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Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

3,607 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,607
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 127
Gots: 277 | 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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Photo of billybob
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark rich amber color with a one finger beige head that held up very well and a light sticky lace. mild pine aromas in the nose. very hoppy taste with a bready grainy mouthfeel carbonation crisp. hops dominate if you are a big hop person you will like this beer and the low abv makes it a good session beer. i am not a big hop fan so the 3.5 for drinkability.

billybob, May 18, 2009
Photo of deebo
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A=amber and clear

S=toasted malt with a little hop astringency

T=Malted barley with hops throughout but balanced better than Stone's other beers-but of course most of their other beers don't try to be balanced-they like the hops.

M=Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Hops linger a bit.

D=This one is pretty good for sipping on for awhile.

deebo, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of aubuc1
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a snifter.

Pours a dark clear amber with a tan head.

Tight sweet piney grapefruity smell.

Taste is well balanced. Biscuity, honey, light bitterness. Very nice.

Maybe a little thin, but it is made up for by the ease it goes down.

I didn't know what to expect, but this is a very well made session beer that does not overpower.

aubuc1, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of mixed_master7
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

mixed_master7, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. silk-screened longneck bottle poured into an 18 oz. pub glass.

Pours an incredible deep mahogany that takes on deep rubied tones. Crowned with a huge, billowing, rocky beige head that fades slowly to a frothy cap, leaving behind thick, tight rings of lacing on the glass as the drink fades away into a welcoming mouth.

The fragrance wafting into the nose is even more surprising than the drop-dead-gorgeous looks: a huge floral/citrusy hop aroma that screams West Coast IPA and liberal dry hopping with home-grown hops from the good ol' USA.

Very light in body and nicely carbonated, with a solid malt backbone of light caramel sweetness combined with mildly toasted bread that shows up more toward the middle, meddling and mixing with a bitter yet none-overpowering citric hop presence that wonderfully complements and balances the malts, fading away with a somewhat dry finish and a bit of lingering hop flavor.

As stated, this is one perfectly balanced beer, and with as much full-on flavor and character as is present, the only thing giving away the extremely low 4.4% ABV is the lack of any sort of buzz afterward, even on a mostly empty stomach. There is no doubt that this ale ranks among the most characterful, flavorful session beers on the planet. The only thing that could keep it from dethroning anyone else is its relatively steep commanding price, which at around $10.00+ for a sixer is a little out of regular session territory.

But, then again, everything else about this beer is lightyears away from the usual "session" territory. It's time to rethink session beers altogether.

superdedooperboy, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of Goldfishman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Goldfishman, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of OgreSanchez
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

OgreSanchez, Jul 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

pearljam118, May 16, 2012
Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Beezee, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Ispeakforthetrees, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +3.6%

adamant1912, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of PhineasGage
5/5  rDev +29.5%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

dgeebs07, May 06, 2012
Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bdel34, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of kmos27
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kmos27, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Mikexw
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Mikexw, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle pored into a Stone pint glass

A - A dark amber red color, with 1 finger of head and nice sticky lace that sticks around until the beer is gone

S - Very hoppy smell for an amber ale. Pine and citrus hops. Sweetness too, maybe molasses.

T - Hoppy up front, and a malt bomb at the end, but very smooth. Nut flavors as well. Very tasty.

M - Fairly thin body and medium carbonation. Nothing special on the mouthfeel.

O - Very tasty for a low abv beer (4.4%). Therefore, very high drinkability. Well done Stone!

BeerDawgs, Jul 08, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

kjrod20, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

meanmutt, Feb 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Googs, Jul 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of bsm80x
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bsm80x, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of kornkid8600
4/5  rDev +3.6%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,607 ratings.