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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,370 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,370
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 119
Gots: 189 | FT: 2
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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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice amber and cherry deep red body, with an off caramel to tan head. Head forms a solid two fingers and manages to retain its shape pretty well. Really enjoy this color. Head size does not give too much stickiness, but there is some slight lacing.

Nose is malt grain.and slight berry hop fruit. Quite noticeable and very present. Feels balanced and at play with all taking a turn. I get a sense of strawberry off of this which is quite unique.

Taste is a good pine hop, matching a slight ripping grain. Finish brings a berry aftertaste of strawberry or even cherries. Texture is slightly wet but for such a low abv it is really not that watery. I can't get over this wonderful red berry/cheery fruity finish in the aftertaste, then a great mixture of cinnamon and dry brown spices like clove.

Wow this is one light abv beer packed with flavor. This is a living breathing example of a very solid sessionable "like" beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 03:48:01 | More by smakawhat
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Durge

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy to run into a Stone take over at DeCicco’s in Brewster, NY, this brew shows a dark mahogany color, semi-translucent with a decent tannish froth on top and good lacing. The aroma is a nice citrus brightness with earthy pine and subtle flowery sweetness. The taste is very bitter, raw grass and subtle pine with lots of biscuit and some caramel malt. It’s peppery with crisp carbonation and a fairly aggressive effervescent feel. But it is a little thinner than I expected. Medium light bodied at best. Medium drinkability. Decent but a bit harsh for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 04:44:49 | More by Durge
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Sm00thHoperator

California

4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers!

Appearance: Dark/Burnt Amber Ale w/ slit carbonation, about a finger of head. Beautiful in a pint or tulip glass.

Smell: Floral notes, malt, pine, and mango notes.

Taste: Smooth and refreshing, low abv, floral and mangos notes are still present.

All and all excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 05:46:54 | More by Sm00thHoperator
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notsoprobeer

Oregon

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

Deep reddish gold / garnet in color. It's clear and has a white head that dissipated slowly leaving lacing on the glass. It looks stunning (OK, I just happen to love this color)! Aroma of grapefruit hops and caramel malt. Flavor similar to aroma. While it leans toward the hoppy side, it has a nice caramel backbone. It's light bodied, has a smooth mouth feel, and is very drinkable. For a 4.4% ABV brew, the aptly named Levitation packs in a lot of flavor and makes for a very sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 06:36:24 | More by notsoprobeer
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark amber with a thin beige head. Nose is clean amber malts with some faint hops appearing in the end. Taste wise is much better; a bitter and refreshing amber crystal malt profile with a sharp dry and bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Overall, a good tasting amber that is low enough to session with the BMC drinking buddies, if only it was readily available it would be my go to beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 00:14:44 | More by heebes
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SMILLIE

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Stone pint glass

Appearance: Very dark golden brown, cloudy. Thick creamy three finger head that stays around for quite a while. High amount of lacing, one of the best I’ve seen. Very nice!

Smell: Strong aroma (could smell as soon as I cracked the bottle). Dark malt, hops.

Taste: Very smooth taste of malt, hops. Bitter on the end.

Mouthfeel: Very nice body to this beer, not exactly creamy or thick but quite satisfying. Very high amount of carbonation.

Overall:. Excellent brew, another great one from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 04:49:42 | More by SMILLIE
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

Another really good drinking brew from Stone, much like their Pale Ale and IPA, this brew falls into the same basic catagory. The beer poured out as a nice looking amber color with a decent white colored head on it with a good lacing also. The smell of the beer is malty, much more malty than most stone brew that I'm aware of. The taste of the brew does have a good hoppiness to it along with some nice caramel flavors too. The mouthfeel is drinkable and overall I think this brew is pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 04:27:26 | More by Knapp85
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clint1019

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber-brown in color with a toffee colored head.

S - Has a nice caramel malt aroma with some piney and grapefruity hop aromas.

T - Slight malt flavor that is immediantly over powered by an intense hop spicyness.

M - Light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

O - A pretty good amber ale, but I think it is a little too hopped for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 23:42:45 | More by clint1019
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at kyhber in philly

Pours a brilliant amber and cherry red color, fluffy crop of white head, tons of film and cloudy retention all over the glass.

