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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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3,610 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,610
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 127
Gots: 278 | 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 tpd975
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful amber red color with a decent head that comes close to 1 finger in size.

S: The aroma is a big bold citrus hop aroma which I have come to expect from stone. There is a bit of mellow malt sweetness laying below.

T: Nice hops notes with tons of grapefruit and hint of pine sap. The malt comes at you with notes of caramel and biscuit. Nice tasting perfectly balanced.

M: Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation. Downright bubbly I would say.

D: If stone makes a session ale this may just be it. 12 oz bottles are the perfect size for pounding.

Overall: Nice hoppy brew that is so easy drinking. I love stone and if I could get this one by the sixer, I would pound em down all summer long. I'm beginning to believe Stone don't make a single bad beer.

tpd975, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Deep clear red, rusty brownish, under a fingers worth of white head. Good retention, good lace.

S: Grapefruit hops hits the nose first, followed by a more tropical fruity hoppiness. I'm not getting a lot of malt character here, which isn't surprising considering the taste.

T: Taste of some tropical fruit and citrus grapefruit. Maybe some slight hints of a sweet malt, with a moderate bitter finish. The hops are really showcased here, with the malt taking a backseat.

M/D: A light, semi-watered down body. Carbonation is a little high. Drinkability is pretty good on this one as it is low ABV, pretty tasty and easy to go down. This amber ale really showcases the hops. Not in a IPA way, but they are here in numbers. I would have liked a little more maltiness, but it is not bad.

NCSUdo, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of Jedimaster1
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into glass chalice.

A: Deep amber, burgundy red. It is clear, but dense. Slight head that dissipates quickly.

S: Citrus, piney hops can be smelled throughout with a slight malty odor.

T: Taste of sweet, oaky malt backed by slightly intense citrus hops. This basically tastes like a toned down Oaked Arrogant Bastard. So it tastes great!

M: Smooth! Slight aftertaste of hops and malt, which is a good thing.

D: These could be drank down all night -- i.e. great session brew. And with the 4.4%ABV, this makes a great alternative for people who enjoy Stone's AB, but don't want to be toasted after a few.

Another great beer from Stone!

Jedimaster1, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of mattster
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 oz bottle and poured into Nonic glass.

Formed nice light tan head of less than a half inch atop dark red/maroon/brown ale. Mostly clear.

Smell is nice.. Hops and evergreen - a touch of malts. Taste is of hops as well. Nice hints of citrus. Finishes quite well. Very smooth. Pretty nice brew. I want another.

mattster, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review under the new system. Joy.

Pours a deep amber color. Surprisingly small amount of head. Taste is robust with pine and grapefruit hops. Some sweetness balancing it out. The beer this reminds me of is Mad River's Jamaica Red, but without as much malt backing.

A good beer, but not my favorite from Stone. Somewhat raw.

Overlord, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of jyeast101
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Root Beer brown in color with a quarter inch beige head. A rich smell of hops with hints of a sweet malty aroma. Definately can not mistaken the hops in this beer. A smooth finish compared to the initial hit of hops on the palate. A very drinkable beer that comes with the usual quality that Stone puts into their beers. I also find that I sit and end up concentrating more on the beer than writing my comments.

jyeast101, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of Tolann
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very copper / amber in color. White head that disappears quickly

S - Sweet citrus and piny - grassy hops. Very appealing. Citrus is grapefruit and maybe a little bit of lemon. The pine hops are hard to miss. Very nice.

T - lots of bitterness, not as sweet as what was in the nose.

M - Kind of a dry hop bitterness. Lighter in body than what I would anticipate. More carbonation on the tongue as well. Hops dries your mouth and bitterness stays in the back of your throat.

D - Could use more sweetness. The smell led me to believe that the citrus would play a bigger role in this beer. It's drinkable in that it doesn't weigh too heavy on your pallet or in your stomach, but the amount of unbalanced bitterness makes it harder to enjoy.

EDIT: Finished the glass with some cheap chocolate chip cookies. The chocolate was a good pairing with the bitterness and the sugar made the dryness more enjoyable.

Tolann, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmmmBEEEER for sharing a bottle. This beer pours a deep amber color with a medium foamy off-white head that recedes rather quickly. Small patches of lacing. Piney hops along with caramel and malt in the nose. Medium-bodied with hops, toasted malt and grapefruit flavors. The finish is balanced between citrusy hops and sweet malt, leaving a roasted malt aftertaste. Interesting take on an Amber Ale, leave it to Stone to put a spin on it like this. Overall it’s not necessarily something I would try again but it’s a decent session beer.

Dogbrick, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of NitroGen
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz. Brown longneck bottle

A: Dark brown with slight reddish hues that are crystal clear in the pour.

S: Grapefruit pith, piney and slight sweet grain at the tail.

T: Bitter hops attack on the taste buds and then levels to a lesser grapefruit pith that slackens at the end to a mellow hop taste.

M: This one kicks butt and takes no prisoners as it definatly is a jolt to the entire mouth..in a good way. Akin to a dark stout as one needs to sip this one and take time enjoying thisas it does change its character as it warms and is a real treat for the mouth.

