Goose Island Green Line

Posted: September 9, 2016 in American Pale Ale, Goose Island, Reviews

I know some bloggers would avoid tonight’s selection since Goose Island was bought out by AB InBev a few years back. I try not to let that affect my reviewing, although I am not a huge fan of breweries getting bought out by huge macrobreweries. At least the buyout increased their distribution?


ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Green Line Pale Ale is a honey-colored, immensely sessionable American pale ale with a pronounced, bright, American hop aroma and citrus flavor. Notes of biscuit and lightly toasted malt create the backbone for Green Line’s pleasant, crisp bitterness.”

Random: This beer uses Millenium, Mt Hood and Zythos hops.

This beer poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass, but did leave a small crown on top of the clear, straw yellow body. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was clean almost pilsner-like malt and a mineral water quality as well. I didn’t get a huge amount of hops. The taste was much more towards malty than hoppy, more like an English Pale Ale. It had a big, clean, toasted malt note with cracker. It had the same mineral water note with a stone-like note as well. There was some sweetness at the end of the sip, I assume from the wildflower honey that is used. The hops were present, but minimal. They came through like a fresh-cut grass note. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was long with the toasted grain and mineral water note. This beer was easy-drinking and I killed it with no problem, but it just came off as boring. The positive note was that this beer was priced well at $1.66 a bottle ($.14 per ounce).

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


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