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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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BA SCORE
82
good

941 Ratings
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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 159 | 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: 941 | Reviews: 155
Reviews by dank203:
Photo of dank203
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours to pint glass, copper orange color. bit of caramel malt on nose, well balanced flavor, this bottle is about 2.5 month old and the hops are fresh enough but I think even fresher this might've been more hoppy but where it's at sits well with me, fair amt of dryness

More User Reviews:
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 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 pnelting
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid pale ale. I had it in a GI flight pack and found myself wishing I had more than three.

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 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 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 StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a fine pale ale, but i had higher hopes. its caramel colored body shows me right away that this thing is going to be balanced by bigger malts until maybe too high a level, and i was right. although the look is nice, clear and bright and holding over an inch of fluffy white head, the nose and taste are less exciting, certainly less sexy. the grain is a little big and a little sweet for the hops, and even without an english yeast profile, it almost tastes like an english pale because of the malts and more bitterness than other flavors coming from the hops. still its crispy and refreshing and not sweet in the taste, i appreciate that part, but i want a little more out of my hops in an american pale than this beer offers, more bitter and grassy than anything else. light feel is nice though, and unexpected for the color, this drinks real easy, almost watered down or something, medium carbonation is fine. overall not the best of goose island here, but their larger batch stuff so rarely is impressive anymore. still, i always buy their beer when i see it, too much good beer they do to not try everything! a solid if a little boring session right here.

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 jdwilliamson79
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh tasting pale, almost an IPA in flavor. Nice hoppy flavor and a little boozy for 6.2%. I like it.

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First beer of the day.Bottled on Nov.7 2013.Pours into a nonic a rich clear brass color with a billowing sticky one finger white head atop,great color and head.Aromas of grassy and leafy hops with a hint of sweet caramel malts.Leafy and mildly citric hops at the onset of the palate that don't really linger,light sweetness from caramel/biscuit malts.Not a complex APA but not bad,I would have liked more hop complexity but again not bad.

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

12 ouncer, bottled on "07NOV13"

Pours typical looking almond amber, near clear with bubbles rising, light tan head, stays nicely and leaves better then average sheeting and strands of fine lace.

Moderate hops on the nose with an underbelly of whole wheat malt.

I'm feeling the presence of balance in this beer. Hops yes, malts yes. Tasty and enjoyable beer yes. Touch of pine and resin in the hops and caramel in the malts. Hops have teken control of the finish.

Nothing amazing, just a well crafted, easy drinking brew. Respectable take on the style.

I could drink this one all night long.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Copper with a thick white head that lingered. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light citrus, hops and earthy notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very smooth medium bodied. Taste of mild bitter hops with hints of sweeter citrus.

Overall: Very good beer! Definatly would have this one again.

Photo of bsp77
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Clear copper with good sized off-white head and light lacing.

Smell: Somewhat hoppy in an herbal and citrusy way. Some grainy malt notes of the toasted and biscuity variety.

Taste: Strong malt backbone of grainy, toasted and slightly bisuit-like malts. The hops are pretty evident, especially at the bitter, spicy finish, with citrus, herbal and earthy elements.

Feel: More full bodied than most Pale Ales, and it has a nice dry finish. However, it is still grainy like a standard Pale Ale, so the fuller body is a slight distraction.

Overall: Another solid Pale Ale to enter the American market. Solid enough, but probably not really needed.

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 MattyG85
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottled on November 6th, 2014.

Appearance: Pours copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: An earthy and floral hop forward aroma with hints of grass, pine, and caramel. Upfront earthy and floral hops with hints of grass and pine resin. Light citrus hints of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Pale malt with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A pretty decent smell.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, an earthy and floral hop forward pale ale taste with notes of grass, pine, and caramel. Floral and earthy hops with some upfront notes of grass and pine. Light citrus notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Balancing pale malt presence with notes of caramel, cracker, grains, biscuit, and yeast. A nice hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A decent take on a pale ale. Nice earthy hops upfront with a solid caramel malt backing.

