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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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3,720 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,720
Reviews: 1,188
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 329 | 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 tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber in color, cloudy, huge head, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, florals, and hops

Taste: citrusy and piney hops, earth, and a small amount of toasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter backbone and sweeter finish, next to no carbonation, slick, medium bodied

Drinkability: Interesting beer. I could have several. This does have Stone's hop bite.

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, re-review time. Got a fresh bottle that states to drink by 05-09-10 so I'm in time this time.

A: The head is so large in my tulip glass I have to stop pouring about 3/4 of the way through. It's rich and creamy lookin and fades slowly. A hazy dark reddish brown color like caramel.

N: Lots of fresh hop aromas, some citrus, touch of pine, little musty, touch of grassy and spicy even. Not really any malts that I can get through all the hops.

T: Fresh hops again, lots of orange and tangerine, citrus hops with a touch of pine and spicy hops. Again no real malt to find. A slight earthy chewy hops comes through with more fresh musty hop flavors. Juicy and refreshing, very drinkable.

M: Medium to lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Pretty dry but leaves a slight juiciness. Semi bitter as the hops climax on the finish but not over bearing. SOme lingering citrus, a little pine, earthy and fresh musty hops start to come through more and more. A touch of tangerine and orange too.

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

Thank you to the Texas Legislature and the TABC. Were it not for you and you inane laws requiring brewers to get separate licenses for beers (<5.0% ABV, per TABC) and Ales (5 and up), I might have frequent access to this delicious brew and THAT WOULD BE DANGEROUS!!!...jerkoffs.

A: Crisp and clear dark resinous amber color with an off-white head and sticky lacing.

S: Disappointingly weak. Hops and floral notes seem like they want to come through, but are just too restrained.

T: The flavor, however, is not as restrained as the aroma. The citrus and piney hops come through loud and clear here. Nice earthy balance to the beer by way of the darker malts and an almost tart note is back there as well. Buttered toast is the flavor I would tie to the malt here. All in all, an excellent combination.

M: Slick and chewy.

D: Sessionable beer from Stone? Not in Texas, but be thankful those of you who live in states unencumbered by such idiotic legislation.

Photo of Blitzstyle
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, 2 fingers of head that hangs around. Nice lace around the glass, deep amber color. Looks very appealing.

Smell citrus hops some small caramell scents from the malt.

Nice hoppyness all the way down mostly citrus. Not to much on the malt just a small amount of caramell. Very nice bitterness not overly done.

Kind of flat lack of carbination I think. A resin like after taste. Goes down easy though.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass... clear dark red-orange color with a creamy off-white head.

Smells of hops... a little bit floral, not much malt on the nose.

The taste is more of the same... bitter on the front, the floral hops come through. Not much aftertaste at all. A little thin on the mouth, but not bad. Moderate carbonation... easy to drink if you like hops at all.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Photo of gbmoore
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A copper to orange color with a fluffy light tan head that had good retention.

S - had a mix of caramel malts and citrus hops

T - Just like the smell. Caramel and citrus. Kind of nutty.

M - Typical ale feel. Medium body and moderate carbonation

D - The taste of this beer was great. Took over Arrogant bastard as my favorite in the Stone family.

Like all stone, a bit on the high priced side.

Photo of bornridiculous
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Levatation Ale pours with a deep copper hue, almost brown, with a slight froth. Not a very heady beer, but leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass. Almost immeadiately you can smell citrus, without even putting your nose up to the glass. Beer has nice mouth feel that is accentuated by the hop characteristics. Taste is a citrus/pine flavor without being too overpowering. Beer is slightly more bitter with than the standard pale ale, almost to the point of tasting like an IPA. Beer loses points with the aftertaste, which is almost resin like. As the beer warms citrus notes grow more pronouced, however resin taste remains consistant. This is definately a sipping beer, however I would not mind doing a session of 2-3 of these at a time. This is a solid pale ale.

Tasted at 53 degrees F.

Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served into a standard pint glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours a red, slightly copper color in the pint with a white froth. The nose shows a piney, herbal, citrus, grapefruit character followed by caramel malts. Light and easy to drink with louds of hops and a long finish...a classic pale ale. Honestly, I'm kind of surprised that this is a Stone beer...it's good and a nice beer, but kind of forgettable. It's really just another pale ale...nothing special.

Photo of DarrellK
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I always have high expectaion from a Stone Brewing brew and pretty much always think they are good but do not hit it out of the park, especially for the price.

The pour is a classic pale ale with a nice thick white head a whiskey color and a good flowery aroma.

The mouth is again pretty much the standard viscosity for a pale ale and is satisfying.

The finish has a high quality dry and hoppy quality.

Overall a nice brew but it doesn't distinguish itself enough to rise to the top eschelon of the style.

