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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,722 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,722
Reviews: 1,190
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 332 | 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 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.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured copper with a two-finger head. The smell is mostly hops with some grassiness and floral character. The taste starts off with some sweet bready malt that gives way to some citrusy and piney hops with a pretty decent balance. The mouthfeel is a little watery with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a reasonably complex beer that happens to be quite a bit less daunting than some of Stone's other offerings. I good one to try if you don't want something that will consume your whole night.

Photo of jsp2
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown amber and transparent with a thick white head of foam. Aroma of citrus hops, apricots, and flowers. Tart and bitter approach followed by a balanced barely sweetness with a hoppy and bitter finish. Quite dry and well balanced. Feel is light and watery, very quenching and quaffable.

This one packs a lot of flavor yet somehow is very light and drinkable. Well done.

Photo of bjoyce12
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The one word I'd use to describe Stone's Levitation: Impressive. An impressive amount of flavor in an ale with only 4.4% ABV. Yes, after tasting this the first time I couldn't believe it's only 4.4%! Nice nose and aroma, excllent taste with undercurrents of nut and slight fruit. Now, not a flavor powerhouse, just not possible with a low ABV, but for what you get, and don't get, with Levitation, this one is a definite keeper. The one to have when you want the taste but not the alcohol.

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

Generous flavor and texture for a simply-constructed ale. Great drinkability and well-balanced. Well worth the retail price.

Bought a six pack at Rodmans in DC.

Beautiful, dense caramel color with thin head and bubbly lacing.

Citrusy smell, perhaps grapefruit, flood the nose, but strong hops presence also noted.

Taste contains hints of pine nuts, green raisins, molasses, and citrus. Stong barley content and malty at times.

Very drinkable, well-balanced. Finishes well. No problem enjoying an entire 6 pack with ease.

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

Poured on tap into a pint glass.

a: Ambery, medium brown, with a slightly off-white head. Some lacing

s: Sweet, malty.

t: A bit hoppy with a hint of citrus at the front. Well-rounded flavors make for an interesting yet not overpowering brew.

m: Very smooth and full-bodied. Nice.

d: Super easy going down due to the low ABV (or at least low by Stone standards).

Photo of TheMistler
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange brown, the color is pleasing to the eye. A vanilla colored head, and a pretty good amount of it. Sticky, solid wall lacing.

Caramel malt. Grapefruit. Pretty hoppy, with some herbal notes and lemon zest as well.

A hint of piney hops. Light grains, some nuttiness. Caramel malt. Bread. Finish is grapefruit, again with some herbal notes, a wee bit resin-sticky with lingering if slight bittering.

Slightly chewy body with a bread feel is interrupted by crisp carbonation, though prickliness is restrained. Carbonation becomes quite creamy. Despite the full feel, it is very refreshing brew, and of course sessionable, what with being tasty and low ABV.

EDIT: I'll admit, I tweaked the numbers. Upon a post-review looking at scores I've given recently, I realized that my review for this beer placed it well above a beer I liked as much if not better. The numbers reflect my thinking, while previous numbers were more good-beer mainstays that I am trying to shy away from.

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

Stone made a session beer....oh holy shit!

A- Pored into a pint glass with little head that went away somewhat at a steady pace. Little lacing around the sides of the glass. Dark amber color what reminds me of Amber Bock.

S- Faint and I mean faint hop smell overpowered by a huge malt presence.

T- This tastes like an overmalted Amber Bock. Almost too malty for me.

M- Kind of a lighter mouthfeel. Goes down smooth almost like water without any kicking or screaming.

D- This is a very sessionable beer which is what Stone was going for. Not bad but nothing that I would seek out on a regular basis. Good beer to drink with friends who aren't into the craft beer scene.

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

A- clear brownish red with dark amber highs, amazing beige head looks very hoppy, pitted, mountainous, and deposits tons of lace.

S- toasty, caramel, and hops in the nose, very nice pungent, amarillo and simcoe stand out with grapefruit and tangerine, passionfruit, lemon zest, and a little bit of pine. toasted grains underneath with a faint floral sweetness.

T- tastes great, but there's nothing spectacular about it. metallic mineral water, toasty and caramelized malt (and plenty of it) and an equal amount of hop flavor. balances out in the middle as it gets tobacco and woodsy and earthy, soil, white grapefruit, bitter orange, and a nice grainy cereal finish with lingering hoppy bitterness.

MF- just under medium bodied and the same goes for carbonation. a little bit oily becoming astringent, but gives the pleasant 'hop' feeling of a bigger beer maybe an ipa.

