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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,753 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,753
Reviews: 1,198
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 142
Gots: 355 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002

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Photo of KingSlender
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone's Levitation Ale is a very good beer with the perfect combination of roated malt and hops. The beer pours a very dark amber color and has a nice creamy light-brown head. The nose comes off smokey with bit of a floral bouqett. The taste is the strong point of this beer with robust malt overtones and a surprising hop bite. With only a 4.4% abv you can enjoy more than a few of these and still be able to drive home.

The King recommends drinking this beer with smoked tri-tip.

Photo of mattbk
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep, dark red, in fact more of a brown ale almost, which is a surprise to me. Nice head, appears well carbonated, very clear.
S- Citrus, mostly grapefruit. Maybe just a slight hint of caramel in the background. Present, very clean, not overpowering. I kind of like the simplicity in it.
T- Hmm, pretty interesting. Certainly bitter, sharp hoppiness, flavor hops as well, which is a mix of fresh pine and grapefruit. Some caramel, almost roastiness, which adds to the bittering quality of this beer. The hops in this beer nearly overwhelm the back of my throat. It is a good tasting beer, but somewhat overpowering for the malt base.
M- Mouthfeel pretty thin in this beer, which makes sense with the low abv. My belief is that this is intended to be a high flavor / easy drinking beer - but instead it's a bit odd, with a beer with this much flavor and almost no body.
O- I like this beer, and would recommend it. But I think the intent of this beer was missed - the low malt backbone makes the hop flavor and slight roast flavors so high that it makes the beer fairly unsessionable and to me (right now) borderline undrinkable.

Photo of Kelly88
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into perfect pint glass

A- great dark amber with huge frothy off white head. Required a two stage pour. Lacing around the head is nice as is a nice retention of the head

S- to me this smells like hops with citrus and floral very noticeable despite its malty appearance

T- muted hops and some delicate malt. Maybe an old bottle. Flavors seem toned down

M- medium to light. Very dry finish

D- all day.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic go-cup at Sydney's in the middle of French Quarter Fest.

A: clear amber with a tan, one finger head that settles.

S: light malts, toffee, citrus. Plus that famous Stone hop presense. A nice mix

T: Now this is what I've been looking for in a Stone. Hops and malts waltzing together in a perfect taste blend. Malts on the outset, with a whisper of hops that don't bite. Toffee and citrus done just right. A light feel that drinks like a full bodied brew.

M: medium, creamy. Frothy carbonation.

O: A very sessionable Stone-r. One I will require more of. Levitate me, little gargoyle!

Photo of CrellMoset
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at a tasting with fellow BAer proteus93. Poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Brown-red clear body, a thin, off-white head with decent retention and stickiness.

Aroma: Dry-hopesque vegetal hopping (grass, leaves), mild sweet, grainy malts.

Taste: Roasted malts come through - doughy, earthy toast and buttery caramel, about half a dozen hoppy notes, grassy, vegetal notes being prominent. Good balance struck.

Mouthfeel: Very fine, even, smooth, and thin-bodied.

Drinkability: Decent, but in my opinion a little one-dimensional. Maybe I'm being unfair, as it's not really my style. Still, definitely worth a try - one of Stone's most award-winning beers, if I'm not mistaken.

Photo of DanU
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: color is almost chestnut. Very nice, almost tan head with good lacing.

S: A hop dominant aroma, slightly citrusy, a little caramel malt.

T: Pretty close to the aroma. Slight caramel malt up front followed by earthy, slightly citrusy hops. The hop flavor is big for this style and ABV, which is to be expected from Stone.

M: Smooth, good carbonation, a little frothy as it warmed.

O: This beer has a good hop flavor. I would prefer some more presence from the malt, but that would most likely push this beer farther from session territory. If you want a beer with a low abv and big hop presence, this is exactly that. For me personally, with this amount of hops, the lack of body from the lower abv takes away from this one.

Photo of Johnroby
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Chlsyhawkins
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand pulled cask at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a nonic.

Hazy copper body with amber highlights. Two fingers of beige foam with superior retention and thick sudsy lacing. No legs.

Very light caramel, toast, grassy hops, not much else...

Digestive biscuits, earthy hops, mild wheat bread flavors. Faint citrus and more malt in the finish. Mild bitterness throughout.

Pillowy, ethereal body (as expected by the name!).

Low ABV and a mild pleasant flavor coupled with a soft yet just-substantial-enough body makes this immensely sessionable.

Photo of BrewIndy
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nice dark red amber color with about a fingers worth of head.

S: This has a nice citrus flavor although it is light as in it took a pretty deep breath to take it in.

T: This is a bit difficult to describe. Very good. Great caramel malty flavoring finishing off with a hoppy bitterness and citrus taste. I'm very surprised to get this taste out of something with such a low ABV. Hence the name right?

D: I could totally sit down to a few of these. One of these hot summer nights I'll have to pick up a few of these.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark red amber color.

S- Hoppy very woody smoky scent as well.

T- Taste of settle hops and a earthy woody ending.

M- Mild semi-dry. A real smooth finish.

D- My first Stone beer. Not to bad I must say. Very good amber ale very tasty worth another buy.


Photo of PhillyStyle
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The poured a darker red than expected, but produced a nice off-white head that was well retained and left some lacing. A nice cap remained throughout the beer.

The smell was bready with a stronger than expected piney hops aroma to it.

The taste was good, but I think that the pine hops were a bit overwhelming. Seemed to be overly hoped for an amber/red ale.

