Green Line - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 791
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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Photo of weatherdog
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. pint at Brixies in Brookfield Il

It pours a hair lighter than an amber with a nice large creamy head and medium lacing.

The nose has a firm distinct orange hop presence that is quaffable without being overbearing. It's just a nice bright fresh hop nose.

The taste once again has a huge fresh orange taste to it. It's smooth and refreshing. The bitterness is rather subdued but the hop taste is just great. There is a nice bready malt background as well. A great example of an low-end APA, probably the best I've had and by far the most approachable to non- craft beer drinkers.

The body is pretty full and perfect carbonation to where the flavor doesn't linger to much after the sip. This beer is so drinkable and maybe borders on the edge of poundable.

Overall a great entry level beer by Goose Island and I hope to see this is a ton of restaurants and bars in the coming months. It's a perfect entry level beer because it has a bright hop aroma and taste without an off-putting bitterness.

Photo of Bluealien14
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a pour at the Goose Island Brewpub in Wrigleyville.

First off, I feel it is necessary to state that I had the Green Line after a Bourbon County Stout and Nightstalker, so readers should know the Green Line hit my palate after some well known heavy hitters.

Appearance, It was an orange-gold with a finger's width fluffy white head.

Smell, Smells like a pale ale should, with slight citrus notes.

Taste, really a great tasting beer, good balance between hop and malts, although after my previous two beers I didn't feel much of a hop presence.

Mouthfeel, not very carbonated and smooth overall. Had me wishing it was summer.

Drinkability, this was the strong point of the beer in my opinion. Very drinkable, if I could obtain a keg of this beer I would snatch it up in a second!

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a deep yellow body with a creamy lumpy white head that last a good bit and a gentle carbonation.
S- The pungent green hops are herbal with a slight lemon quality. There is a perfume quality to the hops as they open up.
T- The dry pale malt mixes with a stronger dry biscuit malt flavor and some field corn flavors that grow as the beer warms. The finish is a dry soft lemon pungent hops that lingers just a bit.
M- There is a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a fizzy scrubbing finish.
D- This is a good American Pale Ale with malt forward and a nice support from the hops. However the biscuit malt really grows and with the field corn qualities it is just to overpowering.

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 wmtxbb
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this in a bar downtown.

Appearance: Not really that amazing, it might have been the pour. Has a very thin head that dissipates into near invisible lacing.

Smell: Floral hops and a corn-like scent.

Taste: Follows the nose a bit: has a light floral hop profile and a crunchy corn malt taste. Overbearing alcohol flavor and a metal twinge that accompanies it.

I've had better tastings of Green Line. I'm going to order it at another bar and I might revise my review a bit. This experience was sa real disappointment.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden honey in appearance. Decent carbonation and looks like there may be some yeast haziness. Decent foam and good lacing.

Smell: Sweet honey mellows out lemony hops. Very refreshing smell overall, and definitely well balanced. Nice and relaxing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pretty straightforward, but it gets the job done. Sweet honey maltiness balances nice lemony flavors that provide the initial flavor. Extraordinarily creamy throughout.

Drinkability: Excellent session beer that hits all the right notes.

Overall: Outstanding overall. A mellower version of Goose Island India Pale Ale. Fun and easy to drink. Tame as well.

Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try the Goose Ilsand Green LIne IPA at teh Kendall Pub in Yorkville, IL. The beer poured a golden clear color with thin white head that laced nicely. A citrus smelling aroma, and the taste is of citrus/orange with a slight bitter finish at the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is a light to medium body with good carbonation. Overall I thought this beer was very drinkable.

Photo of bashiba
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Arrived at my table with almost no head, just a little soap ring and a dull cloudy orange color.

The smell was very light citrus and muted hops.

The flavor was bland with a bit of sweet grain and a bit of juniper hops.

The mouthfeel was thin and watery.

Overall pretty poor, was especially let down initially as the bar had it incorrectly labeled as an IPA so I was expecting a bit more hops. Even knowing that its an APA its still substandard for the style.

Photo of EORS
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with a thin white head. Large amount of carbonation and good lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell: Hints of citrus, nose is dominated by piney, grassy hop aroma.

Taste: Good, but not great. Hops again dominate the palette, with some bready malt to round it out. The malt seems to be the weakness here, as there either isn't enough of it overall or the types aren't rich enough to make the beer feel full. The finish is a little watery and funky.

Mouthfeel: As above, a tad on the watery side, good level of carbonation in the beer and it's definitely a smooth one.

Overall: I really enjoy the concept of this beer, and it's a solid offering from Goose Island. A little bit of tinkering with the grain bill might make the beer even more desirable. Not as impressed as I was the first time I had it, but it's still a beer that I'd recommend be tried.

Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Irish Pub buried somewhere in the Chioago Hyatt on Wacker. Standard pint shaker glass.

Pours a copper bronze with some wisps of white foam. Smells lightly hoppy, with notes of grapefruit and citrus. Taste is standard pale ale - balanced with malt, a hop that pokes through, but otherwise run of the mill. A good bar drink, but not one to sit and study.

Photo of Gunslinger711
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasting notes from 2-17-11

From on tap, severed in a glass.

A - A hazy/cloudy pale yellow/amber color. Little head, little lacing.

S - Weak citrus scent, bitter notes on the back end.

M - Grainy mouthfeel, a little bitey, there's definite active carbonation going on here.

T - A bitter, sour taste hits you in the front, the middle is a delightful wheat note, the finish is a light, general, hoppy ale taste.

