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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,717 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,717
Reviews: 1,186
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 Tromba
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear deep red/brown. Head is white, partialy dissipates quickly, but leaves a thin loose layer on top with some loose lacing as you drink.

S: Not strong, but still a nice earthy hopiness with a touce of sweetness.

T: The perfect balance of hop bitterness and subdued malt sweetness (well, perfect balance for a hop head). The hop presence doesn't hit you over the head and is not extremely bitter, but rather brings out the almost sweet, floral, and earthy quality of the plant. A bit of lingering bitterness at the end.

M: medium-light body, clean finish, and a little more carbonated than expected...maybe just a hair too much.

D: Very drinkable!!! This is one of my favorites because of the low ABV despite a TON of flavor. Maybe my favorite session beer.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark amber/copper color with a thin whitish head.

S: Light grapefruit and caramel malts.

T: Initially a decent citrus flavor followed by caramel maltiness and a floral and bitter finish.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, not much carbonation.

D: The lightest of all the Stone brews, but not my favorite taste-wise.

Photo of Spidey13
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone Levitation pours an amber/copper color with a small off-white head. The nose is great, with all kinds of citrussy hops and caramel. Yummy.

The front of the flavor is a bit watery. Not much there besides of hint of sweetness. This is followed by a big pop of hop bitterness that sticks around for a short while but then fades away. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but is to be expected for this style of bit at this ABV.

Overally, this is a real nice drinker with a lot more flavor (mostly hops) from such a low ABV beer.

Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, light brown in color. Served with about a 1/2 inch of head that quickly dissipates to nothingness. Minimal lacing.

S: Caramel malts and faint citrus hops.

T: Some caramel malts, but not overwhelming, finishing with a faint bitterness.

M: Medium weight and carbonation.

D: An okay beer, better than most, but probably my least favorite Stone offering. Nothing overly exciting and missing that over-the-top hop character I have come to love with Stone beers.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper body with a two-finger white head. An interesting hoppy and caramel malt smell, but the smells are light (not faint). The aroma seems to be passive. An easy-drinking, thin but flavor packed body with a a very large citric/grape hoppy taste but not like usual Stone beers. The hops are not overpowering and not the only focal point of the beer; coupled with some light sweet and roasted malts the beer is a balanced drink that leaves both hop and malt sensations with a slight dry edge. A very enjoyable beer that is worth trying.

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Pours a clear amber with a fluffy off white head and great lacing.

S-Medium caramel malt with very light hops. A bit twiggy, which I find to be common among low ABV ales.

T-Taste exceeds expectations. A very nice malt base with a pleasantly mild floral hop finish.

M-Light bodied and crisp.

D-For the ABV this is a very tasty beer. A great low ABV beer.


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

poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: light brown to red, dark amber colored. one finger off-white head that laces nicely. clear.

S: mild maltiness and citrusy/piney hop aroma.

T: nut-like malt flavor with some caramel sweetness initially. the hops are citrusy and piney that dry the palate

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

Drinkability: very drinkable. alchohol percentage is reasonable, so definitely a beer that can be consumed for a good while.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always intrigued by Stone's brews but sadly, being a lightweight, always put-off by the higher ABV numbers, I was pleased to see this on the shelf. Bought the 6'er on the spot. Very good decision. Very impressive, right from the awesome bottle graphics (including a 2007 GABF Gold Medal logo on the neck) to the last very last sip. Nice brown to copper in the glass, with some rising bubbles visible. Decent, tan colored head that stayed through the first few sips and laced the glass nicely. Hint of light biscuity malt in the nose, but the taste matched with a nicely balanced malt and notable hops bitterness that made your mouth water from first sip. The flavor wasn't complex in the sense that it changed or shifted, but it was consistently well balanced and flavorful, with the nice bitter kick at the end. Nothing cloying or "sweet" or fruity about it. A definite session beer. Light mouthfeel and carbonation only added to the refreshing nature of the beer; and since it was just 4.4%, it was easily quaffed and enjoyed. Definitely a unique Ale. Almost (dare I say it) reminded me of an Altbier, in the way hops were used. Will be a regular in my fridge.

Photo of mjl21
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Comes in at 4.4%. The month on the enjoy by date is too scratched to read...all I get is ?/27/09.

A-Pours a really red amber that is clear. It has a one finger tan head that dissipates to a decent layer. Lots of bubbles are visible and some decent lace is left.

S-The hops are present giving out lots of citrus such as pineapple and grapefruit as well as pine. There is also biscuity malt present as well as a little bit of sweetness. One of the hoppier smelling low abv beers that I have come across.

T-Bitter grapefruit hits very fast along with some pine. There is lots of biscuity malt in the middle and back. It finishes with a nice amount of bitterness.

M-It starts out medium bodied, but as it warms it really becomes watered down. It has light carbonation. It is smooth and finishes dry.

