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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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3,440 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,440
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 123
Gots: 222 | 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 JamesS


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured a very nice deep copper color with some nice head and good lacing. Nice scent, very bitter with some nice citrus and floral American hops, but with little of the nice sweet, clean red ale scent I expected to go with it. Nice hoppy, pale-ale-type flavor, nice American hops, with enough malt to keep it near to balanced; much hoppier than a regular red ale, but that was what they were going for. Goes down fine, if a little rough from the slight unbalanced aspect. Pretty darn hoppy for such a low ABV red ale.

07-17-2009 12:11:50 | More by JamesS
Photo of deereless


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

A: Thin wispy head, spots of sticky foam, deep copper colored - 4.00, S: Wonderfully hoppy aroma, a little leafy and woody, also some breadiness and yeastiness - 4.50, T: Loads of hops, quite spicy and a little peppery, significant caramel malt backing, extremely dry, some pungent pine - 3.50, M: A little creamy which provides some mouthfeel but otherwise a little thin - 3.00, D: You gotta love the hops, hands down one of the more heavily hopped ambers that I've had, as an amber ale this is a solid beer, if we had a category for hoppy session beers then this would be near the top - 3.50

07-17-2009 02:38:53 | More by deereless
Photo of sarahspat


2.65/5  rDev -31.5%

Pours a dark amber with a respectably dark mocha head, which is huge but without substance (thin and short-lived). A thin layer remains...very little lacing.

Smells powerful and hoppy. Mostly pine and citrus, with some apricot in the background.

The taste changes dramatically as it warms. At first it's all pine resin, which was a bit of a let down for me. Don't get me wrong, pine is great, but the taste just did not live up to the tantalizing smell at all. Also, it's VERY bitter...bordering on astringent. Unpleasant. As it warms it turns appley. Initially, it came as just a hint... a whisper of apple cider/hard apple cider. This quality continued to grow in power and mutate until all that remained was rotten apples mixed with a bad homebrew hard apple cider. Unfortunately, the bitter/astringent edge never left. Amateur Hour from top to bottom.

All in all, it's not terrible, but I will not be buying it again.

07-16-2009 19:59:27 | More by sarahspat
Photo of ScarletLady


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

A - Deep amber color, moderate head w/ light lacing
S - HOPS, fresh with citrus tones suprisingly strong in a good way
T - hops at first resolving in to the malt. doesn't taste a hoppy as it smells.
M- fine
D - really good. Nice to have such hoppy nosed good tasting beer that comes in under 5%. Tasted better than some of the bigger ABV beers I've had. Very drinkable and will be having more of these!

07-15-2009 16:02:34 | More by ScarletLady
Photo of kenito799

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9%

20 oz pour at Press 195, Bayside, NY.

Amber color, nice lacing, head recedes to a ring. Aroma is redolentof citrus and piney hops; delicious smell, like an IPA. The flavor is more restrained than a super-hoppy IPA, which makes it quote drinkable and nice. Still a bitter finish which is also nice. A good balance that keeps this in the amber ale zone, but the hoppy oomph makes it particularly enjoyable for people who love hoppy IPAs.

07-15-2009 02:24:24 | More by kenito799
Photo of Buschyfor3


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Had this beer on tap at Macniven's Pub in downtown Indianapolis with one of my best friends.

20 oz draft served in a Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass.

A: deep amber-brown body with an off-white head that looks slightly stick and rocky, about a finger thick. Good lacing sticks to the sides of the glass with each sip.

S: Surprisingly hoppy up front - hop oils dominate and exhibit huge citrus and pine notes; there is also some earthy/leafy/herbal notes in the mix as well. Interstingly enough, I don't get much of the malt background out of the nose here - just a touch of caramel and some faint bread notes as the hops dominate, like in most other Stone offerings I have had.

T: Huge hoppiness - a prominent pine flavor sticks out. Hops are moderated by a touch of bready flavors and some caramel sweetness from the malts, but the hops win out in the long run. The bready/malty flavors in the midsection of this beer quickly fade into astringent citrus rind notes that linger long after each sip is gone.

M: Off the tap, this amber/red ale has quite strong carbonation that lends to a crisp body that washes across the palate with a strong prickly sensation. Just enough of a requisite slickness that plays nicely with the hops and hop oil.

