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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

1,196 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 1,196
Hads: 3,850
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 5.64%
Wants: 154
Gots: 456 | 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

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Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002

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Reviews: 1,196 | Hads: 3,850
Photo of geokills
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is not a beer for me. Disappointed, as I am an avid Stone fan and this being my first opportunity with the Levitation Ale. While the prose was sweet as ever, the brew itself was exceedingly oppressive, strongly hopped -- I would hands down prefer Ruination to Levitation when it comes to high hops from Stone. A pleasingly aesthetic amber red in a glass, this one just didn't have it in flavor to warrant another buy from me anytime soon. (443 characters)

Photo of joecast
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

finally, the last of stones year round beers i have not tried. this is an occasion i have looked forward to.
12 ov bottle. enjoy by date 08 04 07

pours darker than i expected. deep amber and copper. very low carbonation. thin tan head leaves some lacing.

super hoppy aroma. spicy, peppery, a bit grassy. probably missing some malt presence, but i dont mind. puts other sub 5% beers to shame.

hmm, hop flavored mouth wash comes to mind. nah, actually, mouth wash made from hops. no flavoring added here. its the real thing.
starts with a light sweetness on the tongue before a flooding of hops takes over from my lips, passed the roof of my mouth and down the back of my throat. more please.

well, never had an amber ale like this! certainly punches above its weight, and does it well. more hops in this 12oz bottle than most cases of bmc. (853 characters)

Photo of notoriousdav
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is the worst in Stone's otherwise excellent lineup, which is unfortunate because those who try this beer first may get the wrong impression of this fine craft brewery. It looks right, and the smell is there with some piney, earthy notes, but this beer falls flat on its face when it comes to taste. Frankly, the taste is insipid at best. There's just nothing there except water and metal and lot's of carbonation. Maybe it's the low alcohol, but this beer has no character whatsoever, and is nothing to write home about. (530 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After awhile, all of Stone's ale taste about the same. This one was no different. Poured a medium dark brown with some white foam. The smell of Piney hops was all I could get out of the aroma. As far as the taste, it was average with the tart piney flavor of the hops and that was about it. Not impressed, just average at best. (327 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I should have tried this before the Arrogant Bastard, IPA and Ruination...

Looks like an amber ale... amber!

Smells like malt, not much hop aroma.

It tastes ok, I won't call all my friends, but I think it's all right.

it's cold, it has alcohol, it's a beer... average beer.

well, regardless of the taste, appearance, smell or mouthfeel, 'overall', I think it's an average beer, but then again, 'overall', I think my boss (Ray) is an asshole!*

*NOTE: my co-workers (former and present) also think Ray is an asshole...
ASS-HOLE! (533 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has got to be my favorite "session" beer and it is perfect for poker night. It is orange in color with a decent head. It smells hoppy and grassy. The taste is grassy and delicious. I can't believe it has this much flavor for such a low ABV beer. It also tastes a little like Bastard. (288 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beers pours with a cloudy copper color and a decent head.

Aromas are bread like, sweet dough, and a hint of pine from the hops.

Flavors are slightly sweet, tea like, and creamy. You really notice the nice mouthfeel as this beer really coats your mouth well, and the carbonation is right on as well. Finish is a bit tart and crisp. I would like to have tasted some more hop flavors from this.

As mentioned before, the mouthfeel is quite good.

Drinkability is very good. This is a solid Amber Ale. There are some others out there that I prefer, but this is a nice easy drinking sessionable beer.

Many thanks to mymrngjckt for throwing this beer in as an extra from our recent trade. (698 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the Town and Country liquor store in Fullerton, on to the beer:

It pours dark red into a chalice. The head that froms sits on top of the beer the whoe way through. The smell is crisp and sweet, with caramel, hoppy, and vanilla flavors rising from it. In the taste, it's bready, mostly with a hoppy taste goes from start to finish. A hint of sugar cookies sneaks into play towards the end. Not much of an aftertaste. This beer goes down nice, easy, and creamy. This beer's a little deeper in flavor than what I expected from a 4.4 ABV beer. (547 characters)

Photo of guinnessfan
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Nice amber color, absolutely no head, even with an agressive pour. Little lacing, nothing fantastic.

S: Slightly sweet, piney hops.

