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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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very good

3,124 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3124
Reviews: 1154
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%

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:
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Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. screen printed bottle. Sampled on Feb. 14, 2014.

It is a very attractive looking beer with its deep amber pour and long lasting tan head. Great clarity. Great lacing.

The nose is alive with grass, pine, and citrus hops which is not what one would normally pick up in an amber ale. It has some punch! Vibrant. Biscuit malts are subdued.

Medium body.

Like the nose the taste has an exquisite pine, grass, and floral character that is a bit more forward than any biscuit malts but they still do not take everything over. Drinkable and fascinating.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 00:53:57 | More by puboflyons
Photo of titty_mcbitty


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light red-brown. Nice looking beer.

S: Hops, spice, and malt.

T: Wow! This is awesome. It's like a spicy IPA sort of with an excellent body. Dry hops, grass, wheat, spice, cloves, light fruits, bread, malts.

M: Good as well. Medium with awesome carb feel.

O: This beer is so good and I think it deserves a way better rating than the one it has. The taste and feel is so refreshing that I'm going to start buying packs of these for a go-to beer. This is truly some good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 22:30:05 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of donmonkey1


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a nice, thick, frothy, mostly white with a touch of tan head. The head receeds too quickly but laces nicely.

Smell: Floral, fruity, piney, citrus, grapefruit.

Taste: Just like the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent carbonation

Overall: I love this beer. The only thing holding back my scores is that I would like the malt to be a little more of a factor.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 22:01:36 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours red with bubbles racing up the brew to a foamy 2 finger light tan head that was full of bubbles and dissipated very slowly, leaving craters as it went down a excellent sticky lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Aroma is a combo of piney and citrus hops up front, with grapefruit, tea leaf, herbs, peppery spices and earthy grass notes allow some caramel and malt to peek out at the end. Did not expect a amber/red ale to be this hoppy, but I guess that is the Stone way so I inhaled and enjoyed it.

Taste is more malty and bready, with rye or other spices coming through before the piney and citrus hops; interesting how the flavor did not match the nose, none the less it was tasty with pepper, grapefruit, tea leaf, spices, cinnamon, wheat bread and earthy notes that almost seem like peat moss or very dry floral hops. I was shocked by the lack of caramel and toffee flavor which normally make these ambers red in color, but again enjoyed the hoppy dominance.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, with light zesty carbonation and a dry clean finish that’s on the bitter side but more like a pilsner in weight as it goes down.

Overall I really like this and at 4.4% ABV this is a great session beer, and one I should have reviewed long ago as it has always gone down easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 02:27:11 | More by CHickman
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4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't think I ever tried this before today. It is marvelous.

It pours darker and browner than a typical red. Still pretty, but too dark. The head is a little thin. The aroma is nice and hoppy, giving warning of an American taste to come.

The taste is outstanding. It is very bitter and hoppy with lighter malt than typically for the style. This is a unique "balance" (off balance) than works. The aftertaste lingers long and bitter on the tongue.

To me, this brew competes with other full bodied brews that are absolutely sessionable, and wins. This is my new favorite "light" beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 00:15:50 | More by schoolboy
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3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
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


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 18:05:01 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Handsome dark amber color in the tall Weissbier glass with ample foam and nice lacing. Quite sudsy in the mouth, a real pleasure for drinkability.

Some caramel notes and a pleasant malty tang. Toasty, resiny, some pine notes. A little back of the throat darkness with a zingy tang. Watery mouthfeel but quite refreshing. Totally quaffable. A nice balance between the light weight and the hop flavors. Just enough aromatics and a moderately bitter finish.

Somehow I've avoided this, but it's a nice change from the usual Stone blunt hop instruments. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Von's supermarket in San Clemente, a decent place for single beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 06:43:02 | More by mactrail
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone - a favorite brewer. Thanks for this session amber ale.

A: Good looking darker MAHOGANY body, with plenty of tan head and lacing. A darker Amber Ale.

S: Plenty of aroma for a session beer. In true Stone fashion, hoppy on top, then underneath roasty malts. Nutty, grassy.

T: Follows smell, on the hoppy end of spectrum for amber ale. I think taste is faithful to and fulfilling of the nose. Plenty of flavor for a session ale.

MF: medium, easy, good long finish, appetizing.

