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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,196 Reviews
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very good

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002

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Reviews: 1,196 | Hads: 3,850
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)

Photo of sommersb
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 07-06-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Gift from a friend

Semi-clear dark amber beer has a big cream-colored head. Lacing is great with good head retention too.

Smells have caramel malts and hop aromas of citrus and pine.

The taste features a piney hop bitterness. There's a backbone of malts too, but this beer is all about the hop notes.

The finish is dry and has bitterness of hop resins. Mouthfeel is fairly think for just a 4.4% brew.

Overall a tasty hoppy red ale.

Thanks Kirk for this one! (585 characters)

Photo of ANIMOUL
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For whatever reason, I'm not a fan of Stone Brewery beers... me thinks it was because I tried these during my younger days of Miller Lite and Budweiser ignorance and knew nothing better. As my palate continues to mature, I'm going back and rediscovering beers I eschewed in my younger years (Green Flash is another).

This beer has a great, amber color with a complementary taste that doesn't disappoint. While it has a low ABV, it is quite sessionable. Actually, its a 'bigger' beer for such a low ABV.

A great mid-week beer that satisfies without the morning guilt of higher ABV counterparts. (597 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber body with a creamy tan head that leaves behind excellent lacing. Amazing head and lacing!
S: Caramel roasted malt, citrus and floral nose.
T: Flavors of caramel malt & clean dry hoppy lightly bitter finish.
M: Smooth, dry and balanced.
Notes: A session beer that is easily drinkable yet flavorful. (314 characters)

Photo of dave39
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not an Amber Ale drinker, but this is a very good one from Stone.

Very pleasant smell, and easy on the palate. You can session this one, no doubt. This is the quintessential session brew.

Very nice flavor profile, and goes down very easily. Kudos to Stone. I had been down on them lately with their base IPA, and the Go to IPA, but they have redeemed themselves with this one. (383 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahoghony brown with a half inch thick tightly knit beige head. Great clarity and Brussels lacing are present. Aroma of caramel and tropical fruit scented hops. The flavor is more tropical fruit hop forward with caramel malt. While there is a long,yet mild hop fade there is more of a caramel malt aftertaste. The body is lighter and yet lightly sticky and moderately carbonated. I think it must be due to the lighter ABV. (422 characters)

Photo of atlasalain
2.39/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The carbonation hurt my tongue. is that possible... I dont know... the carbonation hurt it hurts on the back of the throat. this is a painful beer from the same silly bastard clowns
looks good smells ok. the taste is way too spicy for how light mouthfeel and alchohol is has. stay away from this beer. (301 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 When comparing my notes over the 2 years between it's become apparent I've taken slightly to hoppier profiles thanks to well made items like this.

05/26/12 On tap. This is one brew that defies my prejudices. I really don't like hops but this 'ale' seems to flirt with the outer limits of those characteristics that I avoid. It's on my "get out of your rut" list.

2010 On tap. The dark color portends the caramel rich flavor, both of which belie the easy going body. Too bad I'm not more taken w/the flavor as this could become a fast friend. (548 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a reddish tinge, clear filtered, no carbonation, semi opaque, 2 fingers of beige head.

S: Malts, cereal, citrus, toffee, caramel.

T: Dark roasted malts, fruity like orange, burnt rubber, light citrus, crème brulee,

M: Medium light body, medium low carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not awesome. It’s a good beer, not the best by stone. Would go well with pizza. (383 characters)

Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: nice dark amber, not entirely clear. Pours a nice head that recedes to 1/8 inch with nice lacing.

S: honey, salted caramel, biscuit. A lot to experience here but I can't quite get a hold of it. .

T: sweet biscuit malt, not as much here as the nose would suggest.

M: thin, washes away pretty quickly with a bitter finish.

O: more complex than some ambers, a very nice, big tasting beer, particularly relative to the ABV. (429 characters)

Photo of Paincane
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber body with a creamy tan head that leaves behind excellent lacing.
S: Caramel roasted malt, citrus and floral nose.
T: Flavors of caramel malt & clean dry hoppy lightly bitter finish.
M: Smooth, dry and balanced.
O: A very sessionable brew that is easily drinkable yet flavorful. (297 characters)

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