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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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very good

3,720 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,720
Reviews: 1,188
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 330 | 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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Photo of GStein
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of humanawho
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- clear light red color with a good white head

S- very light sweet grapfruit aroma and an odd tangyness

T- light sweetness with a light bitter finish not much going on for me clean but not exciting

M- even for a clean light beer it is too watery for me

D- light and clean but the bitter finish hurts the refeshing quality

Photo of OldYoda
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice, flavorful easy drinker. Pours a nice cloudy amber into my standard Troeg's pint glass with a minimal head and some good lacing.

Smell is decent - primarily a grassy hops and some malty sweetness in the backround.

Taste is smooth and a little hoppy. Nothing at all overpowering but still has some heft.

Mouthfeel is smooth and finishes clean.

Drinkability is outstanding at this ABV. This is just a very nice session beer from Stone.

Photo of dborginis
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a glass, very foamy head which is thin in texture. Color is a turbid brown copper. Light smell of roasted malt and hops, like a mini DIPA.

The first sensation in the taste is the light cremy watery taste. This is followed by a tasty amount of hops and roasted malt. Almost sublime. This wouldn't be acceptable for a higher ABV beer, but based on the low ABV and the intention of the brewer to make a quality light/low alcohol beer, this is spot on.

This is a fine session beer!

Photo of FishGetter
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color with hints of reds show. Massive amount of carbination.
Mild aromas of citrus hops. Some wifs of pale grain.
Pale malts first hit the taste buds with a slight bit of dry, biscut flavors. Some mild bitterness, but nothing impressive. Drink finishes with some off flavors. Reminds of primming sugars, but very doubtfull.
Redeeming medium body helps bring this one back, but the taste is shot. Mouth is left dry at finish.
Not sure what happened to this one. Overcarbinated, freshness? Not what I'd come to expect from the fine brewers of Stone. I'm willing to revisit this one later.

Photo of epicness
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

A: Solid amber color with ruby highlights. A one inch off white head sits on top and laces the glass very nicely. Love the bottle though. One of the things I love about Stone is the complexity they put into the appearance on their bottles. It's great stuff.

S: Pine hops dominate the scent. Citrus and floral hops are also present. Sweet malt is present on the back end of the scent.

T: A very hoppy taste. Pine and bitterness dominate the front of the taste but give away to a more fruity and smooth finish. In my opinion there is a bit of a coffee malt present which helps to contrast the hop presence a bit.

M: Light bodied, almost on the verge of it being water-like. Based on appearance I thought this beer would be a bit heavier on the taste, and this part of the beer left me disappointed. I think I would have liked it much more if it had more of a full character to it. The carbonation is fairly good though.

D: It's a very drinkable beer. Low ABV and a pretty good taste.

Photo of RyanCMcGovern
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Yallnumbskulls
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of pushstartnow13
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of sunny289
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JoeMarsh
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of beaverapproved
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of kmoore149
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of samturner
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of PhantasIPA
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is average. It has a healthy medium-brown color and an average head.

It has a nutty scent with a sweet hint, mainly that of caramel.

The taste is dark but not too dark. There is a hint of caramel but it also has a bitter flavor, too bitter given the alcohol content of only 4.4%. If it were a hint sweeter or a hint less bitter, then the taste would be great, but it is not.

The mouthfeel is just fine given the fact that it is an ale and it is 4.4%; not too heavy and not too bitter.

Overall the beer is above average but it is not a staple in my beer diet. There are better beers that come from the Stone Brewery, although this one is not bad.

Photo of gustogasmic
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful red amber, pretty transparent. Lots of coppery bone lacing.

Smells of grains with very light hop sting. Like a good red.

The taste is hoppier that the nose lets on. A refreshing swigger. It seems halfway between a PA and a red. I am happily confused.

Overall: Fantasizing about sessioning this and Founder's All Day side-by-side.

Photo of Peter
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of masonacoats
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into a pint glass. Beautiful burgundy with a nice, dense tan head. Decent head retention and good lacing. This is a REALLY pretty beer, especially the ruby-red hues when held up to light.

S- balanced on the nose. Earthy hops balanced with bready, caramelly malt; hints of dates and raisins.

T- much more hops than I expected from the nose (not that I'm complaining); good bit of bitterness; same malt flavor as the nose. Very good.

M- Medium mouthfeel; very good carbonation

O- A great beer just on the hop-heavy side of balanced

Photo of skloeff
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of KyleRV
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark copper, clear and good lacing
Strong citrus and fruit aroma
Medium mouthfeel, fruity and hoppy
Its good, try it by all means but honestly.. get yourself an Pegagus, Lagunitas, or Dogfish Head. If I’m going to pay Stone money, I want more than 4% ABV


Photo of MIchael_D_Larkin
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of zuggy9
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a nice rich amber brown with a nice off-white head with good head retention and lacing. The smell is rich in malts, grains and hops. A bit earthy and tree-like. The taste has some nice caramel qualities to it, with a bit of a piney bite and a dry finish. Very tasty and it drinks quite soothly. Rather drinkable and easy to down a six-pack with friends.

Photo of icetraxx
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a three finger creamy head that is just off-white in color. The beer itself is a rather dark shade of amber brown with some red highlights.
Some bottle conditioning haze is present. Laces well and holds a half finger head throughout the entire beer.

S: Citrusy hops, some tropical fruit, and a tad of earthiness. Pineapple is nicely present. Caramel and honey-like malt play around in the background. Very aromatic considering the low ABV.

T: Citrusy hops that oddly remind me of certain varieties of noble hops. The malt is rather thin as it is completely masked by the hops, which aren't too strong in this beer. There is a hint of earthiness and a suggestion of malt on the finish. The finish is quick and very clean. The low ABV reduces the in-your-nose flavor explosion you get with high ABV beers, but this beer has amazing hop flavor for the 4.4% alcohol it has to work with. Very refreshing overall.

M: Well carbonated and has a nice and creamy mouthfeel. Could be a bit thicker.

D: Very easy to drink, but I think I may get a little boring due the subtle flavor. This is a refreshing change from the hop bombs I've been getting used to.

O: A very good introductory IPA, but that is about it. A low alcohol, yet refreshing brew.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle (7/16/09) poured into a SN pint glass...thin one finger tan head with decent lacing. Amber body with some ruby highlights...

Very spicy aroma, but mild on the hop aroma...malts are present as it seems a bit bready.

Muted grapefruit and hops, but retains a spicy malt bite...most flavors are noticed in the finish as it seems a bit weak...bitter finish.

Low carbonation as well as being thick and oily.

Decent drinkabiliy, but not something I could quaff and quaff and quaff...

A bit bitter for the style...I happen to agree with this being Arrogant Bastard Light. Still a good beer though...

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,720 ratings.