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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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3,802 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,802
Reviews: 1,209
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 145
Gots: 400 | 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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Ratings: 3,802 | Reviews: 1,209
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
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
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
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
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
2.12/5  rDev -44.9%
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
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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
4.12/5  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

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,802 ratings.