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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,800 Ratings
THE BROS
89
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
Photo of Flooz
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GearHaiku
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bigalduncan64
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

Photo of TBCE
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Levitation is a great beer, without a doubt a Stone beer. It has hops and a malty flavor. Lighter then Stone's other brews, but still fantastic.

Photo of jamesmk48
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrsaffert
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of stompilator
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of En29356
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryho
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of heerboth
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of Matt141
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Risenhower
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hozat
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Silverandblack5
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brywhite
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MileHighCity86
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of cletusdog
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gotweid
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boyostrype
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of twenteone
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baklo
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of murphlogan
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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