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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,377 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,377
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 119
Gots: 192 | 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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Photo of DavoleBomb


3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear amber orange color. Two fingers of frothy head with good retention and some lacing.

3.5 S: Nose is full of toasty and crystal malts. Plenty of floral hops as well. Nothing special, but good nonetheless.

3.0 T: Unlike Stone's other brews, this one seems empty. There isn't a lot of maltiness going on, much less than I expected. There's a decent amount of earthy hop flavor and a good punch of bitterness, but it doesn't make up for the lack of maltiness.

3.0 M: Light-medium (more light than medium) body, which is lighter than I'd prefer in an amber. Otherwise smooth with good carbonation. Could be creamier.

3.0 D: Body is too light and not complex enough in terms of malts for me to want another.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 22:30:06 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Tballz420


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark syrupy colored body, somewhat hazy. Small tan head doesnt last for too long. Rich malty scent, hints of bitter hops. Taste is mostly red ale malts, touch of bitter hop rounding out the back end. A bit of a metallic taste to it. Very wet mouthfeel, fairly full bodied. Not as impressed with this offering from a very solid brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 01:31:25 | More by Tballz420
Photo of botham

New York

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

on tap at the brewpub in Escondito. pours a deep chocolate brown with fiery amber highlights and a single finger of eggshell colored head. heavy lacings and good retention.

aroma is piney and caramelly with a great balance and a lightly sweet character. the hops are piney and lightly spicy; very fresh.

taste has a more pronounced hop quality with a smoothing bready malt base. almost ESB-like in balance. the malts creep up on the palate with a subtleness that allows the hops to endure into the finish.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a semi-sweet character and wonderful balance that has just enough of a dry finish to remove the sweet malts from the palate.

drinkability is great. easy going, concentrated, fresh and dangerously session-able. cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2009 01:16:26 | More by botham
Photo of philbe311


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A fingers worth of compact fizzy ecru colored head... Displays excellent retention, especially given the initially slight amount of head that presented itself... The head ultimately fades and leaves a full slightly lumpy lacing... A deep rich copper color which is slightly lighter at the bottom of the glass and darker at the top... There are some orange highlights throughout... Loads of small moderate paced carbonation throughout...

S - Wonderfully well balanced nose... The lovely blend of citrus and piney hops are the first to hit the nose... Then a rich maltines asserts itself... Toffee... Caramel... A faint nuttiness... Terrific...

T - The taste mirrors the nose... A sudden hoppy assault is mellowed by a faint layer of malt, namely caramel and nuts... Extremely bitter hoppy aftertaste thats leaves wanted to take another sip...

M - Very crisp... Medium bodied, but quite thin and watery... Burnt and slightly chalky... Some pringly carbonation upfront... Quite assertive and powerful...

D - A very assertive brew that has a lot of tricks up its sleeve, especially considering the modest 4.4% ABV... Unique and enjoyable... Another well crafted ale from Stone... Kudos...

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 01:14:52 | More by philbe311
Photo of jwinship83


4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with best by 9/21/09 on the bottle. poured into sierra nevada pint glass.

A- beautiful pour. dark red colored body with a small khaki colored head. the head lasts a short while and leaves solid walls of lacing on the sides of my glass. very nice.

S- sweet caramel malts and a lot of citrus and pine hops. looking pretty good so far.

T- sweet caramel and toffee upfront from the malts. a nice and strong hoppy finish. lots of citrus (grapefruit) and a little bit of pine.

M- light bodied and crisp. nice level of carbonation. decent amount of bitterness and leaves the mouth feeling dry.

D- a great sessionable beer. lots of flavor and lots of hops. ill check this one out again whenever i get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 03:02:23 | More by jwinship83
Photo of mwagner1018


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

A- Appearance is a dark amber, deep red hue, good 2/3 fingers of caramel head (consistent lacing down glass), looks like a thick comfortable blanket on the top of the beer...poured into standard pint glass.

S- Hops, sweet malt, peppery, slight buttery note, with a toasty character.

T- Great malt backbone, significant balance with the hops, good bitterness, and very fresh.

M- Great balance, has the mouthfeel of a much bigger beer, really fills in nicely especially with only a listed 4.4% ABV, incredible dryness, and fresh light body, with a really bold maltiness).

