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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,803 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,803
Reviews: 1,209
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 145
Gots: 401 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 3,803 | Reviews: 1,209
Photo of cratez
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle at Bar Volo in Toronto, ON. Pours a burgundy red hue with dark ruby edges, two fingers of cream coloured, off-white head, and speckles of lacing on the flute glass. Smell and taste are strong citrus, tangerine, and clementine, slight yeastiness, pink grapefruit, burnt caramel, light nuttiness, toast, and a bold hop bitterness to finish. So much flavour for such a light beer, very impressive. Mouthfeel is medium, lush and slick, spicy hop punch mid-body, lingering dryness with a mildly citric aftertaste. The ideal session beer. If this were available in Ontario stores, it would never leave my fridge.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a light tan head, which is a good 2 fingers and rather resilient.

Smell is good, not wonderful. Theres a slight bit of citrus in the nose, along with a somewhat metallic tinge. Faint malts and hops in the background.

Taste is a little more predominant than the smell. Slightly citrus and woodsy, less on the metallic tinge, but hop presence was a bit lacking than I would have liked to see...if in fact this is a red. I find the "amber/red" classification to be a bit conflicting, as I see the ambers as more malty and sweet, and the reds with a more defining hop character. Oxymoronish I suppose. Oh well, I see the hop base more in this brew, so I think the red is more fitting.

Lower medium body, as it should. No complaints, from me.

I have to assume this is the lowest ABV beer stone makes, so theres major drinkability to it. It's tasty too, so that helps.

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

A - A real redish brow pout with a very nice off-white head that stuck around for a bit.

S - Really big hop aroma, citrusy grapefruit, and a little piney. Some caramel malts underneath.

T - Sweetness comes from the malts, I get hit with bitter pine and grapefruit right off the bad. There was a huge bitter bite that stung on the end of this at first. Nice hop profile that fades a bit as you drink it.

M - Little too thin, but pretty good, nice carbonation works well.

D - Somewhat harder to drink than expected for something with such low ABV. Maybe it's just the stronger than expected flavors.

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass that is similar to an Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Fairly dark amber with decent sized head and some lacing.

Smell: Huge grapefruit aroma with traces of spice and malt.

Taste: Mostly grapefruit hops (and some pine) and tea-like and caramel malts. Long, lingering bitter and tart finish.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, relatively light body. Quite firm and very dry, similar to an English Bitter.

Drinkability: Huge flavor for such a low abv ale. Not really what I would think of as an Amber Ale - seems more like a very bitter, American hop version of an English Bitter. Very tasty and sessionable due to the low alcohol, but the bitterness and tartness is off-putting for the light body and hampers drinkability.

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

A nice red in color with a big foamy off-white head.

It has that trademark Stone hop aroma, though a bit lighter than, say, Arrogant Bastard.

The taste is lighter, but far from weak. Nice notes of bread and toast mix with citrus hop flavors and a big bitterness.

The body is also light, but not watery.

This is one of the weakest (in terms of alcohol) beers I've had since my trip to Salt Lake City. But it's a good one.

This is a session beer for hopheads.

Photo of chickenflea
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber pour. Thin to medium tan head that had medium staying power.

S - Beautiful American hop aroma: very citrusy with undertones of caramel sweetness.

T - Taste is very pleasant and predictable for a Stone ale. Sweet malts are rather subdued though. Not as aggressive as most of their other offerings, although I will say that the hops profile is very pronounced.

M - Medium carbonation with a rather watery texture. I am wondering how old this beer is. I bought it as a single bottle, so I don't know the brew date. But it tastes a little flat. Oh well, I will try another one in the near future and see how it goes.

D - It is very drinkable, but in the same way that a lot of other mediocre beers are: you can drink a lot before tiring. A good but not great beer.

Photo of theghost3
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent reddish copper with a 1-finger off-white head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is strong of piney and grapefruity hops with hints of spices, coffee, and tobacco. The taste is bitter pine and grapefruit hops with just a little wood and tobacco. Mouthfeel is carbonated, crisp & kind of deadens the mouth, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Very sessionable. The hops are quite strong. This reminds me of a DIPA in taste and smell.

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

I was surprised to see Stone make a smaller session beer, especially after being reared on Arrogant Bastard and Ruination in my early days of craft. But I still felt compelled to see if they could succeed on this one, to see if they truly were a well rounded brewery. Here's my take:

A- pours a clear dark copper hue with great lace and retention from it's off-white head

S- hoppy and spiced up front joined by caramel malt

T- hoppy yet balanced, this could topple many reds twice it's size with juicy pine and citrus notes all throughout

M- coats your tongue and throat wonderfully, holding in all the flavor

D- another winner from Stone! one of the best light beers I've ever tried

Photo of LyonsHead
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Amber in the finest since of the word with a perfect 1 finger head and some of the best lacing I've seen all the way down the pint glass. This beer was crystal clear and looked perfect!

