Mass Transit Ale - Bristol Brewing Company
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3.13/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
10-04-2011 03:42:24 | More by BEERchitect
3/5 rDev -7.7%
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
3.98/5 rDev +22.5%
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
02-22-2006 02:32:17 | More by russpowell
3.18/5 rDev -2.2%
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
02-01-2012 05:42:43 | More by StonedTrippin
3.18/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
08-17-2011 11:23:08 | More by Rifugium
3.08/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
12-19-2011 00:55:03 | More by mactrail
2.63/5 rDev -19.1%
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
2.93/5 rDev -9.8%
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
3.04/5 rDev -6.5%
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
3.65/5 rDev +12.3%
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
3.83/5 rDev +17.8%
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
3.9/5 rDev +20%
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
3.25/5 rDev 0%
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
01-07-2009 18:28:31 | More by hopdog
3.43/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
06-07-2007 22:28:32 | More by Metalmonk
3.33/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
03-04-2002 22:29:34 | More by Todd
2.3/5 rDev -29.2%
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
3.4/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
08-08-2010 02:46:41 | More by Rayek
3.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
12-16-2012 02:43:08 | More by Fatehunter
1.5/5 rDev -53.8%
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
3.1/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
05-29-2010 04:00:45 | More by htomsirveaux
Mass Transit Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.