Photo of cvfish
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured an orange copper color that produced a fluffy light tan head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a great mix of caramel malts, some nutty characteristic, and a citrus/pine mix of hops

T - The taste of this beer was right in line with the nose of the beer, caramel malts, a slight nutty taste, and a mix of citrus and piney hops

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The taste of this beer was fantastic, this overtook Red Seal as my favorite Amber Ale, thank God Stone is here, I love these beers

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

From notes 9-1-09

Eye: The beer pours copper amber with some orange highlights, crystal clear. Head retention and formation could be better but I'll take what I've got. Head, now, is a thick blanket over the top of the beer, should be a bit bigger if you ask me. Lacing is nice, sheets on the sides of the glass.

Nose: Hops are big in the nose, though its not the usual variety that you find. Almost a burnt type of aroma, exhausted almost. Somewhat of a nutty aroma, light tree sap, floral, woody, bitter, pistachio...all in all this hop is hard to describe, but I know that this is clearly amarillo. Amarillio for me is one that I'll always know when I come across it cause to me it is so awkward.

Tongue: Bitterness comes through easily. Sweet malt flavor, caramel, is balanced by the hops. The dry oakiness of the amarillo is nicely countered by the malt in this beer, they go hand in hand. Very nice couple these two make. Those hops add so many dimensions of flavor its quite amazing. Much of the flavor of this brew is from the hops, and they are characters that don't usually come from hops, you usually don't find them in beer. Its really neat that they are here. Almost a burnt nut flavor they give off, or maybe a heavily roasted nut...hard to say, very unique hop. It blends well with the beer through.

Feel and Drinkability: Carbonation is low and is perfect for the beer, it allows everything to come out without getting in the way. Body is medium. This is quite a drinkable beer, no doubt about it. This beer is a very good session beer. You could be drinking on this all night without getting into too much trouble. This is one that I'll definitely be picking up again. I recommend this beer to anyone that wants a break from cascade, its quite unique. I'll be coming back to this one. A great beer that is still hoppy but different than every other hoppy beer out there.

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

A: Poured a medium dark amber-orange with a 2 finger desert sand colored head that was very well lasting. The head lapsed eventually leveling off to a modest coating while leaving a spotty and spongey coating. A good haziness is observed while a thunderous showering of carbonation rains upwards and remained so for the remainder of the drink.

S: The nose was fresh wet citrusy pine with a medium strong scent. Pretty basic but well represented.

T: The flavor was sharp with wet sweet citrusy hops and juicy pine. The flavor is delivered via a strong vibrant carbonation that just brings the palate to life. Light dry toasted grains add sweetness along with juicy grapefruit and a wet pine hopping providing a nice marriage and balance of malts and hops. Hints of pungent flowers compliments of the Columbus lie underneath while a wet citrusy finish and grassiness rounds things out. Overall I loved the vibrant and lively nature of the drink while the hopping was wet and juicy with a good deal of bitterness but is very easy on the tongue.

M: The body was light to medium while leaving a nice toasted dryness on the tongue. A lively carbonation makes this dance on the tip of the tongue.

D: Very good drinkability and very good enjoy ability. A wet hoppiness married with a nice toasted grain backing makes this go down with relative ease and enjoyment. A great session beer that satisfies hop wise with wet, lemony and piney hops. Case worthy.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a light head that fades away after a short while and leaves a good bit of lacing.

Aroma isn't very pronounced, but what is there is quite satisfying. Citrus upfront with a hint of pine.

A slight hint of caramel upfront provides the only real malt presence. The rest of the flavor is taken by citrusy and piney hops. A burst of grapefruit hits in the finish and aftertaste.

Medium bodied with light/medium carbonation. A very unique sessionable beer overall. A light offering with a lot of flavor. I'll be drinking this a lot more often now that Stone has made its way to LA.

Photo of Offa
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is fairly good, but a disappointment to me, since, although it has a fairly strong flavour, I find it superficial, one-dimensional, out of balance, wholly lacking in complexity, and thin underneath an overly strong grapefruit character.
This simple hop element completely dominates the beer and essentially nothing else is noticeable. Despite the claim that this has an amazing amount of flavour for the ABV, I have actually had many beers of similar ABV that have much more complex, interesting character. I must admit here that I'm not a big fan of overly grapefruity-citrusy hop character, so this colours my perception. However, I do like general citrusy qualities very much and I even like grapefruity elements in beer, but when done right, when balanced with other elements and complexity, part of a well-rounded whole instead of being all there is. That said, I admire the effort to put out a characterful, moderate/lower-ABV beer since in my mind the pinnacle of great beer is beer with great compelxity and character yet fairly moderate alcohol.

Anyway, this is a beautiful, clear, dark red with faint brownish-copper hints, a very big tan head steadily shrinking to a thin, lasting foamy top and leaving some decent lace, very good looking like most Stone beers I've had.

