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Green Line - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%

Brewed by:
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:
Honey color, bright American hop aroma, citrus flavor, light crisp body.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-09-2010)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2014 21:02:42 | More by tbeckett
Photo of champ103


3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 05:40:30 | More by champ103
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2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2013 04:00:32 | More by Kevin-Wieken
Photo of Zorro


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2013 19:05:14 | More by Zorro
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3.34/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2013 15:20:53 | More by tronester
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2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 19:20:49 | More by donkeyrunner
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4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2013 16:43:00 | More by SeanBond
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3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2013 17:47:18 | More by magictacosinus
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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 13:44:46 | More by MShirokov
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4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Pale ale beer...Probably one of my current Go-to beers! Medium body, decent color, not overpowered w/ hop. Its a great tasting LOCAL beer!! Go IL and WI beers!! This is a great beer to show that we are top the beer markets in the nation. :) A must order...

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2013 22:28:53 | More by ChefFelipe11
Photo of FosterJM


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1755th Review on BA
Draft to Pint

@Brick Tavern, Lombard, IL

App- A more golden color with a bit of brown intermixed. Looks like SNPA to me. A nice 1 finger white head that was slow to recede and then formed nice cling lines. A bit dense in the center for a pale.

Smell- One of the fuller on the nose pales I have smelled lately. Along the lines of a honey/caramel mix with some deeper hop bitter notes and a bit of a graperfruit and zest aroma come wofting up as it warms.

Taste- Taking a cue from the west coast. This was a thicker pale ale with a bit more pine in it than I wouldve thought from the mid coast. This was a zesty beer with a bit of herbal grass in the middle and a thicker caramel malt on the back of the tounge.

Mouth- A bit too thick for me. A solid medium body with a medium carbonation. Not too many dancing bubbles, lingered for a bit on the finish. Residual malts, zest and pine.

Drink- It was okay. A bit better than average but really nothing to gush over. Have seen it a couple places on my trip and decided to grab one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 19:49:40 | More by FosterJM
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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Goose Island. Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a small egg-white head on top with decent retention with thin lacing down the glass.

S: Nice zesty hop aroma, some lemon, orange, and grapefruit. There is a relatively heavy caramel aroma on the finish.

T: Plenty of citrus, highlighted by orange and lemon with some caramel sweetness. There is also a hint of pine in the middle.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: A solid pale ale, smooth and easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2012 04:40:03 | More by mdaschaf
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Chicago O'Haire Airport.

A - Light amber with a two finger white head. Crystal clear beer with no head lacing.

S - Light hops and big malts. Citrus stands out, and is followed up immediately by strong pilsner style malts.

T - Pale ales are getting harder to review. Too many IPA's are leaving these guys tasting bland. Starts with citrus hops and quickly fades into an amber style lager. Very smooth transition.

M - Light body with nice carbonation.

O - Ver nice session beer, but I think my tastebuds have been hop wrecked. Tates a little too much like a lager to me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2012 06:20:29 | More by ThePaleRider
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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Citizens Bar, Chicago

A - Clear, honey colored ale with a small white head. Looks to be a bit watery

S - Light citrus with orange and lemon standing out. There is a slight straw as well

T - Citrua forward with slight orange and lemon peel hitting you initially. There is a bready malt in the middle that gives it a slight sweetness. The finish is straw and slightly bitter hops

MF - Medium body and carbonation that gives a fuller and smoother mouthfeel than is guess from the look of it.

D - Overall, a solid, easy drinking beer. It's not great or mind blowing but a solid option when out at a bar.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 23:19:31 | More by jeonseh
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into large Imperial Pint-like glass.

Appearance: Light amber with decent white head.

Smell: Mostly citrus (orange and grapefruit) with light grainy malts.

Taste: The taste is also citrus dominated, with orange and grapefruit. Some toasted malt backbone, with a spicy, slightly bitter finish. May even be some tea-like characteristics.

Feel: Medium-light body that is quite smooth with moderately low carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Definitely an American Pale Ale, but there are some English Bitter elements as well. Crisp, smooth and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 18:30:11 | More by bsp77
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blackfinn in Mount Prospect.
Poured a light golden, with not much head to speak of. The aroma was pleasant with citrus notes and a feeling like a light brew. (which in an IPA is a pleasant surprise if done well and hoppy!). Upon drinking I was right! Great mouthfeel, like a light brew, reminds me of an All Day IPA. From goose island this is a bit removed from other offerings, but is easily in my top 2 from the brewery. It's an everyday drinker, an easy pint to put down and the hop bite is has is subtle enough for non IPA lovers as a "transition" beer.
Would I reccomend it? Heck yeah!

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 19:38:11 | More by VagabondHops
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3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green Line poured a golden color, with very little head. There was a weak floral aroma, but it was more sweet then bitter. The taste was very lightly hopped, bits of honey, and finished more sweet then bitter. Weak flavors, and was more sweet; there was stronger honey flavors then hop flavors. Overall this isn't a BAD beer, but its not that strong in flavors, but might be worth a try at least.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 21:55:19 | More by vette2006c5r
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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a slightly hazy golden with brown hues. Nice session aroma including floral and citrus notes. Flavor is a little more subtle with the floral and citrus hops and there is a stronger caramel and lightly toasted malt presence. Medium body ad moderate carbonation. Overall nicely drinkable, good flavor but there are much better choices for this genre.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2012 17:22:11 | More by kylehay2004
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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear and amber in color with a creamy, white head.

S- Very faint at first, but citrus and hops are picked up.

