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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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3,537 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,537
Reviews: 1,182
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 122
Gots: 252 | 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 BeTheBall
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in to my Duvel tulip. Dark brown with a one finger creamy head, some lacing down the glass.
The smell to me was of citrus and hops, very appealling, but not as strong as an IPA; more so than an APA.
Taste was similar, mildly hoopy and floral with some citrus notes, but not big in bitterness. Quite easy to drink.
Mouthfeel was average to me, not great, not bad.
Drinkability was very good with the 4.4% ABV and mild bitterness.
Overall, for Stone I was honestly a little disappointed, being used to bigger beers. That said, if I wanted to drink a bunch of something at a bar (not very commmon for me), this would be a great candidate because of the good flavor and low ABV.

BeTheBall, May 22, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom, poured into Shaker Pint glass.

pours a medium brown that has a copper glow around the glass with a creamy white head that dissolves into a broken ring around the shaker. Aroma has caramel malt, tart cranberry and earthy hops. Very unique aroma for an Amber. Flavor is a little watery upfront but develops into a caramel and toffee, once it shows itself, and a mild bitterness. It has a light-medium body that coats your mouth with every sip. Extremely sessionable and unique ale but the nose leads you to believe it may be more complex than it ends up being.

DiabolikDUB, May 21, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. A sessionable Stone, that's novel.

Dark amber copper color, relatively clear, consistent carbonation. Moderate, frothy butter colored head that diminishes to a thin film with thick sticky rings of lacing. Aroma is...light? Not in a bad way, has a strong hop aroma and malty background, but nothing is overwhelming. Light body with heavy carbonation and a strong hop bite in the finish. Taste has backbone of caramel malt and a very dry hop bite that lingers forever. Entirely different hoppy amber than say Nugget Nectar, this is much thinner and lacking something in the body. Not even really so much an amber or a pale, just seems like a missing body with a hoppy kick. That isn't to say this isn't a nice session beer but it pales when compared to other Stone beers or others in the hoppy amber category.

yourefragile, May 21, 2009
Photo of jeremyd365
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish amber with a solid white head. Wow has a great mix of smells I can't exactly place, but some citrus and hop and malt--yum! The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I was expecting but not bad. The flavor is much like the smell--a delightful mix of many different tastes, and in the end it's very good. Definitely a drinkable brew. Very glad I tried it. I'm not usually an amber fan but stone came up with something original and delicious.

jeremyd365, May 21, 2009
Photo of billybob
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark rich amber color with a one finger beige head that held up very well and a light sticky lace. mild pine aromas in the nose. very hoppy taste with a bready grainy mouthfeel carbonation crisp. hops dominate if you are a big hop person you will like this beer and the low abv makes it a good session beer. i am not a big hop fan so the 3.5 for drinkability.

billybob, May 18, 2009
Photo of bcm119
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep reddish amber with some sticky white lace. Green, piney hops dominate the nose, with barely a trace of sweetness. Hops dominate the flavor as well, with bright, lemon/pine bitterness. The malt body is delicate with hints of bread and dough, which soften as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is light and thin, but not watery. Finishes very clean with lasting hop bitterness. Similar to an English bitter, but with American hop flare. Delicious session beer. One of the best sub-5% abv beers out there, but must be consumed fresh... I imagine the bright hops would dull quickly in this.

bcm119, May 18, 2009
Photo of Yesac
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber, small off-white head.

S- Hops. Fairly hoppy for an 'amber'. Some caramel.

T- Yeasty, malty and slightly hoppy with a small bit of bitterness. Very simple tasting and has balance.

M- Medium bodied. Good mouthfeel, slightly sticky.

D- Malty overall and dull hop bitterness. Makes for an ok sessional, nothing special here.

Yesac, May 17, 2009
Photo of LarryV
2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a chestnut hued amber with a rapidly disappearing head. Aroma is mostly hops, a bit raw like this beer could have used a bit more aging. Taste comes across initially as bitter hoppiness followed by the slight sweetness of the malt. This is quickly followed by an earthy flavor that I couldn't place, almost like smoked peat. Overall, it's a strange tasting brew and after having one I really wasn't interested in having another. Not one of Stone's best offerings imho.

