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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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3,719 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,719
Reviews: 1,188
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 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.

Photo of WildTurkey
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark amber. With a wispy head.

S: Nice malty, bready smell. Some fruit is in there like apples.

T: Carmel malts. Pear and apple cider fruitiness / tanginess. Nice hop bitterness afterwards. Pretty balanced in my opinion.

M: Light to medium body. A little dry.

D: Real good. Sluggin it back. Nice drink.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Very nice amber/red color with a 1/2" head that fades quickly. Leaves some great lacing though

S: Very hoppy and grassy, with some malts to balance it out

T: Not surprisingly, another hoppy beer from Stone. Not a bad thing though. The malts balance this beer very nicely

M: Medium bodied and fairly smooth

D: I would consider this an ideal session beer, great tasting compared to BMC and other alternative session beers

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A - hazy brown body with lots of sediment in it. A nice sized off white head

S - Caramel like sweetness mingles with a big hoppy aroma. Smells a lot bigger than its 4.4%

T - The malts are a lot more present here than in the nose. A nice citrus hop presence is tasted though. Sweet brown malt/ caramel like finish

M - medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Easy drinking, nice low ABV beer. It would be easy to put several of these away. I wish it was more affordable on this side of the country and I'd pick this up more often. I'd drink this again for sure.

Photo of pharmer
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle with a painted label. Blurb on the back makes for some interesting and entertaining reading as the brew settles. Color is a deep reddish brown. Formed a rather meek off-white head which quickly faded to a light lace.

S: Citrusy, a bit of malt, some yeastiness as well.

T: Muted, at the front of the tongue, but then a nice hop bitterness kicks in through the swallow. A light roasted malt character.

M: Tight and light carbonation, light to medium body.

D: This is a sessionable brew in my opinion and that's a refreshing twist from Stone. This is a beer you could drink several of with some buddies without getting completely blitzed. I'll be getting some more of these.

Photo of OnThenIn
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:The head is white with a bit of copper mixed in with a small head. The body is somewhere between a ruby and amber color. Slightly hazy.

S: Smells of straight hops. Lots of citrus and a little bit of grapefruit.

T: A lot less exciting than the nose. A little bit of bready flavor and a tiny bit of sweetness. There is evident bitterness as well as a pine hop flavor. The grapefruit is rather prominent in the flavor as well, but the citrus is not really present. I was expecting more.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Rather drinkable, but I wish this had more body to back up the taste.

Photo of corby112
2.1/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From notes:

Pours a deep, dark ruby/chestnut brown color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy off white head. Decent retention slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves a spot or two of lacing on it's way.

Very bland aroma which is very surprising for a Stone beer. Slight earthy hops with hints of pine needle as well as some hazelnut and caramel malt.

Buteer earthy, piny hops up front that linger throughout without much balance into a tongue assaulting dry finish. The malt presence is minimal as best and their is an odd spicy character that makes this beer pretty bad in my opinion. One dimensional with a bone dry finish. I usually like everything Stone makes but this was a wreck.

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

Had this on 2010-05-10 and again on 2014-02-14 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear copper with a 1.5-finger tan head and very nice lacing.

S - Sweet malt, citrus flesh, moderately dank. A pleasant but not strong aroma.

T - Hop bite up front, tea, roasted malt sweetness ( goodly amount considering the ABV), touch of chocolate/caramel, grapefruit flesh bitterness. Finishes pretty dry with some lingering malt sweetness but leans more towards a bitter finish. .

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Thicker than you'd expect from the ABV. Nicely done.

O - Quite a lot of flavor for a sessionable brew. Gives 21st Amendment Bitter American a run for the money although this is more expensive.

Original review on 2010-05-10

A - Copper with a generous, light tan head

S - Floral, dank, grain and citrus

T - Grass, tannin, roasted malt, slightly sweet, mild grapefruit. Good balance. Dry finish.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation

D - Sessionable. Pleasant but not remarkable.

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

Awesome hoppy aroma followed by a very mellow and malty taste, without a lingering finish. Beautiful amber to look at and overall a delightfully easy-drinking beer!

