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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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Photo of shacawgo24
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark amber-brown meets ruby. Like dark corn syrup. Dark yet bright and shiny at the same time. Very glossy. Pure sparkling ruby when held to light. Above average size manila head. Very creamy in appearance. Like clouds. Spotty sudsy lacing sticks to glass. If head retention were better brew would score better for look. The lace is the highlight of appearance. And I like how this pale ale is far from pale but brown ale in look.

S-Caramel malts. Some soap. Brown sugar. Pine. Fresh foliage: vines, grass, etc.. Citrus. Bourbon whiskey. Floral. Very juicy. Warmed gets more sweet, like honey and molasses. Smells a bit too clean, like cleaning fumes. Could smell more piney and citrusy, (weird as the taste is a strong blast of aforementioned).

T-Starts tart, slightly bittersweet and juicy via citruses. The middle is a beautiful malt grain explosion that blows up on the tongue. The end is piney/hoppy/bitter. The pine is so fresh, like a garnish of pine was rubbed on the glass interior. When warmed the beer gets even more malty and grainy. Specific flavors include: Caramel, bread (white or wheat), lime, orange and toasted grains.

M-High low to low medium body. Not watery nor chewy. I wish the beer was more carbonated. It is the same as the body, high low to low medium. The body can be low, but if the carbonation was amped up, the beer would be a soft spritzed sip. But instead it feels flat and dead. The aftertaste saves the day. A lovely juicy citrus sour-sweet aftertaste blesses the palate. I swear actual fruit is squeezed into the beer. Pine is on the after too. The pine/hops tingle the tongue, a welcoming sensation in place of the anemic carbonation.

O-A well welcomed new brew. Will buy again. So refreshing. Bold flavor yet smooth going down. You can chug like a lighter color/pale beer, or sip like brown/darker brews. The taste was the highlight of the beer. Packs enough pine and citrus to be labeled a full on IPA rather than pale ale. The addition of caramel, brown sugar and bready tastes make this a unique, multi-layered beer. I can see Ten Hills Pale Ale becoming a year-round offering.

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Photo of raznug
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Ten Hills pours a light amber color and is topped with 1” of white head that lingers well into the pint.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is a blend of hops and malt with the malt being the main aroma.
Taste: The taste of this beer is just like I expected except better the hop profile is good but not over powering, it compliments the malt very nicely.
Mouthfeel: The feel of this beer is not too thin not too heavy just the right place right in the middle. Well done beer by Goose Island.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber/honey colored with thick foamy head that persists through drinking. Excellent lacing on sides of glass. Citrus aroma with hints of apple and pine. Very hop forward taste that persists through drinking. The taste is very piney, but you can discern some citrus qualities. Overall a good beer. Not the best APA I have had, but is definitely one I would drink again.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single to try on 2/24. Bottled on date was 3 months old (11/22/13) so I was leary that it would be stale. Not at all with this pale ale. Very malty and a touch sweet with a crisp slight bittering hop note finish. No citrus or pine bomb at all with this one. I found this Goose Island pale ale very flavorful and enjoyable. Would like to try one fresher to see if is more noticeable hop flavorings besides the finish. Recommend highly.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light amber with a half finger of off white head

Smell is tropical, berries, sweet mango, bready malt, reminds me of Deschutes Hop Trip from this year, maybe Crystal hops?

Taste is bready malt, tropical notes of mango and papaya, berry notes, light pine notes, citrus peel, caramel, grapefruit bitterness

Mouthfeel is medium light, average carbonation, drying finish but not quite to IPA level

Nice little surprise right here! This is a very good APA, interesting hop profile, similar to this years Hop Trip from Deschutes but not quite as pungent.

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Photo of MattM
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice, bright hoppy taste, smells of citrus and pine needles. Smooth and flavorful, just dances on your tongue, deceptively easy to drink given its higher ABV.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a completely translucent, brilliantly deep golden, probably more amber, color and about a 3 finger head. The frothy head retains very well and laces equally so. This is what a filtered pale ale should look like in the glass.

