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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,780 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,780
Reviews: 1,202
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 144
Gots: 380 | FT: 3
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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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4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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
3.87/5  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
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
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
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into boston lager glass.
A: pours dark amber with at two finger creamy looking head that fell to a one finger with good lacing.
S: oddly like many other stone brews, not a bad thing, hoppy
T: slightly sweet and peppery. hops but light.
M: light on tongue. seems under carbonated.
D: highly drinkable, i could finish the 6 pack myself.

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

Very nice for only 4.4% alcohol!

Poured a dark brownish red color into a 12oz shaker piny. About 1/4" head which clung to the glass fairly well.

Smells of Stone malts :)

Hops and malts come torgether quite nicely on first sipping. The hops hang on longer than the malts.

The body was a bit thin but this expected given the alcohol content.

Decent mouth feel, OK carbonation.

Fairly drinkable. I found the aftertaste could build up after two or three.

I paid $12 for a six pack of this. I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.54/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, dark amber color with a good 3/4" head and great retention.
Smell is hops and resinous evergreens with the faintest hint of malt.
Taste is hops, grapefruit, faint malt, light spice (in aftertaste), lemon and some alcohol.
Effervescent on the tip of the tongue,dry finish, somewhat crisp, medium bodied. Sadly, I disagree with the GABF judges of 2007. It's good for an IPA but not up to the usual Stone Brewing standards by my accounting.

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

Stone Levitation Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a sweet Harpoon I.P.A. 20 oz glass

Pours an amber-brown color. Thick head with some serious fluff trails of lace.

The nose is riddled with chewy funky malts and spicy hops.

Deep and dark caramel malts with a dark fruit, maybe cherry flavor. Something chalky mixed in here too, but the juicy malt profile is thick and the hop presence is crazy bitter. Classic Stone Brewing aggressive hop feel with a massive malt punch and piney/peppery finish.

Photo of popery
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy and easy to drink but the sum of flavors doesn't work for me. I like that Stone is selling a low abv beer, and they're doing a pretty good job at packing a big flavor into a little beer. However, something about the combination of citric hops and spicy caramel malt doesn't really work for me. The beer pours a medium mahogany with a nice head that laces the glass well. The aroma is heavy on American hops with a good grapefruit flavor. There's also a very nice, light caramel malt note. I love good session beers, but this one doesn't quite come together. The flavors just seem at odds with each other on the palate. Carbonation is good, and the beer is otherwise well-crafted. It really comes down to some kind of ethereal, entirely subjective reaction. I think that I'm mostly reacting to the malt choices, but it could be anything. So, I'd recommend this beer, but I'm also not going to go out and buy it for myself.

Photo of thain709
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A deep amber body with nice red highlights...pours with a huge tan creamy head...it took me a while to finish pouring...left great lacing

S - Very bright and fresh citrus hops all in the nose...could have used more a little more malt but I'm not complaining because I could smell this all day long!

T - The flavor follows the nose to a "T" ... the hops jump out very bright...I'm getting grapefruit and little hint of lemon...very refreshing...there is also an underlying pine flavor present...the malts come in at the end and are very subtle...they provide a nice ending to this beer which I would have preferred to be a little more bitter

M - Light bodied...ample carbonation...the hops are refreshing...but the ending is dry...I wanted more lasting flavor

D - Wow I just found one of my new favorite beers...this one provides you with a great aroma and good flavor and it's only 4.4%...you have to appreciate how well Stone could craft this beer and only weigh in at 4.4%...I will be having more of this one!

Photo of BierFan
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big tan head. Dark amber/red body.

Smell: Much hoppier than I was expecting. But I guess I should expect hoppy beers with Stone. My first thought when I smelled it was that it smelled like Stone IPA. Nice maltiness hiding under the hops.

Taste: Chewy rich malts. Piney hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Could use more carbonation.

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

After having many great Stone beers and with many more cellaring in the basement (VE and others), I decided it's time to try some of their year round offerings.

Best enjoyed before date... rubbed off. Oh well.

Poured from the printed 12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass, it has a great redish brown color with very good clarity, thick creamy head, and very nice lacing left behind. Only a small amount of fine suspended sediment noticeable in this beer keeping it from a 5.0

Aroma is very pleasant with a dry-hopped meets caramel malts character. Hops are earthy and piney.