We need more 4% flavor-packed beers like this. Equal favorites like 21st Amendment - Bitter American (APA) and Left Hand Sawtooth (*an ESB) come to mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 00:51:45 | More by Act25
Photo of FLima


4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish color with beige two finger thick head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Its aroma made me levitate, a festival of tropical citric fruits with bold notes of grapefruits, tangerines, passion fruit and caramels.
Nice refreshing and hoppy flavor of American Amber ale yeast, citrus hops with grapefruits, lemon and tangerine notes, pine, tea bags, roasted malts, caramels and spices. Hints of peaches, grass and smoke. It seems bitter than its 45 IBUs. It is amazing that this is close to maturity and still feels fresh and with hop power. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Light and smooth body enough to be a session beer, perfect carbonation.
This one of the best light beers I had, the perfect session beer. A session Bastard. Don’t look for depth here and you will love this.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 00:16:02 | More by FLima
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a dark amber color with a 2 finger off white, almost oatmeal colored head. 2 finger head, Nice retention and lacing.

S - This smells like a big beer, but I am aware it is not. Very crisp, malty, yeast almost is bread like. A sweetness at the end, both citrusy and darker fruits.

T - Definitely roasted malts up front, this bitterness is given off from the malts. Very subtle with what it does to the palate. Yeast notes such as biscuit is in there for a crispness. Other than this. Not too much happening.

M - Very light, silky, clean finish, drinkable.

O - This is a very light and drinkable beer. Given what Stone does with beers, like beefing them up, this is quite a light beer. Not much to say, if you're looking for a nice introduction to the craft beer world from one of the finest Craft Brewers in the world, this is a great start. Can't go wrong. I will have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 05:44:50 | More by santomark
Photo of DougT


3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Clear reddish copper color with a 1 finger light tan foamy head. As it dissipates it clings to the glass and leaves some lace.

Smells hoppy, but not excessively. Not much else in the nose. Somewhat one dimensional.

Some grain bitterness, some hop bitterness, dry, a little watery. Mostly just hop flavors, not much else going on.

First impression is medium body, but as the carbonation fades things get a little thin. The sparkle from the bubbles lingers which helps a lot.

I'm not thrilled. It's just OK. I don' think I'll get any more. I find the watery lightness is not completely compensated by the sparkle. There's a bit too much grain bitterness for my taste. A larger proportion of a lighter carmel grain would help remove some of the grain bitterness, boost the alcohol and add some body.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 01:48:49 | More by DougT
Photo of whynot44


3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber color with a modest white head that retreats to just a a light skin that persists and does leave some decent lacing.
The aroma is pine needles, grapefruit, grass and a light malt background.
The taste is the same. Hops up front - pine, citrus, herbs, grass followed by a light sweet caramel malt. Finishes dry with a pine resin flavor lingering on.
Light bodied, very drinkable.
Overall, a nice amber ale for the hop heads, refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 09:06:19 | More by whynot44
Photo of DeFaz


3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was hoping that this beer, at a 4.4% ABV, could offer significant flavor and be a highly drinkable beer while keeping that low alcohol level--something that today beers seem to be having trouble doing as the only flavorful beers are rising in ABV. This offers a good smattering of flavors, with some uumph from the hops and malt flavors that don't back down, but it's not nearly as flavorful as I hoped. Worse, the mouthfeel is too thin. Overall, the beer lacks a solid body and distinctive flavors. It would have been nice to find a fairly low ABV beer out there that offers what the higher ABV beers bring to the table, but this one doesn't.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 04:42:41 | More by DeFaz
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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (best by December 8, 2013) into a nonic.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger of light-tan head. Retention is around a minute and some chunks of lace are left behind on the glass. The brew is brassy-amber in color and nearly clear.

S-This beer smells shockingly like a "baby" Bastard. It is hop heavy (even though my bottle was past the best by date) with herbal, mint, pine, and citrus aromas mingling with a lightly bread and caramel malt aroma. Impressive intensity and complexity.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely with the aforementioned hoppy mixture giving up a little bit of ground to the malts. I taste a bit more caramel and bread here than I smell, but this is still a hop-lover's session beer.

M-The body is medium with above-average levels of carbonation and good drinkability.

O-This is a pretty great session-type beer. I really mean it when I say it drinks like an approachable "Bastard" because the hop profile is so similar to Arrogant B, albeit a bit toned down in this format. I also enjoy the mouthfeel; this beer manages to drink well, while providing some substance on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 03:46:44 | More by spoony
Photo of ZoomanCru


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: Deep copper/orange with some reddish hues. Pours slightly hazy with good carbonation and a one and a half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving significant lacing a thin head.

Smell: Deep amber malt nose with some lingering hops bitterness in the background. Over all, not a super strong bouquet, but the aromas are well balanced and clean. Notes of caramel and pine.

Taste: Slight toasted malt in the fore and after taste. True taste is all hops, and a little more bitter than I was expecting from the nose. Predominantly piney with some subtle fruity acidity. Very well balanced but not remarkable. Lingering astringency that could be a result of my palate, but it's a little bit off putting. Tiniest amount of diacetyl as the beer is allowed to warm.

