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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Ratings: 718 |  Reviews: 372
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a crystal clear golden yellow with odd hints of green. A frothy two-finger bright white head bubbles up and fairly quickly flattens out leaving a bit of oily lacing.

Aroma is as anticipated but a bit flatter with a bit less depth. That characteristic Belgian yeast aroma with hints of pear and apple are subtle, with lemongrass cloves and some straw and hay aromas jumping in. Muted on the whole, yielding a belgianish-grassy aroma.

Taste follows aroma pretty closely. Belgian yeast with that bready doughy spiciness hits first and gives way to a sweetness that could be classified as fruity, although the sweet candied fruits that I love in belgians seems a bit lacking. A nice spicy lemon pepper finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit surprising - thin, bubbly and harsh. It definitely delivers the spice, but seems to leave the fruit tastes behind. There's some prickly sweet-sourness at the sides of the tongue that sticks around for a good while. My palette is more confused than pleased with this one.

hmm. I'm a fan of great divide, but this one just kind of misses the mark. Not horrible, but given the fairly readily available options, this one doesn't really jump out at me. Just not quite complex enough to be interesting. Leaps and bounds beyond a macro lager, but kind of lacks a bit in the Belgian Pale category in my book. I could see it pairing nicely with food, but doesn't really stand out on it's own.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.07/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Over-sized Wine Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Very clear golden honey colored liquid. Crystal clear. Not abit hazy, as I expect from most Belgian ales. Slight head which leaves quickly. Okay lacing.

Smells are what I'd expect. Slight white fruit smells. Peaches and apples, mostly. Some pepperey spice. Yeasty notes.

Slight sweetness. White fruits and honey. Spiciness. Yeasty bread notes.

No where near as creamy as it should be, IMO. Sort of rough, actually. The carbonation bubbles are too big, they should be smaller, therefore producing a creamier mouthfeel.

Not bad as a session beer, but if I'm spending this amount for a Belgian, I'd rather have an actual Belgian.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Samuel Adams beer glass a light golden color. Hard pour produced about a finger of fluffy white head.

Smells like a Belgian. Fruity with some spicy tones. When I smelled it, I knew pretty much what to expect, must be the yeast.

Tastes spicy with some sweetness on the front. Nice finish and after taste.

Mouth feel is a little on the thin side, light body, medium carbonation.

Pretty drinkable for a 7.3% ABV brew.

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Photo of phattysbox
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Snifter glass. Golden and absolutely clear in body. Nice 1 inch pillowy head that remains. Lively carbonation through the brew. This reminds me of Duvel...

Smell initially of fresh belgian yeast followed by a pleasant malt husk. Taste is reminscent of a classic belgain pale ale. Dry yeast, nice bready and biscut flavors. There is a lemon-like tartness in the first sip. A nice pilsner like hop profile rounds out the back. Meduim bodied and quite dry.

Towards the end however, as the brew warmed up, the yeasty notes began to get a little cloying at times - but overall not a bad brew.

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Photo of Drew966
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hades pours a golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is a little fruity and a little malty. The mouthfeel is on the thin side. Clove seems to be the flavor that hits first, fading into a grassy hop flavor. Decent, but not as flavorful as I would expect for a Belgian style beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of whynot44
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear rich golden color with a decent foamy white head that retreats fairly quickly to just a ring but continues to produce some decent lacing.

The aroma is spicy, yeasty with hints of pear and apple.

The taste is slightly sweet, honey, pears, a hint of vanilla and cloves with a peppery finish and a grassy, slightly metallic aftertaste.

Light/medium bodied, smooth and easily drinkable. A bit lighter in flavor, body and alcohol content than some of the Belgian brews but still a decent intro to the style. Well worth a try.

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

One of the few beers from one of my favorite breweries that I had not tried yet,for one Iam not a huge fan of the style,but I was thinkin that maybe GD put their own little spin to this.Poured into a large tulip glass a clear light to medium golden with a very tight sticky one finger bone white head that left broken lace behind as it settled pretty slowly.A mix of overripe pineapple,green apple,and light spicey yeast in the nose,with just a hint of herbal/leaf.Mouthfeel is a little light but not overly watered down,flavors are a little lighter than expected with some phenolic-like clove flavors and some medicinal qualities.Its ok but there are to many traits in this brew that makes me not a huge fan of the style,like say the medicinal compnonent,but in saying that its decent for the style and I wont grade it down because of my feelings about the style.

