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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,800 Ratings
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89
very good

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Ratings: 3,800
Reviews: 1,209
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 145
Gots: 396 | 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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Ratings: 3,800 | Reviews: 1,209
Photo of tweeder263
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy amber brew with smallish head. head dissipates quickly. Mild carbonation. Smells very nice ,mostly earthy type hops. Mildly hoppy beer nicely rounded. Very slight tartness that works well. Mouthfeel is blah {in all fairness i dont know how old this beer is, not dated}.A very drinkable beer good just about anytime.

Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a dark red stained brown color (if that makes any sense). It's very clear and has absolutely no haze. The head is a light tan color and reaches about a finger and a half deep. It didn't stick around too long, but left a respectable lacing on the glass.

Smell: The most striking thing about the nose is its vibrant hops. They're very prevalent and really set the tone nicely. Smells like mix of pine and floral notes. There's plenty of caramel malt giving it a slightly sweet smell. There's a unique aroma that smells like a mix between toasted nut and light smoke. It's not too strong in the mix, but adds a ton of character. Very interesting aroma. There's a tad bit of a yeast smell as it fades.

Taste: The hops really are amazing in this beer. They attack the palate right away and provide a very nice piney flavor with some light floral characteristics sprinkled in. It is malty, but not overly sweet. The toasted nut/light smoke element is definitely present. It's good, but not quite as effective here as in the nose. It doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, but it's definitely good. No doubt about that. It's a little yeasty, but not overly so. Hops re-emerge on the tail and have a lasting, bitter flavor. Really nice finish...dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a light body and is pretty smooth. Carbonation is active and it's a little too light to reach the next level. Still pretty good though. Drinkability is good. It's certainly got a nice flavor and at 4.4% abv, it's very approachable. I don't quite like the flavor enough to put it into the elite class though.

Levitation Ale is very good beer. It has Stone written all over it. It's not quite the stunner that some of their beer is. But, for a 4.4% beer, it has a good flavor and a ton of character. I think it needs a little more of something to improve the flavor a little. Perhaps a little more of a sweet flavor. All in all though, it's pretty impressive. Easily recommended. I'm pleased to finally see the bottles in Ohio. But, I recall liking this on draft a little better.

Photo of dontpanic5
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an opaque hazy red with a bubbly white head. The smell is light floral hops, very nice. It's very carbonated, a little too much... the hops are in front in the taste just like in the smell, definitely bitter - I guess I shouldn't expect any less from Stone considering their other offerings. I was expecting a little maltiness since this is an amber ale but I can't pick out anything over the hops. It's a supremely drinkable beer, a nice feat considering the hop-packed flavor.

Photo of Chadhowie
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Levitation Ale is pretty much the lightest beer Stone offers, and is a great light beer. It's probably still on the stronger end of the spectrum of American Ambers, which is to be expected from Stone. I've only had this once, because it's difficult to find in my area.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A-Dark amber red color with a finger and a half of light khaki foamy head

S- Strong wonderful bouquet of aromas, some yeasty, floral, caramel, piney, and citrus notes

T-Pretty strong piney and citrus hop taste balanced with some caramel malt and breadiness

M- Crisp, pretty dry beer, except it does finish a tad watery

O- Very hop forward for a lower ABV beer, but I kind of expected that from Stone. Overall this a great session beer for hopheads.

Photo of kwjd
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was at Whole Foods in Portland, saw this was on tap, so just had a quick half pint of this. Pours a bright amber colour with off-white head. Nice smell of sweet caramel/toffee malt with a pronounced hop aroma. Both sweet and some bitterness. A very nice hoppy amber ale. I've had this several time, won't ever pass up a pint of this.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a nice deep amber color with a large white head. The head faded rather fast to give a light to medium level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma had many good characteristics for a beer at only 4.4 % abv. It had a great bready and hoppy aroma with a light spiciness and a nice caramel sweetness which balance out the hop nicely. The hop was rather complex in smell with notes of earth, citrus and pine all present.

Taste – The taste started out on the breadier side with some of the caramel detected in the nose. The hop flavors quickly come to the tongue however and mellow some of the sweetness. First a more citrus hop flavor comes on the scene shortly followed by the pine and more earthy hop flavors. In the end a somewhat pinely and spicy hop flavor mixed with a smooth bread flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was better than I would have originally anticipated for an only 4.4 % brew. It had a nice slightly more creamy feel with a higher level of carbonation. Overall quite good for the style.

Overall – While only at 4.4 % this beer has some really wonderful characteristics. It has a nice look, smell, mouthfeel and taste that are all much more characteristic of a beer of a much higher abv. Very well done.

Photo of Holland
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with a tan head. The lacing sticks for some time.

S: malt, burnt sugar, citrus, floral hops. Very complex smelling.

