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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

3,730 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,730
Reviews: 1,191
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 139
Gots: 337 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hoppy beer, not usually my taste but very, very good, although a little one-dimensional

I drank it from a pint glass, as expecting a bit of a darker tinge to the beer. I overall really enjoyed it, although not my personal preference.

The pros - good, strong hoppy aftertaste for those who enjoy it, but not overpowering, and not a heavy beer at all, easily great if cold.

Cons - was expecting a little more complexity to the beer's flavor

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Botulizard
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Brown with a 1-inch beige head that dissipates quickly, leaving a whole lot of lacing. Any "hole" in the lacing that results from drinking gets filled back in very quickly after standing for a few seconds.

S: Strong hop smell, very much like an IPA.

T: Very hoppy. More like an IPA than the regular brown ale that it appears to be.

M: Much more hearty and in-character for a brown ale than the rest of the beer.

O: It's very good, but it's not exactly what it appears to be in terms of style. The mouthfeel and appearance are its only real differences from IPAs that I've had.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Photo of Walletsworth
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,730 ratings.