D: Alot of people on the forums describe this as Arrogant Bastard light... probably not a bad description as this beer is probably easier to dissect than its full strength bretheren. Really, this beer reminds me alot of FFF Alpha King even though Levitation is not in the same style category - they just taste similar, to me at least. Levitation is a good beer, but I would probably prefer an Alpha King, both on comparison of similar tastes and on price because a 20oz draft AK is cheaper than 20oz of Levitation.

Not a bad amber/red ale. Not really a style that I drink much of, so take my review with a grain of salt. Enjoyable, but not my favorite brew from Stone.

07-13-2009 05:22:21 | More by Buschyfor3
Photo of Psilo707


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

This red ale pours a nice maroon color into a clear mug with a shallow but solid head, tinted slightly olive colored. Dissipates slowly and nicely.

Smell is reminiscent of most Stone brews but has a bit more fruity of an aroma to it. Hops and malty flavor both definitely present.

Tastes as it smells. A bit of a dark coriander lingering on top of the very slight citrus appeal. Lasts on the tongue much longer than is physically present for.

Mouthfeel is somewhat watery and not too creamy. Drinkability is high though, and probably the highest of all the Stone beers.

Overall I've always liked levitation and it's somewhat of a light version of the Arrogant Bastard made by the same people. Good stuff.

07-11-2009 22:22:51 | More by Psilo707
Photo of BeerSox


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy and very dark amber color, with just a touch of red tint. A one finger tan head slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind some sticky lacing.

Lots of resiny citrus aromas, with a bit of a minty note.

The hops are sharp and bitter, with a little bit of tart grapefruit, but also a little bit of sweet n' tart pineapple. The malts don't say much, and maybe add a little bit of a toasty flavor in the background. Full bodied.

Wasn't sure what to expect with this one as American Amber/Red Ale is an ambiguous category. With one whiff I knew exactly what I was getting. The great thing about this ale is the amount of hops, but it's also in the sessionable category with a 4.4%ABV rating. Usually I find these to be 6% or above. Recommended.

07-11-2009 01:34:32 | More by BeerSox
Photo of jdklks


4/5  rDev +3.4%

i will start off by saying that im not a big fan of amber/red ales, but this is my favorite.

A- amber body with a nice little off white/tan head.

S- fruity sweetness, with a touch of hops. reminiscent of cranberry juice.

T- sweet and tangy up front with a hop bitterness at the end. flavorfull for its style (i.e., a not very flavorful style) and [surprisingly] aggressive on the palate.

M- light light light. i dont like light beers, but leave it to stone to make one that i can at least enjoy. it is carbonated well for its lightness, but im not a fan of a lot of carbonation.

D- light and goes down easy.

07-10-2009 06:12:00 | More by jdklks
Photo of Kadonny


3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured from tap into a small tasting glass at TJs in Paoli.

A: A darker orange reddish color that does allow light to filter through. Small off white tight head. Some glass lacing.

S: Citrus and grassy hops with some biscuity sweetness.

T: Citrus hops with grapefruit and some lemon. A light grassy hop comes with the citrus and a light biscuity malt backround is detected. The hops dominate, but are far from overwhemling. Light, crisp, but nothing special.

M: This is the beers fault. Mouthfeel and body iis way too light and uneventful. I expect better from Stone. Dry finish that disappears very quickly.

D: High. A low ABV makes it very drinkable, however I think after a glass or two I would be bored. Shame.

Overall I am disappointed with this beer. I'm not saying a low ABV deserves low scores, but even low ABV beers can have high taste. Yards Brawler is the perfect example. To me, this beer was very average and ordinary lacking body and taste. Shame because this was my first disappointment from Stone.

07-09-2009 12:54:19 | More by Kadonny
Photo of charlzm


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Consumed 06/29/09.

Pours a crystal clear amber/brown with a decent sized head. Plenty of carbonation.

The nose: aromatic! Grapefruit hops with a floral grace note.

Flavor is likewise hop-dominated, with grapefruit being the dominant flavor. Caramel malts peek through from under the citrus, growing more notable on the aftertaste. Properly though not excessively bitter on the finish.

