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Ten Hills Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ten Hills Pale AleTen Hills Pale Ale

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161 Reviews
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Reviews: 161
Hads: 1,055
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 26.43%
Wants: 11
Gots: 212 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: a0lbudman on 11-15-2013

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Reviews: 161 | Hads: 1,055
Photo of FickleBeast
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Savor snifter. Bottled August 12, 2015. Bottle says should remain brewery fresh for 180 days, and we are within that range.

Pours a clear amber color with a finger of sticky foam that persists. Aroma has a faint floral, perfumey hoppiness. Flavor is nicely balanced between sweet crystal malt flavor and a tea-like hop flavor. Finishes smooth with a pleasant bitterness.

This is a fine, if unremarkable, beer. Well balanced and drinkable. 6.2% ABV packs a punch but doesn't come off as boozy at all. A solid B.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L : Golden amber appearance, about 80% transparent. Towering fluffy head leaving chunks and clumps of lace as it recedes.

S : Caramel and caramel malts, biscuit and honey, a slight roast character and pale hop nuggets. Quite a bit of sweetness here.

T : Quite a bit of sweetness in the flavor as well, with biscuit, honey, caramel, and cotton candy sweetness. The bitterness comes but is polite, with a little pine and fruit rind. A touch of vinegar on the finish as well. As it warms the vinegar note turns more onion-y.

F : Medium bodied, fairly creamy, enough carbonation to keep it interesting yet still relatively mild. It ends crisp and easy.

O : I'm a fan of Goose Island pale ales. The ones I've tried have been easy drinking yet still tasty. This one is another great example of that.

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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Copper/Amber look poured into a glass...thinner look to the body
To me, there was something unnatural about the smell, a chemical type of smell
Tasted a lot better than it looked or smelled, but not a notable taste or feel.
I could've drank and moderately enjoyed the second one I had but decided to save it for a friend to try...
Worth a try, maybe don't buy more than 6 at first, I can't justify buying it for myself again

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Photo of MarkLinton1
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice entry into the American Pale Ale category. Good balance with just the right amount of hop bitterness for the style. Not the most memorable Pale Ale, but certainly not the worst. Could definitely drink a few of these.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Goose Island Beer Co. "Ten Hills Pale Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON DATE: 12AUG15BG09"

"Ten Hills" is simply a solid American pale ale with a firm, lightly sweet caramel malt base and gently citrusy and herbal hops. It's decidedly caramelish, and not overly hoppy, but balanced; and I'd say that's fairly English in character except that I think it's even more caramelish than most British pales. It's also at the top of the range for either English or American pales at a solid 6.2% abv. Conclusion: you can't argue with the quality now that A-B is brewing it. It looks great in the glass and it's fresh. It's not a beer that you'd jump for because it's so "basic", but it makes a great fall-back beer.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Essentially, what I look for in a pale ale is almost identical to a session IPA, but with a normal alcohol content. By that standard, this is pretty solid. Good pure hop bitterness that doesn't go too far, keeping well within the lines of its style.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper colored with a big head of foam and good lacing; great big swirls of carbonation.

Smell: Citrus and caramel.

Taste: Citrus, spice, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a moderate bitter finish.

The Verdict: Not bad. A decent American pale ale with no deficiencies, but nothing to really make it stand out either. Just a good solid beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer is in, and that means Ten Hills Pale Ale. Part of a pre-set mix-12 pack from Goose Island, on to the beer:

Copper colored with autumn hues, an inch of head is formed on top. The head retains well and creamy lacing washes around the glass. My nose smells the beer, and it tells me that it is going on the right path. It tells me of vague citrus, toffee, grapefruit zest, and a little diacetyl that given me the impression of a blended American pale ale with Extra Special Bitter. Some of the aroma hits a translation error from aroma to taste though; the grapefruit zest and bready baseline are positives, but the herbal and coarse aspects of the beer are little fun. Well, at least the massaging bubbles gives my palate a rub-down.

Decent pale ale with a few rough spots. Bring out the sandpaper, smooth it out, then I will try again.

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Photo of TopherBreski
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful color!! Golden Amber. Smell is great; very hoppy with some citrus. Taste is hoppy with some wheat and very little of that IPA bitter after taste. But the taste doesn't really stand out; its above average.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

It pours a brilliant amber color with burnt orange highlights. It is crystal clear. On top sits a mountain of rocky, tan head that some lacing.

It has light citrus notes balanced with a caramel malt backbone.

The taste starts out with light citrus. Then I pick up some caramel malt. The finish is slightly bitter.

