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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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very good

3,802 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,802
Reviews: 1,209
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 145
Gots: 400 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002

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Ratings: 3,802 | Reviews: 1,209
Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Wow way darker than I expected! I thought it was going to be a pils style but an amber it is. Should be an interesting beer.

Smells slightly average with some rich bread flavors. A slight siren song of boozyness.

Tastes great and is packed with alot of flavor for such low Alcohol volume.

Feels decent. Not harsh. Pretty average craft feel for an amber.

Very drinkable. I find myself taking the first swig right out of the bottle with out even noticing. Then I look at my empty glass and realize...

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

12 oz. Nice amber pour with a tan head that slowly fades to white. Piney citrus aromas with some malt accenting. A pretty hoppy amber, some citrus and grass notes. Real good flavor for basicaly a light beer abv. Great drinkability, a good amber ale. The session beer to end all session beers.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks great. Amber-red thick head, awesome lacing. I've never had a bad beer leave lacing like that.

Smell: There's definite hops aroma, piney, citrusy and sweet. There's something kind of off though-- I don't know metallic or meaty-- not great.

Taste: Probably the best red/amber I've ever tasted-- they're usually so ho-hum. This is definitely Stone, but toned down. Nice bitter citrus hops and sweet maltiness. Maybe some chocolate in the aftertaste. The weird smell isn't tasted.

Mouthfeel: I'd say its medium. Feels full for a red. Its almost a little creamy.

Drinkability: All day. This is good stuff. Just a regular old good beer from a big beer brewery.

Photo of Lerxst
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 7/4/09

A-Pours a nice copper with a decent head that fades quick but leaves some very nice lacing.

S-Piney hops, bready malts with some citrus notes.

T-Bitter hops up front followed by bready malts and a bit of citrus.

M-Surprisingly full bodied, but with a dry finish. Nice carb bite.

D-A buddy described this as Stone's "lawn mower" beer. Thats a good description. I'd have to agree with those who say this is a castrated Arrogant Bastard, but its good for what it is. You could put away many of these in a sitting, so it is drinkable. But personally, I prefer a bigger beer. But this isn't supposed to be a beer that punches you in your face the way many Stone brews do (hey, I like my beer to punch me in the face!).

I'll have one of these as a change of pace, but I can't see it becoming something I regularly crave.

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

Poured a dark copper/tarnish color with a half finger slightly off white head. Leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smell is primarily pine with just the slightest bit of caramel sweetness showing as the beer warms.

Taste US surprisingly well balanced for a stone beer. The pine from the nose US still there but they are met by a strong biscuit balance with a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy but not too bad, the carbonation does a good job of cleansing the pallet.

Easy to drink and pretty good.

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

Appearance is cloudy red-orange. Thick, slushy head. Lots of carbonation.

The smell is pale, crystal malts. Tremendous citrusy West Coast hops. Hint of chlorine, but not one that's intrusive. Malt turns roasted and nutty. Nearly perfect aroma, beautifully balanced.

The taste is heavily roasted, dark caramel malt at first, then a lemony, herbal hop. Malts are borderline amber, sitting like a burnt English/rye. Heavy yeast presence; meshes great with the more flowery hop notes.

The feel is medium body, a little dry and bready. That yeast helps. It's like an English Bitter, loaded with yeast and a flowery, citrus hop. A damn fine selection.

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

Pours a darker amber, with a definite ruby center and topped with some bubbles of whiteish head.
Smell is very floral with some hints of some sweetness.
Tastes got a very present sweet/bitter hop profile with some caramel and maybe a little pine.
Finish is clean with a well complimented bitter/caramel after-taste.
Drinks very well, is refreshing on days both hot and cool.

Photo of Goldopelgt
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light amber with a eggshell head that fades relatively quickly...some lacing left on the glass, but nothing to write home to mom about...

S- Crisp, with light fruits, citrus, and a decent amout of hops...

T- Again, citrusy with a nice compliment of hops...not bad, but nothing overwhelming

M- Nice balance, light bodied, smooth, and dry..but not too dry...

D- A nice beer, nothing too over the top..easy drinking, but worth drinking (if you know what I mean...)

Photo of OldeEnglishD
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe this is a 4.4 abv beer. All aspects of this beer point to it beeing a slightly lighter version of Arrogant Bastard. Complex flavor, great mouthfeel, awesome aroma, and great drinkability. This is truly a fine choice for a session beer from one of my favorite brewers.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Retains with a 1/2 finger of creamy froth, which just slathers the sides of the glass with thick lace. The aroma is fresh and floral in the nose, with hints of light spice and citrus. Some bready pale activity adds some sweetness to this. I liked the fresh crispness here but it seems to lack just a bit of depth.

The taste starts with a prickly feeling spicy hop character, which is backed by the tang of fruity citrus and toasted caramel. This profile is really about the hops though, which are surprisingly aggressive here, putting out an even spicy and drying bitterness that lasts past the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the most part, with an almost bubbly feel to the carbonation that makes this maybe a little too easy in the mouth. It definitely helps make things go down smoothly but I think that a bit more presence would have been helpful here.

