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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,782 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,782
Reviews: 1,203
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 144
Gots: 385 | 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 ccrida
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic, Levitation is a chill hazed chestnut with an off-white head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is pretty hoppy, resinous, with a bit of caramel malt sweetness.

Taste is similar, but more bitter hop flavor then taste, which is disappointing, especially after the smell. Decent malt backbone for the small size, but certianly not on par with the great scotch ales and bitters of the UK in that regard. While I bought it from a cooler and have kept it in my fridge since, I don't know if this had more hop flavor that has aged out, or was just brewed with all bittering hops and then dry hopped for aroma. If that is the case, it's a miss by my book. Regards, it's just OK now.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, light bodied.

Drinkability is ok, easy enough to suck down, but I don't like that it's almost all bittering hops. Ultimately I'm a little disappointed, but whether or not the problem is the recipe or the age of the beer I don't know...

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark mahogany with a small head.

The smell is malty with citric hops cutting through. Very juicy aroma.

A big, bold flavor for such a modest ABV. Opens with creamy malts and a hint of smokiness that slowly gives way to rindy hops that linger for a good while after the swallow. Delicious, as expected from Stone.

So much flavor with such a low ABV--it looks like I've found a perfect session beer. Truth is, I'd been wanting to try this and I finally found a sixpack. I'd have rather picked up a single, but after tasting it, I don't mind having another five waiting around. In fact, I'm glad I do.

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A- dark, almost brown, orangy-red. Creamy tan head.

S- caramel roast malt, with fruity, floral hops aromas. Very juicy smelling, very tasty smelling.

T- bitter hops, with a slight juicy, fruity background, while the malt is sweet, but mostly savory, roasty and nutty. Slightly watery swallow, which I don't mind, with a fruity, sweet hop aftertaste.

M- light, juicy body. solid enough to not be thin, but definitely on the light-and-refreshing end of the spectrum.

D- high. This is seriously sessionable, and also a must-buy-again.

Very good beer, and thanks to everyone in this thread (http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/2077723) who recommended it!

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

I originally tried this on tap at a beer festival. At the time I thought it was great. However, after three beers now I'm thinking it is not so great.

Dark brown with decent head and lacing.

Smells of citrus hops which isn't bad, just I've experienced this before to mean a very bitter.

Tastes of bitter toasted malts. Some hoppiness buried deep insight, but does help the bitter envelope.

Easy drinking with light alcohol as promised, but I'm not fond of the bitterness at all.

Overall this is a bitter bomb.

Photo of spointon
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on-tap at the Three Floyds brewpub on 6/5/2009.

A= This ale poured an orange-amber color with decent clarity and a 1" white head. The head dropped slowly and left big webs of sticky lace down my glass.

S= Smelled of juicy and fresh West coast hops, lots of citrus and some pine. Mild floral notes as well.

T= Cracker thin malt base, mostly failing to stand up to a big burst of West coast hops. The finish was dry and left a long hoppy aftertaste.

MF= Thin bodied and very crisply carbonated. A real palate cleanser here, but the dryness was a bit over the top.

D= Though the ABV was very sessionable, the super dry hop bitterness would be a bit hard to take all night. Still, for those who want hops and not too much alcohol, thgis is the one.

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

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and crystal, and bisquit malt scent along with a nice hop aroma that balances it out nicely. The taste is good as well. It's bitter up front with a bisquity finish. The hops really make this beer. It's a low alcohol brew with tons of flavor. It's easy drinking with a dry,hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great session beer. It's complex, yet low enough in alcohol that you can drink a sixer and not be loaded.

Photo of montecristo2
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice reddish amber color.

Good two fingered head at initial pour.

Nice lacing left after the beer was gone.

Hops- citrus, slighty piney, grapefruity.

Malt- not as present but still noticeable, toasted, caramel on the finish.

A good, drinkable option from the Stone Brewery. I could drink a few of these.

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

The Levitation ale poured a nice amber color with a small foam head and some nice sea foam lacing. The head dissipated quickly.

