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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,720 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,720
Reviews: 1,188
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 330 | 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 TommyW
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Magpie14
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of madtappers
4.58/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of gibby
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of cooncat
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of benmiliron
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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

Appearance: Poured with a foamy, bubbly off white head that dissipated leaving a little lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is clear with an orangeish-brown color.

Smell: Pine hops, roasted malt, pretty basic.

Taste: Big piney hops, toasted malt, fresh cut grass, ending with a lightly sweet malt

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium-low carbonation, leaves a refreshed feel in the mouth.

Overall: Good drinkability, nice refreshing beer, not much going on but is a good beer to relax with. The bitterness plays well with the roasted malt and slight sweetness from the malts.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an orange-copper color. Two fingers of foam dissipate quickly. Decent amount of lacing.

Big time hop nose for an amber. Loads of pine.

Taste follows the aroma. Very hoppy for your average amber. But, hey, a Stone amber isn't your average amber. The caramel malt backbone is firm, but it can't stand up to the hop assault. All in all, it's as balanced of a Stone as I've tasted.

Maybe the name Levitation Ale has something to do with the light body. Maybe not, but it sounds like it could work. Fairly dry finish with a lingering piney bitterness. Extremely drinkable. I found a sessionable Stone. Who knew? It may not appeal to "extreme" beer lovers, but I'm really enjoying it.

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

Deep Amber color with a nice head. Reduced to a lace that stays with the beer through the end.
Nice clean bitterness, slightly spicy, hint of citrus in the aroma, but mostly spicy.
Slight grainy overtone to the malt that matches the bitterness and spice quite well.
Medium bodied with a super dry finish.
Highly drinkable beer from Stone, ad at 4.4% I can actually drink more then two of these in one sitting.

It certainly is a tamed down offering from Stone, but is still a very fine beer. Something I can truly enjoy several of without getting totally rocked.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of strong tea... good lacing but the head dies down a little too quick. Basically looks like Stone Pale Ale without the great head.

Aroma pretty strong of smokey grapefruit and pine. Actually pretty interesting. Nose is a little stuffed so I'm not getting it 100%, but from what I can tell it has a lot of character.

Taste follows the aroma in hop character. Reminds me of Bear Republic's Red Rocket, but a lot weaker. Assertive bitterness towards the end. I feel like this sort of hop character goes well with extreme beers or higher alcohol beers, and this is not one of them. Hard to have an intermediate character for this sort of hop flavor and have it come off right. Still very good though, just a little quirky. Mixture of a light brown ale and a west coast IPA.

Mouthfeel is quite good, just like with most of Stone's beers. Despite the slight strategic mishap with this beer, it's very quaffable.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark amber/orange color with a nice cap of head resting atop it.

There's a definate hop aroma; which was something I expected because it was Stone, but did not expect because it is a red ale.

The taste is quite good, a nice play on the red ale. It's far from a traditional red ale with the impact of the hops, but they are a pleasant tweak to the style. The carmel malts balance the beer out nicely, the blend leaving a lingering earthy taste behind.

Very nice beer. Thanks to brandonbaer for this one.

Photo of digitalbullet
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red amber. Medium head retention. Overall a very good looking beer.
Smell: Floral hops predominate. Smells like a "light" arrogant bastard.
Taste: Not what I expected from a Stone brew. Very lighlty hopped (when compared to a regular Stone offering. The barley is more pronounced in this beer.
Mouthfeel: Very easy on the mouth. Good carbination.
Drinkability: A good session brew from Stone. Will try again.

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

On tap poured into a stone oversized wine glass

A: translucent ruby red 1/2" foamy head

S: earthy and citrus hop aroma

T: strong malt background, slighty caramelly. Balanced well with citrus hops. Nice

M&d: medium body, light abv makes this a hop based session beer


Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber with a not-bad white head and pretty good lacing.

S: Somewhat of an amber malt smell, but mostly overridden by floral hops. Really don't find many low-alcohol beers with this much of a hop profile--I'm loving it.

T: Much like the smell. This is loaded with fresh floral hops and really packs a taste punch for a session bear like this.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: A destined-to-be-classic session beer for me.

