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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: 1,038
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: 1,038
Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of dank203
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of scratch69
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goose Island Ten Hills Pale Ale

Enjoyed on tap at Mozzaluna Pizzeria & Ristorante. This was served in a shaker pint, nicely chilled.

A) Nice looking copper brew. Good clarity... This had a finger of creamy head. Nice retention and several rings of lace were left clinging to the pint.

S) The aroma was a little more malt forward. Bready, with a good amount of caramel sweetness. Light amount of pine, and a hint of citrus.

T) Lightly roasted malt, biscuit, and caramel sweetness. A mild hop bitterness balances the flavor, and keeps things interesting. The hops is light grass and pine. A little citrusy too.

M) Lighter medium body with moderate carbonation. This was a nice refreshing beer, with a clean finish.

O) It seems like so many of the pale ales I've had recently have been pretty hopped up. Not that I'm complaining, but I really enjoyed this more malty approach. This had good balance, and excellent drinkability. If you're looking for a hop bomb, you might find this boring. I liked it... It was a nice little change of pace.

Paired with the mozzarella sticks....

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Photo of Ego
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottled on: 22nov13bg44

whoa, pretty frothy head on a careful pour, easily 3 fingers and craggy, glowing orange hue with lots of carbonation in the glass, the head fades slightly but remains pretty strong, lacing is pretty sticky, near text book looking pale ale

kind of earthy/muddy/herbal hops, dry pine, malt blanket under the hops, pretty straightforward but good

taste etc...
just prickly carbonation, medium bodied (a little heavier than most pale ales), very smooth and refreshing, interesting hop ride, nothing to strong here just a metered out bitterness married with the malts - a good marriage at that, in some way this almost feels like a
juiced up ESB... ?

tasty, maybe middle of the road but it has a really nice array of flavors with no peaks - just enjoyment, nice beer

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Photo of BeerEngineer
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

General: Found this "limited release" in a grocery store in CA, telling me that it really isn't a limited release. This was a 12 oz. bottle that I poured into my New Belgium tulip style glass to rate.

Appearance: This is much darker than a typical pale ale with a slightly off-white head. The head poured to a good 2 fingers and lingered for quite a while. There was also very nice lacing on the glass as it was consumed.

Aroma: There is a nice maltiness but also a big hop note. Right now, it's a mild, but that's because I had a Bear Republic Apex DIPA right before this (bad planning I know...). This is pretty balanced right now to me, I really like it.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium carbonation, it's not overtly carbonated on each sip. The beer seems a little thin but it's fitting for a pale ale. Nothing that is out of place in a pale.

Taste: This is pretty hoppy for a pale ale but the balance of this is pretty good. very floral flavors, pretty nice, my wife absolutely loves this one.

Overall: This is like you are eating a flower. My wife loves it, I'm not a huge fan of it. It's different and that's pretty cool. The fact that my wife enjoys it is a big plus for me, that way when I come into the house with a bunch of beer, I can tell her some of it is for here and point to the Goose Island.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter at fridge temp (41 F). 31028 B 2214 is the bottle code, printed on the bottom. Just coming off a fresh Bigfoot.

Pours a pretty amber with a respectably large, creamy looking head. Very fine carbonation is present. Smell is mildly hoppy, some pine, some citrus rind.

Taste is hoppy without being overpowering, caramelly, rich. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is thick but surprisingly dry. Pleasant. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of JG-90
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Ten Hills has a copper-brown, clear body and pours a moderate sized, light tan head with good retention and moderate lacing. Smells of caramel malt, herbal hops, and stale bread.

Taste starts with caramel malt, then a hint of orange and musty grapefruit, followed by hearty bread and herbal hops. Has a metallic aftertaste, that ruins the flavor a bit. Feel is heavier than average with expected carbonation for an APA.

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Photo of FLima
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber copper color with a thick head with great retention and leaving laces.
Light but very fruity aroma, notes of peaches, red fruits and sweet caramel malt.
Flavor of pine, grapefruits, toasted malt, caramels and tea leaves. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation.
Fruity and malty APA, good for a change from more citric intense APA.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single to try on 2/24. Bottled on date was 3 months old (11/22/13) so I was leary that it would be stale. Not at all with this pale ale. Very malty and a touch sweet with a crisp slight bittering hop note finish. No citrus or pine bomb at all with this one. I found this Goose Island pale ale very flavorful and enjoyable. Would like to try one fresher to see if is more noticeable hop flavorings besides the finish. Recommend highly.

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Photo of soniktoothe
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: copper red and clear, two fingers of creamy head which diminishes slowly and leaves behind a huge amount of lacing. Would love to have seen this unfiltered so it visually would have more body.

S: Standard hoppy ale, pine up front with tropical fruits, grass, and a slight floral scent.

T: Piney hops up front with grapefruit and lemon, maltyness hangs long in the background.

M: More full than your average IPA, heavy on the carbonation.

