Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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very good

3,839 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,839
Reviews: 1,211
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 150
Gots: 446 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,839 | Reviews: 1,211
Reviews by M_C_Hampton:
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, red amber colored with a tight off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: fruity hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange

T: slight bitterness up front quickly fades to a caramel malt, toasty bread

M: on the thinner side with high carbonation

O: a refreshing red ale, low abv but high in flavor

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation with lots of particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down and gradually faded away, leaving rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose (smells of grapefruit stand out in particular) along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a mild amount of bitterness; there are some hints of caramel malts in the initial taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable given its low alcohol content.

Photo of Cresant
4.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Stone Levitation glass! No date. The body was clear of sediment and a deep golden amber color. The frothy, uneven head left some rings of lace.

Smell was bursting with variety. Pepper, biscuits, sassafras. Yum. Organic leafy notes. Metal and bread. Lots going on here.

Taste was sweet malts and fruity tanginess. Biscuity. Slight roasted grain flavor. Hints of iodine, medicinal. Amazing amount of flavor and aroma from a 4.4% beer.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body. Adequate carbonation. Very drinkable. I'm glad to finally have this one distributed in the area. For a very long time one has been able to buy Stone here but only recently can you now find Levitation.

Photo of gonzo000
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%

I really enjoyed this brown ale. Nice deep brown color with one finger head when poured into a goblet glass. Earthy, malty, dry hopped but not overpowered by it. Good balance and flavor. Enjoyed this very much and will revisit.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber color with a big 2 inch head that fades to a nice tight cap. Lacing is very good and leaves rings on the glass.

S - Smells of pine tree hops and bready malts.

T - Like others have said this tastes like a toned down Arrogant Bastard. Nice balance of malts and hops.

M - Good carbonaton makes for smooth drinking.

D - This is a very tasty and flavorful beer for it only being 4.4% ABV. This is a nice alternative to Arrogant Bastard for those who are new to Stone or want to take it easy on the bitterness level for the night.

Photo of Apellonious
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, unable to determine the date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a full, murky brown with amber highlights. Half finger head that moves to a thin lace quickly.

S - Toasted grains, dark fruit, plums, cola.

T - Very subdued, but to be fair, that may be due to the previous beverages ingested. Cola, hints of vanilla and grains. Touch of smoke and bitterness on the finish.

M - Carbonation low, slightly thin and watery mouthfeel.

O - A good amber, have had this before and thought it was solid. A good low ABV beer that could only be improved with a touch more heft and substance.

Photo of CJNAPS
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer, the malts and hops are perfect together in this beer

Photo of stevie77
3/5  rDev -22.3%

First try of a beer from Stone Brewing. It's okay, apart from some hoppiness there isn't much there. 330ml bottle sampled.

Photo of SysopChris
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Just didn't care for the flavor.

Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got around to buying this ale,it had been long enough.Poured into a standard pint glass a lighter shade of amber with a thinner but well retained clingy white head.Almost all pine and grapefruit rind in the nose wich is fine by me,just a faint whif of sweet caramel is there as well.Lighter mouthfeel with hop dominated flavors,quite citric with some lighter pine notes,the caramel base gives off some blancing sweetness.A easy drinking hopped up amber ale,nice.

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Light, relatively clear brown body with a gorgeous head that went down slowly and covered the inside of the glass.

Smell – There is a very sharp, piney hop aroma that hits hard. I’m sure that there is more to this nose, but the sharp, rindy pine-style of hops fill the air.

Taste – The taste is much lighter than the nose. It’s pleasant, but the fairly sharp flavors contrast with the light body.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation and a light body make this one a pleasure on the way down.

Drinkability – This is a good drinker, and a great choice if you’re looking for a tasty ale with a low ABV.

Photo of Breen
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour/Appearance: Rather thin head that maintained through the session and left thick lacing on the glass. Dark red tint; hazy with some visibility to other side when held to light.