Good carbonation provides a bit of bite on the tongue. Light bodied but not watery.

Due to being pretty flavorful and low in alcohol, this scores pretty high in the drinkability category.

07-08-2009 17:14:47 | More by charlzm
Photo of photomike


4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a surprisingly dark red with magnificent two inch head. Insane lacing all over my glass from the long-lasting soft yellowish head. Visual perfection.

Smell is really nice as well. Floral hops all over the place, with a prominent sourdough bread malt element coming through as well. Extremely nice smelling for the style.

Flavor is subtly nuanced--easily the most mild beer I've tasted from Stone. There's certainly some hops present, and their bitterness becomes known only with the final swallow of each sip. Biscuity maltiness makes up the remainder of identifiable tastes.

Light bodied and clean finishing--precisely what they were going for I would think.

Highly drinkable and accessible enough for most new craft beer enthusiasts. A very nice attempt at a session beer by stone--at 4.4% I could and would drink a lot of this.

07-08-2009 03:24:02 | More by photomike
Photo of youngleo


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

Poured to about a 1 inch head. Pretty dark, almost brown in color. Head was slightly offwhite. Had some lacing but not alot. Smelled of hops and had a slight citrus smell. Actualy the whole smell was light. Tasted slightly bitter and hoppy. Slight bitter aftertaste hung around a while. Felt good in the mouth. carbonation was about right. Overall good tasting. I thought maybe to bitter of an aftertaste.

07-07-2009 18:17:15 | More by youngleo
Photo of JordanEllwanger


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured into a pint glass. Wow way darker than I expected! I thought it was going to be a pils style but an amber it is. Should be an interesting beer.

Smells slightly average with some rich bread flavors. A slight siren song of boozyness.

Tastes great and is packed with alot of flavor for such low Alcohol volume.

Feels decent. Not harsh. Pretty average craft feel for an amber.

Very drinkable. I find myself taking the first swig right out of the bottle with out even noticing. Then I look at my empty glass and realize...

07-07-2009 05:42:29 | More by JordanEllwanger
Photo of Bung


4.22/5  rDev +9%

12 oz. Nice amber pour with a tan head that slowly fades to white. Piney citrus aromas with some malt accenting. A pretty hoppy amber, some citrus and grass notes. Real good flavor for basicaly a light beer abv. Great drinkability, a good amber ale. The session beer to end all session beers.

07-07-2009 00:47:06 | More by Bung
Photo of rapidsequence


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Appearance: Looks great. Amber-red thick head, awesome lacing. I've never had a bad beer leave lacing like that.

Smell: There's definite hops aroma, piney, citrusy and sweet. There's something kind of off though-- I don't know metallic or meaty-- not great.

Taste: Probably the best red/amber I've ever tasted-- they're usually so ho-hum. This is definitely Stone, but toned down. Nice bitter citrus hops and sweet maltiness. Maybe some chocolate in the aftertaste. The weird smell isn't tasted.

Mouthfeel: I'd say its medium. Feels full for a red. Its almost a little creamy.

Drinkability: All day. This is good stuff. Just a regular old good beer from a big beer brewery.

07-06-2009 23:06:24 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of Lerxst


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Review from notes 7/4/09

A-Pours a nice copper with a decent head that fades quick but leaves some very nice lacing.

S-Piney hops, bready malts with some citrus notes.

T-Bitter hops up front followed by bready malts and a bit of citrus.

M-Surprisingly full bodied, but with a dry finish. Nice carb bite.

D-A buddy described this as Stone's "lawn mower" beer. Thats a good description. I'd have to agree with those who say this is a castrated Arrogant Bastard, but its good for what it is. You could put away many of these in a sitting, so it is drinkable. But personally, I prefer a bigger beer. But this isn't supposed to be a beer that punches you in your face the way many Stone brews do (hey, I like my beer to punch me in the face!).

I'll have one of these as a change of pace, but I can't see it becoming something I regularly crave.

07-06-2009 19:43:16 | More by Lerxst
Photo of mullenite


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured a dark copper/tarnish color with a half finger slightly off white head. Leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smell is primarily pine with just the slightest bit of caramel sweetness showing as the beer warms.