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Photo of humanawho
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very light and thin looking, fast disappearing head but a nice solid white color

S - nice spicy light belgian aroma, but a little light on aroma

T - sweet and spicy with a nice little bite, pretty good balance

M - surprisingly good carbonation that i expect from this style

D - light tasting and enjoyable to drink

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Photo of corey0212
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear golden color, soapy-white head pulls a disappearing act...poof. Leaves a foamy collar around the glass, a few spots of lacing. Smell is apple, pear, some peppery notes, yeasty aroma. Lots of apple flavor, pepper on the back of the tongue, some sugary sweetness upfront. Crisp, quenching. This would be great with seafood, and lighter fare.

Love the fact that this is in 12oz. bottles now, love the new packaging/labels/caps...love Great Divide!

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Photo of surfnebr
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very clean, clear, golden color as it pours. The head wasn't very thick and it didn't stick around for too long. The nose was pleasant, light caramel, brown sugar, a touch of melon; honeydew perhaps and the alcohol at the end.

The flavor is lighter than expected as was the texture. Pineapple, brown sugar, light bread and melon. The alcohol does not come through in the taste as much as the nose advertised. This is a winner for a session beer. Not too sweet and not too heavy.

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Photo of sevopie
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden in color... looks like a typical American domestic. White head with visible rising carbonation.

Smell - Smells of pears, yeast, with a slight sweet twang, and a slight bitter flavor.

Taste - Honey and spice jump out at first, as well as some funky bitterness. Clears up a bit like a pilsner, but still has some funk leftover.

Mouthfeel - Light and bubbly

Drinkability - These are pretty easy to drink with how light they are, and generally pleasing on the tongue.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
As a big fan of Great Divide, I had never seen this particular brew available until now...
Appearance: Light-golden hue with massive carbonation rising and a minimal head...
Smell: Beautiful, true-to-the-style Belgian Pale Ale aroma consisting of honey, tropical flowers, yeast...
Taste: One of the best American depictions of this Belgian styled Ale... Sweet, inviting, with essences of golden honey, sugared candy, vanilla, and yeast...
Nice, medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a great overall level of drinkability for a 7.3% ABV...
Another winner from Great Divide...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a white head. This is not what a Belgian ale is supposed to look like. This is what a lager looks like. Nose is barely spiced. Flavor is okay. Kind of mild. Dough is there as is some funk. It's decent. Feel is okay on both liquid and carbonation. This is an okay beer. It's not bad by any means. It's just not a very good example of this style. I'm glad they released it in 12 ounce bottles so I didn't have to waste time and money on a bomber.

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

Golden yellow body with a fluffy white head. Leaves behind a little bit of lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, some fruits, and peppery aroma.

Up front the sweet malts are noticeable first, then some fruitiness following that. A spiciness that is somewhat peppery and somewhat grassy comes next. Well-balanced

A little bit of a dry mouthfeel, very well carbonated.

This beer is extremely smooth and easy to drink. Considering the reasonable price tag, I will be checking this out again.

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

Poured into a snifter. Sweet malts, yeasty and tons of citrus in the nose. not what I expected at first. Pale yellow in color, with some cloudiness. Solid white head, good retention and lacing. Nice flavors...some citrus, very yeasty, some fruity flavors...fall fruits and clove. medium body, some usually Great Divide flavors, smooth and creamy. very drinkable. nice palate and very enjoyable. nice American take on a Belgian.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even Disney has a character name Hades! Pours a mostly hazy off yellow color, with no help from me adding the sediment. A fluffy white head with great retention and lacing through the tasting.

The nose is on par for a more fruity Belgian blond. To start there is a with sweet Belgian Pils malt that leaves a soft finish. Noticeable candi sugar notes as well. There are plenty of Belgian esters, pepper, orange peel, hibiscus, and rose peddles. Minor cloves and banana notes as well. Some yeasty notes as well, mango and citrus and a hint of plums on the back end.

The taste follows right along with the nose. A sweeter malt presence with a heavy candi finish. More complexity from the malt but is enhanced by the more fruity yeast notes. More of a citrus kick with lemon, oranges and peaches. This is enhanced by more hibiscus & rose flavors. Very clean overall with no real solvent characteristics. Very palatable.

The body is light and very easy to drink. A bit high for carbonation but ok for style. Very nice beer, surprised not rated higher.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Double-deuce bomber with a bottled-on date clearly notched on the label, poured into my DFH pint glass yields a bright, clear, pale golden body with a steady trickle of active carbonation, capped with a couple of snappy, soapy fingers of ivory foam that recedes rather quickly to a creamy sheet at first, but really stands up tall after a few additional pours from the bottle, but shrivels again, leaving virtually no lacing.

