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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: 157
Hads: 1,035
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 26.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 203 | FT: 1
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/22/13.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and slight nail polish remover aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an odd nail polish remover aroma that thankfully doesn't come across in the taste.

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Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear deep amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops—oranges seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the malty flavors are a tad stronger and there is a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels a little shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has some crispness along with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pale ale is easy to drink and has a nice balance between the hops and malts, particularly in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Note: Updated quick review with full review on 12/18/2014.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11-22-13

Ran through a sixer pretty quickly between 3 people...
Darker orange with good clarity, a lasting head of parchment colored foam.

Aroma was mildly bready with vague dried orange peel indicating the advertised hops.
Taste was more malt forward, very lightly bitter and grassy with a dried orange peel note. Light bodied, supple feel, fairly smooth though the carb level is noticeably moderate. Overall it seems to have lost some hop nuance, or maybe it wasn't very assertive to begin with. Nothing worth going out of your way for, but it washed down Thai food well.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. On tap at WF Venice for a GI tasting event.

A: Pours a clear copper with a half-inch thick orangish-white head which leaves spots of lace.

N: Floral and citrus up front with some grassy and piney notes. Mildly sweet malts.

T: Follows the nose with a decent balance between sweet caramel malt and pine/citrus hops.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Somewhat lightly dry with a mildly sweet malty finish.

O: Fairly straighforward for the style, perhaps a bit more aromatics and herbal would be better.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled On: 22NOV13.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper-hued body with noteworthy clarity and a tall, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Biscuits, lightly toasty, with a thin sliver of fresh grapefruit. Also, black pepper, meager herb, and spruce.

Taste: Modest pale maltiness, with a thin toastiness and little appreciable sweetness. Lightly sprucy, with a cast grapefruit and tea-like herbaceousness. Medium bitterness. More biscuits and turning a bit peppery on the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: By no means a stand-out, but it's well-balanced and pleasant enough for what it is.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tumbler.

In my defense, it actually was my day off... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises somewhat mild pine sap, light grass, light flowers, and mild toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, the pine kinda blunt, but still mild enough to the point that it doesn't matter. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent little pale ale, nothing to write home about at all, but it's drinkable.

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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 jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Nov 7, 2013, my daughter's birthday, neat.

Pours a nice 1.5 finger fluffy head that seems to stick around for a while, nice soapy lacing too, crystal clear amber slight orange color with a big pinkish hue.

Nose brings big grassy noble-ish hops, bit floral and nice grassy aromatics, and a mild sweet candy like malt with a little caramel and syrup, very faint fruity hop too.

Taste comes on with more sweet malts, grainy and toasty malts with a sweet candy and little caramel, amber malts, etc. Then into hops, grassy and spicy mostly, a little earthy, little floral, just a hint of a fruity citrus peel. Fair bitterness and fair sweetness. Dry finish with a bit more spicy bitterness and grassy hops, gets quite bitter late on the finish.

Mouth is med bod, quite a bit of fluffy carb.

Overall OK but nothing too special, the noble hops mixed with some base American hops seem to get kinda boring, doesn't really do anything wrong but doesn't do a whole lot in any direction, malts are OK btu not great either. It is drinkable and has a nice big bitterness, but fairly meh.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Attractive dark amber brew with a modest cap of foam in the pint shaker. Moderate carbonation. Some hoppy notes in the mild aroma.

Tangy and spicy with a big dose of hops. Surprisingly rich for the moderate alcohol content. Flavors of grilled pineapple, pear nectar, and browned biscuits. Fairly malty Bitter finish. Fairly tasty, but the funky dankness is less than appealing. Not what you'd call refreshing.

On tap at District 13 in Hollywood, Calif., which is worth a visit to help fortify you against the dreadful surroundings. [notes from 25 Feb 2014 visit]

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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this, enjoyed chilled in a pils glass.

The color is dark golden with good clarity and thick pale cream with fine bead. The smell is very good, a mix of grapefruit zest and pine hop with some light malt odor. The feel is very good with moderate bitterness and carbonation with mild sweetness and semi dry finish.

The taste is very good lots of citrus from the hops with a mild caramel malt flavor which adds dimension to the pine-like hops and some mild alcohol in the finish. Overall I enjoyed this as it is a solid stronger pale ale, not quite an IPA hop wise, but pretty nice balance

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A decent pale ale. The mix of malts and hops seems kind of even; at least, not leaning towards the hops. Which I would prefer. Turns out to be a fairly easy drinker though. Kind of a malty sweetness seems to dominate the ride. A nice drinker, though nothing really memorable. I think I'll forget about this one within the next say, 12 hours. If Goose Island did as well, it wouldn't hurt either.

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Photo of russpowell
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: A little bit of floral hops, breadyness & pears

T: Tangerines, floral hops, grassiness, dryness & faint breadyness up front. Faint herbal hoppyness, some grassiness & pears as this warms. Finishes fruity, with faint grassy & pineyness

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, nice balance

Easy to drink, a nice straight forward APA, that I would consider buying again. Loved the way this started, but flavors toned down as it warmed

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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 chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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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 dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film evenly covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pine, citrus/grapefruit pith, and herbal hops over a lighter aroma of caramel + toasted malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of lightly toasted malts and caramel malts with little associated sweetness which is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine, citrus/grapefruit pith, and herbal hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which lingers.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slick.

O: Enjoyable but not really anything special - interesting combination of hops with the herbal notes very present. I liked it but I'm not sure that I would grab it again as there are many others more interesting/enjoyable to me in the style.

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Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a one inch head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: some malt sweetness and an earthy hop tone hits the nose.

Taste: grainy malt presence producing a bready flavor. Caramel, grass, a bit of tart citrus, some earthiness, and a moderate bitterness create a decent pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry late. Nicely refreshing.

Overall: easy drinking ale. Nice flavor profile, and a beer you can have a few of in a session.

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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 Billolick
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Ayotte's
Pours a crystal clear deep amber color with a huge frothy off white head that persists forever leaving stickies all over the sides of the glass. Aromas of caramel, earth, pine and sulfur. The flavor is sweet rich caramel and toffee with just enough earthy pine to provide a break in the sweetness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy bubbly mouthfeel. English inspired brew, easy to drink, but not really my cup of tea.

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Photo of corby112
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a two finger, pillowy off-white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving sporadic streaks of soapy lacing behind.

Floral, perfume-like aroma with grassy, spicy hops and resinous pine countered by subtle citrus and a sweet caramel malt presence. Some fresh cut grass, sticky weed and pine needle followed by grapefruit and lemon zest. Caramel malt backbone with some toast, toffee and biscuit. Nothing out of the ordinary but has a decent hop presence.

Medium body with a blast of dry, sticky bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and caramel malt backbone into a slightly boozy, bone dry finish. Surprisingly hop forward with resinous bitterness, grassy pine needle and spruce tip countered by subtle citrus/tropical fruit sweetness and a caramel malt backbone. Some grapefruit and citrus rind sweetness cutting through the bitterness along with caramel, toffee, light fruit, bread and biscuit. Only 6.2% but there's noticeable boozy heat in the finish slightly taking away from the hop flavors. Decently balanced with nice bitterness but it's a touch too boozy for my liking and could use a stronger citrus/tropical fruit character.

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Ten Hills Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.