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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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3,460 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,460
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 123
Gots: 225 | 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 MightyCow9


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

This beer was a surprise. Lower in alcohol that most Stone beers that I have had, the flavor and the hop prowess were not diminished. The strong hop character with a slightly caramel flavor of malt made for a good combination and also made me want many more of these. Strong drinkability.

12-25-2009 19:37:58 | More by MightyCow9
Photo of dciBA


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a plain old pint glass. Nice deep, dark red color, with an 1/8" head that faded away to just a skimming. Pleasant grapefruit/citrus hops with a sweet malt smell underneath. taste is a flip flop of the smell. Lots of sweet malt with a good light balance of hops. good body for the style. A little light for this time of year but I can see myself drinking a lot of these next summer. Overall a tasty, very drinkable brew. I'm always looking for full flavored lower alcohol beers and this one fits the bill perfectly.

12-20-2009 20:22:45 | More by dciBA
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Dark amber/semi-deep red body. Some haze to it. Three fingers of billowy white micro-bubbly froth on the side.

Pleasant semi-aggressive pine/citrus aroma. Pleasing, enticing.

Thick lush semi-sweet malt slathers the tongue. Juicy fruity builds and explodes along the sides. Nice hop bite at the swallow. Fruity aftertaste with a hint of bitter.

Firm just past medium mouthfeel. Easy to have two and maybe a third in a session.

A big tasty amber from Stone, definitely worth trying.

12-17-2009 04:34:40 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of matty


2.08/5  rDev -46.1%

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is floral hops.Taste is pine and grapefruit.This taste like a mix of a beer and a pine cleaner.This is not something I would recommend or purchase again.Ahhh nothing like the taste of PineSol early in the morning.

12-10-2009 15:02:39 | More by matty
Photo of chuke


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from a bottle into a 20oz. glass shaker...

A - reddish amber color with a rich, off-white colored head. Not much there in the way of lace...

S - I could smell the hops when I was pouring this...beautiful floral aroma with a little citrus...like putting your nose in a bag of fresh hops

T - Good balance for how much hop aroma there is...more on the sweet malty side rather than bitter...definitely a sweet aftertaste. It doesn't taste as light as its lower alcohol content would suggest.

M - on the lighter side...smooth with little carbonation...oily sweet rather than dry.

D - this would make a super session beer IMO.

I haven't had a Stone that I didn't like...going to have to drink and review more!

12-08-2009 22:42:51 | More by chuke
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

This is the last of my reviews kept on paper after the early October data loss, it's nice to be back and I can't wait to do a review in real time! According to my notes, this Stone had a tan head, one finger, with nice lace. Auburn colour, rich chestnut tones.

Despite a BB date of August 9th, the hop aroma's continue to dominate with citrus rind edge, on the lemon rind side. Taste very much like white grapefruit, sharp bitter notes, malt finish that lingers brings it together quite nicely. Nicely balanced with the hops meeting a good malt balance. Lively mouthfeel, the low ABV makes this even more attractive as a sessional.

Stone comes through again, good stuff ... and I just noticed I happen to be wearing their T shirt thanks to biegaman bringing me a souvenir from his visit to the brewery, thanks Jan, much appreciated!

12-07-2009 02:25:29 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of Mavajo


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Amber color with a moderate white head - about one and a half fingers thick. Not much lacing.

Nose is hops, floral, pine. Taste is the same - very strong notes of pine and floral. Really didn't find this particularly tasty. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

I think you're really gonna have to have a thing for those floral/pine notes to enjoy this. I didn't.

12-06-2009 19:57:33 | More by Mavajo
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours copper with a good tan head..good retention, lacing all the way down.

Aroma is mild, but not too mild. Floral hops

Taste follows this aroma, mild hops with a malt following. Aftertaste is bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium

Drinkabilty? A decent hop presence, medium body...at 4.4%? From this brewery? Certainly packs more of a punch than beers at that ABV. This is great. I could easily have a couple

12-06-2009 10:10:36 | More by kshankar
Photo of Stinkypuss


4/5  rDev +3.6%

Stone's Levitation Ale, poured ontap into a pint glass. Appearance is a dark brown with OK head retention and some lace.

Aroma is malty, with a hint of piney hops.

Well balanced flavors, Caramel malt and some juicy cascade hops. Pine, resin, grapefruit are all in the flavor profile. Though the predominant flavor is from the hop, a light maltyness is there and keeps the hops from becoming overpowering.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Low level of carbonation.

A nice hoppy Amber ale that is a delight to embibe. Well rounded flavors and a modest alcohol content makes this good for sessions.

