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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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very good

3,799 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,799
Reviews: 1,209
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 145
Gots: 396 | 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: 3,799 | Reviews: 1,209
Photo of gopens44
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass, the dark coppery brown beer produced a foamy 1" head that stuck around for a little while.

S - Hops and grapefruit. Not a ton else.

T - Nice bitter hop presence with a grassy and perhaps nutty taste as well.

M - Dry and crisp with medium carbonation. Some aftertaste, but nothing too bad.

D - I enjoyed this one pretty well, and it could easily become a session beer. Nice down to earth beer.

Photo of jsanford
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

A - We got a gusher! Pours a lovely dark copper with a huge over-carbonated head. Leaves a sheet of foam on the surface. Nice lacing.
S - Sweet malt and caramel up front leads to a nice pine and grapefruit hoppiness. Smells great!
T - Sweet caramel malts again lead to grapefruit and pine hops. There's a pleasant earthy bitterness in the finish of this. Very balanced, the sweetness compliments the hops nicely.
M - Medium bodied. Very high carbonation, but I believe it's an off bottle, considering the gushing.
D - Very drinkable, could session these at the low ABV.

Will have to try again, I think this could be high on my list if the carbonation wasn't so screwed up.

Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hmmm. Amber Ale? Tastes more like a straight-up IPA. Pours a Beautiful Mahogany, Off White head, dissipates slowly, and has a persistent foam ring around edge. Smell of Citrus and Malt explodes. Taste is up-front Grapefruit/hops, with a light malt finish. Medium Body, for as hoppy as it is, it kinda has a light finish.
Some very conflicting ratings, I think some got bad bottles. This a pretty stellar Stone Beer. Some Others are better, but I would get again.

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

Notes from 10/08/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a dark amber color with 2 fingers of fluffy but not creamy head.

S: It consists of heavy fruit (grapefruit and apricot), pale malts, Stone's distinct hop character, and perhaps some coriander.

T: It is of pale malts, citrus fruits, and a bit of breadiness.

M: Light and refreshing.

D: This is flavorful, refreshing, and perfect to session.

Photo of hophead247
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. Interesting take on an Amber Ale, leave it to Stone to put a spin on it like this. Insanely drinkable...

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a rich cherrywood hue with two fingers of stiff beige head.

Smell -- Amber malt, citrus, pine resin, cane sugar sweetness.

Taste -- Grapefruit pulp and pine sap up front with dry and toasty malts. Dark brown sugar gently makes it's presence known mid-palate. Finish is long, resinous, and dry with a hint of that brown sugar.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- I really do enjoy this one. Quite drinkabile, and about as balanced as Stone is *ever* going to get. Granted, it's no Ruination, but that's probably why I like it. It fills a necessary niche: a hoppy, flavorful ale that won't put you down after two or three glasses. Might be a good crossover beer for one's non-craft fans.

Photo of thecarster1
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a snifter, nearly two fingers of tan head nice retention, hazy chesnut.

s- nice sweet malts mix with grapefruity, tangy hops.

t- really tasty red ale here, lingering bitterness, biscuit, sweet fresh grapefruit juice and pith, slight roast.

m- medium bodied.

d- great, really tasty stone brew, the best amber that i've had in a long while. i would and will drink this again for sure.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amazingly enough i have never had this one before, lol. decided to order up a pint at mezzaluna last night and roll with it. served cold and into a stone pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/09/2010.

really a very rich and very well done look here, deep garnet color with a huge head of white foam on top that reached a height of around three inches before settling down and coating the entire inside of the glass, very well done indeed.

aroma is rich and sweet malts right up front followed by a light and well done earthy hop note that seemed to balance it very well without taking over from the sweet caramel notes. really full bodied, this is what a red ale should feel and taste like. medium to full creamy feel with sweet malts cut by light piney hops. its stone and they do what they do damn, damn well. drinkability is off he charts and it goes down smooth and clean.

dont know why i have missed this one in the past but it was stellar no doubt.

Photo of tbern007
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking copper red in color.
Very little to no smell.
Good balance between hoppiness and sweet malt- you expect Stone to have strong hops and this was lighter than expected. The beer was quite refreshing despite the expected strength based on color alone. Very floral nature but not overwhelming. Nice overall.

