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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

3,602 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,602
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 127
Gots: 276 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Kaisermatt, May 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Mealhouse, May 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Tunguska, May 27, 2012
Photo of Breen
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour/Appearance: Rather thin head that maintained through the session and left thick lacing on the glass. Dark red tint; hazy with some visibility to other side when held to light.

Smell: Grapefruit! (cascade hops?)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, yet relatively heavy on carbonation.

Taste: Citrus/grapefruit from the hops are very prevalent in this red ale. There is a lingering aftertaste of this flavor as well.

Overall an enjoyable ale, but unbalanced. Definitely on the extreme end of the hops scale for my taste buds.

Breen, May 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

transmogrified, May 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

SocalKicks, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Danny1217, May 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

t-rav, May 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

sbanacho, May 25, 2012
Photo of Carillon
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Carillon, May 24, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear medium copper with a thick 1.5 finger head. Awesome lacing and head retention.

Aroma is a wonderful mix of citrus and pine with a little roasted malt shining through.

Flavor has plenty of citrus up front along with some nice toasted malt and caramel. Even a little bit of coffee. Bitterness is medium to high and lingers through the finish. Mouthfeel is quite watery and a bit chalky.

Overall, for the strength of this brew is sure packs in plenty of flavor. Maybe a little too expensive to be a regular session brew but it is great on occasion.

rangerred, May 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

dorf, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

erha2, May 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

lewbeer, May 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jeff96gt, May 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jacobdensford, May 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Stockfan42, May 21, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

VelvetExtract, May 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

TimH, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

MaChiNe, May 19, 2012
Photo of JWU
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- a beautiful translucent amber which is heavy on the red tones. a thick khaki head is on top that sticks around well and leaves a little lacing

S- the smell is really, really nice. A balancing act between earthy, citric hops and bready, caramel malt notes. There's some fruity yeast aromas there as well

T- The taste is a bit of a letdown after the smell. Pretty straight forward interplay of a mild bready/biscuity malt, with a hint of sweetness balanced by an earthy hop bitterness.

M- Smooth, with a mild carbonation. A bit too dry for my taste on the backend. I'm driking session amber ale here, not a APA or IPA.

O- A good, but not great amber ale. I'd certainly have it again if offered it, but wouldn't seek it out vs. others such as NB Fat Tire.

JWU, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

wo87810, May 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

aztraz, May 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

TedSneakman, May 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

pearljam118, May 16, 2012
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,602 ratings.