T: Bitter, reminds me of an ESB. Not much sweetness, like there was with the smell. Completely 1-dimensional. Not bad, but not good.

M: Thin, carbonated, prickly bite.

D: Easy enough to drink if you can stand the bitterness. It's not a good hop-bitterness, it's just plain bitter. I normally like Ambers, but I will NOT buy this again. Wayyy overrated. (553 characters)

Photo of rkuhnel
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone makes some incredible brews, but I am beginning to think Amber Ale might be one of the most challenging types to make really well. This poured a dark amber with a fat, slightly off-white head that left sticky-looking lacing in rings around the glass. Nose of malts, hops, citrus, flowers, and something else I cannot quite get to. The hops dominate and so you have to look for everything else. Mouthfeel is very smooth and better than most ambers. Flavor is of malts, caramels, and of course hops. Finishes smooth . At only 4.4 % you could knock back a few of these in an evening, and enjoy every bottle. Interesting and well done. (637 characters)

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The gargoyle brings forth session fare, and it works. Appearance is a rusty amber with considerable transparency. Smell is very potent for a beer of diminished gravity. Great blend of caramel & coffee malts. The taste follows suit, bringing forth a predictable dose of hoppage, and leaving a slightly unfortunate aftertaste of cold coffee. The mouthfeel is thin for obvious reasons, but I still really dig this beer. The complexity they managed to squeeze out of a beer with 4.4% abv is pretty astonishing. They could rename this beer Unassuming Co-Dependent Bastard. Or maybe The Bastard Who Loved Me.... Accomodating Bastard? The Kinder, Gentler Bastard? I'll stop this now, and I apologize. (693 characters)

Photo of ruinationation
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light shade of amber with a less than one finger head. Nice lacing, more than I would of expected for this beer.

Nice hop smell with molases coming through.

Very tasteful, good hop and malt balance. A little watery for a stone but no doubt enjoyable. Reminds me of a lite Arrogant Bastard, kinda sorta. Good beer for any occasion just make sure you have enough sixers. (385 characters)

Photo of Enola
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in the Double Trouble BIF.

This beer poured a cloudy red and there was a fair head. The smell is wonderfull. Hops, brown sugar, maple syrup. Mmm. The taste is smooth with just a little bit of a watery finish. Bitter, this seems to flirt with pale ale. The mouthfeel is smooth and drinkbility inviting. As a lower abv brew, several of these could be consumed easily. This is the shy nephew of an arrogant uncle. (422 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a fairly bright & clear amber color. Lots of visible carbonation. Has a foamy off-white head that eventually lingers as a foam, but laces the glass a bit.

Smell: A fairly sweet scent of malts, bread; some hops and grasses become more noticable later on. Rather different; I'm not sure if I like it, but it's interesting.

Taste: The hops are more noticable here, together with citrus, but there's also a lot of malts -- they seem to switch off as far as which is the most dominant flavor. But there's nothing really interesting in the taste, and it's a bit monolithic.

Mouthfeel: Semi-smooth and medium bodied, but a bit too grainy (in a slightly grating way) and carbonated.

Drinkability: No problem drinking one of these (unless you're averse to strong hops), but it feels like one is enough and two would be too many (as far as the taste, etc. goes).

As usual, Stone goes for an over-the-top beer, rather than an interesting beer. I'd rather get their pale ale and skip the malts here that are a bit too sweet. (This almost seems like their pale ale with malts dumped in.) It's not a bad beer, but I can't think of a good reason to get this again. (1,219 characters)

Photo of velo343
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark amber/orange from the bottle with a lacey off-white head that is retained very well.

Smell - A pleasing smell of citrus hops, pine, grass.

Taste - A mild bitterness that ends in a bit of a sour note. There is some taste of grapefruit that shows itself. Not too much malt characteristic.

Mouthfeel - Fairly watery.

Drinkability - A somewhat disappointing beer from Stone. Not at all undrinkable, but it lacks a lot of complexity in the taste. The smell seems to promise a lot that just isn't followed up once it is drunk. Decent, but probably won't be having this one again. (612 characters)

Photo of zuggy9
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh my Oh my. Where to begin. This is a session beer If ever I tasted one. I love the super-tasty hops and the beer just goes down so easily it is ridiculous. I was sad that I only had one. I could use a case of this stuff.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful luminescent amber brown with a creamy off white head and has quantities of attractive lacing.