The aroma is grapefruity up front, but this is joined by orange zest as well as very light hints of caramelly toasted bread and raisin.

The taste is grapefruit up front, with light, fleeting caramelly, toasted bread and hint of orange zest. At first, the bitter-sweet character is balanced, with light sweetness and bitterness, but the bitterness soon takes over a little too much by the finish and lingers. The finish is lightly bitter with strong grapefruit & faint orange zest. An aftertaste of lightly bitter grapefruit and faint toasted grain follows. The feel is rather thin like mineral water, the character is thin, one-dimensionally grapefruity-orange-zesty hops with nothing to balance. It promptly reveals itself to be superficial in taste/character and lacking complexity. What character it does have is fairly strong, holding up well, so this would be fairly good to have with some mild foods, but drinkability is not very high despite the lower ABV.

Photo of OldYoda
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice, flavorful easy drinker. Pours a nice cloudy amber into my standard Troeg's pint glass with a minimal head and some good lacing.

Smell is decent - primarily a grassy hops and some malty sweetness in the backround.

Taste is smooth and a little hoppy. Nothing at all overpowering but still has some heft.

Mouthfeel is smooth and finishes clean.

Drinkability is outstanding at this ABV. This is just a very nice session beer from Stone.

Photo of cameraman
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep amber color a very consistent color all the way through. A light tan head forms on top, a half inch high, lacing slowly down the glass. A strong grassy and pine fragrance stands out from the glass. That is followed by a slight sweet malty scent. A bread, malt and cracked grain flavors starts out the taste. That is followed by the grass and pine flavors, bringing a tobacco flavor at the end. A strong grassy hop flavor lingers, long after each taste. A medium bodied feel, that gradually gains weight slightly, finishes with mild dryness. This may be the most hop flavored session beer I have had, period. The colorful and enticing look, along the unforgettable aroma and intense flavor, make this the hop heads choice for a session beer.

Photo of DNICE555
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Plan B

A - Amber with a reddish tint. Decent head with decent lacing. Looks pretty good.

S- Some citrus, some hops, nothing too strong, pleasant.

T - Minimal malt. Nice light hops and citrus... perfect light beer taste. I mean light compared to the stone ipa not light like a bud light. I cannot believe this beer is 4.4 percent. It has amazing character and body for 4.4%. Bud light is 4.5% and this beer is 4.4%!!! This beer is 1000 times better than a bud light and 10 times better than the stone pale ale. The stone pale ale is 1 percent more abv and has have the character. Love it.

M - Nice carbonation, nice body, nice flavor.

D - Ultimate session beer. 4.4%!!! If you put this in front of me and I had to guess I would have said 6 percent. I cant believe how much character this beer has for being soo light.

I'll take this over a stone pale ale anyday.

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Burnt amber with a little reddish hue. Held up to the light it becomes a fiery red. The head formation is very small but the head sticks around until you get to the bottom of the glass, leaving behind a good amount of lacing.

S- Best part about this beer. Intensely hoppy and citrusy.

T- Nice and hoppy without being overly bitter. Couldn't detect much malt through the hops and citrus flavors.

M- Its probably the most accessible of Stone's beers that I have had to date in terms of mouthfeel. Goes down very easily.

D- Very easy to drink. I'd say that this would make an excellent session beer.

Overall, a good beer worth a try... though I'd probably prefer one of Stone's other brews to this one.

Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucid pomegranate with a fiery, lava-like flare when held into the light. Speaking of which, its head is also a little like magma - it rose to the surface, bubbled up and begun encrusting the sides of the glass. It has a nice shine and very appreciable clarity. If the depth of its colour is any indication this should be jammed packed with flavour.

The aroma is drenched in pungently piny hops just as bacon is drenched in grease; Stone always has a heavy hand when it comes to the hops. This is a budding bouquet, one boasting scorched caramel, rye bread, peaty smoked malts and a fragrantly green, herbal, ganja-like potpourri. It's a forest worth of resins coated in a light citrus spritz.

The flavour is definitely less aggressive, less ballsy, less brazen than the rest of the Stone lineup but it is equally less conventional, less timid and less lifeless than the vast majority of beers on the market. I'll gladly take this spongy toffee cake, pine resin drenched flavour over the bland (if not offensive) corn-saturated taste of mainstream beers.

Clearly the guys at Stone missed the memo saying "light" beers were supposed to be less characterful. This may fall short on the alcohol percentage but not on the IBUs - there is a peaty, pine-saturated fabric that vehemently sticks to the palate. The strangling, vinous aftertaste it imparts is appreciated. I'll gladly have another - or five.

