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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,198 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,198
Hads: 3,856
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 21.13%
Wants: 157
Gots: 467 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002

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Reviews: 1,198 | Hads: 3,856
Photo of Walletsworth
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice surprisingly dark reddish brown with a finger of head but not much lacing. Smells mostly of citrus with some hints of pine. Tastes a lot more piney with a lot of lemon. Possibly more orange instead of lemon would reduce some of the sharp aftertaste in this beer. Very easy to drink once I got a few drinks in.

Overall a really good beer. One of the most flavorful ales I've had.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours close to two fingers' worth of head which has some retention. The head is an off-white with hints of beige and yellow while the body is a dark amber with notes of maroon and garnet that glows a dark amber with orange highlights when held up to the light. Just a few spots of lacing. Considerable lacing is left behind after I drink more.

Nose- Fairly subdued but still nice. Mostly citrus (orange and grapefruit are the strongest notes with lemon lagging behind) with some notes of caramel. Simplistic, at the moment, but inviting. Some mustiness (the good kind) is revealed with some swirling.

Taste- Reflects the citrus notes of the aroma but lemon seems to be the most prominent aspect here, followed by orange. This is then taken over by wood, resin, and pine which are very vocal but so well balanced and rounded that I do not mind them at all. The resin and pine leads to a bit of spice on the finish. Some notes of earwax and matchstick on the linger as well. After subsequent tastes, more caramel comes through but I have to agree with other reviewers- this does seem to be more of a sessionable pale or IPA in taste rather than an amber or a red ale. However, that designation seems mostly meaningless as it seems to be mostly determined by color. Definitely proof that a lower alcohol beer can produce a complex and conspicuous flavor profile. This is a solid beer.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a good amount of syrup in the texture. Light carbonation but it works. Somewhat of a mixture of a dry and chalky finish.

Drinkability- Very easygoing with the very low alcohol and well rounded hops. A little steep for a beer with such low alcohol. But for those who want a full flavored beer which won't get you drunk, this is a good candidate.

Overall- Solid beer. I wasn't even sure what style of beer this was supposed to be but as I was expecting something lighter, I was pleasantly surprised. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of anon
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance was a nice orange/light amber, lots of carbonation and a nice lacing. Smell is very hoppy up front, but not so strong in the taste. Taste was hoppy but with a nice malty and bready aftertaste. Sits well; very drinkable and has become one of my favourites to session and from Stone in general.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Two fingers of nice head. The beer is clear, rich orange. Nice lacing.

S: Hoppy, no surprise.

T/M: So hoppy and citrusy that this tastes like a session IPA or a pale ale. Raw American hops and not much else.

O: It's not bad. But it's predicatable, and therefore boring.

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Photo of BasilBock
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am really impressed by the Stone Brewery on this one. They made a nice hoppy beer with an explosive mouth feel. Only having one so far, I wont review in much detail until I can get a second one.

Although only aesthetic, the bottle design and texture is very nice. I think the artistic style matches well with the taste of its contents but it still caught me off guard on my first sip. The Name of the beer fits perfectly. The beer most certainly shows an "apparent defiance of gravity" with its texture featuring a bubbling brew with carries fizz all the way through your drink - even out of the bottle. There is a spice to this drink with pairs great with the hops. I enjoyed in a bottle and will certainly take the time to clean a glass for the next drink. The carbonation is possibly too strong, but sometimes a great product will break the standard rules.

Im going to buy a case next time and I will try to update. One interesting note is the modest ABV. The beer tastes strong and powerful but with a listed ABV of 4.4% it is a step back from the 6-10+% brews that fill the rest of my fridge. A strong beer would fit this drink well, but the Levitation Ale sits right. Its the perfect mid-afternoon drink.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
A - deep amber/copper with a creamy, ivory head; nice head retention & lace
S - fresh piny, grapefruity hop, bready, caramel, brown sugar
T - fresh & dank piny hops, pungent grapefruit, toasted grain, caramel; packed with flavor especially for the lower ABV
M - thinner body, mod carbonation, finishes dry and bitter
O - Great flavor profile here, obviously sessionable; I always love going back to this one!

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Photo of fitzy84
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six-pack at Table and Vine in West Springfield, MA. Beer poured with a nice amber appearance with medium retention and decent lacing. Aromas had an initial hint of caramel and malts, while subsequent breaths brought up smells of wood and bread. Flavors definitely highlighted the bread with some malt and sweet citrus. Great mouthfeel; really liked the carbonation, which helped make the drink really refreshing to drink. A very great beer and a pleasure for the evening,.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark red/plum color with a two finger frothy tan head. The head lasts several minuets and some of it remains on the top of the brew until the end. Good lacing.

The smell is nutty, bready, caramel like along with piney hops.

