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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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very good

3,800 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,800
Reviews: 1,209
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 145
Gots: 396 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002

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Ratings: 3,800 | Reviews: 1,209
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Reviewed from 7/20/12 notes. 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint.

A - Deep ruby auburn in color with just a thin white film of head. Some lace, but not much.

S - Smells of various malts; caramel and sourdough come to mind. Some blood orange on the nose as well.

T - Very mellow flavor. Dominated by malts, but not sweet. Has the herbal character of black tea, with some added spiciness. Citrus comes out as it warms. There is a drying bitterness on the finish.

M - Good carbonation with a light feel.

O - This one gets a lot of talk as one of the best session beers out there. The reputation is well deserved. Unique and full flavored, while staying light and mellow. Great when you want to have a beer or twelve.

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A: Pours a vibrant orange red to copper color with a thin off white head.
S: a nice floral-malt balance aroma, but perhaps a tad muted.
T: starts with the sweet malts and hints of toffee. This blends perfectly with a citrusy grapefruit tang. Finishes slighty bitter, but not overpowering.
M: Very smooth and a tad creamy. A nice crisp bite with a finish that mirrors. Pleasant hoppy hang.
O: a very good straight ahead beer. The balance is perfect. And, at an incredibly low ABV, a perfect session beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish amber. It came out of the fridge a little cold, so there wasn't much head and it dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell: Funky, musty, earthy citrus and piney hops aroma. A touch of caramel sweetness but not much. The smell is just alright. It's alright, but not great.

Taste: Much more balanced than the nose would indicate. Sip starts with a big bite of carbonation...sharp and prickly. Lots of rich caramel malt flavor....very nice. The finish is dry and mildly bitter. Nice tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. The carbonation is a bit much, but it doesn't derail the beer on the whole. Obviously, the drinkability is superb at 4.4%. There's a lot of flavor in this eminently sessionable beer.

Overall: When you want a quality, well crafted beer with not a lot of alcohol, Levitation should be near the top of your list.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,800 ratings.