Taste US surprisingly well balanced for a stone beer. The pine from the nose US still there but they are met by a strong biscuit balance with a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy but not too bad, the carbonation does a good job of cleansing the pallet.

Easy to drink and pretty good.

07-05-2009 22:45:43 | More by mullenite
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance is cloudy red-orange. Thick, slushy head. Lots of carbonation.

The smell is pale, crystal malts. Tremendous citrusy West Coast hops. Hint of chlorine, but not one that's intrusive. Malt turns roasted and nutty. Nearly perfect aroma, beautifully balanced.

The taste is heavily roasted, dark caramel malt at first, then a lemony, herbal hop. Malts are borderline amber, sitting like a burnt English/rye. Heavy yeast presence; meshes great with the more flowery hop notes.

The feel is medium body, a little dry and bready. That yeast helps. It's like an English Bitter, loaded with yeast and a flowery, citrus hop. A damn fine selection.

07-05-2009 19:28:26 | More by williamherbert
Photo of ThaBobfather


4/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a darker amber, with a definite ruby center and topped with some bubbles of whiteish head.
Smell is very floral with some hints of some sweetness.
Tastes got a very present sweet/bitter hop profile with some caramel and maybe a little pine.
Finish is clean with a well complimented bitter/caramel after-taste.
Drinks very well, is refreshing on days both hot and cool.

07-05-2009 17:37:26 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of Goldopelgt


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

A- Pours a light amber with a eggshell head that fades relatively quickly...some lacing left on the glass, but nothing to write home to mom about...

S- Crisp, with light fruits, citrus, and a decent amout of hops...

T- Again, citrusy with a nice compliment of hops...not bad, but nothing overwhelming

M- Nice balance, light bodied, smooth, and dry..but not too dry...

D- A nice beer, nothing too over the top..easy drinking, but worth drinking (if you know what I mean...)

07-04-2009 02:31:58 | More by Goldopelgt
Photo of OldeEnglishD


4.72/5  rDev +22%

Hard to believe this is a 4.4 abv beer. All aspects of this beer point to it beeing a slightly lighter version of Arrogant Bastard. Complex flavor, great mouthfeel, awesome aroma, and great drinkability. This is truly a fine choice for a session beer from one of my favorite brewers.

07-04-2009 01:01:23 | More by OldeEnglishD
Photo of Kegatron


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Retains with a 1/2 finger of creamy froth, which just slathers the sides of the glass with thick lace. The aroma is fresh and floral in the nose, with hints of light spice and citrus. Some bready pale activity adds some sweetness to this. I liked the fresh crispness here but it seems to lack just a bit of depth.

The taste starts with a prickly feeling spicy hop character, which is backed by the tang of fruity citrus and toasted caramel. This profile is really about the hops though, which are surprisingly aggressive here, putting out an even spicy and drying bitterness that lasts past the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the most part, with an almost bubbly feel to the carbonation that makes this maybe a little too easy in the mouth. It definitely helps make things go down smoothly but I think that a bit more presence would have been helpful here.

Better than average Amber Ale from Stone here. Shore up the nose and body a bit and this would be damn good.

07-01-2009 12:14:29 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Jayli


4.22/5  rDev +9%

This beer pours a clear, deep amber color with a one finger offwhite/light yellow tinge to it head. Nice head retendtion with spotty thick lacing left behind. Nose is predominantely of citrus hops, grapefruit is most detectable, and a good representation of pine. Graininess and light toasted malts are also detectable. Taste is of pine,spice and some earthiness at first. It gives way to mild toasted malts and a touch of grains before finishing with a nice citrus kick - grapefruit again is the most detectable.- Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, some what oily with a sticky finish. This is a nice beer to sit with for a night!

06-30-2009 17:38:57 | More by Jayli
Photo of aubuc1


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

12 oz bottle poured in to a snifter.

Pours a dark clear amber with a tan head.

Tight sweet piney grapefruity smell.

Taste is well balanced. Biscuity, honey, light bitterness. Very nice.

Maybe a little thin, but it is made up for by the ease it goes down.

I didn't know what to expect, but this is a very well made session beer that does not overpower.

06-30-2009 00:15:36 | More by aubuc1
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,440 ratings.