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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,536 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,536
Reviews: 1,182
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 122
Gots: 251 | 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 ndillon45
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, crisp amarillo with a nice thick head. Weak aroma had me inhaling a bit too much. Hints at something good, but is never found with the delivery. Taste is okay for an ale I suppose. Less than desirable feel. All things considered, I wouldn't complain if offered, but wouldn't be high on my purchase list.

ndillon45, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of dfitch81
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at the brewery in Escondido and was blown away: this beer was far more flavorful and satisfying than any 4.4% ABV beer has a right to be. Once I got back to Portland I was kinda bummed that I didn't see it on any store shelves. So, when I happened to see a six-pack at New Seasons, I jumped on it. Hurrying home, I eagerly cracked one open. Disappointment followed.

Appearance was just as at the brewery - pleasant clear amber, good head and lacing. No problems here.
Cognitive dissonance began at the nose - yes, it smelled nice with hops coming through clearly. But the pungent hoppiness I marveled over at the brewery was muted.
Taste confirmed what the nose had suggested. This is a very hoppy beer for what it is, but the hop flavor is a bit two-dimensional. No real depth to the malt, either. Nothing offensive here, mind you; just not what I was eagerly anticipating.
Drinkability is good - with only 4.4% ABV, that's hardly surprising. But I am honestly starting to wonder if the sample I tried at the brewery wasn't something else poured in error.

Like I said: not bad, and probably one of the hoppiest session beers out there. But hops by themselves can't carry an entire beer. This is the proof.

dfitch81, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was this first time I have seen this one in Maine so I picked it up.

A - good dark copper red hue pour with a slight foam head

S - Caramel malts and faint spices.

T - Good taste a bit thin with a small bite at the end.

M - Here is were it surprised mouthfeel was light and slighly tangy.

D - Based on the low ABV I could see this one being had more that once.

Casey10, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: copper / orange in color with a nice two finger head that lasts. Some nice lace paitns the glass during the session.

Aroma: caramel and some bread-like tones are soft but pleasant.

Taste: fresh baked bread, caramel, plums, red grapes, and a moderate bitterness makes up a nicely flavored ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied but is noticably thinner than other Stone beers. Lightly crisp throughout.

Drinkability: serious session ale here that anyone can drink all night. A nice example of a lower alcohol beer with some flavor and depth.

Gavage, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of MaxBrews
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in my duvel

Appearance: Pours a dar reddish amber. A thinner head, but a nice soapy lacing. Lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: Floral and piney hops, carmel pale malt backbone.

Taste: Much thinner then other stone brews, but still you get a caramel toasted pale malt, with dark fruit notes and floral hops. Its complex but almost seems watered down.

Mouthfeel: Light body, the mildest of hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Stones light beer. I appreciated the idea of having a lower alcohol session-able beer having flavor. My problem with this is it really seems like Arrogant-Bastard stripped of its masculinity. Sure its session-able and you could throw back a few without feeling to bad, but if one arrogant bastard bomber or 12oz is enough to satisfy me then so be it. Quality over quanity. However this is much better then many companies beers category aside. Really an introduction to stone, or craft beer for outsiders. Maybe boosting the flavor a little even if that means a 5% alcohol content.

MaxBrews, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally getting around to having this offering from stone. Had it on tap in a pint glass.

Levitation is a nice mix of amber with some slight red thrown in as well as slight orange. The head was nice and lasting but did not have any legs to stand on, no lacing. The smell was pretty bland with just a hint of malt and hops but alot of grain imo. The taste was not all that and really tame with some grain and sweet malt and even less hops to bring about any disernable flavors. Not to much going on here. The feel was light with alot of carbonation leaving a crispness. The alcohol is low making this very sessionable, but I had a hard time finishing my pint. I know this is a light styled brew coming from a company that likes to push the envelope, but i've had other low abv/simple style beers from other company's that have blown this out of the water. It just did not grab me, that's all.

BARFLYB, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear amber orange color. Two fingers of frothy head with good retention and some lacing.

3.5 S: Nose is full of toasty and crystal malts. Plenty of floral hops as well. Nothing special, but good nonetheless.

3.0 T: Unlike Stone's other brews, this one seems empty. There isn't a lot of maltiness going on, much less than I expected. There's a decent amount of earthy hop flavor and a good punch of bitterness, but it doesn't make up for the lack of maltiness.

3.0 M: Light-medium (more light than medium) body, which is lighter than I'd prefer in an amber. Otherwise smooth with good carbonation. Could be creamier.

3.0 D: Body is too light and not complex enough in terms of malts for me to want another.

DavoleBomb, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Tballz420
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark syrupy colored body, somewhat hazy. Small tan head doesnt last for too long. Rich malty scent, hints of bitter hops. Taste is mostly red ale malts, touch of bitter hop rounding out the back end. A bit of a metallic taste to it. Very wet mouthfeel, fairly full bodied. Not as impressed with this offering from a very solid brewery.

