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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

3,753 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,753
Reviews: 1,198
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 142
Gots: 355 | 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

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Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002

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

I am generally not a fan of short reviews, finding them largely uninformative and not helpful. But with this one ("American Amber/Red" or West-Coast rendition of an English bitter?) I simply cannot resist a four-word review:

My New Session Beer.

The rest is details.

Although, I have to say: enough comparing this as a "lesser" Arrogant Bastard or some such. As a Fred Eckhart disciple, I agree we need to give "small beer" a lot more love. I'm so sick of the "it's a good beer *even though* it's only 4%" jive. Who really cares that it's not Extreme Beer? Not this BA.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a glass. The bottle says that this beer won a gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival.

Appearance is dark orange to amber red with a thin light tan lacing with little retention. Slight caramel malt notes and a thin hop presence make up the aroma. It is pretty clear this isn't as heavy or powerful as some of their other offerings. Flavor is caramel and slighty roasted malt upfront. Some nice hop flavor balances out the flavor nicely. Balanced but rather watery overall, (or at least toned down). Mouthfeel is rather light with a nice bite of carbonation. A good feel for a session brew. Drinkability is great. Thanks to the low ABV and balanced flavors, I could drink this all day.

Overall, a good brew from Stone, but rather bland when compared to their other offerings. However, extremely sessionable.

Photo of dsa7783
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville...
Great appearance... Pours a ruddy, copper-brown hue with a substanial head and fair amount of lacing... Noticeable amber aroma with hints of malts, grains, slight hops, and barley...
Mouthfeel could have been thicker, but the low ABV and rich flavor make this an ideal session beer...

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

Served in a pint glass. Pours a nice clear amber with a thick soapy tan head that laces significantly. The aroma is bright and hoppy with floral and citrus and a hint of malt. The flavor is fruity and malty sweet with a nice balance of hop bitterness. Carbonation is perfect, and it's really easy drinking. I find it much easier drinking than some of Stone's other hoppier beers.

Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 'light' beer from Stone? This one pours a clear red color that has a medium head that falls quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is less dominant than expected with some pine and some grapefruit hops and not much maltiness. The flavor has a nice balance of the sweet caramel malt and the citrus hops. It's a fairly refreshing drink. The body is medium and the drinkability is pretty good.

Photo of shanecb
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Nice red color, a little like burnt orange. Had a nice off-white head when poured, that stayed about halfway through the glass. Nice lacing, also.

S - Nice and fresh! Mainly citrusy hop smell with a little bit of pine. There's some sweet malty aroma to it as well that seemed predominant when swirled.

T - A lot of the same things in the smell. A nice hop character up front that stays in the back of your throat after swallowing. Very nice.

M - Wonderful mouthfeel! I usually have a problem with thin beers, but this doesn't seem thin to me at all.

D - In my opinion, perfect. It's such a good balance of flavors that it goes down really smooth and tastes great!

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

12 ounce bottle into Falstaff goblet.

A: Beautiful ruby red body with ecru head that virtually disappears with a nice ring and nice lacing.

S: Floral kindbuddy hoppiness with some sweet maltiness in there.

T: Clover-orange beeswax hops of stone. A nice hop burst then the malts kick in and almost negate the stone hoppiness. This is one of the most balanced beers I have tried.

M: Nice

D: This is a nice stone that mellows well as you sip.

Photo of charlottebeerguy
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Server from a 12oz brown bottle, into a pint glass

Pours a nice amber color with a creamy off white head

Smells of pine and citrus hops and fruit

Medium body and pretty hoppy up front, taste is very similar to the smell

Good head retention and lacing

All in all a good very drinkable beer def enjoyed sitting down to a six pack of this

Photo of ndekke39
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle decanted into a pint glass. Pours a solid deep copper. Thin white head. Aromas of rich pine and citrusy hops, maple syrup. Tastes much the same: those big west coast hops, although the flavors disappear quickly. Disappointing lack of aftertaste. Medium bodied - seems good. Overall, very drinkable. A heavily-hopped, west coast amber. Very good.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark reddish-orange with thin off-white head that dissipates at mid-glass with okay lacing. Aroma was a subtle hoppy citrus, with undertones of malty dark fruit. Mouthfeel smotth and medium bodied and the taste picked up the subtle fruits of the nose. Finish somewhat short-lived, yet pleasant.

