Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Quaffer:
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Picked this up in Boulder, CO. Not available here in Wichita.
Appearance: This beer poured copper-colored with deep amber around the edges. The beige head rose up to two fingers and settled slowly. It became dense and a little rocky as it sank back into the beer, leaving tiny traces of itself behind. As I drank, thick rings of lace were left stuck on the side of the glass. Great looking beer.
Smell: A slightly sweet, biscuit like maltiness was strong. This blended well with citrusy hops. A little bit of vanilla lay almost hidden underneath. Weak on the nose overall, but nice and balanced smelling.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice, mouthfilling malty feeling. Smooth upfront, picking up some tingle in the back of the mouth.
Taste: A very nice biscuity and crackery maltiness rose up big. There was not a lot of sweetness to it, which is usually my biggest complaint of this style. It was dry, a little husky, and delicious. Some butteriness came through, but it was light and just enough to compliment. I can rarely say that about beers that I detect diacetyl in. Some balancing hops rose up on the finish, adding a light bitterness with hints of citrus. They took on more of an herbal quality later in the aftertaste.
This is a great beer overall; an excellent beer for the style. Very well balanced and not too sweet. With the low alcohol, it would make a great session beer. It's great to try a mellower, but still well-crafted, Stone beer.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2005 23:47:10 | More by Quaffer
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Tasted On: 07-06-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Purchased: Gift from a friend
Semi-clear dark amber beer has a big cream-colored head. Lacing is great with good head retention too.
Smells have caramel malts and hop aromas of citrus and pine.
The taste features a piney hop bitterness. There's a backbone of malts too, but this beer is all about the hop notes.
The finish is dry and has bitterness of hop resins. Mouthfeel is fairly think for just a 4.4% brew.
Overall a tasty hoppy red ale.
Thanks Kirk for this one!
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 23:25:39 | More by sommersb
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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