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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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very good

3,126 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3126
Reviews: 1154
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of jhkroop


3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good middle of the road, standard ale. Color is reddish, caramel. Nose is clean, but not floral in the least. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with a mild bitterness on the end, which is welcomed. The carbonation is well balanced. This is a very drinkable, daytime beer when you want to enjoy multiple drinks over an extended period of time. With a 4.4% abv, this is expected.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2014 17:20:49 | More by jhkroop
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice amber color with a good white head

Smell: Piney herbal hops, with some light malt in the background

Taste: Citrus, pine, herbal hoppy flavors. Some toasted bread, grain, and caramel malts in the background

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: Good session beer, but way too expensive for what it is. I try to not let my wallet influence reviews, but when I'm paying what this costs, I would prefer to be satisfied with one beer. I would have this around often if it was more affordable. But still, it is overall a very good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2013 03:16:08 | More by MadCat
Photo of 77black_ships


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mid. 2011 Review: 25 cl. drat @ Stone vs. Moeder event: red amber with an off-white head, smells like grapefruit & pine hops, light caramel, taste is moderate but full pine & grapefruit hops, malty, slightly fruity, caramel, medium bitterness, pretty damn good given its abv.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2013 13:15:58 | More by 77black_ships
Photo of obywan59


4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours coppery to reddish copper with a substantial 2 1/2 finger off white head that becomes chunky as it recedes, leaving awesome thick, sticky lacing.

Piney with citrus, especially, overripe citrus, and rich caramel malts.

Citrusy tart, but not totally dry. Just a touch of sweetness. Caramel malts and bitter hops linger on the tongue.

Medium full bodied. Peppery and crisp. Lightly syrupy but drying on the tongue, and a light burn in the throat.

This beer has a lighter ABV than any beer I've had from Stone, but it still packs a flavor punch. A good summer offering, in my opinion, even with it's thicker body.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2013 01:41:12 | More by obywan59
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep amber color with a tan head that has nice retention and lacing

S- Caramel malt base, some citrus hops, but a little less than what I normally get from Stone.

T- Solid flavor depth for 4.4 abv. Orange peel, apricot, and pine work together nicely with the caramel malt base. Some toasted nuts also come through. Good balance. Bitter finish.

M- Certainly a dry finish here. Light to mid body, while maintaining fairly creamy. Super drinkable.

O- A well done hoppy amber. Low abv makes this one of the more favorable sessions I've had. Not quite as bold as most from the Stone line, but a solid beer nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 02:16:32 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of Chadhowie


4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 23:56:02 | More by Chadhowie
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber color with about one finger of off-white head.

Smell: Faint smell of hops and citrus, maybe some malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and smooth. Taste was good, hoppy for a red ale.

Overall: Again I am not a huge fan of reds, but this one is ok. Credit were due for a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 14:20:48 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of ShaneO

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far one of my top beer! Very hoppy but has a great malt balance. Seems like a lighter ipa. If your not quite ready for ipas yet this is where you should start. Goes down very smoothly and has a high drinkablilty. I could definitely use this as a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 02:59:02 | More by ShaneO
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark, dark amber. Light head. Body is a soda-esque color. Minimal light penetration.

S-Great Amber Ale nose. Hoppy but well balanced. Piney and citrusy hops combine with some really deep maltiness. Nose is quite rich.

T-Like the nose. Excellent balance between the malt and hops. Piny and citrusy along with a bunch of bread and caramel. Pretty enjoyable.

M-Body is fuller than the ABV would suggest. Sessionable and bubbly.

