Levitation Ale
Stone Brewing

Levitation AleLevitation Ale
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American Amber / Red Ale
3.88 | pDev: 11.86%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Levitation AleLevitation Ale
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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ounce again the people at Stone hit it out of the park with this amazing Ale, it has nice heavy malt aroma, a coopery amber taste that sits on the tongue and an aftertaste that is a bit bitter but in a good way.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice hazy amber/red colored body. A one finger white foamy head dissipated within about a minute leaving some light ringy lacing stringing itself around the glass. The smell had a fairly big dried out citrus rolling all around in a slight peppery spice. The taste copied the smell and added a quick dry peppery spiced aftertaste leading to a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. I’d say it was appropriately styled. Overall, I’d say it was a good Amber/Red.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 backlog. 12 oz bottle. This is an amber? It tastes like no other amber I’ve ever had. That’s a compliment. When I first heard that Stone created an amber ale, I couldn’t believe it. It didn’t seem like something this hop-obsessed brewery would do. Then I tasted it. It has Stone written all over it. Most ambers are too malty for my taste. This beer is balanced nicely with plenty of hops. Smells of sweet malt, a little musty. Pours brownish amber, small head, good lacing. Tastes of raisins. The label says it all: there’s more character in this 4.4% alcohol beer than any other beer I can think of in this range. Well done, Stone.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

After all those years of ridicule for fizzy yellow light beers, this is basically Stone's foray into the very territory they marketed themselves against or raged against the machine if you will. Pours in between a dark gold and light copper color, 3/4" white head. Aroma was the least hoppy Stone beer ever.

Taste was better, even though light, it manages to be flavorful. Its a very drinkable beer with pale honey malt and some c hops. Still actually comes in with some red vienna like sweetness malt wise. Its not a bad thing to have around for a guest.

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Photo of LAp
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried in a stone 12-pack. A very underrated beer in my opinion. A nice light counterpoint to Stone's typically uncompromisingly hoppy offerings, and one that takes a lighter tack without compromising on the nuance of its flavor profile.

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Photo of stevoj
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another Stone masterpiece. Clear, medium amber with short, silky head. Pure malt in the nose, nut hops come on full bore in the taste. Lingering bitter finish. Wonderful!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with off-white head. Smells mostly like some herbal hops with a slight malty undertone. Taste starts with some caramel and continues with the same herbal hops note from the aroma. Quite bitter up-front and gets intensely bitter to the finish and follows in the aftertaste. Body is quite light and well carbonated. Overall this is a really aggressive amber ale with a lot of bitterness.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear copper, approaching ruby, with fine haze throughout. Light tan pillowy head of medium retention and a fair amount of lace. Aromas of resin, dark fruit, toasted malt, caramel. Taste is less strong than expected, favoring malt and tart, with small hint of caramel and metallic and herbal notes almost from the start. Herbal to rindy to not quite peppery aftertaste. Certainly a good balance here. Lighter in body than I generally enjoy for this style, very watery, but I have no real complaints. Lots of fine prickly to sudsy bubbles, making for a thick but easy swallow. Fairly dry, could stand to be more astringent.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark hazy amber color color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has malt and hops hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a malt and hop flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A well done Red Ale

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: mild American hops, Appearance: deep amber to light brown under a thick, creamy head producing thick ridges of foamy lacing that laces the glass all the way down. Flavor: A rich malt backbone with hops all over the place but not dominating. The malt sweetness balances the hops well. The malt sweetness is more of a light fruity sweetness than a caramel or dark sugar sweetness – no roast or dark malt flavors even though it looks chestnut or light reddish brown. Mouthfeel: medium light body, medium carbonation. Overall: A very repeatable American Amber Ale.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours an amber-brown color with a ruby hue, creamy and foamy off-white head seem stop retain forever, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- toasted malt forward aroma with notes of caramel, toasted bread and raisin, light floral and pine hop aroma

T- malt forward flavor follows the aroma with notes of caramel malt mixing with toasted bread crust & biscuit. Grassy, floral & pine underlying hops, before finishing with more toasted malt

M- medium body with medium biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes creamy and smooth, high drinkability

O- this is probably the most flavorful beer that I've had under 4.5%, sad that I waited this long to try it as it's one of the best session beers that I've had

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Photo of Bigalduncan64
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hops are the most prominent flavor. Has a pleasant citrus and pine tatse. I like less hops for the style, but Stone didn't over do it. The maltiness is hiding in the background. Pretty good!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark reddish black with very little head. Has a light coffee aroma. Watered down roasted malt taste ending in a more bitter coffee taste. Okay beer. More of a porter than a red ale. A little watered down but decent.

