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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: 158
Hads: 1,037
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 26.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 205 | 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

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Beer added by: a0lbudman on 11-15-2013

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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 1,037
Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper color. The nose is mildly hoppy.

The malt could have been more substantial but there is a nice hop bitter finish to this offering.

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Photo of tone77
3.34/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.35/5  rDev -36%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 f,l. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 22,2014.

It really looks nice with its copper-medium amber pour and modest cream colored head,. It looks like a craft beer. Active carbonation and great clarity.

The aroma does put forth a noticeable caramel malt character but it does not take long for the earthy and floral hops to drop by.

The body is in the medium range.

Interestingly, I get a bevy of hops on the nose but those are not what I get in the taste at least immediately. Those roasted pale malts jump in first and then the hops find a way to introduce themselves later.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, medium amber colored with a finger or so of creamy tan foam that lasts a bit before reducing to a froth. Plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and a slight sticky lacing.

Aroma: Lightly floral, grassy hops, slightly citrus.

Taste: Hoppy but mildly so as compared to some other APA's thatch I have had. Piney and grassy.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied and creamy. A little slick with a lasting finish.

Overall: A really nice beer. I wish it was a year round offering.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 4.13.14
Bottled: 7NOV13

A - Pours a clark darker orange with a creamy, light tan head with good retention.

S - Malty, bready, biscuity.

T - Malty, bready, watery.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Malty and watery. Not a good combo.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice caramel hue with a lace of thin wispy head. Caramel malt aroma under a piney, lupilin and lemon. The flavor is easy tea leaf malt, pine lemon and a resiny hop. The feel is carbonated and abrasive, thin and harsh. This is a good example of the style but the feel is simply too harsh.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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 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 Duhast500
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

The color is a clear golden/amber with a finger and a half of thick foamy white head with some lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a floral hop presence that has a nice mellow aroma. There is slight sunflower aroma here with hints of orange and tangerine in the nose.

The taste has a nice earthy taste to it. There is a hop presence here but has more flavor than bitterness. There is more earthy flavors here that meld well with a sweetness that has grainy flavor that compliments some of the grass-like flavor. There is some hints of floral hops here towards the end but really quietly finishes with too much bitterness pushing back

The feel of this beer is medium bodied but could even be described as light as it seems to swing back and forth between the two. With a dry, crisp feel this beer drinks similar to a pilsner.

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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 rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear ruby amber, two finger head with some lacing

S-Caramel, grass, rather malty, could have used some more hops.

T-Rather malty, dirt, grass and pine, good deal of caramel. Not much hops or bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-Too malty for an APA, needed more of a hop presence.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 4/16/14

Appearance: Clear copper - some orange highlights - pours with an average-sized, off-white head, keeps a small cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Pale and light amber malts with a somewhat strange hop profile - the combination of Cascade and Saaz hops is interesting - some orange and grapefruit flesh and zest, as well as some herbal, spicy hop aromas - vaguely leafy - above-average malt sweetness for an APA, with some caramel, some sweet biscuits, and a touch of mint

Taste: At the very least, it's interesting - orange and grapefruit flesh with some zest and pith combined with some herbal, spicy, leafy, minty hops - pale and caramel malts, with some biscuit and toast flavors - a lot of sweetness, with malty sweetness and a honey-like sweetness - finishes a little sweet as well

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, smooth, with some nice carbonation, could finish a little cleaner

Overall: No need to run to the hills

I'm not sure how I first heard about this beer, but I was intrigued by the story of the hops involved in this beer. The result is, indeed interesting. But it's not very special beyond that. Worth a try (despite being only brewed once, it's still around).

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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 Hergestridge
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ten Hills Pale Ale is excellent and one of the best APA's I've enjoyed.The bitterness is top notch and all the sensory vibes are Excellent!!! I've experienced the Pale Ale beer quest and thirst for more,,, exponentially!! . The mouth feel is nirvana and my tastebuds laugh with delight and cheer and jump for Joy with this excellent entry. Well done, Bravo and Salutations, Goose Island Beer!!!! I Look forward to all your Beer entries... ..
~Carry on Citizens!!!~

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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 Redrover
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Working through some reviews that I forgot to post. Served into my SA perfect pint, the beer is a bright copper/bronze with a dense and sticky tan head.

Nose of pine, lightly toasted malts and spice.

This one is right in the wheelhouse for an APA. Mid-range pine based bitterness well balanced with caramel malts. There is a bit of spice and tobacco and some red apple notes late. This one will keep you engaged as it has some facets that revel themselves through the glass.

Mouth is semi-thick and a bit slick. It is a bit too much ABV to session, but it is easy to throw back several. I would like to see this one as a full time offering.

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Photo of Mojo
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into snifter

A - deep amber crystal clear pour with a large soapy head, great retention and great lacing

S - bread, citrus, flowers

T - caramel malts are pretty well balanced with the hop profile which can be described as citrusy. Finishes with a bit of lingering bitterness.

M - good carbonation, some aftertaste

O - this is a decent pale ale. It will never replace SNPA as my "go to" but I wouldn't hesitate to drink another one.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: clear, amber with average carbonation, two finger off white head that dissipated slowly into a thin layer that was retained throughout, a good amount of lacing.

SMELL: sweet caramel, flowery, some spice, subtle and understated.

TASTE: initially sweet, bread, some spice and then a mild hop profile that was somewhat metallic and lingered.

PALATE: medium carbonation, medium body.

OVERALL: this is not a bad pale ale by any means but was just not the hop profile I prefer. Goose Island makes a lot of good beers but I probably will not but this one again.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Light citrus, some spice followed by toasted and caramel malts.

Taste: Toasted and pale malts up front with citrus, spice, and mild bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Really chewy, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and mild bitterness.

Overall: Pretty standard pale ale. More British than American. Easy and enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.14/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampling right now on 3/24/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pint glass.

Pours a copper-orange in color with a thin white head that lasted through the drinking. Lots of lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of various hops and grains. The taste is the same with a slight citrus and floral coming through, BUT ends with a bitter and dry aftertaste. Seems to get stronger with each sip. Ended up pouring about half of it out since it was too 'hoppy' for my liking.

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Photo of HaroldPE
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The citrus / pine (?) hit me at first sip, but subsequently mellows out. Strong after taste, would be better with a food pairing. The 'pale ale' label ignored - not quite the bitterness - a decent taste. Not sure if I would like to drink a few of them, though, due to the heavy aftertaste. May buy again, next year.

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Photo of burntoutphilosopher
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a 12 pack variety goose island from Meijers for 12$ on sale.

Darker than a lager… not as dark as an amber. Clear, filtered, pasturized. Looks like budget beer.

Nothing remarkable.

Beat my expectations by a lot. Great tasting really, mellow, nice hop aftertaste. Just the right amount of bitter for my preference.

Mouthfeel of water. Very processed. Overly carbonated.

This isn’t an IPA. To me that’s a good thing as I don’t prefer a very bitter beer. As a pale ale, I’d compare it to other pale ales like Bass. And, for that market it’s surpassed them by a lot in flavor.

This is a excellent beer at this price point. Paid 1$ a bottle, and it’s one of the better filtered budget beers I’ve had. I could enjoy six of these easily during an outdoor event.
That said, at no point did I want to slowly sip and savor it.
It’s very one dimensional, but it tastes good.

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Ten Hills Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.