The aroma was nice and had a caramel nose to it with some citrus hops. The taste was crisp and sweet and had a little hop kick at the end. This is one of my favorite amber's to date. I not that big of a fan of this style but I am now thinking of cloning this one.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very Nice, clear, dark reddish-amber color. About one finger of somewhat thin head that retains pretty well. Leaves pretty nice lacing.

S - Bready malts matched with some citrus hoppiness

T - Slightly bitter , citrus hoppiness up front with sweet, bread malt in the finish. Nicely balanced.

M - Fairly light bodied, slightly more watery than I generally like, but I guess I should've expected this from a 4.4% brew.

D - Could definitely be a session beer. Nice and refreshing, lower on the abv level, and has a nice balance of flavors.

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

This is a great Red Ale. Poured up a nice dark red colour with a frothy, soapy, khaki coloured head that stayed in place for several minutes. Smell is rather assertive citrusy hops and some sweet malts hiding deep down. Taste was pleasant citrusy hop bitterness with a moderate malt backbone. A very solid, well crafted red ale with terrific drinkability. Another solid offering from Stone.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.65.

A: Dark amber with 2-finger off-white, creamy head with spots of intricate lace all down the glass.

S: Strong citrus and pine hops aromas with a soft pale malt breadiness as well

T: A pretty novel beer in that it straddles the brown and amber styles while staying so light. Plenty of citrusy, piney hops flavor with some lightly toasted malt thrown in.

M: Surprisingly light body with crisp finish.

D: Highly drinkable with the low ABV and crisp, clean finish and feel with plenty of West Coast hops flavor.

Photo of david131
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An absolutely clear, orange liquid with very few rising streams of carbonation. The head is thin and white that maintains a thin sheet over the surface of the liquid.

S- Grapefruit, pine, and caramel. Very aromatic for the ABV.

T- All of the flavors are picked up that were noticeable in the aroma. Very appealing in flavor, but also very mild.

M- Very smooth with a clean aftertaste. The carbonation level is nice.

D- A flavorful session beer. I could really see myself drinking a few of these.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - reddish dark amber with a tan head, decent lacing

s - mostly all piney hops

t - very light on flavor up front with a medium hop bite towards the end

m - light with medium carbonation

d - the lightness of flavor combined with the piney hops give a very refreshing beer. i'm not a hop head but this seems like a great intro. Seems dark for a summer beer but I have a feeling I will be enjoying a few more this summer.

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish-amber, darker than I expected. I little bit of head on it that hung around for little while.

S: Carmel malts and citrus, pretty light and refreshing.

T: Hops first, some nice citrus to it, some healthy bitterness. Follows through with some good carmel flavors, not too sweet at all.

M: It's par for the course, might be different if I had it in a bottle.

D: I had 3 of these real fast, they were tasty.

Photo of BrewIndy
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nice dark red amber color with about a fingers worth of head.

S: This has a nice citrus flavor although it is light as in it took a pretty deep breath to take it in.

T: This is a bit difficult to describe. Very good. Great caramel malty flavoring finishing off with a hoppy bitterness and citrus taste. I'm very surprised to get this taste out of something with such a low ABV. Hence the name right?

D: I could totally sit down to a few of these. One of these hot summer nights I'll have to pick up a few of these.

Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red color with a nice thick and fluffy white head into my glass.Nice hue to it.

Aroma is full of floral, citrusy hops with a nice hint of sweet malt underneath. Very nice aroma for the style.

Taste is full of citrusy hops with a decent amount of sweet malt underneath. Finishes clean and seems to have balance for something that's low in ABV.

Mouthfeel is pretty good with the lingering hop bitterness being the focal point here.

A very nice example of the style. Sessionable and almost like drinking an IPA (but not quite).

Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark reddish amber color with a huge light tan head that sticks around forever and leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is slightly toasted malts, caramel and a good amount of citric hops.

