Fatehunter (1414) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
GarrettB (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
March 27th, 2011 - More than a few breweries lead their commercial dance on the equivalent of their left food, often an amber. But not so for Bristol Brewery. Compared to some of its other core brews, the Mass Transit Ale is a bit disappointing. A nice amber brown color with a hazy body and a head with strong lacing, it looks like a solid beer, and the tangerine and yeasty yogurty tanginess has a certain appeal. Even the sour cherry in the nose seems a sophistication that is out of most beer’s league. But the taste feels flat and two dimensional. It’s grainy, and seems to have dropped that dairy tang and sweetness somewhere. Instead, the flavor begins flat, featuring a more-dead-than-alive maltiness, and a long aftertaste of the same corpulent taste. With better beers being offered at the same time (in all likelihood) I’d skip the Mass Transit and move to some of the finer works coming out of Bristol Brewery, like their Laughing Lab or, when available, Winter Warlock.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on 10/5/2012. This Amber Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, caramel and sweet. A medium bodied amber. The malts are fruity, caramel and sweet. The hops are earthy. Decent carbonation.
Hate to say, it’s an amber alright, nothing less and definitely nothing more. On the positive side this beer does have some nice bready malts and a very nice slightly dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet
arminjewell (6751) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is clear orange with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, some slight soapy hops with a touch of grass, vanilla as well. Taste is a bit sweet, caramel and grainy malts up front, some vanilla, touch of grass, finishing fairly sweet but dry. Fizzy, watery and overcarbonated as well.
shaun1212 (7) - St Peters, Missouri, USA - JUN 18, 2012 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sessionable with woody malty notes. Not too sweet. Well balanced amber ale. Enjoyable on a hot day.
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is malts and caramel. Pours dark gold with a white head. Taste is malty and grainy. Good beer.
onceblind (4698) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery. Clear light amber, almost has a honey-like hue. Great little aroma of toffee covered cereal grains, burnt caramel, garlic toast, and slightly herbal hoppiness. Taste is smooth and nuanced and sweet, like an amber needs to be. Caramel, toast, mild herbal bitterness, sweet yet balanced to drink. Bit of toffee throughout, and perhaps some "German-ness" in the malt as well.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle pours a golden reddish color with minimal grey head. Aroma of light caramel, some bark. Balanced flavor, lightly hopped on the finish. Caramel and some nutty flavors. Not a bad session.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ taproom. Clear copper to amber, warm color, nice lacing. Nutty malt aromas and flavors. Finishing balanced with good malt character. Caramel malts predominate, but finishes crisp with a nice aftertaste.
Oakes (12809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber and slightly hazy. This has a light caramel nose. Slightly earthy, bready with fresh cracked malt. Not bad for the usual amber thing.