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Ten Hills Pale Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ten Hills Pale AleTen Hills Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by a0lbudman on 11-15-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
1,096
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
26.09%
 
 
Wants:
13
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222
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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 1,096
Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 17 Dec 2014 - had a week or so ago - reviewed from notes:

Pours copper with a thin lasting head that leaves lacing.

The smell is herbal/leafy with caramelized biscuit.

The taste is of a honey-like sweetness with balancing spicy hop bitterness in the finish.

It's a well-balanced, easy-drinking pale ale.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an nice amber color with a thin off-white cap, decent amount of constant bubbles from the bottom, not much lacing on the glass.

Smell is strong in caramel malt with a mild hop presence, not a strong aromatic showing.

Taste starts out with the mild citrus hops and is quickly balanced with caramel malt, soft but ample amount of carbonation, very slick and almost buttery feel along the tongue.

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Photo of Myotus
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a fingers worth of white foam. Is medium gold in color. Has mild aromas of malts with weak floral aromas from hops. Initial taste is mild of citrusy hops immediately followed by stronger flavors of floral hops. Both hop flavors persist as a a pleasant malt flavor enters in to finish off the final taste.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4/12/15 Bottle - Nice copper brown pour, decent white pillow head, good carbonation. Wheat, citrus and hops aroma. Pleasant tasting beer, wheat and hops were good, citrus and other herbs were present and the beer had a good balance. Very smooth to drink, not a very strong beer. Overall good offering by Goose Island!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper colored with great clarity and vibrant carbonation bubbles. A fingernail of off white covers the top. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma is citrus hops and light malt. The taste is very citrus hop forward with plenty of light malt keeping things from going IPA. The hop bitterness and carbonation tickles the taste buds and is very delicate.

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Photo of mick303
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle. Colour is medium gold, nice lacing.

S - dry citrusy hops, grapefruit, caramel apples, sweet malt.

T - caramel malts, mild hops that kick more toward the finish. Grapefruit, dry, and malt dominated, with some dry earthy tones on the finish. It's mild allround.

M - pleasant mouthfeel, malty body, with moderate carbonation, semisweet feel, and a balanced finish.

Overall, a quite nice session pale ale, mild and too-malt forward though.

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Photo of RockAZ
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10-22/drank 2.23, which I had caught this one sooner but it was still a nice beer. Not IPA class, but it still had a representable amount of hops aroma left in it. Malty, full thick carbonation, dark amber. Cheap, would buy again at this price, but will keep an eye out for a fresher batch next fall.

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Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber body; thick, sticky head. Mostly malt aroma; some mild pine resin notes. Caramel malt flavor; crisp, piercing hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel; mostly dry finish.

A decent beer although it offers nothing new to the pale ale experience. Pleasant enough.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/22/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apple, light pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apple, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine and earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, apple, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, balance, and robustness of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and a light lingering bitter astringency after the finish; but not too bad. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good pale ale style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/19/2015 at Buffalo Wild Wings, in Warwick, RI served in a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a good earthy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of RMutt
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

golden red, bubbly/sparkling appearance.
sweet, light smell, juicy, delicate.
similar taste, grape juice, caramel apple maybe, light aftertaste, not overpowering.

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Photo of ravisingh
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: A good one and a half inches of head, thickish foam a good beige-ish off white color. Good retention on the head too. Absolutely clear perfect copper color I'd say 10-11 on the SRM chart.

S: Great aroma, immediately good amounts of both fruity and floral. There is a little toastiness and richness to it as far as hops - low to moderate like it says it should be 4 an American Pale Ale. The fruity scents are a little tangerine and I would say even blueberry, not strong, but I got a little whiff of them with the beer siting on the table about a foot and a half away from me. So, esters definitely present. Alcohol is definitely there, but not too strong.

T: Once I tased it, that's when the maltiness kicked in. Definitely a toasted flavor towards the dark end of the spectrum. A little earthy, a little grassy with a grapefruit flavor to it. A little bit of floral by the fourth sip, not much.

F: Mildly astringent at the very end medium body and thickness. Definitely dry at the finish. No sweetness that I could taste. Medium carbonation to the high side of medium.

O: Not bad. It hit a lot of the marks for the American Pale Ale standard. It wasn't jump out of the pack, but it wasn't bad either. I would say it fits about in the middle, but they did get a pretty color. Nice kick at 6.2% ABV though.

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Photo of GFM
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours an orange amber color. Just a dusting of head and light blotchy lacing. A bit of pine in the scent. A well-balanced pale ale. Nice representation of the style but not memorable. (8.0)

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Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I liked this one!!!! Poured a clear copper color into a pint glass. Big frothy white head with good retention. Thick bands of lacing on the glass. Smell is not that robust, but it includes some citrus and floral hops. Taste is more pronounced. Good bitterness, Floral (or herbal whatever) hops and some citrus hops and some balancing bready malt.

Mouthfeel may be a hair light, but it is crisp with good hops "bite". At 6.2%, you could enjoy a second one!!! I would drink this again. Good APA.

