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Green Line | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Honey color, bright American hop aroma, citrus flavor, light crisp body.

Added by emerge077 on 02-09-2010

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark golden color, with a lot of visible carbonation and a large head. Good head retention.

Smells of herbal spices and sprightly skanky hops.

Taste is more pleasant than the small, mostly due to its subtler nature. Although, the smell is mirrored by the taste.

Mouthfeel is light, with surprisingly low-key carbonation. The mouth feel is by far the strongsuit

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.69 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with special pale malt and Millennium, Mt. Hood, Zythos
5.4% ABV, 30 IBUs.

Pours out to a crystal clear medium golden, forming a modest bone white head with average retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose has somewhat restrained hop presence with some pineapple and guava fruit notes. Mouthfeel is delicate, clean, with a medium light body. The taste opens with an interesting spicy hop character, then a delicate pale malt middle, a well balanced, slightly firm bitterness which is pleasant and clean, then a touch of spicy hops in the finish. Clean throughout, no flaws.

This is an interesting beer. It's bare bones, simple, spicy, well balanced, easy to drink, but quite flavorful for 5.4% and very well brewed. A solid all around pale ale for someone who wants some good hop character but not quite overwhelming, tropical, juicy and fruity as an American IPA.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, light citrus and malts. Taste is caramel malts, some citrus, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good thirst quencher and solid beer.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light copper body, plenty of ambient bubbles, off-white rough head. Nose is toasted grain, almost pilsner-like, pears, and mildly spicy hops. Taste is cream of corn, grain and crackers, and moderate hop bitterness and spice. Light body, somewhat coarse, almost weak on the carbonation just because I was expecting a lot more, but not close to flat either.
Very drinkable, if unrefined- lots of 'raw ingredient' notes to this. Nothing outstanding about it, save for the fact that one always sounds like a good idea.

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Photo of Act25
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Solid, but soapy, mid-pack session APA.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a negligible white head with minimal retention or lacing

S: Soda-pop like, zesty hop aroma, bright and sweet lemon, orange, and grain w caramel in the finish.

T: Follows smell. Plenty of citrus, more by orange than lemon with residual caramel sweetness. Not much else, and lots of bready grain.

M: Medium bodied with mid carbonation. Not as clean and dry in finish as I would like. A bit soapy.

O: They can do better. Run out of inspiration when named for subway lines.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

There's not much smell to it, feels light and smooth, has a light citrusy flavor. It's a mild flavor compared to most other pale ale's, overall a good beer.

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Photo of mlockman
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had at Harry Carry's, this is a perfect beer to accompany almost any meal as it is not too hoppy and lacks really any prominent flavors; it is honestly very similar to 312 wheat.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/14/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/floral/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness that lightly increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately grainy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice American pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/floral/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves some lacing

S: Herbal hops and some crackery malt up front with a light fruitiness in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some herbal and fruity hoppiness and then goes into a lightly sweet cereal maltiness. Moderate bitterness leads into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice pale ale that is very easy to drink. Seems much higher than 30 IBUs with how much the bitterness lingers, though. I'd much rather have the IPA, regardless. If pales are more your thing, go with this instead

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Photo of jasadewi
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light yellow. Smell is grassy and full of hops. Taste is earthy and hoppy. It's highly carbonated and leaves a dry aftertaste in the mouth. Overall, I would recommend this as a fine APA.

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Photo of fx20736
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6 pack from Wegmans, Feb 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Clear apple juice, thin white head

Smell: faint mix of orchard fruit and noble hops

Taste: subdued with nice hops suggested, maybe a touch of corn

Feel: medium carbonation

Overall: drinkable, if not distinguished

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Photo of utopiajane
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Color is bright and clear. fat head of white foam that fizzes off but not completely. Nose is shy. Not a lot of biscuit or citrus. Some stemmy herbal and the faintest scent of lemon. Taste is mostly bitterness. Finishes with a slickness and not too much flavor to linger. Bitterness does linger. After the beer was room temperature I did start to notice more malt character and a bigger herbal scent but it never makes it to the palate. Not very flavorful.

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Photo of Spikester
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear rich golden with one finger of white head. Small head really but the retention was long lasting and some splotches of lace.
Smell is spicy grassy hops with biscuit malts.
Taste is bold hops and biscuit malts. The hop character is unusual and kind of resembles a noble hop variety. Almost a hop flavor you find in the Czech Pilsners.
Mouthfeel is medium with just enough carbonation. Finish is dry and lightly bitter.
Overall a good beer but I'm not sure it is an APA. Or maybe just a different take. I did enjoy it but with all the choices in this style available probably not going to buy it again.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell is primarily bready malt with a hint of citrus - smells more like a lager than a pale ale. Taste mimics the smell and I'm not getting much of why this is considered a pale ale. It's definitely easy-drinking but doesn't do anything to differentiate itself from other better pale ales.

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Photo of steveh
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had this on tap at a few local taverns, but never reviewed it. Now in bottles, let's see if another APA on shelves is worth the space.

Bottled February 13, 2016. Poured into my imperial nonic.

L -- Clear and golden with a firm white head.

S -- Nice balance of spicy hops and light biscuit malt. A good amount of DMS present too -- not particularly common in a Pale Ale, but not distracting either.

T -- Spicy, earthy hops up front with a backbone of grainy to biscuit malt in balance, but far from evenly balanced. Spicy, bitter hops in the finish with some lightly sweet malt and citrus esters lingering through the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is crisp to lightly dry with a light body.