Bready malt in the nose with some juicy hops, touches of caramel and bread crust.

Slightly bitter up front with pine hop notes. A bit sticky and resiny, touches of citrus too. Nice backbone with caramel and bread crust. Well balanced, finishes clean with some lingering hop bitterness.

Medium body and carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. Exceptionally drinkable, nice flavor, a solid west coast take on the amber ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 01:12:56 | More by xnicknj
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crzyc

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into a glass mug.

A- Amber colored beer, light tan head. Nice sticky lace.

S- Sweet, citrus smell

T- Citrus, melon, caramel. Toasted malt.

M- Medium on the tongue, fizzy.

O- Nice ale. I enjoy the appearance and smell the most.

I think next time I would not get the six pack, maybe a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 00:58:42 | More by crzyc
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a SA perfect pint glass with a four finger head (maybe I poured poorly?). A nice rocky, off white foam for the head sticks around for a while before revealing a nice semi-dark amber color that makes of the body of the brew.

S: A nice blend of hops, yeast, bready malts, and citrus. I'm picking up mostly grapefruit but maybe a bit of lime and lemon.

T: Overall light on the taste but there are notes of citrus, malts, and of course hops.

M: Mouthfeel is somewhat light, definitely some carbonation going on, but overall light-feeling on the tongue.

O: Overall, pretty good. I feel that it may be a little 'watery' in terms of mouthfeel, but quite good other than that. The taste is a little light, but it's still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 00:15:38 | More by Daktyls
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Mako82

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A - Dark red, very cloudy, floating yeast, long lasting foamy off white head
S - Fair amount of hops, lots of spice follows, yeasty/bready
T - Hops and malts, slight hint of caramel and yeast, spicy aftertaste that last fairly long
M - Medium carbonation
O - Didn't really think the taste lived up to the smells. I think I owe it to myself to try it again and reevaluate

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 00:30:50 | More by Mako82
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forcedlaughter

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Head stuck around for a while. Color is that classic amber I'd expect. Clear, I'd assume filtered. Smells strongly of hops and an earthy malty aroma. Taste is really good for the style and ABV. I'm not a huge fan of ambers but at 4.4% and a good dose of hops, this is going to be a new standard. Hops aren't as strong in the taste as the smell, and the mouthfeel is a little thin, but that's expected. Overall, I really like this beer and will be bringing it to family get-togethers and trying to convert everyone.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 18:48:39 | More by forcedlaughter
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McNealc31

Ohio

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

it pours a rich amber color. The hops are evident the second it's poured. At first, there is a high citrus note but that goes away as the hops kick in. It doesn't have the most bite of any beer I've had, but the bite is there for sure! Surprisingly low ABV at 4.4.

Great color, great flavor, aggressive but not overwhelming bite, very good lacing.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 18:15:17 | More by McNealc31
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hippityhophead24

Tennessee

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

Picked up a growler of this today. Wasn't thinking and I thought it was the Ruination IPA, but got home and realized what I had purchased.

Appearance: hazy amber reddish color. Thick frothy white head with very very nice lacing.
Smell: malt, fruity figs and grapefruit, and citrus hops. Very nice for a small abv Stone beer!
Taste: very light on the taste. It’s there, but has more potential I guess. There is a burst of citrus from the hops and a slight sweet malt ness to it.
Overall: good session beer. Again, wasn’t thinking, so I thought this was the ruination IPA, but it’s definetaly not.
Glassware: FRESH growler into snifter

Serving type: growler

09-01-2011 23:56:52 | More by hippityhophead24
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: lots of lace. Hazy amber with red hues

S: toasted malt, caramel and floral hops

T: disappointed with the watery taste. Very mild hop flavor. Caramel malt sweetness dominates here

M: very watery, light to medium body. Moderate carbonation

Overall: On the watery side of red ales which I am not a fan off.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 01:37:54 | More by kylehay2004
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cbarrett4

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass during Portland Mighty Mites small beer festival~

I didn't think it possible to get this much flavor, intensity, and character into a beer at less than 5% abv! Was the superstar of the event and a beer that I will regularly be buying.

Pours with a massive amount of head that dissipates nicely into a good lace. Aromatics are nice but straight forward with hops taking the front seat and mild citrus and malt backing.

