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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

3,782 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,782
Reviews: 1,203
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 144
Gots: 385 | 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

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Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002

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

A - pours a reddish amber with a fluffy 2 finger head

S - smells of grapefruit hops and caramely hops. Fantastic

T - the taste follows the nose. Caramel and grain malts are balanced out by some very bitter grapefruit hops. Nice flavor profile with a goo balance.

M - very creamy mouthfeel to this beer.

D - this is a solid amber ale. Nice hoppy profile with the perfect amount of malt backbone. This is only 4.4% abv?! If I could get this on a regular basis, this would be my go-to session beer. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint.

Finger and a half off white rocky head sits atop a dark amber body. Retains a cap of foam all the way through leaving lots of lacing behind.

Smells of toasty caramel malts, and a faint hop bitterness.

Tastes brings out the same toasty caramel malts that are quickly swept away by bitter, resinous and slightly citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel is light and well balanced. Appropriate carbonation that exudes a slight creaminess.

An easy drinker that is perfect for a session.

Photo of claspada
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear bright amber with a thin, eggshell colored head. Decent lacing down the glass, good start.

Aroma is hops, hops and more hops. I am really trying to find some malts but I can't get past the greenery. Lots of pine hops up front, a little citrus hops buried in there as well. I also get some earthy hops as well, crazy.

Taste is lost on this one for me. Pretty much the same as the smell, which is not good in my opinion, too much greenery and no balance. It's almost watery, but I guess that's to be expected with an ABV around 4. Too hoppy for the style, though. Tastes like a watered down IPA to me.

Mouthfeel is also watery and the hops kill your palate. I need a cracker or a pretzel to help clean my tastebuds before I get another beer.

This is a miss for me, but those who want a low ABV hop monster may enjoy this.

Photo of cnally
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Are you sure I'm not worthy?

The beer is a cloudy reddish brown in the body, barely transparent and filled with large carbonation bubbles. A lackluster tan head resembles soapy water.

A nice aroma full of piney hops, as the dominant note.

Can't remember having an amber with this much of a hop character. A really present piney bitterness oversees the flavor, with little else happening. A bit peaty and mossy, but dominated by hops.

Massive carbonation, very dry due to the hops.

Pretty one-note. Hops hops hops. It's drinkable, yet boring.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer I've tried a few times before, this a pint glass-full at The Mezz (part of Whole Foods-Pearl in downtown Portland).

A: Deep and alluring auburn, weighted heavily towards the 'amber' side. Gorgeous pile of yellow-tinged khaki foam, good staying power and lace in broad, sticky sheets. Refined clarity and steady carbonation.

S: Husky grains get shoved around by sweet, floral pine - wow, what a nose. Spiced apple and a nose-tweaking dry pepper. Again, wow.

T: Toasted dark grains lend a spice and hops bring a twist of citrus and resin. A deft balance between malty char, ghostly fruit, sweet caramel and raw hops. Quite a treat.

M: A step or two on the 'light' side, body-wise, which detracts from mouthfeel but adds to its 'refreshing' side. A sparkle of carbonation, clean and drier in the finish, though a coating spiced hoppiness keeps the saliva flowing.

D: Wonderful flavor made that much more attractive by it's session-worthy strength. Stone packs a ton into this 'little' beer, making it certainly among the most 'drinkable' of any I've had to date.

Photo of jhammel01
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark blood red with a sticky white head that fades quick but keeps plenty of lacing.

Smells of fresh beautiful hops! slight bread on the nose as well

Fresh hops dominate the taste at 1st. Earthy, grassy, piney, hops!! Well balanced though as it lets way to toasty, bready malt and caramel notes. Especially in the finish. Great carbonation and mouthfeel.
Another awesome one from Stone!

Photo of Anthony1
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep amber color with a medium foamy off-white head that recedes rather quickly. Small patches of lacing. Piney hops along with caramel and malt in the nose. Medium-bodied with hops, toasted malt and grapefruit flavors. The finish is balanced between citrusy hops and sweet malt, leaving a roasted malt aftertaste.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD 10-21-10

Poured into a small Hamms goblet, Levitation has a tawny amber tone, fairly bright clarity and specked with barely visible micro sediment throughout. A slim one finger cap of foam rests on top, and it leaves a tan collar as it deflates. Retention is good, and a ring of lacing remains in the glass.

Toasty, nutty malts in the nose with a hint of citrus peel from the hops. Seems like an American take on an English Mild.

