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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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3,527 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,527
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 123
Gots: 248 | 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 jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to PhxHorn for this!

Pours hazed copperish amber with a thin lasting head that leaves webs of lacing.

The smell has a "Stone" house character with flroral and citric notes.

The taste is of light caramel, the "Stone" house character (probably from the yeast strain) and a bitterish citric/herbal touch in the finish.

It is almost too aggressively carbonated, but has a nice, quaffable lightness to it and a pleasantly dry aftertaste stays on the palate.

A solid choice for a more modest brew.

jwc215, May 10, 2009
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Modest, but lasting head; leaves a ring after each sip. Color is orange-amber with a light haze.

Good fresh hop bitterness to the nose.

Stark hop bitterness but it is not overwhelming. Thin body with a high level of carbonation--it feels like a seltzer. Smooth crystal malt flavor on the initial sip. Quite dry.

smcolw, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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?).

Gueuzedude, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

A: Copper-red/brown with white/tan head.

S: Piney hops basically, with some malt mixed in.

T: Piney hops, biscuit malts, really resiny, hops a bit too astringent for my tastes, but overall very nice.

M: Above average, medium-bodied.

D: Low in alcohol makes this a good session beer choice, but I found myself really not wanting more than one, a beer I'll have to revisit at some point though.

Halcyondays, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: copper / orange in color with a nice two finger head that lasts. Some nice lace paitns the glass during the session.

Aroma: caramel and some bread-like tones are soft but pleasant.

Taste: fresh baked bread, caramel, plums, red grapes, and a moderate bitterness makes up a nicely flavored ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied but is noticably thinner than other Stone beers. Lightly crisp throughout.

Drinkability: serious session ale here that anyone can drink all night. A nice example of a lower alcohol beer with some flavor and depth.

Gavage, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/11/05- Received via BA member RKhaze from a trip down to SoCal.

Presentation- Elegant etched 12oz bottle, undated. Poured into my Stone Levitation glass.

Appearance- Watery looking red/amber pour. The head makes of for it as does the great lacing.

Smell- Hefty caramel malt and bitter hops.

Taste- Very bitter hops and a big caramel malt backed flavor. Can't taste a true brown ale here.

Mouthfeel- Overly carbonated, and a fuller mouthfeel.

Drinkability- This one kinda tastes more like an ESB to me. Especially with the hops in this one. Not a bad brew considering though. Good job by Stone regardless of the style.

GClarkage, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass in low altitude downtown Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. My expectations were moderately high.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper-amber.

Sm: Cherry-raspberry ester fruit hops, cream, and barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: A complex berry hop blend over top a subtle barley foundation with nice cream and brilliant toasted malt underneath. Built quite nicely and very well balanced.

Mf: Coarse and wet. A bit too coarse for the flavour, but it gets the job done.

Dr: Drinkable and refreshing, if a bit full-bodied. Not sessionable, but certainly worth a go for any beer fanatic. I do wish it weren't so coarse.

kojevergas, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone finally gets to CT... and man this was a solid beer right here. I was surprised they made a beer with 4.4% ABV but it has more flavor than most 6 or 7% ABV beers. Super hoppy, but a tad on the lighter side, though it tastes more like a pale ale then an amber/red ale but hey, a good beer is a good beer. A little on the pricey side but definitely will be checking more stuff out from this brewery.

oriolesfan4, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

InspectorBob, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of corby112
2.1/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From notes:

Pours a deep, dark ruby/chestnut brown color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy off white head. Decent retention slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves a spot or two of lacing on it's way.

Very bland aroma which is very surprising for a Stone beer. Slight earthy hops with hints of pine needle as well as some hazelnut and caramel malt.

Buteer earthy, piny hops up front that linger throughout without much balance into a tongue assaulting dry finish. The malt presence is minimal as best and their is an odd spicy character that makes this beer pretty bad in my opinion. One dimensional with a bone dry finish. I usually like everything Stone makes but this was a wreck.

corby112, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. A sessionable Stone, that's novel.