The taste is hop forward with piney hops dominating, there is some grapefruit taste as well. Caramel and roasted hops come in in the middle then there is a piney and grapefruit hop finish. Some hop oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. There is a little bite from the hops; a slightly dry taste is left in the mouth after swallowing.

Overall this is a good well balanced ale. A hop forward Red Ale with a malt backbone. It is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of henrichsj
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich amber color, Inch-thick creamy head on pour

S - Hoppy and a bit spicy

T - Malty and hoppy, crisp with good amount of carbonation,

M - Smooth, a bit light for a hoppy amber, medium-bodied

O - Levitation is an easy beer to drink. Amber Ales are my favorite. This looks so pretty in the glass. I should note, the bottle I drank from had an "Enjoy by" date of about two weeks past, but it didn't matter. I still found it delicious. One of my new favorites!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep burnt red color. very hazy but still able to see through it and two fingers worth of a tannish head that leaves a lacing

Smell: sweet malts are jumping out of this one. great balance between the sweetness upfront and the bitter citrus hops that follow

Taste: not like the smell at all. starts off with toasty malts that is followed up by a bitterness that is slightly citrusy.

Mouthfeel: starts off with a bit of bitterness but ends up rather refreshing

Overall: I don't know whats going on with this beer everything is pretty good except the taste. maybe this one isn't fresh but i have never had a problem with that from this store. may have to try again another day but this is what i got for now

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Actually hid this in my mix a six which was reserved for the owner of the store, who was not in that day,hehe!

A: This beer pours a dark, apple-juice type color with a thin lining head containing lots of little tiny bubbles and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Initial smell is of fruit like apple and spice. Also, has hints of coriander and some floral notes. Slight hoppyness to the finish as well.

T: Flavor is similar to the smell, but up front you get some pine and hop sweetness with a touch of grapefruit. The taste continues on with some spice and floral notes similar to the smell.

M: Very mellow and sweet on the mouth, not hardly any tart or hop bitterness. Very easy to drink, especially with such low alcohol content.

O: Very good beer to me, this is something I probably wouldn't have seen if it wasn't for my trained eye. Its a low ABV, but leaves room for a lot of quality and flavor. I would suggest getting this if you see it before its gone!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Deep ruby copper color. Cream colored head leaves a bubbly film, nice splotches of lacing.

Aroma: Hoppy, pepper, woody.

Taste: Very sharp hops up front. Spicy and woody, piny. Malts are hidden very well, and a touch of lemon citrus comes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: The happiest amber/red I've ever had. The low ABV helps make this an okay session.

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Photo of memphischas
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of Stone Brewing's most sessionable beers, only 4.4% but in no way does Stone relinquish their intense flavor. Pours a dark red copper with good retention. For a Red Ale they use a lot of hops but I really appreciate it. It's a pretty complex beer, good combination of both malt and hop. Has a slight oily mouthfeel. Overall a great brew with high drinkability because of the low ABV and the amazing taste.

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Photo of scotorum
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass preparatory to passing it past my two lips.

a: A deep clear amber formed a huge, frothy beigish head which receded only stubbornly, leaving an inch thick foam to drink through for awhile. Dense lacing remained where the head receded to a heavy surface foam film surrouinded by a thick ring.

s: Pearlike fruitiness.

t: Balanced malt and hops with a bitter finish. Refreshing enough, Still marvelling at that resilient foam head!

m: Medium, hop tongue assaults are even and linger.

o: Screams quality in its look and smell, and the lingering bitterness grows more interesting. The low ABV makes it eminently sessionable, and served cold on a hot day this could be a real welcome winner, as it was for me.

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Photo of CoachC
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful 1 inch head with good retention.

S - smells of floral hops, grapefruit.

T - taste is very nice. Grapefruit and citrus hops dominate here with some caramel to back things up.

M - maybe a tad thin, but good.

O - overall, one of the best hoppy red ales I've ever tasted. I like it better that Green Flash Hop Head Red. Definitely give it a try if you can find it fresh.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker.

Amber color with a three finger pillowy head.

Very floral, citrus notes.

Spicy taste, bold and sweet up front. Dry finish with a subtle grapefruit tone.

I can see the appeal, it’s a very good session beer. Another solid offering from Stone.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with a one finger head. Quickly dissipates to a light cap and sticky lacing.

S - Piney hops and molasses take up the majority of the aroma, light sweetness as well. Rather simple scent but honestly very enjoyable.

T - Light malt turning to a darker molasses. Signature Stone resin hops and bitterness on the swallow and heavy into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and carbonation, a bit of an oily feel.

O - Not enough malt for what I am normally looking for in an amber, though what you would expect from a Stone beer. Nice aroma but needs more in the flavor profile. If I was looking for an IPA I would judt get one of their other options.

