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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

3,535 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,535
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 122
Gots: 251 | 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 FattyJLE
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy, coppery-brown with a white head.

S - Familiar Stone west-coast hop aroma. Citrus notes dominated by grapefruit.

T - Intensely bitter upfront with citrus hop flavors, especially grapefruit rind. Mild lemon zest flavor and piney hop bitterness on the back end.

M - Well carbonated making the body feel lighter. More watery than I would prefer in the style. Dry finish.

O - A very good amber/red ale. My only knock on this beer is the light body. Would seek out again, if only to see if they characteristics change on tap as opposed to bottle.

FattyJLE, May 18, 2011
Photo of genitempo
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a shiny, leather body. Minimal white cream head with heavy lace.

S - Inviting citrus aroma, dulled hoppiness.

T - Bitter hops, citrus, and pine, that seem to turn on fairly early, reach a pinnacle at a nice point, but wash out very haphazardly. So much potential to end on that note.

MF - Impressive weight for such a low ABV.

O - I was excited to try this beer. Friends mark this a one of there "go-to" session suds. I'm hesitant to do so, so quickly. I am impressed with the amount of flavor packed into such a low ABV brew though.

genitempo, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Cark
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Cark, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of osupuck19
4/5  rDev +3.6%

osupuck19, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of dmgeng
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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

dmgeng, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of SnowGoon99
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

First off, with a name like Levitation i was expecting something in the Russian River "tion" line of Belgians. Instead i got an American Amber so kinda thrown for a loop at the beginning.

Pours a very dark red or amber color. Head forms quickly and dissipates just as quickly. Smell of earthy type hops with hints of caramel and pine cone. Caramel tastes come through in the beer but the earthiness and piney-ness are left in the aroma. Definitely some residual sweetness but that adds to the body. Great body for such a low alcohol beer (4.4%). Very easy drinking. You could easily drink a couple of these at the bar or bring home a six pack for the night.

Overall a very easy drinking tasty beer. Definitely doesn't blow you away by any stretch of the imagination but that doesn't mean it's a bad beer or not what the brewer intended. Wouldn't recommend for a tasting but would certainly pick up a six for a get-together.

SnowGoon99, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of beerorRIP
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle to a clear pint glass: yields a nice fluffy off-white head that reduces to a layer of foam. the head actually lasts long than i thought it might. the body is a nice amber color that is quite clear. there is some lacing sticking around.

this is a stone beer, so as you can imagine there's a dominant hop aroma. pungent, piney, and citrusy is the best way to describe it, but it's not super powerful like others in the stone line-up. there's a bit of malt in there but the hops take the front row.

mmm. mini-bastard? i've heard that used for this one, but i'm not going to say that's so. the hops aren't as powerful in this one. there's plenty of hop flavor hitting you when you sip it, a touch of maltiness, and then the bitterness hits you. but it's controlled. very nice.

the body is medium-light. the carbonation is somewhat prickly to keep the beer moving along and too help accentuate the hop flavor and bitterness.

easy to drink this one. another session beer i could have more than one of quite easily.

beerorRIP, Jun 15, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TheBadger0289, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Ursch79, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Hellvis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Hellvis, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of t2thebro
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

t2thebro, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of a6ladd
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

a6ladd, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of DannyHartman
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once again, Stone Brewery comes through.... This is an ale I place a step above their I.P.A... Such a complex body and nose.... Incredibly hoppy, with such an amazing taste.... I love to just sit and sip on this enjoyable brew.... On the strong side if you're not into a beer with hoppier taste, but I can promise you that this is one of the tastiest beers out of the Stone Brewery.... A must have.

DannyHartman, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of srb176
4/5  rDev +3.6%

srb176, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of astrobomb
3/5  rDev -22.3%

astrobomb, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ely2000k
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this beer may be one of the best introductory beers out there to introduce non craft drinkers to the world of craft beer. The low(er) alcohol percentage is a rarity for Stone, and I don't feel they skimp on the taste at all, despite it being the alcohol content that the average beer consumer would be used to. It's hoppy, but well balanced. The style is one that the average beer consumer has probably had before, but this is a good, well hopped up version, and still contains all the signifying traits that make up Stone. Great for a session beer. Overall I think this is a beer to bring the average consumer and a craft drinker together and see common ground. I see it as being a big success for that reason.

ely2000k, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Meleah
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Meleah, Aug 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

NickTight, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Golferallen54
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Golferallen54, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Jstonerock24
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%

Jstonerock24, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of reyolb
4/5  rDev +3.6%

reyolb, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of notsoprobeer
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish gold / garnet in color. It's clear and has a white head that dissipated slowly leaving lacing on the glass. It looks stunning (OK, I just happen to love this color)! Aroma of grapefruit hops and caramel malt. Flavor similar to aroma. While it leans toward the hoppy side, it has a nice caramel backbone. It's light bodied, has a smooth mouth feel, and is very drinkable. For a 4.4% ABV brew, the aptly named Levitation packs in a lot of flavor and makes for a very sessionable beer.

notsoprobeer, Sep 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

friedpotatoes, Mar 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Deanstreat, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Boosnell
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Boosnell, May 21, 2013
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,535 ratings.