Photo of megahurts4
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Brewing Levitation Ale

Appearance: Dark red, small head with lots of good lacing.

Smell: Strong grapefruit, pear, and other fruits.

Taste: Floral hops, grapefruit, pear, spices.

Mouthfeel: medium-light with a large hoppiness.

This is a very good beer. The smell is not like most beer. This is one you shouldn't pass up.

Photo of acurtis
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill from Cask at BierKraft 10/1
Stone Leviation Ale Dry Hopped with Amarillo on Cask poured into Verboten Tulip Pint glass.
A- Beautiful hazy copper color. Little head but great carbonation.
S- Huge floral hop aroma escapes from the glass.
T- Extremely flavorful, very hoppy with a hoppy grapefruit finish. Very smooth with little kick. The hoppy finish may last too long.
D- Exceptionally drinkable. Goes down smooth and easy. Excellent brew!

Photo of steve8robin
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle on a whim. Have tried some things from Stone and thought they've had solid brews. Let's give this one a go. 12oz bottle.

A: A beautiful, clean, crisp looking deep ruby red with a humongous off white head that fades super slowly. Perfect!

S: Pretty straight forward here. I get some citrus hop upfront with some sweet malt. Some very faint bready rye on the backend. Good.

T: Again, kind of straight forward. I get watery hop upfront with a very good blend of barley and malt. Seems well balanced. Decent.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation feel. Decent.

D: This one goes down surprisingly easy. You'd guess it from the low, ABV, but the flavors blend so well making this better. Very good.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Probably my least favorite of the Stone I've tried. Guess I'm more of a big beer guy, but, this is a solid beer for the session brew lover!

Photo of adam42381
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper brown with ruby highlights and 3-4 finger fluffy tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Citrus and piney hops with hints of caramel malt.

Taste: Sweet citrus up front followed by bready malt in the middle and bitter grapefruit at the finish. Aftertaste is dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The low ABV makes this the perfect session beer.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. You rarely get this much flavor from a low ABV beer. This is one you need to try. I will be buying many more in the future.

Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice deep mahogany hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a smoggy two finger head that stays with a rim of lacing on the outer,the smell is a perfect vibrant balnace of fruity stonefruit hops and sweet toffee,caramel malts,the mouthfeel is just under medium and has tastes of raspberries,stonefruit,sweet caramel candy and leaves you with a bitter stonefruit finish which makes you want another sip,overall im so glad ive tried it but given its nearly the same price as the rest of their range we have here id rather have a ruination but in saying that there really isnt too much wrong with this and i could drink it all night but i just prefer their other brews cheers.

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

A - Pours a deep, opaque, copper color. A coffee colored, one finger head fizzles up and has decent retention. Very minimal lacing here. But never the less, a good looking ale thanks to the unique color.

S - I get some citrus hops. There are hints of orange and lemon. A pungent, strong smell.

T - Great balance here. Mild hops upfront. There are notes of mostly grapefruit, but also lemon and tangerine. Very nice. My only complaint would be it could be a little more stronger to bring out these notes. There is a very slight bitter hoppy after taste. Over all, a great tasting brew.

M - Very smooth and light. Doesn't necessarily go with the taste but works well. Great amount of carbonation. I think this is what really makes this ale so unique and good,

D - Considering the low ABV and the great taste, you could drink these all day easily.

Photo of rfgetz
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dulled coppery amber color with nice fluffy cap of off-white head. Scent is of grapefruit, mango, hints of pine with a nice sweet carmel and roasted nut backbone. Taste brings the components of scent... fruity tropical and citrus hops from the begining, with a nice sweet carmely malt backbone. Medium bodied, good carbonation. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in balance and drinkability, an excellent amber.

Photo of keithmurray
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beer pours a dark mahogany with tan head

smell - pine, grapefruit, citrus, hops

taste - really hoppy upfront, citrus backbone (grapefruit)

mouthfeel - robust flavor, nice hearty body, bitter upfront, slightly sweet in the back end

drinkability - hard to believe that a beer with this much flavor is only 4.4%, makes it very drinkable

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...

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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