Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.45/5 rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Presentation: ~10oz. from draught in a tulip glass at The Blind Tiger’s Stone 12 event. Served a bit cold. Cost: $5.
Appearance: A beer that shows very nicely in the glass, and probably even lovelier in a Shaker glass. An orange-gold body, capped with a medium-thick ½” of foam, which resolved gradually to an opaque film. Amazingly, despite the wide variation in flavors and body, the color of stone ales doesn’t vary very much.
Smell: Possesses a fairly sharp, lemony aroma, with some leafy hops and a faint malt background.
Taste: I didn’t experience the maltiness described by others. This ale was marked primarily by an astringent, lemony sharpness that was only moderately relieved by some malty flavors. I would guess that the lack of body hurts this beer to some extent, failing to smooth out the strong bitterness and thin, watery finish.
Mouthfeel: This was somewhat overly effervescent, even on draught. I would anticipate that this would appear even less well in bottled form, where I would expect the carbonation to be coarser.
Drinkability: Clearly intended as a session beer, this was overshadowed by such masterpieces as the IPA and pale ale. While not a bad beer, there are many ales I’d rather have in its place.
I’m not quite sure what to make of this beer. Even weaker and less balanced the pale ale, it is hard to appreciate this after such other phenomenal beers. My tastes fall in the middle of the Stone scale, preferring the Pale Ale and the IPA.
Bottom Line: Call me a wimp. I still prefer London Pride as a lower-ABV alternative.
Serving type: on-tap
05-08-2003 11:30:44 | More by Dantes
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