O/D-Overall, a pretty solid Amber. Well hopped but excellently balanced. Not my favorite Stone brew but its damn tasty the most of the other regularly available brews.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 16:23:18 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of wiegs4life


4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer won the 2007 Gold Medal Winner in the Great American Beer Festival. It has solid taste, and great feel. Easy drinkable, but as the warmer weather comes, it is not my preference. In the past I have never been a fan of Stone brews, but this one definitely changed my mind about the quality of brews from this brewery. Like most great beer, this beer has great head. I poured from a bottle to a pint glass and it poured with ease. It is definitely a beer I will buy more of.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 04:18:18 | More by wiegs4life
Photo of johno1655

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 20:39:20 | More by johno1655
Photo of morebeergood


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone's Public House in Ashland. Served in a standard pint glass. Light orange colored body. Barely had any head, but with moderate lacing though. Smell had hints of pine and citrus. Taste was refreshingly good. Nice level of hops for an amber. Enough hops to notice, but not overly hopped like some West Coast beers. Mouthfeel was smooth, with a balanced dose of malt to give it some body. I guess the one thing that surprised me was the low abv. Seeing this now as I review it, I would have never guessed Stone made this beer so low. Didn't taste like a session beer. A new beer for me when I am looking for a flavorful yet low abv choice of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 04:41:05 | More by morebeergood
Photo of kojevergas


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass in low altitude downtown Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. My expectations were moderately high.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper-amber.

Sm: Cherry-raspberry ester fruit hops, cream, and barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: A complex berry hop blend over top a subtle barley foundation with nice cream and brilliant toasted malt underneath. Built quite nicely and very well balanced.

Mf: Coarse and wet. A bit too coarse for the flavour, but it gets the job done.

Dr: Drinkable and refreshing, if a bit full-bodied. Not sessionable, but certainly worth a go for any beer fanatic. I do wish it weren't so coarse.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 01:34:20 | More by kojevergas
Photo of seanwhite


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Appearance is a brown, but see through. The head is a light tan, similar to the color of sand on a beach. Head was medium sized, somewhat rocky. The head holds rather well and clings to the side.
S: Earthly, pine scented with a slight caramel scent. Not too strong, but pleasant. Slight hop smell as well on another smell.

T: Slight caramel aftertaste with a small to moderate amount of hops in there. Slight citrus flavor, grapefruit or lemon perhaps.

Medium bodied beer with a decent amount of carbonation. Decently drinkable beer, goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 17:40:03 | More by seanwhite
Photo of champ103


3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Walk On's in Lafayette, LA.

A: Pours a clear reddish/brown color. A thin, bubbly light beige head forms and recedes to nothing. Light lace is left behind.
S: Big hops up front. Grassy, herbal, floral. That meshes with some chocolate and caramel malt. Very hop forward up front, with and odd mesh of malt following.
T: Again, very clean flavors of grassy, herbal tea, and floral hops. Then, after the hops fade away out of nowhere some chocolate and caramel malt.
M/D: A light to medium body with crisp carbonation. At first dry, but that fades as the malt come forward. An odd chalky feel. Easy enough to drink. The pint was gone in no time.

Certainly enjoyable. I finished the pint without a problem, but thought the hops and malt flavors clashed. Though it says something when Stone makes a balanced beer. I just wished it meshed better for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 00:38:45 | More by champ103
Photo of Durge


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy to run into a Stone take over at DeCicco’s in Brewster, NY, this brew shows a dark mahogany color, semi-translucent with a decent tannish froth on top and good lacing. The aroma is a nice citrus brightness with earthy pine and subtle flowery sweetness. The taste is very bitter, raw grass and subtle pine with lots of biscuit and some caramel malt. It’s peppery with crisp carbonation and a fairly aggressive effervescent feel. But it is a little thinner than I expected. Medium light bodied at best. Medium drinkability. Decent but a bit harsh for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 04:44:49 | More by Durge
Photo of xnicknj


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at kyhber in philly

Pours a brilliant amber and cherry red color, fluffy crop of white head, tons of film and cloudy retention all over the glass.

Bready malt in the nose with some juicy hops, touches of caramel and bread crust.

Slightly bitter up front with pine hop notes. A bit sticky and resiny, touches of citrus too. Nice backbone with caramel and bread crust. Well balanced, finishes clean with some lingering hop bitterness.

