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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,196 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,196
Hads: 3,850
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 5.64%
Wants: 154
Gots: 456 | 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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Reviews: 1,196 | Hads: 3,850
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: mild American hops, Appearance: deep amber to light brown under a thick, creamy head producing thick ridges of foamy lacing that laces the glass all the way down. Flavor: A rich malt backbone with hops all over the place but not dominating. The malt sweetness balances the hops well. The malt sweetness is more of a light fruity sweetness than a caramel or dark sugar sweetness – no roast or dark malt flavors even though it looks chestnut or light reddish brown. Mouthfeel: medium light body, medium carbonation. Overall: A very repeatable American Amber Ale. (571 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours an amber-brown color with a ruby hue, creamy and foamy off-white head seem stop retain forever, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- toasted malt forward aroma with notes of caramel, toasted bread and raisin, light floral and pine hop aroma

T- malt forward flavor follows the aroma with notes of caramel malt mixing with toasted bread crust & biscuit. Grassy, floral & pine underlying hops, before finishing with more toasted malt

M- medium body with medium biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes creamy and smooth, high drinkability

O- this is probably the most flavorful beer that I've had under 4.5%, sad that I waited this long to try it as it's one of the best session beers that I've had (764 characters)

Photo of Bigalduncan64
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hops are the most prominent flavor. Has a pleasant citrus and pine tatse. I like less hops for the style, but Stone didn't over do it. The maltiness is hiding in the background. Pretty good! (190 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark reddish black with very little head. Has a light coffee aroma. Watered down roasted malt taste ending in a more bitter coffee taste. Okay beer. More of a porter than a red ale. A little watered down but decent. (226 characters)

Photo of stompilator
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured an opaque sienna with a two-finger, frothy head.

S - Not incredibly aromatic, very light hop aroma.

T - Very balanced blend of malts on the front end fading into light, smooth hops on the end, with a lot of subtle sweet flavors swimming in between.

M - Very smooth medium-body. Little fizz; this was very easy on the palate.

O - It's really sad to see this one go. Very un-Stone, but in a good way. Subtle without giving up complexity. (496 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine two finger light khaki head with good retention and heavy lacing. Aroma of caramel male, citrus and piney hops. Flavor is piney, lightly resinous hops with light citrus, mildly caramel malt with some biscuit; finishes with pine resin, citrus rind and black pepper. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A quite hop forward amber ale, but the resinous hops are well supported by the malt and the peppery finish is great. Sessionable ambers are not one of my go to styles, but this is quite nice and I'd have it again if it wasn't being discontinued. Glad I got to try it while it still is around, it is very flavorful and hoppy for its ABV. (724 characters)

Photo of heerboth
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably my favorite amber ale. It's a shame it's being discontinued. Wonderful citrusy aroma and very nicely balanced. It has a much bigger body than many of the numerous new session ipas around these days. I guess it's designation as an amber sealed it's fate. I rate my beers by style, and I think this is as good as it gets in this category. (358 characters)

Photo of MileHighCity86
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. Straight from the bottle. Grassy, fresh, hoppy nose. The front is bitter hop, with an smooth earthy finish, and a smooth slightly carbonated mouth feel. Although low on the ABV% scale, very good overall. (209 characters)

Photo of murphlogan
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint - Levitation is definitely not a 'fizzy yellow beer'.

Look: Probably this beer's best component. It pours a rich brown with a head that dissipates quickly. The lace lasted through most of my drinking session, but then again this one did go quickly.

Smell: Nice bitter nose that hints at the flavors to come - strong pine aromas.

Taste: A bitter note leads the charge - a good combination of roasted malts and hop resin forms a satisfying mouthful. It finishes with piney bitterness that lingers for a while.

Feel: The beer is nicely carbonated and could handle being brewed at 5.5% ABV regularly, but I understand it's a session ale.

