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Green Line - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 843
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 34.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 133 | FT: 0
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-09-2010

Honey color, bright American hop aroma, citrus flavor, light crisp body.
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Photo of stevoj
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pale, yes. Ale, barely. Pours out with nice creamy head, but dances closely to lager territory . Faint malt aroma, more bread, malt in the taste . Short finish, not much hops to speak of.

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Photo of A_bit_of_the_Sacrament
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Generally I'm a pretty big Goose Island supporter despite its Macro lineage. This one however, was a dud. It lacks the needed hop character to make it interesting. Partial out of balance with the malt really taking center stage. Boring.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad pale ale, hits all the right notes and is pretty smooth with almost no bitterness at all. The odd part is that it has a slightly odd, almost herbal or spicy quality to it. I don't mean spicy in hot but as like a cinnamon or nutmeg characteristic. It was sort of odd, still enjoyable, but not the greatest presence of flavor in the background.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very solid plae ale.

Pours a lighter golden honey color.

Smell is floral, with some honey and sweet malt present.

Taste has a nice bitterness, but not overdone. Floral hops, slight citrus and honey notes. Good malt backbone.

Medium body, fairly sessionable.

Overall a great pale ale that I love getting every time I'm in Chicago.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Color is very clear. Pilsner like. Smell is floral some honey. Taste is crisp and clean. Finish is medium long. Somewhat dry and clean. Overall is a solid pale. Compare it to a pils. I'd give a coordinate light a 1 so this is a middle of the road pale. Numbers are up to one's own interpretation.

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Photo of KidDoc
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale honey with a light lacing. Nice round fruity aroma. Flavor followed and was nice with one flavor I couldn't ID. Nice malt balance with mild bitterness.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/12/15 - Finley Dunnes (Chicago) Draft - Nice hoppy aroma. Not very strong, very light in terms of alcohol and texture. Went down very smooth. Taste not overwhelming, and great for dining or when you are looking for a lighter good tasting beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a really solid pale ale, not overly hoppy, but right in line with the american style in that the malt is pretty pale and tame, and the yeast impact here is minimal in terms of flavor. its blonde beer, frothy but short lived on the white head, and showing a nice floral hop aroma without too much bitterness. the taste holds true to the nose, and while the hops are maybe not the most distinctive on the market, they are perfectly dosed for this beer. the grain contributes some fluffy body but no sweetness at all, which is this beers best feature, a pillow soft texture and mouthfeel, with lively carbonation. its the perfect companion to a chicago deep dish pizza, clean enough to cleanse the heavy palate, and light enough to drink a bunch of but not fill up on. sometimes its these simple pale ales that are the most under appreciated brews because they are the ones right in front of us. i loved this one, and would rank it among the better basic american pale ales i had this year.

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Photo of SirOttoWags
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Not what I expected. Kind of of a premium PBR. I like PBR, but was wanting a solid hop pale ale. It's like a PBR with hang time! Good football watching beer.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Ironically, green grassy notes. Nice mellow and lightly dry. Slight sweet caramel with a rich malt. Nicely balanced with the bittering, but finishes a little long and sweet for my preference. I like the grapefruit note from the hops. Some mild red fruit flavors.

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Photo of Ryan42
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

lishter pale ale, it is called green line for 2 reasons one is because of the (Green line) CTA and the second is because the beer is "green" they do no ship it far to keep the carbon footprint of the beer small... good beer you can only .find around Chicago. not to be confused with goose island urban pale ale that sucks

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Goose Island Bar at O'Hare. It was refreshing and nice compared to my choices at the other establishments. As far as american pale ales, I felt this was a little lacking and considering its a specialty release for the Chicago area I expected something a little more premium. I was hoping for a little more pronounced hop flavor. It had a nice biscuity malt profile of a blonde ale.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap during my first ever trip to Wrigley Field. Great night! Color was basically honey, maybe slightly darker. Mouthfeel was relatively soft for an IPA. Flavor was mild, biscuits, honeydew, and slight floral. Really a fairly pedestrian IPA.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Came to me a brilliant and slightly hazy gold in color. Good touches of orange and copper in the color of the body with a good, thick head of about 2 fingers that retained all day. Lacing was also very good for the plastic cup it came in.

S- Hoppy and citrusy right up front, but not overly so. Good notes of both pine and citrus, but a somewhat orange-like scent was most noticeable. Nothing over the top as far as bitterness and hop character, but enough to satidfy my hop craving of the moment.

T- Starts off with a mild and citrusy hop punch that quickly introduces a malt backbone. Balance is struck with a mild hop presence throughout the entire drink and the malt just lying low providing enough sweetness to let the hops roll.

M- Light to medium weight across the palate with good carbonation and great drinkability. This is a sessionable pale.

Overall, this beer is solid and deserves respect. Frankly, this should have been introduced nationally instead of 312 Urban Pale.

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Photo of evanforbeer
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Goose Island brewpub on Clybourn

Pours clear light golden orange with sudsy white head

Nose- not a lot goin on, faint soapy note, little melon

Taste- pine, biscuity malt, light grapefruit, melon, dry biscuity malt finish

Feel- medium bodied, drinkable

Disappointed this time around, i had this 2 years ago and remember enjoying it quite a bit, maybe it's an old keg, but it seems rather dull

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Photo of Svyturys30
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have this at bars most times I see this on the menu. It has a nice golden-brownish appearance with a small ivory colored head. Before takin a sip I smell a sweetness seeping from the glass. When you first take a sip of it, I get some earthy tones with a citrus punch line finish. I wish I could find this beer in bottles, because I would have this in my fridge all the time. A great beer with a distinct flavor, you won't be disappointed. Cheers!

