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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,781 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,781
Reviews: 1,202
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 144
Gots: 380 | 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 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.

Photo of Chico1985
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while, hard to find fresh bottles usually, but got a good one at Julio's.

Pours slightly hazy amber-orange, off-white head is great looking. Retains at a finger and leaves good lacing.

Nice hop-forward scent of light fruit and pine with hints of the malt in the background.

Taste is great and beats out the smell, lots of flavor. Grapefruit, citrus, grassy, a bit earthy. Nicely balanced with a good dose of toasty and caramel malts. Mouthfeel is light but not thin and works well with the flavors.

Gotta love beers that pull off being this light without sacrificing flavor, I'd be happy with sessioning this one.

Photo of tapman
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Body is a ruddy brown/ dark cherry color. Head is beige and rocky and has good stability. Pretty clear. I would guess a decent amount of black malt (roast, choc., patent, etc.), at least a decent amount for the style. Might I predict some roast in the flavor...?

Nice citrusy hop aroma, either one of the 'C's or Amarillo, but definitely that good american piney, citrus, and grass aroma. A little bit of sweet malt (caramel? crystal?) and it seems balanced in the nose.

I seconding Amarillo because this has that same grassy hop taste as gumball head, though not as vegetal. I do get some roast and while it is pleasant up front it is a bit astringent when mixed with the bitterness. I could have enjoyed this one with slightly less roast, but it does balance the big hoppiness and that is what separates the hop flavor in this brew from that of gumball head, its unique malt - hop balance.

Actually kind of thin for me. I know that the abv is low, but there are things you can do without adding too much, if any, flavor. Carbonation is good, but the bitterness is too dry for my taste.

A great beer. I'm in the CHI and we just got some Stone distribution, like, this week, so I'm pretty psyched about this while trying to review objectively. A little less roast, a little more body, but hey, I'm not complaining.

Photo of santomark
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a dark amber color with a 2 finger off white, almost oatmeal colored head. 2 finger head, Nice retention and lacing.

S - This smells like a big beer, but I am aware it is not. Very crisp, malty, yeast almost is bread like. A sweetness at the end, both citrusy and darker fruits.

T - Definitely roasted malts up front, this bitterness is given off from the malts. Very subtle with what it does to the palate. Yeast notes such as biscuit is in there for a crispness. Other than this. Not too much happening.

M - Very light, silky, clean finish, drinkable.

O - This is a very light and drinkable beer. Given what Stone does with beers, like beefing them up, this is quite a light beer. Not much to say, if you're looking for a nice introduction to the craft beer world from one of the finest Craft Brewers in the world, this is a great start. Can't go wrong. I will have again.

Photo of elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This pours a caramel amber in color. It’s much darker than I remembered, with a thick cap of khaki foam. There’s a light and lemony roast aroma. The flavor has an upfront piney bitterness with a bit of burnt caramel, and something which makes me think of burnt popcorn as it finishes. There’s so much flavor for such a low abv!

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

Light and carmelly and very tasty. Pours brown with a big fluffy head. The aroma is negligible, but the taste is strong - carmel and toffee and a wonderful candylike malt. There is a strong yet hard to identify hop bitterness - a little floral, a bit earthy. It is sweet and clean and strong without letting on how low the ABV really is. The moithfeel is thin, but hidden by the high bitterness. A lovely bit of brewing trickery - a lawnmower beer for the hophead.

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

Color is dark amber with a light tan head. Head retention is outstanding, lasting to the final sip, and there's lots of lacing down the glass. Strong citrus hop aromas make this smell like an IPA. From the scent, I'm expecting a very hoppy taste. It is highly hopped relative to the style, but the malt character comes through strongest with bread and caramel flavors. There is a nice surge of piney hops in the finish. The complex flavors all balance together very nicely. Mouthfeel seemed a little thin. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of hu5om
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks for the solid extra!
12 oz into delirium tulip
a-a handsome burgundy amber/red. dark. 1 finger of bone colored foam. some lovely lacing, to boot.
s-light maltiness, heavily hopped as well. how did they pack so much into this 4.4% abv? chocolate and nutty. little spice?
t-malty then a bigger hop kick to finish. pine and citrus with the nutty chocolate. nice balance and nice aftertaste.
m-very light. wow. moderate carbonation. feels way lighter than it tastes. disorienting!
d-still surprised. how does stone do it? so much taste in such a small abv. adjunct brewers, take note.