Dark amber copper color, relatively clear, consistent carbonation. Moderate, frothy butter colored head that diminishes to a thin film with thick sticky rings of lacing. Aroma is...light? Not in a bad way, has a strong hop aroma and malty background, but nothing is overwhelming. Light body with heavy carbonation and a strong hop bite in the finish. Taste has backbone of caramel malt and a very dry hop bite that lingers forever. Entirely different hoppy amber than say Nugget Nectar, this is much thinner and lacking something in the body. Not even really so much an amber or a pale, just seems like a missing body with a hoppy kick. That isn't to say this isn't a nice session beer but it pales when compared to other Stone beers or others in the hoppy amber category.

yourefragile, May 21, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Straddling the line between amber and red, this beer pours a burnished, deep mahogany colour, bright ruby when held to the light, otherwise a slightly murky amber. Clarity is great, however, and the head forms lightly into a film of off-white. Lacing is classic. Looks pretty awesome.

Nose is sharp, crisp and delightful, with big citric hop fragrance pounding the nostrils from inches away. Robust characters of other sweeter fruits too, mostly apricot, pineapple and nectarine. It's so fresh, so bright, so powerful and so delightful. I've had far more timid noses in beers double or triple this one's strength. Awesome.

Taste is unsurprisingly much more subdued, but the hoppy characters translate very nicely into flavour, but not bitterness. This helps the palate, which is very light on—too much hoppiness would leave it unbalanced. Instead, we get bright tropical fruits at the start, before a subtle bit mid-palate and a dry, cleansing finish.

Insanely drinkable, quenchable and quaffable. This is an insane session beer, one of the most flavoursome and exciting beers under 5% ABV I think I've ever had. And despite the lightness on the palate, it never feels empty. Great brew.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +3.6%

orangesol, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmhouse

Appears amber red in my pint glass with a 1 inch head and lacing. The aroma and flavor are both predominately hoppy with citrus juice, a bit of pine, and a slight earthy undertone. The malt barely comes out, but I get a subtle light roast and bread crust flavor. The hops feel fairly crisp while, there's still a sweet malt component to balance it out. I find the body here to be a bit thick for the strength of this beer.

This reminds me a bit of American bitters, like Surly's Bitter Brewer, but this lacks subtle complexity. Instead, and this isn't a bad thing, it provides an impressive, hoppy punch for a relatively low-alcohol beer that can stand up to most pale ales.

UPDATE: Bottle - 6/28/11
Wow, I forgot how interesting this beer is. There are some really odd, but pleasant herbal garden hops notes with the citrus that remind me of Surly's Bitter Brewer (again). Of course, the malt is a significantly darker here, adding a light roasty finish in with the juicy hops. Heck of a beer.

tempest, May 03, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a light tan head. The head looks like it will never go away. It leaves thick laces. It smells like citrus, and maybe flowers. It smelled hoppy., but not too over the top. It tastes slightly malty. It has a spicy floral taste. It is lightly carbonated. It is smooth. The taste lingers im my mouth. This beer can go all night long. Chewy, It is very low in alcohol content, so you could drink quite a few of them but the ABV tasted more than it was, perhaps because it was so full bodied. It is a little too hoppy for my. Not an amber fan but this was pretty dam good.

barleywinefiend, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of wl0307
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 12 Fl. Oz. small bottle was purchased online from the Beers of Europe, a friendly and efficient beer shop in the UK. No freshness info. is found on the bottle, served cool (not as suggested by the bottle, "refrigerated") in a straight pint glass. NOTE: Given my limited experience with American craft beers, this is by far the second lightest (in terms of abv.) I've tried, only next to Anchor's "Small Beer".

