Mass Transit Ale is a mild, sessionable amber ale from Bristol Brewing of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Balanced and slightly sweet, it is deliciously malty without any apparent heaviness (think Scotch Ale for an example of malt heaviness). There is only the faintest hint of hop bitterness up front, but this turns into a pleasant ghost of bitterness in the aftertaste that least until your next sip. And there will be many next sips.

This is one of Bristol's flagship beers, and it's easy to see why--it is consistently delicious and with the mildness of the flavor profile and its low alcohol (about 5% by volume) it can hold its own with the crispest pilsner as a beer to drink on a hot day.

I'm unsure of Bristol's long-term distribution plans, but for now it's available in liquor stores in and restaurants in Colorado and at Bristol's tasting room in Colorado Springs.

Mass Transit by Bristol Brewing
Credit: cidersage

Other excellent beers in Bristol's lineup are the Beehive Honey Wheat, which adds local honey to Munich and wheat malt, the Compass IPA (your standard, Cascade-hopped, medium strength IPA), Red Rocket Pale Ale (a solid representation of the Pale Ale category), and, another favorite of mine: Winter Warlock. Winter Warlock is an Oatmeal Stout with Roasted Barley and Oatmeal--it has an incredibly rich mouthfeel and is as fortifying on winter days as Mass Transit is refreshing on hot days. Look for the mixed 12-packs of Bristol's beers if you'd like to sample a bunch of them.

If you're looking for an excuse to visit Colorado Springs--or at least a liquor store in Colorado--let Bristol Brewing be that excuse. If you make the trip, be sure to also visit Phantom Canyon Brewing Company downtown and Trinity Brewing Company while you're at it. But if you're making the trip to Colorado in the first place, you might as well take a beer tour of the entire front range of Colorado--the whole region from Fort Collins in the North through Colorado Springs in the South contains numerous outstanding breweries.

For reviews of other Bristol beers, see below:

Beer Review: Beehive Honey Amber by Bristol Brewing

Beer Review: Laughing Lab by Bristol Brewing