Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Goliath:
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This beer pours a relatively clear red color with a thin off white head sitting on top. There is great head retention and a bit of frothy lacing.
The aroma is definitely appealing. Citrusy hops hit me up front. It's a seemingly obligatory scent for a West Coast beer. There's a touch of sappy pine as well. Unfortunately for me, I'm unable to find anything beyond the hop, so any subtlety in the aroma is lost on me.
The taste is fine. Again, citrusy hops are a dominant theme that is accompanied by a mild to moderate bitterness. There is a somewhat herbal tea quality here as well, which gives an earthy vibe. Again, I'm not finding much in the malt profile which can be a bit of a bummer.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied but seemingly watery. There is a decent level of carbonation which provides a gentle tingle.
Overall it's an ok beer. I've never been huge on the style, but the citrusy hops make it more interesting for me. It's certainly sessionable with the low ABV, and the IBU's are certainly easily managed in this beer. Anyway, it leaves me wanting a little bit more.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2011 23:39:25 | More by Goliath
More User Reviews:
3.71/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.
A: Pours a pristine deep amber hue, nearly mahogany, I'd say, with an amber-tinged white head that quickly fades to a creamy cap and retains like a champion. A few wisps of lace remain, but nothing overly impressive... not that I was expecting much from a beer of 4.4%.
S: I wasn't expecting this much of a hop profile, honestly. Some wonderful floral hop aromas mixed with some bready malts. Nothing wild here, but definitely impressive for a session ale.
T: Follows the nose quite closely. Lots of floral hops with just an ever so slight touch of grapefruit. Roasted malts underneath don't provide much sweetness, but add almost a smokiness to the brew.
M: A medium-light body is strange, given the fact that this is a Stone brew, but I guess I should be taking the style into consideration. At only 4.4% ABV, this is a very acceptable brew that offers some silky textures and refined carbonation that allows for superb drinkability. Would serve excellently outdoors in the summer.
O: Stone offers a lovely take on this style, substantially beefing up the hop presence in this style to really add their signature touch on it. While I wouldn't reach for this all the time, it serves as an absolutely perfect beer for BBQs, game night, or just any night when you're looking for great hop flavors in a beer that doesn't weigh you down too much.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 02:38:09 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,358 ratings.