D- Very, very drinkable...great tasting beer with a lot of character...and with a very mild ABV...good sipping evening beer...that I can drink more than a few of...and be quite content!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 15:15:47 | More by mwagner1018
Photo of TheViolator666


4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beer that I'm amazed by everytime I drink it. It's delicious, yet affordable. This was actually the first beer I had when I turned 21.

12 oz. bottle poured into Stone Levitation tulip

A: Absolutely gorgeous, deep red hue with tremendous off-white head. Leaves layers of thick lacing on glass. A very inviting beer.

S: Smell is damn good, hops balanced well by malted grains and a hint of citrusy fruit. I'm refreshed just by the scent!

T: Spot on. Using only the basics; barley, hops, water and yeast, Stone manages to craft an incredibly tasty, affordable and refreshing ale. Hops up front and malted barley at the end with a fantastic aftertaste.

M/D: Nice medium body that goes down easy. Low ABV gives this one extraoridnary drinkablillty.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 20:23:23 | More by TheViolator666
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

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

Pours a deep amber brown with a fat, sticky head on top. Definite hops hit the nose first...delicate yet full. Floral and tea-like over citrus and pine blending with an equally modest sweet malt. Very "Stone", just "turned down". Slick, resinous hoppy flavor, mild like the aroma, but not short on flavor. Pine, flowers, wood, and black tea well balanced with lightly buttery caramel malt. Medium-light body with a smoothness that gives the impression of a bit more body. Drying and highly sessionable.

Yes, you can make a high quality, flavorful ale under 5% abv. It's almost like an Americanized version of an English session beer. I bet this would be killer on cask...

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 23:48:07 | More by wedge
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3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish orange in color with an enormous head that lasted for 12 ounces. The aroma was coppery and, I don't know, almost dusty. The taste is on the bland side; a little citrus, a little sweet, a little of everything but nothing really out front. Medium bodied with carbonation still left for the throat after most of it was spent in the foamy head. Drinkability was good.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 01:11:53 | More by kegger22
Photo of Norfawkers


3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rare miss for Stone; a servicable ale but nothing to write home about

Appearance: Deep amber, little head

Smell: Sweet oats

Taste: A bit bland, somewhat malty

Mouthfeel: Noticeable carbonation but smooth overall

Drinkability: Carbonated malty water, perhaps a meal would bring out more flavors; a bit disappointing

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 20:19:59 | More by Norfawkers
Photo of Tromba


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear deep red/brown. Head is white, partialy dissipates quickly, but leaves a thin loose layer on top with some loose lacing as you drink.

S: Not strong, but still a nice earthy hopiness with a touce of sweetness.

T: The perfect balance of hop bitterness and subdued malt sweetness (well, perfect balance for a hop head). The hop presence doesn't hit you over the head and is not extremely bitter, but rather brings out the almost sweet, floral, and earthy quality of the plant. A bit of lingering bitterness at the end.

M: medium-light body, clean finish, and a little more carbonated than expected...maybe just a hair too much.

D: Very drinkable!!! This is one of my favorites because of the low ABV despite a TON of flavor. Maybe my favorite session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 01:56:24 | More by Tromba
Photo of womencantsail


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

A: A dark amber/copper color with a thin whitish head.

S: Light grapefruit and caramel malts.

T: Initially a decent citrus flavor followed by caramel maltiness and a floral and bitter finish.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, not much carbonation.

D: The lightest of all the Stone brews, but not my favorite taste-wise.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 19:05:27 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Spidey13


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone Levitation pours an amber/copper color with a small off-white head. The nose is great, with all kinds of citrussy hops and caramel. Yummy.

The front of the flavor is a bit watery. Not much there besides of hint of sweetness. This is followed by a big pop of hop bitterness that sticks around for a short while but then fades away. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but is to be expected for this style of bit at this ABV.

Overally, this is a real nice drinker with a lot more flavor (mostly hops) from such a low ABV beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 01:56:58 | More by Spidey13
Photo of Florida9


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

A: Clear, light brown in color. Served with about a 1/2 inch of head that quickly dissipates to nothingness. Minimal lacing.

S: Caramel malts and faint citrus hops.

T: Some caramel malts, but not overwhelming, finishing with a faint bitterness.

M: Medium weight and carbonation.

