Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

1,195 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 1,195
Hads: 3,845
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 152
Gots: 450 | FT: 4
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 Sam-VW
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into CAMRA glass

Deep red with medium off white head leaving sticky lacing

Smell hops and sea salt

Crystal malt followed by great piny bitter hop leaving citrus aftertaste

Medium carbonation but it works well to bring the flavours out

Excellent brew (274 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bought a six pack of levitation after seeing an attractive store display -

A pours on the dark side, sort of a deep red note and lots of clarity. big off-white head settles to more that a file with generous lacing:

S sweet pungent hoppiness.

T hits you right up front with a blast of hops. malt takes a backseat here

M the hops linger on and on - body is just a bit thin by stone standards.

D really nice hop blaster - but honestly if I had known about the low abv I wouldve gone with another stone selection. (515 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This pours a caramel amber in color. It’s much darker than I remembered, with a thick cap of khaki foam. There’s a light and lemony roast aroma. The flavor has an upfront piney bitterness with a bit of burnt caramel, and something which makes me think of burnt popcorn as it finishes. There’s so much flavor for such a low abv! (333 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color. The head is two fingers high with a pale yellow shade. Retention is quite good, and some nice lacing rings are left on the glass.

S: There's something oddly salty about this one. There are the usual caramely malts paired with piny, almost minty hops as well. But again, it's kind of salty. No, it's not a fresh bottle by any stretch, but it's within the best by date - so it's fair game as far as I'm concerned. Still, it's weirdly appealing.

T: It opens up with a hefty amount of piny bitterness, coexisting with the caramel malt backbone that pops up midtaste. I want to say that the finish is almost tobacco-y; certainly it's really herbaceous. I could use more in the way of fruit esters here - that would help give it more needed complexity. Otherwise, this is a decent enough 'Murican bitter.

M: Full bodied for 4.4%, yet dry enough to make it easy to drink. It stops short of being watery thanks to some mild lingering sweetness. Carbonation isn't that high. It drinks closer to 6%, and I'd even suggest that's a compliment.

O: I'd love to try this fresher - right now it seems a touch 'stale'. That, and I could use some more estery action to make it properly great. Stone makes other beer that I'd go after first, but this would make a decent fallback nonetheless. (1,341 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

---Guest review by my brother---

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is medium reddish brown in color with a decent head the dissipated quickly.

Smells lightly of pine and some tart citrus

Taste follows smell; a bit of dark sweetness to start that quickly develops the distinct flavor of citrus hops with pine hops to follow and finish.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, pretty medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Lacing in the glass is nice but subtle.

Overall a pretty good beer, carmelly to start, grapefruit in the main body, and pine to finish. Definitely enjoyed drinking it. (580 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mostly clear medium reddish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and a hint of copper highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops and slightly lesser aromas of pine hops. There are light hints of caramel malts as well underneath the hops.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit hops and light notes of pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness are present but does not linger for long.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very flavorful with a really nice hop presence and quite sessionable due to the low ABV. Definitely one I would grab again and I can't believe this is the first time I have tried it. (1,063 characters)

Photo of topace
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - pours a nice dark golden brown with a finger and a half of tan head that fades to a dense lacing

S - Citrusy floral hops with a hint of malty sweetness, very well rounded.

T - A good balance of malt and hops with a bitter hop aftertaste that lingers well.

M - surprisingly watery, not quite what I was expecting given everything else this beer had to offer...

O - A very very solid drinking beer, great balance, and a very good balanced hoppy amber, unfortunately the mouthfeel left a bit to be desired and the taste was missing just a hint of something. (590 characters)

Photo of MattNidiffer
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard flared tulip glass with a half finger of head.

Appearance - Pours a dark amber with a khaki head that somewhat lingers. One of the darker amber ales I've seen. Head slowly dissipates to form a ringlet around the edge of the surface with a few small ringlets throughout.

Smell - Some have said they detect cannabis in the aromas, but I'm not picking any of that up. Slightly piney, earthy tones. Small hints of spice and pepper.

Taste - Roasted, earthy flavor right off the bat. Small hints of hops, and a bit of citrus, but this beer has a very peppery, roasted, almost nutty flavor to it. Not bad, but one of the more toasty amber ales I've had. Nice bitter, nutty aftertaste, almost reminiscent of the aftertaste walnuts leave.

Mouthfeel - Not over carbonated, but a potent little fizz to it. Smooth finish, not quite clean, but very smooth. Slightly dry, but still moderately refreshing.

