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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Levitation AleLevitation Ale

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very good

3,781 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,781
Reviews: 1,202
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 144
Gots: 381 | 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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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the stone tasting at jungle jims with Greg Koch

A-nice amber color with almost no head
S-no suprise that it is a hoppy beer being from stone. Not much else there.
D-nice hop profile. Hoppiest session beer beer I have ever had before
M-light bodied and crisp
d-very drinkable and enjoyable. Nice session beer

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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle is of course in Stone fashion a beautifully silk screened masterpiece of Gargoyle fantasy. The beer inside was poured into a tall pilsner glass and is pretty good looking too. Dark, clear amber color. Big sticky tan colored head. As I type this review the creamy head is getting better and better looking.

For being such a small beer (ABV) it really has a nice nose. I can get a bright malt smell as well as some yeast and a faint citrus hop smell. Nice!!

The taste is malty and sweet. A little orange pucker-ish. I'm kind of the big over the top IPA kinda guy so it's pretty weak for me, but I must score for the style and I think it's a pretty good amber.

Mouth is great. Silky, well carbonated. Maybe a bit dry at the end. Surprisingly not as watery as I would expect for a beer with the alcohol content of a Bud Light. Goes to show you that great brewers can do the world with so little. I have had so many beers that are classified porter or stout with half the mouthfeel as this.

Overall I really enjoyed this single 12 oz. bottle. Thanks to Jeff from my favorite bottle shop for the sample. I have overlooked this beer for years because of the price for the alcohol. Maybe I should tuck my alcoholism in my pocket next time and buy this great drinking baby of a beer.

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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Cloudy amber in color - simialr to apple cider. Light citrus aroma with a hint of biscuit. Very smooth and a bit creamy, but a little on the thinner side. Citrus and light pine hop aromas with a light malty caramel and bready undertone throughout. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness, but not unpleasantly bitter. Light and easy to drink. Less malty than other red ales I've had.

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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, red amber colored with a tight off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: fruity hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange

T: slight bitterness up front quickly fades to a caramel malt, toasty bread

M: on the thinner side with high carbonation

O: a refreshing red ale, low abv but high in flavor

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Poures penny-copper in color with a medium-sized orange-ish head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lace. The beer initially shows lots of bubbles sticking to the side of the glass, but these dissipate fairly quickly.

Taste: Begins with medium bitterness, yielding to buttery sweetness. The finish is toasty with floral and citrus hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with heavy bitterness and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: This is probably the worst beer I've had from Stone so far, yet it's still pretty good. Not the best Amber Ale I've had, but surely better than many. Worth a taste.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum. This baby looks and smells wonderful. And it's so light that I can enjoy it at 11:30pm as my first beer after class on my way towards S P R I N G B R E A K!

Of course, if I weren't a 29 year old undergraduate that might be more exciting.

The beer pours out of the bottle dated 10/12/10 (eek, I'm a bit late... will have to update this review) a lovely deep amber to brown clear bubbly drink with great clingy head. It still has a freshly hopped aroma, with a malt component that's both complex and I bet a touch more present than it would be if I hadn't let this one sit for too long.

The taste has that characteristic hops to big malts mix that good ambers carry, and although that's a positive, it sadly finishes a little astringent and not with a good bitter. The drinkability remains high though, because the low 4.4% alcohol and the balance the start and middle of the taste carry bid you to drink more.

And drink more I shall.

Wait, why is my glass empty?

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,781 ratings.