I love hops and personally belive this is classified properly as an Ameican amber rather than an American pale ale. Although not my own first choice, it would be an excellent beer to introduce someone to the possibility of hop flavours without blowing their socks off. It's well balanced and mild - and very drinkable.

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

Pours a dark amber color, with a solid 2 inches of fluffy white head on top leaving lots of lacing. A nice amount of pine and citrus hop aromas, mixed with some sweeter malts. I was really surprised the first time I tried this beer, how hoppy it tastes. Such a great hop character given the low ABV. It does have a well balanced finish to it though. Medium bodied, nice amount of carbonation, and extremely drinkable - this is the first thing I reach for if I plan on a long session.

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

Pours an amber color with a frothy off white head.

Smells of hops and malts and maybe some floral type of hints...maybe I'm just imagining things though. It's faint, but I'm sure they're there.

Tastes of hops and big malts. The hops are very apparent in this and its big on flavor for a relatively smaller beer. At only 4.4 I expected a little weaker of a flavor but this has a big bite to it.

It's a bit stingy from the carbonation and almost a citrus bite type of feeling from the bitters in the hops. It's not bad though. It's a beer and what beer should taste like.

I think this is a great beer, especially as a session ale. At only 4.4 you can knock a few of these back without sacrificing and skimping on flavor. I dig.

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

A - Darker amber/brown/red, no head, some lacing.

S - Slight hops and malt, nothing over the top but a great balanced thing.

T - Minimal malts & hops, nothing too crazy but nice flavor.

M - Medium body to heavy, medium carbonation, good aftertaste.

D - Drinks just fine for an ale, very balanced and can be had with pizza just fine, I had 2 of these at Sammys pizza.

Photo of JDew
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a tall pint glass

A - pours a beautiful deep reddish brown with a chalky tan head that slowly goes down to a good cap. A few bubbles rising to the top and good lacing

S - Hop and grapefruit blend is very apparent up front with malted barley. Flowery and fruity comes through as well.

T - Hoppy and bitter, follows closely to the smell of hops and grapefruit and has a clean bright finish

M - Smooth going down with slight carbonation

D - I could drink this beer all night, its a lighter red ale, it looks great and tastes great

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

Was at Whole Foods in Portland, saw this was on tap, so just had a quick half pint of this. Pours a bright amber colour with off-white head. Nice smell of sweet caramel/toffee malt with a pronounced hop aroma. Both sweet and some bitterness. A very nice hoppy amber ale. I've had this several time, won't ever pass up a pint of this.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a brown cinnamon color that is quite hazy, pours with a small amount of bubbly head that disipattes quickly, leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: light malt notes, light hope notes and something similar to a brown sugar or even cinnamon note

T: interesting, nice malt notes and also an interesting spice note, maybe allspice that really makes this brew have a unique taste

D/M: strong carbonation tingle, smooth across the pallet, lingering spice on the back of the tongue, nice taste makes it easy to drink but its complexity also makes it a little harder to drink

Photo of YouSkeete
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a reddish tint. Partly cloudy with a chance of amazing. Small sticky white head with some lacing.

S: Pungent hops, thick sweetness and some herbal and floral notes. Heavy malt makes its way to the front after a few breaths.

T: Big healthy hop flavor. Sweetness of slightly fermented fruit is dark and heavy on the palate. Malt character is full and rich, along with the body. Spicy bite in the aftertaste, like an actual semi-cajun kinda deal.

M: A powerful and very full bodied, well balanced ale with a slightly spicy sting in the aftertaste.

D: Majestic. Expensive for a six of 4.4%abv, nonetheless it is worth every penny

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

Appearance: As advertised, reddish/amber in color with serious fizzy carbonation that takes a while to recede.
Smell: Pleasant aroma with a considerable hop presence, some floral elements noted here.
Taste: Mirrors the aroma with a floral hop presence on top of a bready, biscuit malt base. Nice balance between the malts and hops with a a slight nod to the hops. In fact, the hops tend to linger well through the end of the taste. Finish is a bit dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium feel. Smooth.
Drinkability: Considering the ABV and taste , very drinkable. Perhaps a step up for those seeking a challenge beyond BMC.

