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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,128 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3128
Reviews: 1154
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002)
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Crystal clear amber with about a finger of off white head. Head falls to a decent film with some patches. Decent lacing as well.

S - Predominantely citrus hop aroma with a decent kick of grapefruit. A good deal of secondary pine along with earthy tones follows. Lightly toasted malt with a bit of graininess; smells fairly dry.

T - Hops are again at the forefront. Pine starts things off with hints of herbs and tea. A little grassy and a touch of apple/apricot. Minimal malt profile makes its way in mid palate with a little toastiness that turns into a bit of a grainy character keeping things relatively dry. Late palate is replete with grapefruit peel, earth, and another small touch of pine. Bitterness is moderate, perhaps a little high for such a "small" beer adding to the overall dryness.

M - Light to medium bodied with a soft to moderate carbonation that seems to be common in all of Stone's brews.

D - Initially I was put off by the lack of sweetness as that's something I often associate ambers with, but the drying aspect of Levitation works well. While maybe not quite at the level of mindblowing, Levitation is very unique for a beer of this strength (or lack thereof). Tons of hop flavor without any meddling alcohol burn. Functionally this is sort of like low ABV IPA. I really enjoyed putting back a few of these with some buddies last night and I think it's even better revisiting it tonight. Probably one of the hoppiest and most flavorful (and unfortunately most expensive) 4.4%, truly sessionable beers out there. For the price tag though, I'll take Stone's PA over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 01:11:02 | More by PatrickJR
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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,128 ratings.