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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 woemad


1.5/5  rDev -54%

12oz bottle given to me by a friend and co-worker who once lived down the street from Bristol. She just got back from visiting her old hometown for a few days, and picked up a bunch of Bristol beers at a local liquor store. According to the label, it was bottled the fourth week of August, but doesn't say which August.

Poured a very hazy dark copper color, with the tiniest whisp of white foam that immediatly vanished. No lace. Doesn't look promising.

The nose is dominated by a diacetyl scent that pretty much cancels out all other scents.

The taste is just like the nose. Massive, overbearing diacetyl taste that cancels out whatever surviving flavor elements might be lingering in this beer. Drainpour.

Flat, lifeless mouthfeel.

Undrinkable. Fastest decision to give up on a beer that I've ever made. This is obviously at least a year old, maybe more. No business should ever let a beer this old be sold, as it does nothing to enhance it's reputation. I really wanted to like this, as it came from a friend and I'm always happy to have free beer. I've another bottle of this (lucky me), and if it's in better condition I will post another review, but if you're contemplatiing buying this, be damned sure it's really a fresh one before you plunk down any money.

10-02-2007 06:34:24 | More by woemad
Photo of crobinso


2.25/5  rDev -31%

04-04-2012 23:30:45 | More by crobinso
Photo of rye726


2.3/5  rDev -29.4%

Mass Transit is my least favorite brew from Bristol. There is nothing particularly wrong. It just doesn't stand up to their other brews. A golden color and a white head. Nose of some basic hops and medium malts. The taste is mostly bitter hops with light malt. Not to much on either side though. A drinkabke, and very light beer.

05-08-2008 06:26:21 | More by rye726
Photo of envinoveri


2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

07-28-2012 02:33:24 | More by envinoveri
Photo of beernads


2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

06-07-2014 18:13:36 | More by beernads
Photo of palliko


2.53/5  rDev -22.4%

Amber color, creamy head, some lacing. Slight smell of leather, some hops and spice. Not enough malt, resulting in a sagging middle. There is a disturbing acidic-bitterness that lingers. Other reviewers have noted that some additions might help this ale, but by the same argument, if you put a 327 in the PT Cruiser, it would be a better car. But since you can’t get one, it is a moot point. Bristol could add more hops and malt and ___, and ____, and - it wouldn’t be Mass Transit. There are better ale choices out there.

09-20-2003 19:12:52 | More by palliko
Photo of kojevergas


2.63/5  rDev -19.3%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given hunnybunny's recommendation. Acquired in Colorado.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger biege head without much cream, of poor thickness, and of underwhelming retention. Colour is a clear dull copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Meh

Sm: Amber malts, shoddily indistinct hopping, and clean pilsner malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean amber and pilsner malts. ...

I wish there was more here, but there ain't. A boring bland beer with little redeeming characteristics. So simple it hurts. It balances all of its two notes. Whoopty fucking doo.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thick. Adequate carbonation.

Dr: Incredibly boring and bland. I wouldn't touch this again. Makes me question the brewery.


06-27-2012 05:36:19 | More by kojevergas
Photo of shivtim


2.65/5  rDev -18.7%

Mmm, transportation themed ale. Not sure why there is a VW van on the label, as opposed to a train or bus.
Poured into a pint glass. Clear orange copper with a thin trace of off-white foam. Nose is nutty malt and gentle hops. Taste is off grains and old crackers. Kind of tastes like some liquid you might find on a bus floor, so in that sense it fits the mass-transit theme. Ok, so it's not that bad. Smell is actually pretty good, so thats a plus. Otherwise, a so-so beer.

03-16-2009 05:02:12 | More by shivtim
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -17.8%

12 ounce bottle. Bristol Mass Transit Ale pours out a partially cloudy amber color with very little head. The aroma is grainy malt, herbal hops, and cardboard. Slightly malty flavor, but there is an acidic tangy flavor that nearly ruins this beer for me. Some herbal hop flavor in the finish. This beer does not taste at all fresh. The flavor is bland, and what is there isn't especially good. This makes for an overall weak beer. Medium mouthfeel. Average drinkability. I very much doubt I will be drinking this beer again.

03-06-2006 01:23:28 | More by beveragecaptain
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

09-27-2012 01:30:10 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

11-25-2012 01:40:22 | More by bootsandbeer
Photo of marcobrau


2.78/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

09-27-2003 23:53:05 | More by marcobrau
Photo of barleywinefiend


2.93/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured an amber color flat head. Slight smell of some hops and spice. Not enough malt, resulting in a sagging middle. Finish is slightly bitter and easy going. Bristol needs to add more mallt and hops. There are many better Ambers out there for sure. More malt would helpthe thin body.

03-01-2008 02:22:42 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of MsRif


2.95/5  rDev -9.5%

Had on-tap at their brewery. Poured a nice amber color. Clear. Medium white head that mostly dissipated and left spotty lacing. Had an aroma of caramel, earthy hops and molasses. Tasted of sweet malts, earthy hops and other sweet flavors (caramel and molasses). Well-balanced, but bland. Average at best for the style.

Light to medium in body with light carbonation. Drinkable, but I wouldn't have more than one. Just not complex enough and the flavors were a bit weak.

10-30-2011 17:15:10 | More by MsRif
Photo of cliff1066


3/5  rDev -8%

12-26-2012 06:52:05 | More by cliff1066
Photo of Birmingham


3/5  rDev -8%

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.

04-18-2009 23:56:13 | More by Birmingham
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3/5  rDev -8%

11-30-2013 06:46:39 | More by smlmeyer
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3/5  rDev -8%

07-31-2014 03:08:20 | More by thereal_adam
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3/5  rDev -8%

Pours a oddly murky brown with orange tints. Nose is bland wood tones. Flavor is unusually acidic and citric. Earthiness is there too, but it just doesn't mesh well together. Feel has a thicker liquid body and the carbonation is a bit biting. This is okay. Not really coming off as an APA to me. I think some cask conditioning might make this one more interesting. But for now, it's lacking.

Thanks to ArrogantB for the chance to try this one.

04-21-2009 16:39:50 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of UncleAddie


3/5  rDev -8%

10-23-2013 21:45:43 | More by UncleAddie
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3/5  rDev -8%

08-22-2012 20:55:36 | More by chernozem
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3/5  rDev -8%

02-20-2012 17:42:58 | More by poppyjohn
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -8%

Light amber pour with a quickly receding white head that leaves only a thin ring of lace at the top of the pourline.

Aroma is an almost non-existant mix of grainy malts, stale biscuits, sourdough bread, with some grassy, faintly herbal hops.

Flavor ditto, follows the nose to a tee. Very bland and lifeless.

Body just above light, well carbonated, with a coarse mouthfeel and slick, wet texture.

02-03-2006 15:22:20 | More by AlexJ
Photo of R_J_FearNoBeer


3/5  rDev -8%

06-04-2014 20:59:58 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.04/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

04-22-2013 18:30:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Mass Transit Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.