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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,753 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,753
Reviews: 1,198
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 142
Gots: 355 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002

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Photo of HugePlume
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A- A deep cherry wood color, with a small tan head. Decent retention, but not exceptional. Color is intriguing.

S- Nice oily hop note up front, with a bready malt background.

T- Starts to disappoint here, taste is dry and bitters too quickly, before any appreciable malt character is found. Malt note is a dry cracker like grain taste, that isn't quite strong enough.

M- Very dry. Carbonation is appropriate, but the dryness obfuscates the carbonation. Leaves a grainy chalky film on the lips and teeth.

O- Impressive to start, but falls short in the end. Had hoped it would be sessionable, but the dryness and sharp finish detract from the drinkability.

Photo of Mdog
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear red-amber, good head.

Smell: Strong pine aroma.

Taste: Biscuit breadiness, then dry pithy bitterness.

Drinkability: Nice hoppy but lighter bodied ale, depending on the 6 pack price, this could be a good "session" beer.

Finally got to try Levitation from Stone. I'd avoided it before on trips out west because I'm not a big fan of "ambers", but I was pleasantly surprised. Nice hoppy flavor without going into the metallic taste which has steered me away from ambers/reds in the past. Good stuff.

Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, red, clear amber color with a big head with solid retention.

Smell: Earthy hop aroma with malt, bread, and spice.

Taste: Toasted malts with caramel and grapefruit hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid version of a red.

Photo of deebo
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A=amber and clear

S=toasted malt with a little hop astringency

T=Malted barley with hops throughout but balanced better than Stone's other beers-but of course most of their other beers don't try to be balanced-they like the hops.

M=Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Hops linger a bit.

D=This one is pretty good for sipping on for awhile.

Photo of surprenant1138
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Deep mohogony pour with little, quickly fading tan head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is nutty, with a good barley smell. Mouthfeel is of a medium body, a good dry feel, but the high carbonation seems to steal from the taste which is fairly hoppy, dry, but slightly yeasty- bread like. Overall, it is an ok beer, but not at all close to some of Stone's best.

Photo of jera1350
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Muddy Pig.

Brick red color and clear as can be. A soft light tan head that leaves a little lacing.

The nose is quite hoppy. Fresh hop leaves, earthy.

Huge hop profile going on. Tastes like fresh hop leaves, but at the same time is very earthy and a little grassy with some tea notes. The hops add a significant amount of bitterness with a very mute malt presence.

Smooth feel and quite crisp. The hops dry the palate out significantly.

Overall, this is a nice beer. The earthy hops are a little over the top and I would like a bit more of the malt presence. Has to be one of the absolute hoppiest amber beers out there.

Photo of jjanega08
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dated Enjoy By 06.05.11 in an impossible to read print on the neck of the bottle.

A= Pours a deep amber color. An actually really deep amber with a nice finger of head on it that rises and falls fast to a thin skin on top of the glass and some pretty decent lacing.

S= A nice hop punch to it with a bit of toasty bread beneath it. Pretty basic and pretty good. Suprisingly pungent for the low ABV.

T= A very nice hop punch to it that hits your tongue tip right away. The hops wash away a little to reveil more toasty bread and then the finish is a nice hop bitterness back to a doughy aftertaste. Really tasty for such a low ABV beer.

M= Nice smooth creamy mouth. Not too much carbonation and just enough to let the flavors do their thing.

O= This is a really nice low ABV beer that I could drink a ton off. Really flavorful and sort of "fun" to drink as strange as it sounds. It's not something you ponder forever and think about it's just a nice beer that has a ton of flavor. Excellent beer.

Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 12 oz bottle BB 060511

A-pours a copper color with a brown twinge of color with a 1 finger nice fresh head that reveals some nice lacing

S-is mostly malts some spice and citrus ..but mostly just malts

T- is malts and toffee,caramel ,followed by citrus hops a touch of baked bread and pine this is very good

M- nicely carbonated crisp with malts and hops very fresh

O- so much flavor for 4.4 ABV..its a very good amber i thoroughly enjoyed this one

Photo of BeerLover99
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shimmering amber, brown hue slight cloudy body, 1 finger head, wonderful lacing.

S: fine spices, malt, citrus breeze

T: sweet malt, sold rye/bread middle, mild spice and solid bitter finish

M: med/light body, slight sticky

O: Damn good! Stone just knows what they are doing. This is an excellent session beer and great gateway brew for newbies. A punch of flavor for such a low ABV.


Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep crimson color, with a thick head that slowly settles to a creamy froth on the surface. Lacing is sticky, but falls down the glass rather quickly.

S: Hops up front, with pine and citrus, followed by a malt backbone resembling caramel and toast.

T: Much like Arrogant Bastard, yet less intense. Caramel notes along with toast, and sweet dried fruit, followed by a burst of pine, hemp, and citrus. Finish is dry, but not overly bitter.