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Photo of hotpauko
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent APA but a little hard to figure out, malt and hops need a tad adjusting. Interestingly, seems like a malty bite with a sweeter hop taste. Appreciate a hidden yeasty taste and like the hoppy ending but generally at times a little rough.

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Photo of Vixie
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour a really nice copper color with a thick white head that sticks around for a bit, leaving behind some nice lacing.

Smell is a bit fruity, there's also pine and floral notes mixed in.

Starts a bit fruity up front, mainly some mild citrus notes. The hops make themselves known pretty quickly, adding pine and floral notes. Leaves a bit of a lingering hops flavor at the finish.

Fairly thick feel for the style, nice and solid.

I would call this an above average example on an APA. It is darker and has a bit more hops presence than I usually associate with the style. Not a bad beer, but being as I am not a big fan of hops, not one I'd drink a lot of.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Table & Vine in West Springfield, MA. From the Goose Island Flight Pack. Served in a glass goblet. The beer has a clear golden-amber appearance with little head retention and spotty lacing on the sides. Aromas included a sweet orange citrus flavor mixed with earthy tones. The beer tasted nicely bittersweet with a good balance of citrus and malts. Pretty good carbonation to the drink, which allows it to be refreshing and crisp. Overall, a good pale ale.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: earthy, bready, a little citrus;

T: well balanced; a little caramel; finish is long and moderately bitter;

M; medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: nice; easy drinking;

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Vons in Lakeside, Calif.
Price: $13.99 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 5, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 5, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 22, 2014

Poured a copper, caramel, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy, off-white head. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled caramel, Citra hops, rye hops, lemon iced tea, menthol, plum, herbal hops, some red apple notes and berries. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted rye hops, sweetened iced tea, lemon zest, Citra hops, caramel, hazy, Corn Flakes, plum and herbal hops, (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, somewhat bitter finish. (Feel - 3.25)

This was just an OK pale ale. Smell was the best part, but it went downhill from there. (Overall - 3.50)

3.61 | 82 | B

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Photo of maedhros09
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep clear amber with average head. A very solid strong-ish pale ale, with good balance but a definitely strong hops profile (I would have called it an IPA).

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Photo of HardTarget
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep amber glass shows good clarity and holds a quarter finger of foam with a few spots of lace.

Smell: Hops are evident at arms length, closer stiff gives off some malt extract, and a lot of earthy hops, with a little papery oxidation (no date on bottle).

Taste: Malt and hops are well balanced, malt lasts longer and slowly fades out sweet and malty. The oxidation note is there, but not a deal breaker.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, oily finish.

Overall: An earthy pale ale, pretty standard, would probably be great locally on tap but hasn't traveled well down to Texas. It's a new label, we may have had old stock dumped on us.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a fine pale ale, but i had higher hopes. its caramel colored body shows me right away that this thing is going to be balanced by bigger malts until maybe too high a level, and i was right. although the look is nice, clear and bright and holding over an inch of fluffy white head, the nose and taste are less exciting, certainly less sexy. the grain is a little big and a little sweet for the hops, and even without an english yeast profile, it almost tastes like an english pale because of the malts and more bitterness than other flavors coming from the hops. still its crispy and refreshing and not sweet in the taste, i appreciate that part, but i want a little more out of my hops in an american pale than this beer offers, more bitter and grassy than anything else. light feel is nice though, and unexpected for the color, this drinks real easy, almost watered down or something, medium carbonation is fine. overall not the best of goose island here, but their larger batch stuff so rarely is impressive anymore. still, i always buy their beer when i see it, too much good beer they do to not try everything! a solid if a little boring session right here.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ten Hills Pale Ale brewed by Goose Island Beer Co., with an ABV of 6.20% This brew pours out a nice deep amber color with a nice white head. The smell is rich with grains , malts , and hops. Now for the taste, it is bold with hops. you pick up on a few grains and malts in this brew. Ten Hills Pale Ale has a decent balance to it. If you do not like hops this not the brew for you. The mouthfeel is bold with flavor, but this ale has a smooth aftertaste. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Over all I'm giving Ten Hills Pale Ale a solid 4 out of 5 I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ten Hills Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.. Poured from the bottle into a glass, its got a two finger thick off-white head, lateral lacing, and a golden amber transparent body.

I can smell fruity hops, grains, and grassy malts.

The taste here is mellow hops and a livelier malt characteristic serving as the backbone. I'd say the hops have a sweetness to them , instead of the usual bitterness.

This brew's mouthfeel is clean and crisp. The hops do not linger one bit.

Overall, a 4 for Ten Hills Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co. For a "hoppy" beer, this is smooth and very sessionable.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A decent pale ale for sure, I just tend to like my pales ales a little more hop forward, bordering on ipa territory. At first I was thinking I wished I had tried this one before committing to an entire 6 pack, but then again on second thought, the drinkability is definitely high, so it won't be a chore polishing them off in a couple days.

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Ten Hills Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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