Photo of Maxwell
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light caramel red. The body is incredibly clear and free of sediment, and the head of the beer is light and soapy white, but bubbles away quickly to leave a light scrim and some thin wavy lacing on the glass. The beer smells terrifically big and bitter, with gushes of pine, citrus, and a light note of juicy mango mingling with the candy caramel malts beneath the hops. It smells tremendously hoppy for a 4.4% Amber Ale, which is what Stone bills it as, personally, thought, I see this beer as a sessionable IPA with a darker body. Stone calls it an amber ale though, and honestly, style doesn’t really matter. There is a nice resiny touch to the smell of the beer when agitated, which further marks this beer as an IPA to me. On the palate, this beer continues the IPA trend. The beer begins with light bitter pine before opening into big bitter citrus with a sweet caramel traveling beneath the hops and balancing this beer beautifully. For all its bitter flavor, this is a lighter beer that finds a beautiful balance with the light alcohol and malts keeping the hops to a comfortable and thirst quenching bitter bite and enough flavor for you to compete with beers far bigger than it. The finish of the beer is bitter and full of hints of grapefruit and light cereal malts. On the mouth, this beer feels light to medium in body with a nice little fizzle from the carbonation, which smoothes the beer onto the tongue, leaving the mouth with a very thin sheen of cool spittle, and a light dry bitter lingering in the mouth. It is actually quite refreshing in feeling, which may stem from its lower alcohol percentage. Overall this is a superb beer. Its hugely hoppy, yet balanced, yet completely sessionable. Stone has really done something neat with this beer, and I really hope that others continue to follow suit because this is something I could sip all day and it would not make me fall over at the end of the day. A session beer for the hop heads, and a delicious success for Stone. It is a little too hop-forward for me to consider it an amber/red ale, but really that’s just semantics. The beer is good. Drink it.

Photo of johno1655
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Rattle and Hum. Fairly dark for an amber ale. The head was about 1 finger. I was surprised by two things; the large amount of hops and the low ABV. Also, this beer is very drinkable. Not the best that Stone has to offer but certainly a nice session beer that is not very representative of the style.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD 10-21-10

Poured into a small Hamms goblet, Levitation has a tawny amber tone, fairly bright clarity and specked with barely visible micro sediment throughout. A slim one finger cap of foam rests on top, and it leaves a tan collar as it deflates. Retention is good, and a ring of lacing remains in the glass.

Toasty, nutty malts in the nose with a hint of citrus peel from the hops. Seems like an American take on an English Mild.

Dense with malt flavor, there's a concentrated grapefruit bitterness from the hops that is very refreshing, receding into a long bitter aftertaste. Feel is light, with ample carbonation to carry it. Stone definitely puts their west coast stamp on a Bitter here.

It's light enough to session, and is packed with toasty malt flavor with Stone's trademark hoppiness. Definitely has it's place in their lineup, this is what i'll reach for when i'm thirsty and don't want a huge DIPA or Imperial Stout...

Photo of Charlemagne14
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abankovich
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very excited to have this on tap in Ohio, somewhere that has just about never seen this beer at all, let alone out of a keg. The pour had about a 1 finger head that stayed fairly well throughout the entire glass.

The appearance seemed a little dark considering it is an American Amber. But then considering it is a Stone brew, the color matches with most anything else they produce (which is a good sign in my book).

I was not expecting the hop aroma and taste that I got when I was first served this beer. I didn't really have any major set expectations going into it, I just didn't think it would be so hoppy. That said, it is still a very well-balanced ale. The hops were prominent, but not overpowering. My girlfriend was also with me and she doesn't really care for hoppy beers, but she had 3 of these. I guess my report on both taste and smell combined would truly be well-balanced malt and hops.

Mouthfeel was about in the mid-range. Definitely something substantial on the palate, but it finishes clean and easy, much easier than anything else from Stone that I've had (note: I love everything else I've ever had from Stone).

Drinkability is amazing. As mentioned plenty of times earlier, this is the easiest Stone to drink, it goes down so easily that it's scary. I really hope that they offer this permanently in Ohio as it's something that I think most people could approach (like their Pale Ale) and not be knocked on their ass from drinking due to the ABV.

If you get a chance to have this beer, take it. I'm not saying that it is the best American Amber that I've ever tasted, but it is way up on my list and is definitely a great beer from Stone that should encourage anyone to try all their other brews.


Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Split a cellar temp 12 oz bottle with Stopper. Poured into a tulip snifter the beer exhibits a clear amber to chestnut hue.
A soft fluffy off white head of 2.5 cm foams up easily and recedes slowly to a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is mild with some piney hops and caramel intertwined.
First sip reveals a lite body and fine spacious carbonation. The beer has a soft smooth textured average body.
Flavor is some caramel and citrusy hops that finish with a crisp bite. Very easy to drink. Seems almost like a mild ale not a red ale. Easy session beer. Wouldnt mind having a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of williamherbert
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy red-orange. Thick, slushy head. Lots of carbonation.

The smell is pale, crystal malts. Tremendous citrusy West Coast hops. Hint of chlorine, but not one that's intrusive. Malt turns roasted and nutty. Nearly perfect aroma, beautifully balanced.

The taste is heavily roasted, dark caramel malt at first, then a lemony, herbal hop. Malts are borderline amber, sitting like a burnt English/rye. Heavy yeast presence; meshes great with the more flowery hop notes.

The feel is medium body, a little dry and bready. That yeast helps. It's like an English Bitter, loaded with yeast and a flowery, citrus hop. A damn fine selection.

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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