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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,717 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,717
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 329 | 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 joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy deep amber, one thumb of head retained at a solid covering with respectable lacing up the glass
S - caramel and toffee, light perfume, fruit and raw sugar, slightly phenolic, very interesting
T - prominent herbal hops with lemon zest, butter toffee maltiness, with a woody/piney and astringent
D - prominent carbonation, thin with a bitter spicy finish
M - light and refreshing but herbal and astringent makes for an interesting brew, very drinkable

Photo of kbutler1
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a pretty dark, but still clear, copper orange color with a large antique white head that is rather slow to settle but as it does leaves some lace on the glass. The is made up of rather tiny little bubbles and makes me be patient to take my first sip. Nice hoppy citris/pine aroma in the nose but not overpowering. Some biscuit like notes as well. Medium mouthfeel. The taste is rather nice, slightly bready sweet beginning gives wasy to hoppy and floral notes that linger on. Very refreshing.

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'Defying Gravity" - apparently, original gravity with its modest 4.4% ABV, Stone Levitation is a change of pace to its Stone brothers. Perhaps in ABV, but not in taste.

A - poured a deep amber color into a 25th anniversary Bells pint glass. Perfectly clear with no troubles seeing thru to other side. Modest head, but fantastic lacing.

S - Earthy and pine smells with a floral hops pressence.

T - Rich carmel and roasted malts introduce a hoppy dry finish. Hop characteristic very similar to Stone's self-righteous ale.

M - perfect carbonation and very crisp.

D - This seems like a toned down version of the self-righteous ale. And at 4.4% ABV, I'll definately have another.


Photo of rdilauro
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another success with Stone Brewing Co. The pour was a light golden brown with a very small head. The aroma had a nice hoppy nice like almost every Stone beer I have had.

It was very easy to taste, nothing really pronounced. The hops were there, but didnt hit you in the face.

I picked up some citrus, but nothing to overpower the beer.

Easy to drink, a bit timid in terms of mouthful and the aftertaste was almost non-existent

Photo of titosupertramp
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber brown. About as dark as it gets for an amber. About a finger of white head. Slow to recede.

S: Nice caramel smell. Accented with floral and piney hops.

T: Sweet caramel is, for me, the dominate flavor. The floral and pine add a zesty flavor that's pretty enjoyable.

M: Not a lot to say about this. Kind a of thin really.

D: Pretty high. Nice taste and low ABV make this go down pretty easy.

Photo of Seanibus
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light and carmelly and very tasty. Pours brown with a big fluffy head. The aroma is negligible, but the taste is strong - carmel and toffee and a wonderful candylike malt. There is a strong yet hard to identify hop bitterness - a little floral, a bit earthy. It is sweet and clean and strong without letting on how low the ABV really is. The moithfeel is thin, but hidden by the high bitterness. A lovely bit of brewing trickery - a lawnmower beer for the hophead.

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

A deep copper-red on the pour, clear, with a frothy 1-inch head. The beer leaves a fair amount of lacing as the head recedes, and a nice aroma of freshly baked bread and citrus can be detected. A little lemon, maybe some pine resin, no alcohol. The nose is fairly light.

It tastes of grapefruit and lemon and drying hop oils. The mouthfeel is light and crisp - a unique complexion for a stone offering. But it's definitely not lacking in flavor. Similar to Arrogant Bastard without weight, Levitation rolls into a yeasty middle - more like crackers than bread. Lemongrass and a touch of honey toward the end, but the hops really pop up to dry the palate, finishing bitter and clean.

Levitation does what it sets out to do - a true session beer with big flavor and a perfectly appropriate title. I love starting out with this before a game or a party, or anytime I'm not feeling like sinking into my chair.

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Aroma of hops, grapefruit, pine, and a little bit of pale malt. Poured copper/deep orange in color with a small, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium bitter and lightly sweet. Tastes of hops, pine, grapefruit, and pale malts. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Light to medium bitter, grapefruit, pine, and hop finish. It's lacking something. Disappointed of this beer out of all the Stone offerings.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle - best by 3/16/11

Poured nice dark red almost brown with two finger head that dissipated into a thin lacing,decent carbonation.

Smell - pine with some malt notes.

Taste - hops upfront w/ lots of pine ,citrus,lemon zest,decent malt backing.

Drinkability - This was a very easy to drink beer - citrus hops and pine were upfront decent malt backing to balance out the hops.

I need to get a six pack of this.

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

Pours a dark, maple syrup red, with ample off-white head that laces well, and dissapates to a half finger cap.

Smells of clean lemon zest, leaves, and some malty character, not sweet, but like bread.

