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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,627 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,627
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 128
Gots: 281 | 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 jhammel01
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark blood red with a sticky white head that fades quick but keeps plenty of lacing.

Smells of fresh beautiful hops! slight bread on the nose as well

Fresh hops dominate the taste at 1st. Earthy, grassy, piney, hops!! Well balanced though as it lets way to toasty, bready malt and caramel notes. Especially in the finish. Great carbonation and mouthfeel.
Another awesome one from Stone!

jhammel01, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Anthony1
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep amber color with a medium foamy off-white head that recedes rather quickly. Small patches of lacing. Piney hops along with caramel and malt in the nose. Medium-bodied with hops, toasted malt and grapefruit flavors. The finish is balanced between citrusy hops and sweet malt, leaving a roasted malt aftertaste.

Anthony1, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD 10-21-10

Poured into a small Hamms goblet, Levitation has a tawny amber tone, fairly bright clarity and specked with barely visible micro sediment throughout. A slim one finger cap of foam rests on top, and it leaves a tan collar as it deflates. Retention is good, and a ring of lacing remains in the glass.

Toasty, nutty malts in the nose with a hint of citrus peel from the hops. Seems like an American take on an English Mild.

Dense with malt flavor, there's a concentrated grapefruit bitterness from the hops that is very refreshing, receding into a long bitter aftertaste. Feel is light, with ample carbonation to carry it. Stone definitely puts their west coast stamp on a Bitter here.

It's light enough to session, and is packed with toasty malt flavor with Stone's trademark hoppiness. Definitely has it's place in their lineup, this is what i'll reach for when i'm thirsty and don't want a huge DIPA or Imperial Stout...

emerge077, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of wvsabbath
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Red lighty brownish. Tanish head, looks pretty in a glass

Smell - Hops, malts, Floral aroma mixed with some fruits

Taste - Did i just bite into a pine cone? A pine cone that has soaked in water for a few days. Theres some mild cirtus taste, other then that, all i get is the hoppy pine flavor

Mouthfeel - Very dry and mild, doesnt last long and certainly doest ruin your tastebuds.

Drinkability - Too weak. Its like a waterdown stone ipa. Low alcohol, low flavor, low malts = low drinkability. This is the first stone beer that i dont care to drink again

wvsabbath, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 4.4% ABV, "Keep Refrigerated", "2007 GABF Gold Medal Winner", no date.

Thanks to sweemzander for the bottle!

A - Levitation is right! A timid pour didn't stop the head from floating right to the top! I had to use two hands to measure the six-finger, sand-colored head. Fantastic retention and great lace as well. Lets not forget the beautiful almond amber color that's crystal clear and full of carbonation!

S - Citrus and floral American hops come fuming out of this brew,. Citrusy grapefruit with hints of pineapple and mango in tow. Toasted amber malts fall behind nicely with a little toffee kick and mineral hint.

T - Lots of roasted amber malts backed up nicely to the plethora of American citrusy hops. I catch notes of earthy dirt and grass amongst the grapefruit citrus and pineapple. This is one of the better Red I've ever had.

M - Again, levitation is sure right. Despite the wallop it packs in flavor, Levitation is lighter-bodied and crisp for an ale, finishing with a good carbonation bite and refreshing quality.

D - A very drinkable amber beer, the only thing slowing me down is the insane level of head on this brew. It's border-line outrageous and keeping me from drinking it. Time to spoon it out...

BeerFMAndy, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Levitation is not the typical American amber, but more of Stone's take on the concept of a sessionable English bitter. A dry bitter beer that is easy to drink many of. In this day when many craft breweries are making highly alcoholic and very bitter beers it's nice to see a brewery make a beer that is more approachable for the average drinker.

Stone Levitation poured clear, ruddy amber in appearance with two finger of beige foam that subsided to a little layer on top. The foam is sticky leaving a mesh of lacing on the side of the glass. The beer smells like brown sugar, caramel and piney. The beer is very dry with toasted malt flavor and a smooth bitterness. As the beer warms, it has an earthier smell and taste like portobella mushrooms. The mouth feel is rounded with pleasant carbonation.

Soonami, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of BBP
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A chestnut brown. Decent head. Good carbonation. Slight lacing.

S- Pine aromas. Slight floral and citrus hops. Some caramel is detected as well.

T- Substantial ibus with only a bit of malt competing. Very strong considering it's 4.4%. Mostly pine but a bit of citrus as well.

M- Smooth with excellent carbonation. Felt like it rolled on your tongue. A tad thin though.

D- Extremely refreshing, and low ABV, so very sessionable. Tons of flavor and easy to down. Very good drink for any situation. Only wish it was more readily available.

All in all, a great light beer for packing such a large punch. Would definitely recommend it to anybody.

BBP, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark red amber color.

S- Hoppy very woody smoky scent as well.

T- Taste of settle hops and a earthy woody ending.

M- Mild semi-dry. A real smooth finish.

D- My first Stone beer. Not to bad I must say. Very good amber ale very tasty worth another buy.


SamuelJackson45, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of darkmartin
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a dark brown with strong crimson tones. Nice big, fluffy tan head. Thick layers of lacing.

Smell: Smells predominantly of citrus hops, maybe some grapefruit?