LarryV, May 17, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- a nice copper to dark brown color with light to moderate carbonation and bubbles in the glass, clear body when held to the light with a decently thick though fast fading white head

Smell- Very nice hop nose with citrus hops and slight hint of malts but a very nice strong smell jumping out at you of whats in store

Taste- A very tasty beer that was going down easy one after the other, very nice long lingering hop finish that can be tasted long after it was finished, really the finish leaves you looking forward to the next sip, very well balanced though as there is definitely still a bit of a malt presence which just enough balances out the full hop flavor,

Mouthfeel- light crisp and refreshing very soft and smooth

Drinkability- I have to say i was surprised when I found out the alcohol on this beer because not many stone beers are gonna be under a 5 alcohol level but this is a fantastic session beer, had it on tap in nyc and it was just so enjoyable first on its own and then with a nice burger, had such rich full finish, probably the best beer I have ever had with under a 4.5 alcohol thats for sure and even better on tap then when I had it later out of the bottle, a well done beer again by stone

Stunner97, May 17, 2009
Photo of plaid75
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Downtown, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet citrusy hop and a doughy malt.

The taste consisted of a sweet orange hop, a soft sweet malt and a secondary spicy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty hop forward amber.

plaid75, May 15, 2009
Photo of LTS
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Levitation caught me off guard as I tend to be used to a beer with a hoppy nose having a stronger alcohol content and a maltier taste profile.

The hops are a different blend and the Amarillo pulls through in each sip. The malt flavor was subdued in comparison and being a lower gravity beer the pull of the alcohol was not there. Given that it was off the path of my normal drinking it took a few sips before I could fully appreciate the balance of hops, malt, and lower alcohol.

It paired real well with the order of hot chicken wings that showed up just as I ordered my second. At that point the taste buds were dulled and the hop bitterness still managed to appear through the burning taste buds. I was pleasantly surprised with Levitation and it makes a nice session beer with plenty of character and still guaranteeing that I am not calling a cab that night.

LTS, May 15, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Levitation Ale is a very clear amber with a thin, yellowed, off-white head that leaves good lacing. It has a resinous citrus aroma that's loud and fresh. It's medium-light bodied, sudsy and smooth with a clean, crisp finish. It's quite bitter. There's a touch of caramel in the flavor, but it's mostly resiny pine and citrus. It's a strong, clean flavor. It's top-heavy, but it's great.

yesyouam, May 14, 2009
Photo of Cakanator
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle #3 of the night. Second time in as many days I've had one, just keeps getting better. This beer has got to be the hoppiest 4.4% I've ever had! It's on the nose and palate and goes down so easy as it should. The hops make you believe you should be getting messed up, but the finish is light and refreshing. If stone weren't so expensive, this would be my everyday summer beer. Exceptional!

Cakanator, May 13, 2009
Photo of wl0307
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 12 Fl. Oz. small bottle was purchased online from the Beers of Europe, a friendly and efficient beer shop in the UK. No freshness info. is found on the bottle, served cool (not as suggested by the bottle, "refrigerated") in a straight pint glass. NOTE: Given my limited experience with American craft beers, this is by far the second lightest (in terms of abv.) I've tried, only next to Anchor's "Small Beer".

