Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
United Kingdom (England)
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A 12oz bottle with a BB of Jan 2012, so it's a little out of date. Acquired recently from a webshop. As always, I love the silk screen labelling.
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep, hazy coppery-amber colour with low carbonation and plentiful fine sediment. Forms a small off-white head of foam that lasts for a minute or so before collapsing to a surface layer. Aroma of spicy aromatic hops and sweet caramel malt. Notes of pine resin, candy sugar and yeast.
Tastes of sweet malt with an aromatic hop character and a bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, candy sugar, caramel and dry yeast. A hint of staleness in the background? Considerable hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but feels somewhat flat. A spicy quality. Exceptional astringency for such a relatively light beer. Aftertaste of malt and very bitter hops.
Not bad - pretty tasty with stacks of hops (as expected). Mouthfeel would have benefited from higher carbonation. A good blend of malt and aromatic hops, though the bitterness is perhaps over the top. Decent but not as good as other Stone offerings - try it once.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2012 23:07:50 | More by jazzyjeff13
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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.
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