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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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very good

3,753 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,753
Reviews: 1,198
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 141
Gots: 354 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Sampling right now on 11/1/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F from my beer cooler. Poured into a brandy snifter. Great looking bottle that has the label painted-on and isn't a decal or sticker.

Pours a pretty dark amber color with a 1+-finger tan head. The head doesn't last long and settles down to a very small head mostly around the edges of the glass. Leaves lots of lacing when sipped. The aroma is mostly of hoppy grains. the taste was pretty much the same with a hint of some dark fruit. A bitter aftertaste hits you right up front from the hops. Does linger around until the next sip. LOL!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bronzed amber in color, good head retention, smells & flavors of whole wheat toast/ brown bread with a hint of cocoa, malt strives to balance assertive herbal hops on the palate, low carbonation and light bodied mouth feel, decent length. For such a low ABV (4.4%) ale, this beer provides good flavor and some decent balance between hops & malt, though some may find this too hoppy (for this style of beer).

A very nice, hoppy American amber ale, and very good lower ABV alternative by Stone to their very flavorful but high(er) ABV ales (e.g. Stone IPA).

Roast beef and potatoes would make a good food pairing with this beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a beautiful amber brown color with a towering cream colored head that retains well and leaves a fair mount of sporadic lacing.

S-Hops overwhelm the nose leaving very little nuance. I'm picking up on slightly toasted notes at the end of the nose.

T-Hops at the front of the palate. They are overwhelming as well but the finish leaves a little fruit and a toasty flavor as well. More balanced than the nose

MF-Creamy, medium-bodied and fizzy. Finishes crisp but not too carbonated.

O-I enjoy the beer, but it isn't a great representation of the style. Too hoppy and not nuanced enough, IMO.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The pour: Into a Duvel glass. 3/4 inch firm, tan head. As another reviewer noted, it dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Firms up again as you swirl the glass between sips.

Color: Deep amber. Not quite red, and not opaque, but darker than I expected. I think the hoppy character, which I remembered well, tricked me into thinking the color was more golden. Which brings me to...

Flavor: Very dry, and very hoppy. This isn't of the (overly) sweet, pine-coney, earthy ilk that permeate the IPA market - these buds have a bite which is more-ish. Which brings me to...

Session character: Levitation clocks in at a modest 4.4% ABV - hurrah! Thanks to Stone - no stranger in the hoppy, high-octane ale movement for producing a beer with this much flavor, while being so friendly to drinking 'by volume'!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the mixer case into my 13th Anny pint glass
Noted 10/24/13

A : Dark amber body with garnet hues and very fine clarity. Half finger of stubborn khaki cream whip on top. A light squiggly trellis of crusty lace adheres to the glass upon drinking.

A: Bright citrus orange peel and bready pale malt nose with a touch of toffee and some danky herbal weed on the trail end. Very fresh on the hops and notably aromatic.

T: Citrus hops with tangerine and light grapefruit. Firmly countered with toasted bready malts. Has a significant amount of dankiness too and finishes out more spicy with layers of pine. Moderate bitterness falling on the higher side and the alcohol is completely nonexistent. Nutty with that toffee likeness and some stone fruit coming through as well. Great flavors and tasting very fresh.

M: Light frothy and airy with a mod-low body. Creamy and soft in texture but with a bready fullness. Touch of peppery bitterness and slight resinous linger.

D: Very drinkable. A great hoppy fix with big bready malt presence and all wrapped in a very light little package. This is one of those beers I often underestimate just how good it is. Great balance and loaded with flavor for a sessions.

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,753 ratings.