12-02-2009 03:36:48 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of kmo1030


4/5  rDev +3.6%

nice lloking amber beer with a good sized lasting head.
the aroma is a of lightly floral citrusy hops. not much else going on, but it's nice.
the taste hits you with moderate bitterness right away, delicate citrus rind hop flavor tapers into a lightly caramelized base. i wouldn't call it balanced though. it's crisp and clean. this beer is really a showcase for some nice, not over the top, citrusy hops. it's a one trick poney, but for that i can't fault it, since what it does, it does well.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
the drinkability is good, it's a nice sessionable beer that's hop dominatted, but easy on the tongue.

12-02-2009 01:29:51 | More by kmo1030
Photo of cktison


3.63/5  rDev -6%

A: Glowing red brown ale. Off white, collapsing head with only moderate lacing.

S: Hoppy, sweet caramels and malty.

T: Smooth, fruity and delicious start, hops hit at the end and a lingering bitterness remains.

M: Really a nice, creamy beer. Good carbonation.

D: This is a good beer. Smell, to me, is a little off-putting, but the taste makes up for it. A nice red ale and I'll enjoy a few of these.

11-19-2009 00:32:18 | More by cktison
Photo of wknight167


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Apearance - Pours a clear dark copper-brown with a 1 finger off white head. Strong lacing.

Nose- Lots of floral hops with some citrus hops and caramel malt present as well.

Palate- Citrus, pine and earthy hops (in that order) up front, not as much as I was expecting from a stone brew, but still a strong presence. The caramel malt shows about midway through to balance things out, and drops off at the end to leave a nice bitterness. Also a bit of nuttiness is present.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, low carbonation, slightly astringent.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. Easily sessionable.

11-18-2009 04:18:32 | More by wknight167
Photo of mralphabet


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Deep amber color with red highlights...2 fingers worth of head... That sticks around... Some of the best lacing I've had in a while... a beautiful thing.

S: Strong floral hops with a slight citrus note... not a lot of anything else... but I love this smell.

T: The flavor follows the nose...the hops jump out, they are strong but not to over powering. I'm catching an underlying pine flavor. There is a little malts at the end that cuts down the bitterness in the aftertaste..

M: Mid to light bodied, nice carbonation...the hops are refreshing...and the ending is a little dry.

D: A Stone beer at 4.4% ABV ???? WTF. All the flavor and low ABV. So drink away.

11-16-2009 05:28:48 | More by mralphabet
Photo of JayQue


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

This would be a fantastic session beer....big flavor and low abv. Pours a cloudy reddish/amber color. Big fluffy off-white head, very good head retention and spotty lacing. Smell is malty,, ok strength.

Taste is amazing for this low abv. Good, bitter, oily, piney and citrus hops up front, melts into some more than balancing caramel malts and then leaves a little hops bite signature at the end. That is a lot going on for a beer you could swill for a long time.

Mouthfeel is plenty rich enough for an amber ale at 4.4%, however when you are drinking this beer, you are comparing it in your mind with a good robust IPA and then the mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Drinkability is excellent...the consumate session beer for hop heads!!

11-16-2009 01:43:41 | More by JayQue
Photo of JTahoe


3.9/5  rDev +1%

12 oz bottle.

A - Coppery red color, nearly clear. Dense sticky beige head.

S - Not overly impressive, but malty and citric hop aroma hit up front with hint of caramel.

T - As the smell suggested, this is no ordinary red ale. It has an assertive hoppiness smack in the middle of the chewy caramel malts; an interesting contrast of smooth and bitter all at once.

M - Thick and slightly oily with a dry finish. Medium carbonation.

D - Not as easy going as most ambers, but this is Stone, so you expect a kick in the flavor profile. Drinks like a hybrid IPA and red ale. Pretty sessionable.

11-15-2009 05:29:03 | More by JTahoe
Photo of tigg924


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance: amber in color, cloudy, huge head, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, florals, and hops

Taste: citrusy and piney hops, earth, and a small amount of toasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter backbone and sweeter finish, next to no carbonation, slick, medium bodied

Drinkability: Interesting beer. I could have several. This does have Stone's hop bite.

11-12-2009 16:17:14 | More by tigg924
Photo of jlindros


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

OK, re-review time. Got a fresh bottle that states to drink by 05-09-10 so I'm in time this time.

A: The head is so large in my tulip glass I have to stop pouring about 3/4 of the way through. It's rich and creamy lookin and fades slowly. A hazy dark reddish brown color like caramel.

N: Lots of fresh hop aromas, some citrus, touch of pine, little musty, touch of grassy and spicy even. Not really any malts that I can get through all the hops.

T: Fresh hops again, lots of orange and tangerine, citrus hops with a touch of pine and spicy hops. Again no real malt to find. A slight earthy chewy hops comes through with more fresh musty hop flavors. Juicy and refreshing, very drinkable.

