Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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very good

3,727 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,727
Reviews: 1,190
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 335 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by 8/20/12. Pours a dark amber red, with a two inch off white head, with great retention and loads of lacing. Smell is carmel, pine, biscuit, and grapefruit. Taste is all of that, kind of carmel and citrus in the start, with a blast of grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium for its ABV, plenty of carbonation, not dry, and very drinkable. I have passed on this many times, because of price and low ABV
It is a wonderful beer, but I will still pass until I see it crazy fresh.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Amber-brown color with a 2-finger bubbly, pillowy light tan head. Great retention and pretty good lacing. Lots of bubbles coming to the surface.

S - Hop-forward with grapefruit, pineapple, peach, and mango aromas along with a toasted caramel malt backbone.

T - Starts off sweet with caramel malt flavors and builds to a slight bitterness from toasted, bready malts. Bitterness continues to build to a light-to-moderate level with grapefruit, orange, peach, and pineapple hop flavors. More malt presence than the nose suggested.

F - Light-to-medium bodied with good carbonation, a creamy and crisp mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter and dry finish. Caramel sweetness and toasted malt and hop bitterness both linger for a little bit.

O - This is a pretty good beer. It’s well-balanced like a good amber ale should be, but it’s somewhat confusing because the nose was more hop-heavy while the taste was more malt-heavy. It’s also a little on the lighter side in terms of body, but that kind of makes sense considering the low ABV. Despite these characteristics, this is a really nice session beer. Stone never disappoints.

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3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is a nice clear dark reddish-amber with a thin head and a bit of lacing. The nose is pretty hop-forward with sweetish floral notes (almost like a barleywine). Mostly, I get pine, caramel, and a hint of cherry.

The beer is medium-bodied with a firm mouthfeel. There are some sweet caramel-like notes up front and a not-so-subtle hop assault that somehow just doesn't work for me. Perhaps it's the varieties used, but they contribute a strong lemon-like character that gives the beer an almost acidic flavor. At mid-palate, the acidic flavors come in and carry you to the finish, which is watery, lemony, and rather unpleasant.

This style is hit or miss with me and this time it definitely was a miss. I did not find this beer enjoyable or flavorful, but that doesn't mean I'm ready to turn in my Stone Fan Club pin just yet. This brewer has several outstanding beers. In my opinion, this isn't one of them.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,727 ratings.