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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,126 Ratings
THE BROS
89
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)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Active carbonation, moderately hoppy amber. Nothing exceptional, but very drinkable at the end of a hot day.
Thanks Boutip for studying what I have not had, in our sixth trade.Citrus, and 4.4% sessioanbilty appreciated so that I could have a follow on beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 04:07:10 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber color with a big 2 inch head that fades to a nice tight cap. Lacing is very good and leaves rings on the glass.

S - Smells of pine tree hops and bready malts.

T - Like others have said this tastes like a toned down Arrogant Bastard. Nice balance of malts and hops.

M - Good carbonaton makes for smooth drinking.

D - This is a very tasty and flavorful beer for it only being 4.4% ABV. This is a nice alternative to Arrogant Bastard for those who are new to Stone or want to take it easy on the bitterness level for the night.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 04:36:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dusky orange-copper that becomes bright, blood orange when viewed through the rays of the morning sun. Up top is a lovely looking crown of light buttery orange that complements the beer beneath in an engaging fashion. An uneven descent is accompanied by an acceptable amount of chunky lace. Not one of Stone's best, but it's still a nice look.

This may be the single hoppiest nose of any amber ale on the planet. I love it. There's an underlying hint of mini-roastedness that is more reminiscent of oven-toasted pecans than anything else. I can also appreciate a spiciness that is probably hop-related (Chinook?). Levitation smells like a brown ale-amber ale hybrid.

Upon tasting... this is as hoppy as it gets for the style. The flavor isn't quite as complex or as wonderful as the nose, but Levitation is still wonderful beer. Even though the amount of malt is sufficient and delivers a firm caramel presence, I'd like to see even more flavor and more body. I'm sure the idea was for the brewery to have at least one session ale though, so I'll shut up now.

The beer is balanced (as far as your average hophead is concerned), but many will probably find it to be too hoppy and not to style. Screw style. This is Stone, and if you don't like hops, then don't crack the top! Each mouthful is citrusy and spicy and piney and tongue tweakingly bitter. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light (given the brewery), but some conciliatory gestures must be made to the style Nazis.

Levitation Ale is the only Stone beer to come (exclusively) in 12 ounce bottles and is the only regular offering to score less than 4.0 on this site. Don't be misled, however; this is excellent beer. Doubly so if you love hops. Beefing up the body would do wonders, but then the Stone gargoyle would have a more difficult time levitating on the front of the classy, silk-screened bottle. Lean and mean and hoppy as hell. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 13:58:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amazingly enough i have never had this one before, lol. decided to order up a pint at mezzaluna last night and roll with it. served cold and into a stone pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/09/2010.

really a very rich and very well done look here, deep garnet color with a huge head of white foam on top that reached a height of around three inches before settling down and coating the entire inside of the glass, very well done indeed.

aroma is rich and sweet malts right up front followed by a light and well done earthy hop note that seemed to balance it very well without taking over from the sweet caramel notes. really full bodied, this is what a red ale should feel and taste like. medium to full creamy feel with sweet malts cut by light piney hops. its stone and they do what they do damn, damn well. drinkability is off he charts and it goes down smooth and clean.

dont know why i have missed this one in the past but it was stellar no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 15:02:15 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark amber/copper color with a thin whitish head.

S: Light grapefruit and caramel malts.

T: Initially a decent citrus flavor followed by caramel maltiness and a floral and bitter finish.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, not much carbonation.

D: The lightest of all the Stone brews, but not my favorite taste-wise.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 19:05:27 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear honey colored body with a tight beige head that leaves some good lacing

Smell: A bit of a battle between the dominant hops and some pesky malts; the hops are citrusy and grassy but with every fifth sniff or so, I find the caramel malt fighting to make an entrance; odd, but good

Taste: Starts with a good caramel malt base; midway through, the bitter, slightly metallic hops kick in; long, rather astringent finish, just a touch buttery

Mouthfeel: Thick and slick with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An aggressive amber with an interesting flavor profile, but the astringent finish knocks it down a notch in my book

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 18:32:49 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Naven: Poured a deep amber color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of light piney hops with some caramel malt. Taste is somewhat hoppy with some light caramel malt notes also noticeable. Body is fuller then average with some medium carbonation. I understand that the brewer wanted to have a session beer with limited alcohol but there also too much limited taste – not something I thought I was going to be saying about Stone someday.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 15:19:27 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to David H. for bringing this beer back from the brewery. I have longly anticipated this brew. It comes as a surprise to me what I'm about to experience. This increadible beer begins with a deep amber / nearly brown hue with creamy off-white head formation, retains very well, and leaves lacing all over the place. Modest carbonation gives the beer a cask ale-like demeanor. Sharp aromas of pine and citrus hops promises agression, while very light notes of nuts, toast, and cocoa tells me that the beer isn't only hops. The taste of the hops hit up front with a juicy burst citurs, then pine. After the hops die down a bit, the dry toast, chesnut, and light cocoa powder flavors come in. Interestingly, there are no real sweetness to this beer- it has fully attenuated so that only the dry malt, hops, and fermentation character shows. The mouthfeel is both creamy and dry, making it very drinkable, albeit bitter. Finishes with a crisp bitterness- part from hops, but part from toast and nuttiness. This beer has a lot of character for a 4.4% sessionable, bone-dry beer. A pleasure to drink, but a bit of sweetness would have scored it higher.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 13:37:27 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

A: Dark amber with a not-bad white head and pretty good lacing.

