Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
The beer pours a light caramel red. The body is incredibly clear and free of sediment, and the head of the beer is light and soapy white, but bubbles away quickly to leave a light scrim and some thin wavy lacing on the glass. The beer smells terrifically big and bitter, with gushes of pine, citrus, and a light note of juicy mango mingling with the candy caramel malts beneath the hops. It smells tremendously hoppy for a 4.4% Amber Ale, which is what Stone bills it as, personally, thought, I see this beer as a sessionable IPA with a darker body. Stone calls it an amber ale though, and honestly, style doesn’t really matter. There is a nice resiny touch to the smell of the beer when agitated, which further marks this beer as an IPA to me. On the palate, this beer continues the IPA trend. The beer begins with light bitter pine before opening into big bitter citrus with a sweet caramel traveling beneath the hops and balancing this beer beautifully. For all its bitter flavor, this is a lighter beer that finds a beautiful balance with the light alcohol and malts keeping the hops to a comfortable and thirst quenching bitter bite and enough flavor for you to compete with beers far bigger than it. The finish of the beer is bitter and full of hints of grapefruit and light cereal malts. On the mouth, this beer feels light to medium in body with a nice little fizzle from the carbonation, which smoothes the beer onto the tongue, leaving the mouth with a very thin sheen of cool spittle, and a light dry bitter lingering in the mouth. It is actually quite refreshing in feeling, which may stem from its lower alcohol percentage. Overall this is a superb beer. Its hugely hoppy, yet balanced, yet completely sessionable. Stone has really done something neat with this beer, and I really hope that others continue to follow suit because this is something I could sip all day and it would not make me fall over at the end of the day. A session beer for the hop heads, and a delicious success for Stone. It is a little too hop-forward for me to consider it an amber/red ale, but really that’s just semantics. The beer is good. Drink it.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2012 02:04:50 | More by Maxwell
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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 3,361 ratings.