Overall - Overall, this is a very solid beer. From start to finish, I found it to be very enjoyable and very drinkable. Although this beer is available year round, I recommend it be enjoyed in the waning Summer/early fall months (as many amber ales are). Not quite a session drinking beer, I wouldn't mind having a few of these around to enjoy from time to time. All in all, this beer was a pleasant surprise. From start to finish, I found this beer to be very enjoyable. (1,404 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to laugh when I read a review stating cannabis in the aroma but damn if you can't.
It almost dominates the aroma. My bottle is about a month pass prime and I get cannabis, fading, muted hops and caramel malts.
The appearance is quite pretty with a russet brown copper color with a thick dense beige head.
The taste is a little sweet with a big dose of malts. I can also smell leather, tobacco molasses.
On the palate it drinks quite thick with a burning fast bitterness that fades before the clean aftertaste. (515 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant amber with a plume of dense khaki head that lingers.

Floral hops dominate, with cannabis and citrus adding complexity. There's a bit of skunk accompanying slightly sweet caramel malt.

Flavor reveals a somewhat sweet caramel malt backbone, which becomes deeply toasted and bitter in the finish. Underlying notes of muted grapefruit add complexity.

Body and carbonation are moderate. There's a slightly harsh astringency at the finish.

Much more malt character than expected, but it's nicely countered by both hop flavoring and bittering. The bittering is a touch more than I prefer, but depth of malt flavor and citrus keep me content. (656 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into stone pint glass. Poured with a nice dark reddish color. Head was moderate with my pour and left nice lacing.
Odor is nice! Sweet and a little fruity. Mix of sweet bread and also a little caramel.
Taste is light at first and then gives some coffee and dark sweet notes. Hop bitterness is predominant from middle to end. Hops give a grapefruit and a small amount of pine to the taste. Ends with these as well.
Mouth feel is a little lighter than expected. Carbonation is moderate.
Overall, a very good beer( to sum it up). Could use a little more depth in my opinion but still worth having again. (611 characters)

Photo of DanU
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: color is almost chestnut. Very nice, almost tan head with good lacing.

S: A hop dominant aroma, slightly citrusy, a little caramel malt.

T: Pretty close to the aroma. Slight caramel malt up front followed by earthy, slightly citrusy hops. The hop flavor is big for this style and ABV, which is to be expected from Stone.

M: Smooth, good carbonation, a little frothy as it warmed.

O: This beer has a good hop flavor. I would prefer some more presence from the malt, but that would most likely push this beer farther from session territory. If you want a beer with a low abv and big hop presence, this is exactly that. For me personally, with this amount of hops, the lack of body from the lower abv takes away from this one. (730 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by 02/25/2014 printed on the bottleneck. A new beer to me from Stone, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. I've been passing this one up forever, so I figured it was time to try it out.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a very nice ruby / amber colored body with about a finger of khaki head. Some nice strings of thin lacing. Very nice clarity. Active carbonation is noted. Looks good.

S - Smell is quite subdued in comparison to the other more standard Stone offerings. Huge juicy hop bitterness isn't really present at all, surprisingly. Bready caramel / amber malt,

T - Taste is comprised of big bready malt, honey, amber / red malt, white sugar, and a strong herbal tea leaf sweetness. Herbal, earthy, and twiggy. Good depth of flavor for such a low alcohol beer.

M - Feel is dry, bready, and malty. Mild pine resins / grapefruit bitterness. Light-bodied, with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice change of pace when compared to the palate destroying IPA's that Stone is known for. Easy drinking and sessionable with a low 4.40% abv. I would have it again, but it's not something I would seek out often.

Stone Levitation Ale ---4/5. (1,207 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

This beer pours a lovely amber with definite red highlights and a minimal head that disappears almost as fast as it appeared. The smell is piney hops and malts. The taste is more blunt, with the hops being more forceful on the tongue. Malts and some sweetness come in afterward. Mouth feel is sharp, carbonation is high and the combination are somewhat bracing.

Not a bad beer, but probably not one I would revisit. (456 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours a gorgeous deep reddish copper color with a thick white head that lasts well into the beer. It does finally give way to a nice film and spiderweb lacing. The aroma is more subtle than I've come to expect from Stone but delicious none the less. There is a lot of sweet malts on the nose with an underlying hoppy bitterness, mostly citrus and pine. The flavor is quite sweet at first with lots of malt and caramel notes this is followed by a bit of a bitter hop bite that resolves to a nicely balanced finish. The ale sips quite light and easy, almost too much so. I'd honestly like a little more coating and lasting flavor with this one. This is a nice amber/red ale but nowhere near the best of the offerings out there. (734 characters)

Photo of MrBoz21
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured sparkling copper with white cap- very bright and moderately. Carbed

Aroma: caramel, biscuit and floral.

Taste: nice bitter backbone. Biscuit, sweet waffle and piney. There's a fruit that I can't quite place .... Mango?

Mouth is moderate with good malt presence.

Overall: very balanced and tasty - has a nice hop profile and is very robust for a session beer (368 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Lindman's beer glass.

A - Almost translucent burgundy or raspberry cider looking. Probably influenced by the glass I poured into..

S - Malted ale...