The palate is richly flavored and complex with a variety of nuances from the hops (Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Crystal). Malt peeks through, some spice and herb notes too. Very nice. Body is full yet not over the top. Can't believe that this is only 4.4%! Finish is long, with a good dose of bitterness.

Despite the intensity, this is a supremely drinkable beer. It reminds me of an Extra Pale Ale since the hops are more aggressive than most amber or red ales I have tasted. Pretty amazing stuff here.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 21:04:51 | More by cbarrett4
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy amber with light bubbles and small particles. Two-finger, off-white, frothy head that lasted more than a few minutes. Very nice lacing.

S: Malt, fruit, and a good amount of floral hops.

T: A little bit of sweet malt and a moderate floral hop bitterness. Some caramel. Lots of citrus. Bitter and dry.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: Looks really nice and smells good. A little too hoppy for my tastes. I would have liked more malt structure.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 00:15:08 | More by SolipsismalCat
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Stone brew pours a nice looking dark copper color with a thin but sticky cap of foam. Nice lacing was left all the way down. The aroma is composed of a hoppy mixture of pine and grapefruit. The beer moves smoothly across the palate. The caramel morphs pleasantly into a dose of west coast hops.

A well constructed and well balanced beer. Tasty, drinkable, and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 23:34:19 | More by BeardedBoffin
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mrnobody

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark amber with one finger of beige head; not much retention but leaves some lacing behind.

S: Smells of sweet caramel-ly malt and grapefruity citrus hops.

T: My immediate impression is of bitter iced tea; there is a bit of malt sweetness here but the hops dominate with a dry bitter finish.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly thin with aggressive carbonation.

D: I guess the drinkability is pretty good but not my favourite Stone brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 02:37:39 | More by mrnobody
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jdense

Oregon

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

Beer #1 served at the Doctor's CBI Beer Tasting, 8.13.11, 12 oz. bottle poured into clear plastic cups.

One finger light tan head, medium dissipation with some lacing. Dark amber body, multiple streams of carbonation rising up side of glass. Big hop aroma especially for the style, piney goodness, balanced by caramel malt sweetness. Taste is pretty sweet up front, leading to a quite bitter finish for the style. Mouthfeel is medium, good effervescence, and fairly dry finish. I used this as a palate awakener and while the patrons who don't enjoy fairly hoppy beers were in flux there were a number of return tasters. A fairly unique Amber, one of the hoppier examples of the style ala Troegs. At this ABV extremely drinkable. Worth a try, especially for those looking for a hoppy session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 16:24:32 | More by jdense
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some notes of citrus. Taste is very hoppy, considerable bitterness, I am not tasting any of the citrus in the smell, or anything else for that matter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 14:26:09 | More by tone77
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avaldivia

California

3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into a Pint Glass.

A: Hazy dark amber color with little floaties in it. Excellent off-white head. great lacing.

S: Rather light, but good caramel sweetness. A little floral hop notes.

T: Again light. Some caramel sweetness. Some hops. Just not enough of either.

M: Average. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

O: Decent. Second time I have tried this. I don't believe there will be a third. Simply not my favorite from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 18:05:17 | More by avaldivia
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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best before September 22, 2011

A: Dark reddish brown and clear. A thick head leaves lacing.

S: Initially a strong whiff of citrus and piney hops, but that disappears quickly and does not return. There's a very faint bready scent too. I get a cooked vegetable smell when I swirl it and really stick my nose into the glass. (This is weird and probably just me. I don't imagine Stone beers tend to have DMS.)

T: The hops (maybe citrus) are strong again on the outset, but after that they turn subtler except for the building citrus bitterness on the finish. There's some caramel flavor from the malt, but this is certainly not a malty beer.

M: Medium.

O: Although this beer isn't that remarkable, it's easy to follow the first glass with several others. I appreciate the low abv, and this is one of the better readily available beers out there at less than 5%.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 00:43:11 | More by greybeardloon
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wowbagger

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep color. At first it smells a bit overpoweringly of hops, but that fades. It certainly doesn't taste too hoppy. It has a very bold flavor that fades slowly in the mouth and lingers for a good while. A tiny hint of carmelization is there, but only a little. I would recommend as a good solid no-frills beverage.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 21:56:15 | More by wowbagger
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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