Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 3,464 | Reviews: 1,177 | Display Reviews Only:
3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
07-01-2007 04:07:10 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
04-23-2010 04:36:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
05-02-2009 03:01:08 | More by Thorpe429
3.9/5 rDev +1%
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.
06-17-2011 03:58:29 | More by metter98
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
03-09-2005 13:58:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.65/5 rDev -5.4%
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
01-22-2006 18:32:49 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Growler fill from Cask at BierKraft 10/1
Stone Leviation Ale Dry Hopped with Amarillo on Cask poured into Verboten Tulip Pint glass.
A- Beautiful hazy copper color. Little head but great carbonation.
S- Huge floral hop aroma escapes from the glass.
T- Extremely flavorful, very hoppy with a hoppy grapefruit finish. Very smooth with little kick. The hoppy finish may last too long.
D- Exceptionally drinkable. Goes down smooth and easy. Excellent brew!
10-02-2010 22:14:52 | More by acurtis
2.83/5 rDev -26.7%
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.
06-13-2007 15:19:27 | More by Phyl21ca
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
06-27-2008 13:37:27 | More by BEERchitect
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
10-10-2010 15:02:15 | More by mikesgroove
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
08-11-2009 19:05:27 | More by womencantsail
3.45/5 rDev -10.6%
A: lots of lace. Hazy amber with red hues
S: toasted malt, caramel and floral hops
T: disappointed with the watery taste. Very mild hop flavor. Caramel malt sweetness dominates here
M: very watery, light to medium body. Moderate carbonation
Overall: On the watery side of red ales which I am not a fan off.
09-01-2011 01:37:54 | More by kylehay2004
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
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!
04-26-2009 16:33:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Another really good drinking brew from Stone, much like their Pale Ale and IPA, this brew falls into the same basic catagory. The beer poured out as a nice looking amber color with a decent white colored head on it with a good lacing also. The smell of the beer is malty, much more malty than most stone brew that I'm aware of. The taste of the brew does have a good hoppiness to it along with some nice caramel flavors too. The mouthfeel is drinkable and overall I think this brew is pretty damn good.
09-18-2011 04:27:26 | More by Knapp85
3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
09-05-2009 01:26:08 | More by oberon
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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