Overall, the beer is drinkable, and, well, it's a very Stone-like take on an Amber. I'd drink it again given a choice, but a bit more malt character would improve the experience. (855 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear red body with a half finger of bubbly off-white head. Quite nice looking, a good amber ale. Scents of piney, grassy hops, earthy, dank hops, moderate toasted malt and light amounts of grainy malt and caramel. Overall impression of aroma is of a rather hop forward amber ale, quite unbalanced and very much a Stone version of the style. Flavor begins quite bitter, following the aroma with pine resin and grassy herbal hop flavors mingling with toasted malt and a very faint presence of caramel. Middle continues to be bitter with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel, grassy hops and light amounts of toasted malt and caramel in the background, very faintly discernible. Finish is dry with notes of pine resin, bitter floral and herbal hops and grapefruit peel. Aftertaste is bitter with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel and light cracker-like malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a rather bitter amber ale, balanced very much towards the hops with just enough malt to provide some basic semblance of balance. Not horrible, but a bit simple. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a resinous, drying feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a drying beer that urges you to drink more. Overall this is alright for an amber. I feel it is a bit too hoppy at the expense of other flavors and comes across as unbalanced even in comparison to other hoppy ambers such as Marble's. Not bad, but lacking. (1,443 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another good beer by stone. here goes:

A: Beautiful. Clear, dark amber mahogany . Pours a large head with great lacing.

S: Hints of grass, pine, and grapefruit - however, these are rather mellow. Detectable amber malt background as well. Well-balanced.

T: More hoppy than malty, but the flavors are well-balanced. Hints of grapefruit and pine; some malt as well. However, while the beer tastes good, the flavors are too light, IMO.

F: Good. Well-carbonated and such.

O: Good beer. Could've been better, though. Somewhat too light for my palate. (564 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of mschantz
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sampled from bottle. Rich brown with a whisper of head. Cloudy with sediment floaties. Nose is very vegetal, celery smell rushes from the glass. Behind the celery, malt and hazelnut are apparent. Taste is that of rich malty brown bread with a brown sugar sweetness. All in all solid but not at all special. (312 characters)

Photo of JamesBondGA
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark amber color. VERY Hoppy, with the pine and grapefruit flavors being very prominent. Not one of the better ones by Stone I've had but that's because of the style of this brew. (193 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep amber/ garnet color with a 3/4 in. off-white head. Clear body.
S: Piney, with strong notes of grapefruit and peach. Hint of caramel.
T: Hops up front, with tastes of grapefruit coming through. The body of malt provides a solid middle of the taste, and lighten the feel that the hops provide. The malts are gently roasted. Pretty dry overall with a slight aftertaste of bitter hop oil flavor.
M: Pretty light for what appears on the outside as a darker beer. Dry overall. Sessionable.
O: Not bad. Most of Stone's beers are aggressively hopped, and This is less of an amber ale than it is a Red IPA, albeit sessionable. I think the low alcohol content makes the beer taste watery and makes the hops stand out a little more than they should. (799 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Stone World Bistro in Escondido, CA. Served in a stemmed glass 12/14/14.

A- Clear, although perhaps slightly hazy, amber-red body with a one finger white head. Nice retention. Drops into a medium collar. Nice rings of lacing.

S- Bread, citrus, pine. Very pine-forward more so than citrus although citrus pops out first. The breadiness is moderate-mild in terms of sweetness. Reminds me a bit of Arrogant Bastard.

F- Pine pops out in the beginning and the end, it has a fairly bitter finish as well but of course not unbearably bitter like Arrogant Bastard. Nice malt breadiness rounds things out along with a bit of citrus and grapefruit. Nice complexity for what it delivers.

M- Medium bodied, on the thinner side but tons of flavour, nice carbonation. Piney bitterness rounds it out. Very drinkable for 4.4% ABV and especially for the flavour it provides. Really nicely done.

O- Very nice session ale, especially for the flavour it gives. It's like a Session Bastard.

Final score: 3.98 (1,003 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit hoppier than other amber ales I have had before. Not a bad flavor, just different. Not really sure I want this much of a hop presence when I am looking for a good amber, even though it is pretty good.

Will not seek out and purchase again most likely. Would drink again if available though. (297 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at AJ's in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a deep, almost opaque amber, with a small half inch head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells like a big pine tree, with some caramel, toffee, and toasted bread.

The taste is similar. There is a pretty big lingering bitterness, a big hallmark of Stone. It's not quite as bitter as some of their other stuff, though. The bitterness is mainly piney, with a hint of citrus hop flavor as well, on top of a big toasted malt backbone, very bready.

