Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Mass Transit Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Mass Transit AleMass Transit Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

38 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 38
Hads: 87
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 22.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-04-2002

"Based on the amber style, Mass Transit is a flavorful ale that goes down effortlessly. Crystal, Carapils, Victory and Vienna specialty malts give this ale its rich auburn color and mellow taste."
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Mass Transit Ale Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 38 | Hads: 87
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Todd
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Bottle date on the side.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber beer with a white foamy/creamy head. Settles to an ample lace with good rentention and firmness.

Smell: Spicy hop aroma, slightly pungent with fruity esters. Chinook hops all the way, even a bit eye watering with a woody character.

Taste: Even bodied, with an even smooth mouthfeel. Decently balanced in that no single flavour dominates. Malt sweetness is thin, hop bitterness has a limey twang to it with a touch of salt and background seltzer water taste, also thin. Finish is pretty clean, overall.

Notes: Even though there's not a whole hell of a lot going on with this brew, it is balanced ... and extremely easy to drink, making it an awesome session beer. "Mellow, effortless, groovy. Enjoy!" ... just like the bottle says.

Thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.

 874 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of erikjon
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks orangish-brown with a thin head that disappeared quickly. Smells decent. Do I catch a hint of citrus? Catch a little bit of floral notes in there too. Smells like it may be tasty, but nothing really jumps out and grabs my attention.

Tastes like a decent, run of the mill ale. Nothing spectacular, nothing great. Has a crisp, clean taste and I'm getting citrus for sure. Not a fan of fruit in my beer, but if you are, you may want to try dropping an orange wedge in and taking it for a whirl. Good news is that its very smooth and drinkable - could be dangerous on a long night. Bad news, when I move on to the next beer, this one will be quickly forgotten.

 665 characters

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat tantalizing red appearance, not unlike the new girl in the Wendy's fast food video. Off white head just under the 1" mark makes for a positive appearance. Lacing was haphazard and anything but consistent.

Aroma was very much in the red ale and lager vein, sans lager yeast aroma. A little bit of that soggy vegetal-wood and red malt type of aroma I tend to shy away from. Not much in the hop department aroma wise.

Taste wise, the lack of hops are still evident. Doesn't really float my boat, not exiciting, not even tolerable in a reliable standby when I don't want something aggressive or strong kind of lawnmower type of mood. For what the hopping is, all it contributes is some bitterness, nothing in the way of flavor really. I wish the caramel would come out of it a little better.

It is pretty effortless I guess for someone making the jump from BMC, so this beer does have a place, and it is probably their flagship from what I've seen.

Pretty average stuff overall. If someone likes Fat Tire, they should like this, similar beers.

 1,054 characters

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Healthy pour brings up a light head that thins too quickly. The body is light copper in color. Curiously, no lace builds up either.

Aroma is quite sweet, bringing to mind the kind of fruity cereals that don't actually have any real fruit in them. There's a musty element at work too, helping the malt provide balance.

That musty, earthy character carries through in the flavor, bringing freshly mown grass, ripe plum, herbal tea, celery...the finish is bitter, with a slight stickness. Not your typical pale ale, it tries doing something of its own and ends up getting halfway there.

Mouthfeel is too thin; the interesting flavors call for more daring or dazzle. Or at least more carbonation.

Bottled third week of February ('07 I presume), drank first week of June...maybe this is already turning? That would account for some of the stranger flavors, but I did enjoy this. Just not sure I'm psyched enough to seek it out again. Thanks to mnwags for sending this my way.

 984 characters

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Brennan's

apparently bottled in the 3rd week of july

appearance: pours a grassy amber color, somewhat transparent, moderate foamy beige head with decent lacing

smell: some interesting aromas...fruity (green apple, pear, grape), touch of gingerbread, cinnamon-like spices, smoky and spicy hop presence

taste: sweet toasted malts, grassy and herbal hops, slightly peppery, apple/pear/and grape combination, slighty floral hops, a tad woody

mouthfeel: medium bodied, average carbonation

drinkability: very drinkable, mellow as self described

 570 characters

Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass. Has one finger of head on a hazy dark straw reddish colored body.
Smells like honey and not much else.
Taste has a good malt background with a medium bitterness.
Fizzy texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.
Pretty descent drink.

 254 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a white head that drops off quick. Some lacing

Smell: Malt and earthy hops

Taste: Nice sweet malty taste mingles with piney hops. Dry and sweet finish

MF: Full and balanced. Good carbonation levels

Very drinkable, good session beer that isn't very complex, but does satisfy

 302 characters

Photo of marcobrau
2.76/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light shade of amber, not quite golden and very clear, with a little bit of foam that quickly dissipates to thin collar of bubbles. The aroma is neutral and boring. Light bodied and clean tasting with gently hop accented malt flavors. The finish is over quick with a little burst of woody tasting hops and little bitterness or dryness. Could be easily consumed in "mass" quantities and think that's the point.

 417 characters

Photo of GRG1313
2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light to Medium yellow with an amazingly fast fading head. Head goes to nothing and looks like your drinking yellow water. Very clear, however. No discernable smell and a weak non distinct flavor profile - having nothing to do with an amber or red ale. Not worth a return visit for me.

 289 characters

Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Birmingham
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Malts,

Appearance: Pours deep copper with a slight haze. The head is tall, off white and persistent.

Flavor: Toasted malts, citrus notes and bready after taste

Overall Impression: Easy drinking, almost refreshing. We balance between the malts and hops, both support the other and neither is more pronounced.

 318 characters

Photo of grahammi
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with bottled on notches of early November, hopefully of 2009. Pours a somewhat hazy, light copper color with a dense, creamy cap of off-white foam. Pretty nice looking brew with some great retention and lacing.

Nose leans toward the malty end of the spectrum, as caramel, honey, light brown sugar and Hawaiian bread all come to mind. There is just a mild hint of citrusy (mostly lemon) hops, but certainly less than I expect for a Pale Ale. That said, I am enjoying smelling this beer just fine.

I think this would fare (no pun intended) better as an Amber Ale as far as the ratings go. Has a nice, graham crackery malt flavor which I find appealing. There is a bit stronger of a hop presence in the finish, bitterness cleans it up fairly well. It is a bit thin, bordering on watery with adequate to slightly low carbonation. Some toasty malts come out a bit as it warms up. The beer never tries to be something it is not, even touts on the label as being 'Mellow, effortless, groovy'...yea, I can dig on that. Makes a good throwdown beer that can be sessioned with ease.

 1,086 characters

Photo of infinitebruner
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

January 17, 2015

Draft, taster

A – Medium amber with slightly off-white foam. Very clear.

S – Definitely caramel, some light toffee, and baked bread crust. Some fruity esters, apples and light pear. Hops are lightly fruity, slightly medicinal.

T – Slight caramel, light bread crust, some spicy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. Lightly fruity.

M – Moderate carbonation and leans more toward bitterness. Bitter and mildly carbonic. Moderately dry.

O – Malt base is nice but the hop balance seems a bit off.

 531 characters

Photo of XLR8
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of smlmeyer
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of crobinso
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of Darhawk
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub / tasting room

Poured an exemplary clear amber color with a moderate white head that dissipated rather quickly. Not very aromatic, but scents of caramel malts and leafy hops were present. A simple balance of medium malts and hops in the taste, and nothing really distinctive to talk about. An average amber ale. Light-medium mouthfeel, and easily drinkable in its non-threatening-ism-ability.

 428 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Mass Transit Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.