Notes: Levitation, for as low in ABV as it is, actually posesses some body. It has a creamy mouthfeel and fine carbonation, wich makes it a very sessionable brew. Solid by all means, and might be a go-to brew for long weekends. This is the ideal session brew. Full of character and body, this is one that I will be re-visiting time and time again.

Photo of garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Stone bought in MN. Welcome to the North Star state.
Nice fresh hop aroma (citrus, flowery). Mild malt background.
Attractive full head covers a clear amber/red/brown body.
Well mixed hop and malt with hops forward. Bitterness is prominent and long. Slight tartness at the finish too (a little distracting). Nice light toasty flavor up front, but it does eventually get overpowered by the hops and bitterness.
Light body that feels a little heavier with the creaminess of the soft, full carbonation.

Photo of aval89
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: mahogany color with a tight off white head.. about 1.5 finger worth.. head sticks for a while.. leaves decent lacing..

S: baby bastard all the way! Light but very present grapefruit & pines.. sweet malt backbone to even it out.. with a touch of breadiness & some spice.. but pretty much hop forward

T: again, basically a baby Arrogant Bastard.. starts off with sweet caramel malt.. then mid palate the hops take over.. grapefruit bitterness but not over the top.. and also pine.. touch of breadiness with a lingering bitterness..

Mf: a medium bodied brew with nice carbonation..

O: major props to Stone on this one.. a low abv brew that doesn't sacrifice flavor! A true session beer!

Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, clear amber color with a light tan two finger head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is hop forward with grapefruit and pine. Touch of toasted malt.

The taste is much like the aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavors are the most dominant, with toasted malt. The taste is lightly bitter.

Medium bodied, with just a hair below medium carbonation. The low abv makes this an easy beer to drink. There is a lot of flavor for a beer with this low of an abv. Another nicely made beer from Stone, which I would gladly buy again.

Photo of Lillenk
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was a little darker than one would expect from an amber, bordering dark brown with a white/tan head.

Smell was very nice. Tons of hop character balanced well with some roasty tones as well.

Taste was not your typical amber. Way more hops than I was expecting (which I enjoy).

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and one could certainly drink quite a few given the lower ABV.

Photo of JAZwara
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After reading the typical Stone description on the bottle I had to review this one...a beer this tasty and complex at only 4.4% absolutely blew my mind.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

Sturdy head atop a a cherry brown body. The smell is mostly malt, caramel and some chocolate. Initially malty on the taste, however a surprisingly big hop profile, although honestly that's what I've come to expect from Stone, they could hop up absolutely any style.

Enjoy the mouth feel, pretty smooth and malty, but just sharp enough to remind you you're drinking a Stone.

Love this one, might have to start picking up sixers just to keep in the back of the fridge.

EDIT: oh yea, also drinking it with a snack of swiss cheese and wheat crackers...certainly a great night snack

Photo of dmfrench
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dry, earthy citric resinous even a tad smoky Red

A: Hazy copper body with visible yeast chunks of varying sizes, topped by a fairly persistent one finger yellowed white head.

S: Acidic grapefruit hops, butter, hint of spice, perhaps cinnamon. Perhaps there's something wrong with me (or the beer) tonight, but I swear I can smell a bit of savory smoky meat, though perhaps nothing is wrong, as it is a pleasant aroma.

T: Thick, earthy feel here... definitely unique. Overall presentation is pretty dry, with respect to malt and hops. On the malt side we have a dray caramel with a hint of dirty smokiness, and on the hops side we have an equal blend of grapefruit and resinous species with the overall effect being one of drying. There is unfortunately something a bit hollow and metallic to the flavor, like the sound of a cheap condenser microphone.

M: I'd call it on the thin side, but it's only 4.4% for Christ's sake! I'd have to say it's pretty good for such a light beer.

O: Dryness is a useful plus, hollowness is a detriment. I think perhaps freshness is a bit of an issue here, so it gets the benefit of the doubt.

Photo of cyrock1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium to deep amber with a frothy 1" off white head.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops, almost as if ti were fresh hopped.

Taste: Very hoppy with barely a hint of malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Despite the big hop aroma and flavor, it is mild on the finish.

Overall: Good solid beer but a little to one sided for me.

Photo of JDFish
4.66/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: OMG. So much foam, 3 fingers at least of off white thick foam. Foam sticking to the sides of the pint glass. The color is a dark golden and it is cloudy.

S: Sweet malts, bready. Makes my mouth water

T: I didn't get too much hops, just a hint, sweet and malty, like a complex brown ale. One of the most delicious beers I've ever tried. Slight sour notes on the finish.

M: Decent mouthfeel, we'll say medium.

D: Off the charts. This is the best session craft beer in history! Day in and day out, this is my goto beer. I absolutely love it, especially if I am just chillin' and not feeling adventurous or in the mood for a fancier, less drinkable brew.