Smell: Caramel and malts and bread and fresh fresh hops. Pine cones surrounded by sap, sweet sticky sap.

Taste: The pine hop is right on. Sweet to start like a toasted caramel malt, followed by a bold pine bite and then a light lingering citric bite and a dry finish, that leaves every one of my taste bud calling for more and my mouth salivating profusely.

Mouthfeel: Malty and smooth and hoppy and lively enough but not too much to slow the pace of the beer that slide quickly through the mouth.

Drinkability: This has become an instant party beer for me. It is full of flavors and yet it won't kick my ass. I love it.

[EDIT - I found a sixer of this as quickly as I could, love it]

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,084 characters)

Photo of theopholis
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark amber/copper. A small beige head that disappears fairly quickly and leaves very little lace.

Aroma- Lots of malty sweetness. Little hop aroma, but what is there is very nicely balenced. Maybe some caramel and dry bread to. Smells great.

Taste- Nice malty sweetness with a nice blend of bittering and floral hops. Hints of spiced apple. Good aftertaste, tho it's exactly the same as the fore-taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. A tad over-carbonated; but not a deal breaker.

Drinkability- Not bad, not great. Most people will like it as long as they don't have some bizaar averdsion to hops. (614 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Vibrant amber copper...clean and clear. A small but substantial beige head hugs the sides of the glass.

S: Caramel apple all the way with some toasted cereal.

T: Starts off with a subdued red apple flavor paired with a generous dose of caramel malt and dry biscuits. Grapefruit, lemon and some orange flavors play a part then add a solid amount of bitterness to the beer. Finishes lightly fruity with a real grainy aftertaste which I'm not really fond of.

M: Light body, medium mouthfeel. Bit fuzzy but not a deal breaker.

D: Not bad and frankly unique enough to seperate itself from the pack. The grainy aftertaste doesn't do it for me though, never does. (672 characters)

Photo of Gatch
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good. Reminiscent of an IPA, but a little darker, really nice deep orange color. The nose was great, fairly hoppy. Had some citrus to it and the usual floral aroma. Great ale from Stone and they made it stand out much more than other amber ales. Mos def give it a try. (273 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice coloration to this beer. It's a dark amber with hints of crimson and brown mixed in. Small wispy head that doesn't have the retention or stickiness that I've come to expect from Stone beers.
Mixture of tropical and dark fruits in the aroma. If there was such a thing as citrus raisins, I imagine that they would smell like this. Pleasant aroma that is the cross between a grapefruit and a raisin.
The flavor starts off with a nice citrus/piney hoppy bite. In the middle is a toasty sweet maltiness. The beer finishes with some more hop bitterness and nice hoppy aftertaste. Levitation amazes me with it's simplicity (especially for a Stone brew), but it's still very flavorful. Simply delicious.
The mouthfeel is slick, smooth, and mildly sticky. It has a nice dry finish.
Stone is known for thier big hop bombs, but here they make an excellent session ale, that is one of the best I've had.
Many thanks to Marvz and boolshot from the Double Trouble BIF. (964 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (971 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an opaque reddish-brown. Expected something a little clearer, maybe this was dry hopped? Head isn't that big and fades very quickly. The smell is pretty pungent for an amber ale, with resiny hops. Duh, this is Stone. It's a pretty good hopped up amber ale... hops still dominate the added maltiness. Carbonation and body are medium. Tasty and easy to drink for sure. (381 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Stone. They can do no wrong. Pours a nice bronze color with some distinct red tones. Head cascades up to a nice level even with a soft pour. It drops to leave rings of lacing that mark your way down the glass. Smell is typical Stone west coast hops and ohhhh so good. Citrus and nice piney notes. Taste kicks in with a nice caramel malt balance. The malt becomes more and more prominant as you drink more of this one but the hops never goes away. Taste becomes bready and earthy. Mouthfeel has a perfect carbonation level. Beer finishes with a light bitter aftertaste. Overall a very nice beer. Of the Stone I've had only the IPA is comparable as an every day drinker. With the low ABV this is my new choice for drinking more than a couple in a night. (771 characters)

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,196 ratings.