A: pours an elegant bright copper hue as of moderately-infused roasted tea, coming with restrained but constant input of tiny fizziness and a beige fluffy head with pretty decent retention, leaving uneven sheets of lacing as it retreats.
S: the richly lychee-ish+elderflowery+grapefruity hop aroma is backed by an equally rich malt backbone of burned sugar, syrupy longan-fruits, dried berries, some oily-textured cream, and sweetened cold black tea... Very very pleasant indeed and pretty complex as well, while a swirl gives rise to an utterly attractive edge of really fat and fresh overripe lychees to underline the whole aroma. It ticks all the boxes for an ultra-delicious hoppy ale, at just 4.4%abv.!
T: lightly tangy and tea-stem-like sour-bitterness (from the hops) and a bitter tea-ish flavour of roast-/crystal-malts manifest themselves from the first second onwards, laced by a clean and fine sour-spicy-piney edge as of yeasts+hops or something beyond my imagination. The hop flavour is well balanced by the caramely & lightly buttery-nutty malts in the background, so it's not as hugely flowery or lychee-ish as on the nose, but the level of hop bitterness deepens extremely well, rendering a long, semi-dry and satisfyingly chewy finish, where more hop legacy - in the form of old dried grapefruit peels and Chinese roast tea-leaves - earmarks the lingering aroma at the rear and wings of the tongue.
M&D: quite soothing on the carbonation, though a tad fizzy for my preference, while the body remains medium to echo the balanced flavour profile. This low-gravity ale (by the US standard, of course) packs loads of hops with a surprising balance, a factor that greatly appeals to me in person. Be it "American Amber Ale" or "English Premium Bitter with a US twist", this proves to be one of the most quaffable and lovely hoppy beers that I've had recently. I'm really happy to have tried it, but I uphold my opinion: "Better serve it cool"! The bottle also bears the mark "2007 Gold Medal Winner - The Great American Beer Festival" - a well-deserved award, I think.

wl0307, May 12, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at the Blind Tiger NYC. Pours a healthy dark amber. Tiny bubble film was all the head I got. Medium hoppy nose. Notes of solid malt base, grainy hops very present from start to finish. Sort of like "Arrogant Bastard light" As close to a session brew as I've sampled from stone. Good ale, worth a try.

Billolick, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mostly clear medium reddish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and a hint of copper highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops and slightly lesser aromas of pine hops. There are light hints of caramel malts as well underneath the hops.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit hops and light notes of pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness are present but does not linger for long.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very flavorful with a really nice hop presence and quite sessionable due to the low ABV. Definitely one I would grab again and I can't believe this is the first time I have tried it.

dbrauneis, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to have another tasty low abv option. This one from Stone is just the ticket for an afternoon beer when you've still got something to do. Pours reddish dark amber with a slight head. Smells dry, light, and spicy with hops. Clean and pine scented with very little malt sweetness. Almost austere. The taste is similar. Quite light and clean and surprisingly bitter and dry. Lean and quenching with an herbal, piney finish. Nice.

Georgiabeer, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle shared with Phatz.

A: The ale has a true-to-style amber red color with a decent head that comes close to 1 finger in size.

S: The aroma is grainy caramel and biscuit malts that are highlighted by a citrusy hop aroma. Unlike all other Stone brews that I've had, the malts are the shining point here.

T: The amber ale has a strong malt presence. The flavors are caramel and biscuit malts, strong but not to the point of sweetness. The malts are chewy and provide the significant component in the taste. The malts do pop up intermittently, having a grapefruity, citrus element that nicely compliments the strong malts.

M: The mouthfeel is more malty than hoppy, a first for Stone ales that I've had. I like that the hops take a back seat, they pop up when needed and are a nice secondary element.

D: The closest that I've seen to a session ale from Stone. The malts are strong and well-represented, taking control of the ale from start to finish.

akorsak, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an Imperial Nonic)

A- This beer has a crystal clear but dense auburn colored body with a sticky antique white head that is supported by a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The aroma of green pine hops has some strong pineapple weed pungent notes and some pale malt aromas in the background.

T- The slightly sweet pale malt flavor bends to the juicy green pine hops with some citrus notes and earthy qualities that all end up with a bitter hop punch.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a soft fizz and no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer is a bit softer than most Stone beer I have had but it would make a nice session beer that still has plenty of flavor and aroma hops. It goes down really smooth.

rhoadsrage, Jun 09, 2009
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,527 ratings.