Ten Hills Pale Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.

Ten Hills Pale AleTen Hills Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
3.64 | pDev: 10.44%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Ten Hills Pale AleTen Hills Pale Ale
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Oh they made a different pale ale? Prolly equal chance its English in style. Pours an amber color that is significantly darker than most pale ale SRM. 3/4" white head, good retention. Aroma has a little bit of citrus to it, would guess little if any dry hopping going on here. Still can't tell what country of origin this pale ale's style would be thus far.

Taste, a little more of the grapefruit like citrusness, pale malt body is heavier than most, this one ain't gonna finish dry nor sweet. Over 6% abv? I dunno what is going on here in this pale ale. Color like an amber, malt above pale, hops largely absent and seemingly just used for bittering.

Fucking label says American style, but I can't come to the same conclusion. This is like a British ipa. No off flavors, but some pretty predictable and mundane ones.

Nov 16, 2017
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful orangish-light amber color with plenty of frothy off white head that dissipates slowly. The smell is definitely a little hoppy, but pleasant. The initial taste is full of flavor, mildly hopped and very drinkable. Overall, I feel that this is a very solid, enjoyable brew that I hope I can find more of.

Dec 01, 2016
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wuthrichj15 from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good looking pour, copper color. Smells nice and hoppy, little malty, citrusy. Good white head. Lots of malt sweetness in the taste, good hop bite. Not a bad beer at all.

Apr 18, 2016
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up in early January at TW Arrowhead as part of the winter 12 pack for $15. Bottled on 10-19-15.

Beer poured copper with a nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is pretty non descript, some hints of citrus.

Taste initially well played as the malts showcased the citrus hops very nicely. Subsequent sips are leaving a residual bitterness which is not appreciated.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth yet refreshing.

Overall this beer has some nice characteristics to it. Would drink again if available.

Feb 27, 2016
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty copper-colored beer. Medium-sized light tan head with a little lace.
Mostly a sweet malt aroma. Tiny bit of citrus.
Lots of caramel in the taste. Just a hint of grapefruit.
Medium-bodied. More malt forward than I expected.

Jan 13, 2016
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allengarvin from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright gold color with an airy head.
S: Very nice aroma! Light malts and a load of fruity, citrusy hops.
T: Well-balanced flavor--lot of hop taste up front and good bitterness, but it backs off after a moment, leaving some sweet malt to linger around. Finish isn't dry, as I expected.
M: Lighter body than one expects from a >6% beer. Quite drinkable.
O: Decent effort from Goose Island, one of their better beers in recent years.

Dec 30, 2015
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Stignacious from New York

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an earthy red out of the bottle. Very little head to speak of, and aromatically speaking, lots of pine and citrus. This is more malt-forward than I expected, with noticeable caramel sweetness, but not a bad pale

Dec 25, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Props for the Idaho connection. Hops lean towards the resinous side, woody and astringent. Amber body with adequate airy head. Slightly fruity nose, grapes, wood. Taste is malt (mildly sour) with some dry hop bitterness. A SN APA this is not....more of a sipper

Dec 02, 2015
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 12 pack $14.99 Times Supermarket. Copper amber color, hoppy taste, medium mouthfeel, just slightly bitter, smooth taste, overall a great beer that I would drink more of.

Nov 27, 2015
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FickleBeast from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Savor snifter. Bottled August 12, 2015. Bottle says should remain brewery fresh for 180 days, and we are within that range.

Pours a clear amber color with a finger of sticky foam that persists. Aroma has a faint floral, perfumey hoppiness. Flavor is nicely balanced between sweet crystal malt flavor and a tea-like hop flavor. Finishes smooth with a pleasant bitterness.

This is a fine, if unremarkable, beer. Well balanced and drinkable. 6.2% ABV packs a punch but doesn't come off as boozy at all. A solid B.

Nov 21, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L : Golden amber appearance, about 80% transparent. Towering fluffy head leaving chunks and clumps of lace as it recedes.

S : Caramel and caramel malts, biscuit and honey, a slight roast character and pale hop nuggets. Quite a bit of sweetness here.

T : Quite a bit of sweetness in the flavor as well, with biscuit, honey, caramel, and cotton candy sweetness. The bitterness comes but is polite, with a little pine and fruit rind. A touch of vinegar on the finish as well. As it warms the vinegar note turns more onion-y.

F : Medium bodied, fairly creamy, enough carbonation to keep it interesting yet still relatively mild. It ends crisp and easy.

O : I'm a fan of Goose Island pale ales. The ones I've tried have been easy drinking yet still tasty. This one is another great example of that.

Oct 27, 2015
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Real_Thirsty_Guy from Maine

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Copper/Amber look poured into a glass...thinner look to the body
To me, there was something unnatural about the smell, a chemical type of smell
Tasted a lot better than it looked or smelled, but not a notable taste or feel.
I could've drank and moderately enjoyed the second one I had but decided to save it for a friend to try...
Worth a try, maybe don't buy more than 6 at first, I can't justify buying it for myself again

Oct 22, 2015
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MarkLinton1 from West Virginia

3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice entry into the American Pale Ale category. Good balance with just the right amount of hop bitterness for the style. Not the most memorable Pale Ale, but certainly not the worst. Could definitely drink a few of these.

