Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a reddish amber color with a lightly laced head. Very surprised with the low carbonation on this one, yet in spite of this, it retains a syrupy, thick look.
Again, Stone manages to present a beer that is instantly recognizable as theirs. While there is much lower alcohol here, the hops instantly scream citrus groves and spiced herbs. It's not as strong as Stone usually holds it (it often resembles pale ales), but their special "levitation beer" contains a fruitiness and sweetness that is wholly wonderful. In a sense, really unlike other Stone brews, as the aroma relies a lot more on maltiness here.
Nevertheless, it still starts with a bitterness that is loaded with spiciness and zestiness - yet ends with a fruitiness that is excellent. Cherries, grapefruit, honey, brown sugar all make their mark here. Contains a carbonated feel and creaminess to make it interesting in the long run. Very drinkable, with a bitterness that truly feels like it lasts for hours. It's really like mixing an IPA and an amber ale to get curious results.
Would go as far as calling this one of Stone's most balanced beers, though definitely not as ridiculous or fascinating as others they have released. The fact that it is sessionable makes its consumption all the merrier.
12-23-2011 00:47:10 | More by magictacosinus
District of Columbia
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/21/11
A: Amber cider in color. A good pour yields a pretty impressive 2.5 finger head with solid retention and lacing.
S: For such a mild beer, this thing packs a pretty big nose. Lots of that SoCal, juicy hop profile.
T: A bit thin on flavor, but taking into consideration the intensely low ABV, I really can't complain. It's slightly watery up front, just weak. As it hits the mid, there's a decent hop kick to it that rides thru to the finish. This just take a while to get started.
M: Again, for a session beer it's nice, but for an overall beer it's barely middle of the road, as it's just not packin' a lot of body.
O: I really dig Stone's Levitation. As a closet session fanatic, this is one of the better session brews on the market. I have and will continue to drink this tasty little Amber, and recommend checking it out for yourself.
12-21-2011 23:06:01 | More by Rhettroactive
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
A deeper red than many other ambers out there. Nearly somewhere between a brown and a red. Incredibly creamy sandy tan head, running up the sides of the glass, almost like a bowl atop the beer. Fluffy rings all the way down.
Hoppy with big citrus notes - grapefruit, oranges. Not finding any hint of malt though. Still completely refreshing.
Light, effervescent, with a tingling citrus - like a muted grapefruit. Lingering bitterness, stays long after the beer is gone.
Creamy in the mouth, resembles the look of the head.
The most enjoyable red/amber I've had - far hoppier than most. Almost like RIPA - red IPA.
12-20-2011 04:25:52 | More by mdcrouser
2.65/5 rDev -31.5%
A - Very little head pours, slightly off-white in color. Brew stands foggy brown color with purple.
S - Smell is very bland and nothing really sticks out. Lots of basic malt. Decent caramel scent.
T - Very basic, nothing unique. Lots of malt, tons, and tons of malt. Where are the hops? Very watery, not complex.
M - An odd bitterness, without the presence of hops. Good carbonation.
O - Very underwhelming, not worth noting. Not sure I can recommend this one. Nothing sticks out.
12-20-2011 02:57:44 | More by chugalug06
3.4/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
12-20-2011 01:34:20 | More by kojevergas
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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