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Mass Transit Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

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Mass Transit AleMass Transit Ale

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BA SCORE
75
okay

37 Reviews
THE BROS
77
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 86
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.4%
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."
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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 86
Photo of loren01
4.42/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Bristol taproom. Poured into pint glass a light caramel color. Beer is lightly carbonated with a nice white head, no lacing observed. Smell is sweet and fruity, with a slight vinegary scent present although not in a bad way at all. Perhaps that is the spiciness of the hops bringing out that smell. Taste is very nice and malty/sweet, with a very faint hop finish. This is one beer that I could drink quite a few of, one of the better session brews I've had in a while. (487 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +24.6%
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 twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
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 ccrida
3.77/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper with a thin, white head that quickly disappears leaving no lace.

Smell is very fruity apricot English ale esters, which thickens and gains a syrupy sweetness as it warms.

Taste is less fruity then the nose, but still estery, nicely balanced by the toasted malt, some leafy hops and a nice crisp finish.

MF is very carbonated, in spite of the totally still appearance, with a medium body.

Drinkability is pretty high, this is a very smooth, balanced amber, with just enough flavor to satisfy but not overwhelm. (530 characters)

Photo of Elrod23
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color, the smell and appearance are pleasant enough.

I had a pint at the brewery and picked up a 6-pack of bottles on the way home. It was in the refrigerator for a week before I had another Mass Transit.

I grabbed a bottle from the refrigerator (after a 3-mile walk) and ended up having three. I can picture sitting on the porch during a summer afternoon and downing a lot of this brew. (404 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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 infinitebruner
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
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 allforbetterbeer
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stange glass. Bottled on date clearly marked on bottle. Thanks for supporting fresh beer Bristol!

Pours with a light orange body under two fingers of french vanilla colored head. Pretty good head retention and good lacing. The bubbles that rise in the glass are small and keep the compact head from disappearing.

Lightly hopped (Chinook and Tettnang) with lighter aromas of toasty malts. I could almost have tagged the nose as an English pale ale except for the American hops.

The palate is clean, simple, and refreshing. The hops smelled nice but uninteresting in the nose, but in the flavor they come forward just a bit more and produce a nice mild leafy bitterness that is supported by rather generic but nicely toasty malts. Easy and light.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side but isn't watery or thin as many of the other reviews caused me to expect. Carbonation is lower which in my opinion is a bonus, but could be seen as a problem for this style by others, thus the score will not be affected positively or negatively by this. Drinkabiliy is very good. This beer goes down easy, but not because it is bland. It is just simple and refreshing.

Conclusion: Possibly categorized wrongly, this beer is quite mild compared to the average American Pale Ale. For that style it just doesn't have enough power to hold up against the competition, but from reading the Bristol's description of this beer, it doesn't sound tome like they ever intended it to. They designed this beer to be refreshing and easy to drink, and it is that and a bit more- it is tasty as well, as long as you are not expecting a full dose of hops to fill your mouth. (1,657 characters)

Photo of BrewmasterNPB
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mass transit has a dark-gold color with a light tan head.
It has a slight hop aroma that is dominated by malt. It tastes brittish to me, diacetyl is present and is accentuated by toasty malt (perhaps victory malt?). There is a prominent hop flavor, but it could be stronger. Not very balanced, but drinkable. I would reccomend trying mass transit. (347 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
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)

Photo of rawfish
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle as a hazy gold that sticks even when the beer warms. Eggshell cap of a finger high white foam, poor retentin but leaves an attractive ring of lace.

Smells very sweet, waffle batter with raw honey drizzled over it. No hop profile to speak of. Something amiss with the aroma, it could be that it's just too sweet.

Sweet bread malts with a touch of grain husks to balance the sweetness. Slight notes of chocolate (despite the lighter color) and alot of raw honey. Medicinal and grasy hop finish that is very light and provides no bitterness but the balance and drying is there in a decent amount. More like a blonde amber hybrid.

Medium body perhaps a tad light with average carbonation as well. Dries nicely leading into the next drink. Sweet yet smooth over the tongue.

