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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

3,382 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,382
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 120
Gots: 193 | 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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Anaz

California

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass, and was surprised at how dark reddish brown it was. It's almost opaque brown in the center of the glass fading to a rusty red at the edges.

The smell is mostly citrusy hops and a sweet roasty malt lying underneath. I definitely invites a sip, and who am I to resist?

The hops blast forth, letting me know I'm drinking a Stone beer for certain. The hops are clean and nicely bitter with slightly sweet malt lurking in the background, lending support but not taking up too much attention, kind of like Ringo was to the Beatles come to think of it.

The mouthfeel is nice, the hops drying things out, though it does start to feel heavy towards the end of the glass, not unpleasant or syrupy, just a little overwhelming with so much flavor going on.

This is a great beer to really excite your palate, but I'm not sure I'd want to drink more than two back to back before getting a little palate fatigue. There is a lot to appreciate about this beer, and it really commands a lot of attention for a beer of this ABV. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 06:04:09 | More by Anaz
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MysticRuler

New York

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark amber color with a loose foamy head. Nose hints at a hoppy bitterness which appears at the first sip; however, it is a less than satisfying, one dimensional hoppiness which predominates. The prevailing flavor is ephemeral, leaving a mere intimation of what might have been. Could drink more than one, but it's not an ale to savor.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 01:03:33 | More by MysticRuler
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a perfect amber color with some nice reddish hints. A short thin head that recedes quick is present.

S - Delicious sweet hop/pine aroma. Very yummy nose with some biscuit malt and nice dark fruit sweetness. Mild caramel and brown sugar. Similar aroma to ska modus hoperandi but a bit more subdued.

T - Starts off with some nice grassy and earthy pine notes with some slight citrus character and bittern notes. Throughout there are some nice bready and grainy malt notes that pop up but are very well balanced with the hop character. Very delicious and extremely well balanced beer.

M & D - Nice light body with great flavor and balance. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 01:57:38 | More by JoEBoBpr
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hu5om

Wisconsin

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

thanks for the solid extra!
12 oz into delirium tulip
a-a handsome burgundy amber/red. dark. 1 finger of bone colored foam. some lovely lacing, to boot.
s-light maltiness, heavily hopped as well. how did they pack so much into this 4.4% abv? chocolate and nutty. little spice?
t-malty then a bigger hop kick to finish. pine and citrus with the nutty chocolate. nice balance and nice aftertaste.
m-very light. wow. moderate carbonation. feels way lighter than it tastes. disorienting!
d-still surprised. how does stone do it? so much taste in such a small abv. adjunct brewers, take note.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 21:06:25 | More by hu5om
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with some reddish hues. Provides a nice thick head with ample lacing throughout.

S: There are a lot of hops in the scent. That is the most predominant scent. Mostly pine hop scents.

T: Lots of pine hops in this amber ale. There is a slight malt back bone, mostly bread and caramel.

M: A nice medium body beer with a nice chewy finish.

D: Easy to drink this amber ale...low abv and big hop taste make this easy to session for me. I know hops can range from small amounts to large amounts for amber ales and this one had a ton of hops and not so much malt.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 11:19:55 | More by IronCitySteve
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Served from tap into a tumbler. Pours a brownish red-orange with a one finger off-white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and a massive hop note. The flavor was of malt, citrus, and a very subtle hop. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. The aroma was very nice for hop-heads, and the flavor was very nice for all other beer drinkers out there. It went down really smoothly. Kudos to Stone for this one...

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 01:32:47 | More by thagr81us
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Augustiner719

New York

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Really enjoyed this on cask, now I get to try it in a bottle. Pours a really reddish brown color with a mega Head, I mean mega that is 4 fingers and leaves ridiculous lacing. Aroma is on point with what I am looking for in a red ale. Has a solid hop prescence with some nice caramelized malts and a spicy herbal note. Has a grate malty hop taste that I can't believe come s from such a low abv brew. Caramel, spice, pine and vanilla come through. Perfect carbonation as it is low or at least has silky sewer bubbles. Drinkability is great. Low abv and has a huge flavornprofile. Gotta keep this in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 03:07:49 | More by Augustiner719
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First time I have found this one more than one month before the "best by" date.

