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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,780 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,780
Reviews: 1,202
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 144
Gots: 380 | 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 kwjd
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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

Poured a deep, rich amber color, with an impressive cap of off white foam. Big hoppy aromas (resiny pine, citrus, grassy) with a little sweetness as well. Light bodied and easy to drink, with good hoppy flavors (citrus, floral) up front and a light caramel backbone. A big flavorful beer, considering its meager alcohol content; a six pack is perfect for any occasion.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review of a 12 oz bottle into a Stone pint glass.
A: Poured with a nice big two-finger creamy head that sticks over a clear light brown and amber.
S: Hops are up front, with the earthy musty pine of the amarillo dry-hopping. This is on top of the caramel raisin malt that has a slight pecan/peanut nuttiness to it. This is enjoyable.
T: Nicely balanced hops, leaning towards the hoppy side. The earthy mustiness lingers through the beer the entire time, while the sharp pine cleanses the palate on the finish, leaving a gin alcohol character. This is a good one.
M: Slightly thinner than I want, but it has a frothy carbonation to it.
D: Really great thanks to the low ABV.

Photo of Lemke10
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in North Aurora, IL for $1.50 in Fall 2010.

Upon hearing Stone's is pulling out of Wisconsin, I had to try this one which I had never seen before. It pours a medium dark amber color as a semi-strong scent of hops tickle your nose. The hops continue well into its taste as well. Not quite to the strength of an IPA but still very evident. It does finish rather smooth though. If you are trying, don't expect the typical amber or ale flavor here.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Reddish amber body. Not much of a head, but it leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Caramel and citrus.

T: Strong grapefruit and herbal notes from the hops. Caramel malt backbone. Definitely more toward the bitter end of the spectrum, but pretty well balanced overall.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly sticky.

D: Best described as Arrogant Bastard's little brother. If you like that, you'll probably like this.

Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy orange/red colour with an average size frothy and fizzy off-white head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and the lacing on the sides of the glass is excellent. The head lasted for quite a while before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Cereal, caramel, floral notes, pine, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation on the tongue and the beer comes across as slightly watery. The most noticeable flavours are pine mixed with grapefruit and citrus zest. There is also lots of malt taste, a nuttiness, and a flavour that reminded me of a cookie. I also picked up on a bit of a metalic flavour and it finished with a bitter citrus zest aftertaste.

Drink - Another above average beer from Stone - worth seeking out.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A tan white head that disappears quite quickly.
It seems quite carbonated as the bubbles seem to start off tiny and slow, then bigger and rushing to the surface. The head that dissipated quickly is forming a new foamy head from bubbles that are reaching the top. Is this why they call it Levitation Ale?

A smell hops and barley upfront. A piney citrus smell is noticable.

Creamy smooth medium in body. Not as carbonated as it looks. It leaves the mouth feeling like I swallowed a pill giving me dry mouth but yet my mouth isn't dry.

The taste is a piney bitterness of hops and barley leaving with a metalic taste as it finishes. It's not bad but it's not great. It's a little better than average.

Drink ability is okay. I can't see myself wanting more than two of these. The aftertaste is what ruins it. It tastes like I swallowed a bitter pill. While drinking it, it tastes good but the lingering taste deters me away.

Photo of Samp01
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber with a creamy tan long lasting head. Aroma of citrusy piney hops, sweet caramel malt with some slight fruitiness. Taste is citrusy hops, sweet malt, some light fruity spices. A nice med body palate, very nice carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, some sweet spices, ending with some grapefruit, citrusy hops. Overall a smooth and very nicely balanced and flavorfull amber ale. Very enjoyable, nicely done.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The color is very nice, a nice amber/red color and it glows slightly lighter when held up to the light. You can see some slight citrus zest floating in the liquid. I couldn't believe the amount of foam in this beer, it probably took about 5 minutes just to pour it. The head is thick and has a buttery look to it and produces crazy amounts of lacing.