Better than average Amber Ale from Stone here. Shore up the nose and body a bit and this would be damn good.

Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, deep amber color with a one finger offwhite/light yellow tinge to it head. Nice head retendtion with spotty thick lacing left behind. Nose is predominantely of citrus hops, grapefruit is most detectable, and a good representation of pine. Graininess and light toasted malts are also detectable. Taste is of pine,spice and some earthiness at first. It gives way to mild toasted malts and a touch of grains before finishing with a nice citrus kick - grapefruit again is the most detectable.- Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, some what oily with a sticky finish. This is a nice beer to sit with for a night!

Photo of aubuc1
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a snifter.

Pours a dark clear amber with a tan head.

Tight sweet piney grapefruity smell.

Taste is well balanced. Biscuity, honey, light bitterness. Very nice.

Maybe a little thin, but it is made up for by the ease it goes down.

I didn't know what to expect, but this is a very well made session beer that does not overpower.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a reddish body with ruby hues throughout and a large, light tan head that rose two fingers to fill the glass and leaves a ton of clingy lacing along the sides.

A noticeably musky, earthy hop aroma with grapefruit and pine sits atop a hearty malt profile. A very inviting aroma, and rather balanced.

The flavor profile is well balanced between pine, grapefruit, earthy, minty hops and caramel and biscuit malt. The flavor comes in waves, hops up front, malts through the middle and a steady, lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish. There is a lot of flavor in this beer, every sip blasts the palate.

A very big, billowy mouthfeel that leaves just the right amount of sweet biscuit and bitterness in its wake.

Amazingly drinkable. At 4.5% you really can't go wrong with this guy. The flavors are great and it very satisfying.

Photo of erz316
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice brown body with a distinctive red hint to it. standard sized head that dissipates a normal, if not slower rate. good lacing.

S - sort of like a hopped up, but not as strong arrogant bastard. hop bitterness is primary, and florals are a strong second. not much beyond that, but the floral aromas are definite and are a pleasure to find.

T - I'm not very impressed with the taste. it has the hop bitters in the initial burst, and a malt backing. other than that this beer is pretty simple- much more so than the intriguing nose. the finish is just hops, while the after taste lets the sweetness of the malts come out and mingle with the strong taste of bitterness.

MF&D - a thinner than expected body, which is a little thicker than water. not a bad beer by any means, but not my cup of hop filled tea.

Photo of Onenote81
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber color with a massive ivory head on top. Excellent retention. Looks like the top of a milkshake. Some spotty lacing. Smells very citrusy and hoppy. Very nice. Reminds me of Nugget Nectar.

The mouth on this is weak. Very thin and wet. I see plenty of rising bubbles in it, and a decent head, but there is no carbonation crispness at all. Disappointing. Flavor is pretty tame as well. I expected more from this. Some bitter hops right away, but this gives way to bready sweetness. I expected more along the lines of a NN, or something of that sort. This was far short. I won't seek this out again.

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

on tap @ the Thirsty Monk in Asheville.

Pours a deep copper, almost amber color, and very clear. There's a dense off white head sitting on top, which leaves good lacing throughout the drink. The smell is almost pure Amarillo on my end. There are resins, quite a bit of grapefruit, but the pungent smells are almost leafy, grassy, and earthy. Way more in the smell than you would expect from a 4.4% beer. Though there isn't as much of a malt presence from an Amber ale, a bit of some toasty sweetness though. Still, I'm exited to taste after smelling. The taste starts out a little toasty, but become very heavy on the breadiness, with a nice kick of caramel sweetness. A lot more malt body to this than in the smell. There are tons of sticky resins, which combined with the smell, suggests that there is quite a bit of dry-hopping going on in this beer. There's a nice bit of orange juice sweetness thanks the the malt combining with the hops, but a great balance and fairly low bitterness. The mouthfeel is just great for such low ABV. It's quite full, without ever being too sweet. And I just love the resnious feel. This one is a great American session beer. Not as low in ABV as some of its British counterparts, but still very impressive. The flavor entirely delivers, and deceives you into thinking you're drinking something much stronger. You have to love a beer like this. I know I do.

Photo of farrago
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slightly thin head, very dimpled and reddish-brown in color, solid lacing, evaporates at a semi-rapid clip. Lightest gauziness, otherwise clear in spite of the darkness of the amber red color, more burnt orange around the rims. not a lot of visible carbonation. Dry nose, some pumpernickel but more like dried cake, the caramel and toffee fade in favor of pine, mixed white citrus and crushed flowers, not much by way of fruit scents, overall dryness contributes to increasing perception of grassiness. Medium-bodied, very persistent prickle to the carbonation, almost like fine sandpaper. More of a scone, muffin or biscuit sort of sweetness, the malts don't take hold deeply, you get caramel, mocha powder and a light glazed thing but it's really a showcase for the grapefruit, lemon citrus, pine, hay, metallic tap water stuff. Astringent finish as the body drops off, tacky residue weighs heavily on the tongue. Kinda watery, not sure what others see in this.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear amber color with a ruby hue. Small eggshell head that fades. Decent lacing around the glass.