D: An okay beer, better than most, but probably my least favorite Stone offering. Nothing overly exciting and missing that over-the-top hop character I have come to love with Stone beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 01:51:26 | More by Florida9
Photo of clayrock81


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

Poured a clear copper body with a two-finger white head. An interesting hoppy and caramel malt smell, but the smells are light (not faint). The aroma seems to be passive. An easy-drinking, thin but flavor packed body with a a very large citric/grape hoppy taste but not like usual Stone beers. The hops are not overpowering and not the only focal point of the beer; coupled with some light sweet and roasted malts the beer is a balanced drink that leaves both hop and malt sensations with a slight dry edge. A very enjoyable beer that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 17:15:40 | More by clayrock81
Photo of sholland119


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

On tap at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Pours a clear amber with a fluffy off white head and great lacing.

S-Medium caramel malt with very light hops. A bit twiggy, which I find to be common among low ABV ales.

T-Taste exceeds expectations. A very nice malt base with a pleasantly mild floral hop finish.

M-Light bodied and crisp.

D-For the ABV this is a very tasty beer. A great low ABV beer.


Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 16:56:43 | More by sholland119
Photo of porterwoobie

North Carolina

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

poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: light brown to red, dark amber colored. one finger off-white head that laces nicely. clear.

S: mild maltiness and citrusy/piney hop aroma.

T: nut-like malt flavor with some caramel sweetness initially. the hops are citrusy and piney that dry the palate

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

Drinkability: very drinkable. alchohol percentage is reasonable, so definitely a beer that can be consumed for a good while.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 21:53:55 | More by porterwoobie
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4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always intrigued by Stone's brews but sadly, being a lightweight, always put-off by the higher ABV numbers, I was pleased to see this on the shelf. Bought the 6'er on the spot. Very good decision. Very impressive, right from the awesome bottle graphics (including a 2007 GABF Gold Medal logo on the neck) to the last very last sip. Nice brown to copper in the glass, with some rising bubbles visible. Decent, tan colored head that stayed through the first few sips and laced the glass nicely. Hint of light biscuity malt in the nose, but the taste matched with a nicely balanced malt and notable hops bitterness that made your mouth water from first sip. The flavor wasn't complex in the sense that it changed or shifted, but it was consistently well balanced and flavorful, with the nice bitter kick at the end. Nothing cloying or "sweet" or fruity about it. A definite session beer. Light mouthfeel and carbonation only added to the refreshing nature of the beer; and since it was just 4.4%, it was easily quaffed and enjoyed. Definitely a unique Ale. Almost (dare I say it) reminded me of an Altbier, in the way hops were used. Will be a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 12:04:01 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of mjl21


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Comes in at 4.4%. The month on the enjoy by date is too scratched to read...all I get is ?/27/09.

A-Pours a really red amber that is clear. It has a one finger tan head that dissipates to a decent layer. Lots of bubbles are visible and some decent lace is left.

S-The hops are present giving out lots of citrus such as pineapple and grapefruit as well as pine. There is also biscuity malt present as well as a little bit of sweetness. One of the hoppier smelling low abv beers that I have come across.

T-Bitter grapefruit hits very fast along with some pine. There is lots of biscuity malt in the middle and back. It finishes with a nice amount of bitterness.

M-It starts out medium bodied, but as it warms it really becomes watered down. It has light carbonation. It is smooth and finishes dry.

D-Goes down easily and is quite flavorful for the low abv. I wouldn't necessarily seek this out, but it is a good one when you want hops without the higher abv.

A pretty good session beer from Stone. Its only real flaw is that it is a little pricey for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 01:01:21 | More by mjl21
Photo of david18

New York

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

Wow. I've often avoided this beer because it's a low alcohol option from a brewery that seems to specialize in high alcohol beers. But this is very good. You often hear about how hard it is to get a really malty rich beer at below 5% alcohol by volume but this one nails it. Great color, great flavor and aroma and you can drink a whole bunch of these. Bravo.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2009 23:40:54 | More by david18
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


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

Pours a nice amber color with a white head that lingers well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is a nice mixture of a good malt profile and a significant hop presence for a beer this small.

Taste follows with a nice hoppy pale ale type of vibe going on. A big hop presence for a 4% beer, the malt profile balances well, just an all around general session brew.