A- A very dark red, one that I can almost not get any light through. An off white head builds up to two fingers and retains very well, looks nice and creamy. Spotty lace is left randomly on the walls of the glass.

S- Lots of pine and fruit hops off the bat, very nice. Right behind the hops is a nice, solid malt backbone. The malt lends some caramel and sugary notes. Good overall strength.

T- A very nice balance of malt and hops, well done. Low bitterness but the hops lend a good amount of flavor. I get some pine, earthy and light fruit notes from them. Citrus and peach come to mind for the actual fruit flavors. The malt backs the hops up with slight caramel, grain and nutty flavors, very well used.

MF- A bit thin but smoothly carbonated and just creamy enough. I guess the lower ABV and flavors here allow this mouthfeel to work.

DB- Very refreshing beer with lower ABV. It has that signature Stone hoppy taste but malt is mixed in very well. I could session this one any day, I might depending on how much money I want to spend. Stone is solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 01:44:35 | More by cbutova
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cosmicevan

New York

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a deep amber with a frothy 2 finger head and a ton of carbonation. Lacing clung to the glass

S - Nice fresh hops. Lemon, orange and some citric notes and a touch sweet smelling.

T - A bit bitter. Hops, but tamed since it is a bit watery.

M - A bit watery. Lively in my mouth. Very smooth and easy drinker.

D - Super drinkable. Great session beer. With a nice low ABV and a great flavor without being too in your face, this is one I'll certainly revisit.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 20:19:34 | More by cosmicevan
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zeff80

Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Beautiful looking beer. Clear amber color with a three-finger, tan head of thick foam that slowly receded. It took me several pours to empty the 12oz bottle into my pint glass. It left behind sheets of intricate lace patterns on the sides of the glass.

S - Is this an IPA? It smelled of pine and citrus. Very little maltiness or caramel that you would expect in an amber ale.

T - Spicy upon first sip with bready malt flavors. The bitterness is tame compared to the hoppy aroma but still pack a good bite with some citrus flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finish very dry. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - The perfect session beer and possibly the best amber that I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 02:40:04 | More by zeff80
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ipacac

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like a top-quality British pub beer: This beer exactly fits my beer-drinking needs -- it's available in a small bottle, it's low in alcohol, it has a bitter complexity that sustains interest, and it is impressively easy to drink. Beautiful clear, dark-brown appearance. A formidable head, like beaten egg whites. Hoppy, honeyed taste. I could easily drink three of them with no palate fatigue (and no hangover).

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 18:47:05 | More by ipacac
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trevorjn06

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass a dark amber/light brown with one finger of creamy head that recedes to an even layer on the surface of the beer.

The aroma is surprising for such a "weak" brew: sweet toffee and caramel malt flavors are enticing as well as some light earthy/pungent and fruity hops.

Taste is not quite as big as the aroma but satisfying nonetheless. Starts with some caramel malt and nuttiness, then a balancing hop bitterness comes into play with some fruit/citrus notes. This transitions into toffee and a clean hop bitterness and the finish is lingering hop flavors of citrus and mild grass with some toffee, nuttiness and caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium (impressive for this little beer) and moderate carbonation.

Overall this a very easy drinking beer that has some wonderful mild flavors going for it. The malt base reminds me of a good English mild or brown ale but the hops remind me of American pale ale, a great combo.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 03:59:22 | More by trevorjn06
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grittybrews

Washington

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

Poured a brownish amber into a Chimay chalice with a bit of quick-fading head. Sweet hoppy aroma of grapefruit and a little caramel malt.

