Green Line | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Honey color, bright American hop aroma, citrus flavor, light crisp body.

Added by emerge077 on 02-09-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
166
Ratings:
1,054
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
32.12%
 
 
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Reviews by kustard:
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Photo of steveh
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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 +6.7%
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 -4.7%
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.

RJT

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Eyes
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.

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

Tongue
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.

Mouthfeel
Light-bodied. Moderate/high carbonation. Crisp.

Notes
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 got2
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Fear4Beer
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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 weatherdog
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of Brent_B
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of loose5682
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Bluealien14
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
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!

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of chip26
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of TTripp725
2.36/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 77apm
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Swane
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Mattco
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ChrisHartz
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.4/5  rDev -33%
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 bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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