Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews: 1,195 | Hads: 3,845
Photo of ZoomanCru
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: Deep copper/orange with some reddish hues. Pours slightly hazy with good carbonation and a one and a half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving significant lacing a thin head.

Smell: Deep amber malt nose with some lingering hops bitterness in the background. Over all, not a super strong bouquet, but the aromas are well balanced and clean. Notes of caramel and pine.

Taste: Slight toasted malt in the fore and after taste. True taste is all hops, and a little more bitter than I was expecting from the nose. Predominantly piney with some subtle fruity acidity. Very well balanced but not remarkable. Lingering astringency that could be a result of my palate, but it's a little bit off putting. Tiniest amount of diacetyl as the beer is allowed to warm.

Mouth: Dry and evenly carbonated, this beer is easily drinkable. Could maybe use a little more body to make up for the acidity of the hops. It's only 4.4% ABV too. (941 characters)

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

Aroma: fresh citrussy hops, herbs earth and metallic amber malts. Appearance: deep, brownish purple with a thin foam. Taste: strong bitter hop overtones which is is not typical of amber ales (expected from stone though). Other notes of deep caramel, molasses, sugar, metallic notes and syrupy maple. Overall, I'm typically not a fan of amber ales, but this is hopped up to my tastes, it's very enjoyable. (404 characters)

Photo of screamking
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Look:dark amber, thick khaki head, great lacing.
Aroma notes:orange, lemon, grapefruit, slight pine, grass.
Tasting notes:grapefruit, lemon zest, wheat bread, brown sugar, grass.
Feel: very light bodied.

This ones a mixed bag, while it's low ABV makes it a great session ale it also hinders it in the amber field. The aroma seems to be the strongest aspect of this one with its IPA like hop smells. There's better ambers out, much better. (481 characters)

Photo of CA_brewster
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a deep amber color with a pretty sad off white head almost no lacing on my glass. It smells of sweet caramel malts and some nice piney hops. There is a very pleasant aroma to this brew. I found the taste to be quite malty but it has some definite hop bitterness that balances it out nicely. This beer is not yellow, it’s not fizzy and it doesn’t taste like water but it clocks in at a measly 4.4% abv. This is good and I’m happy drinking but I would just step it up to the IPA. (496 characters)

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

Appearance: Nice amber color with a good white head

Smell: Piney herbal hops, with some light malt in the background

Taste: Citrus, pine, herbal hoppy flavors. Some toasted bread, grain, and caramel malts in the background

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: Good session beer, but way too expensive for what it is. I try to not let my wallet influence reviews, but when I'm paying what this costs, I would prefer to be satisfied with one beer. I would have this around often if it was more affordable. But still, it is overall a very good brew. (562 characters)

Photo of Brianofthemarsh
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Clear amber-red with awesome foamy tan head.
s - Citrus, pine, toast in the background
t - Pine, some citrus, toast. Very crisp. Let it warm and you get caramel and the hops get medicinal.
m - moderate-high carbonation at first. Let it sit and the carbonation fades, becoming more slick
o- a good session amber. Better cold. (328 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with an "enjoy by" date of 1/5/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - a fine looking red ale with bubbly carbonation that builds a towering, beige head! Lacing is superb!
Smell - a surprisingly hop forward citrus nose! I am really pleased with this!
Taste - another aggressively hopped beer from Stone that finds a way to work with the style!
Feel - light body, bitter hops, and very easy to drink, as you can imagine at 4.4%.
Overall - an amber ale for the hop head! Stone hits a home run with this one in my opinion! (536 characters)

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

Pours a clear amber-red with two inches of airy tan head. Very good retention; good lacing.

Grassy hops, biscuity and caramel malt aromas, and a touch of brown sugar.

Dusty hops that verge on medicinal towards the end.

Flat, quick and dry. Medium body with a lingering medicinal finish.

Good beer on the whole.
Nothing inherently "bad" about it, but it is slightly "meh." The flavors featured are undeniably good, but are overshadowed by what it doesn't have.
Regardless, I would have it again; worth trying if you can get it where you are. (560 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- a clear deep amber. The foamy-ish white head has amazing retention aided by the steady contribution of carbonation.

S- big pine hops dominates with some very subtle grapefruit notes

T- pine hops is the order of the day. It dominates throughout and overpowers pretty much everything else. It's good, but it's just one note.

M-a faint tickle of carbonation in an otherwise smooth and thinner ale

O-it's a good but not great amber. I'd like more depth. (457 characters)

Photo of jtw004
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Apperance - An excellent dark brown, through which some line shines. Similar to a nice iced tea color

Smell- A crisp smell that gives you some freshness

Taste - Fantastic. Finishes with an uplifting freshness.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation, excellently smooth. Feels great

Overall - A very solid beer. A fall beer if ever there was one. (340 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany, with a creamy off-white head. Smells of pinecones, and a hint of oak. Taste begins with a sharp grapefruit peel bite, then some rye bread, and finishes with a long piney bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall an excellent amber ale. It is really a nice beer for hop-heads, it is as hoppy as some of the new 'session' IPA's ive had. (358 characters)

Photo of tmm313
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful dark amber, almost red color. Constant stream of bubbles. 1/2 finger head with good lacing.
S- Grapefruit, tropical fruit, grass, pine. Pretty inviting.
T- Piney hops, caramel, and tropical fruit up front, followed by sweet grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and maybe a touch of lemon. Subtle lingering pine bitterness.
M- Medium, creamy body with crisp carbonation. Slightly oily finish with nice piney bitterness.
O- This is a pretty good beer. Very good session beer. Not the strongest flavors in the world, but excellent for what it is. (551 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
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! (596 characters)

Photo of DrJ
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of pallison123
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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'! (809 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,221 characters)

Photo of 77black_ships
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mid. 2011 Review: 25 cl. drat @ Stone vs. Moeder event: red amber with an off-white head, smells like grapefruit & pine hops, light caramel, taste is moderate but full pine & grapefruit hops, malty, slightly fruity, caramel, medium bitterness, pretty damn good given its abv. (275 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with small to no head. Aroma of big earthy hops. Flavor is very dry with earthy piney hops and a big biscuit malt backbone. Slick and dry mouthfeel. Steers away from most ambers with the big bitter hop presence and I love that. Medium high carbonation. Solid beer that I would be happy to have any time. (320 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured Levitation Ale into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a dark amber with one finger of off white head.

S - Getting some grapefruit, pine, smooth roasted malt.

T - Smooth roasted malt, smooth hops, some grapefruit mid plate. Not too bad.

M - A little light on the mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Yes, you can drink a few of these with the low alcohol content.

O - Not the best Stone Brew I've had, but definitely not a drain pour. Cheers! (441 characters)

Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (442 characters)

Photo of Botulizard
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of Walletsworth
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,973 characters)

Photo of anon
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (303 characters)

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