S: Somewhat of an amber malt smell, but mostly overridden by floral hops. Really don't find many low-alcohol beers with this much of a hop profile--I'm loving it.

T: Much like the smell. This is loaded with fresh floral hops and really packs a taste punch for a session bear like this.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: A destined-to-be-classic session beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 03:01:08 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation with lots of particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down and gradually faded away, leaving rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose (smells of grapefruit stand out in particular) along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a mild amount of bitterness; there are some hints of caramel malts in the initial taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable given its low alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 03:58:29 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, dark brownish-amber body with a smallish, fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Lightly toasted malt aroma and meager hint of dark caramel ushers in a pervasively earthy hop scents of citrus and even pine.

Taste: Brief, fleeting upfront maltiness tasting of toast and dark caramel. Of note is the high attenuation, leaving essentially no sweetness remaining in the beer. Earthy hop profile along with tastes of citrusy grapefruit and pine (though only lightly). Medium-plus bitterness. We meet back up with the toast after the initial burst of bitterness as well as a vague nuttiness. Finishes expectantly dry with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, it's definitely a hop-forward West Coast amber. Personally, I'd have preferred more (well, any) malt sweetness to temper the hop character. However, the 4.4% ABV is most appreciated!

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2009 16:33:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got around to buying this ale,it had been long enough.Poured into a standard pint glass a lighter shade of amber with a thinner but well retained clingy white head.Almost all pine and grapefruit rind in the nose wich is fine by me,just a faint whif of sweet caramel is there as well.Lighter mouthfeel with hop dominated flavors,quite citric with some lighter pine notes,the caramel base gives off some blancing sweetness.A easy drinking hopped up amber ale,nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 01:26:08 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

"How 'bout the power of flight? That do anything for ya? That's levitation, homes." It pours a clear sunrise russet topped by a finger of staunch light cream foam. The nose comprises pine, oregano, grapefruit peel, light toffee, and red pepper. The taste holds notes of pine, grapefruit, light caramel, honeydew, and a small pinch of pepper. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a very nice hoppy red, one that pleasantly runs the gamut from spicy to piny in terms of the hops involved. Good times. Now they need to make a new one called Telekinesis (something about mind bullet killing a yak from long distances is floating around in my head for some reason)...

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 08:10:42 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I told Greg back in 2002 that I wasn't fond of the Levitation Ale, he told me to try it again because it had just been reformulated. Well, I'm finally getting around to it now!!!

As I remember it (but it has been close to 3 years), it's pretty much the same beer with the IBU's dropped a bit; a little less citrusy hops in the flavor; and some added chocoate notes in the malt.... and it's improved!

It still has a great appearance with it's chestnut-brown and ruby-cast body topped by a creamy dollop of ivory foam. There's still a very nice caramel maltiness with an added, delicate touch of chocolate to the malt; and its bristling touches of hops spice it up. It still finishes dry to be sure, but the bitterness doesn't linger quite as strong as it used to.

For fans of brown ale (such as myself), and mild beers (such as myself), this is a really interesting and enjoyable take on the brown ale style. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 23:30:47 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this while in Buffalo recently.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium auburn hue, with a bunch of creamy, puffy, off-white head, which leaves monstrous, thick lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells strongly of green grapefruit hops, and mild caramel malt. The taste is much more tame - mild grapefruit and orange citrus hops, biscuity caramel malt, and some general fruitiness. The carbonation is on the low side, the body a bit light and thin, and it finishes dry, with a muted hoppiness.

I guess I've come to expect a thwack over the head from Stone's brews. This particular beer has the appearance and aroma of their big hitters, but mellows out considerably in the follow through, which would make this their de facto session ale. And as far as lower-alcohol, relatively milder session ales go, this is stellar. It does indeed defy the law of (specific) gravity...

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 01:19:04 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

With a name like this, I'd expected a lighter-than-air quality, a wheat beer or a kolsch. But I must have forgotten that I was deaing with
stone, who will dash any expectation.
Pours a dark, rustic brown, more a light crimson around the foot and sides.
Head is thick, fluffy, creamy.
Aroma: sweet and malty at the fore,deep, spicy, rich, a little vinous, with a good batch of hops. Taste is the very peg of a red ale, or an Irish, done right.
Greets the tongue mildly, though loaded with flavor. Lacks thee extremeness of the big Stone brews, and is quite accessible, not so scary at all.
Medium body, nice, malty, toasty finish, very pleasant and tasty overall.
If this were available in this market, Levitation would have a regular spot reserved in my fridge.
Big thanks to xlperro for this "extra"

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 18:01:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Acquired via trade from Phocion, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is an orangish-brown color, with a thin yellowish-brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, caramelized malt and tea.