Dense with malt flavor, there's a concentrated grapefruit bitterness from the hops that is very refreshing, receding into a long bitter aftertaste. Feel is light, with ample carbonation to carry it. Stone definitely puts their west coast stamp on a Bitter here.

It's light enough to session, and is packed with toasty malt flavor with Stone's trademark hoppiness. Definitely has it's place in their lineup, this is what i'll reach for when i'm thirsty and don't want a huge DIPA or Imperial Stout...

Photo of wvsabbath
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Red lighty brownish. Tanish head, looks pretty in a glass

Smell - Hops, malts, Floral aroma mixed with some fruits

Taste - Did i just bite into a pine cone? A pine cone that has soaked in water for a few days. Theres some mild cirtus taste, other then that, all i get is the hoppy pine flavor

Mouthfeel - Very dry and mild, doesnt last long and certainly doest ruin your tastebuds.

Drinkability - Too weak. Its like a waterdown stone ipa. Low alcohol, low flavor, low malts = low drinkability. This is the first stone beer that i dont care to drink again

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 4.4% ABV, "Keep Refrigerated", "2007 GABF Gold Medal Winner", no date.

Thanks to sweemzander for the bottle!

A - Levitation is right! A timid pour didn't stop the head from floating right to the top! I had to use two hands to measure the six-finger, sand-colored head. Fantastic retention and great lace as well. Lets not forget the beautiful almond amber color that's crystal clear and full of carbonation!

S - Citrus and floral American hops come fuming out of this brew,. Citrusy grapefruit with hints of pineapple and mango in tow. Toasted amber malts fall behind nicely with a little toffee kick and mineral hint.

T - Lots of roasted amber malts backed up nicely to the plethora of American citrusy hops. I catch notes of earthy dirt and grass amongst the grapefruit citrus and pineapple. This is one of the better Red I've ever had.

M - Again, levitation is sure right. Despite the wallop it packs in flavor, Levitation is lighter-bodied and crisp for an ale, finishing with a good carbonation bite and refreshing quality.

D - A very drinkable amber beer, the only thing slowing me down is the insane level of head on this brew. It's border-line outrageous and keeping me from drinking it. Time to spoon it out...

Photo of Soonami
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Levitation is not the typical American amber, but more of Stone's take on the concept of a sessionable English bitter. A dry bitter beer that is easy to drink many of. In this day when many craft breweries are making highly alcoholic and very bitter beers it's nice to see a brewery make a beer that is more approachable for the average drinker.

Stone Levitation poured clear, ruddy amber in appearance with two finger of beige foam that subsided to a little layer on top. The foam is sticky leaving a mesh of lacing on the side of the glass. The beer smells like brown sugar, caramel and piney. The beer is very dry with toasted malt flavor and a smooth bitterness. As the beer warms, it has an earthier smell and taste like portobella mushrooms. The mouth feel is rounded with pleasant carbonation.

Photo of BBP
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A chestnut brown. Decent head. Good carbonation. Slight lacing.

S- Pine aromas. Slight floral and citrus hops. Some caramel is detected as well.

T- Substantial ibus with only a bit of malt competing. Very strong considering it's 4.4%. Mostly pine but a bit of citrus as well.

M- Smooth with excellent carbonation. Felt like it rolled on your tongue. A tad thin though.

D- Extremely refreshing, and low ABV, so very sessionable. Tons of flavor and easy to down. Very good drink for any situation. Only wish it was more readily available.

All in all, a great light beer for packing such a large punch. Would definitely recommend it to anybody.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark red amber color.

S- Hoppy very woody smoky scent as well.

T- Taste of settle hops and a earthy woody ending.

M- Mild semi-dry. A real smooth finish.

D- My first Stone beer. Not to bad I must say. Very good amber ale very tasty worth another buy.


Photo of darkmartin
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a dark brown with strong crimson tones. Nice big, fluffy tan head. Thick layers of lacing.

Smell: Smells predominantly of citrus hops, maybe some grapefruit?

Taste: All citrus up front, quite bitter. Finishes fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Admittedly my distaste for red ale clouds my decision, however this one really was not terrible. Better than most red ales I've had.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small grapefruit hop, quite fresh as well. In the taste, small citrus like hop and a nice balanced maltiness. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer, small grapefruit hop aftertaste. Just a decent ale with a touch more hops.

Photo of HosP
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz into pint glass.

A - Pours nice dark amber color. No more than a one finger head that left little lace on the glass.

S - Upfront hop aroma with citrus and pine. Hints of roasted malts at the end of the nose.