A: pours an elegant bright copper hue as of moderately-infused roasted tea, coming with restrained but constant input of tiny fizziness and a beige fluffy head with pretty decent retention, leaving uneven sheets of lacing as it retreats.
S: the richly lychee-ish+elderflowery+grapefruity hop aroma is backed by an equally rich malt backbone of burned sugar, syrupy longan-fruits, dried berries, some oily-textured cream, and sweetened cold black tea... Very very pleasant indeed and pretty complex as well, while a swirl gives rise to an utterly attractive edge of really fat and fresh overripe lychees to underline the whole aroma. It ticks all the boxes for an ultra-delicious hoppy ale, at just 4.4%abv.!
T: lightly tangy and tea-stem-like sour-bitterness (from the hops) and a bitter tea-ish flavour of roast-/crystal-malts manifest themselves from the first second onwards, laced by a clean and fine sour-spicy-piney edge as of yeasts+hops or something beyond my imagination. The hop flavour is well balanced by the caramely & lightly buttery-nutty malts in the background, so it's not as hugely flowery or lychee-ish as on the nose, but the level of hop bitterness deepens extremely well, rendering a long, semi-dry and satisfyingly chewy finish, where more hop legacy - in the form of old dried grapefruit peels and Chinese roast tea-leaves - earmarks the lingering aroma at the rear and wings of the tongue.
M&D: quite soothing on the carbonation, though a tad fizzy for my preference, while the body remains medium to echo the balanced flavour profile. This low-gravity ale (by the US standard, of course) packs loads of hops with a surprising balance, a factor that greatly appeals to me in person. Be it "American Amber Ale" or "English Premium Bitter with a US twist", this proves to be one of the most quaffable and lovely hoppy beers that I've had recently. I'm really happy to have tried it, but I uphold my opinion: "Better serve it cool"! The bottle also bears the mark "2007 Gold Medal Winner - The Great American Beer Festival" - a well-deserved award, I think.

wl0307, May 12, 2009
Photo of TommyW
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Dark Amber body with golden hues when held up to a light. White head is very sticky and has a decent retention.

S- Hop aroma is the most prominent giving off notes of citrus and pine. Some sweet malt notes are also there but well hidden.

T- There is a very fine mix that occurs between some caramel flavors from the malts and the citrus flavors from the hop. They harmonize well. Some pine notes from the hops jump in sporadically as well.

M- Medium and smooth body with a soft carbonation.

D- Really a terrific session beer. One of Stone's only sessions, but a damn good one.

TommyW, May 11, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: copper reddish body with a looming crimson glow to it. The top has a fuzzy foamed appeal and has hints of tan within. Lacing was well above par and handed out splatters, chunks, and streaks in random order

S: bursting with handfuls of hops! mostly of spiced piney variety. I can not pick out much else, maybe some faint caramel toasted malts

T: not as bursting on the palate as in the nose but great variety of flavors. Malt base is solid and supplies some caramel with gooey toffee notes. Malt base is nice with the push of pined floral and citrusy hops. What a knockout for a session beer!

M: body is light and easy to finish. A great package and highly drinkable

D: this is a great beer from Stone. One of the more timid brews by the Stone crew but has some big muscles! Nicely balanced and tasty brew. Could use a bit more juice...but I imagine they had drinkability in mind...they got it!

Magpie14, May 11, 2009
Photo of madtappers
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a single bottle at a local bottle shop...had a GAB award paitned on the bottle so I thought what the hell...it is Stone and a GAB winner!

Poured a dark orangish brown, great balance of citrus hops and a roasted malt. Got to say for a Stone beer this is very drinklable.

Would buy more when I am looking to session a great craft beer.

madtappers, May 10, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to PhxHorn for this!

Pours hazed copperish amber with a thin lasting head that leaves webs of lacing.

The smell has a "Stone" house character with flroral and citric notes.

The taste is of light caramel, the "Stone" house character (probably from the yeast strain) and a bitterish citric/herbal touch in the finish.

It is almost too aggressively carbonated, but has a nice, quaffable lightness to it and a pleasantly dry aftertaste stays on the palate.

A solid choice for a more modest brew.

jwc215, May 10, 2009
Photo of gibby
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled upon this beer while in Cape May NJ. Bought a six pack at Cholier's liquor store. I have never seen or tried this beer so I felt like I had to give it a whirl.
Poured a nice dark amber with thick soapy head. Smelled some citrus hops and toffee. I could taste light caramel, toffee, citrus hops. Kind of surprised of the flavor for a 4.4% ale. Even with that said it was not an excellent beer. It was very thin and did not have a big amount of flavor. Overall this beer could very easily be a session brew. Polishing off a six pack would be easy since its similar to a light beer. Overall I would probably not search this out again but I am glad I tried it. I love stone and I will stick with the ruination, arrogant bastard or RIS when I buy from them. Cheers.

gibby, May 10, 2009
Photo of cooncat
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at fridge temp into my SA glass.

