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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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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: a0lbudman on 11-15-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -16.9%

djrn2, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -3%

nmann08, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10%

acurtis, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -3%

metter98, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Texasfan549, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3%

kjkinsey, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

kylehay2004, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +10.8%

jaydoc, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Knapp85, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

oberon, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

TMoney2591, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

emerge077, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

zeff80, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -3%

SocalKicks, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Kegatron, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
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

russpowell, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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

Slatetank, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

jlindros, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
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]

mactrail, Apr 26, 2014
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Ten Hills Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 692 ratings.