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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,515 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,515
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 123
Gots: 244 | 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 ghostwalker
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Reddish-brown body, solid finger of off-white/yellow head.

Nose is sharp but subdued hops with a creamy malt base.

Flavor is creamy red ale with a good hop finish. Light caramel malt body anchors it as a solid and balanced brew. The hop finish is really well done, crisp yet creamy.

Mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation and a little bite to it.

Drinkability is tops. Tart and tasty! At this ABV, if it were available out east, I would make it a regular session brew.

Thanks to Bennetj17 for the trade!

ghostwalker, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of PhiloPsych
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

This is one of my favorite "everyday" beers. Great flavor, as drinkable as can be, very pretty. Perfect amber color, slightly thin, bubbly head. The aroma is not strong, but there is plenty of roasty, hoppy flavor. At 4.4% it could be a bit stronger. The taste is mostly up front, though the aftertaste is nice, too. Not a strong beer, but a very good, high quality beer.

PhiloPsych, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of DFN
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%

A coppery red ale that pours out fast and has a tan head that dissipates fast. A pleasant brew on the whole, that combines both bitter and sweet flavors. It'll never be one of my favorites, but it's a half-notch or so above the middle of the curve. I'll probably buy it again.

DFN, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of jongillin
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

Fantastic beer! What can I say, some brilliant brewing here.
pouring from the bottle to the glass I get a nice white head that is stays well for a while but eventually dissipates. It has a dark red coloring.

The aroma tends to be mostly malt with some citrus and perhaps a hint of caramel.

The taste is surprisingly light and refreshing for a red ale. While malt is a major part of the flavor the hops balance this beer perfectly and the result is a beer that quenches your thirst and maintains a refreshing flavor.

The mouthfeel is not heavy and remains light without being dry. It goes down smooth but does not coat. This may seem like a contradiction in terms so I recommend trying it yourself.

Very drinkable and makes for a great year round session beer.

jongillin, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours caramel/red with a 3 fingers+ sand colred head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Great piney hops nose up front, followed by fruiityness as it warms

Taste: Nice piney/floral hop kick up front then fruittyness. peppery hops dominate the quenching finish

MF: Very full for its abv, medium body with good balance & carbonation

Drinks quite well, I enjoy this as much as some of their hi powered ales. I think this a nice one to enjoy while listening to/watching a storm blowing off the rockies

russpowell, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

I'm always excited to try a new Stone brew, this one with a levitating gargoyle on the front. It pours from the 12oz bottle into my glass a deep amber/red with a solid half inch of light tan foam. Quite appealing. Aromas start with a nice biscuity/bready/doughy maltiness and a touch of caramel. Plenty of pungent citrusy, resinous hops in the mix. Clean, sharp and vibrant.

First sip brings a big biscuit, doughy maltiness right out of the gate with a touch of caramel and a slight sour note. Herbal, citrusy hop tones come in midway through and meld in nicely. Slighty nutty, this one finishes with a mellow bitterness. Another tasty brew from Stone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an expansive carbonation that engulfs the mouth and gives a nice creamy sensation. Easily drinkable, would make a nice session brew if I had access to it. Might serve as a nice crossover beer for those new to craft brew as well. Thanks to Callenak for the chance to sample this one.

orbitalr0x, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of malthead
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Nice dark bronze color, but the head looks weak... almost watery... Is this a sign that Stone has finally gone wrong, by producing a <5%ABV beer?? The smell, though, puts things to rights. Big American hops, but solid malt underneath. Very balanced taste. Hoppy, maybe this is to most amber/red ales what SNPA is to your standard pale ales. Personally, I tend to like beers that focus more on the malt side of the equation, but this is very nicely done. Solid mouthfeel, but light enough to give good drinkability.

malthead, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of ReDave
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

Very dark, almost brown ale colored, nice fluffy head. Some lacing. A slight malty maybe some citrus aroma with a interesting woody aroma and taste, different! Typically Stone, i feel a little hop aftertaste. Compared too ALL other stones, this is pretty light, maybe a session beer. Alas, not typically available around here, otherwise might consider it for my "light" choice,
Fine Stone offering.

ReDave, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of Phocion
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Dark ramber color with an almost-white finger of head with good retention. Light lacing around the glass.

Smells urprisingly malty for a Stone brew, with the expected strong hit of hops nicely balancing it out. Carmel and roasty malt with a nice citrusy hops finish.

The first taste is the hops. Not too bitter, but they definitely let you know they're there. Nice malty finish that really helps to subdue the bitter aftertaste. Very nice balance that makes this a surprisingly mild brew.

Very crisp feel on the palate, and with a relatively low ABV and not nearly the bitterness of most of Stones beers, this one is definitely highly drinkable, but without the sacrifice of flavor. I've been drinking Stone for years, and can't believe I've never tried this brew before. It's not what I was expecting, but an excellent beer nonetheless.

Phocion, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of Padron4KM
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%

2 oz bottle, no freshness date noted.