Not Stone's best by any means, but not a bad beer at all either.

Photo of HalfFull
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light amber in color with a half inch of off white foam. Settles to a surface cap and yields a fair amount of lacing initially, flattening out somewhat by mid glass.

Nice nose of grapefruit and light pine hops coupled with some caramel malt. Becoming a bit smoky with some air. Taste is a bit thin and finishes swiftly with some caramel flavor and a light bitterness. Carbonation is light and somewhat unsupportive given the light body of the beer. Touch chalky on the close.

Light in body for the style, pleasant, unobtrusive and quite quaffable as a result.

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

poured from a 12oz bottle i've had in my fridge for some time into a tripel karmeliet tulip.

pours a fantastic looking ruddy brown, hints of red when held up to the light at certain angles. big head that recedes fairly quickly leaving spotty lace, but a fair amount of it.

smell of floral hop, caramel, brown sugar and malt.

tastes of light hops and mild sourdough bread with a strange chemical component. dry grassy and slighty yeasty aftertaste.

lighter bodied than the nose and look might lead you to imagine. this is a fairly easy drinker and if you're new to beer/hops/stone something you should definitely pick up!

i think this is stone's worst offering. it seems like they couldn't really make up their mind and overhopped what could have been a fairly decent irish red.

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

A: actually had an amber brown color more so than red with a decsent two finger width off white head and good lacing.
S: has the fresh hop aromas but mixed with a bitter chocolate smell mixing in with vanilla extract.
T: the taste is a good mix of fresh hops producing a vanilla and melon flavor and caramel flavored malts.
M/D: the feel is perfectly carbonated with a smooth velvet on the tongue an a slight dryness picking up in the throat after the swallow. The drinkability is good but not for multiples enjoyable none the less.

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

A: Clear, dark chestnut/red amber color. Decent off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Hop aroma, floral, with a slight toasty malt character.

T&M: Full bodied with a rough, tingly carbonation. Hop flavors are herbal. Mild citrus & pine taste. Dry finish, with raw grainy notes.

Good ale. I like their standard IPA better though.

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

Had this out of a bottle last night from a six-pack I'd picked up; been waiting a while to try this one and due to the inability to get it in a bomber, and the usual expense of getting it in a six-pack, I'd stayed away. Found it for less than 8 bucks for a six, however, and scooped it up.

Appearance: As the style implies, a reddish hue peaks through an otherwise brownish ale with nice, fluffy head and solid carbonation that laces well.

Smell: Surprised me a bit. Almost a bit smokey in the nose with a spicy hop presense that lends just a hint of pine from the hops. Amongst the smokey character, as it opens up there is a slight sweet, molasses-like smell as well.

Taste: The spicy hops ring in a little bitterness on the initial bite, followed with a smokey, roasted taste, finishing with more of the spiced hop flavor. Reminded me slightly of the Arrogant Bastard, but just less bitter and less palate-able. Still, there is quite a bit going on here for a 4.4% brew, that's for sure.

Mouthfeel: Initial bitterness is pleasant, and it's not too thin in the least for a 4% brew. Very satisfying and it finishes nice and dry.

Drinkability: While not an earth-shattering brew, this easily would've caught me as a 6-7% brew, and yet it's only 4.4%. I can't tell if it's skewed my ratings at all due to thinking it better for only being that low, but I certainly am glad to have it around for a good sessioning on a relaxed night. Certainly nice to have for wanting flavor and lower-ABV so you can put another one (or more) back after, or use is after drinking a nicer beer as a finisher. Recommeneded to try, it's got more than enough flavor for the ABV.

Photo of Duhast500
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark amber with a light brown head with some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit of wet hops. A real malt presence gives an interesting flavor.

The taste is quite mellow. It is malty with som slight hopieness. It has a bit of a grassy flavor with some earthy feel to it.

The feel is quite light for a Stone beer. A nice soft crisp refreshing beer that is still strong in flavor.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, copper color with an off-white head. Enough lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus hops and some toasted malts underneath.

Tastes of the citrus and pine hop flavors up front with some underlying caramel and diacetyl notes.

Mouthfeel is chewy and feels too full, but not bad.

Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got around to buying this ale,it had been long enough.Poured into a standard pint glass a lighter shade of amber with a thinner but well retained clingy white head.Almost all pine and grapefruit rind in the nose wich is fine by me,just a faint whif of sweet caramel is there as well.Lighter mouthfeel with hop dominated flavors,quite citric with some lighter pine notes,the caramel base gives off some blancing sweetness.A easy drinking hopped up amber ale,nice.

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this while in Buffalo recently.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium auburn hue, with a bunch of creamy, puffy, off-white head, which leaves monstrous, thick lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells strongly of green grapefruit hops, and mild caramel malt. The taste is much more tame - mild grapefruit and orange citrus hops, biscuity caramel malt, and some general fruitiness. The carbonation is on the low side, the body a bit light and thin, and it finishes dry, with a muted hoppiness.

I guess I've come to expect a thwack over the head from Stone's brews. This particular beer has the appearance and aroma of their big hitters, but mellows out considerably in the follow through, which would make this their de facto session ale. And as far as lower-alcohol, relatively milder session ales go, this is stellar. It does indeed defy the law of (specific) gravity...

Photo of GPHarris
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan head into a snifter that left nice ring and lace throughout. the body was a dark reddish-purple.
s - floral hops and a slight breadiness.
t - grassy hops and bread.
m - a little thin but that was to be expected.
d - a great session beer with a lot of body. if i didn't know the abv i would have guessed 6-7%.

Photo of ndillon45
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, crisp amarillo with a nice thick head. Weak aroma had me inhaling a bit too much. Hints at something good, but is never found with the delivery. Taste is okay for an ale I suppose. Less than desirable feel. All things considered, I wouldn't complain if offered, but wouldn't be high on my purchase list.

Photo of dfitch81
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at the brewery in Escondido and was blown away: this beer was far more flavorful and satisfying than any 4.4% ABV beer has a right to be. Once I got back to Portland I was kinda bummed that I didn't see it on any store shelves. So, when I happened to see a six-pack at New Seasons, I jumped on it. Hurrying home, I eagerly cracked one open. Disappointment followed.

Appearance was just as at the brewery - pleasant clear amber, good head and lacing. No problems here.
Cognitive dissonance began at the nose - yes, it smelled nice with hops coming through clearly. But the pungent hoppiness I marveled over at the brewery was muted.
Taste confirmed what the nose had suggested. This is a very hoppy beer for what it is, but the hop flavor is a bit two-dimensional. No real depth to the malt, either. Nothing offensive here, mind you; just not what I was eagerly anticipating.
Drinkability is good - with only 4.4% ABV, that's hardly surprising. But I am honestly starting to wonder if the sample I tried at the brewery wasn't something else poured in error.

Like I said: not bad, and probably one of the hoppiest session beers out there. But hops by themselves can't carry an entire beer. This is the proof.

Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was this first time I have seen this one in Maine so I picked it up.

A - good dark copper red hue pour with a slight foam head

S - Caramel malts and faint spices.

T - Good taste a bit thin with a small bite at the end.

M - Here is were it surprised mouthfeel was light and slighly tangy.

D - Based on the low ABV I could see this one being had more that once.

Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: copper / orange in color with a nice two finger head that lasts. Some nice lace paitns the glass during the session.

Aroma: caramel and some bread-like tones are soft but pleasant.

Taste: fresh baked bread, caramel, plums, red grapes, and a moderate bitterness makes up a nicely flavored ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied but is noticably thinner than other Stone beers. Lightly crisp throughout.

Drinkability: serious session ale here that anyone can drink all night. A nice example of a lower alcohol beer with some flavor and depth.

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

12 oz bottle poured in my duvel

Appearance: Pours a dar reddish amber. A thinner head, but a nice soapy lacing. Lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: Floral and piney hops, carmel pale malt backbone.

Taste: Much thinner then other stone brews, but still you get a caramel toasted pale malt, with dark fruit notes and floral hops. Its complex but almost seems watered down.

Mouthfeel: Light body, the mildest of hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Stones light beer. I appreciated the idea of having a lower alcohol session-able beer having flavor. My problem with this is it really seems like Arrogant-Bastard stripped of its masculinity. Sure its session-able and you could throw back a few without feeling to bad, but if one arrogant bastard bomber or 12oz is enough to satisfy me then so be it. Quality over quanity. However this is much better then many companies beers category aside. Really an introduction to stone, or craft beer for outsiders. Maybe boosting the flavor a little even if that means a 5% alcohol content.

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,753 ratings.