Sunday, March 23, 2008

Great Divide Hades Ale review

Great Divide Hades AleAs I say goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring I'm starting to transition over to lighter beers. I picked up a Belgian Strong Ale this time around. A nice departure from the typical dark brew. This beer was brewed out of the Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver Colorado and is called their Great Divide Hades Ale.

Interesting name for a lightly colored brew. Hades is the lord of the dead and ruler of the nether world if you read it's definition in Wikipedia. This beer is the furthest thing from being dead that you can get. This Belgian pours a light yellow color and looked crystal clear with a noticeable carbonation and a decent white head. Being a strong Belgian, the ABV was a bit stronger than most Belgians coming in at 7.3% ABV. This sample came in a 22 oz bomber and was drank chilled, fresh from the fridge. I wanted a lighter style beer but one with a bit of a kick to it. I think I found just the right beer in this case.

The aroma hits me immediately upon pouring. I noticed a spicier yet citrusy aroma coming off this beer. I chose a Belgian snifter type glass for this beer and I think it was just the right type for this beer to bring out the full aroma. I detected a bit of banana and perhaps lemon in this beer. This beer didn't have a harsh hop smell like an IPA yet it was strong enough to be noticeable. At first smell, I could tell this was more of a summer time drink. No heavy or dark malts in this brew.

The first sip was just what I expected from a strong Belgian. It reminded me a lot of a Blue Moon Belgian White but without the orange garnish. This beer was nicely carbonated but not overly so. This beer drinks better cold. I could taste a light citrus with an almost biscuity taste. This beer goes down very easy with no bitterness. I got a nice mouth feel with this beer. Very smooth. It even burps well. Finishing the entire 22 oz bomber bottle gave me a nice light beer buzz. If it wasn't over 7% ABV I'd swear it would be a good session type beer. But don't be fooled by the taste. The higher alcohol content in this one should limit you to just one bottle. Any more would be too much.

This is a nice change of pace brew. I'd recommend it to anyone. The beer rating sites were rather tame with their ratings. Beer Advocate gave this beer a decent "B" rating. rated this a bit above average with a 57 percentile and a 3.15 out of 5 rating. I think those ratings were a bit low as I felt this beer deserved a bit better. I'm going to give this beer a nice 3.5 out of 5 ranking. Save this one served cold for a nice warm day. This beer definitely deserves a look.

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