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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,533 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,533
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 CHADMC3
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber to walnut colored body with reddish hues beneath the dense, tan head that slowly disappears to leave a thick, tacky lacing.

Earthy hop aromas float from the glass, consisting of wood, pine, and citrus with secondary aromas of caramel malt.

The flavor is a bit sweeter, focusing more on the caramel malt and citrus hops with the pine and woodnotes taking a back seat.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a bitter, puckering finish.

This is a great beer with excellent flavors and aromas to entertain the senses without the higher abv associated with similarly flavored beers making it great for sessions.

CHADMC3, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of CarpalTunnell
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

CarpalTunnell, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of RWMIT
4/5  rDev +3.6%

RWMIT, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Jan 2012, so it's a little out of date. Acquired recently from a webshop. As always, I love the silk screen labelling.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep, hazy coppery-amber colour with low carbonation and plentiful fine sediment. Forms a small off-white head of foam that lasts for a minute or so before collapsing to a surface layer. Aroma of spicy aromatic hops and sweet caramel malt. Notes of pine resin, candy sugar and yeast.

Tastes of sweet malt with an aromatic hop character and a bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, candy sugar, caramel and dry yeast. A hint of staleness in the background? Considerable hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but feels somewhat flat. A spicy quality. Exceptional astringency for such a relatively light beer. Aftertaste of malt and very bitter hops.

Not bad - pretty tasty with stacks of hops (as expected). Mouthfeel would have benefited from higher carbonation. A good blend of malt and aromatic hops, though the bitterness is perhaps over the top. Decent but not as good as other Stone offerings - try it once.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of PhantasIPA
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is average. It has a healthy medium-brown color and an average head.

It has a nutty scent with a sweet hint, mainly that of caramel.

The taste is dark but not too dark. There is a hint of caramel but it also has a bitter flavor, too bitter given the alcohol content of only 4.4%. If it were a hint sweeter or a hint less bitter, then the taste would be great, but it is not.

The mouthfeel is just fine given the fact that it is an ale and it is 4.4%; not too heavy and not too bitter.

Overall the beer is above average but it is not a staple in my beer diet. There are better beers that come from the Stone Brewery, although this one is not bad.

PhantasIPA, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of BuddytheElf
4/5  rDev +3.6%

BuddytheElf, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Iowacraft
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Iowacraft, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jmarklan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a lovely amber... I love that color. Great head and retention with excellent lacing.

Smells of floral hops, a bit citric. Light malt towards the back.

More citric than floral, grapefruit hops dominate the front and the middle of the taste. Almost tastes like grapefruit juice. Slight caramel towards the end. Not too flavorful, but more than what you'd expect given such low ABV.

Medium bodied, a touch of hop resin adds slight slickness. Refreshing and very, very drinkable. I ended up throwing this down quick w/o realizing it.

Overall: I don't know if i'd get this again... i like a brew with a little more body and flavor. Nonetheless, its pretty awesome given 4.4 ABV. A session beer if ever there was one.

jmarklan, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of JimHulley
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

JimHulley, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass, best by 5/1/12. This pours a nice reddish brown color with a nice tan head which leaves a nice lacing. The smells are of good and caramel, other malts pretty good. The feel is medium with a mouth coating hop resin. The taste is good, nice mid hop bite with a caramel backbone. I really wish they had these in Texas because this would be my go to session beer.

DavidST, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Beezee, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of vkv822
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
best by: 2/26/12

Pours a clear red-copper with a bubbly, foamy off white head that leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is quite hoppy, with a balance of citric and pine notes.

The taste is again a blend of citric and pine notes, though it has more of a caramel, biscuit malt balance than in the aroma.

Medium body, with appropriate carbonation.

Not my favorite style usually, but this is a nice amber ale that I enjoyed.

vkv822, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of doucmehu
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

doucmehu, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep gold/amber color. slight haze. tan/ golden brown head. nice head retention. good lacing.

huge hop aroma. im guessing it was dry hopped given the hazy appearance and big bouquet. notes of citrus, pine. no malt aroma.

bitter. and bitter throughout. flavors of cirtus (lemon and lime) and pine. no malt flavor. no malt sweetness.

light body. soft and smooth.

the flavor is a tad unbalanced towards the hop flavor and bitterness. i know its stone and this is what they try to do, but im still not going to give them a perfect score for it...
its the coolest session ale ive ever had.

spitInTheOcean, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of zhumphrey
4/5  rDev +3.6%

zhumphrey, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Hoolihan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Hoolihan, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of jsawitsky
5/5  rDev +29.5%

jsawitsky, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Namarsha82
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Namarsha82, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of RyanCMcGovern
4/5  rDev +3.6%

RyanCMcGovern, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost brown with coppery purple highlights. A fluffy off white head leaves behind plenty of lacing.

Smell is quite bold and nice. Some floral hops that border on citrusy, malt, both bready and caramel. Very nice.

Tastes rather bland after all that. Bready malt and not much else.

Texture is nice and light. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Wow, how can such a beer have a great aroma, yet fall so far from it on the taste? Granted, it's a simple beer, succeeds in every category, just needs a smidgeon more flavor.

DOA

Drinkerofales, Feb 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

daant76, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Tpsauer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Tpsauer, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

GuisseppeFranco, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,533 ratings.