Smell: Grapefruit! (cascade hops?)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, yet relatively heavy on carbonation.

Taste: Citrus/grapefruit from the hops are very prevalent in this red ale. There is a lingering aftertaste of this flavor as well.

Overall an enjoyable ale, but unbalanced. Definitely on the extreme end of the hops scale for my taste buds.

Photo of Dmann
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the only Stone beer that I have tried that did not impress me that much. It poured a nice dark amber color with a great head that left lots of lace down the glass. The smell was quite malty with a hint of piney hops in there. The taste...well I can only describe it as "Arrogant Bastard light". It does have quite a bit of hop kick and a good malt backbone but it does not tase unique enough to give it a higher score. This beer is very easy to drink though, just not all that exciting.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm always excited to try a new Stone brew, this one with a levitating gargoyle on the front. It pours from the 12oz bottle into my glass a deep amber/red with a solid half inch of light tan foam. Quite appealing. Aromas start with a nice biscuity/bready/doughy maltiness and a touch of caramel. Plenty of pungent citrusy, resinous hops in the mix. Clean, sharp and vibrant.

First sip brings a big biscuit, doughy maltiness right out of the gate with a touch of caramel and a slight sour note. Herbal, citrusy hop tones come in midway through and meld in nicely. Slighty nutty, this one finishes with a mellow bitterness. Another tasty brew from Stone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an expansive carbonation that engulfs the mouth and gives a nice creamy sensation. Easily drinkable, would make a nice session brew if I had access to it. Might serve as a nice crossover beer for those new to craft brew as well. Thanks to Callenak for the chance to sample this one.

Photo of blitz134
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darker than most ambers I've had. Sits a nice clear dark caramel amber color in my pint glass. Had a nice one inch head on the pour that reduced to a quarter inch of dense tan foam. Coral lace grips the glass. I dont know how Stone does it with their head and its retention...always a highlight of their brews. Not much else I could ask for.

Sweet aroma with its caramel malting and dark bread hints. Floral and citrus hops dominate but there is actually a substantial malting component to this, but leave it to Stone to make some hops show up as well. Simple smell but still good.

Taste is a bit different than the aroma. More of an earthy, biscuit maltyness that is typical of most ambers. Finishes with the same earthy hops. Again pretty simple.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin to me. It sticks to the cheeks well but is a touch watery. Decent carbonation though leads to a crisp edge. Good drinkability though. I'd recommend this to someone who was just getting into craft beers, for me though there are others out there on the same level.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In my SA pint glass this beer was cherry amber color. It had a medium sized tan head that left a little bit of lace.
Aroma of sweet malt, outdoors, and flowers.
Malt taste first, followed by piney hops.
Very nice beer, well hopped. I gave it a little extra for mouthfeel just because I thought Stone did a lot with a 4.4% ABV beer.

Photo of Todd
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a clear, bright chestnut/rich dark amber coloured beer topped with a creamy, finger thick, off-white head. Nice stick and retention. Restrained hop aroma, floral, touch of grass with a slight toasty malt character in the nose.

A somewhat thick, rich-body, even a bit chewy and slick on the palate ... Tight, tingly carbonation. Hop flavours are herbal, sharp with salty/lime note of citrus, leaf, pine, wood and earth. Dry, a bit astringent. Malt character is pretty much all tied up in the body, yet some caramel (bit buttery, too) notes sneak through, along with notes of toasted bread, a slight twang of roasted malts, peanut skin, splash of fruity prune. At times, a bit vinous in character, too. Dry finish, with raw leaf and grain notes.

Who beat up the Arrogant Bastard? A less powerful, more sessionable offering from Stone, yet still complex. I like it, and I'd like to see more brews like this from them.

Photo of marvin213
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Way darker than I expected. It looks more like a straight brown ale to me. I'm guilty of associating alcohol level with darkness when picturing beers, and it basically shocks me that this dark brown ale is less than 5%ABV. The appearance of the beer leaves me shocked. Is that good or bad? I'm not certain, but it's not what I expected.