Dark reddish brown, with a thick creamy tan head. Sticky lace.

Light grapefruit and caramel in the aroma with a touch of grassiness.

Flavor is toasty, with a citrusy background and a dry finish.

Not as complex as Stones' other beers but still good. goes down nice on this hot summer day

Padron4KM, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

from the 12oz. brown bottle pours a reddish-copper ale with an off-white head of a finger. The head settles down to little foamy ring and leaves some lace as well. Some notable bubbles of carbonation,.but not much.

Nice semi-sweet malt nose, smells tobacco and tea like with some citrusy hops in the background...overall a little roasty and nut like.

Nice mellow malty front, faintly sweet, with a very nice hop balanced finish. It tastes as it smells, quite earthy in the malt department, smooth and mild with the hops lending a crisp, clean finish to this mellow mannered ale.

It's got a medium body with a creamish mouthfeel and a very mild ABV that make this a very easy drinker for just about anyone. It is a very tame beer coming from Stone, but it's not yellow and fizzy, yet a wuss should be able to handle this one!!!

scottoale, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of andythejerk
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Very dark and rich color for an amber. There's not a ton of head on this but it makes a nice crown that keeps its presence throughout the duration of the glass. There's a much bigger presence of hops in the aroma then I expect from an amber. Aaah! So this is Stone! It's well-hopped to give it a serious character, but malty enough that even those who fear the IPA's should find this easy and enjoyable to drink. It is rich and flavorful and the beer itself seems to consciously be making the choice to linger on my tongue before moving on. I had high expectations for Stone, and I'm not disappointed. If this were available to me locally, it would probably be in my fridge at all times.

andythejerk, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of BradBLR
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%

This is a beer that I can not get in my area and I really wanted to try. The color of this bear was a darkish copper color with a yellowish white head. The smell was a hoppy woody aroma.

The taste of this beer was not what I was expecting. It had a niice hop presence, but it also had a woody taste to it. I really did not get a huge malt flavor, but maybe that was the woody flavor I was tasting. It also seemd a little bit watery. The mouthfeel was very light.

Overall a different beer, not my favorite stone beer. Not a bad session beer, but I would have liked it to be a little more balanced. Worth a try if you are a stone fan.

BradBLR, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

Crimson amber body, frothy head leaves lace etched to the glass as it goes down. Floral hops, citrus and sweet malt take the nose. I find the flavor profile to be somewhat deadened on the tongue initially; it seems as if the flavors meld together in the back end. Bready biscuity malts are the most prominent flavor, with a dusting of hops to balance the lemon tartness. Mouthfeel is right on for the style, mildly carbonated and very clean. Obviously a very sessionable brew, especially given its relatively low ABV. I could see this being a delight on cask, as the flavors seem to become more pronounced as it warms.

IrishRedRock, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.4/5  rDev +14%

Had this at an Old Chicago's in Denver. Poured into a cold mug. Medium amber color with a nice, uniform head about 1 1/2 fingers. Head did not stay full too long, but laced nicely 'til finish.
Medium aroma of malt and biscuit, more dominate are the citrus and hops.
Taste was smooth, sweet at first, then a good bite at the end leaving a crisp palate feeling. Little aftertaste, a bit filling. Definitely more of a pale ale in my opinion, nevertheless, it's very good.

Mebuzzard, May 28, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with the usual Stone marketing hype on it. The beer was reddish-orange-copper color, with a nice pillowy head.

The flavor was very mild, pretty balanced hops/malt. Not a bad session beer if it was easier to find in Ohio. But very replaceable so it's not worth seeking out.

TurdFurgison, May 06, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: Bold rust-colored body with ever-so-slight chill haze. Head is quite impressive, a thunderhead the color of homemade vanilla ice cream. Retention is solid, but undermined by big, snappy bubbles.

Smell: Estery hops, and plenty of 'em, running the gamut from geraniums to grapefruit. A bit lacking in the toasty malt scent that I love about American reds, but still good. Caramel and a light banana aroma are also present.

Taste: Ah, there's the toast I'm looking for! A very pleasant, fruity, toasty, nutty malt base with snappy, floral and citric hops. Y'know, this is good, but I must say... it's kind of weak! I didn't think Stone could brew such a well-behaved little beer. Everyone's worthy of this one, for sure.

Mouthfeel: Not bad. Fairly chewy but a little too slick in the finish.

Drinkability: This is not as refreshing or as flavorful as other American reds out there, but nevertheless, a sixer would make for a nice session.

soulgrowl, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

A- nice looking mix between orange, red, and amber colors. Big off white head with good retention. Head gets fluffy as it sinks to a little ring of foam that never recedes. Lace all over glass.

S- citrus and grain are the most dominant scents. Some faint other aromas in there, a little hard to make out.

T- very bittersweet. Grain flavor becomes sour in the aftertaste, mild sweet citric flavors, toasted malts (faint). hoppy taste. A tad unbalanced I think.

M- between a medium to thin body, feels nice on the palate. Smooth throughout through the hops do impart a dry finish.