Photo of KBoudreau66
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew has the same characteristics of an Arrogant Bastard just to a lesser extent. It pours a deep copper/brownish color. The scent of toasted malts and earthy hops stand out in the nose, and the taste acts accordingly with the scents that I detected. Lighter bodied, but carbonated and smooth. Finishes crisp and hoppy. This is basically a sessionable Arrogant Bastard at 4.4% ABV that you could drink right out of the bottle and not feel the least bit bad about it. You could also drink a whole 6 pack of it and not be totally hammer faced. A solid brew.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle at cellar temp poured into pint glass. pours a clear deep copper/amber color.nice off white head,and with very nice retention, lasting almost all the way to the end. very nice sticky lacing as well. looks good.

smells hoppy. piney and grassy hops. caramel malts.

wow hoppy for an amber. piney piney, citrus hops. with a nice malt backing.

light body, average carbonation. nice easy drinker. good beginer beer, but id still recommend this to the expert. good beer.

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

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, dark brownish-amber body with a smallish, fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Lightly toasted malt aroma and meager hint of dark caramel ushers in a pervasively earthy hop scents of citrus and even pine.

Taste: Brief, fleeting upfront maltiness tasting of toast and dark caramel. Of note is the high attenuation, leaving essentially no sweetness remaining in the beer. Earthy hop profile along with tastes of citrusy grapefruit and pine (though only lightly). Medium-plus bitterness. We meet back up with the toast after the initial burst of bitterness as well as a vague nuttiness. Finishes expectantly dry with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, it's definitely a hop-forward West Coast amber. Personally, I'd have preferred more (well, any) malt sweetness to temper the hop character. However, the 4.4% ABV is most appreciated!

Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown copper color with a small yet dense khaki colored head. The aroma is fantastic. Nice juicy hops, grapefruit, fresh pine with hints of honey or caramel. Beauty. More of a bittery resiny hop in the flavor, some grapefruit. A weakish caramel malt struggles to support the bitter hop flavor. The body feels a bit thin, almost watery. I was expecting a bigger body but at 4.4%ABV I guess that is a trade off. The carbonation is on the softer side; finishes a tad bitter. A fantastic smelling brew that slides in taste and feel. I appreciate the low abv but this could use a bit more of a malt presence.

Photo of roadhouse
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a deep copper color with a one inch head that protrudes over the rim of the glass. Thick lacing left down the entire glass.

Aroma is of of citrusy and piney hops. A bit of caramel and biscuit malt character is hidden beneath them.

Taste is again dominated by a strong citrusy hop presence with plenty of pine to go along with it. Pretty much the same as the aroma there is a caramel and biscuit malt backdrop. Not really bitter, but lots of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, very creamy and easy drinking.

Pretty good beer but a bit too much hop flavor for the style in my opinion. It's a good session beer for people that love a ton of hops but are looking for something lighter to drink a lot of.

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

Appearance: This beer pours a beautifully clear dark amber brown color with a thick, light tan head. As the beer sits, the head slowly fades into a thick lacing which sticks to the sides of the glass and firmly coats the entire top of the beer.

Smell: There are wonderful aromas of chopped fresh pine needles and spicy lemon zest. Slight hints of toasted grain hide behind the fantastic dry hopped aroma along with slight caramel toffee notes.

Taste: Surprisingly, this beer is forward with a mild chocolate and toasted fresh caramel flavors. These flavors are followed by secondary flavors burnt toasted grain. Only then do the flavors transform into traditional American hop flavors. There is a distinct litter grapefruit rind flavor and a sprits of dried apricot sweetness on the center of your tongue as you swallow. There is a light lingering bitterness both from the toasted malts, but also a slight firm drying hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This beer has medium carbonation and a light to medium body. The carbonation makes it rather thirst quenching along with the easily approachable. The body of the beer is tame, but with just enough chewyness to keep it from feeling watery.

Drinkability: This beer has drink a six pack of me all over it. It's very easy drinking in body while being bold enough in flavor and aroma so that you're not bored after a few drinks. Stay away from this beer though if you don't like a lingering bitterness. As you're drinking a pint there is almost no time when you don't feel residual bitterness on the back and sides of your tongue.

Overall Impression: I'm glad this beer finally arrived in Indiana. I really enjoy how easy it it is to drink while still maintaining the complexity and uniqueness of a Stone brew. However, I do admit that the lingering hop bitterness is getting a bit tiresome as I finish the pint. It's a good brew, but not in the realm of a "light" session pale ale like Pride and Joy.

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,720 ratings.