Moderate carbonation and a slightly thin (or pleasantly light, depending on your mood) mouthfeel. Brief caramel sweetness followed by a nicely bitter finish of pine and citrus. Wasn't initially impressed, but this one grew on me -- the finish is this very drinkable brew's best quality.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 03:55:46 | More by grittybrews
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Kendo

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Sam Smith's nonic. Body is clear, dark amber with mahogany hues when backlit. Small off-white head settles pretty fast, leaves a small film in the center of the glass, but no lace.

S: Lightly toasted malt, earthy hop scent of pine.

T: Similar to the nose -- a touch of caramel malt or lightly toasted malt at first, but it's smacked back by earthy, piney hops. Touch of citrusy grapefruit, but pine and pine needles are the dominant hop flavor here. Finishes dry with a light, lingering grassy/piney -- more on the pine -- bitterness. Sometimes leans toward the minerally.

M: Medium-bodied. Carbonation is active, makes it seem a bit lighter. Maybe that's where they got the name.

D: I'm going back and forth here b/w a 4 and a 4.5. Decided to bump it up because of the low (4.4%) ABV. Flavorful low-alcohol beers should be rewarded a bit, and it's only 10% of the score.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 01:53:37 | More by Kendo
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In my SA pint glass this beer was cherry amber color. It had a medium sized tan head that left a little bit of lace.
Aroma of sweet malt, outdoors, and flowers.
Malt taste first, followed by piney hops.
Very nice beer, well hopped. I gave it a little extra for mouthfeel just because I thought Stone did a lot with a 4.4% ABV beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 13:21:27 | More by lordofthewiens
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Mosstrooper

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Poures penny-copper in color with a medium-sized orange-ish head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lace. The beer initially shows lots of bubbles sticking to the side of the glass, but these dissipate fairly quickly.

Taste: Begins with medium bitterness, yielding to buttery sweetness. The finish is toasty with floral and citrus hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with heavy bitterness and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: This is probably the worst beer I've had from Stone so far, yet it's still pretty good. Not the best Amber Ale I've had, but surely better than many. Worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 16:45:37 | More by Mosstrooper
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JohnWaynes44

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet with a one finger off white head.
Frothy lumps dissipated quickly
Deep red color
Very intense aroma of sweet malts/raisins/bread
This is a surprising taste from a gargoyle clad stone
Sweet malts out ahead of the hops that blend in nicely at end
Oily and sticky in the mouth and nice balance with carbonation
Stone changed it up for this one and made it very drinkable
Subdued but still significant
A home run in my book
My first but not my last

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 18:34:45 | More by JohnWaynes44
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fank2788

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber red (surprising) in the glass with a thick head that required a slow pour, a lot of lace and the beer itself is quite clear. The smell is west coast hops with a bit of a bready grain malt in the background maybe a bit weak overall. The taste matches the smell. A fair dose of hops come to the forefront with a decent backing of bread and grain. The malt character is a bit one dimensional and maybe a bit thin for the amount of hop in this beer, given the style. Mouthfeel is good carbonation is tight and lively the hop oil gives a drying, lasting bitter sensation, slightly slick due to the hops. Quite sessionable complex yet easy to drink and enjoy overall pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 23:58:11 | More by fank2788
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Very nice looking brown/garnet, color is excellent, head starts around 1.5 fingers then settles to some foam, nice and sticky though

S: Nice hoppy aroma right away, resiny and sticky smelling, slightly piney, not really any malt aroma there at all, but the hops are nice

T: Taste is about in line with the aroma, nice resiny and piney hops are pretty flavorful, however not too much malt to balance it out, there was some slight balancing effect towards the end, but no real flavor component

M: Pretty light medium, which is good, a nice hoppy light beer, fairly dry

D: High, its so easy to drink and has awesome flavor, all while being only 4.4%

Notes: While this beer may not be super complex or the most flavor/bitter/whatever ale out there, it is damn good. It fills a very necessary gap for me at least...a nice hoppy session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 03:47:25 | More by dpodratsky3
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Imsothirsty

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into some goofy snifter kinda glass, I dunno, I was at the Pourhouse. Darker clear amber with bubbles, 1 finger rocky head.

