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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: 168
Hads: 1,083
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 12
Gots: 219 | FT: 1
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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: 168 | Hads: 1,083
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 Beejay
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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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 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 JackFlash
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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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 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 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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Ten Hills Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.