Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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2.65/5 rDev -31.3%
Pours a dark amber with a respectably dark mocha head, which is huge but without substance (thin and short-lived). A thin layer remains...very little lacing.
Smells powerful and hoppy. Mostly pine and citrus, with some apricot in the background.
The taste changes dramatically as it warms. At first it's all pine resin, which was a bit of a let down for me. Don't get me wrong, pine is great, but the taste just did not live up to the tantalizing smell at all. Also, it's VERY bitter...bordering on astringent. Unpleasant. As it warms it turns appley. Initially, it came as just a hint... a whisper of apple cider/hard apple cider. This quality continued to grow in power and mutate until all that remained was rotten apples mixed with a bad homebrew hard apple cider. Unfortunately, the bitter/astringent edge never left. Amateur Hour from top to bottom.
All in all, it's not terrible, but I will not be buying it again.
07-16-2009 19:59:27 | More by sarahspat
2.65/5 rDev -31.3%
A - Very little head pours, slightly off-white in color. Brew stands foggy brown color with purple.
S - Smell is very bland and nothing really sticks out. Lots of basic malt. Decent caramel scent.
T - Very basic, nothing unique. Lots of malt, tons, and tons of malt. Where are the hops? Very watery, not complex.
M - An odd bitterness, without the presence of hops. Good carbonation.
O - Very underwhelming, not worth noting. Not sure I can recommend this one. Nothing sticks out.
12-20-2011 02:57:44 | More by chugalug06
2.7/5 rDev -30.1%
Paid 1.99 for a 12 oz bottle. Absolutely lovely pour. Mahogany red, crystal clear, big foamy thick head. Smell is heavy hops wafting out as soon as the cap is cracked.
Taste is stale, papery, overly bitter. I think it's a bad bottle? Malt sweetness is there but just dominated by the off flavors. Very unpleasant aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is kind of watery. Overall this was a disappointment after such a stellar opening.
05-08-2009 23:58:03 | More by benmiliron
2.73/5 rDev -29.3%
Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass (I love these glasses).
A - Pours dark brown with a clear body, a hard pour produces maybe a half finger of light tan head. Also has great carbonation.
S - Big hop aroma especially on the bitterness but a little citrus notes too, slight roasted malts, dark bread, and a tad of molasses.
T - Just like the smell, the hops dominate the flavor, the hops definitely make it bitter and not in the most pleasant way because no other flavors really come through.
M - Very light bodied and watery, plus a lot of active carbonation.
D - Eh this just doesn't do it for me, has a lot of hop bitterness and that is about it, definitely one dimensional.
07-07-2010 20:23:44 | More by semibaked
2.73/5 rDev -29.3%
This beer is the worst in Stone's otherwise excellent lineup, which is unfortunate because those who try this beer first may get the wrong impression of this fine craft brewery. It looks right, and the smell is there with some piney, earthy notes, but this beer falls flat on its face when it comes to taste. Frankly, the taste is insipid at best. There's just nothing there except water and metal and lot's of carbonation. Maybe it's the low alcohol, but this beer has no character whatsoever, and is nothing to write home about.
05-13-2007 00:40:49 | More by notoriousdav
2.75/5 rDev -28.8%
Had on tap at D's in Monroeville.
Pours an attractive amber with honey-colored highlights & a foamy head, the kind that only comes from hoppy beers. The two-finger head drops to half a finger & leaves some lacing around the top.
Smell is very nice: pine, a sweet, bready quality, almost buttery, maybe some woody aspects. Very appetizing.
The taste is very hop-strong, but just when the hops fade & I expect a malty follow-through, I'm left with only a bitter taste & a kind of empty feeling. A dry finish. I keep expecting a little more malt to round it out, but none comes & I find it a little disappointing.
The mouthfeel is modest, on the thin side, but this is not a bad thing -- makes it "sessionable."
Man, given the good look & great smell I thought more flavor would be coming, but it was something of a let-down. This is a gauche way to put it, but it kind of gave me beer blue-balls: great build-up, but then ended with a fizzle where the good stuff should've been.
07-31-2009 19:56:51 | More by OneDropSoup
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,463 ratings.