D: This could be a session if one remembered to eat to make sure the taste buds are intact.

NitroGen, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of pwoods
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tayner for this brew

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a very deep red with a distinct bronze tint. 1 finger of pillowy head that hangs around and leaves some patchy lacing.

S: The hoppy standard from Stone. Pine-y and juicy. Some caramel malt notes bring up the rear. I really like these hoppy amber ale's.

T/M: A quick transition from a pine-y hop zing to a grainy and slightly sweet malt and then back for another round of hops. The hops, especially the bitterness, is well controlled... especially for Stone. Finish is slightly drying with a few seconds worth of hop linger. Body is a bit higher than medium which isn't as appealing.

D: I really like these hopped up amber ale's. This one is good and I'll probably add this into trade possibilities with other west coasters in the future.

Sidenote: Roxy Rolles from Magic Hat is a much better example of a hoppy amber ale. I think it'd be interesting to trade some Roxy Rolles to a west coaster that really likes this brew and see what they think.

pwoods, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - This one is a really dark shade of red/amber/brown that is perfectly clear and quite beautiful. A really thick and tight two finger head shows outstanding retention and leaves huge amounts of lace on the glass. This is a good lookin' brew!

S - Dirty earth, dank grapefruit, marijuana hop notes. I smell pineapple, mango, peach, and mandarin oranges in addition to the big standard grapefruit hop aroma. This is by far the hoppiest and most aromatic amber/red ale that I've ever had the pleasure of sniffing! Outstanding!

T - Wow. Massive hops hit the tongue like a tone of bricks. Dry grass, grapefruit, pine needles, and lime. Good stuff. The flavor is excellent, but not as complex as the nose would lead to to believe.

M - Extremely, extremely dry. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated and as dry as sand. The finish is very bitter and wicks ever ounce of moisture from my mouth! Awesome!

D - Outstanding! The ridiculously dry finish could be a bit taxing for a long session, but I could definitely drink two or three of these with some tangy ribs or spicy brats. This is a brew that is drinkable and can also stand up to some really spicy food. This is hoppier than many IPAs, yet it's listed as a red ale?

pmcadamis, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of hwwty4
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice rich carmal color with about an inch of creamy head. It has a nice aroma of hops. Honestly I think its a little off balance. The beer is really hoppy but (I think) needs more of a malt backbone to balance the beer. The bitterness is a little much but it does not affect its drinkability.

hwwty4, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear deep brown/amber color with a nice cream colored head. The aroma is initially of fresh hops followed by a sweet caramel smell. The taste is bitter (but not overbearing) from the hops. It is definitely full of flavor, but I would prefer a little more sweetness for balance. The mouthfeel is a bit more than medium bodied and seems quite appropriate for this brew. Overall, I’m enjoying drinking this beer, but the bitterness needs could use a little more malt backbone.

barefootbrewer, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Floydster
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle purchased from Cost Plus World Market in El Segundo

Poured a golden brown into my pint glass with a silky head about a half inch thick

Smell was strong and I could tell this one was going to be evry hoppy

Taste was smoky like their other brews, but very easy to drink

Could drink a six pack with no problem

Want to try this on tap soon

Floydster, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of goschool
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The pour is dark amber with fiery red highlights and a medium-sized fluffy white head.

Smell: The nose is super hoppy for an amber ale and the malts smell almost like a brown ale. Piney and spicy hops with a hint of grapefruit lead the way in front of nutty malts.

Taste: Chinook hops are out in full force in the flavor profile. They come in strong and finish crisp. The malts start out nutty, slightly chocolaty, and develop a caramel sweetness by the end of the mid-palate and through the finish. It tastes like some sort of pale ale, amber ale, brown ale hybrid. I've had many beers claiming to be APA's and IPA's that aren't as bitter as this session amber with plenty of toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: It's light-bodied and ever so slightly aqueous with lively carbonation that isn't rough at all considering the hop level.

Drinkability: This has to be the premier American session beer. It manages to be low abv and super drinkable without sacrificing hop bitterness or a solid malt backbone. Good work Stone. Thanks for not pussyfooting around with this style like so many other breweries have.

goschool, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a goblet.
A - A hazed dark amber w/ a 1 inch cream colored head. The lace is formed in fluffy rings.

S - Sweet and tea-like w/ herbal hop scents.

M - Lighter-medium bodied resinous and lightly carbonated w/ a slightly bitter finish.

T - A nice lighter tasting ale, woody, earthy and a little tea-like in flavor. There is a subtle stone fruit flavor like cherry in the maltiness. A fine hop taste w/ a piney essence. Slightly dry and tobacco tinged. Overall an ok low gravity beer.

D - Taste is decent and full, but not excellent. This is one I would probably resist buying again. It is just not as intense as most of their portfolio. It is a tasty ale, though and very drinkable, definitely sessionable, just not my taste I guess. This went well w/ my teriyaki salmon.