Tballz420, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of botham
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the brewpub in Escondito. pours a deep chocolate brown with fiery amber highlights and a single finger of eggshell colored head. heavy lacings and good retention.

aroma is piney and caramelly with a great balance and a lightly sweet character. the hops are piney and lightly spicy; very fresh.

taste has a more pronounced hop quality with a smoothing bready malt base. almost ESB-like in balance. the malts creep up on the palate with a subtleness that allows the hops to endure into the finish.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a semi-sweet character and wonderful balance that has just enough of a dry finish to remove the sweet malts from the palate.

drinkability is great. easy going, concentrated, fresh and dangerously session-able. cheers!

botham, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A fingers worth of compact fizzy ecru colored head... Displays excellent retention, especially given the initially slight amount of head that presented itself... The head ultimately fades and leaves a full slightly lumpy lacing... A deep rich copper color which is slightly lighter at the bottom of the glass and darker at the top... There are some orange highlights throughout... Loads of small moderate paced carbonation throughout...

S - Wonderfully well balanced nose... The lovely blend of citrus and piney hops are the first to hit the nose... Then a rich maltines asserts itself... Toffee... Caramel... A faint nuttiness... Terrific...

T - The taste mirrors the nose... A sudden hoppy assault is mellowed by a faint layer of malt, namely caramel and nuts... Extremely bitter hoppy aftertaste thats leaves wanted to take another sip...

M - Very crisp... Medium bodied, but quite thin and watery... Burnt and slightly chalky... Some pringly carbonation upfront... Quite assertive and powerful...

D - A very assertive brew that has a lot of tricks up its sleeve, especially considering the modest 4.4% ABV... Unique and enjoyable... Another well crafted ale from Stone... Kudos...

philbe311, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with best by 9/21/09 on the bottle. poured into sierra nevada pint glass.

A- beautiful pour. dark red colored body with a small khaki colored head. the head lasts a short while and leaves solid walls of lacing on the sides of my glass. very nice.

S- sweet caramel malts and a lot of citrus and pine hops. looking pretty good so far.

T- sweet caramel and toffee upfront from the malts. a nice and strong hoppy finish. lots of citrus (grapefruit) and a little bit of pine.

M- light bodied and crisp. nice level of carbonation. decent amount of bitterness and leaves the mouth feeling dry.

D- a great sessionable beer. lots of flavor and lots of hops. ill check this one out again whenever i get the chance.

jwinship83, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of mwagner1018
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Appearance is a dark amber, deep red hue, good 2/3 fingers of caramel head (consistent lacing down glass), looks like a thick comfortable blanket on the top of the beer...poured into standard pint glass.

S- Hops, sweet malt, peppery, slight buttery note, with a toasty character.

T- Great malt backbone, significant balance with the hops, good bitterness, and very fresh.

M- Great balance, has the mouthfeel of a much bigger beer, really fills in nicely especially with only a listed 4.4% ABV, incredible dryness, and fresh light body, with a really bold maltiness).

D- Very, very drinkable...great tasting beer with a lot of character...and with a very mild ABV...good sipping evening beer...that I can drink more than a few of...and be quite content!

mwagner1018, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of TheViolator666
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beer that I'm amazed by everytime I drink it. It's delicious, yet affordable. This was actually the first beer I had when I turned 21.

12 oz. bottle poured into Stone Levitation tulip

A: Absolutely gorgeous, deep red hue with tremendous off-white head. Leaves layers of thick lacing on glass. A very inviting beer.

S: Smell is damn good, hops balanced well by malted grains and a hint of citrusy fruit. I'm refreshed just by the scent!

T: Spot on. Using only the basics; barley, hops, water and yeast, Stone manages to craft an incredibly tasty, affordable and refreshing ale. Hops up front and malted barley at the end with a fantastic aftertaste.

M/D: Nice medium body that goes down easy. Low ABV gives this one extraoridnary drinkablillty.

TheViolator666, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber brown with a fat, sticky head on top. Definite hops hit the nose first...delicate yet full. Floral and tea-like over citrus and pine blending with an equally modest sweet malt. Very "Stone", just "turned down". Slick, resinous hoppy flavor, mild like the aroma, but not short on flavor. Pine, flowers, wood, and black tea well balanced with lightly buttery caramel malt. Medium-light body with a smoothness that gives the impression of a bit more body. Drying and highly sessionable.

Yes, you can make a high quality, flavorful ale under 5% abv. It's almost like an Americanized version of an English session beer. I bet this would be killer on cask...

wedge, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish orange in color with an enormous head that lasted for 12 ounces. The aroma was coppery and, I don't know, almost dusty. The taste is on the bland side; a little citrus, a little sweet, a little of everything but nothing really out front. Medium bodied with carbonation still left for the throat after most of it was spent in the foamy head. Drinkability was good.

kegger22, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of Norfawkers
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rare miss for Stone; a servicable ale but nothing to write home about

Appearance: Deep amber, little head

Smell: Sweet oats

Taste: A bit bland, somewhat malty

Mouthfeel: Noticeable carbonation but smooth overall

Drinkability: Carbonated malty water, perhaps a meal would bring out more flavors; a bit disappointing

Norfawkers, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Tromba
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear deep red/brown. Head is white, partialy dissipates quickly, but leaves a thin loose layer on top with some loose lacing as you drink.