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Photo of tbeckett
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

$10 pint at Goose Island at O'Hare. From notes.

A - Hazy golden pour with a half finger white head. Mild carbonation, spotty lace, no retention.

S - Citrus, grass, orange, pale/wheat maltiness.

T - Some soapy, grass, citrus, wheat, orange juice.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body, mild bitterness to finish with orange flavour.

O/D - Not a mind blowing pale ale. Decent, but muted in ways. Seems like a lot was held back in this one. Didn't hold my attention too long and for the price, it definitely wasn't a sessionable beer.

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Photo of champ103
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden/orange color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Floral, grassy, and citrus hops up front. Followed quickly by a nice cereal grain, toasted, and biscuit malts. Very nice and balanced in the nose.
T: Follows the nose with a substantial hop flavor up front. Grassy, floral, and citrus hops. Then the great balance with the malts. Toasted and biscuit malts work well here. Lingering is a bit of bitterness.
M/D: A light to medium body. Crisp carbonation that is dry and refreshing. Easy to drink, really enjoyable and quaffable.

A really nice pale ale. I can enjoy several in a sitting with no problem. Well done, and recommended.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Green Line
Goose Island, Chicago
---from tap to pint glass---

Foggy honey color with a very thin white head and excellent lacing.

Faint citrus flavor with hint of earth and grass.

The week smell lends nothing to this bland beer. Semi sweet malts give way to stock hoppy taste. Not bad at all, but nothing substantial to say...

Goes down smooth with very light carbonation. Week flavor leaves nothing behind.

For a pale ale, this left much to be desired. Not a bad beer by any means; but definitely not one I would search high and low to find locally. A pale ale for light beer drinkers...

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Photo of Zorro
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at the Goose Island brew pub in O'Hare airport across from Gate L-9.

Clear golden ale with a snow white colored head that never quits.

Smells of toasted grain and and floral and citrus hops. Mostly I smell grapefruit and flowers.

Starts out hoppy with a big grapefruit flavor. Assertively hoppy but not at all harsh. Medium level of bitterness. Pretty much a standard APA yet this one is a little better. In the top 10% of Pale Ales

Mouthfeel is just right.

Overall this is a great Pale Ale. Delightfully drinkable too bad I can get this in California.

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Photo of tronester
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A hazy honey color, with a small white head. Light citrus aroma. Taste begins with an initial earthy hop flavor, then some light caramel, followed by a hint of pine in the finish. Mouthfeel is average. A decent apa, but could use a little bit more flavor.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

@ Goose Island. My last mid-west beer before getting on a plane home.

Served in a giant hef glass. Thin head with dust on a puddle retention. Faint citrus and heavy steel aroma. Floral lean. Tastes steely and floral too. Lilac? I suck at flowers. Old grapefruit, a little buttery, and flat swampy bitter.

Pretty bad. Worst beer of my lakes region beer-stravaganza.

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Photo of SeanBond
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had this on tap at Goose Island and another pub or two, and I'm always glad I do.

While I completely agree with almost all the criticisms people have with this beer, I think it really accomplishes what its supposed to, and that is to give you something with some hop flavor that is really inoffensive and extremely drinkable. The bitterness is relatively low, and that, combined with wheat flavor thrown in gives it a crisp, refreshing bite. The hops are mild, but add just enough flavor that the beer can grab your attention.

As someone who likes their pale ales hoppy as hell (think Stone/FFF/etc), I get that a lot of people will think that there isn't too much going on with this beer, but I think that's okay. Goose Island went out to create an easy-drinking pale ale counterpart to 312, something that's great on a hot summer day, and they succeeded. Good stuff.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured on tap in a 6oz tumbler at a Beer Garden we found in Chicago. Review is from my notes.

Pours a slightly hazy blond pale color complete with carbonation at the top that resembles soapy suds of sorts. Carbonation rises modestly in this, but it's nothing too large or cascading. Lots of lacing sticks to the glass here, and combined with the color, this looks a lot more like an American wheat ale of sorts than a standard APA.

At the aroma, I'm getting actual wheat, lime, coriander, and lots of golden grains, combined with a soapy, slightly bittered finish. Sure there's no wheat in this thing and it isn't a bastardization of Hoegaarden or something? Okay, politics aside, and reminding myself I actually like Goose Island, this smells pretty pleasant overall if only slightly underwhelming. (Their website lists this as having no wheat, by the way.) The citrus becomes ever more prominent as this warms up, and a lot of dried lemon notes really come to the front by the end. Not too much of a malty character as well, although it does eventually seep in.

As expected the flavor is filled with crisp grains, soapy hops, some faded spices (especially on the coriander), and a nicely carbonated character that accentuates these flavors. Definitely has all the characteristics of a summer beer with its crispness, medium body, and lemon and pear induced fruitiness. None of the flavors are too explosive, but they balance out decently well - although a lot more of the yeasty character could some pepping up. Easy to drink, but not too memorable.

A rather commonplace yet decent take on all of the spring/summer releases (although this one is year-round as it seems), but not bad to have this while sitting in the sun on a rare warm day in the Midwest spring. I'm not too impressed by any of Goose Island's year-round releases like this one but it's relatively inoffensive and quite easy to drink. Wasn't my favorite, but it was an appropriate choice to use to deviate from a lot of the crazy beers I got to try in Chicago.

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Photo of MShirokov
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a surprisingly subtle and delicate taste. Not an "in your face" kind of pale ale. Very fresh and "drinkable" in the end of a long night. A nice mellow beer with a moderately interesting flavor profile. A little less bitter and flavorful than Goose Island's standard IPA, if that's a good indicator of how it compares.

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Green Line from Goose Island Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.