Oct 04, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Goose Island Beer Co. "Ten Hills Pale Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON DATE: 12AUG15BG09"

"Ten Hills" is simply a solid American pale ale with a firm, lightly sweet caramel malt base and gently citrusy and herbal hops. It's decidedly caramelish, and not overly hoppy, but balanced; and I'd say that's fairly English in character except that I think it's even more caramelish than most British pales. It's also at the top of the range for either English or American pales at a solid 6.2% abv. Conclusion: you can't argue with the quality now that A-B is brewing it. It looks great in the glass and it's fresh. It's not a beer that you'd jump for because it's so "basic", but it makes a great fall-back beer.

Sep 10, 2015
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Essentially, what I look for in a pale ale is almost identical to a session IPA, but with a normal alcohol content. By that standard, this is pretty solid. Good pure hop bitterness that doesn't go too far, keeping well within the lines of its style.

Sep 02, 2015
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Wer34truh from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color, with a small off-white head. Moderate signs of carbonation. Head dissipates quickly, but the lacing retains for a while.

Smells of citrus-laden hops. There is also some sweetness present, bubble gum perhaps?

The bitterness of the hops dominates the taste initially, with some malt present. Didn't pick up too much on the citrusy sweetness of the smell. Mouth feel is relatively light, and quite dry.

Aug 26, 2015
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TheMarkE from California

3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper colored with a big head of foam and good lacing; great big swirls of carbonation.

Smell: Citrus and caramel.

Taste: Citrus, spice, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a moderate bitter finish.

The Verdict: Not bad. A decent American pale ale with no deficiencies, but nothing to really make it stand out either. Just a good solid beer.

Aug 12, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer is in, and that means Ten Hills Pale Ale. Part of a pre-set mix-12 pack from Goose Island, on to the beer:

Copper colored with autumn hues, an inch of head is formed on top. The head retains well and creamy lacing washes around the glass. My nose smells the beer, and it tells me that it is going on the right path. It tells me of vague citrus, toffee, grapefruit zest, and a little diacetyl that given me the impression of a blended American pale ale with Extra Special Bitter. Some of the aroma hits a translation error from aroma to taste though; the grapefruit zest and bready baseline are positives, but the herbal and coarse aspects of the beer are little fun. Well, at least the massaging bubbles gives my palate a rub-down.

Decent pale ale with a few rough spots. Bring out the sandpaper, smooth it out, then I will try again.

Aug 03, 2015
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TopherBreski from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful color!! Golden Amber. Smell is great; very hoppy with some citrus. Taste is hoppy with some wheat and very little of that IPA bitter after taste. But the taste doesn't really stand out; its above average.

Jul 30, 2015
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

It pours a brilliant amber color with burnt orange highlights. It is crystal clear. On top sits a mountain of rocky, tan head that some lacing.

It has light citrus notes balanced with a caramel malt backbone.

The taste starts out with light citrus. Then I pick up some caramel malt. The finish is slightly bitter.

Medium mouthfeel

I wasn't expecting much out of this beer, but it was okay. It is pretty boring with what is out there. It was given to me by a non BA. He is exploring and wanted to share. It is a good step for the Bud drinkers take.

Jul 10, 2015
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vickersspitfire from Texas

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Full of carbonation and the thick off white head, which is bubbly and creates a thick creamy mass, hides a nice burnt orange body that’s crystal clear. This pale ale has a semi-thick lacing.
Apple, orange zest, a hint a grapefruit and mild raisins.
Spicy and a mild mal flavors first come through followed by a light hops taste. As you drink on, the apples come out followed by some overall sweetness and a slight bitterness I its aftertaste.
Crisp, medium bodied
Not bad, very well balanced and great tasting.

Jul 05, 2015
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is citrus, perfumed fruit and a hint of grapefruit. The flavor is citrus, very light hop resin notes, fruit/berries, malts and a tangy/bitter finish.

Jun 21, 2015
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Tilly from Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark copper with thick thick beige quick disappearing head leaving a rim of lacy foam.
Aromas of malt, lemon and a hint of herbs.
Initial citrus taste, mostly lemon. Hoppy and some sweetness.
Nice mouth feel. Back of the mouth bitterness, tart.
Nice Pale Ale offering from GI.

Jun 05, 2015
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TheSixthRing from California

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date of 01/27/15

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear copper orange with a khaki finger width head. Fair retention, breaking down to a thin film across the surface.

Smell - Light citrus, floral and woody notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Moderate citrus, floral and woody notes. Hints of red apple sweetness and a faint caramel malt body. Finishes with a mild bittersweet character.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, silky texture. Goes down with ease.

Overall - Loving the flavor profile, but wishing there was just a touch more caramel. Regardless, I really enjoyed this one. Mild, but flavorful pale.

May 26, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is transparent copper with lots of tight light dusty brown head. Nose is fairly hoppy with hop resin, pine and citrus. Fair bit of malt in the nose, caramel and sticky. Taste is similar, sticky sugary caramel malt with hops behind, resiny and sticky with some citrus through the finish and a light bitterness. Body is a hint syrupy with assertive carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

May 22, 2015
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