Mouth: Dry and evenly carbonated, this beer is easily drinkable. Could maybe use a little more body to make up for the acidity of the hops. It's only 4.4% ABV too.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 19:54:42 | More by ZoomanCru
Photo of IAmAPenguin


3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: fresh citrussy hops, herbs earth and metallic amber malts. Appearance: deep, brownish purple with a thin foam. Taste: strong bitter hop overtones which is is not typical of amber ales (expected from stone though). Other notes of deep caramel, molasses, sugar, metallic notes and syrupy maple. Overall, I'm typically not a fan of amber ales, but this is hopped up to my tastes, it's very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 07:46:26 | More by IAmAPenguin
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3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Look:dark amber, thick khaki head, great lacing.
Aroma notes:orange, lemon, grapefruit, slight pine, grass.
Tasting notes:grapefruit, lemon zest, wheat bread, brown sugar, grass.
Feel: very light bodied.

This ones a mixed bag, while it's low ABV makes it a great session ale it also hinders it in the amber field. The aroma seems to be the strongest aspect of this one with its IPA like hop smells. There's better ambers out, much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:11:30 | More by screamking
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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a deep amber color with a pretty sad off white head almost no lacing on my glass. It smells of sweet caramel malts and some nice piney hops. There is a very pleasant aroma to this brew. I found the taste to be quite malty but it has some definite hop bitterness that balances it out nicely. This beer is not yellow, it’s not fizzy and it doesn’t taste like water but it clocks in at a measly 4.4% abv. This is good and I’m happy drinking but I would just step it up to the IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 05:19:53 | More by CA_brewster
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice amber color with a good white head

Smell: Piney herbal hops, with some light malt in the background

Taste: Citrus, pine, herbal hoppy flavors. Some toasted bread, grain, and caramel malts in the background

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: Good session beer, but way too expensive for what it is. I try to not let my wallet influence reviews, but when I'm paying what this costs, I would prefer to be satisfied with one beer. I would have this around often if it was more affordable. But still, it is overall a very good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2013 03:16:08 | More by MadCat
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3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Clear amber-red with awesome foamy tan head.
s - Citrus, pine, toast in the background
t - Pine, some citrus, toast. Very crisp. Let it warm and you get caramel and the hops get medicinal.
m - moderate-high carbonation at first. Let it sit and the carbonation fades, becoming more slick
o- a good session amber. Better cold.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 23:20:00 | More by Brianofthemarsh
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with an "enjoy by" date of 1/5/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - a fine looking red ale with bubbly carbonation that builds a towering, beige head! Lacing is superb!
Smell - a surprisingly hop forward citrus nose! I am really pleased with this!
Taste - another aggressively hopped beer from Stone that finds a way to work with the style!
Feel - light body, bitter hops, and very easy to drink, as you can imagine at 4.4%.
Overall - an amber ale for the hop head! Stone hits a home run with this one in my opinion!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 04:19:22 | More by DenverHopHead
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Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber-red with two inches of airy tan head. Very good retention; good lacing.

Grassy hops, biscuity and caramel malt aromas, and a touch of brown sugar.

Dusty hops that verge on medicinal towards the end.

Flat, quick and dry. Medium body with a lingering medicinal finish.

Good beer on the whole.
Nothing inherently "bad" about it, but it is slightly "meh." The flavors featured are undeniably good, but are overshadowed by what it doesn't have.
Regardless, I would have it again; worth trying if you can get it where you are.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 21:15:27 | More by TheDoctor
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3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- a clear deep amber. The foamy-ish white head has amazing retention aided by the steady contribution of carbonation.

S- big pine hops dominates with some very subtle grapefruit notes

T- pine hops is the order of the day. It dominates throughout and overpowers pretty much everything else. It's good, but it's just one note.

M-a faint tickle of carbonation in an otherwise smooth and thinner ale

O-it's a good but not great amber. I'd like more depth.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 21:43:24 | More by delta490
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4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Apperance - An excellent dark brown, through which some line shines. Similar to a nice iced tea color

Smell- A crisp smell that gives you some freshness

Taste - Fantastic. Finishes with an uplifting freshness.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation, excellently smooth. Feels great

Overall - A very solid beer. A fall beer if ever there was one.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 00:51:57 | More by jtw004
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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany, with a creamy off-white head. Smells of pinecones, and a hint of oak. Taste begins with a sharp grapefruit peel bite, then some rye bread, and finishes with a long piney bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall an excellent amber ale. It is really a nice beer for hop-heads, it is as hoppy as some of the new 'session' IPA's ive had.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:08:12 | More by tronester
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,124 ratings.