and spice. A touch of yeast character as well. The pale malting is not working for me at all. Tastes like rye malt. Even if it's not, it's not suitable for a Belgian style ale.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, slightly watery with low carbonation. Doesn't really feel like a Belgian style ale either.

Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol levels are getting high, though it's very well masked. Flavor profiles don't work well for me, and I think it really detracts from the beer.

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Photo of Cresant
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Duvel glass. No date. A hearty pour created only 1 finger of bright white head. The body was a rich golden yellow and crystal clear. Lazy bubbles rise slowly despite the etching in the Duvel glass for nucleation.

Smell was cement-like. Belgian yeast. Pineapple candy.

Taste was a nice tangy tartness. The bitterness was apparent and trumped the sweet gravity of the malts. Dank yeastiness. Drying finish. Well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Mild/moderate carbonation, weaker than expected for this style.

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Photo of ccrida
4.51/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Hades is a clear gold with a small white head that leaves very light, scattered lace. The name is an obvious nod to Duvel, and that little head is no match.

Smell is classic and good, slight, lightly sweet graininess, waxy phenols, and plenty of grassy like noble hops. Really appetizing.

Taste is similarly classic and very good, well balanced and quite clean, semi-sweet, the flavors following the nose. I've had a few, overly-hyped stateside Duvel clones lately, and this one here rivals them all, and is pretty much as good as one could hope for in the style.

Mouthfeel has a light bodied, spritzy without being sharp.

Drinkability is great, as is this beer. I love this style when it's kept simple and clean like this. Add the domestic availability and value packaging and this is probably best in class (save for the flaccid appearance).

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Photo of deereless
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium gold, thin layer of tight foam, crystal clear - 3.50, S: Distinctly Belgian aromas, smells like a pale malt and mildly like sweet wet grass - 3.50, T: Crisp and dry, spicy, nice use of bittering hops, hints of lager rather than a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, some lemon grass - 4.00, M: 3.50, D: A pretty straight-forward beer, very drinkable 3.75

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Hades Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 56.8% out of 100 with 718 ratings
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