D- overall a very nice beer, average in some ways, but above average in some others, for instance drinkability. the extra 1 or 2% alcohol this baby lacks is made up for by the fact that you can actually have a session with some delicious hoppy beer without gettin shitfaced... as quickly. put it in the pub!

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

Nice to have another tasty low abv option. This one from Stone is just the ticket for an afternoon beer when you've still got something to do. Pours reddish dark amber with a slight head. Smells dry, light, and spicy with hops. Clean and pine scented with very little malt sweetness. Almost austere. The taste is similar. Quite light and clean and surprisingly bitter and dry. Lean and quenching with an herbal, piney finish. Nice.

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

A- Dark amber, with little head that dissipates to virtually none quickly.

S- I smell a malt/bread-y and caramel sweet aromas coupled with an underlying grapefruit-citrusy bitterness.

T- Initially it is rather bitter, followed by flavors of bread, finishing with sweet malty-caramel.

M- Medium levels of carbonation and light-medium body.

D- Very, very drinkable due to low alcohol content and nothing overwhelming to the palate.

Photo of beer2day
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a very thin light cream head.

Nose is very bready and yeasty. Not what I was expecting. Only a very faint hop presence.

Hits the tongue very thin. Slight amber bite in the finish. Just not a whole lot going on here for me.

Good entry-level beer for Stone.

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

Beer pours a ruby copper color with a 1 finger head that fades slowly. Decent lacing left in glass.
Smell is a wonderful hop baguette with a bit of toasted malt and hint of chocolate/caramel. Smooth hop flavor up front with a nice balance of malt, nothing too sweet, bready flavor comes through in the end, slight caramel/chocolate flavor in the finish.

Another solid offering from Stone. One of my favorite amber ales.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber with a nice thick head with good lacing.

Toasted malt and light hop aromas.

Good toasted bread and malt characteristics, with hop leaf and citric bitter notes. Some strong bitterness here too -- kinda reminded me of that bitter walnut you get every now and then. A sharp bitter bite that lingered in the finish.

Body was thinner than I expected based upon the complexity of the beer, but it still holds its own in this department. Enough mouth coating elements and swishy body to make this enjoyable.

This one went down really easy. The bitterness was something that caught me off guard, but as you start to get thru the pint, you realize it is nothing to get hung up on. I'm not doing backflips about this one, but I did really enjoy it. Glad it is available out here in 6-ers -- I might stock a couple.

Photo of jackorain
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of review this brew sitting at the bar at Stone July 22nd, 2008. I am just now getting to entering the review from my copious notes taken at that time.

The color of the liquid was a dark amber. There was no head left on top of the beer by the bartender. I would say this is a bit unfortunate, particularly at Stone.

Initially in the nose, there is citrusy and piney hops with a caramel backbone. The citrus hops begin to unfold as deeper whiffs are taken. The grapefruit is what becomes more pronounced with each successive breath. I did not expect as much hop presence here with this beer.

The taste brings much of the same as the nose. Initial grapefruit and other citrus hops backed up very nicely by a firm caramel malt backbone. I also did not expect this much malt in the taste either given the small malt bill necessary to ensure the low ABV.
The mouthfeel is a little thin, almost watery. I guess this is the one place where the limited malts come through. The carbonation is high and creates quite a refreshing beverage.

The drinkability of this one is very high. I could easily down several and come back for more. This would make a great party beer, you know, a quarter or a half depending on the size of the gathering. Beer advocates will love it and will also make a great gateway for others.

Thanks for Reading

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

There's not much I can say about this beer that hasn't been said. I used to drink this all the time, haven't had it on 5 plus years, now I remember why stone rules and this beer kicks ass. Just a good red ale, with a solid hop taste and smell. Makes you burp hops. Good on ya Stone.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. I heard from someone I think is pretty knowledgeable that this was a "hopped up pale ale," though I didn't believe it at only 4.4% ABV. We'll see.

Appearance: Nicely amber with some copper involved. Soapy white head with good retention and sticky, spotty lacing making its mark.

Smell: Yep, lots of hops. A ton, but still distinguishable, seemingly, as a pale ale more than a red or amber. Lots of spiny and herbal pungency from the hops with some stems and greenness. Nearly no malt flavors coming through, no sweetness, which I like, but was initially a bit off-putting.