S: Not strong, but still a nice earthy hopiness with a touce of sweetness.

T: The perfect balance of hop bitterness and subdued malt sweetness (well, perfect balance for a hop head). The hop presence doesn't hit you over the head and is not extremely bitter, but rather brings out the almost sweet, floral, and earthy quality of the plant. A bit of lingering bitterness at the end.

M: medium-light body, clean finish, and a little more carbonated than expected...maybe just a hair too much.

D: Very drinkable!!! This is one of my favorites because of the low ABV despite a TON of flavor. Maybe my favorite session beer.

Tromba, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark amber/copper color with a thin whitish head.

S: Light grapefruit and caramel malts.

T: Initially a decent citrus flavor followed by caramel maltiness and a floral and bitter finish.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, not much carbonation.

D: The lightest of all the Stone brews, but not my favorite taste-wise.

womencantsail, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of Spidey13
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone Levitation pours an amber/copper color with a small off-white head. The nose is great, with all kinds of citrussy hops and caramel. Yummy.

The front of the flavor is a bit watery. Not much there besides of hint of sweetness. This is followed by a big pop of hop bitterness that sticks around for a short while but then fades away. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but is to be expected for this style of bit at this ABV.

Overally, this is a real nice drinker with a lot more flavor (mostly hops) from such a low ABV beer.

Spidey13, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, light brown in color. Served with about a 1/2 inch of head that quickly dissipates to nothingness. Minimal lacing.

S: Caramel malts and faint citrus hops.

T: Some caramel malts, but not overwhelming, finishing with a faint bitterness.

M: Medium weight and carbonation.

D: An okay beer, better than most, but probably my least favorite Stone offering. Nothing overly exciting and missing that over-the-top hop character I have come to love with Stone beers.

Florida9, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper body with a two-finger white head. An interesting hoppy and caramel malt smell, but the smells are light (not faint). The aroma seems to be passive. An easy-drinking, thin but flavor packed body with a a very large citric/grape hoppy taste but not like usual Stone beers. The hops are not overpowering and not the only focal point of the beer; coupled with some light sweet and roasted malts the beer is a balanced drink that leaves both hop and malt sensations with a slight dry edge. A very enjoyable beer that is worth trying.

clayrock81, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Pours a clear amber with a fluffy off white head and great lacing.

S-Medium caramel malt with very light hops. A bit twiggy, which I find to be common among low ABV ales.

T-Taste exceeds expectations. A very nice malt base with a pleasantly mild floral hop finish.

M-Light bodied and crisp.

D-For the ABV this is a very tasty beer. A great low ABV beer.

HV

sholland119, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of porterwoobie
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: light brown to red, dark amber colored. one finger off-white head that laces nicely. clear.

S: mild maltiness and citrusy/piney hop aroma.

T: nut-like malt flavor with some caramel sweetness initially. the hops are citrusy and piney that dry the palate

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

Drinkability: very drinkable. alchohol percentage is reasonable, so definitely a beer that can be consumed for a good while.

porterwoobie, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of tugdriver7
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always intrigued by Stone's brews but sadly, being a lightweight, always put-off by the higher ABV numbers, I was pleased to see this on the shelf. Bought the 6'er on the spot. Very good decision. Very impressive, right from the awesome bottle graphics (including a 2007 GABF Gold Medal logo on the neck) to the last very last sip. Nice brown to copper in the glass, with some rising bubbles visible. Decent, tan colored head that stayed through the first few sips and laced the glass nicely. Hint of light biscuity malt in the nose, but the taste matched with a nicely balanced malt and notable hops bitterness that made your mouth water from first sip. The flavor wasn't complex in the sense that it changed or shifted, but it was consistently well balanced and flavorful, with the nice bitter kick at the end. Nothing cloying or "sweet" or fruity about it. A definite session beer. Light mouthfeel and carbonation only added to the refreshing nature of the beer; and since it was just 4.4%, it was easily quaffed and enjoyed. Definitely a unique Ale. Almost (dare I say it) reminded me of an Altbier, in the way hops were used. Will be a regular in my fridge.

tugdriver7, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of mjl21
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Comes in at 4.4%. The month on the enjoy by date is too scratched to read...all I get is ?/27/09.

A-Pours a really red amber that is clear. It has a one finger tan head that dissipates to a decent layer. Lots of bubbles are visible and some decent lace is left.

S-The hops are present giving out lots of citrus such as pineapple and grapefruit as well as pine. There is also biscuity malt present as well as a little bit of sweetness. One of the hoppier smelling low abv beers that I have come across.

T-Bitter grapefruit hits very fast along with some pine. There is lots of biscuity malt in the middle and back. It finishes with a nice amount of bitterness.

M-It starts out medium bodied, but as it warms it really becomes watered down. It has light carbonation. It is smooth and finishes dry.

D-Goes down easily and is quite flavorful for the low abv. I wouldn't necessarily seek this out, but it is a good one when you want hops without the higher abv.

A pretty good session beer from Stone. Its only real flaw is that it is a little pricey for a six pack.

mjl21, Aug 04, 2009
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,536 ratings.