.Goose Island Beer Company is celebrating the aroma and taste of hops with the introduction of Ten Hills Pale Ale, the first of three new limited release beers slated for this year and 2014. After just one look at the well designed label on the bottle, my expectations for the contents inside grew quickly. To my delight I found the brew to be a solid and enjoyable offering. The color was amber/orange, the aroma slightly spicy, with clear evidence of hops and less so to malt, and a moderate bitterness. This all adds up to a wonderful and tasty pale ale.
According to it's web page, Ten Hills Pale Ale traces its story to Bonners Ferry, Idaho’s Elk Mountain Farms, a hop farm that has been planting, growing and harvesting hops exclusively for Goose Island beers. Like the most important hop growing regions in Europe, Bonners Ferry is on the 49th parallel and offers an ideal climate and soil for hop cultivation. Today, Elk Mountain Farms is famous for growing hops of exceptional quality. Beginning with a planting of ten “hills” of hops two years ago, this relationship between farmer and brewer has developed to a point in which Elk Mountain Farms now grows more than 200,000 hills of hops for Goose Island annually. The taste of a region of America is a sure plus and evidence of masterfully crafted brew.
Beginning Dec. 2, Ten Hills Pale Ale will be available nationwide in six- and 12-packs of bottles and also on draught through March 2014. Under the supervision of Goose Island brewers, the beer is brewed at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in Fort Collins, Colorado and Baldwinsville, New York. Look for it now and take some home and enjoy!