O: I liked this quite a bit. A solid IPA that could be an every day drinker. But, I can't say I would search it out. There are many beers that fall into this bracket these days.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottle 11/23/13. Pours a bright red, with a one inch white head that leaves behind some lace. Smell is cut grass, biscuit, caramel, and pine. Taste what you expect from the nose, a little grapefruit that I didn't get from the nose. Body is medium, plenty of life, a touch dry, and easy drinking. This is solid, seems more like a bitter.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange-tan and clear, head isn't big but leaves a nice tan sheen on top and fairly good lace.

Aroma is piney, grassy, with sweet malt and a touch of floral.

Taste is both hop and malt forward. Hops are plentiful and the piney notes come through the most, but there's also no shortage of grassy flavors. Malts are also plentiful, with a sweet caramel, almost candy like sweetness.

Body is quite thick for a pale ale, almost full, with a malty finish.

Goose Island's beers have always been tasty, and this one is no different in that sense. It's a bit different for a pale ale tho, refreshingly so. I picked this up in a mixed 12 pack, but I'd buy another sixer if I found one.

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

Tasted On: 02-14-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 12-18-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic Pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger

A: Beer is a clear, bright copper color, topped by a massive cream-colored head. Head retention is superb with attractive rings of lace left in the glass.

S: Aromas are mainly of citrus and herbal hops, with some supporting smells of caramel bready malts. Very pleasant aromatics

T: The first and primary taste is of hoppy bitterness. Following that is some maltiness for balance.

M: Highly carbed with a medium body, it finishes crisp and bitter for a refreshing experience.

O: All in all I liked this pale ale. It has a nice hop character and I'd recommend trying it.

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Amber/gold in color, with a nice two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Fruity hops, faint malt note
Taste-Subtle toasted malt, caramel,white grapefruit, herbal hopleaf.
Nice hop flavor throughout, easy-going and quaffable.

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Photo of Rosstheboss
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 Nov 13 bottling date.
Vigorous pour into the recommended pint glass.
General look is promising, full 2+ finger head which lingers with moderate lacing.
This beer is hard to pin down. The aroma is overpowered by the "herbal notes" of the beer aka there isnt much of a hop or malt aroma. The taste is overly bitter. As more of the glass is consumed this bitter taste becomes tannin like, which drys your mouth out and enhances what bitterness there is in the beer. What ever herbal notes listed on the bottle also seem to ruin the mouthfeel as well as the taste.

--I was disapointed by this beer for two reasons. First there were no citrus hop notes as stated by the label. My guess is what little were there to begin with were drown out by the over powering herbal hop notes. Personally when I go for a APA (which I like very much) I wish to have quite a bit of citrus hop flavor in it. Secondly I am extremely disapointed to see this beer was bottled in Baaldwinsville NY, when named for a classic Chicago neighborhood (I live a couple hours outside the city, I would expect a local brewery to brew a local beer? )

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Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear deep amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops—oranges seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the malty flavors are a tad stronger and there is a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels a little shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has some crispness along with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pale ale is easy to drink and has a nice balance between the hops and malts, particularly in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Note: Updated quick review with full review on 12/18/2014.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a shiny clear dark amber color. A foamy cream colored head recedes to a nice layer of film with random bubbly lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very spicy, which overpowers the malt and hop presence. Some floral notes are in there as well.

The taste starts with subtle sweetness then heads into a tangy black tea note. Woody spices and faint hops finish the profile.

The mouthfeel is harsh. Too carbonated, perhaps.

Overall, there's something about the taste and aroma that I cannot identify that makes me not care for this beer much.

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Photo of BeersIsTheName
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served cold and poured in a mug.

A- Light amber in color with a strong bodied head approximately 2-3 fingers in height.

S- Slightly hoppy with traces of citrus.

T-Modest taste of malt and grains at the beginning and becomes more subtle as it finishes.

M- About as bitter as a good APA should be. However, the lack of carbonation leaves it somewhat flat and takes away from what could be a solid pale ale. Not necessarily a "cheap" mouthfeel but it is the one thing that is holding this brew back and is noticeably its weakness.

O- This is a decent APA. It is nothing to write home about and I am surprised. I expected more from Goose Island, but it is still a solid APA.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - A pale ale this is not very deep shade of amber brown with a 1/2 inch of head that settles to a thick lace ring. Great Lacing.
S - Ah very oaky and medicinal. Ehhh ok... Some hop bitterness and tea malt smells.
T - Well it's not bad very oaky and English tea tasting with a citrus hop bitterness. It's ok.
M - Light to medium, very drinkable like honkers ale but with an English kick.

Overall not a bad ale but I don't think I will revisit. Sorry Goose Island if only it didn't smell so bad.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a date

darkish amber color, clear, big ole head on this sucka. smell is oaky; herbal hops, kind of medicinal. tastes like an english IPA but with a fruity finish. big on the malts and the hops: baked bread with pinecone marmalade, vegetal sweetness, oak and english hops(can't think of a better descriptor).

more interesting than the honker ale, not sure if it's better

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