Taste: All citrus up front, quite bitter. Finishes fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Admittedly my distaste for red ale clouds my decision, however this one really was not terrible. Better than most red ales I've had.

darkmartin, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small grapefruit hop, quite fresh as well. In the taste, small citrus like hop and a nice balanced maltiness. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer, small grapefruit hop aftertaste. Just a decent ale with a touch more hops.

OWSLEY069, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of HosP
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz into pint glass.

A - Pours nice dark amber color. No more than a one finger head that left little lace on the glass.

S - Upfront hop aroma with citrus and pine. Hints of roasted malts at the end of the nose.

T - Like the nose, more hop flavor at first. Followed by malty sweetness to balance out the bitterness of the hops. Decent flavor, as I can see this being a solid beer, but nothing really jumped out at me.

M - Light-Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

D - Good beer, but nothing spectacular. I could drink a few of these, but would most likely reach for something else with either more hop flavor or stronger.

HosP, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into the SA Perfect Pint.

A: Dark amber color with a half inch of nice fluffy head.

S: Lots of piney hops with light caramel malt.

T: More piney hops with a bread/caramel malt sweetness.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

D: Medium to high.

This is a good red ale. Nice balance between the piney/caramel flavors

RunForYourBeer, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of kagent777
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased on a trip to South Lake Tahoe, poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance: A nice looking amber, with a billowy head that settled slowly leaving nice lacing. I see some "floaties".

Aroma: I would expect this from Stone beer, the smell is pine needle hoppy. I can also pick up some caramel overtones.

Taste: This would be called an IPA from any other brewer. Since I like IPAs, this is right up my alley. There is a light sweetness from the malt, which is balanced by the equaling bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: This a pretty light beer. The appearance will deceive you, make you think you are in for a super malty amber ale. But, this one is balanced toward the hop profile enough to even it out. The carbonation is lively with a longish bittering finish.

Since I am a hophead, I would seek this out again. Alas, I am in Utah and they do not distribute here. I really like Stone, they brew good, if very hoppy, beer.

kagent777, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells strongly of citrus hops, sweet malt, citrus (grapefruit), and an unknown but familiar aroma (yeast strain?). Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hint of pine, hint of mango, sweet malt, yeast, and possibly pineapple. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

Tone, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Brent
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only Stone could pack this level of hopping into a session ale. I don't think I've ever before encountered such a relatively-low ABV beer with such bold but complex hop bittering. Also surprising that the malt is sufficient to withstand the hops onslaught, yet the overall mouthfeel is quite moderate. This will be a future go-to when I need a hops fix, but a bit less horsepower.

Brent, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a clear and dark reddish copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of orange and copper hops, with caramel and brown sugar and a bit of bready yeast.
T: It tasted like strong metallic copper hops, with some orange and roasted barley and brown sugar, with a hint of chocolate. It had a strong but clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation.
D: This was a nice strongly flavored amber ale with great body. It was very easy to drink, but I wish it had more juicy hops and less metallic (like a smaller version of the 13th Anniversary beer). This is still nicely enjoyable, but not amazingly good.

Pencible, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of BeefyMee
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks awesome. Good head atop a brilliant coppery red body. A little more head retention and lacing would have made it perfect.

S: Smells sticky sweet in quite a wonderful way. Bold citric hops mingle with a respectable malt backbone.

T: Hops start to overpower here. Still very good, but I wish it stayed a little more balanced.

M: Pretty substantial. All around good.

D: A highly drinkable session beer.

BeefyMee, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of TheHopMonster
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone has done a great job with this one.

If you were to serve this beer to someone who didn't know what beer you were serving them they would mistake this for a home brew.

The unfiltered aspect of this beer and its simple ingredients are noticeable and all around delightful. The color is deep red and the heading works great for this type of beer.

The opening of each bottle was met with an intense release of carbonation and sometimes I thought I broke the bottle because it was so loud. Pouring the beer is a bit of a challenge due to its high carbonation and because of this the foam sticks around for a very very long time.

Overall very tasty and interestingly simple.

TheHopMonster, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Schmaltzy
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice dark goldenrod color with light amber hues and 1 finger head that left some light lacing.

S- Citrus and slightly floral hops dominate with a light roasted malt, nicely balanced however it was lighter than I expected.

T- Decent bitter citrus/earthy hops in the front, not extreme but there none-the-less, followed by light caramel roasted malt and a nice bitter slightly dry finish.

M- Very light, lighter than I thought it would be. Nice bitter beer similar to Surly Bitter Brewer, somewhat.

D- Very sessionable beer, light hops and even lighter malt with no alcohol presence is very nice for drinkability...

Schmaltzy, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of ebby82
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hoppy, malty aroma. It's clear that this is a Stone beer because the hop aroma is similar to their IPA. The color is a deep amber, nearly the color of Arrogant Bastard. The flavor is malty upfront, with a pronounced hoppiness as well. Clean and palatable, this goes down very smoothly, and would easily be a session beer.

I believe that this beer is the younger brother of Arrogant Bastard. It has less hops, less malt, and less alcohol, but it's flavors are very similar. An excellent beer from stone, and one which I will definitely revisit soon.

ebby82, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Anaz
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Anaz, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of MysticRuler
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

MysticRuler, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

JoEBoBpr, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of hu5om
4.13/5  rDev +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.

hu5om, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

IronCitySteve, Aug 03, 2010
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 3,627 ratings.