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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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965 Ratings
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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 12
Gots: 171 | 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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Ratings: 965 | Reviews: 160
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of ONUMello
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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

Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Myotus
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of mick303
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of RockAZ
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of ChefBoyarKeif_NC
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice floral smell from the hops. Smooth yet a very nice kick of hops I look for in my APA's. Overall a well crafted beer.

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +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.

Photo of RMutt
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

golden red, bubbly/sparkling appearance.
sweet, light smell, juicy, delicate.
similar taste, grape juice, caramel apple maybe, light aftertaste, not overpowering.

Photo of whitebrow
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

might have been an old bottle. seemed to be missing something...

Photo of ravisingh
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: A good one and a half inches of head, thickish foam a good beige-ish off white color. Good retention on the head too. Absolutely clear perfect copper color I'd say 10-11 on the SRM chart.

S: Great aroma, immediately good amounts of both fruity and floral. There is a little toastiness and richness to it as far as hops - low to moderate like it says it should be 4 an American Pale Ale. The fruity scents are a little tangerine and I would say even blueberry, not strong, but I got a little whiff of them with the beer siting on the table about a foot and a half away from me. So, esters definitely present. Alcohol is definitely there, but not too strong.

T: Once I tased it, that's when the maltiness kicked in. Definitely a toasted flavor towards the dark end of the spectrum. A little earthy, a little grassy with a grapefruit flavor to it. A little bit of floral by the fourth sip, not much.

F: Mildly astringent at the very end medium body and thickness. Definitely dry at the finish. No sweetness that I could taste. Medium carbonation to the high side of medium.

O: Not bad. It hit a lot of the marks for the American Pale Ale standard. It wasn't jump out of the pack, but it wasn't bad either. I would say it fits about in the middle, but they did get a pretty color. Nice kick at 6.2% ABV though.

Photo of GFM
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours an orange amber color. Just a dusting of head and light blotchy lacing. A bit of pine in the scent. A well-balanced pale ale. Nice representation of the style but not memorable. (8.0)

Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I liked this one!!!! Poured a clear copper color into a pint glass. Big frothy white head with good retention. Thick bands of lacing on the glass. Smell is not that robust, but it includes some citrus and floral hops. Taste is more pronounced. Good bitterness, Floral (or herbal whatever) hops and some citrus hops and some balancing bready malt.

Mouthfeel may be a hair light, but it is crisp with good hops "bite". At 6.2%, you could enjoy a second one!!! I would drink this again. Good APA.

Photo of hotpauko
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent APA but a little hard to figure out, malt and hops need a tad adjusting. Interestingly, seems like a malty bite with a sweeter hop taste. Appreciate a hidden yeasty taste and like the hoppy ending but generally at times a little rough.

Photo of Moondoggy68
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Nice color. Thin head. Generic flavor. Meh.

Photo of Vixie
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour a really nice copper color with a thick white head that sticks around for a bit, leaving behind some nice lacing.

Smell is a bit fruity, there's also pine and floral notes mixed in.

Starts a bit fruity up front, mainly some mild citrus notes. The hops make themselves known pretty quickly, adding pine and floral notes. Leaves a bit of a lingering hops flavor at the finish.

Fairly thick feel for the style, nice and solid.

I would call this an above average example on an APA. It is darker and has a bit more hops presence than I usually associate with the style. Not a bad beer, but being as I am not a big fan of hops, not one I'd drink a lot of.

Photo of fitzy84
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Table & Vine in West Springfield, MA. From the Goose Island Flight Pack. Served in a glass goblet. The beer has a clear golden-amber appearance with little head retention and spotty lacing on the sides. Aromas included a sweet orange citrus flavor mixed with earthy tones. The beer tasted nicely bittersweet with a good balance of citrus and malts. Pretty good carbonation to the drink, which allows it to be refreshing and crisp. Overall, a good pale ale.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: earthy, bready, a little citrus;

T: well balanced; a little caramel; finish is long and moderately bitter;

M; medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: nice; easy drinking;

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.69 overall rating is correct.

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Vons in Lakeside, Calif.
Price: $13.99 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 5, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 5, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 22, 2014

Poured a copper, caramel, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy, off-white head. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled caramel, Citra hops, rye hops, lemon iced tea, menthol, plum, herbal hops, some red apple notes and berries. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted rye hops, sweetened iced tea, lemon zest, Citra hops, caramel, hazy, Corn Flakes, plum and herbal hops, (Taste - 3.63)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, somewhat bitter finish. (Feel - 3.38)

This was just an OK pale ale. Smell was the best part, but it went downhill from there. (Overall - 3.63)

3.69 | 82 | B

Photo of mernst1030
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Delicious pale ale, wish I had more than 6!

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Ten Hills Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.