Taste: Hops and more hops, but on the lighter side, and more herbal than pine or citrus. A bit of husk and graininess too. Long herbal hop finish with a twang of lemongrass and citrus that I like a lot. What I miss from this so-called amber is the fact that there's little malt character. Yet I don't miss it much because the hops are so earthy and tasty. Still, with some malt balance -- and maybe that's why it's such a low ABV in its absence -- this could be pretty wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-bodied, yet still some fullness there with the carbonation.

Drinkability: Does this mean it's also lower calorie since it's only 4.4%? If so, that's a bonus, because I would've easily said, without knowing, that this was in the 6% range. I imagine I'll be drinking more of these this summer. It'd probably go great with some barbeque also. Stone continues to brew great stuff. Not that that surprises me.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer was a classic Amber color with a hint of maroon. Excellent clarity and a scant head that was light beige in color. Not a great amount of retention and really not much lacing to speak of. A touch of visible carbonation.

Aroma is great and surprisingly hoppy. Rather floral

Based on my excitement from the aroma I was a little disappointed in the flavor. Arrogant Bastard, Red Rocket Ale, Cascazilla came into my mind as I enjoyed the visual and aroma of the beer. As a fan of highly hopped Ambers I was hoping to find a new friend. The flavor was fine, but left me disappointed that it didn't make the list of beers I love in this category. It's funny, sometimes you cheer for the beer to be good.... I am also a fan of stone, so I was ready to love it. Alas, I did not. Toasted malt, some fruit and a citrus twang from the hops. I didn't think it had enough backbone to balance the more aggressive hop presence. Also, not overly complex. Some bread notes....

Mouth feel was thin and the body was a little too light in my book.

Nicely drinkable. Not a bad beer, but didn't live up to what I had hoped.

Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six-pack from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes slowly into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus and floral hops with small amounts of very lightly toasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the malts don't seem as toasted as the aroma led me to believe. Light citrus flavors mix with caramel malt flavors that end with a very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very good for such a small beer. A nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I could drink these all night.

Overall this is a very sessionable beer from the boys at Stone. Definitely worth a shot.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a ruby copper color with a good sized head.

S: Lots of hops with a bit of roasted malt and even a hint of chocolate.

T: A big and bold amber ale. Lots of hops, per Stone's style. An aggressive malt presence with a bit of bread and dough in there as well. A bit of carmel and chocolate as well.

M: Medium-full bodied, dry finish.

D: A good, drinkable, amber ale.

Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a huge fluffy white head that recedes to a sizable cap and leaves a little bit of lacing.

The aroma is full of pine and other evergreen aromas, definitely lots of resin in the nose. There is a little caramel malt but the hops of the star here.

The taste has a big abrasive hop bitterness up front that is barely balanced by the malt backbone before a much more recognizable pine hop flavor lingers through the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium but certainly decent given the low ABV on the beer.

This is a very drinkable amber and they certainly crammed plenty of hops into a fairly light beer. Very good.

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

Bottle. Pours a clear amber/brown with a small white head. Aroma of bready malts and some light fruits. Flavor similarly is dominated by bready, doughy malts and light floral hops with a bitter finish. Flavorful and quite drinkable. Nice amber.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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

The color is a clear dark brown that shines a deep reddish-brown in the light. The head is a big dimpled pillow that retains very well, leaving some nice sticky lacing behind. The smell I get is predominantly grapefruit and pine hops with a light yeast character. I also get a subtle caramel malt undertone. The taste follows suit: for the most part, hops bitterness is in the forefront nicely balanced by notes of citrus and a nice tartness. Grains and malt factor in strongly as well. I can detect some dark fruits in there also and something like brown sugar or caramelized sugar that isn't strong but lurks. There's a nice herbal tea note to it also. Mouthfeel is not particularly thick with a medium body.
The aroma and flavor to this one are very nice but very much muted compared to Stone's usual. This is simply a pure brew and as natural as it gets. With its low ABV, it makes a great session beer.

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

12 oz. bottle with best by date stamped near bottom of bottle; you really had to look for it.

This one poured a very dark clear amber; almost looked like a glass of tea. The white head quickly dissipated leaving some nice lacing.

There was a noticeable tangy hop aroma and some restrained sweet malty odors.

This was a surprisingly bitter flavored amber ale unlike the others I have tried. I can almost taste a hint of roastiness in the flavor; very unique indeed. As the ale warms the malt becomes a little more prominent, but the hop bitters still dominate. There is also a slight buttery flavor.

Well carbonated with a solid mouthfeel; rather thick on the tongue.

Without a doubt, the most full-flavored, complex ale I have had at only 4.4 ABV. There is no watery flavor here. I now understand the name of the ale: as the back label states, an ale with this complexity does defy gravity.

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,722 ratings.