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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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very good

3,612 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,612
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 127
Gots: 278 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002)
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Photo of LarryV
2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a chestnut hued amber with a rapidly disappearing head. Aroma is mostly hops, a bit raw like this beer could have used a bit more aging. Taste comes across initially as bitter hoppiness followed by the slight sweetness of the malt. This is quickly followed by an earthy flavor that I couldn't place, almost like smoked peat. Overall, it's a strange tasting brew and after having one I really wasn't interested in having another. Not one of Stone's best offerings imho.

LarryV, May 17, 2009
Photo of PorterLambic
2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, dark amber color with a good 3/4" head and great retention.
Smell is hops and resinous evergreens with the faintest hint of malt.
Taste is hops, grapefruit, faint malt, light spice (in aftertaste), lemon and some alcohol.
Effervescent on the tip of the tongue,dry finish, somewhat crisp, medium bodied. Sadly, I disagree with the GABF judges of 2007. It's good for an IPA but not up to the usual Stone Brewing standards by my accounting.

PorterLambic, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of SacoDeToro
2.55/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer poured a pale amber with a small foamy white head.

The aroma of the beer was of Pacific NW hops with almost no malt in the nose.

The flavor of the beer had a strong burst of citrusy hops follwed by very light maltiness. The flavor and mouthfeel were relatively creamy.

Overall, this beer had a very thin flavor to me - too thin. I've nothing against low gravity, low alcohol beer, but this beer just fell short on nearly every level. In fact, it's flavor was kinda bizzarre. And while I've read Stone's description on the bottle, I still don't really know what the objective of this beer was if ya get my drift...

Stone deserves endless props for supercharging the craft beer industry these last few years, but I'm afraid they've fallen victim to their own devices. It seems they feel every beer they make, even the lighter ones need to be hopped to all hell. It's time for Stone to break their own mold.

SacoDeToro, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of geokills
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is not a beer for me. Disappointed, as I am an avid Stone fan and this being my first opportunity with the Levitation Ale. While the prose was sweet as ever, the brew itself was exceedingly oppressive, strongly hopped -- I would hands down prefer Ruination to Levitation when it comes to high hops from Stone. A pleasingly aesthetic amber red in a glass, this one just didn't have it in flavor to warrant another buy from me anytime soon.

geokills, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of sarahspat
2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

sarahspat, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of chugalug06
2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

chugalug06, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of benmiliron
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

benmiliron, May 09, 2009
Photo of semibaked
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

semibaked, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of notoriousdav
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

notoriousdav, May 13, 2007
Photo of Fiore757
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Fiore757, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of skloeff
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

skloeff, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of vancean2
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

vancean2, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Cincy_Joe
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Cincy_Joe, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of hop_devil
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

hop_devil, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of TripsRight
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

TripsRight, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of dmsohyea
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

dmsohyea, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Hophead21
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Hophead21, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of OneDropSoup
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

OneDropSoup, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of TobinMitnick
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

TobinMitnick, Apr 23, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

kabritz, Apr 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

PJCracker, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of chrismia
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

chrismia, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Gotti311, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of MilesRaymond
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

MilesRaymond, Apr 02, 2014
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,612 ratings.