Taste is nicely hoppy, with lemon citrus to go with fresh herbs, even some tulsi taste at the back end. Malt gives it great body, as the malt sweetens it just a little bit and balances the hops out. Really good hop flavor though, and intensely flavorful for a 4.4% beer.

Mouthfeel is ok, as carbonation is at or above average, and tingles are nice throughout. Drinkability is very good, and at 4.4% you won't get many beers with a better flavor:abv ratio to session.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a hazy red colour with a fingers worth of head that retains and laces well. The smell has light, piney hops, some citrus aspects, and a bit of bready malts. It's good, just a bit faint. The taste is surprisingly full for the very low ABV! The citrus and pine hops really take center stage here. However, right behind it are some very nice, mellowed out bready malts. They balance each other incredibly well, stopping this from being too close to an IPA or a pale ale. Instead, they both work together in tandem. A great, hoppy amber ale.

The mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body and a medium level of carbonation. And the drinkability is superb, this is quite drinkable. A bit more ABV would be expected for the amount of flavor this has, but I'm sure it has it's place. Looking for something high on flavor, but low on ABV? This is your brew right here.

Photo of epicness
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

A: Solid amber color with ruby highlights. A one inch off white head sits on top and laces the glass very nicely. Love the bottle though. One of the things I love about Stone is the complexity they put into the appearance on their bottles. It's great stuff.

S: Pine hops dominate the scent. Citrus and floral hops are also present. Sweet malt is present on the back end of the scent.

T: A very hoppy taste. Pine and bitterness dominate the front of the taste but give away to a more fruity and smooth finish. In my opinion there is a bit of a coffee malt present which helps to contrast the hop presence a bit.

M: Light bodied, almost on the verge of it being water-like. Based on appearance I thought this beer would be a bit heavier on the taste, and this part of the beer left me disappointed. I think I would have liked it much more if it had more of a full character to it. The carbonation is fairly good though.

D: It's a very drinkable beer. Low ABV and a pretty good taste.

Photo of treznor
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at West End Bistro(DC).

A: Clear red appearance. A little under 2 fingers of head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S: Relatively little on the nose. Citrusy hops are coming through a bit.

T: Clean, crisp, and lightly hopped (for a Stone beer). Not very complex, but clean enough to be refreshing.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

"How 'bout the power of flight? That do anything for ya? That's levitation, homes." It pours a clear sunrise russet topped by a finger of staunch light cream foam. The nose comprises pine, oregano, grapefruit peel, light toffee, and red pepper. The taste holds notes of pine, grapefruit, light caramel, honeydew, and a small pinch of pepper. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a very nice hoppy red, one that pleasantly runs the gamut from spicy to piny in terms of the hops involved. Good times. Now they need to make a new one called Telekinesis (something about mind bullet killing a yak from long distances is floating around in my head for some reason)...

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into tulip.

A- Nice amber pour, some ruby highlights. A sandy off-white head billows and laces on the glass nicely. Impressive pour.

S- A nice fruity bouquet, tropical fruit and a touch of pine.

T- Very hoppy- grassy and bitter at first and more fruit comes out towards the middle. The mild toasty malt provides a nice contrast and smooths out the hop bite just a bit. This bottle is pretty fresh, and there's a surprising amount of flavor packed into this 4.4% brew.

M- Great all the way around. Well put-together.

D- Fairly high. I'm going to try and get some price quotes on cases.. at $13 a 6er it's a bit much but it's very tasty. One I'll be revisiting. Worth seeking out.

Photo of rpardon7
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I will be rating this beer probably higher than the average BA. Poured from the bottle a dull amber to dark orange color with a thick rocky head that receded slowly and left nice laicing on the glass. Smell is wonderful for a red ale pine and grassy hops mixed with tropical fruit notes. Taste is so complex for such a simple low abv beer. Hops up front fresh cut grass and sour apple with a malty middle that has a dry hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is light and dry not too heavy like some red ales are, good carbonation that brings out the hop. Drinkability is fantastic and for a low abv this is a great session beer for hop lovers!

Photo of tykees88
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- orange to red color on the wheel. An off white head. Superb lacing that I wish every beer had.

S- Fruity bready and malty

T- The hops are present here on the bitter finish. The fruits help dumb that down a little bit though.

M- Nice and lighter bodied

D It would be easy to drink several with the sweet taste and lighter mouthfeel.

Photo of dutchlq7
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Deep Amber orange/red. 2 finger head of creamy off white head. Leaves a nice lacing.

Smell-A bready, toasty malt smell and a piney/herbal hop smell too.

Taste-Man what a great ale! A nice mellow toasted/bready malt flavor balanced by pine/herbal hop finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, light carbonation.