On the pour, you get a beautiful, and it *is* gorgeous, amber/copper colored brew, with a decent sized sand colored head. The head isn't long lived, but does leave very nice lacing on the glass.

The nose is easily as hop-forward as many IPAs, and that's a compliment. At 45 IBUs, this is a bit out of BJCP style guidelines, but, heck, I'm a self confessed hop head, and I love it. Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe and Crystal hops make the nose citrusy and spicy at the same time. Amarillo dry hopping really makes this one to wake up to. Maltiness is subdued in the nose.

Taste closely follows the nose, with big hops up front, and a mild smooth caramel maltiness in the background. I would call this balanced, but no doubt your typical BMC drinker would find this a bit bitter. Mouthfeel is medium light. As the beer warms up, I'm getting a little more roasty malts, but the hops dominate clear to the finish.

At a mere 4.4% abv, with the huge flavor and aroma, this is definitely a great session brew. I could definitely drink this one all night long, and feel safe doing it. I've been waiting a long time to try this offering from Stone, a brewery which has never disappointed me with their craft brews. This is another fine example. By all means, if you've not experienced this one, seek it out. *Highly* recommended!

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, May 09, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber brown with a thick creme head. Nose is wood, sawdust, and citrus. Flavor is a tight citrus with wood. Thick malty tone, but bringing muted hop character. Interestingly subdued. Feel is thick enough on liquid. Carbonation is a bit boisterous. A nice ale. A bit tight, like mentioned before, but still worthy of going for.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So.. going into this beer I'm really wondering what to expect, considering its got such a low ABV, but I can't imagine stone would put something out thats bland or typical.. for the low abv it certainly is impressive.. a floral, piney hop aroma (not as robust as Ruination or such, but present and nice).. Pours a deep auburn amber with foamy light-tan head. Looks like iced tea or such. Taste is, as you may expect, like a lighter verysion of their ipa.. its not thin by any means, just lighter with a touch of hops and a deep amber-type base. Mouth feels quite light.. The mouth and drinkability are like a light beer, sort of, but just with a decent hop character. I suppose the high price tage (for a beer at 4.5% abv no less) takes off from its "Drinkability" for some, but I'm not factoring that in.

BirdFlu, May 09, 2009
Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Lovely dark amber color shaded towards ruby at the middle. Slightly off-white head of substantial build lasts quite some time, being reinforced with a bunch of bubbles each sip.

Smell - Citric hops dominate here with hints of grainy or bready malt.

Taste - This stuff is good! Toasty and bready malts compete with citric hops and piney hop bitterness each and every sip. The malts are substantial and tend towards biscuit or toasted bread. Not much towards caramel or similar flavors. The hops are very citric and medicinal, in a pleasant fashion for sure. Well balanced, the bitterness from the hops twins well with the malt backbone. Dry bitter finish lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly full and thick-bodied for such a low alcohol beer, buoyed by medium carbonation.

Drinkability - The levitation's highest praise. This stuff is eminently drinkable. With only 4.4 percent alcohol this is the type of big flavored but still solidly sessionable beer I would like to see more of from stone.

BacklitAvenger, May 09, 2009
Photo of benmiliron
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Paid 1.99 for a 12 oz bottle. Absolutely lovely pour. Mahogany red, crystal clear, big foamy thick head. Smell is heavy hops wafting out as soon as the cap is cracked.

Taste is stale, papery, overly bitter. I think it's a bad bottle? Malt sweetness is there but just dominated by the off flavors. Very unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is kind of watery. Overall this was a disappointment after such a stellar opening.

benmiliron, May 09, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

We can finally get this in NY.

A: A deep reddish copper color with a finger of white head.Some lacing.

S: By far the hoppiest smelling beer at this ABV level I have experienced. A touch of malt sweetness as well.

T: Nice amount of malt and some sweetness. The hops are in the finish but this beer is not nearly as hoppy as the nose would lead you to believe. Still a ton of flavor.

M: A little on the thin side but this is a real sessioner.

D: All day long. A great intro beer for macro drinkers. I was impressed by what Stone did with the style and the lack of ABV on this beer.

aerozeppl, May 08, 2009
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,537 ratings.