The beer had a medium feel to it, good carbonation, clean, crisp and very easy to drink. Overall, while I thought it was a bit hoppy for the style, still a very good beer.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very Nice, clear, dark reddish-amber color. About one finger of somewhat thin head that retains pretty well. Leaves pretty nice lacing.

S - Bready malts matched with some citrus hoppiness

T - Slightly bitter , citrus hoppiness up front with sweet, bread malt in the finish. Nicely balanced.

M - Fairly light bodied, slightly more watery than I generally like, but I guess I should've expected this from a 4.4% brew.

D - Could definitely be a session beer. Nice and refreshing, lower on the abv level, and has a nice balance of flavors.

Photo of Faroveryonder
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ClayO
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of crzyc
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into a glass mug.

A- Amber colored beer, light tan head. Nice sticky lace.

S- Sweet, citrus smell

T- Citrus, melon, caramel. Toasted malt.

M- Medium on the tongue, fizzy.

O- Nice ale. I enjoy the appearance and smell the most.

I think next time I would not get the six pack, maybe a bomber.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Darker than most ambers Levitation is a very dark, clear ruby red. Almost brown. Large off-white head leaves sticky lace and glass bottom retention.

Smells of citrusy pine dominant hops. Mild maraschino cherry juice.

Packs a piney hop punch. Some grapefruit rind in there as well. Has a consistant roving bitter from start to finish that I love. Tea-like malt with nutty hints that I'm not such a big fan of. Crisp and clean. Body feels like 4.4%

From the darker than usual color to the pine hop outbursts Levitation seems appropriately Stone. The only thing that doesn't seem quintessential stone is the low 4.4% abv. This beer reminds me of Scrappy from Scooby Doo in the sense that it's small yet hyper aggressive. Very flavorful despite a low abv. Huzzah.

Photo of KBoudreau66
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew has the same characteristics of an Arrogant Bastard just to a lesser extent. It pours a deep copper/brownish color. The scent of toasted malts and earthy hops stand out in the nose, and the taste acts accordingly with the scents that I detected. Lighter bodied, but carbonated and smooth. Finishes crisp and hoppy. This is basically a sessionable Arrogant Bastard at 4.4% ABV that you could drink right out of the bottle and not feel the least bit bad about it. You could also drink a whole 6 pack of it and not be totally hammer faced. A solid brew.

Photo of billybob
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark rich amber color with a one finger beige head that held up very well and a light sticky lace. mild pine aromas in the nose. very hoppy taste with a bready grainy mouthfeel carbonation crisp. hops dominate if you are a big hop person you will like this beer and the low abv makes it a good session beer. i am not a big hop fan so the 3.5 for drinkability.

Photo of DCon
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $2.99. Poured from the White (almost blue) Stone Labeled Bottle w/ "2007 GABF" Gold Medal winner in Gold ALL across the bottle into my 16oz Grand Teton Au Naturale Pint Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a nice American hop beginning and then strong malts come in at the finish. Very light caramel too.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head thats frothy and has great retention. Has a very deep copper/light brown colored body with tons of haze. Leaves thick rings of lace afterwards.

Flavor- Very light and clean from the beginning. Has tons of sweet malts and finishes with light hops. Barely a light bitterness level hangs out.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and has sweet finish with nice hops hanging around.

Overall Impression- After enjoying the Tornado Alley, I wanted to compare to one I haven't had from Stone yet. Not much different! Had quite a bit of hop character and smoother finish than Charleville's brew but would definitely hit others from Stone before this one. Will give it a good over-all rating because it hit most of the categories.

Photo of 603to843
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Lillenk
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was a little darker than one would expect from an amber, bordering dark brown with a white/tan head.

Smell was very nice. Tons of hop character balanced well with some roasty tones as well.

Taste was not your typical amber. Way more hops than I was expecting (which I enjoy).

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and one could certainly drink quite a few given the lower ABV.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Amber-brown color with a 2-finger bubbly, pillowy light tan head. Great retention and pretty good lacing. Lots of bubbles coming to the surface.

S - Hop-forward with grapefruit, pineapple, peach, and mango aromas along with a toasted caramel malt backbone.

T - Starts off sweet with caramel malt flavors and builds to a slight bitterness from toasted, bready malts. Bitterness continues to build to a light-to-moderate level with grapefruit, orange, peach, and pineapple hop flavors. More malt presence than the nose suggested.

F - Light-to-medium bodied with good carbonation, a creamy and crisp mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter and dry finish. Caramel sweetness and toasted malt and hop bitterness both linger for a little bit.

O - This is a pretty good beer. It’s well-balanced like a good amber ale should be, but it’s somewhat confusing because the nose was more hop-heavy while the taste was more malt-heavy. It’s also a little on the lighter side in terms of body, but that kind of makes sense considering the low ABV. Despite these characteristics, this is a really nice session beer. Stone never disappoints.

Photo of sommersb
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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
Glassware: Tulip
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!

Photo of Apellonious
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, unable to determine the date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a full, murky brown with amber highlights. Half finger head that moves to a thin lace quickly.

S - Toasted grains, dark fruit, plums, cola.

T - Very subdued, but to be fair, that may be due to the previous beverages ingested. Cola, hints of vanilla and grains. Touch of smoke and bitterness on the finish.

M - Carbonation low, slightly thin and watery mouthfeel.

O - A good amber, have had this before and thought it was solid. A good low ABV beer that could only be improved with a touch more heft and substance.

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,753 ratings.