Flavor is excellent with a surprisingly hearty malt base for a beer of 4.4 abv. Well bittered with hops and well balanced as a result. I'm shocked a beer of this strength can have so much great flavor. Not overly complex but very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and more carbonation than I would prefer. In fact, this would be awesome on a nitro tap. Great session beer. I could drink this all night. A fantastic hoppy amber from long before that was the rage.

Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New penny colored with a half inch of thick frothy beige foam that lingers long.

Aroma of bright citrusy hops and some cinnamon.

Flavor of tangerine and ruby grapefruit, some malty backbone pokes through, but the hops push it back down. Grapefruit rind lingers.

Moderate mouthfeel, even carbonation, finishes dry and tingly. Tasty and drinkable beer.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone finally gets to CT... and man this was a solid beer right here. I was surprised they made a beer with 4.4% ABV but it has more flavor than most 6 or 7% ABV beers. Super hoppy, but a tad on the lighter side, though it tastes more like a pale ale then an amber/red ale but hey, a good beer is a good beer. A little on the pricey side but definitely will be checking more stuff out from this brewery.

Photo of ledemie
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice ruby amber color and makes a small white head. Doesn't lace much .

S: is malty, sweet and citrus, hoppy and roasted. It is a very well balanced brew for Stone.

T: starts out with a hoppy spice and finishes with a roasted malt character.

M: is thin, goes down smoothly and lightly coats the throat.

This one is definitely drinkable, I was a tad disappointed it reminded me of a Arrogant Bastard with less body and lighter, I was expecting a more subtle beer. This is the light beer for the hophead.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice deep amber color with a very thick foamy head.

Smell: a tiny malt aroma but mostly big, fresh hops ranging from earthy to spicy. Not what I was expecting but quite nice.

Taste: malt has a caramel character and is somewhat sweet, and does not have the toasty quality of which I'm not a fan in amber/red ales. Hops are pretty huge for something not called an IPA, but again they are earthy and spicy and really quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium-to-thin body with a little carbonation; not bad but not really my favorite.

Drinkability: for the style, I quite like this beer. I could definitely quaff a couple of these down the pub sometime, and the relatively low ABV would make this a good sessioner.

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

Poured out a clear dark amber/bronze color with a thin head.

Smell consisted of toasted malts with some earthy hops, mixing in with some caramel. Some citrus can be detected if searching very hard.

Taste was nice and malty. Some toasty taste from the nose can be found in the taste profile. A nice profile of earth hops and citrus/grapefruit blend in the middle. It mixes in nicely. Some caramel can be detected at the end. It's pretty much the same as the nose.

Mouthfeel was light to medium with a nice amount of carbonation.

A nice solid brew from Stone. A good offering of an amber ale with a nice hop profile. Recommended.

Photo of mikel52588
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown/dark amber hue with about a finger length head, leaves little lacing

Smell: Upfront it has a pleasant aroma of hops with citrus, grapefruit, and wood chip notes; has some malt qualities to it

Taste: The flavors are soft as you would expect from an amber/red ale, and the taste is about what you would expect from the smell.

Mouthfeel: leaves an oil feel on your tongue, its light bodied and smooth, aftertaste is soft as is carbonation.

Drinkability: Its very drinkable since it is such a light beer; it goes down smooth and easy; and I could definitely session with this beer no problem.

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

Appearance: Pours a nice somewhat hazy mostly brown with tints of amber hue. Has a finger length head that dissipates to a soapy cap with a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Quite a big nose for this anticipated small beer. There is a nice piney hops presence which was truly welcomed and combines with a grapefruit citrus presence of hops. Past that there are a nice pungent gathering of cedar and wood chips. This is all melded together by a caramelized malt that has touches of floral nuances in it.

Taste: Doesnt have a ton of complexity and isnt as much malt as the nose presented. Theres a good bit of bitterness in there but a lot of earthy flavors going on. There is a lot of smooth bready flavors happening here that mix with a caramel apple and toffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Quite crisp but thin in itself. Almost feels powdery after it assaults your taste buds with its hops in a way that is comparable to a midget kicking your shins: it isn't menacing but you know its there.

Drinkability: Session your heart out. This may be the only beer that falls under the "truly session category" for stone; in that its light in the 'knock you on the floor' category but decent in flavor.

Overall: A light beer from stone? Not a robust flavor one would expect from the menacing gargoyle but enjoyable nonetheless. The hops were a surprising treat but can they ever make something that has NO hop characteristics? The answer is: No. That is why they rock.

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,780 ratings.