Nice bold aroma of both citrusy and piney hops. Very complimentary blend of hops.

Lots of citrus ans piney hop flavors upfront that round out to a smooth finish. Medium bitterness which maintains a very good balance. Finishes clean and dry.

Medium light body, mild carbonation.

Quite sessionable and plenty of hops to please the hop enthusiast. Well balanced all around.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Etched 07/07/09 around bottom.

Appearance: Rough pour turns up 1.5 fingers of tan creamy head that recedes at a moderate rate leaving substantial lacing. Slightly hazy amber color.

Nose: Big hop nose: citrus rules this beer and some fresh cut pine and green pine nettles.

Palate: Light- to medium-light-bodied. Turns somewhat watery quickly. Some light biscuit malt and some "flash-in-the-pan" citrus hop notes. Beer is light and quick, but packed with those oh-so-awesome Stone flavors.

Notes: A great sessionable beer. Best way I've heard it described is an "extreme session" beer. Light, but packed with good flavors and layers.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

brought a sixer of these to take to a party, but i replaced one w/ some garbage i had in my fridge so i could review one in the privacy in my home, and not be a complete nerd at the party :)

A - somewhere between burnt orange and a light brown, let's call it hazlenut. foamy beig/off white cap, with relatively good retention and decent lacing.

S - citrus and floral hops right off the bat, followed w/ a caramel/nutty malt. nice

T - more of what i expected from the smell of things, just toned down a tad. considering the light size, and low abv. of this beer, it has a ton of flavor, and finishes slightly bitter and bone dry.

MF - medium body and carbonation, slightly chewy mouthfeel w/ some stickiness, but not bad.

D - incredible flavor for such a slammable brew, as i said. if you are like me, and occasionaly prefer to suck down a ton of beer throughout the day, or night(or both) as opposed to haveing a few massive brews that lay you on your ass, then look no further my friend. no sacraficing of flavor here

I beleive it was on a thread i heard someone refer to this as "Arrogant Bastard Light" and while there is nothing "light" about this beer, when compared to AB, this beer is exactly that, a big beer, in a little package. enjoy!

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

12 oz. bottle (7/16/09) poured into a SN pint glass...thin one finger tan head with decent lacing. Amber body with some ruby highlights...

Very spicy aroma, but mild on the hop aroma...malts are present as it seems a bit bready.

Muted grapefruit and hops, but retains a spicy malt bite...most flavors are noticed in the finish as it seems a bit weak...bitter finish.

Low carbonation as well as being thick and oily.

Decent drinkabiliy, but not something I could quaff and quaff and quaff...

A bit bitter for the style...I happen to agree with this being Arrogant Bastard Light. Still a good beer though...

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

A - One finger of light brown head on a slightly hazy reddish-brown body. Good retention and lace.

S - Strong citrus hop aroma, particularly of lemons. Some malt in the background and a hint of caramel.

T - Big hoppy flavor up front with lots of lemon and orange. Malt in the middle, caramel and toast. More citrus hops in the finish with increasingly dark malt character that begins to show a bit of roast and carbon.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A drinkable, hoppy example of the style. The lemony hops are kind of sharp, but that seems to be typical of stone beers. I think drinkability and balance would improve if the finish was a bit sweeter, but there is a lot of character here for a low ABV session beer.

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

Reviewed 6/22/09
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Floreffe chalice. Firm pour evokes a scant bone white head that fades very quickly to a faint eneven skim. Spotty lace. Color is a slightly clouded ruby brown.

Nose- Piney hops, some citrus rind, grapefruit and lemon peel. A bit of caramel, some faint nuttiness.

Taste- Very nice, its take on a session brown ale. Light on the alcohol, but big on taste. Light pine resin, some citrus grapefruit and lemon zest. Faint nuttiness, some moderate caramel. Nuances of peach and tangerine. Lots of citrus/bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Active, and fairly light for the color. Slightly cloying in the finish.

Drinkability- Great. There are lots subtle flavors going on that keep you interesting.

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

Tried this beer at the Stone Brewery gardens just north of San Diego. Found the beer to be a bit bitter and a little thin compared to most Stone brews. So I personally would not just sit around drinking this beer. I think there are better beers that the Stone Brewery puts out including their IPA.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep amber bordering on garnet with a nice frothy beige head. The aroma is nice but subdued, with some caramel and breadiness as well as some pine and citrus from the hops and your typical ale fruitiness. The flavor is nice but not overwhelming, with some caramel and toasted bread maltiness upfront and some piney and citrus hops on the back end along with a nice estery frutiness. The finish is a little sweet but in no way cloying. The mouthfeel is rich and luxurious without being heavy. The drinkability is off the charts on this one. One of my favorite amber ales, and one of the more balanced examples to boot.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,802 ratings.