D- With that 4.4% abv this is a perfect session beer for hopheads. Though for for amber/red ale fans, this might not be up your alley. Some malt flavor might be nice.

tonistruth, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.13/5  rDev +7%

finally got my hands on a bottle of this east-coast mystery (as in, "why can't the east coast get this beer?").. 4.4% sounds nice for a late-afternoon drink.. and whaddyaknow.. ba swillinbrew hooked me up with a nice stone pint glass, too. looks beautiful in the glass.. a dark amber and rather clear, bubbles commute casually to the surface leaving a brisk ring around the edges. looks alot like old guardian, causing evil flashbacks.

nice sweet aroma of biscuity vanilla malts accented by a red-berry infused mild hop presence. nothing stone about this stone, as it lacks the citrusy tang in the nose and presents something real.. well, simple yet bold. full-flavored leading off with a grassy note followed by buttered rolls and a burnt carbon crusty bitterness. finishes off with the flavors evacuating at the first sign of hop resin, begging many further sips. easy drinking like a pale ale should be, and mystically full of flavor. a flagship session ale that begs for wider release.. maybe the best stone beer out there?

who knows.. it seems to be ultimately overlooked in favor of specialty/big beers.

goodbyeohio, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

Rich amber hue, thin light head with decent retention, nice carbonation, slight haze. Medium hop aroma with a slight nuttiness. Notes of caramel and grape flavor from the malt also. Not particularly inviting. Taste begins with a mild sourness and bitterness with a caramel nut flavor coming through. Semi-sweet only. Light to medium body with solid carbonation. The drinkablility of this is average or so, I really am trying to grasp the amber/brown malt flavors but it's not that intriguing. A decent mild ale overall...

bennetj17, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of beersabound
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Bought this one at the brewery and it is fresh. It has great clarity, a tight tan head and a rich copper/amber hue. The aroma is well balanced, nutty & buttery with mellow hops. Definitely not the same hops as the Stone IPA or Arrogant Bastard. The mouthfeel is smooth from the diacetyl and has a little CO2 bite that detracts from the flavor. This beer does have great lacing, though.The flavor is balanced like the aroma and it finishes slightly nutty in the front and dry in the back. The aftertaste is where I can really enjoy the hops without the diacetyl. This is a good beer with an aftertaste that will keep you thirsty for more. It is a little filling though with the diacetyl and slight overcarbonation. I'd get it again.

beersabound, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of tesguino
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

a gargoyle beer, only seen in my city in magazines and the net, a retailer from tijuana offer this beer and i buy a six from stone brewing IPA, Pa and levitation, and i was surprised that inthe uncle sam land the country is not only good for make the war, too is good for brew beers of excelence, like this, and others. this say with respect of course; i try this with mexican food and is a good option for me, little different but is good, i recent discover the craft beer world and this is the top of the iceberg. 85% recommended.

tesguino, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of UberWasser
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in a 16oz mug.

Pours a nice dark amber color with a generous head, even on a gentle pour. As the beer disappears a nice lacing remains both on the surface of the beer and the sides of the glass. An attractive halo of bubbles rings the top of the liquid...an innocence not usually seen in Stone's typically agressive beers.

Smell starts out full of malt sweetness...caramelly, I guess. Soft fruitiness and citrus...ness? (I guess) rise from behind. A bit of spiciness, like black pepper, is subtle but present.

Just gets better from there...wow, this is one complex Amber Ale. Most I've had are very one sided, mostly on the malts, sometimes in an unpleasent way. This is a really perfect balance between the soft sweetness of the malt and a great citrus, spice and grassy presence of the hops. The aftertaste is a great tingly bitterness on the middle of the tongue with orange tastes in the back of the mouth.I love this...

Mouthfeel is full, slick and tingly...full of a nice tight carbonation while staying somehow silky.

In conclusion, while Stone's other beers are highly-held for their wild, in your face flavors (as they deserve to be) this beer deserves attention in it's own right. A fantastic, highly drinkable session beer that is also nicely complex. Being available in six packs is a godsend...I'll be buying this again.

UberWasser, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear honey colored body with a tight beige head that leaves some good lacing

Smell: A bit of a battle between the dominant hops and some pesky malts; the hops are citrusy and grassy but with every fifth sniff or so, I find the caramel malt fighting to make an entrance; odd, but good

Taste: Starts with a good caramel malt base; midway through, the bitter, slightly metallic hops kick in; long, rather astringent finish, just a touch buttery

Mouthfeel: Thick and slick with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An aggressive amber with an interesting flavor profile, but the astringent finish knocks it down a notch in my book

brentk56, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a nice deep clear amber color, nice carbonation, small tan head, and some lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, malts, caramel, and citrus. Nice taste for an amber ale, very exact to the style, sweet and slight hop taste, nice little bitter bite at the end. Medium body. Very drinkable at the ABV, would make a nice session brew.

Wasatch, Jan 14, 2006
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,515 ratings.