Photo of far333
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear and light apricot colored with ruddy edges and a low off-white head that settles quickly. Low aroma of apple and pear, some biscuity malt. Flavor of bready malt, subtle hops, honey, firm bitterness, some lemon and pepper, grassy notes. Moderate mouthfeel, not too full. Decent beer overall, but not among this producer's best.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date Nov 22, 2013. Pours a deep copper amber hue with a big khaki light tan head, forms fine intricate lacing with more than ample head retention going on. Aroma has citrus notes, with a hint of sourdough bread...dig deeper and I get some earthy pine hop notes as well. Flavors hit middle of the road mainly muddled malts with an earthy, pine, slightly citric hop accent. Not quite an orchestra of hops like I was hoping more of another muddled hard to pick out hop character, by the way this batch was brewed in Baldwinsville, NY versus in Chicago. At least the labels are honest, I've found Oktoberfests and Harvests brewed and bottled at both locations. It's a hoppy beer yet it's hard to distinguish the cohesiveness of these darker caramel malts and these hops from Elk Mountain Farms, definitely solid and sessionable and will be shared at the party we are hosting tomorrow night. However, I want more expressive hops in my pale ales, especially when the label is as green and littered with as many hops as this label expresses. Mouthfeel has a slight resinous feel with ample carbonation, yet something is off...I'm having a hard time expressing what it is I don't care for but it's lacking something.

Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz undated bottle served in a goblet.

Pours a dark amber color with excellent clarity and a decent head.

Has a nice spicy/herbal aroma from the hops, but the flavor is a bit too earthy for my tastes. As should be the case, some malts evident beneath the hops.

Fee: Medium body is smooth, with modestly lively carbonation.

Photo of JohnF
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a case of Goose Island variety pack mostly for the wife. Thought the IPA would be good, but this Ten Hills has a much better taste than the IPA in the same variety case.
On the label the hops are noted as from Elk Mountain Farms and they are fairly subtle but very, very nice. The bottle also says limited edition, so it may be hard to find more.

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 Brenden
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pale ale seems to lean toward self-conflict, as its in the very darkest range of the style with a clear red-bronze body. The head starts off at a rocky two fingers' height and recedes to chunky foam. Where it's fallen, it clings tightly to the sides of the glass with intricate webbing and netting to about the middle of the glass, where it falls to spotting for the rest of the way.
The backbone is malty in the nose, with biscuit, caramel and toast on the forefront. A touch of flora and grapefruit show some presence, but it's not strong compared to the malts. There's a bit of herb as it warms and a ghost of white pepper.
The taste brings out more hops presence, a bit of bark and pine with some greener leaf and dry herb before caramel and biscuit kick in. Graininess comes into the middle and eases out as it finishes with a very gentle nip of pepper. It finishes more dry as the leaf and herb end it out, maybe with just a flash more caramel and toffee.
The medium body holds it up pretty well. Carbonation is light to moderate. Crispness is consistent. It starts off with a smoothness that continues most of the way but fades out at the end of the sip.

Photo of BeersIsTheName
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served cold and poured in a mug.

A- Light amber in color with a strong bodied head approximately 2-3 fingers in height.

S- Slightly hoppy with traces of citrus.

T-Modest taste of malt and grains at the beginning and becomes more subtle as it finishes.

M- About as bitter as a good APA should be. However, the lack of carbonation leaves it somewhat flat and takes away from what could be a solid pale ale. Not necessarily a "cheap" mouthfeel but it is the one thing that is holding this brew back and is noticeably its weakness.

O- This is a decent APA. It is nothing to write home about and I am surprised. I expected more from Goose Island, but it is still a solid APA.

Photo of secondtooth
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant ruby-amber, with a large head of bone-white bubbles. Exquisite and detailed lace.

Nose is crisp citrus hops. Very nice and quite appealing.

Taste is a well-balanced mesh of malty sweetness and citrus hoppiness. The finish has a slightly bitter twist on the back of the palate, but overall this is a superb pale ale, and one I'd have no trouble revisiting again.

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Ten Hills Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 941 ratings.