The smell is really good. It's like cedar chips. It's like an oaky pine tree...with oranges growing on it. This beer's smell could be the odor of a cleaning agent. I mean that with sincere fondness. It's comprable to the scent of freshly applied Pledge with Lemon on a big ol' mohagany executive desk.

The taste is quite good. Interestingly, I taste much of what I smelled, and it doesn't transfer senses quite as well. As far as American Ambers, I must say this is my favorite of memory. I acknowledge it's not my favorite style, but the malts in this fresh-tasting (got it on arrival day at the local spot), lemony vibe are not of the burnt variety with which I'm more familiar. This is a good beer.

The mouthfeel's got a lemony zing. The carbonation and lemon zest really provide a tingle. I'm glad I got this one fresh--I could see this one really degrading with time. This review might be unfairly skewed in a positive manner due solely to freshness, but reviews--like life--aren't fair.

The most drinkable red I've come across. At times, I'm a homer, but I'd have to say this tops Greensboro's own Red Oak. It's the closest thing to a malt bomb you can take to an afternoon picnic...except an ice cream sundae, I guess, but we're talking about beer....

Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Levitation pours a copper-red with a creamy light tan head that goes to a thin film and collar.

Its aroma is a nice mix of spicy, piney hops and sweet caramel malts and some subtle notes of fruitiness.

The flavor is bready, sweet caramel malts initially, a little fruitiness and then a nice bitter piney hop finish. It is medium bodied and pretty smooth. It has a watery finish though that washes out a lot of the flavor.

Overall, I was let down a bit. I like how the sweet and hoppiness blended. But it seemed a little off. It's very close to being an excellent brew, but not quite there.

Photo of renegadeburger
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i usually don't look at what others say before i review but i am shocked to see more people don't like this beer i really thought it was outstanding and a real knockout

appearance a nice red ale nice and clear you could see right through it the head looked great too

i thought the aroma was perfect for the style i really like the american red ale and this one had the real nice blend of west coast hops and some sweet malt in there

the taste was the same no letdown same as the aroma perfectly balanced through and through

best part was the mouthfeel really full rich beer without haveing that cloying feeling it was great perfect carbonation in the back end a refreshing beer actually light in the abv but perfect on the way down

overall a great beer i am keeping this one in the fridge when i can for sure

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Thick dense head, a head to be proud of. Color talks of tawny and is very clear. Delicate but pronounced citric piney hop aroma, bit of caramel and breadiness as well. Smooth, bit of crispness and a bit creamy. Caramel is quick, more of a toasted brown bread flavor. Clean citric hoppiness drops ample bitterness and a flavor that lingers for a long time ... caramel tone stays around as well but not as long as the hops.

A great session brew, amped up flavor. Good drinking for sure.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at the Blind Tiger NYC. Pours a healthy dark amber. Tiny bubble film was all the head I got. Medium hoppy nose. Notes of solid malt base, grainy hops very present from start to finish. Sort of like "Arrogant Bastard light" As close to a session brew as I've sampled from stone. Good ale, worth a try.

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber in color, cloudy, huge head, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, florals, and hops

Taste: citrusy and piney hops, earth, and a small amount of toasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter backbone and sweeter finish, next to no carbonation, slick, medium bodied

Drinkability: Interesting beer. I could have several. This does have Stone's hop bite.

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Exiled.

Beer pours dark orange-red with a white head. The aroma is certainly more hoppy than your standard red ale, but that is to be expected from Stone. The aroma is hoppy, with some pine and earthy hop notes. The flavor is definitely hoppy, with some piney hop flavor as well as some caramel malt. This beer is very drinkable and packs great flavor into a low alcohol package.

Photo of MileHighCity86
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. Straight from the bottle. Grassy, fresh, hoppy nose. The front is bitter hop, with an smooth earthy finish, and a smooth slightly carbonated mouth feel. Although low on the ABV% scale, very good overall.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,839 ratings.