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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

3,753 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,753
Reviews: 1,198
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 143
Gots: 355 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002

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Photo of Dubber55
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 05-03-11
Consumed 3/7/11

Poured into my Founders snifter. Caramel/orange/red color with some orange highlights. 1 finger of white head.

Smells like hops and pine. There is also a grassy/herbal type aroma with some grapefruit as well.

I taste herbal tea and pine. Citrus rind as well. Seems to have a similar hop profile to arrogant bastard and its other iterations.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Seems to be a bit sticky as well. The finish is kind of watery but I guess that is to be expected from a 4.4% abv libation.

Drinkability is ok. The abv isnt high so I could drink a bunch of these. However, this beer isnt really all that complex to make me want to come back and keep drinking it. Im not loving the watery finish either. Within the style, this is a pretty good representation.

Photo of colts9016
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a samuel smith glass at 43 degrees.

Appearance: A monster three finger head that has really good retention. The color of the head is a light tan color that is foamy creamy, and bubbly. The color of the beer is a deep reddish cherry hue with garnet highlights. The clarity of the beer is near opaque, except there is some visibility. The head left a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: A very rich grapefruity, floral and lemon aromas. There are other aromas of toasted malt, phenols, and pine.

Taste: A very balanced rich grapefruity, floral bouquet, lemons, orange, toasted malt, and pine. There are notes of alcohol yeast, and phenols.

The mouth feel is astringent, carbonated, and coating.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This Stone beer is done really well. Great flavor well balanced and very easy to drink. This is why I am a loyal Stone follower, no real let downs in their brews.

Photo of Kooz
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a cool looking bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. Amber colored with some quickly-dissipating head.

Smells overpoweringly of hops.

Very hoppy, somewhat boozy, but not bad. Fairly mild considering how hoppy it is.

Mouthfeel is okay. It's a little watery, and has some bite, but neither one is bad enough to take points of. Almost tastes a bit gritty in the aftertaste, buts is smooth of front. This is a solid 3.

This is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Photo of EricCioe
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has poured usually very, very bubbly, overly carbonated, hard to control head. Once it dies down a bit it's a nice looking beer, deep copper, blood reddish, a big frothy white head that leaves really sticky lacing. On the nose, I'm getting a big hit of piney hops, surprising given the style and ABV, and beneath that are caramel, bready malts, and some yeasty note. In the mouth, the bready and nutty note is foremost, but as that fades a nice, big pine bitterness hangs around for a long while. This beer is proof that low ABV does not mean low flavor, and I wish that there were more such beers on the market.

Photo of brew3crew
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the stone tasting at jungle jims with Greg Koch

A-nice amber color with almost no head
S-no suprise that it is a hoppy beer being from stone. Not much else there.
D-nice hop profile. Hoppiest session beer beer I have ever had before
M-light bodied and crisp
d-very drinkable and enjoyable. Nice session beer

Photo of bubseymour
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a murky copper color with lots of floating yeast throughout, very similiar to some Belgian Strong Ales I've sampled. Head was quite nice 2 finger and some lacing present.

Smell - Pleasant balanced smell with some maltiness and caramel but also slight hint of hops to the nose.

Taste - Much hoppier and bitter than expected but still not overpowering. Kinda watery and not anything noteworthy or original in the flavor. Tastes like a very ordinary run-of-the-mill American Ale to me.

Mouthfeel - watery

Drinkability - Its very light in alcohol so it could be sessionable, however the bitterness prevents that.

Overall - Aside from a unique appearance and pleasant smell, this doesn't bring any unique or exceptional tastes to the table. I can find 10 other American craftbeers in my liquor store that are close twins to this brew and probably $1-2 less a 6-pack as well.

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

A - Pours a nice amber colour, thin layer of head with some retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops backed by a solid offering of earthy caramel malts, though comes off a bit mild.

T - Very unique flavour on this one. A strong hop bitterness off the top followed by the caramel malts. Very earthy with a leafy presence that lingers on the tongue. The hops are quite citrus-y in nature, but are not overpowering. Has a bit of an earl gray tea flavour that lingers.

M - Medium bodied ale that is a bit prickly going down and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - Overall a worthy offering, and definitely worth a try. The flavours are quite unique and provide for a memorable amber ale.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Chestnut brown with some hints of red.

S: Has that characteristic Stone hop smell. Slight floral scent to the hops. Not much else in here.

T: Malt and caramel with a ton of hops that are a little unbalanced. This beer ends up being bitter and not in a good way. The worst part for me was definitely the mouthfeel, which was waaaay too thin.

Photo of Rutager
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep copper brown. Nice finger and a half of creamy tan head. Pretty lacing here too.

Smell. Sweet caramel malt and piney, tropical fruity hops. Yum

Taste. Roasty malt, piney, herbal hops with a nice long bitter finish that brings out grapefruit and orange rinds.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied with nice prickly medium carbonation.

Drinkability. Great drinker. I could drink a bunch of these ...and will do the first chance I get!

Photo of HopHead84
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Stone.

A: Looks like cola with a fizzy white beige head. Lots of bubbles.

S: Notes of caramel with a little toasted bread balance grapefruit and pine. Some floral notes. Pretty nice aroma when it warms to an acceptable temperature.

T: Light grapefruit and a valiant hop bitterness for such a meager beer. A little backing malt with a slight breadiness, a subtle toast, and a dash of caramel. Some pine notes. Packs a decent amount of  flavor and almost displays an equilibrium but for a slight tilt in the favor of the hops.

M: Upper light body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, and a touch thin.

Overall: A beer I rarely drink, but it has a lot of flavor for the low ABV and is pretty tasty. There are simply too many other options.

Photo of kbrady9
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice pour with an amber color. Not much of a head.

S-A wonderful, deep hoppy aroma. No one makes a better smelling brew than Stone.

T-When it first goes down, it is slightly sweet with a bit of a caramel, piney flavor. The flavor of the beer does not become distinct until it hits mid palate. Hoppy, but not overwhelming.

M- It goes down extremely light for a hoppy beer. I would prefer it be a bit stronger on the front end.

D- One of the most drinkable beers I have had from Stone.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.87/5  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
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
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
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
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
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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)...

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,753 ratings.