S- Somewhat mild, yet dominant, hops bitterness is the scent here. The hops flavors are somewhere between floral and a little piney. Hint of spiciness also in there. Rather simple, yet delicious smelling.

T- Starts with a delicate mix of pale malts intermingling with a mild hops presence. Hops are not overly bitter, displaying a floral flavor profile with just a touch of pine. A bit of biscuit flavor mixes under the hops; perhaps it's a bit of caramel malts. Hops linger throughout the drink until the very end, and then continue to linger a bit afterwards.

M- Medium in carbonation and rather smooth across the palate. Incredibly drinkable with neither an excessive amount of hops bitterness or too high of an ABV.

Overall, this is a great, cheap, smooth, balanced pale ale. Not one for people who want a hopped up pale ale, but more for those who want more balance. Reminds me of the standard brew at your corner pub.

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Photo of HGildemeister
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alright...Goose Island brews great beer...my reviews of said suds are consistently positive..."Ten Hills" is a total hang out pale ale..smooth...a little bit of a sweet finish...kinda like a carbonated Tootsie Roll...and if you eat with a decently spiced Chili...you won't go wrong

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Photo of fx20736
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World on 11/22/13.

Appearance: Medium-dark amberwith 2 fingers of shortbread colored foam. Nice lacing.

Aroma: a subtle mix of grapefruit, tropical fruits and pine.

Mouthfeel: very good.

Taste: Eucalyptus, grapefruit, pine, menthol.

Notes: very nice, well made APA with its' own contribution to the style. I like it.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Photo of gopens44
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not that I was beginning to develop BMC level disregard for anything NOT BCBS and variants from GI, but at the same time, I wasn't setting my expectations very high either. What I got in return was a beauty of APA. From it's near perfect lacing and deep copper to the floral yet a dash citrusy nose, this was setting up to be a nice treat. Taste followed the nose in that the floral nature came shining through with just a hint of spice. Maybe a tiny blast of tart trying to peak through the otherwise very well balanced malt profile. Finally, no cloying sweetness or lingering "off" bitterness in an amazingly dry finish. Excuse me now while I plan my trip back to TW to get more of these. Seriously, nice unexpected awesomeness from GI

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very clear copper with an off white head that leaves a lace on the glass
S- hoppy with a grassy grapefruit taste
T-like the smell. hop taste with a hop aftertaste that leaves a dry grapefruit aftertaste. The malt seems to overtake the hops in the finish leaving you with the dry grapefruit then malt finish
M-medium carbonation and body
O-the balance is the best part. Great hops taste that goes to a dry malt finish, and nothing about it overpowering.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a beautiful and clear deep amber color with tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. Upon pouring there is a nice creamy and thick white head that sits atop the brew, with it very slowly fading over time to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of hop and malt. A good cracker aroma along with a caramel sweetness create a base smell for the brew. With these smells comes a nice blend of hop aromas with a stronger grapefruit citrus hop and some aromas of a more herbal and pine nature. Rounding out the aromas are some light tropical fruit smells as well as an almost peppery smell, which when combine with the rest create a very nice aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a cracker and bready flavor mixed with a little bit of a caramel sweetness. Along with these more malty tastes are some flavors of a grapefruit and herbal hop flavor. The hops are light upfront with them growing a bit stronger more toward the end of the taste. The caramel fruit fades more toward the middle of the flavor, but is replaced by a light fruity flavor of a tangerine and light fruit flavor. The grapefruit and herbal flavors grow a bit stronger to the end and are joined by some hints of an pine flavor to leave a nice and smooth semi-sweet, malty, and nice hop blend taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is quite thick and creamy for only 6.2 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly below average side. The thick creamy body and slightly lower carbonation are quite nice for accentuating the great hop flavors of the brew and make this one a very enjoyable drinker.

