Green Line - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 13
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

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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Ratings: 792 | Reviews: 123
Photo of Snatchariah_Jackson
2.81/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

-This review was required fith wird

Photo of ElJacobian
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

It's sweeter than many pale ales I've had. Not bad at all.

Photo of Trooper92292
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Interesting pale ale. It's good to try and good for people getting into the craft beer scene.

Photo of Fargrow
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crisp, clean. The malt takes a back seat and the hops really shine. Well done Chicago-only pale ale.

Photo of JayGlogovsky
4.81/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely fantastic beer with a great taste.

Photo of jdwilliamson79
2.49/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bland. Faint citrus smell. Not terrible, but certainly wouldn't drink again.

Photo of Kraty1
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not bad for the same price as Miller Lite

Photo of Tomacho
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured out of tap, seemed a bit skunked

Photo of dukeandduke
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of wtfGiraffes
4.88/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted as good as it sounds.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of SirOttoWags
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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.

Photo of surfcaster
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Enjoyed in Chicago. Fairly ordinary pale ale. Little vegetal for my liking.

Photo of constantine_272
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

Photo of Ryan42
4.25/5  rDev +19%

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

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of MarkQ617
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of evanforbeer
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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

Photo of Svyturys30
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
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!

Photo of tbeckett
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
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...

Photo of Zorro
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of tronester
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Green Line from Goose Island Beer Co.
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