Stone Levitation Ale is a great offering for those who - for whatever reason - choose or are limited to drinking lower alcohol beers. This doesn't really taste any lighter than standard offerings and is still at least doubly hoppy (read: flavourful) than most commercial beers. Levitation definitely raises the bar way up for lower strength, easily quaffable beers.

Photo of Bajasith
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought me a six pack at a local liqour store in El Cajon, CA.

Poured directly into a glass to get a view of a nice one finger head and burnt amber color.

Aroma right away jumped at me, hops and malt stand out which in it's own have a unique aroma. Reminds me of beings in the forest after a rain storm. Earthy smell.

Taste and mouthfeel alone is what an un-udulterated beer should tate like... Bitter yet smooth going down the palate

I would really enjoy this beer after a long day at work in 115 degree desert weather to kill my thirst.

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

An all around good beer, kind of lite for stone but not bad. Taste is bitter, intense of hopps. The smell also shares this chracteristic. This beer is pretty smooth. The drinkablity is really good. Kind of Reminds me of Magic Hats Roxxy Roles as it is also a red and hoppy.

Photo of wangbruins
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice dark reddish brown with a slight head that broke quickly and had decent lacing

S- Very hoppy with cherries, pine, and a slight smokiness

T- Cherries, apples, and a light, very light, roasted nut flavor

M- A little tingly bite with every sip and a slight aftertaste that continues down the throat

D- As usual, Stone comes through with a great beer. Buy many and drink them all at once.

Photo of bobsy
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've made it my mission to work my way through the BA session beer list, and I've had fun doing so. The interesting thing, though, is that I wouldn't considering sessioning many of those beers. A world-class hefeweizen is top-notch, but I'm not going to drink 3 in a row. At a further extreme, as much as I like Cantillon, I think working through half a dozen bottles of geueze isn't the ideal way to spend a football game. Despite this experience, there are some gems on the list - Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter springs to mind, and now you can add Stone's Levitation Ale to that. The very fact that Stone do a low ABV beer surprises me, though it shouldn't come as a shock that this is chockful of hops, and that they've hit the ball out of the park.

Levitation pours a rich copper, crowned with a creamy beige head that alternately leaves streaks and rings of lace on the side of the glass. Even for an American amber it sets a new standard in appearance. While this impresses me, I'm blown away by the remarkably fresh nose. Grapefruit, pine and leafy green hops delight the senses, but there's a stunningly balanced character to them, courtesy of a sweet malty backbone. There's also something fruity and tropical about the aroma that has you moving the glass to your lips before you know it.

All the promise in that delightful aroma is fulfilled. A rich palate of hoppy goodness (predominantly grapefruit and pine) is expertly balanced by a big malt backbone. Caramel, fruits and light roasted notes prevent the hops from stealing the show, and create a capable symphony of flavour. A dry, leafy tea like bitterness mingles with grapefruit peel in the finish. A beer like this exposes the fallacy that lower alcohol beers can't pack in the flavour of bigger brews, and I's go so far as to say that this has most of its bigger brother beaten and cowering in the corner! In keeping with the balance displayed in the flavour, the body falls into line, providing a medium-light weight and refreshingly soft carbonation.

Everything about this screams 'SESSION'. Its a remarkable achievement, and probably my favourite Stone beer - Arrogant Bastards be damned!

Photo of jaxon53
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Welcome to Connecticut Stone Brewing Co.!They have finally made it. Served this beer chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Levitation Ale pours out a deep amber, almost brown color. Two fingers of creamy tan head were the result of a semi hard pour. Head faded slowly into about a half inch of creamy foam. Plenty of thick lace was left behind on the glass. Tons of carbonation bubbles are noticed floating to the top of the glass.

Smell: Hoppy. Nice medicinal/herbal hop aromas. A thick malty character backing up the hops. Slightly piney and fruity.

Taste: A strong, bitter, resiny herbal hop flavor out front. Also notice a bit of an aspirin like flavor. Again, a bit more of the pine. A sweet, thick malt backbone balances this beer nicely. Finishes dry and bitter with a bit of spicey hops.

Mouthfeel: A lighter, medium bodied mouthfeel on this brew. Moderately carbonated. Smooth and slick.

Drinkability: Great drinkability thanks to the 4.4 percent ABV. Thanks Stone for my new session beer.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Levitation Ale poured dark brown/amber with a nice two-finger head; and it left a fair amount of lace on the glass. The color was complex and inviting.

The smell popped during the pour and was citric and sweet. As for flavor, it was bland. The feel was dominated by light carbonation and was only moderately bitter. It felt more like club soda than ale. On the bright side, like club soda, it was very refreshing.

I enjoyed Levitation after working in the yard on a hot day; however, it wasn't a worthwhile ale experience. Next time I work up a thirst, I'll have a club soda and follow it with an Arrogant Bastard. Now that's worthwhile.

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,720 ratings.