Overall –This was a very enjoyable brew with a great feel, nice smooth taste profile, and very pleasant and easy drinking feel. I would like to see this made an average release instead of a limited. Rather tasty.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ten Hills Pale Ale brewed by Goose Island Beer Co., with an ABV of 6.20% This brew pours out a nice deep amber color with a nice white head. The smell is rich with grains , malts , and hops. Now for the taste, it is bold with hops. you pick up on a few grains and malts in this brew. Ten Hills Pale Ale has a decent balance to it. If you do not like hops this not the brew for you. The mouthfeel is bold with flavor, but this ale has a smooth aftertaste. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Over all I'm giving Ten Hills Pale Ale a solid 4 out of 5 I would buy this brew 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 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 smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. #properglassware that guy!

Great looking pale ale, deep in amber color, nearly red with great copper dark orange clear body color. Off white creamy head, three fingers tall and slowly settles with a bit of a small cap and some leggy lacing on the sides, if a bit minimal.

Solid simple nose. Seems to hint more to English fruity character a bit, but some mild sweet caramel and nice brown sugar like toasty notes on the aroma. Clean and inviting. Very nice and solid pale ale.

Palate is real interesting. Fruity ale and some interesting spicy hop notes almost hinting towards grass and herbs of noble like variety. Hints of berried red fruit, lots of clove and spice with a mild caramel malt sensation. Hints almost toward a jammy like finish too, with a good thick malt backbone.

Real fun pale ale, very solid and drinkable and delicious.

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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 MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ten Hills Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.. Poured from the bottle into a glass, its got a two finger thick off-white head, lateral lacing, and a golden amber transparent body.

I can smell fruity hops, grains, and grassy malts.

The taste here is mellow hops and a livelier malt characteristic serving as the backbone. I'd say the hops have a sweetness to them , instead of the usual bitterness.

This brew's mouthfeel is clean and crisp. The hops do not linger one bit.

Overall, a 4 for Ten Hills Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co. For a "hoppy" beer, this is smooth and very sessionable.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date November 07, 2013 printed on the bottleneck. Another new limited release beer to me from Goose Island. Acquired a single bottle at the local Binny's as part of a mixed six pack.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours just under two fingers of thick fluffy creamy khaki head. Body is a dark coppery amber. Thick creamy head leaves some nice fluffy strands of lace.

S - Smells very fresh and pungent. Fresh tropical fruitiness akin to strawberries, cherries, mango, papaya, and grapefruit. Herbal pine. Dry bready malt. Some creaminess. Smells very nice.

T - Taste follows the nose: creamy and frothy, tropical citrus fruits - grapefruit, mango, papaya, strawberry, and a nice balance of bready malt. No alcohol is detectable.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Some resinous pine bitterness & tropical fruits lingering on the palate. Medium light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, a very nicely balanced, and fresh pale ale from Goose Island. Very glad I stumbled upon this one. Recommended drinking if you can get it.

Goose Island Ten Hills Pale Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of jacksdad
4/5  rDev +9%

picked up a sixer of this easy drinker. This is a nice balanced pale ale not overly hoppy with a little bit of spice and slightly bitter. A nice holiday beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter at fridge temp (41 F). 31028 B 2214 is the bottle code, printed on the bottom. Just coming off a fresh Bigfoot.

Pours a pretty amber with a respectably large, creamy looking head. Very fine carbonation is present. Smell is mildly hoppy, some pine, some citrus rind.

Taste is hoppy without being overpowering, caramelly, rich. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is thick but surprisingly dry. Pleasant. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer.

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

A- Dark amber but incredibly clear.

S- Sweet fruity citrus scents

T- Hop bitterness and malt sweetness mingle and dance. A bitter aftertaste stays till close.

M- Clean. Refreshing. Crisp finish.

O- My favorite beer from Goose Island. Great hop flavors prevail in a drinkable clean ale. Not a favorite but solid.

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