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Mass Transit Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

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Mass Transit AleMass Transit Ale

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76
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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
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)
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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

htomsirveaux, May 29, 2010
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 sevopie
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

sevopie, May 03, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

RblWthACoz, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Birmingham
3/5  rDev -8%
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.

Birmingham, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of shivtim
2.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

shivtim, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
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

hopdog, Jan 07, 2009
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 rye726
2.3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

rye726, May 08, 2008
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 barleywinefiend
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of woemad
1.5/5  rDev -54%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

woemad, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Metalmonk, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of erikjon
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

erikjon, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of rowew
3.13/5  rDev -4%
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.

rowew, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

beveragecaptain, Mar 06, 2006
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 AlexJ
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

AlexJ, Feb 03, 2006
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 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 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 marcobrau
2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

marcobrau, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of palliko
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

palliko, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of Todd
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Todd, Mar 04, 2002
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Mass Transit Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.