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Mass Transit Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

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Mass Transit AleMass Transit Ale

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73 Ratings

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
"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 added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-04-2002)
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Photo of loren01


4.43/5  rDev +35.9%

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.

09-04-2005 17:24:59 | More by loren01
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +22.7%

11-29-2011 00:10:07 | More by jfstilling
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

04-13-2013 18:42:18 | More by MissMeg
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

06-22-2014 18:13:01 | More by Mild_Bill
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3.98/5  rDev +22.1%

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

02-22-2006 02:32:17 | More by russpowell
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.9/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

03-29-2010 23:53:19 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Mullins83


3.87/5  rDev +18.7%

08-29-2014 00:44:21 | More by Mullins83
Photo of ccrida


3.83/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

03-06-2008 03:38:55 | More by ccrida
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New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +15%

01-04-2014 19:49:10 | More by LXIXME
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

12-27-2013 23:20:16 | More by OregonGrown7
Photo of Elrod23


3.75/5  rDev +15%

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.

11-06-2005 00:26:26 | More by Elrod23
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

11-08-2013 03:56:05 | More by Mondomondoman
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

04-12-2014 23:12:42 | More by wroberts42
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

02-21-2013 04:12:23 | More by RudnicsMEB
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

04-03-2014 23:05:09 | More by afsdan
Photo of dirtylou


3.65/5  rDev +12%

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

12-28-2005 01:24:30 | More by dirtylou
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.63/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

12-09-2010 05:50:19 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of BrewmasterNPB


3.63/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

05-27-2008 01:47:37 | More by BrewmasterNPB
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-12-2013 16:48:39 | More by JamesStreet
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-24-2012 03:47:03 | More by stampfler07
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

07-10-2013 22:46:54 | More by grahammi
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-18-2012 03:45:05 | More by kylemckinnis
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

09-07-2013 01:59:29 | More by IPA1978
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

09-02-2013 09:10:57 | More by backslide311
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-09-2013 18:07:49 | More by MeisterMayhem
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Mass Transit Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.