Medium mouthfeel

I wasn't expecting much out of this beer, but it was okay. It is pretty boring with what is out there. It was given to me by a non BA. He is exploring and wanted to share. It is a good step for the Bud drinkers take.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Full of carbonation and the thick off white head, which is bubbly and creates a thick creamy mass, hides a nice burnt orange body that’s crystal clear. This pale ale has a semi-thick lacing.
Apple, orange zest, a hint a grapefruit and mild raisins.
Spicy and a mild mal flavors first come through followed by a light hops taste. As you drink on, the apples come out followed by some overall sweetness and a slight bitterness I its aftertaste.
Crisp, medium bodied
Not bad, very well balanced and great tasting.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is citrus, perfumed fruit and a hint of grapefruit. The flavor is citrus, very light hop resin notes, fruit/berries, malts and a tangy/bitter finish.

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Photo of Tilly
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark copper with thick thick beige quick disappearing head leaving a rim of lacy foam.
Aromas of malt, lemon and a hint of herbs.
Initial citrus taste, mostly lemon. Hoppy and some sweetness.
Nice mouth feel. Back of the mouth bitterness, tart.
Nice Pale Ale offering from GI.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date of 01/27/15

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear copper orange with a khaki finger width head. Fair retention, breaking down to a thin film across the surface.

Smell - Light citrus, floral and woody notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Moderate citrus, floral and woody notes. Hints of red apple sweetness and a faint caramel malt body. Finishes with a mild bittersweet character.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, silky texture. Goes down with ease.

Overall - Loving the flavor profile, but wishing there was just a touch more caramel. Regardless, I really enjoyed this one. Mild, but flavorful pale.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is transparent copper with lots of tight light dusty brown head. Nose is fairly hoppy with hop resin, pine and citrus. Fair bit of malt in the nose, caramel and sticky. Taste is similar, sticky sugary caramel malt with hops behind, resiny and sticky with some citrus through the finish and a light bitterness. Body is a hint syrupy with assertive carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 11/4/14 so just past its recommended six-month drink-by date
A: Orange color with a one-finger head
S:Typical pale ale blend of caramel malts and a floral/herbal hop note
T: Very average- some caramel malt, a bit of herbal/citrus hops but nothing memorable. A touch of something bitter that could be hops but doesn't quite fit
M: Medium-bodied
O: Nothing memorable. I'd be curious to try it again fresh but still expect it would be average overall

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Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 17 Dec 2014 - had a week or so ago - reviewed from notes:

Pours copper with a thin lasting head that leaves lacing.

The smell is herbal/leafy with caramelized biscuit.

The taste is of a honey-like sweetness with balancing spicy hop bitterness in the finish.

It's a well-balanced, easy-drinking pale ale.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an nice amber color with a thin off-white cap, decent amount of constant bubbles from the bottom, not much lacing on the glass.

Smell is strong in caramel malt with a mild hop presence, not a strong aromatic showing.

Taste starts out with the mild citrus hops and is quickly balanced with caramel malt, soft but ample amount of carbonation, very slick and almost buttery feel along the tongue.

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Photo of Myotus
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a fingers worth of white foam. Is medium gold in color. Has mild aromas of malts with weak floral aromas from hops. Initial taste is mild of citrusy hops immediately followed by stronger flavors of floral hops. Both hop flavors persist as a a pleasant malt flavor enters in to finish off the final taste.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4/12/15 Bottle - Nice copper brown pour, decent white pillow head, good carbonation. Wheat, citrus and hops aroma. Pleasant tasting beer, wheat and hops were good, citrus and other herbs were present and the beer had a good balance. Very smooth to drink, not a very strong beer. Overall good offering by Goose Island!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper colored with great clarity and vibrant carbonation bubbles. A fingernail of off white covers the top. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma is citrus hops and light malt. The taste is very citrus hop forward with plenty of light malt keeping things from going IPA. The hop bitterness and carbonation tickles the taste buds and is very delicate.

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Photo of mick303
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle. Colour is medium gold, nice lacing.

S - dry citrusy hops, grapefruit, caramel apples, sweet malt.

T - caramel malts, mild hops that kick more toward the finish. Grapefruit, dry, and malt dominated, with some dry earthy tones on the finish. It's mild allround.

M - pleasant mouthfeel, malty body, with moderate carbonation, semisweet feel, and a balanced finish.

Overall, a quite nice session pale ale, mild and too-malt forward though.

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Photo of RockAZ
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10-22/drank 2.23, which I had caught this one sooner but it was still a nice beer. Not IPA class, but it still had a representable amount of hops aroma left in it. Malty, full thick carbonation, dark amber. Cheap, would buy again at this price, but will keep an eye out for a fresher batch next fall.

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Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber body; thick, sticky head. Mostly malt aroma; some mild pine resin notes. Caramel malt flavor; crisp, piercing hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel; mostly dry finish.

A decent beer although it offers nothing new to the pale ale experience. Pleasant enough.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/22/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apple, light pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apple, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine and earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, apple, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, balance, and robustness of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and a light lingering bitter astringency after the finish; but not too bad. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good pale ale style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Ten Hills Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.