T- The taste like the aroma features some caramel malt with a very dry finish with a lingering citric hop bitterness. Considering the low ABV, I'm surprised with the amount of flavor packed into this one. It is light bodied and hoppy.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Light bodied, low alcohol, tasty, hoppy, easy to drink. What's not to love? Levitation is a great session beer. Recommended!

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark mahogany body. Caramel malt, nutty notes and fruity hops. Caramel malt with a fruity citrus hop note. The feel is light and refreshing. Light, smooth, easy drinking, but not plain or typical. A low alcohol, hoppy session beer. Too bad it's $9.99/6pk, that is a bit too much for a session beer IMO.

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

pours a clear dark copper with a ruby tint, a large light beige head, and very good lacing.

smell of light grapefruit, pine cone, fresh cut grass, and a touch of caramel.

taste is creamy, oats, malt, caramel, some spice, and a touch of citrus, ends on the dry side.

Photo of Lothore
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful copper color with a chunky 1.5 finger head that sticks around for a while. This is definitely how an amber ale should look.

S- Smell is very malty, caramel, with hints of pine on the back end.

T- Taste is very smooth, wheaty, long piney hop notes, caramel, slight floral taste.

M- Thin to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- For a 4.4 percent beer, it gives you a ton of flavor. Great session brew. At the price I think I would rather have one of their other offerings though.

Photo of tjwarren
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Loved the color deep brown, thought it was going to be a brown ale. Big head 2-3 fingers with lots of lacing. Beautiful looking beer.

Smell was mostly hops. Did not get much else. Nothing to really turn you on or off.

Taste was hoppy. Very piney. A little too sharp for me, not a hop head, but could see this as something very easy drinking for the hop addicts. I liked it and would try again even though I go for a more balanced beer.

Mouthfeel was good not very carbonated but thick enough to know that something is there. Not watery at all for a 4.4 abv.

Drinkability is high if you like this kind of brew you could probably go through a bunch of them. I only bought one on a mix sixer but next time I think I will try a couple to see if I warm up to it more.

Photo of washburnkid
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Davis Graduate.

A: One finger of beige frothy head over a deliciously dark mahogany brew. Good retention and lacing. A truly beautiful beer.
S: Smack of clean hops on the nose. Caramel malt as well.
T: A momentary citric hop explosion. I'm not surprised, considering this is a Stone beer. Malt backbone sweetness, but the woody, earthy hops really dominate. Roasted bready malts come out with warmth.
M: Crisp and light-bodied. Dry finish.
D: Terribly drinkable. I think I might go find myself a 6er...

Photo of MLasoski
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served: In a bottle, poured into an ale glass.

A: Oak brown body with a thick head, one finger thick. It leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like an IPA with a hint of citrus. I may be stretching.

T: Tastes almost like an IPA but it's not as bitter.

M: Hoppy from the start and the aftertaste reminds me of an Irish red.

D: I haven't been dissappointed by Stone yet. I enjoy drinking this even though I don't think I could have more than one.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in to my Duvel tulip. Dark brown with a one finger creamy head, some lacing down the glass.
The smell to me was of citrus and hops, very appealling, but not as strong as an IPA; more so than an APA.
Taste was similar, mildly hoopy and floral with some citrus notes, but not big in bitterness. Quite easy to drink.
Mouthfeel was average to me, not great, not bad.
Drinkability was very good with the 4.4% ABV and mild bitterness.
Overall, for Stone I was honestly a little disappointed, being used to bigger beers. That said, if I wanted to drink a bunch of something at a bar (not very commmon for me), this would be a great candidate because of the good flavor and low ABV.

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

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom, poured into Shaker Pint glass.

pours a medium brown that has a copper glow around the glass with a creamy white head that dissolves into a broken ring around the shaker. Aroma has caramel malt, tart cranberry and earthy hops. Very unique aroma for an Amber. Flavor is a little watery upfront but develops into a caramel and toffee, once it shows itself, and a mild bitterness. It has a light-medium body that coats your mouth with every sip. Extremely sessionable and unique ale but the nose leads you to believe it may be more complex than it ends up being.

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,782 ratings.