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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,378 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,378
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 119
Gots: 192 | FT: 2
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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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 12 Fl. Oz. small bottle was purchased online from the Beers of Europe, a friendly and efficient beer shop in the UK. No freshness info. is found on the bottle, served cool (not as suggested by the bottle, "refrigerated") in a straight pint glass. NOTE: Given my limited experience with American craft beers, this is by far the second lightest (in terms of abv.) I've tried, only next to Anchor's "Small Beer".

A: pours an elegant bright copper hue as of moderately-infused roasted tea, coming with restrained but constant input of tiny fizziness and a beige fluffy head with pretty decent retention, leaving uneven sheets of lacing as it retreats.
S: the richly lychee-ish+elderflowery+grapefruity hop aroma is backed by an equally rich malt backbone of burned sugar, syrupy longan-fruits, dried berries, some oily-textured cream, and sweetened cold black tea... Very very pleasant indeed and pretty complex as well, while a swirl gives rise to an utterly attractive edge of really fat and fresh overripe lychees to underline the whole aroma. It ticks all the boxes for an ultra-delicious hoppy ale, at just 4.4%abv.!
T: lightly tangy and tea-stem-like sour-bitterness (from the hops) and a bitter tea-ish flavour of roast-/crystal-malts manifest themselves from the first second onwards, laced by a clean and fine sour-spicy-piney edge as of yeasts+hops or something beyond my imagination. The hop flavour is well balanced by the caramely & lightly buttery-nutty malts in the background, so it's not as hugely flowery or lychee-ish as on the nose, but the level of hop bitterness deepens extremely well, rendering a long, semi-dry and satisfyingly chewy finish, where more hop legacy - in the form of old dried grapefruit peels and Chinese roast tea-leaves - earmarks the lingering aroma at the rear and wings of the tongue.
M&D: quite soothing on the carbonation, though a tad fizzy for my preference, while the body remains medium to echo the balanced flavour profile. This low-gravity ale (by the US standard, of course) packs loads of hops with a surprising balance, a factor that greatly appeals to me in person. Be it "American Amber Ale" or "English Premium Bitter with a US twist", this proves to be one of the most quaffable and lovely hoppy beers that I've had recently. I'm really happy to have tried it, but I uphold my opinion: "Better serve it cool"! The bottle also bears the mark "2007 Gold Medal Winner - The Great American Beer Festival" - a well-deserved award, I think.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 20:11:52 | More by wl0307
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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,378 ratings.