Goose Green Line Pale Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.

Goose Green Line Pale AleGoose Green Line Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,666
Ranked #44,465
3.55 | pDev: 12.96%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Goose Green Line Pale AleGoose Green Line Pale Ale
Notes: Honey color, bright American hop aroma, citrus flavor, light crisp body.
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Reviews by Paz8812:
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Photo of steveh
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had this on tap at a few local taverns, but never reviewed it. Now in bottles, let's see if another APA on shelves is worth the space.

Bottled February 13, 2016. Poured into my imperial nonic.

L -- Clear and golden with a firm white head.

S -- Nice balance of spicy hops and light biscuit malt. A good amount of DMS present too -- not particularly common in a Pale Ale, but not distracting either.

T -- Spicy, earthy hops up front with a backbone of grainy to biscuit malt in balance, but far from evenly balanced. Spicy, bitter hops in the finish with some lightly sweet malt and citrus esters lingering through the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is crisp to lightly dry with a light body.

O -- A pretty good APA to have on hand as an every day drinker. Nothing spectacularly remarkable, but also not a beer to turn your nose up at "just because." Yes, I'd happily drink it again, but it will probably be a long time before I buy another 12 pack. Is it better than the 312 Pale Ale it replaced? Not really, nor is it worse. I sort of wish I'd snapped up some 312 before it was gone to try them side-by-side.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A mildy juicy and bready aroma with a scent of citrus and biscuit. Light citrus hop hints of orange, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Some earthy hints of grass. Pale malt with hints of grains, biscuit, and cracker with some yeast. An ok laid back aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a mild balanced taste of citrus and grassy hops with some biscuit malt. Citrus hop notes of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Earthy and floral hops with some grass. Pale malt with notes of biscuit, grains, and cracker with some yeast. A decent balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and pretty smooth.

Overall: A decent brew but a bit too laid back for the style. The flavor that is there is nicely balanced.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Green Line Pale Ale has a very thick, creamy, spongy, white head, mostly clear, orange-gold appearance (some white particles are noticed), lots of bubbles, and fairly heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of pungent, slightly citrus, slightly wheaty malts, and the flavor is of bready malts, citrus, and a growing, yet, never strong, bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Goose Green Line finishes mostly dry and easy going. I find this to be quite similar to Foster’s Ale.


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Photo of got2
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tend to like Goose Island brews. Their beers typically aren't the most innovative, though they stick to the basics and more often than not, get it right.

Let the other guy–cough, cough, Flying Dog–add mangos, kumquats or whatever to their beers while Goose Island continues to make exceptional beers from more traditional ingredients that won't make you feel as if you're walking a line between experimentation and wasting your hard-earned money.

Their Green Line Pale Ale is a prime example of this consistency.

Smelling faintly of wheat, lemons and alcohol, the scent doesn't do the flavor justice, though it cheekily invites you to find out.

From its foamy head–which dissipates in a minute or two upon pouring–to a beautiful orangish yellow color that is what I imagine bottled sunlight would look like.

Then there's the carbonation, which is mild enough not to distract, but forward enough that you notice that it's there. There's also a bit of a hop bite to remind you that you're drinking a pale ale.

If fact, if you know someone who doesn't like IPA's, this would make a great 'bridge' beer to get them adjusted to the style.

It's also remarkably smooth, with notes of ripe Bosc pears that lingers on the palate, before a very clean finish.

Green Line Pale Ale is also surprisingly hefty, without being overwhelmingly so.

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Photo of nausicaa-taos
2.02/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Honestly, its abhorent. I've had it twice out of the can and it only gets an almost pass because of its half predecessor.

If the Kwikie Mart has Busch or bathwater, you'll be better off.

It's lazy and abuses the clientele.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on January 14th, 2016
Reviewed on March 10th, 2016
Served in a Pint Glass

Poured a clear gold body. Decent sized bright white head, roughly two fingers deep. The head quickly collapsed and left a good amount of soapy lacing. Plenty of bubbles racing through the body.

Lemon-rich hops. Slightly metallic. Grainy malt presence.

Citric hops hit the tongue first. Generally light intensity but notes of lemon really broke through well. Malts were present but not prominent with a lackluster biscuit backbone. Hops turned herbal before bottoming out in the finish.

Light-bodied. Moderate/high carbonation. Crisp.

I frequently ordered Green Line when it was exclusively on-tap. It was sessionable, affordable, went well with bar grub, and tasted pretty good. I was excited to see that Goose Island finally bottled this brew. Not much is different in the bottled version, slightly hoppier. No complaints. Not a showstopper, yet far from a disappointment.

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Photo of arizcards
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of BigAl18
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled on date: 2/13/16. 5.4% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, earth, chlorine, and slight candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, earth, and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is pretty boring and forgettable for the style.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of SirOttoWags
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kempski
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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