Overall- Definition of a high-quality session brew with just enough hop bite to make you remember it for the next round.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber with orange hues. Very strong carbonation. Huge, 3 inch head on top. Very bubbly.

S: hoppy witha citrus twang. Some hints of grapefruit and pine. I also get a faint fruitiness and caramel malt aroma.

T: Solid hop bite with herbal to citrus to pine. A grapefruit rind bitterness. Definitely a more hoppy amber ale. Some resinous hoppiness sits in the throat. The malts are well represented too. Solid caramel backbone without being too cloying. Some hints of toastiness too. Superb flavors for such a little beer.

M: very strong carbonation, maybe a little too much. Finishes plenty dry. Slight stickiness from the hops sticks in the throat.

D: a real nice american amber ale. Definitely on the hoppier end. I agree that this is essentially "the little bastard," when comparing this beer to Stone's more well known strong ale. I really liked this beer. Definitely one I would grab when looking for a more hoppy amber ale.

Photo of bboelens
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- Reddish Gold color with a thick white head that left moderate lacing

S-Hops, Citrus, maybe slight toffee

T-Hops and grapefruit take the first wave with a slight caramel finish

M-Great carbonation but a little thin

D-At 4.4% this is one of the best session beers out there

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

A - This beer pours a nice dark copper color, with a 2-finger fluffy head. Nice lacing was left on the glass.

S - Smells sweet with caramel malts up front, but it also has that signature stone hoppiness to it. There are also some fruit notes present, such as grapefruit and apricot.

T - Right away you get the grapefruit hops, with some nice pale malt in the back. There is also some citrus present. The finish is of light malts and some hops.

M - This has a medium-light body and good carbonation. This beer is quite refreshing, and it leaves you wanting more.

D - This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down easy, and it is very refreshing. It reminded me more of an IPA than a red, but either way it's a good beer. I recommend trying it if you haven't yet.

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

Pours a reddish brown color with a thick white head and a really large amount of lacing. Smells of citrus hops, passion fruit, and pine. Tastes like bitter hops, passion fruit, pineapple, pine that makes it really tasty and it finishes really dry. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation to back it up. Drinkability is high.

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

Had this beer the other night. I was very impressed.

A - Thick head and deep amber color. The head sticks around for a good while, but becomes a nice cap as you drink it. This is a very pretty brew.

S - Passion fruit. This is what struck me the most. Some citrus and of course hops and yeast.

T - About how it smells, with a little more citrus. Maybe a little pine? Has a pretty bitter aftertaste which reminded me of a good loaf of bread. Pretty medium to light bodied. My girlfriend said she even liked it, and she only likes super light bodied beers. I loved this brew.

M & D - Just the right amount of carbonation, which gives it a crisp feel. Good consistency also, closer to the thin side. Amazingly drinkable.

I have yet to be disappointed with Stone brews. Arrogant Bastard is one of my favorites, and this is pretty much a similar, sessionable version. Definitely recommended.

Photo of zhanson88
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Levitation pours a deep amber color with mahogany highlights. About two fingers of off-white head forms. It reduces fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Biscuity and caramel malts up front, with a bit of citrus and piney hops. Pretty nicely balanced but nothing too extreme.

Taste: Some caramel malts and citrus up front, with slight piney hops on the back end. This beer isn't as thick and piney as others of this style that I've tried, but I guess Stone wasn't going for extreme hoppiness in this one like other beers that they produce.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, probably a bit too much. It drinks pretty smoothly with good carbonation. This is a tasty and drinkable beer overall, very sessionable.

Photo of punkrkr27
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour with a slight ruby highlight and a 1-finger, loose, tan head. Nutty, toasty, earthy caramel malt aroma with a good balance of spicy pine and citrus hops. Floral and spicy hop notes punctuate the flavor with hints of orange zest, almond, and a robust caramel malt background. There's a touch of dry, toasted, biscuit that lingers afterwords too. Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation that gives it a crisp finish. This is a nicely crafted session beer.

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,719 ratings.