S: Big hop aroma of the earthy, woodsy, piney variety. there is a nice floral complexity as well. Deep in the background there is a malty, yeasty bread character and a subtle sweetness

T: THe hops are at the forefront with a character spot on with the aroma, there is more malt in the flavor than the aroma however. here you get a good caramel character coming through.

M: good "meaty" body, almost chewy at some points. pleasantly surprising as it combined with a dry finish

D: Could have had this one all night. I found this beer to be one of the more enjoyable beers I've had, not technically flawless but it was just fantastic. The dry finish with the wonderful ballance of hops and malt allows you to drink several.

Photo of Sam21
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance - Beautiful clingy off-white head that sits nicely on top of a deep reddish brown body.

Smell - A lot of hops in the nose. Juicy grapefruit, lemon peel, and floral aromas. Very pungent smell, but in a good way.

Taste - The taste follows the nose although it is not quite as strong as the nose would let on but is still dominated by citrus hops. Tastes like a slightly subdued version of their IPA. I am also picking up a slight toasted flavor at the back as the beer warms.

Mouth Feel - Light body with a good balance between flavor and carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling dry and begging for another sip.

Drinkability - Bought this as a single and am very pleased. At 4.4% abv this beer has loads of wonderful flavor and goes down smoothly. As this is only my second brew from Stone this beer has me hooked on trying their other beers. Great color, inviting aroma, the taste to match, and easy drinking.

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

Poured from bottle into Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Rust water brown, off white head about 2.5 fingers.

Smells of citrus and hops, lots of grapefruit accents, sugar, lemongrass. Nice floral smell.

Tastes of grapefruit, grape candy, hops, bakers chocolate, and Green Apple.

The mouthfeel is nice, good balance of carbonation and taste, nice thin mouthfeel with good drinkability. It drinks like water, be careful. Only comes in at 4.4% ABV so its a good session beer for sure, reasonably cheap too.

I definately recommend this brew to anyone, nice and refreshing, high drinkability.

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

$2.20 for a single at Jacks. 4.4% ABV, 45 IBU. Hopped with Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Crystal. Dry hopped with Amarillo.

Pours out to a slightly hazy garnet, forming a tall light tan head with yellow accents, with cery good retention and solid sheets of lacing. Moderately carbonated. The aroma is wonderful, full of fresh spicy green hops with tropical fruit overtones of mango, pineapple, pine and skunkweed up front, followed by nice toasted malts, grainy malt husk, and when swirled, I get light roast coffee and milk chocolate. Wonderful nose. The mouthfeel is fresh, crisp, light bodied, with a dry finish and hoppy acidity. The taste is essentially a recap of the aroma with a big hop profile up front carried through nicely by the malts. Certainly more hoppy than malty, but still with nice malt character. The coffee and chocolate in the nose is overwhelmed by the hops, so I'm not tasting it, sadly. Again, the finish is dry, and the aftertaste is one of pine, toast, and subtle tobacco.

This is a very good beer. It will be great during the summer when you want something crisp, light, and without much alcohol, but also full flavored and hoppy. I would buy this again for sure. Recommended.

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

The body is a clear, deep rust color. The head was about 1/2", great retention, and left a little bit of residual lacing at the top, but it thins as the glass gets deeper.

The smell is weak. Coming from Stone, it's a little disappointing. I pick up grain, some bread, and a light leafy hop. I really had to bury my face in the glass to get a good whiff.

The taste makes up for the scent. It's somewhat heavy on the malt, biscuit and toffee. The hops are earthy and grassy. There's a little bit of pine there, too. It's like taking a bite of Mother Earth.

The body is light in texture, heavily carbonated, and finishes extremely dry.

For such a low abv and lighter body, this has some well defined flavor. This would make for a great session brew.

Photo of mudbug
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish brown with a nice 1/2" fluffy cap, laces nicely as the level drops.
Aroma is floral hops and fresh bread
Taste is hop bitterness up front, citrus and grass with a weak malt backbone, dry astringent on the aftertaste
Refreshing and easy to drink, the ABV is just right for a quaffer
Not as in your face as the Arrogant Bastard, a nice afternoon quaffer thirst quencher
Very Good brew!

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a unique red amber. an offwhite, foamy one finger thick head.
smells rich, bittering hops are in the mix. floral aroma, earthy aroma too.
this is a red ale that has an IPA character in it too. very flavorful.
mouthfeel is just alright. some aftertaste that isnt working with me.
this is by far the most flavorful and aromatic beer for this abv level.
cost 10.99 for the sixpack... not crazy about that

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark bloody crimson color with a very creamy dollop of foam atop that's large and falls slowly to a thick covering over the top. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel maltiness with a hint of roast, but big on citrus and herbal hop aromatics. Definitely a hoppier amber, but the aroma isn't quite as explosive as others.

T&M: Very smooth, even though it's quite hoppy. An initial snap of spicy bitterness gives way to smooth burnt caramel and a hint of chocolate malt. The dry finish showcases some lovely citrus notes and a brief reprise of malt. A very quaffable flavor profile. Body is medium to light with light carbonation. This one is meant to be drunk in volume, no doubt.