Medium body and carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. Exceptionally drinkable, nice flavor, a solid west coast take on the amber ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 01:12:56 | More by xnicknj
Photo of kylehay2004


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: lots of lace. Hazy amber with red hues

S: toasted malt, caramel and floral hops

T: disappointed with the watery taste. Very mild hop flavor. Caramel malt sweetness dominates here

M: very watery, light to medium body. Moderate carbonation

Overall: On the watery side of red ales which I am not a fan off.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 01:37:54 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of cbarrett4


4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass during Portland Mighty Mites small beer festival~

I didn't think it possible to get this much flavor, intensity, and character into a beer at less than 5% abv! Was the superstar of the event and a beer that I will regularly be buying.

Pours with a massive amount of head that dissipates nicely into a good lace. Aromatics are nice but straight forward with hops taking the front seat and mild citrus and malt backing.

The palate is richly flavored and complex with a variety of nuances from the hops (Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Crystal). Malt peeks through, some spice and herb notes too. Very nice. Body is full yet not over the top. Can't believe that this is only 4.4%! Finish is long, with a good dose of bitterness.

Despite the intensity, this is a supremely drinkable beer. It reminds me of an Extra Pale Ale since the hops are more aggressive than most amber or red ales I have tasted. Pretty amazing stuff here.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 21:04:51 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of jmvecchio1


3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a cloudy woody brown color with a nice off-white head on top. The smell of this beer is light at first, but as the beer warms a little you get light citrus and grapefruit tones from the dry hopping. Thanks to the dry hopping, the hops are forward on the drink but quickly allow the malts to take center stage. The beer finishes clear and dry with a resurgence of the hops on the swallow. To me, this is a San Diego-West Coast take on an American amber ale. There's a lot more of a hop profile, which can be refreshing for hop heads looking for a break from the IPA norm at the bar. This is also a great starter beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 21:13:26 | More by jmvecchio1
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red with just a slight chill haze, the head was decent and so was the lacing.

Smelled nice, with caramel malts and mellow hops comprising most of the aroma.

On tap the hops seemed a little more pronounced, and the malt character didn't lack either. It's a very flavorful session beer that's amplified on tap.

Feel was smooth and easy to drink, plenty of great carbonation too.

Overall it's an outstanding session beer and that didn't change any when I had it live and in person at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 02:33:00 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of wino47

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Always looking for a great session beer and this one fits the bill for me. Great bitter citrus aromas with just enough malt balance on the taste to keep the acidity in check. Great piney hop character with a nice citrusy finish. My only complaint on this one is the price, for $11.99 a six I would prefer Stone keep the etched bottles and give me a 4% abv beer at a more reasonable price.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 22:50:07 | More by wino47
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit surprised to see the classification of this beer, which was ordered and served with no description to this ignorant customer who, upon consuming this, would have thought it to be an Imperial Red, an IPA or and Amer. PA.

A- Clear, dark brownish-amber body with a generous, durable creamy head.

Aroma - hoppy with what smelled like some marijuana buds (this one is from California, yes, but I'm sure that's not actually an ingredient).

Flavor - Remarkably hoppy flavor given the lack of bitterness or obvious off-setting sweetness. And again the weed.

M - crisp; ample carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this one. Great strong taste of hops; long finish; and entirely pleasant to consume.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 00:50:37 | More by chinchill
Photo of BeerCon5


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with less than one finger of white fluffy head.

The scent is of citrus, caramel malt, some piney hops.

The taste is of citrus, moderately bitter piney hops, some caramel malt, notes of yeast.

Medium body, crisp, smooth feel, moderate to high carbonation.

This was a decent amber, not really among the best, but overall an easy to drink beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 14:55:45 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of TCMike


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, and it produced a 2 finger, fluffy off-white head. The color was light amber.
The smell was of hops, a little citrus, and caramel. The hops being dominate.
The taste was biscuit like, hop forward, and a light malt flavor. The mouth-feel was medium bodied, and medium carbonation. A little lingering hops, but not too bitter.
Easy drinking, and low alcohol will make this a good session beer for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 17:45:08 | More by TCMike
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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,126 ratings.