Smells is citrus-fruity and herbal-hoppy with the lightest touch of banana.

Flavors are led by soft ripe fruits with a touch of plum, banana, and a spicy note of alcohol. A caramel-covered fruit sweetness revels itself as the drink warms, only to be knocked down by bitter hops in a powdery-dry finish.

Crisp and refreshing with good drinkability, this is an interesting beer.

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Photo of Franchise
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering pours a golden yellow shiny and bright leaving a clear bubbly effervescent body leaving a thin white lace. The aroma is spicy fruits, grass, hay, banana, and lucious tropical fruit.

The taste is brisk on the palate, sweet fruit upfront moving to a tart, musty, dry finish. Nicely bittered with spicy phenols. This beer is solid great on a hot day worth seeking out.

I paired this beer with whole wheat spaghetti and meatballs w/homemade marinara sauce and it was perfect. The tangy sauce really went well with the sweetness and alcohol in the beer.

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Photo of sml505
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, light gold with small frothy white head.

S - Toasted grain, banana, caramel, spice of light pepper/ coriander.

T - Sweet and lightly bitter and sweet. Light spice, coriander.

O/ M - Medium mouthfeel. Enjoyed the beer, but does not seem like a traditional Belgian. Nice spicy flavors.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass
Bottled: 1st week of August, 2007

A - Pours a surprisingly pale and cloudy yellow color, almost like a hefe. Head is smallish at about 1/2 inch and fades quickly, leaving a thin layer of bubbles. Lacing is pretty minimal.

S - Strong scents of lemon, banana and clove. Orange zest and perhaps coriander accompany. A bit of sugary sweetness mixes well with the fruit flavors. Kindof one-dimensional.

T - Starts with strong, tart lemon and some banana flavors. Lots of fruity flavors with some typical yeasty spice (clove, coriander, etc). Finish remains sweet with very little perceived bitterness. Bottle promises "noticeable hops" but I'm not finding them.

M - Tart flavor and high carbonation work hand in hand. Medium body with some spicy finish but little drying.

D - Low in alcohol for the style, making it a pretty drinkable beer. Flavor is not complex, but its never offensive.

A disappointing take on the Belgian Strong Pale Ale, tasting at times more like a german hefeweizen than the quintessential Duvel. Probably wouldn't buy again.

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

Pours a nice very slight haze golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, nice touch of yeast, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, nice touch of some kind of spices, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first GD in a long time, they still make some very tasty brew's.

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

Poured from a bottle a light and hazy lemon color with two fingers of bright white head.

Aroma of light malt, Belgian yeast, lemon, and flowers.

The taste is slightly tart and yeasty. Traces of pepper, bread, and lemon appear and then quickly fade away.

Light to medium mouthfeel and moderately carbonated.

A good Belgian Strong Ale but not one of my favorites by style or by Great Divide.

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Photo of Shaw
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled the second week of September 2007; drunk the third week of April 2008.

Pours a very nice light gold in color with a super-white head and substantial carbonation.

It has that nice Belgian aroma of biscuits and a wee bit of funk, coriander and other spice.

The taste is bready with notes of pepper and a bit of earthiness. The higher alcohol level is well-hidden. This isn't as sweet as other beers of the style, this is more funky.

The body is light and sharp. The heavy carbonation adds to the peppery and spicy quality of this beer.

Overall, this is a decent example of the style. It's worth drinking, but there are even better options out there.

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Photo of
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Mostly clear, pale yellow in color. Large, rocky, white head. Some legs, decent lacing. Despite the head, beer itself seems rather still.

Aroma is citrus and coriander. Yeast and bread dough. Pretty mild overall.

Sweet more than bitter, apples and grapes (white). Touch of medicinal flavor. Candi sugar. Citurs. Herbal/grassy at the finish.

Light to medium in body. Medium carbonation, could be higher. Fairly dry.

I am a huge fan of Great Divide, but this beer doesn't do much for me. I expected more hops (not true to style, but true to GD). Overall, the beer is OK, but there are better efforts out there in this category.

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

A: Golden-yellow, white head, very little retention, slight lacing. I expect a little more from a "Belgian".

S: Sulfur/mineral aroma with bread, caramel & toffee.

T: Bread, caramel, toffee, light spicing with a little tropical fruit. Alcohol is very subtle.

M: Moderate body and carbonation; smooth.

D: Surprising for its strength.

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