T: The well-balanced and straight-forward flavors of hops and caramelized malt compliment each other the way through as you drink it. There’s a little bit of sweetness in there, but as Stone does so well, it’s only enough enhance the beer rather than mask anything.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, easy-drinking, not filling, this one is a good basic beer. I found this beer to be good for its simplicity. Stone knows how to knock you over with their big beers, but with this one they show that they know how to give you something easy. It’s yet another excellent beer from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 04:09:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD 10-21-10

Poured into a small Hamms goblet, Levitation has a tawny amber tone, fairly bright clarity and specked with barely visible micro sediment throughout. A slim one finger cap of foam rests on top, and it leaves a tan collar as it deflates. Retention is good, and a ring of lacing remains in the glass.

Toasty, nutty malts in the nose with a hint of citrus peel from the hops. Seems like an American take on an English Mild.

Dense with malt flavor, there's a concentrated grapefruit bitterness from the hops that is very refreshing, receding into a long bitter aftertaste. Feel is light, with ample carbonation to carry it. Stone definitely puts their west coast stamp on a Bitter here.

It's light enough to session, and is packed with toasty malt flavor with Stone's trademark hoppiness. Definitely has it's place in their lineup, this is what i'll reach for when i'm thirsty and don't want a huge DIPA or Imperial Stout...

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 22:51:27 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel/red with a 3 fingers+ sand colred head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Great piney hops nose up front, followed by fruiityness as it warms

Taste: Nice piney/floral hop kick up front then fruittyness. peppery hops dominate the quenching finish

MF: Very full for its abv, medium body with good balance & carbonation

Drinks quite well, I enjoy this as much as some of their hi powered ales. I think this a nice one to enjoy while listening to/watching a storm blowing off the rockies

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 01:08:01 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and crystal, and bisquit malt scent along with a nice hop aroma that balances it out nicely. The taste is good as well. It's bitter up front with a bisquity finish. The hops really make this beer. It's a low alcohol brew with tons of flavor. It's easy drinking with a dry,hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great session beer. It's complex, yet low enough in alcohol that you can drink a sixer and not be loaded.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 00:49:32 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is amber to brown and clear. Forms a thin white head of small bubbles that breaks up into a diffused head that fails to cover the top of the beer. Carbonation is moderate to low and the head leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strongly hoppy. Good citrus hop aroma and a slight sweetness. Smells really really good.

Beer is medium bodied and has a good hop character to it. There is a lot of bitterness at the back end. I love session beers, I truly and seriously do. This is one of the best session beers available. Its cheap and wonderful. Second taste, some sweetness up front, mouthfeel and drinkability are good.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 22:44:38 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Exiled.

Beer pours dark orange-red with a white head. The aroma is certainly more hoppy than your standard red ale, but that is to be expected from Stone. The aroma is hoppy, with some pine and earthy hop notes. The flavor is definitely hoppy, with some piney hop flavor as well as some caramel malt. This beer is very drinkable and packs great flavor into a low alcohol package.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 20:07:15 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Beautiful looking beer. Clear amber color with a three-finger, tan head of thick foam that slowly receded. It took me several pours to empty the 12oz bottle into my pint glass. It left behind sheets of intricate lace patterns on the sides of the glass.

S - Is this an IPA? It smelled of pine and citrus. Very little maltiness or caramel that you would expect in an amber ale.

T - Spicy upon first sip with bready malt flavors. The bitterness is tame compared to the hoppy aroma but still pack a good bite with some citrus flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finish very dry. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - The perfect session beer and possibly the best amber that I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 02:40:04 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, re-review time. Got a fresh bottle that states to drink by 05-09-10 so I'm in time this time.

A: The head is so large in my tulip glass I have to stop pouring about 3/4 of the way through. It's rich and creamy lookin and fades slowly. A hazy dark reddish brown color like caramel.

N: Lots of fresh hop aromas, some citrus, touch of pine, little musty, touch of grassy and spicy even. Not really any malts that I can get through all the hops.

T: Fresh hops again, lots of orange and tangerine, citrus hops with a touch of pine and spicy hops. Again no real malt to find. A slight earthy chewy hops comes through with more fresh musty hop flavors. Juicy and refreshing, very drinkable.

M: Medium to lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Pretty dry but leaves a slight juiciness. Semi bitter as the hops climax on the finish but not over bearing. SOme lingering citrus, a little pine, earthy and fresh musty hops start to come through more and more. A touch of tangerine and orange too.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:30:25 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A strong malty aroma wafts from the glass as I pour, caramel malt perhaps. Pours with a thick tan head, it is pretty clear and a dark amber color. The aroma of hops is dominant in the aroma but a solid malt presence is there as well. Definitely a bitter beer. Some sweetness is here but not really perceptible as the hops dominate the residual sweetness. A certain fullness in the mouth from this "light" beer from stone. Not enough hop flavor is in this beer for me, it would help to balance this beer out. This beer is super hoppy, but it needs more flavor hop contributions (or perhaps different ones). Pretty well balanced for a super hoppy low gravity ale. The malt notes really help to carry this beer. As it warms up, I realize that this beer may be a bit old, it tastes like it might have begun to oxidize (Stone where is the bottle date?).

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 17:44:40 | More by Gueuzedude
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