It's medium bodied, with a crisp, bready mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

One of the better amber ales out there, it's crazy how much flavor is in just 4.4% ABV for this one. (675 characters)

Photo of Brackh
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Good beer. Smells grassy and earthy. Tastes great. Can't put my finger on the flavor. Bitter but not too much.

Wife's Review: "I like it. It is simple and refreshing." (170 characters)

Photo of TylerTheTerrible
2/5  rDev -48.7%

Smells like bad cooked vegetables and maybe grass. Strongest smelling beer I have smelled so far.

Tastes initially like pin. Finishes very dry, bread-like, and bitter. (168 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%

I really enjoyed this brown ale. Nice deep brown color with one finger head when poured into a goblet glass. Earthy, malty, dry hopped but not overpowered by it. Good balance and flavor. Enjoyed this very much and will revisit. (231 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always wanted to try this but have always passed it up in lieu of more predominant beers but finally got this one anyway.

A - Deep copper color with a clear red hue. Significant head with light lacing.

S - Good amount of NW hops with the standard citrus notes shining with some herbal and flowery tones that come through. A hint of the american ale yeast character and significant caramel/malt presence.

T - The flavor is much the same as the taste only better. A significant hop flavor is there at the beginning but it doesn't mask the caramel/malt/sweetness that this beer holds dear. The accompanying hop flavors make the beer seem tastier and complex but isn't overly bold or complicated. The malt and caramel sit highest in the middle with some light hop bitterness to finish crisp.

M - Medium mouth-feel that finishes nicely. Moderate carbonation. This beer is squarely in the middle of the american beer portfolio and allows the best of both worlds to escort you into happiness.

Overall, a great American Amber ale. I like the way that it has the maltiness, the hoppiness, and all without being cloying or overpowering. It isn't necessarily my favorite beer out there but if you can decide which beer you want to drink 4 of this is a great compromise. If you haven't tried it I think you should make yourself get the courage to try this flavor-packed drinking beer.

Glass- Tulip (1,397 characters)

Photo of Atkinson
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: Bottle

Enjoy By: 07/06/14 Tasted on: 08/03/14

Appearance: Half-inch off white head, minimal lace retention. Very deep amber red with little to no haze. Transparency is there but minimal due to the deep color.

Smell: Primarily a oily hop aroma with a hint of brown sugar and spices.

Taste: Citrus hops to start (not overpowering) followed by some caramel. Fairly herbal, but still very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a very nice level of carbonation. Mouth finishes dry.

Overall: A+ 94-97; Shocked but not shocked. It's a Stone product so my expectations were high, it surpassed them. I would say that this will be my go-to session beer from now on. So smooth, so much flavor, lovely hop profile. (726 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a pristine deep amber hue, nearly mahogany, I'd say, with an amber-tinged white head that quickly fades to a creamy cap and retains like a champion. A few wisps of lace remain, but nothing overly impressive... not that I was expecting much from a beer of 4.4%.

S: I wasn't expecting this much of a hop profile, honestly. Some wonderful floral hop aromas mixed with some bready malts. Nothing wild here, but definitely impressive for a session ale.

T: Follows the nose quite closely. Lots of floral hops with just an ever so slight touch of grapefruit. Roasted malts underneath don't provide much sweetness, but add almost a smokiness to the brew.

M: A medium-light body is strange, given the fact that this is a Stone brew, but I guess I should be taking the style into consideration. At only 4.4% ABV, this is a very acceptable brew that offers some silky textures and refined carbonation that allows for superb drinkability. Would serve excellently outdoors in the summer.

O: Stone offers a lovely take on this style, substantially beefing up the hop presence in this style to really add their signature touch on it. While I wouldn't reach for this all the time, it serves as an absolutely perfect beer for BBQs, game night, or just any night when you're looking for great hop flavors in a beer that doesn't weigh you down too much. (1,385 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Always enjoy Stone's Beers. Always full of flavor and an all around great beer. This one does not disappoint but there was a slight turn-off. As the flavor was ok and the smell and appearance were really nice, I felt that this beer was way too carbonated. I do not see a dateon the bottle so I do not know how fresh or how old this is. Too much carbonation spoiled the overall flavor but still a decent beer. As far as the Stone beers I have tried, this one is on the bottom of the list (486 characters)

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,196 ratings.