The smell is awesome. It's much hoppier than any other Amber/Red Alie I've ever had before. Pine is the dominant feature in the hop and there are some slight citrus notes as well, I'd say 70/30 in favor of pine. There are also some slight notations of sweet grains and malts a s well.

The taste is a full notch below the smell, but it's still good, especially for this style. There are similarities with the pine flavor being stronger, but the ratio is a little different, maybe more like a 60/40. Regardless the entire strength of the hops are weaker than it is in the smell. The malts are a little stronger in the taste than the smell. Overall the flavors blend together pretty well.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, a little lighter than I expected. Pretty well balanced, but like I mentioned, lighter than I expected, for both the style and the brewery. It has a clean bitter finish and even though the head was so huge, the carbonation level is good. Drinkability is good. It would work well if you wanted to sip it or have it as a nice refreshment on a hot summer day. Not as big and bold as most Stone brews, but a very good beer none the less.

Photo of shodrod
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark, yet slightly opaque, brown. The head is a fluffy white with very nice retention and leaves a beautiful lacing. Hops and a 'beady' smell are present in the nose. The hops in the aroma don't manifest themselves in the flavor, but there are some hints of a nuttiness. The finish is almost nonexistent. This would make a great cold weather session beer because it's dark and flavorful but still light and has a pretty low ABV.

Photo of CMW
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark red/amber color with a pillow-like off white head. Head has some good retention and there is some soapy lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Plenty of grapefruit emitting hops. Not as much malt as expected as I am picking up very little.

T - Filled with hops upfront. Grapefruit and citrus hops pour over the tongue and provide a small amount of bitterness that fades quickly. The malt then appears in the aftertaste and has a slight toasted flavor.

M - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D - I am really digging this. Too bad I do not have more of these because this would make a great session beer at 4.4%.

Photo of RickS95
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber or brown in color with a thin off-white head. It's just dark enough that I can't tell if it's cloudy, but regardless, not much light comes through.

Complexity in the smell believe it or not. My nose fought over malts or toffee before realizing there was some citrus as well.

Not at all the taste I was expecting. Tastes like a pale ale with lots of citrus hop flavors. Pine sticks with you from the time the beer hits your lips til after you swallow.

There's some bitter to it, but I'd chalk it up to a refreshing crispness.

This is a good beer any time during the year, but probably even better during the warmer months. With the citrusy, crisp taste and low alcohol, you can really have at this.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.41/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer pours a bubbly, clear, auburn color with thick, tan foam. The aroma is mainly pine with a hint of fruit followed by a very bitter, acidic flavor. It has a very thin almost watery mouthfeel. Stone Levitation Ale is not an easy beer to drink. NOT recommended!

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

36th review on BA
Draft to pint at T. Phillips in Glendora

App- When I 1st had this and I read about it, I neglected to recognize it was a Amber/Red. I was expecting something different to come out of that bottle. On draft is another story the color was the same but had a much nicer head than out of the bottle.

Smell- Its a malty smell with a bit of the roast lingering after the initial smell. Was a small bit of an earthy hop aroma as well.

Taste- This does not taste like a 4.4% Drinks so much bigger and better than that. Its a slight bitter but its negligable at best. Great taste that is well balanced.

Mouth- Perfect carbonation and all around good little beer.

Drink- I had to drive home but would have loved to stick around for a few more pints of this nice little beer.

Photo of JMB22
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed the amber color and the nice head. The smell was a bit "heavier" than the 4.4 abv the bottle states. And that's a good thing. But the real treat was the "pine-hoppy" taste and the super clean finish. The sip makes you want another, and at such a low alcohol content you can indulge- have another! I will drink this beer again, and if it performs as well it will find a permanent place in the fridge, I feel like it's an all season beauty.

Update 9/29/11 - This is more impressive today than a year ago when I first had it. The flavor is more complex with each bottle. This is beer number two to earn a permanent placement in my refrigerator.

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,780 ratings.