Not a fan of the style, but I was at Goose Island and I had to taste it. A little bland and simple for an experienced drinker, not a bad intro beer though. I wouldn't drink it again though.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Catching up. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance – Given to me in a plastic cup at a bar. Having just finished a 312 I thought I’d try this. Given to me in a plastic cup, and looks similar to 312. Slight golden color and a couple fingers of white head.

Smell – Slight floral hops, lemon and lime citrus, wheat, bready malts.

Taste – Similar to the aroma. Heavy wheat and grain, some bready malts, and the citrus. Somewhat bland. I liked 312 better.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, higher carbonation.

Overall – Nothing special. Would choose 312 over this.

Photo of dali27
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap into a weizen glass.

A: Hazy pale yellow in appearance. Decent head and retention.

S: A lot of sweet citrus and tropical fruit. Smells over the top sweet to me.

T: Sweet with big grainy flavor. Mild hop taste is in there, but mostly grains.

M: Light beer feel.

D: Easy to drink. Seems like a good sumertime drinker to me.

I would seriously compare this more to an American style wheat beer. From the presentation in the weizen glass to the sweet, grainy taste, this beer is like 312's better looking brother. Not a fan of 312, but this one was better than that.

Photo of Prostman81
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the G.I. Wrigleyville location. Served in an ultra high class G.I. plastic cup. Keep it ghetto G.I.!

Wasn't sure what to expect with this one, I sampled this after having their IPA, and was pleasantly surprised that this beer held it's own in terms of hop aroma and taste. Color is a copper color, lighter than the IPA is. Really nice notes of citrus, taste does bring on the same flavor as the hop notes in the nose. Very smooth and refreshing and quite sessionable given its modest ABV. A very solid, above average tasting APA.

Photo of diabecktic
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a pale gold color with a hint of amber as an accent; it's crystal clear. Head formation was fairly quick, and a frothy ring of white foam (< 1 finger) remains. In spite of the relatively thin head, lacing forms fairly well. There doesn't appear to be an excessive amount of carbonation.

The nose is fairly hoppy for the most part. A spicy floral character is also present, but mainly as an accent. If you inhale deeply, you can also detect a subtle buttery maltiness.

I detect most of the notes which were present in the nose. While the character largely transfers, I think the balance is almost an inversion. Upon sipping, I taste the malt first; it's buttery and I also detect a pinch of honey. The hoppiness seems to "round out" the palate towards the end of the tasting, but it's not too overpowering.

I think that the buttery character lends some density to the mouthfeel. It's somewhere in between medium and medium-heavy, leaving a nice sensation on the tongue.

Since the hop character isn't too strong, the drinkability is excellent. A moderately heavy beer with ~5.0% ABV makes this an enjoyable sipper which probably fits the "session" category if using American critera.

At the time of this review, I am living on the far north side of Chicago. Thus, I figured that this would be a good time to pick up a growler of this Chicago-only beer. I must say that I'm quite impressed; the balance of characteristics in the nose and palate are excellent, enhancing every other category which is subject to review. I observed less head formation that would be expected had this been served on tap, but I will write that off as my server pouring off most of the excess head upon preparation. I'll let it slide, as it lead to more beer finding its way into the growler.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a small foamy head with OK retention. Aroma consists of light citrus notes with some semi-sweet cereal taste. Taste is also a mix between some semi-sweet malt base with crisp grain taste and a light citrus hoppy finish. Body is about average with OK carbonation. I guess this one is OK but nothing extraordinary.

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 MShirokov
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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

Poured on tap at Bijan's Bistro in Chicago into a shaker pint.

A soapy small head given for the pour, with a creamy looking off white texture. It sits on a very clear polished brass color yellow, and giving spotty lacing while finishing.

Nose has a malt dense body and somewhat dough bread, but it's fairly small and muted, not much going on here.

Taste is really chewy almost like a wheat ale. Fruity estery yeast, matching nose sense of dough bread and somewhat thick texture. A very small hop but noticeable and tolerable presence on the finish.

Overall, it feels like a very over malted pilsner and wheat ale of some sort. Interesting it is certainly quafible, and easily good to drink.

Photo of matjack85
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the "Another Round" bar in downtown Downers Grove, IL during the Alabama/LSU bowl game. It was served in its own embossed 16oz pint glass for $4.50. Being from Chicago, I assumed this was named after one of the city's elevated color trains (The Green Line), but apparently its got to do with some environmentaly sound "green" project rather than one of the city's mass transit lines.

The beer poured a hazy honey/gold color with a 1-finger white head. Both the head retention and the lacing were decent.

The beer had a nice, but mild hoppy smell - part citrusy, part floral, and part pine.

This is a very mild APA. Good flavor, but it may disappoint some hop heads with only a 30 IBU rating. Grapefruit, orange, and pine flavors come from the hops, balanced with a mild dose of pale, bready malt sweetness. Bitterness is low, but the flavor is delicious. I liked it a lot.

The smooth, creamy mouthfeel and moderately low carbonation give it a medium rather than light body.

A good beginner's APA for those who aren'r used to hoppy beers yet. Alcohol is completely hidden and bitterness is there, but low. It's definitely worth a try.


Photo of JLeege
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft, obviously; poured into a pint.

Appearance- Pours a clear golden color, with a fluffy white head, decent retention and lacing.

Smell- Very floral and herbal sided hops, with a slight mineral like quality. You can smell a bready malt backbone.

Taste- Earthy/floral/herbal hops throughout. A hint of honey as well. Light bready biscuit malt balance. Slightly grainy. I hate describing a beer as “lager-ish” but I can’t come up with anything better than that for this one.

Mouthfeel- Medium light body, with medium carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good, mildly refreshing, definitely unique. Worth trying since its draft only, but I probably wouldn’t spring for a 6 pack if it was bottled.

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