D-Goes down easily and is quite flavorful for the low abv. I wouldn't necessarily seek this out, but it is a good one when you want hops without the higher abv.

A pretty good session beer from Stone. Its only real flaw is that it is a little pricey for a six pack.

Photo of david18
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I've often avoided this beer because it's a low alcohol option from a brewery that seems to specialize in high alcohol beers. But this is very good. You often hear about how hard it is to get a really malty rich beer at below 5% alcohol by volume but this one nails it. Great color, great flavor and aroma and you can drink a whole bunch of these. Bravo.

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

Pours a nice amber color with a white head that lingers well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is a nice mixture of a good malt profile and a significant hop presence for a beer this small.

Taste follows with a nice hoppy pale ale type of vibe going on. A big hop presence for a 4% beer, the malt profile balances well, just an all around general session brew.

Mouthfeel is pretty much ideal for what this beer is.

Drinkability is where this brew shines. It is more bitter than your average 4% beer, due to its noticeable hop presence, but for those with any craft experience, a great session option.

Overall, I kind of like this offering from stone. A great session brew, a good choice to bring to a party or something. Very drinkable with alot of flavor and a moderate abv. A well made beer that does what it was meant to do. Not gonna blow your mind, but tasty and easy to drink. A nice beer. Pricetag is a little high for a sixer, but a nice beer.

Photo of OneDropSoup
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap at D's in Monroeville.

Pours an attractive amber with honey-colored highlights & a foamy head, the kind that only comes from hoppy beers. The two-finger head drops to half a finger & leaves some lacing around the top.

Smell is very nice: pine, a sweet, bready quality, almost buttery, maybe some woody aspects. Very appetizing.

The taste is very hop-strong, but just when the hops fade & I expect a malty follow-through, I'm left with only a bitter taste & a kind of empty feeling. A dry finish. I keep expecting a little more malt to round it out, but none comes & I find it a little disappointing.

The mouthfeel is modest, on the thin side, but this is not a bad thing -- makes it "sessionable."

Man, given the good look & great smell I thought more flavor would be coming, but it was something of a let-down. This is a gauche way to put it, but it kind of gave me beer blue-balls: great build-up, but then ended with a fizzle where the good stuff should've been.

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

A rusty, dark orange body that is light around the edges when held up to the light with some very small carbonation bubbles moving in a sporadic fashion. A tan head that is creamy with ok retention, leaving only a few scraps and spots of lacing.

The nose is sweet from a touch of citrusy hops, but also a caramel type malt sweetness that is backed up by a very lightly toasted aroma.

A kick of hops that bring citrus and pine resing together come first, followed by the lightly sweet caramel flavor that I have to say matches the hop profile very well. A little bit of the toasted flavor follows, but it also comes with just a touch of spiciness. My guess the earthy, spicy note I detect is supplied by a variety of hops, but I am not sure which one. The American amber/red is a tough style because it is so broad, and there are so many different interpretations of it. Levitation reminded me of a vienna lager (think Great Lakes Eliot Ness) hopped up with American hop varities.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, which is good for a session beer, and it has moderate carbonation.

This one did not blow me away, but it is a really solid session brew that is easy to drink. Enjoyable for sure.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep amber and brown with a giant creamy head that leaves intricate lacing behind. great retention.

HUGE sweet citrus and floral notes. hints of grapefruit and pine.

light bitter hop flavors, mainly bitter citrus and a pine mix with a very strong malt backbone. malts balance this out and cut the hops down. most of the hop flavors make their appearance at the finish and linger afterward.

light carbonation with a little bite.

not bad at all and very easy to drink. id like to see a little more hop flavor. this may be better when its very fresh. solid

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a Stone Levitation glass (found at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH)

This is a beer that I go back and forth with. It's good, yes...and very drinkable. It's only 4.4% ABV, and can be enjoyed all night. But, it's a bit in the pricey side. So, I must take into account the fact that 1) this is a really tasty, low alcohol beer and 2) brewing beer is an art...a consumable art. So, I guess what I'm saying is that this is a beer that I really enjoy drinking, but will probably not pick up all the time because there are other equally tasty beers that are more cost efficient...but, now is a time for Levitation.

Pours a nice amber color with a fine head that slowly descends to less than half a finger, but is sticking to the sides of the glass quite nicely. There is some good carbonation floating up from the bottom, keeping the small head present. I really like this glass they came up with, too.

The smell is hoppy, grapefruit, cereal, cinnamon, spice, maybe some light lemon.

The taste is good...bitter, which I like. The malts are very present here, and seem to be very well balanced with the hops. There are some biscuity notes here, baking bread, dry/bitter citrus.