Photo of azdback
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle is of course in Stone fashion a beautifully silk screened masterpiece of Gargoyle fantasy. The beer inside was poured into a tall pilsner glass and is pretty good looking too. Dark, clear amber color. Big sticky tan colored head. As I type this review the creamy head is getting better and better looking.

For being such a small beer (ABV) it really has a nice nose. I can get a bright malt smell as well as some yeast and a faint citrus hop smell. Nice!!

The taste is malty and sweet. A little orange pucker-ish. I'm kind of the big over the top IPA kinda guy so it's pretty weak for me, but I must score for the style and I think it's a pretty good amber.

Mouth is great. Silky, well carbonated. Maybe a bit dry at the end. Surprisingly not as watery as I would expect for a beer with the alcohol content of a Bud Light. Goes to show you that great brewers can do the world with so little. I have had so many beers that are classified porter or stout with half the mouthfeel as this.

Overall I really enjoyed this single 12 oz. bottle. Thanks to Jeff from my favorite bottle shop for the sample. I have overlooked this beer for years because of the price for the alcohol. Maybe I should tuck my alcoholism in my pocket next time and buy this great drinking baby of a beer.

Photo of MichaelLynBryant
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite Stone drinking-session beer. Tons of hops without the high alc. by vol.

Pours deep amber with a 1-inch frothy white head that remains a nice slim roof throughout the experience.

Aroma is floral, slightly sweet from the malt, zesty, appetizing, hops. It reminds almost everyone of an IPA nose.

Taste is slightly malty, but with notes of red grapefruit, minute levels of lime, and the mouthfeel of carbonation bubbles. It's very nice, and very refreshing.

Overall, Stone Levitation proved that so-called "unbalanced" beers could prove balanced. Highly drinkable.

Never age. Drink now.

Photo of Schneic8
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Bronze reddish color with a nice head and good lacing. Decent carbonation.

Smell: Nice semi-sweet caramel smell. There are citrus and floral tones.

Taste: Very nice taste. It has a slight bitterness toward the beginning that fades and finishes smooth. It is clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice crisp feel that goes down smooth. There is a mild carbonation and it leaves a mild bitter after taste.

Overall: Very good beer that I would drink again. It has a nice complexity and is easy to drink. It was a little pricey but I would definitely drink again.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice session ale with a flavorful profile.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Perfunctory screen-printed gargoyle design in light grey noting name of the brew and with a couple of golden seals to highlight awards. Back narrative brags about the nature of the brew, the quality of their craft, and intent towards flavor. Notes enjoy by date 03/23/11. Shows 4.4% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber to amber brown clear pour with a towering frothy head, good retention, surface memory, and small touches of lacing.

S - Nose is soft if nice, with toasted malt, a bit of caramel, and hint of hops with a light citric touch.

T - Soft maltiness, nice light caramel and bready touches, with soft bitter dash of hops sealing the flow. Bitterless bite that adds to the return of the malty dash with a nutty hint.

M - Medium/light body with small carbonation, tad thin at points but held nicely by the sweet range with that soft lingering bitterness pointing to a small dry touch.

D - Flavorful session brew.. This is a nice brew. I wonder if fresher the hoppy side would be a bit more prominent.

Notes: Almost like a watered down Bastard but in a nice way. i.e. making a good session brew out of it. Not one that I will look out for particularly, but would not mind grabbing and is a good choice for an informal social gathering.

Photo of goalie33
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass. Best by 5/3/11.
A) Pours a brick red color, fairly clear and highly carbonated. One finger of off-white head on top.
S) Very hoppy smell, although not quite at ipa level. Pine and earthy notes, with a nice malty base.
T) Hops upfront. Malty middle and then the hops return with some bitterness along with bready malt in the finish.
M/D) Medium body, slightly carbonated but relatively smooth mouthfeel. A bit of a lingering bitterness. Very easy drinking beer. A nice, crisp, hoppy session beer from Stone.

Photo of vfgccp
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light maple syrup.

S - Bright citrus, grapefruit, orange zest. Touch of pine.

T - Cedar, pine. Light malt. Touch of sweetness. White sugar.

M - Light. Touch watery. Pleasant carbonation.

Photo of afksports
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum. This baby looks and smells wonderful. And it's so light that I can enjoy it at 11:30pm as my first beer after class on my way towards S P R I N G B R E A K!

Of course, if I weren't a 29 year old undergraduate that might be more exciting.

The beer pours out of the bottle dated 10/12/10 (eek, I'm a bit late... will have to update this review) a lovely deep amber to brown clear bubbly drink with great clingy head. It still has a freshly hopped aroma, with a malt component that's both complex and I bet a touch more present than it would be if I hadn't let this one sit for too long.

The taste has that characteristic hops to big malts mix that good ambers carry, and although that's a positive, it sadly finishes a little astringent and not with a good bitter. The drinkability remains high though, because the low 4.4% alcohol and the balance the start and middle of the taste carry bid you to drink more.

And drink more I shall.

Wait, why is my glass empty?

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,753 ratings.