A good sessionable amber from Bristols especially if you like your beer on the sweeter side, nice for dessert of a warm night in early summer. Balanced and flavorful, just a tad sweeter than most. (991 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with good clarity. Small eggshell cap has OK retention. Left a fair amount of lace.

S: Mostly citrus, with a grapefruit bend. Not very complex.

T: Malt hits first with subtle sweetbread flavor. Hops come second with moderate lemon and grapefruit tastes that form the bulk of the beer's flavor. Finishes with a faint lingering bitterness.

M: medium-light body with the right amount of fizz.

D: Good session beer. Your basic APA. Nothing more, nothing less. (468 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
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)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
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 sevopie
3.27/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky copper with a smallish tan head.

Smells like Brown sugar and caramel with a hint of wood.

Taste is very light but muddy. You get a little caramel malt, a little breadiness, and a bit of hop on the finish. Definitely underwhelming considering how malty the nose smelled.

Medium mouthfeel with a very fine but thick carbonation.

Overall nothing offends here, but its hard to see this one becoming a staple of many. Its more British Pale than American, but I can see it converting some BMC drinkers so its not all bad news. (547 characters)

Photo of erikjon
3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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 hopdog
3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a light to medium and cloudy amber color
with an averaged sized off white head. I'm not getting any strong aromas but what I do detect are ice tea, floral and caramel. Tastes of cookie dough, caramel and citrus. Thinner body.

Notes from: 10/30/05 (269 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a pretty standard amber sort of ale. pours light copper colored like a new penny with a vibrant shine and a decent white head. smells a like old dusty english amber malts, period. flavor is a bit more balanced with some bready type flavors and a gentle cane sugar sweetness. aftertaste is pretty bad though, decaying vegetables and an acidic feel. mouthfeel is lighter and plenty carbonated, but the flavor just doesnt do it for me, especially in the finish. it is easy drinking, but im not sure i would want to crush these all day. definitely not a good example of what bristol is capable of (592 characters)

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)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong caramel malts and light hopping rates in Mass Transit Ale leaves behind an impression of caramel apples.

With a strong golden and medium amber color, the beer's pour delivers a firm ivory head of good staying power and light lace. Medium haze attests to dry-hopping and/or unfiltered character.

Ripe red apples and caramel swirl in the nose, along with part malt, part grain, light buttered toast scent. Light on hop aroma, only an herbal tea-like scent arises.

Flavors of caramel are dominant, but not without the raw barley taste particularly in the finish. Biting hops give a grassy or woody note. Bread crust, red apples, toffee and toast help to round out the flavor profile in somewhat appealing, yet unsettled flavor spread.

Medium bodied, the beer has a sticky malt feel to start but a grainy-sweet feel to finish. Light grain astringency, mild alcohol warmth, and semi-dry character.

There's parts of this beer that carry a nice Amber Ale flavor, but also a Yeungling-like grain/malt combo that prohibits it from competing with better craft beers. (1,068 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.12/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 1 May 2010.

Served in a Lakefront shaker pint. Small thin off white head. Light carbonation. Copper honey color with some particulates and floaties. Fruity aroma, cherries and apples. Fruity and cherryish to start. Sweet tart with a drier finish. Aftertaste is brief, slightly nutty. Mild ethanol. Medium body.

Fairly average. (348 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appealing reddish amber color with a head that starts out nice and dissipates a little too quickly. Hops jump in with a surprising bitterness. Also the earthy, compost flavor. Dries out on the tongue with a long woody and medicinal flavor.

Rather thin. It has the merest hint of malt with a nutty flavor that keeps it out of the dishwater category. Seems a little better as you sip, and some of the edge comes off the hops. From the 12 oz bottle. (447 characters)

Photo of rowew
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle with a VW van on the front. Bottled month and week notched on the side.

Appearance:Pours orange with just a bit of haze, small head that fades very quickly.

Smell: Malt, with a bit of over-ripe vegetable aromas. Just a bit of hops near the end.

Taste: Tastes better than it smells, luckily. Starts off just a bit sweet, and then a light hop flavor (mainly floral)

Overall impression: Not bad - but I certainly won't be seeking it out again. (490 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Birmingham
3/5  rDev -5.4%
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)

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Mass Transit Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.