T: the taste is as complex as the smell. the malt and hops come out quite a bit, and there is some sweetness but it is well balanced with the bitter hops. Very well put together.

M: very smooth, with just enough hops to put in a crisp kick. Medium bodied, which felt much better than expected.

O: I had never had this beer, but friends raved about it. I finally had the chance and was not disappointed. The low ABV scared me off for some time, but I went to a bar where this was the only decent beer on the menu so I was forced into it. Glad that happened.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy reddish brown from a 12 oz bottle with freshness date on the label. One finger head that dissipates slowly to a thin film that stays. Good carbonation.
Aroma upfront, as soon as I opened the bottle was all hops. Once poured in my pint glass there were hints of caramel, herbal tea blending with the floral hop aroma.
Taste upfront is slightly sweet and malty with the bitterness making its presence felt in the finish. The hops were not as prominent in the taste as they were in the aroma. I am assuming since the bottle was almost at the end of the "best-by" date, the bittering components of the hops were either oxidized or had lost the taste over time. I would surely like to try a fresh bottle of this ale. Great lacing throughout though.
Overall I think it is a very good ale and can make for a perfect sessions beer. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of orcasteve
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one is good, its not as strong as its cousans, arregant basterd or ruinnation ipa but it holdes its own, it is nice to have this amber bitter brew, this one is for "everyday" consumption with out having to worry about the abv. this is a beautifull blance form start to finish with the hop blast that i expext from stone at the end. get this one and you wont be dissapointed.

Photo of pkalix
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finger of head, which dwindles to only a layer. an orange tea color throughout.
smells citrus-y; still cant get used to 'citrus-y' beer, but i suppose that's what the public wants. some grapefruit and dry, eraser-like bitterness.
taste is just as above. grapefruit. sandpaper-like dry bitterness. some orange in there.
overall, just another stone. bitter, hoppy. great-looking beer, the taste is notable (if not my preferred style), but not one i want to continue on with. not bad, but not my preference. still want to visit the brewery, though . . . .

Photo of seaoflament
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty amber color with about half inch of foam--good retention.

Big citrus hop aroma on the nose, grapefruit, lemon, and orange zest. After it settles, the malt profile starts to show up; roasted malts, toast, caramel and a little buttery. For such a low alcohol volume (4.4%) it does not smell tame! One of the best smelling ambers I've had so far.

The taste showcases the malt a little more than the aroma. I get a good dose of toasted malt but it is quickly pushed back by some hop bitterness and finishes with some citrus.

Mouthfeel is thin with some bitter and toasty aftertaste but then again this is meant to be a session beer so one should not expect a big and heavy mouthfeel. Goes down very smooth and leaves a slight dryness on the palate which makes you want to take another sip. A very decent session beer.

Photo of Hunter
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice russett color, with a substantial, creamy tan head. Nice lacing effects on the sides of the glass.

Smells heavenly, perfect for the style. Notes of caramel, bread, brown sugar, and spice. A little cloying that prevents a perfect score but still lovely.

Malt gets top billing in the taste, but that doesn't mean the hops aren't there, providing an admirable supporting role. Light on the tongue with residual hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Much better balanced than most ambers. This is what Fat Tire aspires to be.

Some people get pissy with Stone for all the rave reviews they receive for their beers, but with each one I try I feel there's no reason to consider Stone overrated. Solid product from a well-run brewery.

Photo of brauseboof
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesyouam
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Levitation Ale is a very clear amber with a thin, yellowed, off-white head that leaves good lacing. It has a resinous citrus aroma that's loud and fresh. It's medium-light bodied, sudsy and smooth with a clean, crisp finish. It's quite bitter. There's a touch of caramel in the flavor, but it's mostly resiny pine and citrus. It's a strong, clean flavor. It's top-heavy, but it's great.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fills the glass with a clear, dark amber ale, headed by a thick, dense, almond foam. Big rings are bridged by patchy lace as the head never completely dissipates.

Strong spruce, spice, and some grapefruit are showcased by the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Honey, woodchips, green tea and other aromas continue to unfold with warmth.

The tea flavors take the fore and this beer is much more earthy than expected from the nose. This has a subtle, lingering finish of light bitterness and honey.

Medium bodied and silky with a light carbonation and no hint of alcohol.

Levitation is easy to drink, with great aroma and flavors. It will work well as a compliment to casual food. This may become my go-to beer for any occasion, and is easily sessionable. This is my favorite Stone offering to date.

Photo of Soonami
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Levitation is not the typical American amber, but more of Stone's take on the concept of a sessionable English bitter. A dry bitter beer that is easy to drink many of. In this day when many craft breweries are making highly alcoholic and very bitter beers it's nice to see a brewery make a beer that is more approachable for the average drinker.

