1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Mass Transit Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Mass Transit AleMass Transit Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
76
okay

75 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 75
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 2
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | 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  | next › last »
Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of loren01
4.43/5  rDev +35.9%
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.

loren01, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of jfstilling
4/5  rDev +22.7%

jfstilling, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of MissMeg
4/5  rDev +22.7%

MissMeg, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Mild_Bill
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Mild_Bill, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
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

russpowell, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

twiggamortis420, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of Mullins83
3.87/5  rDev +18.7%

Mullins83, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of ccrida
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

ccrida, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +15%

LXIXME, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of OregonGrown7
3.75/5  rDev +15%

OregonGrown7, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Elrod23
3.75/5  rDev +15%
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.

Elrod23, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of Mondomondoman
3.75/5  rDev +15%

Mondomondoman, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.75/5  rDev +15%

EnojysAnyBeer, Monday at 12:58 AM
Photo of wroberts42
3.75/5  rDev +15%

wroberts42, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of RudnicsMEB
3.75/5  rDev +15%

RudnicsMEB, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +15%

afsdan, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +12%
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

dirtylou, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

allforbetterbeer, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of BrewmasterNPB
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

BrewmasterNPB, May 27, 2008
Photo of JamesStreet
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

JamesStreet, May 12, 2013
Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

stampfler07, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of grahammi
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

grahammi, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

kylemckinnis, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of IPA1978
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

IPA1978, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of backslide311
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

backslide311, Sep 02, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Mass Transit Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.