O -- A pretty good APA to have on hand as an every day drinker. Nothing spectacularly remarkable, but also not a beer to turn your nose up at "just because." Yes, I'd happily drink it again, but it will probably be a long time before I buy another 12 pack. Is it better than the 312 Pale Ale it replaced? Not really, nor is it worse. I sort of wish I'd snapped up some 312 before it was gone to try them side-by-side.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A mildy juicy and bready aroma with a scent of citrus and biscuit. Light citrus hop hints of orange, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Some earthy hints of grass. Pale malt with hints of grains, biscuit, and cracker with some yeast. An ok laid back aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a mild balanced taste of citrus and grassy hops with some biscuit malt. Citrus hop notes of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Earthy and floral hops with some grass. Pale malt with notes of biscuit, grains, and cracker with some yeast. A decent balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and pretty smooth.

Overall: A decent brew but a bit too laid back for the style. The flavor that is there is nicely balanced.

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Photo of got2
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tend to like Goose Island brews. Their beers typically aren't the most innovative, though they stick to the basics and more often than not, get it right.

Let the other guy–cough, cough, Flying Dog–add mangos, kumquats or whatever to their beers while Goose Island continues to make exceptional beers from more traditional ingredients that won't make you feel as if you're walking a line between experimentation and wasting your hard-earned money.

Their Green Line Pale Ale is a prime example of this consistency.

Smelling faintly of wheat, lemons and alcohol, the scent doesn't do the flavor justice, though it cheekily invites you to find out.

From its foamy head–which dissipates in a minute or two upon pouring–to a beautiful orangish yellow color that is what I imagine bottled sunlight would look like.

Then there's the carbonation, which is mild enough not to distract, but forward enough that you notice that it's there. There's also a bit of a hop bite to remind you that you're drinking a pale ale.

If fact, if you know someone who doesn't like IPA's, this would make a great 'bridge' beer to get them adjusted to the style.

It's also remarkably smooth, with notes of ripe Bosc pears that lingers on the palate, before a very clean finish.

Green Line Pale Ale is also surprisingly hefty, without being overwhelmingly so.

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Photo of jkrich
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: clear and bright, honey-golden with a quickly receding, foamy white-head; sparkling with bubbles.

Not hugely distinct aroma but semisweet and fresh aromas of fruit and bread.

A nice entry of spicy, bittersweet hops followed by a mild malt profile. The hop profile is not dominated by any specific flavor, i.e. tropical fruits or pine, but it does have a lingering and satisfying bitterness on the palate. This is truly one of the most balanced yet flavorful pale ales I can remember having. I have often wondered how this one would taste when it was only available on tap and not available near me. This pale ale will be in my regular rotation.

Goose Island may be part of that conglomerate, InBev, but it still seems to brew quality ales and lagers.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Worth the wait, even though I drank it from a bottle rather than a traditional draft or a keg. A seriously damn good pale ale, drinkable, pleasantly hoppy (emphasis on "pleasantly," doesn't feel like it's main goal is to annihilate your palette), and a delightful finish that compliments the subtly boozy quality the beer has if drank in bigger gulps. One of my favorite Goose offerings.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date 01/14/2016. Acquired the twelve pack from the local beer store. The latest pale ale to grace the shelves from Goose Island.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a bright crisp golden body - definitely filtered. Appears aptly carbonated. Over a finger of frothy white head with good staying power that leaves mild spotty lacing behind.

S - Very fruit forward aroma - notes of berries & earth. Mixed fruit cocktail with a subtle bready malt presence. Maybe slight notes of mint, herbs, & leaves. Not terribly powerful, but an attractive aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp, bright, & fruity. Notes of mixed berries & floral / herbal earth. Light, crisp, bready malt content on the finish. Again, slightly minty / herbal / leafy. Notes of apples & pears.

M - Feel is crisp & clean. Very light-bodied and easy-drinking. Sessionable, with excellent carb.

Overall, a very drinkable pale ale from Goose Island, and just in time for summer.

Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Green Line Pale Ale has a very thick, creamy, spongy, white head, mostly clear, orange-gold appearance (some white particles are noticed), lots of bubbles, and fairly heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of pungent, slightly citrus, slightly wheaty malts, and the flavor is of bready malts, citrus, and a growing, yet, never strong, bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Goose Green Line finishes mostly dry and easy going. I find this to be quite similar to Foster’s Ale.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled on date: 2/13/16. 5.4% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, earth, chlorine, and slight candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, earth, and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is pretty boring and forgettable for the style.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pilsner like body but with a billowing 2-3 finger head. Smell and taste go hand in hand. This to me seems like an AAL. How its a pale ale must only be from the brewing method. Just nothing here really works for me. Will not buy again.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on January 14th, 2016
Reviewed on March 10th, 2016
Served in a Pint Glass

Poured a clear gold body. Decent sized bright white head, roughly two fingers deep. The head quickly collapsed and left a good amount of soapy lacing. Plenty of bubbles racing through the body.

Lemon-rich hops. Slightly metallic. Grainy malt presence.

Citric hops hit the tongue first. Generally light intensity but notes of lemon really broke through well. Malts were present but not prominent with a lackluster biscuit backbone. Hops turned herbal before bottoming out in the finish.

Light-bodied. Moderate/high carbonation. Crisp.

I frequently ordered Green Line when it was exclusively on-tap. It was sessionable, affordable, went well with bar grub, and tasted pretty good. I was excited to see that Goose Island finally bottled this brew. Not much is different in the bottled version, slightly hoppier. No complaints. Not a showstopper, yet far from a disappointment.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is metallic and lemon.
The taste is bread, mild lemon, biscuit and metal.
The texture is crisp.
It's a simple and fine ale.

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Green Line from Goose Island Beer Co.
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