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Photo of lizardspring
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend recommended I try this beer, I picked a bottle up at a local total wine.

A: Pours a deep almost red amber, medium bubbles are present. There’s about a finger and a half of head which subsided to a solid layer on the surface of the beer within a minute or so, and left light lacing.

S: Strong citrusy and flowery scents are present. This beer is very aromatic and inviting.

T: I’m getting a very strong flowery flavor from this beer with a light citrus peel finish.

M: This is a very lively and fresh brew, the carbonation and light bitterness really aroused my mouth. I’m not picking up on too much maltiness here.

O: Overall I very much enjoyed this beer. It’s very light, refreshing, and tasty. A lot of my enjoyment came from the aroma alone. I could easily drink a few of these and not get tired of them. I would have maybe liked to see a tad bit more maltiness or something to balance out the bitterness.

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Photo of Vixie
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really nice red color with a light tan head. The head lingers for some time, overall a nice looking beer.

Smell is mainly malt and hops.

Starts out a bit malty with a hint of caramel. The hops don't wait long to kick in, they leave a bitter aftertaste at the finish.

Not a bad feel, a little on the thin side.

Pretty flavorful beer, but a bit too hoppy for my tastes. This would be a great beer for those who like hops, as the low abv means you could drink several easily.

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Photo of C3likesbeer
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Nice clear copper to amber and reddish. Very nice lace.

S- Hoppy and citrus. Definitely tingly on the nose.

T - Bitter with some hops. Burnt toast and foamy carbonated finish that doesn't last that long. Even though it looks like an amber ale, I really didn't taste much malt. Interesting but really closer to an IPA than a red ale.

O- Fair to middling' IPA disguised as a red ale. Kinda grows on you as you get to the tail end of the beer, but I am not sure if I would buy again. It doesn't seem to know what kind of beer it is.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is piney hops, citrus, malts and mild fruit. Flavor is citrus, grapefruit, biscuit/earthy malts, fruit and a tangy/bitter finish. Among the best session ales I've ever had, this is a great every day ale and even with the low abv its the best amber ale I've every had.

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Photo of DaisyJane
4.81/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Is there such a thing as a perfect beer? Stone Brewery, you’ve done it again.

The appearance is amber to golden brown.

When you open a bottle or pour it, you’ll notice the chamomile almost right away, with a mix of pine and citrus notes. Malty but not too much so. Taste is crisp, spicy. You’ll notice the chamomile again as a finish.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. Unique and classic.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Deep red with an off-white head, very good lacing. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from my nucleated glass, aiding the retention.

A: Grassy citrus, pine, and a touch of spice from the hops, very rounded malt backbone with some burnt caramel sweetness. Neutral yeast character.

T/M: Big bitterness upfront for a beer of such light strength, moves into a nice showcasing of west-coast fruity/pine hops with a grassy edge. Malt is somewhat aggressive, attributing burnt sugar notes and a subtle base malt. Not very sweet considering the amount of crystal used, has a slightly acid dry finish, in a good way.

Overall, a delicious session ale. I can think of very few beers less than 5%abv that can stand up to the intensity of flavor, and balance of this beer.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Very sharp looking beer. A quite dark golden amber with lot's of carbonation visible. Plenty of bubles coming up for the duration of the pour. Very thick white head, which stuck around for a while, morphed into some cool shapes, and left a good amount of residuals.

S - Like a light IPA. Hops, but not too powerful. Smelled nice, just not a ton going on. Maybe a hint of grapefruit, too.

T - Interesting. As was the case with the aroma, tasted more like a light IPA than an Amber/Red Ale. Didn't notice much malt, but some general frutiness was present. Hops flavor intensified in the aftertaste. Very pleasant.

F - One of the beers strongest features. Very light and crisp feeling with a strong aftertaste. No bloating or heavy feeling. A good beer to drink on the golf course or in any instance when you're going to have more than a couple.

O - Not my favorite Stone brew, but it's still a very good beer. A perfect beer for anyone who likes the taste of hops, but doesn't enjoy the bitterness and explosion of a ton of hops. I do enjoy beers like that, but there are times when I want a lighter, more crisp tasting hoppy beer, and this beer does the trick. Highly recommended.

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Photo of obywan59
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours coppery to reddish copper with a substantial 2 1/2 finger off white head that becomes chunky as it recedes, leaving awesome thick, sticky lacing.

Piney with citrus, especially, overripe citrus, and rich caramel malts.

Citrusy tart, but not totally dry. Just a touch of sweetness. Caramel malts and bitter hops linger on the tongue.

Medium full bodied. Peppery and crisp. Lightly syrupy but drying on the tongue, and a light burn in the throat.

This beer has a lighter ABV than any beer I've had from Stone, but it still packs a flavor punch. A good summer offering, in my opinion, even with it's thicker body.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,198 ratings.