M: Medium to lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Pretty dry but leaves a slight juiciness. Semi bitter as the hops climax on the finish but not over bearing. SOme lingering citrus, a little pine, earthy and fresh musty hops start to come through more and more. A touch of tangerine and orange too.

11-12-2009 02:30:25 | More by jlindros
Photo of DeathbySexyBT


3.9/5  rDev +1%

Thank you to the Texas Legislature and the TABC. Were it not for you and you inane laws requiring brewers to get separate licenses for beers (<5.0% ABV, per TABC) and Ales (5 and up), I might have frequent access to this delicious brew and THAT WOULD BE DANGEROUS!!!...jerkoffs.

A: Crisp and clear dark resinous amber color with an off-white head and sticky lacing.

S: Disappointingly weak. Hops and floral notes seem like they want to come through, but are just too restrained.

T: The flavor, however, is not as restrained as the aroma. The citrus and piney hops come through loud and clear here. Nice earthy balance to the beer by way of the darker malts and an almost tart note is back there as well. Buttered toast is the flavor I would tie to the malt here. All in all, an excellent combination.

M: Slick and chewy.

D: Sessionable beer from Stone? Not in Texas, but be thankful those of you who live in states unencumbered by such idiotic legislation.

11-10-2009 21:08:37 | More by DeathbySexyBT
Photo of Blitzstyle


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured into a pint glass, 2 fingers of head that hangs around. Nice lace around the glass, deep amber color. Looks very appealing.

Smell citrus hops some small caramell scents from the malt.

Nice hoppyness all the way down mostly citrus. Not to much on the malt just a small amount of caramell. Very nice bitterness not overly done.

Kind of flat lack of carbination I think. A resin like after taste. Goes down easy though.

11-09-2009 21:40:00 | More by Blitzstyle
Photo of theboozecruise


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass... clear dark red-orange color with a creamy off-white head.

Smells of hops... a little bit floral, not much malt on the nose.

The taste is more of the same... bitter on the front, the floral hops come through. Not much aftertaste at all. A little thin on the mouth, but not bad. Moderate carbonation... easy to drink if you like hops at all.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

11-08-2009 17:32:59 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of gbmoore


4.13/5  rDev +7%

A - A copper to orange color with a fluffy light tan head that had good retention.

S - had a mix of caramel malts and citrus hops

T - Just like the smell. Caramel and citrus. Kind of nutty.

M - Typical ale feel. Medium body and moderate carbonation

D - The taste of this beer was great. Took over Arrogant bastard as my favorite in the Stone family.

Like all stone, a bit on the high priced side.

11-07-2009 04:08:39 | More by gbmoore
Photo of bornridiculous


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Levatation Ale pours with a deep copper hue, almost brown, with a slight froth. Not a very heady beer, but leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass. Almost immeadiately you can smell citrus, without even putting your nose up to the glass. Beer has nice mouth feel that is accentuated by the hop characteristics. Taste is a citrus/pine flavor without being too overpowering. Beer is slightly more bitter with than the standard pale ale, almost to the point of tasting like an IPA. Beer loses points with the aftertaste, which is almost resin like. As the beer warms citrus notes grow more pronouced, however resin taste remains consistant. This is definately a sipping beer, however I would not mind doing a session of 2-3 of these at a time. This is a solid pale ale.

Tasted at 53 degrees F.

11-06-2009 01:17:12 | More by bornridiculous
Photo of BevMoAndrew


3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

Served into a standard pint glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours a red, slightly copper color in the pint with a white froth. The nose shows a piney, herbal, citrus, grapefruit character followed by caramel malts. Light and easy to drink with louds of hops and a long finish...a classic pale ale. Honestly, I'm kind of surprised that this is a Stone beer...it's good and a nice beer, but kind of forgettable. It's really just another pale ale...nothing special.

11-04-2009 06:45:09 | More by BevMoAndrew
Photo of DarrellK


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

I always have high expectaion from a Stone Brewing brew and pretty much always think they are good but do not hit it out of the park, especially for the price.

The pour is a classic pale ale with a nice thick white head a whiskey color and a good flowery aroma.

The mouth is again pretty much the standard viscosity for a pale ale and is satisfying.

The finish has a high quality dry and hoppy quality.

Overall a nice brew but it doesn't distinguish itself enough to rise to the top eschelon of the style.

11-01-2009 22:45:21 | More by DarrellK
Photo of cvfish


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

A - This beer poured an orange copper color that produced a fluffy light tan head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a great mix of caramel malts, some nutty characteristic, and a citrus/pine mix of hops

T - The taste of this beer was right in line with the nose of the beer, caramel malts, a slight nutty taste, and a mix of citrus and piney hops

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The taste of this beer was fantastic, this overtook Red Seal as my favorite Amber Ale, thank God Stone is here, I love these beers

11-01-2009 20:31:19 | More by cvfish
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,460 ratings.