T - Like the nose, more hop flavor at first. Followed by malty sweetness to balance out the bitterness of the hops. Decent flavor, as I can see this being a solid beer, but nothing really jumped out at me.

M - Light-Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

D - Good beer, but nothing spectacular. I could drink a few of these, but would most likely reach for something else with either more hop flavor or stronger.

Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into the SA Perfect Pint.

A: Dark amber color with a half inch of nice fluffy head.

S: Lots of piney hops with light caramel malt.

T: More piney hops with a bread/caramel malt sweetness.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

D: Medium to high.

This is a good red ale. Nice balance between the piney/caramel flavors

Photo of kagent777
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased on a trip to South Lake Tahoe, poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance: A nice looking amber, with a billowy head that settled slowly leaving nice lacing. I see some "floaties".

Aroma: I would expect this from Stone beer, the smell is pine needle hoppy. I can also pick up some caramel overtones.

Taste: This would be called an IPA from any other brewer. Since I like IPAs, this is right up my alley. There is a light sweetness from the malt, which is balanced by the equaling bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: This a pretty light beer. The appearance will deceive you, make you think you are in for a super malty amber ale. But, this one is balanced toward the hop profile enough to even it out. The carbonation is lively with a longish bittering finish.

Since I am a hophead, I would seek this out again. Alas, I am in Utah and they do not distribute here. I really like Stone, they brew good, if very hoppy, beer.

Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells strongly of citrus hops, sweet malt, citrus (grapefruit), and an unknown but familiar aroma (yeast strain?). Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hint of pine, hint of mango, sweet malt, yeast, and possibly pineapple. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only Stone could pack this level of hopping into a session ale. I don't think I've ever before encountered such a relatively-low ABV beer with such bold but complex hop bittering. Also surprising that the malt is sufficient to withstand the hops onslaught, yet the overall mouthfeel is quite moderate. This will be a future go-to when I need a hops fix, but a bit less horsepower.

Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a clear and dark reddish copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of orange and copper hops, with caramel and brown sugar and a bit of bready yeast.
T: It tasted like strong metallic copper hops, with some orange and roasted barley and brown sugar, with a hint of chocolate. It had a strong but clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation.
D: This was a nice strongly flavored amber ale with great body. It was very easy to drink, but I wish it had more juicy hops and less metallic (like a smaller version of the 13th Anniversary beer). This is still nicely enjoyable, but not amazingly good.

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

A: Looks awesome. Good head atop a brilliant coppery red body. A little more head retention and lacing would have made it perfect.

S: Smells sticky sweet in quite a wonderful way. Bold citric hops mingle with a respectable malt backbone.

T: Hops start to overpower here. Still very good, but I wish it stayed a little more balanced.

M: Pretty substantial. All around good.

D: A highly drinkable session beer.

Photo of TheHopMonster
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone has done a great job with this one.

If you were to serve this beer to someone who didn't know what beer you were serving them they would mistake this for a home brew.

The unfiltered aspect of this beer and its simple ingredients are noticeable and all around delightful. The color is deep red and the heading works great for this type of beer.

The opening of each bottle was met with an intense release of carbonation and sometimes I thought I broke the bottle because it was so loud. Pouring the beer is a bit of a challenge due to its high carbonation and because of this the foam sticks around for a very very long time.

Overall very tasty and interestingly simple.

Photo of Schmaltzy
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice dark goldenrod color with light amber hues and 1 finger head that left some light lacing.

S- Citrus and slightly floral hops dominate with a light roasted malt, nicely balanced however it was lighter than I expected.

T- Decent bitter citrus/earthy hops in the front, not extreme but there none-the-less, followed by light caramel roasted malt and a nice bitter slightly dry finish.

M- Very light, lighter than I thought it would be. Nice bitter beer similar to Surly Bitter Brewer, somewhat.

D- Very sessionable beer, light hops and even lighter malt with no alcohol presence is very nice for drinkability...

Photo of ebby82
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hoppy, malty aroma. It's clear that this is a Stone beer because the hop aroma is similar to their IPA. The color is a deep amber, nearly the color of Arrogant Bastard. The flavor is malty upfront, with a pronounced hoppiness as well. Clean and palatable, this goes down very smoothly, and would easily be a session beer.

I believe that this beer is the younger brother of Arrogant Bastard. It has less hops, less malt, and less alcohol, but it's flavors are very similar. An excellent beer from stone, and one which I will definitely revisit soon.

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,782 ratings.