Drinkability-Great ale, wish it was a little stronger but I loved it.

Photo of mbusster88
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint.

A: Brown, dark amber color. Tan head with very small bubbles. Head is thick and pillow like, sticks around forever. Some carbonation coming off the bottom of the bottle.

S: Get some hop presence right away in the nose. Also get the caramel malt notes.

T/M: Great mouth feel is medium and a good balance between hop and malt makes this one taste very nice. Taste has some bread and pine notes in it, but also very toasty.

D: Easy drinking beer with a lower abv. A good beer to get non-craft drinkers into.

Photo of elgiacomo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by Feb 28, 2011. Quite fresh.

Pours clear amber with a two finger light tan head that leaves tons of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma features a lot of citrus and pine hops, caramel and toasted malt, toffee, bread. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is also very hoppy, probably the hoppiest Amber I've had, citrus/pine hops, caramel malt, toffee, some fruit, sweetness in the middle, good bitterness on the finish. Strong flavor, very robust.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, scrubbing carbonation.

Excellent Amber Ale although very hoppy for the style.

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

Glass - Pint

A - A slightly hazy amber color with just a small amount of visible C02. It produced a 1-2 finger head that dissipated a little quick but not bad. A thin soapy ring held atop the brew throughout and left a few spots on my glass.

S - Soft cherry and plum fruit notes. A bit of floral hop notes with rind. It's semi sweet with mild grain and dough notes underneath. More flowery and dry hop characters as it warms.

T - A very nice dry, burnt and rind like hop character throughout with soft floral notes as well. As for malt I'm only getting toasted husk and grain but it's very soft against the dominant hop characters. I get a bit of cherry and date in the middle and it finishes dry with flowery hop flavors and mild bitterness that's pretty nice.

M - A nice lite-medium body with soft to moderate crispness and a smooth feel.

D - I really liked this brew. Stone Brewing really shows us they can make a low ABV beer with full flavor. I think it's very very drinkable and goes with so many dishes that you can have a couple or more with just about any meal. I definitely say give it a try, and I'm pretty sure I'll be back for more of the Levitation Ale, very tasty. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

g: pint

Appearance is dark cherry orange with a 2 finger-soapy tan head. Lots of carbonation rushing to the top.

Aroma consists of dry mango and lemon hops with a peppery note that turns almost nickel. Light cherry-ish bready malt underneath. Sticky lacing.

Hmm.. a bit subdued, i'm trying to bring out the flavors in my mouth but not getting much. Upfront is maybe a light cranberry but the dominant flavor up front and to the finish is a dry, lemon rind hop presences. Finishes bitter and only when it lingers do i pick up some dough-like malt.

Mouthfeel is light but slightingly harsh because of the decent carbonation along with the dry and bitter finish.

Drinkability is fine but not as great as i expected for an Amber at 4.4 ABV. Picked this up for 8$ at Total Wine in Rancho c CA, worth it, i'd say. A dollar more and i'd be on the fence.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap this beer was a beautiful mahogany color with lots of rising carbonation. The two fingers of khaki colored head retained itself well and left lacing like lace-topped- fishnet stockings. The aroma was nicely balanced, a combination of pale and biscuity malt with just a hint of caramel coupled with piney and grassy hops. The flavors were refreshing and balanced as well. Toasted malt and some caramel malt held their own against the hops profile that sported elements of grapefruit, light pine and some grass. Hints of butter also appeared as it warmed up. Very tame compared to most stone beers and quite accessible. The mouthfeel was smooth, the carbonation appropriate and the body medium. Very drinkable for a Stone beer but not as impressive as their usual offerings.

Photo of jj311
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice reddish amber color with a one-finger off-white head. Foam retention is decent yet not spectacular, however it leaves behind some great lacing.

Smell: A balance of sweet malt and hoppy Aromas. Bready and some citrus qualities.

Taste: Defined flavors of caramel malt, herbal hops, with some piney, citric, and doughy flavors. Has a rather fitting and enjoyable bitterness, far from over-baring. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Slick and chewy mouthfeel. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink.

Overall: Just tried this brew for the first time. I am actually quite impressed at how well balanced it is. Looks like I found a new regular, granted I can find it again.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the Stone Brewery into a pint glass, the beer is a light cloudy brown color with no head. The beer has a nutty-malt nose; very aromatic. First sip gives a malty-hop punch in the face of flavor, which is unexpected, but very welcome. There are nutty undertones to the flavor, as well. The beer's flavors are very well balanced. The beer is smooth and crisp in mouth, and there is a hops aftertaste to the finish. Very drinkable beer.

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,717 ratings.