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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.

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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 1,028
Photo of Cavanaghty
2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with a thin white head.

Smell: Light hops and Malts.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of bitter hops and toasted Malts.

Overall: Not really very good in my opinion. I felt like it was not very flavorful, and too much toasted Malts for an ale.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is citrus driven with some malt. The taste is pure citrus with some toasted malt. A nice example of an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can out on a golf course. I had this right after Goose Island Four Star Pils, and surprisingly, I wasn't tasting a huge difference. Well balanced, with a little citrus happiness coming through.

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Photo of arizcards
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in early April for $1.99. Bottled on 03/24/2016.

Beer poured orange with an OK white head on the initial pour.

Nose has hints of citrus.

Taste is a nice combo of pale malts with a light citrus hop.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a pretty solid session brew that is worth a shot.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass
Clear gold in color, with a nice two-inch cap of bone-white foam
Aroma-Subtle citrus hop
Taste-Pale malt, faint earthy, herbal hop notes, light bodied and refreshing.
Crisp finish. Pleasant crowd-pleasrer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L-Golden colored

S-Some lemon rind, english like biscuit malts. Some floral notes

T-Biscuit malt, zesty sharp unsweetened citrus, a bit herbal on the finish.

F-Definitely plenty of carbonation. Medium bodied

O-Not a big fan of how this all comes together or the hop flavors. Seems english with the biscuity malt but the hop flavors add little excitement. Would struggle to session this as it just doesn't do much for me taste wise.

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Photo of willricewillsweep
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Clean and clear golden in the glass, minimal white head. Taste is heavy copper with a kind of syrup to it. Not a big fan, especially as a pale ale. Don't taste fresh hops, overall too heavy.

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Photo of FBarber
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange color. Crisp and clear with a decent white head but almost no retention whatsoever. Smell has aromas of citrus, heavy on the orange and orange rind, with a malt backbone present in the aroma. Taste follows the nose with a nice balance of citrusy hops and a solid malt backbone. Citrus is heavy on the orange and lemon zest flavors. Malts are rather bready with some hard crusted bread notes. Feel had medium carbonation, refreshing. Overall a solidly average APA. Nothing to seek out, but if its the option, you'll be satisfied.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extremely drinkable. Slightly darker than a lager. Super subtle smell and taste, but without that funky lager taste. Kind of like an IPA with the hops turned WAY down. Not super complex, but I really like it.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This reminds me of a BMC pilsner style beer (Bud light, Miller, Coors). That's my first initial impression, BUT it is the best BMC beer I've had? Is that a consolation? This beer is very mellow and subdued in flavor. It is very light and would be perfect for summer drinking. Honestly, I haven't drank any Macro brewery beers in YEARS. It has been such a long time since I've had a BMC beer, but I do remember the taste. Imagine a nasty BMC beer but instead of that disgusting corn note, you substitute that for a pleasant hop taste. This does have a malty backbone. I think its the malt that reminds me of BMC but it isn't quite that corn taste. Its like a roasted grain note. It blends well with the hops in my opinion.

So you have a beer that is liquid, a thirst quencher, with a light hop presence. It is low in bitters but this beer is hoppy. The more I take sips of it, the more I like it. It won't be on my top 20 "favorite beers of all time" that's for sure but this beer should substitute all of the crap macro beers that exist. That's about 95% of them.

I wouldn't take this review score of mine as a negative because this is about as high of a score a beer like this could ever get from me. I think this is a great summer beer and perfect for those people trying to make the transition from the crap Macro beer world into the glorious beer world.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Darker gold with medium head
S: Citrusy, not very hoppy
T: Citrusy, not very hoppy
F: Average carbonation
O: An American IPA that could use a lot more hops. Inoffensive and drinkable, but weak compared to other readily available IPAs. Typical of Goose Island in that it's drinkable but disappointing.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
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 +11.4%
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 -3.3%
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 -4.5%
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 -7.8%
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 -5.8%
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 -9.5%
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 +2.5%
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 +4.5%
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 -0.8%
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 +5.8%
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 -12.3%
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 +0.3%
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%
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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Green Line from Goose Island Beer Co.
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