Ten Hills Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ten Hills Pale AleTen Hills Pale Ale

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Reviews: 153
Hads: 1,006
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 195 | 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: 153 | Hads: 1,006
Photo of Bierwolf
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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] (564 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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). (1,219 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of Hergestridge
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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... ..
sMc
~Carry on Citizens!!!~ (469 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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. (627 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.14/5  rDev -41.8%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of HaroldPE
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of burntoutphilosopher
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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

Smell:
Nothing remarkable.

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

Mouthfeel:
Mouthfeel of water. Very processed. Overly carbonated.

Overall:
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. (948 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pale ale seems to lean toward self-conflict, as its in the very darkest range of the style with a clear red-bronze body. The head starts off at a rocky two fingers' height and recedes to chunky foam. Where it's fallen, it clings tightly to the sides of the glass with intricate webbing and netting to about the middle of the glass, where it falls to spotting for the rest of the way.
The backbone is malty in the nose, with biscuit, caramel and toast on the forefront. A touch of flora and grapefruit show some presence, but it's not strong compared to the malts. There's a bit of herb as it warms and a ghost of white pepper.
The taste brings out more hops presence, a bit of bark and pine with some greener leaf and dry herb before caramel and biscuit kick in. Graininess comes into the middle and eases out as it finishes with a very gentle nip of pepper. It finishes more dry as the leaf and herb end it out, maybe with just a flash more caramel and toffee.
The medium body holds it up pretty well. Carbonation is light to moderate. Crispness is consistent. It starts off with a smoothness that continues most of the way but fades out at the end of the sip. (1,166 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours to pint glass, copper orange color. bit of caramel malt on nose, well balanced flavor, this bottle is about 2.5 month old and the hops are fresh enough but I think even fresher this might've been more hoppy but where it's at sits well with me, fair amt of dryness (269 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden amber color with two fingers worth of off-white head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Caramel malt aroma with some citrus and floral hops.

Taste- Caramel malt sweetness with a mild citrus and grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Dry with a clean finish.

Overall- A decent, refreshing beer. I enjoyed the malt forward flavor with just enough hop bitterness that wasn't overpowering. (497 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of MrBoz21
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber-copper with thin white head. Light carbonation and slight haze.

Aroma: Balanced biscuit malt and citrus and floral hops. Slight resin and raisin.

Taste: A bit of caramel, with a grassy backbone. I also get a bit of plum, like from special b malt.

Mouthfeel: Malty with a resiny coat. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Balanced and tasty - a nice pale ale. (368 characters)

Ten Hills Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.