T - Malty ale at first followed by hop bite and grapefruit citrus.

M - Light carbonation and nice and smooth with some head.

O - It's a good refreshing ale. A lot flavor for %4.4 ABV. A nice choice if you want to kick back a 6pk with a buddy but don't want to get smashed and don't want a lager. (462 characters)

Photo of jj139
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

enjoyed in a standard pint glass

A - Deep, dark brownish copper with an 1+ inch egg shell head. Decent but long lasting lacing.

S - Toasty sweet malt, followed by hints of grapefruit, caramel, and pine

T - Toasty malt right up front then a hoppy bite.

M - Medium carbonation, lighter body but still decent flavor. Pretty hoppy finish for this style of beer.

O - While not my favorite Red Ale around this is still a good solid beer. With an ABV of 4.4% this would be a decent brew to kick back and enjoy a few. (514 characters)

Photo of jhkroop
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good middle of the road, standard ale. Color is reddish, caramel. Nose is clean, but not floral in the least. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with a mild bitterness on the end, which is welcomed. The carbonation is well balanced. This is a very drinkable, daytime beer when you want to enjoy multiple drinks over an extended period of time. With a 4.4% abv, this is expected. (379 characters)

Photo of theteleman
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a big cloudy puffy marshmellowy head. Smells like hops and citrus. A somewhat chewy, thin mouthfeel. Very refreshing. Hops and citrus are balanced nicely with a faint malty undertone. Lots of flavor and super sessionable, a great beer for working in the yard on a hot day. (302 characters)

Photo of levineju
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Stone's take on Amber/Red Ale, and one of their stalwarts since it won big props at the 2007 GABF. 12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - A very pleasing amber, not unlike pure Grade A maple syrup. Pour yields a finger of cream colored head that dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing on the glass as it goes.

S - Malt, of course, but a bit more hops than usual for the style...not surprising for Stone. Melon, cherries, light citrus.

T - Subtle, somewhat delicate malt rounded in the back with sharp hops. Bread-y on the exhale.

M - a bit sharper than anticipated. Not as creamy or drinkable as some amber contemporaries.

O - not bad at all, but not my favorite from the category. Still favoring Censored from Lagunitas in Northern California. (762 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mini Brew Review: Stone Levitation Ale

ABV: 4.4%

Appearance: Deep copper, lots of foam and carbonation. Good lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops, caramel.

Taste: Toasty malts, caramel, pine, grassy hops. Hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, strong bitter hop aftertaste.

The Verdict: Pretty good. Less bitter than many Stone offerings but plenty of flavor. Pretty boozy for the low ABV. It’s not the first amber ale I’ll reach for, but there’s a good chance that I will reach for it. (501 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a hop head and I'm surprised it took me this long to try Levitation Ale. There's a great amount of piney, sharp, citrus-y hops. It's definitely more towards the bitter side but not as bitter as some other ales I have had. There's also a pleasant lightness to the beer. (272 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: dark amber (a particular shade I've not often seen).... myriad of micro hop specks.... 3/4" high head, mashed-potato contour.... relatively filtered-clear aside from hop specks

S: wow! how 'bout that?! it's hoppy... pine on top, tropical fruit (pineapple, papaya) in the middle.... an undertone of medium crystal (60-80)

T: moderate-plus, citrusy hop bitterness, full frontal.... slightly earthy hop notes, spicy... mild showing of malts in the background - light caramel and toasty flavors.... actually, the hop bitterness is fairly sharp and aggressive once this warms more.... peculiar jelly/jell-o fruit flavor underneath

M: overall, quite dry, nearly desiccating by the finish.... enough initial roll from the body to briefly suggest substance... bit of a creaminess to the foam wash

O: nothing terribly unique about this beer.... like a fool, I imagined maybe this would be the black sheep Stone beer that wasn't hopped to high hell.... on the other hand, this might just be the most drinkable and my favorite of Stone's lighter-hued ales that I've had (1,065 characters)

Photo of Zdrummer15
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle to a pint glass about 2 months before the printed enjoy by date

Appearance: copper/amber color with a 1 finger, khaki/white head that sticks around leaving great lacing

Smell: relatively muted. Some earthy pine notes, but nothing jumps out at me too much

Taste: a lot of earthy pine hop flavor with a little citrus character as well. There is also some bread and caramel malt flavors to balance it out

Mouth feel: tight, crisp carbonation with a pretty light body

Overall: The mouthfeel is similar to other inferior beers with similar alcohol contents, but not much else is. This is a solid session beer with a nice balanced flavor. I honestly had to double check the label to believe it was only 4.4%. If Stone's goal was pack as much flavor into a low-alcohol beer as possible, they accomplished that masterfully. This would be a great beer to introduce your non-craft drinking friends to. It is solid, but doesn't overwhelm in any way. (973 characters)

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,195 ratings.