D: Great flavor + low ABV = a great session beer. Now if only I didn't have to buy it in Tennessee at 13 bucks a sixer...

Photo of keanex
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at a local Canal's based on a recommendation.

Appearance is a brown, but see through. The head is a light tan, similar to the color of sand on a beach. Head was medium sized, somewhat rocky. The head holds rather well and clings to the side.

Smell is earthly, pine scented with a slight caramel scent. Not too strong, but pleasant. Slight hop smell as well on another smell.

Taste is earthly, slight caramel aftertaste with a small to moderate amount of hops in there. Slight citrus flavor, grapefruit or lemon perhaps.

Medium bodied beer with a decent amount of carbonation.

Decently drinkable beer, goes down easy.

Photo of FishGetter
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color with hints of reds show. Massive amount of carbination.
Mild aromas of citrus hops. Some wifs of pale grain.
Pale malts first hit the taste buds with a slight bit of dry, biscut flavors. Some mild bitterness, but nothing impressive. Drink finishes with some off flavors. Reminds of primming sugars, but very doubtfull.
Redeeming medium body helps bring this one back, but the taste is shot. Mouth is left dry at finish.
Not sure what happened to this one. Overcarbinated, freshness? Not what I'd come to expect from the fine brewers of Stone. I'm willing to revisit this one later.

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

A: Deep copper color with off white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Big hop aroma. Fresh citrus and some pine. Light carmel malt as well.

T: Matches the aroma with big hop flavor. Blasts of fresh grapefruit and lemon zest. Some pine and earthy hop notes. Carmel malt gives it some sweetness to balance it out.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation.

D: Low ABV and packed with flavor this is an excellent session beer. I could easily drink a 6pk of these in one sitting without getting tired of it. Another great offering from Stone.

Photo of floraday
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Red/orange, cloudy amber in appearance. Nice light tan head which leads to great lacing. Great carbonation!

S: Lots of great caramel malts with tons of fresh hops. Spruce all over the nose with lingering sweetness. It smells awesome!

T: Little light on the palate. Fresh lemon zest and spruce in the mouth with nice hops. Very refreshing. Light sugar towards the back of the tongue.

M: Is great! Very refreshing with great carbonation. Very long finish. Quite pleasant!

D: It a great beer. Great for food pairing. Very light on the palate so would be perfect for lighter fare.

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

A: clear deep amber, light tan head, good lacing.
S: caramel, toffe, grapefruit, pine.
T: hint of malt sweetness (dark caramel, toffee), significant but smooth hop bitterness predominates. some earthiness. finishes quite dry with a bit of astringency.
M: light-bodied, well carbonated, frothy.
D: lots of flavor for this abv, sessionable.

Photo of Trizzle
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy amber, great dense head, chunky lacing, top retention.

Smells of delicious oily hops, floral, dry fresh cut grass.

Flavour is a little lacking at the get go. Not a great deal happening malt wise, maybe a hint of biscuit. Dry and bitter hops are quick on the uptake with some tea like qualities. Fairly standard, everything about where it shoulkd be. A little light on malt wise in my humble opinion but not a bad drop.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin and astringent, medium - low carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I'd be honoured to have a session on this one.

Photo of turnstile
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Incredible. Pours a deep reddish-brown with a huge tan fluffy head. The micro-bubbles dissipate very slowly and form a sticky lacing in large patches all the way down the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops, some humble spicing and sweet malts. A dominant aroma of lemons and a slight note of tart cherries.

Taste: While the hops clearly dominate, there's tons of complex flavor notes that struggle to come through. Citrus hops up front with fresh lemon zest. The hops eventually give way to a decent malt backbone. It has a decent construction but there's a little bit of an imbalance here. Hints of melon become more present as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a smooth and creamy body.

Drinkability: I think this is a pretty sessionable hoppy brew. With a relatively low ABV it's one you could drink more than one of.

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

A - Darker-than-expected amber body with some reddish hues. 2-finger white head that fades to some very nice lacing.

S - Piney hops with some citrus notes resembling lemon peel. Faint malt backbone but not as prominent as expected. Slight sweet caramel notes.

T&M - The piney hops definitely stand out the most in taste. Not overly prominent but has a nice piney hop flavor that is just a touch bitter. Sweet caramel malts round out the hops quickly. A bit thin and watery in the taste and mouthfeel. I'm looking for a bit more malt backbone and even some more complex hop flavor would be nice.

D - Actually a nice session beer that is not too heavy and the alcohol level is nice and low for a change.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Crystal clear bright amber with a thin, eggshell colored head. Decent lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of pine hops up front. A little citrus hops buried in there somewhere. Notes of oak and cannabis.

T: Pretty much the same as the smell. A little watery, but I guess that's to be expected with 4.4 abv? Definitely has perfect carbonation. A little too hoppy for the style, though. Tastes like a watered down IPA to me.

D: I could see this being a good go-to hoppy, amber beer, based on the ease of drink and abv.

Value: I could not see this being a good go-to hoppy, amber beer, based on the cost. Overpriced for sure.

Did they invent a new style here: 1/2 IPA?

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,803 ratings.