Stone Levitation poured clear, ruddy amber in appearance with two finger of beige foam that subsided to a little layer on top. The foam is sticky leaving a mesh of lacing on the side of the glass. The beer smells like brown sugar, caramel and piney. The beer is very dry with toasted malt flavor and a smooth bitterness. As the beer warms, it has an earthier smell and taste like portobella mushrooms. The mouth feel is rounded with pleasant carbonation.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep amber bordering on garnet with a nice frothy beige head. The aroma is nice but subdued, with some caramel and breadiness as well as some pine and citrus from the hops and your typical ale fruitiness. The flavor is nice but not overwhelming, with some caramel and toasted bread maltiness upfront and some piney and citrus hops on the back end along with a nice estery frutiness. The finish is a little sweet but in no way cloying. The mouthfeel is rich and luxurious without being heavy. The drinkability is off the charts on this one. One of my favorite amber ales, and one of the more balanced examples to boot.

Photo of hyuga
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Charged with anticipation, I eagerly went out and grabbed this on the first day that it was (truly) available here in Arizona. After I pour, I observe a mouth-watering amber colored brew with a cream-colored head that thins, but stays at just the right level, leaving scattered lace. I soak in the aroma, which is huge, as can always be expected from a Stone brew. Juicy citrus and Christmas tree hops and caramel maltiness combine for a wonderful and unique aroma. I take the highly anticipated first sip, and discover a suberbly balanced malt and hop profile, consisting of citrus and rind-like bitterness, which make the aforementioned Christmas tree-like character, along with caramel and grainy malt character. Bitterness leaves a unique impression in the middle of the palate. Hops also provide a nice and sharp bite. A crisp and satisfying flavorful brew.

Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber brown with a fat, sticky head on top. Definite hops hit the nose first...delicate yet full. Floral and tea-like over citrus and pine blending with an equally modest sweet malt. Very "Stone", just "turned down". Slick, resinous hoppy flavor, mild like the aroma, but not short on flavor. Pine, flowers, wood, and black tea well balanced with lightly buttery caramel malt. Medium-light body with a smoothness that gives the impression of a bit more body. Drying and highly sessionable.

Yes, you can make a high quality, flavorful ale under 5% abv. It's almost like an Americanized version of an English session beer. I bet this would be killer on cask...

Photo of gopens44
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass, the dark coppery brown beer produced a foamy 1" head that stuck around for a little while.

S - Hops and grapefruit. Not a ton else.

T - Nice bitter hop presence with a grassy and perhaps nutty taste as well.

M - Dry and crisp with medium carbonation. Some aftertaste, but nothing too bad.

D - I enjoyed this one pretty well, and it could easily become a session beer. Nice down to earth beer.

Photo of gunnerman
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a pint glass, pours an amazing brilliant reddish copper with a foamy fluffy head that leaves nice fat lace on the glass. Smell is of malt and nice hops aroma coming from the glass. Taste is a nice balance of highly hopped with a malt backbone, this feels like a less agressive AB. Overall an extremly nice session beer, low alcohol with a nice strong taste.

Photo of constahoogan
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Bruery Tulip.

A-pours a deep amber red color with an off-white/creamish frothy head with broken lacing as it goes down.

s-Pine-like Caramel malts. hints of floral hops.

t-slight bitter hops that don't cut your mouth dry. very flavorful considering its low ABV.

m-smooth at first, then the slight carbonation kicks in midway with a touch of dryness at the back. upon resting between sips/gulps i felt a bit of residual oil.

D- Extremely drinkable. great session brew.

Photo of adam42381
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper brown with ruby highlights and 3-4 finger fluffy tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Citrus and piney hops with hints of caramel malt.

Taste: Sweet citrus up front followed by bready malt in the middle and bitter grapefruit at the finish. Aftertaste is dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The low ABV makes this the perfect session beer.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. You rarely get this much flavor from a low ABV beer. This is one you need to try. I will be buying many more in the future.

Photo of Sam21
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance - Beautiful clingy off-white head that sits nicely on top of a deep reddish brown body.

Smell - A lot of hops in the nose. Juicy grapefruit, lemon peel, and floral aromas. Very pungent smell, but in a good way.

Taste - The taste follows the nose although it is not quite as strong as the nose would let on but is still dominated by citrus hops. Tastes like a slightly subdued version of their IPA. I am also picking up a slight toasted flavor at the back as the beer warms.

Mouth Feel - Light body with a good balance between flavor and carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling dry and begging for another sip.

Drinkability - Bought this as a single and am very pleased. At 4.4% abv this beer has loads of wonderful flavor and goes down smoothly. As this is only my second brew from Stone this beer has me hooked on trying their other beers. Great color, inviting aroma, the taste to match, and easy drinking.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,800 ratings.