Smells like some bitter pine hops

Tastes like pine hops, not super bitter, quickly followed by roasted malts, a "clean" and somewhat empty finish. These 2 flavors are quite distinct and separate.

Mouthfeel is medium and low carbonation

Drinkability is good, overall flavor is good for such low ABV.
Overall a solid stone brew, maybe not my favorite style, but it works.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 01:07:05 | More by Imsothirsty
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semibaked

Kentucky

2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass (I love these glasses).

A - Pours dark brown with a clear body, a hard pour produces maybe a half finger of light tan head. Also has great carbonation.

S - Big hop aroma especially on the bitterness but a little citrus notes too, slight roasted malts, dark bread, and a tad of molasses.

T - Just like the smell, the hops dominate the flavor, the hops definitely make it bitter and not in the most pleasant way because no other flavors really come through.

M - Very light bodied and watery, plus a lot of active carbonation.

D - Eh this just doesn't do it for me, has a lot of hop bitterness and that is about it, definitely one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 20:23:44 | More by semibaked
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep copper/brick red. Clear aside from loads of chill haze. The head is very impressive, but lots of these Stone beers are that way. Its an almost too big light khaki rocky beast of a thing. Lacing is profuse.

S- Iced tea. Seriously, just like iced tea perhaps with some lemon.

T- More tea like hops with a lemony edge. A bit of cut grass as well. Malts are secondary and have a little bit of tobacco and earthiness and butteriness. Spices like rye and cinnamon come around too.

M- Prickly, lighter side of medium body and clean, tea like finish.

D- Pretty drinkable. You have to keep in mind that this beer is only 4.4%. For a session beer this low in alcohol it is huge in taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 04:44:58 | More by MbpBugeye
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appenzeller

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber. Aroma is of caramel and hops. Taste reflects the smell, a touch of caramel/honey like malts with a strong backbone of hops. Mouthfeel is reasonably thick with a hoppy bite.

This is a run-of-the-mill amber ale that's way over-hopped. No complexity of flavors, the sweetness does not integrate at all with the hops which really just take over the beer. Not sure what Stone was trying to do here, or if they bothered to think about what they were doing, but this one does nothing for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 08:23:56 | More by appenzeller
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BehindtheFinBrew

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to standard pint
Best by 6-14-10; Reviewed several weeks before so please take note

A: Pours a clear mahogany brown with a 2.5-3 finger tan head that was retained very well throughout the session. Ring lace lined throughout as well as a nice cap of standing foam.

S: Grassy pine hop with some earthy spice.

T: Flavor follows the nose with some roasted malt bitterness slightly apparent. Faint bitter chocolate and coffee. A crisp finish but overall the flavor was a little subtle aside from the hop character.

M: Slightly watery and light bodied. Good carbonation with a slick finish.

D: This was definitely an interesting American amber/red. I understand they were attempting to show good flavored beers can come in small packages (4.4 abv) and I feel they did that but the hop-character strongly out dueled the malt in my opinion. Without the hop in this beer would be pretty flavorless, but could be a side-effect of the freshness of the bottle. I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 14:05:53 | More by BehindtheFinBrew
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uustal

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great, lacing, long lasting off-white head until the very last sip. This is a great looking beer. The aroma lets you know that this is a Stone beer and the hops are coming despite the style and low ABV. Light bodied and refreshing. Awesome balance in the flavor profile. A semi- sweet, toasty caramel malt battles a nice blend of pine, citrus and earthy hops. The light pine hops shine though again on the finish. Nice bite. The near perfect hop/malt balance and light profile make this a very drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 22:56:31 | More by uustal
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