Mouthfeel is pretty much ideal for what this beer is.

Drinkability is where this brew shines. It is more bitter than your average 4% beer, due to its noticeable hop presence, but for those with any craft experience, a great session option.

Overall, I kind of like this offering from stone. A great session brew, a good choice to bring to a party or something. Very drinkable with alot of flavor and a moderate abv. A well made beer that does what it was meant to do. Not gonna blow your mind, but tasty and easy to drink. A nice beer. Pricetag is a little high for a sixer, but a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 04:46:19 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of OneDropSoup


2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap at D's in Monroeville.

Pours an attractive amber with honey-colored highlights & a foamy head, the kind that only comes from hoppy beers. The two-finger head drops to half a finger & leaves some lacing around the top.

Smell is very nice: pine, a sweet, bready quality, almost buttery, maybe some woody aspects. Very appetizing.

The taste is very hop-strong, but just when the hops fade & I expect a malty follow-through, I'm left with only a bitter taste & a kind of empty feeling. A dry finish. I keep expecting a little more malt to round it out, but none comes & I find it a little disappointing.

The mouthfeel is modest, on the thin side, but this is not a bad thing -- makes it "sessionable."

Man, given the good look & great smell I thought more flavor would be coming, but it was something of a let-down. This is a gauche way to put it, but it kind of gave me beer blue-balls: great build-up, but then ended with a fizzle where the good stuff should've been.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2009 19:56:51 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of Hojaminbag


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

A rusty, dark orange body that is light around the edges when held up to the light with some very small carbonation bubbles moving in a sporadic fashion. A tan head that is creamy with ok retention, leaving only a few scraps and spots of lacing.

The nose is sweet from a touch of citrusy hops, but also a caramel type malt sweetness that is backed up by a very lightly toasted aroma.

A kick of hops that bring citrus and pine resing together come first, followed by the lightly sweet caramel flavor that I have to say matches the hop profile very well. A little bit of the toasted flavor follows, but it also comes with just a touch of spiciness. My guess the earthy, spicy note I detect is supplied by a variety of hops, but I am not sure which one. The American amber/red is a tough style because it is so broad, and there are so many different interpretations of it. Levitation reminded me of a vienna lager (think Great Lakes Eliot Ness) hopped up with American hop varities.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, which is good for a session beer, and it has moderate carbonation.

This one did not blow me away, but it is a really solid session brew that is easy to drink. Enjoyable for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 17:00:35 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep amber and brown with a giant creamy head that leaves intricate lacing behind. great retention.

HUGE sweet citrus and floral notes. hints of grapefruit and pine.

light bitter hop flavors, mainly bitter citrus and a pine mix with a very strong malt backbone. malts balance this out and cut the hops down. most of the hop flavors make their appearance at the finish and linger afterward.

light carbonation with a little bite.

not bad at all and very easy to drink. id like to see a little more hop flavor. this may be better when its very fresh. solid

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 22:20:41 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of movingtrain


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Stone Levitation glass (found at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH)

This is a beer that I go back and forth with. It's good, yes...and very drinkable. It's only 4.4% ABV, and can be enjoyed all night. But, it's a bit in the pricey side. So, I must take into account the fact that 1) this is a really tasty, low alcohol beer and 2) brewing beer is an art...a consumable art. So, I guess what I'm saying is that this is a beer that I really enjoy drinking, but will probably not pick up all the time because there are other equally tasty beers that are more cost efficient...but, now is a time for Levitation.

Pours a nice amber color with a fine head that slowly descends to less than half a finger, but is sticking to the sides of the glass quite nicely. There is some good carbonation floating up from the bottom, keeping the small head present. I really like this glass they came up with, too.

The smell is hoppy, grapefruit, cereal, cinnamon, spice, maybe some light lemon.

The taste is good...bitter, which I like. The malts are very present here, and seem to be very well balanced with the hops. There are some biscuity notes here, baking bread, dry/bitter citrus.

This beer works really well...the flavors are pretty well balanced, and it is a beer that can be enjoyed all night long...not just because of the low ABV. I first tried this at Bob's Bar in Columbus...they had it on tap and I'd never heard of it before. My buddies and I proceeded to drink several rounds of them...and I was excited to see that this has now become a regular in bottles.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 22:08:54 | More by movingtrain
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,377 ratings.