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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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Reviews: 158
Hads: 1,036
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 26.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 204 | 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

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Beer added by: a0lbudman on 11-15-2013

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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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Photo of RMutt
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of ravisingh
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of GFM
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
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)

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Ten Hills Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.