This beer works really well...the flavors are pretty well balanced, and it is a beer that can be enjoyed all night long...not just because of the low ABV. I first tried this at Bob's Bar in Columbus...they had it on tap and I'd never heard of it before. My buddies and I proceeded to drink several rounds of them...and I was excited to see that this has now become a regular in bottles.

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

12 oz bottle, cool graphics

nice 1 finger tan head, copper/brown in appearance, very good looking beer

strong piney smell, not much sweetness

excellent hop flavor, not much malty sweetness

medium carbonation, good mouthfeel

goes down smooth and quick - tastes a little "light"

won't be a "go to" beer, but I liked it all the same.

Photo of beveritt
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is classic Stone, silk screened gargoyle with too long, too tiny writing on the back.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles to a thin coating of foam, leaving behind nice lacing coverage. The beer itself is a brilliant ruby and perfectly clear. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Semi sweet caramel malt with fruity bubblegum esters blends into a mild hop bitterness.

Taste: Slight hint of caramel malt upfront with butterscotch undertone. Middle and finish is dominated by slightly piney hops. Hop spice lingers well after the sip.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Impressive that a flavorful beer is kept at this low of an ABV, but this catch all amber ale style seems to lack definition. Not bad, but not something I would seek out again.

Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This looks really nice. Pours out a clear red to brown hue with two fingers of off-white suds.
I have the correct glass to put it in and it is lacing like crazy.
Smell is typical red ale with nice aromatic hops and alcohol and yeast.
Taste is dirty at first then some sugar comes into play. This one is a bitter boy!
Mouthfeel is for the most part clean as heck but has some residual darkness hanging on for quite a while in the palate.
Great drinkability here. Glad they started making enough of this stuff to send to Ky.

Photo of capra12
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo at Rattle N hum on 7/24/09.

Appearance: Dark amber brown.

Smell: There are hops and specifically a distinct grapefruit aroma and hints of pine.

Taste: Opens with subtle hops and grapefruit. Both of these flavors fluctuate from the open to the end with a hint of lemon citrus.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

Drinkability: I would definitely have another, considering Stone makes some strong hoppy brews. (i.e. Arrogant bastard, IPA, Ruination)

Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish color and a clear texture. There was a huge amount of head and excellent lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, citrus and hops.

T: Taste consisted of grapefruit, malt, herbal hops and an almost bready quality. Pleasant, but not overly interesting.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: On the whole, a drinkable beer, but Stone has definitely done more dynamic work.

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

A- dark orangish brown copper with a fluffy tan 2and a half finger head
S- hoppy orange with a malty back ground
T- bright lasting hops light malt
M- medium body the hops cover the tung

a really great beer for one of its low alcohol. a lot of flavor, i could be happy with one but easy drinking so i wish i bought more

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Pours an amber color (obviously), it's semi-transparent with a small but long-lasting head.

Smell: Strong fruity smell with some hop aroma in the background.

Taste: Strong fruit flavor with some hop kick at the back end. It's not bad, but not amazing.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but mild character.

Drinkability: It's a little too fruity for me to get on a regular basis, but it's good enough to get again if I'm in the right mood.

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

Appearnace is dark copper with plenty of carbonation. Aroma is a huge, floral hoppy treat. Very surprising. Taste is big and hoppy. I had to check the label again to verify this was 4.4%abv. This is a really big beer for a session beer. Finishes very clean without an overwhleming hop note. This has got to be the little brother of Arrogant Bastard...

Photo of johannasclimacus
2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The style is one of my absolute favorites, and Stone has always been high quality for me. For these two reasons, I suspect that I had a bad bottle of this.

The beer poured nice with the recognizable deep red/copper color, but when I began to smell the beer and picked up only a harsh metal and not much else, I began to worry. Upon tasting it, I wasn't getting many flavors and the ones that I got were very muted.

I pictured the beer as a session beer, so I wasn't expecting any offensive tastes. The tastes that were there were a bland roasted flavor and a very faint, thin hop bitterness.

The beer is very new to the area so the bottle couldn't have been too old. I plan to revisit it on tap when I get the chance to see if I just had a bad bottle. It wasn't an awful or undrinkable beer, but it wasn't a pleasant experience and I walked away pretty disappointed.

Photo of ajr24
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- it pours a deep amber, almost mahogany. A fluffy, thick off white head rests on top. It leaves behind some sticky lacing and the head lasts for the long haul.

S- smells biscuity, caramel, and piny hops. Smells more malty than hoppy.

T- the hops pronounce themselves nicely here. Piny, resiny hops are up front followed by some citrus notes. The malt presence is slightly more shy than the hops. Overall, an awesome balance of the two.

M- Great carbonation blended with smooth maltiness and semi-pungent hoppiness makes for a nice mouthfeel.

D- at 4.4 abv this is in perfect session beer territory. Flavorful and low abv. Nice mix.

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,717 ratings.