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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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154 Reviews
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Reviews: 154
Hads: 1,018
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 10
Gots: 199 | 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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Reviews: 154 | Hads: 1,018
Photo of fitzy84
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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; (270 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (1,047 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep clear amber with average head. A very solid strong-ish pale ale, with good balance but a definitely strong hops profile (I would have called it an IPA). (157 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep amber glass shows good clarity and holds a quarter finger of foam with a few spots of lace.

Smell: Hops are evident at arms length, closer stiff gives off some malt extract, and a lot of earthy hops, with a little papery oxidation (no date on bottle).

Taste: Malt and hops are well balanced, malt lasts longer and slowly fades out sweet and malty. The oxidation note is there, but not a deal breaker.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, oily finish.

Overall: An earthy pale ale, pretty standard, would probably be great locally on tap but hasn't traveled well down to Texas. It's a new label, we may have had old stock dumped on us. (653 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,160 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of AngusOg
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A decent pale ale for sure, I just tend to like my pales ales a little more hop forward, bordering on ipa territory. At first I was thinking I wished I had tried this one before committing to an entire 6 pack, but then again on second thought, the drinkability is definitely high, so it won't be a chore polishing them off in a couple days. (345 characters)

Photo of Gear54
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a pint glass.

Copper in color with thin with foam and light lace on the glass.

Taste is light and hippy with a background sweetness. Nice malt balance to even the beer out and make solid in the drinkability category. (239 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper pour with thin, clingy white head. Aromas of citrus and plums. Hop flavor starts, with malt becoming apparent in the middle. Finishes with a lingering semi-sweet herbal flavor. Pretty good stuff! (208 characters)

Photo of HGildemeister
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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 (281 characters)

Photo of gopens44
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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 (737 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange brown that has a dusty rose tint when held to the light. A soft tan head on top.

S: Citrus and light tropical fruits. A good amount of caramel and fruity sweetness in this. Something else in the back that I can't quite put my finger on.

T: The bitterness isn't too assertive, although it does linger through the finish. Citrus hop flavor that fades into a more floral bouquet, and a fruity finish.

M: Medium bodied, the carbonation is fine in size and abundant.

O: Overall good although nothing necessarily spectacular. I'd drink it again, but there are certainly other pale ales on the shelf I'd probably pick over it. Still, decent malt profile and I could see putting down a few of these during a summer BBQ. (734 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of caramel malt, sweet malt, hops, rye, and alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of rye, hops, hint of citrus, sweet malt, caramel malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, and decent body. (415 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: medium amber with great clarity; few fingers of head if you want 'em; some lace arms trailed behind

S: mish-mash of pine and caramel and herbs and flowers - hints of sweeter, chewy grain beneath

T: toasted and slightly sweet grains ride the current of various herbal and floral hops; some fruitiness and something resinous, but both flavors fairly mild

M: medium-light body, mild carbonation, some slight tack on the finish

O: an okay pale ale, malts are right there with the hops, neither one overpowering the other; some wheaty character come through in the ale. (571 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (1,075 characters)

Photo of MattM
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (163 characters)

Photo of JackFlash
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 11/6/14. I thoughts this tasted a lot like Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, another one of my favorites. Wonderfully balanced, and easy to drink. (153 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/05/14, uber fresh.

A- Clarified amber body with some ruby hints when light shows through. The cap forms to about a half inch with a creamy consistency and pretty good retention. One large sheet of thin lace and some spots beside that.

S- What comes to me first is a hint of juicy fruit hops like apricot, tangerine and orange. Rounding the aroma out is caramel malt sweets, toasted cereal grains and pale malts.

T- Hops seem to lose a bit of the steam they carried in the aroma. They become more herbal and citrus forward rather than some of the juiciness. Orange zest first and foremost with notes of caramel sweets, cereal grains, citrus pith bitters and an herbal tone.

MF- A bit above light bodied with the carbonation coming in at a medium-high level. Creaminess comes down on the palate with a silky and frothy overall texture. Finishes light-medium bitter.

Not bad. The aroma had me fairly excited at first but the malts and a fair sweetness combine to distract from the freshness of the hops. Solid but not all that noteworthy. (1,052 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of jacksdad
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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. (160 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit on the malty side. Taste is malts up front, some light hops, drinks almost more like an English pale ale. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not a bad beer per se, but one was enough for me. (303 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I hope this isn't a one and done with Goose Island. A very pleasant beer. Nice orange/reddish hue with a good amount of head. The smell was very grassy with hints of citrus. The taste was a bit more subdued with the hops, but still had a crisp finish that I really enjoyed. The mouthfeel was light and fizzy and very refreshing. Hope to try this one again soon if possible. (373 characters)

Photo of SteveJeremy
2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Perhaps my taste-buds don't appreciate pale ales and IPAs properly, but I have yet to find one of either category that I like. They taste like soapy water mixed with intolerably bitter hops, in my opinion. Could barely finish Goose Island's Ten Hills Pale Ale, with every sip becoming harsher and harsher in terms of flavoring. Perhaps I'm just not one for these kinds of beers, however, I can at least appreciate that more time, effort, and labor goes into these than your average macrobrew. As usual, I'm stuck at the corner of admiration and recognition rather than actual appreciation. (589 characters)

Ten Hills Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.