Slatetank, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of sacrelicio
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ah...an amber that smells, tastes, and looks like an IPA. This basically is an IPA with lower ABV and a bit less body. Instead of a Stone IPA with citrusy aromas and flavors and and golden color, this is more like HopDevil or something of that sort. Great deep amber color, nice snappy head. Stinky hop aroma, sharp bitter hop bite, good mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability. A bit rougher than the Stone IPA, like a brasher and more unpredictable younger brother. High IBU's with low ABV makes this a hophead's session ale.

sacrelicio, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had not been able to purchase this one form stone before, what a shame. There was a great color and body to this brew, lighter brownish red, with aromas of caramel malts, some unripe fruits and extremely clean hops- I love stone's hops- they’re very unique among all of the other hop-bomb breweries. Flavor was light and subtle- raw leaf hops, citrus and piney, so fresh I feel like im eating them straight off the plant. There is some malt there to balance everything out, but it definitely plays second to the hops. Very reminiscent of their stronger brews, but this one leaves your taste buds intact and with a lower ABV you can drink more than a couple- ill be purchasing this one as go-to from now on.

kernalklink, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vendomebeer for this sample.

Pours a deep, dark amber color with good clarity. Finger high off-white head leaves some lacing. Gorgeous color.

The aroma is a little bit faint for a Stone beer. I get some of the sweet caramel malts, some citrus and pine resin hops, and a light woody scent.

The flavor follows right along in the same fashion. Starts sweet then the hops show up. Again, I am getting a bit of woodiness that was unexpected. I don't think that it really adds to this brew, though.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin with good carbonation. Oily slick coats my tongue. Easy to drink brew, but I don't feel that this one measures up to the Stone offerings. Maybe this is intended to be their "gateway" beer...and if it is I can understand. Overall, not a bad beer and I wouldn't turn one down.

Imstillthegman, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Session Ale of the Gods!

Pours a very deep, dark red with hues of brown.

Smells of a wonderfully balanced crisp red ale malt and a grapefruity west coast hop. Amazingly intense for the size of the beer.

Tastes almost exacty as it smells, amazingly intense for the beer's small size. Perfectly balanced, and superbly drinkable.

This might not be the kind of Xtreme beer that most people would award a high score to, but it is so amazingly crafted that I have no choice but it give it a great grade.

mynie, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this one had aspirations to be a nice west coast ale, but she came up a bit wee short.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, the pour was all it could be; clear and brilliant amber with the classic sheets of ivory tusk heading.

But the aroma and taste, just a plain jane woody, resinous, and on the weak side (for a Stone brew) pale ale – that’s all this bad boy turns out to be. Nice, decent drinker of a brew.

I’m a bit bummed by the brew – BUT most appreciative to nvsblman
For the chance for my BA annv. ! BA members are top notch!

Vancer, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber, leans toward brown. Head is okay, but the lacing and retention are fantastic.

Hops are prevalent, floral and citric, with an earth/grass flavor as well. Smells somewhat dry, with a toasted, lightly caramelized malt profile.

Crystal malt and a lovely hop presence characterize the flavor, herbal hop leaf is piney in the sense of deciduous needles as well as a lighter wood flavor. The malts lend a good backing, with a diacetyl presence that nicely backs up the sweetness.

The hops come screaming through til late in the game, finish is bitter but smooth, and dry. Body has good thickness, even chewy, with a slickness from the alpha oil hops. Damn good American Red that brings enough hops to keep it lively.

BretSikkink, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Transparent amber-red; has a sort of glow to it when struck by the light. Minimal but long-lasting head that sticks all over the walls of the glass. Nice looking stuff.

Smell: Caramel malts and floral hops, slightly grassy. The aroma is pretty light, and only hints at the flavor.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramelly, bready, even slightly roasty malts eventually give way to a floral, mildly tangy hop finish with a very mellow but long-lasting aftertaste. This is like Arrogant Bastard Jr - it's hard to believe this is only 4.4% ABV; it's rich in flavor and surprisingly complex for such a light beer.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: This is Stone's most sessionable brew. Easily one of the most drinkable and sessionable beers I've had, and probably the most overlooked and underrated beer in the Stone repertoire.

largadeer, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at the Petit Pub of Mondial de la Biere 2007 in Montreal!

Pours a clear brown/red, small off white head forms, some lace on the glass, settles to a very thin ring. Smell is sweet, perfumy, some floral, light pine, not bad considering the alcohol. Taste is sweet, light honey, some pine, toast, floral, pine, very light finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Smooth, okay, maybe expecting more from a Stone beer, but its decent for a mild.

Viggo, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of a mixed 6pack at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins.

This pours from 12oz bottle a nice clear deep amber with a large head of foam that recedes slowly leaving a few small islands near the center and it has some lacing.

The smell is hoppy. I get a lot of grapefruit but I also get some caramel malt.

The taste on first sip is kind of strange. The initial flavour is rather empty of flavour, kind of watery but then, thankfully, the grapefruit hoppy goodness moves in near and through the finish though it's at a subdued level. Hey, this is only 4.4%abv so I expected some kind of reduction in what was going to hit my taste buds and it sure makes this Ale a good for sessioning candidate *if* the flavour that's there is enough to please. Imho, it passes that test. I'd buy it again.

Bitterbill, Jul 09, 2007
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,610 ratings.