T- Very crisp and clean, not overly hoppy, but leaves a combination of wheat and citrus aftertaste.

M- Very smooth and drinkable, with I'd say a light to medium body.

O- One of my favorite's from Goose Island. You'll only find this on tap as they won't sell this in can or bottles and only distrubute it locally. I find you'll be able to drink this with a meal or on its own and enjoy it either way.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2012 20:47:09 | More by Piotr_Rasputin
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was able to enjoy this on tap at Hopleaf, and then at Midway airport on the way home.

A - Pours copper color with nice clarity. Slight carbonation is noted. Minimal lacing. White bubbly foam sinks quickly.

S - Has a smell of sweet berry juice. Some hoppy aroma jumped out as well, but it is clearly minor.

T - A very well crafted pale ale that has a nice balance between bitter and sweet. As soon as you get enough sweet flavor, there is enough notes of bitter hop taste to balance it out.

M - Great balance makes this an simple and fun beer to drink. I can only imagine how many Chicagoans go through a few of these as a go-to beer.

O - Not nearly as exciting as ohter Goose Island offerings, but for a NY'er it was a novelty to have a couple. I enjoyed it for what it was; a nicely refreshing ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 02:42:49 | More by socon67
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Midway airport the other day. The picking were none too good at the airport, so I was happy to spot this.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and decent lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light sweet malt with some underlying citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though this pale ale was a bit sweeter than I was expecting (no one will mistake this for SNPA). There was some noticeable light, citrusy bitterness on the finish, but IMHO, it could have used some more to balance the considerable sweet malt flavor in this beer. Mouthfeel is at most medium bodied, with a fairly long, clean finish.

Shrug. While not terrible, this was a pretty unexciting effort from GI. It's sort of the type of pale ale you would expect from an AB owned brewery (uncomplicated, straightforward, completely predictable flavor profile). I'd buy it again at a place like Midway airport, but those are pretty much the only circumstances where I can imagine ordering this again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 14:27:33 | More by johnmichaelsen
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island follows the American pale ale script to the 't'. Without wavering from the most common of all ale recipe, this Chicago exclusive delivers exquisite balance of caramel flavored malt and citursy hops with high level of refreshment and no offenses.

Green Line isn't green, but rather the quentessential color of bright copper that showcases the dance of carbonation that streams from the bottom of the glass and fuels its cottony white foam cap. The airy foam stance proves withstanding and laces very well. If you were to research the visual dictionary for APA, this would be that very image.

Medium aromas of caramel and graham crackers promises a malty sweet character that likely overshadows any grain attributes. Balanced by hop aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, and light pine- the hops provide an inviting spice note to accompany the foundation of barley. Crystal clean to the nose, there's never a note of distracting fruit or spice components from yeast, and keeps the beer focused on the dialogue of malt and hops.

Flavors closely echo the sentiments of the nose. Caramel malt sweetness lightly coats the front of the mouth and is accompanied by a drier grain taste. Hops set in at mid palate, first with the bright citrus character of red grapefruit pulp, fresh orange zest, light spruce and mulled grass. The sharp hop flavors offset the malty sweetness to perfection while developing into a snappy and clean bitterness to finish. The combination weaves together to form the taste of graham crackers once again. The entire conversation about the beer is of malt and hop balance, without the convolution of peripheral taste.

Medium bodied to start but the impression of lightened mouth feel is the result of fastly fleeting malt and high rate of carbonation that pulls the sweetness from the tongue. The beer drives toward further dryness from alcohol warmth and light hop resins for an ultra clean although slightly empty textures throughout.

Green line is an absolute thirst quencher. It will pair with a lot of foods yet is substantial enough in taste to be enjoyed alone. Great for hot day refreshment and satisfactory on cool winter nights- it's a very versatile beer and stands up well with the best examples on the planet like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale and Stone's Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 16:43:51 | More by BEERchitect
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass, on tap at Beggar's Pizza in downtown Chicago.

Appearance - Pale orange with a alright head rentention. Bubbles of carbonation flowing up the side of the glass

Smell - Yeasts, Citrus Hops, and Malts. Very simple smell, but nothing really jumps out at you and it comes off as weak

Taste - Much like the smell you have Yeasts, Citrus Hops, Malts, but there is also a slight macrobrew-esqe cereal grain/adjunct taste to it as well. It isn't noticeable at first, but it does come off as an unwelcome surprise once you taste it

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and crisp with some slight carbonation. Very refreshing to drink

Overall - It's an alright beer, but the adjunct flavor in here really holds it back. It's worth drinking but don't expect to be blown away

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 02:49:05 | More by NuclearDolphin
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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draught

Blood orange, amber beer with one and a half finger head

Taste: Hops and apricot

Smell: Hops, and its great!

M: Watery, not what I was expecting

Overall, I wanted to try this beer. I am glad I did. However, it was not as good as I hoped it to be.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 16:01:41 | More by BierStein711
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample: Pint on-tap 2012

A: Dark copper orange, minimal internal carbonation, pours a light white foamy head which quickly becomes decent lacing, translucent

S: Light citrus, some fresh apple hints, moderately fragrant, elements of tropical fruits, and wheat as well

T: Reminiscent of the nose, some citrus, but mostly wheat and barley throughout, not incredibly flavorful

M: Decently smooth, nothing out of the ordinary, light citrus aftertaste if any, but not drying or overpowering on the palate

O: Decent ipa, nothing special, though, light and smooth, could be more carbonated and complex

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 23:49:50 | More by MatthewWilde
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Green Line from Goose Island Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.