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Photo of stompilator
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured an opaque sienna with a two-finger, frothy head.

S - Not incredibly aromatic, very light hop aroma.

T - Very balanced blend of malts on the front end fading into light, smooth hops on the end, with a lot of subtle sweet flavors swimming in between.

M - Very smooth medium-body. Little fizz; this was very easy on the palate.

O - It's really sad to see this one go. Very un-Stone, but in a good way. Subtle without giving up complexity.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine two finger light khaki head with good retention and heavy lacing. Aroma of caramel male, citrus and piney hops. Flavor is piney, lightly resinous hops with light citrus, mildly caramel malt with some biscuit; finishes with pine resin, citrus rind and black pepper. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A quite hop forward amber ale, but the resinous hops are well supported by the malt and the peppery finish is great. Sessionable ambers are not one of my go to styles, but this is quite nice and I'd have it again if it wasn't being discontinued. Glad I got to try it while it still is around, it is very flavorful and hoppy for its ABV.

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Photo of heerboth
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably my favorite amber ale. It's a shame it's being discontinued. Wonderful citrusy aroma and very nicely balanced. It has a much bigger body than many of the numerous new session ipas around these days. I guess it's designation as an amber sealed it's fate. I rate my beers by style, and I think this is as good as it gets in this category.

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Photo of MileHighCity86
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. Straight from the bottle. Grassy, fresh, hoppy nose. The front is bitter hop, with an smooth earthy finish, and a smooth slightly carbonated mouth feel. Although low on the ABV% scale, very good overall.

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Photo of murphlogan
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint - Levitation is definitely not a 'fizzy yellow beer'.

Look: Probably this beer's best component. It pours a rich brown with a head that dissipates quickly. The lace lasted through most of my drinking session, but then again this one did go quickly.

Smell: Nice bitter nose that hints at the flavors to come - strong pine aromas.

Taste: A bitter note leads the charge - a good combination of roasted malts and hop resin forms a satisfying mouthful. It finishes with piney bitterness that lingers for a while.

Feel: The beer is nicely carbonated and could handle being brewed at 5.5% ABV regularly, but I understand it's a session ale.

Overall, the beer is drinkable, and, well, it's a very Stone-like take on an Amber. I'd drink it again given a choice, but a bit more malt character would improve the experience.

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Photo of Auraan
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear red body with a half finger of bubbly off-white head. Quite nice looking, a good amber ale. Scents of piney, grassy hops, earthy, dank hops, moderate toasted malt and light amounts of grainy malt and caramel. Overall impression of aroma is of a rather hop forward amber ale, quite unbalanced and very much a Stone version of the style. Flavor begins quite bitter, following the aroma with pine resin and grassy herbal hop flavors mingling with toasted malt and a very faint presence of caramel. Middle continues to be bitter with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel, grassy hops and light amounts of toasted malt and caramel in the background, very faintly discernible. Finish is dry with notes of pine resin, bitter floral and herbal hops and grapefruit peel. Aftertaste is bitter with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel and light cracker-like malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a rather bitter amber ale, balanced very much towards the hops with just enough malt to provide some basic semblance of balance. Not horrible, but a bit simple. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a resinous, drying feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a drying beer that urges you to drink more. Overall this is alright for an amber. I feel it is a bit too hoppy at the expense of other flavors and comes across as unbalanced even in comparison to other hoppy ambers such as Marble's. Not bad, but lacking.

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Photo of leantom
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another good beer by stone. here goes:

A: Beautiful. Clear, dark amber mahogany . Pours a large head with great lacing.

S: Hints of grass, pine, and grapefruit - however, these are rather mellow. Detectable amber malt background as well. Well-balanced.

T: More hoppy than malty, but the flavors are well-balanced. Hints of grapefruit and pine; some malt as well. However, while the beer tastes good, the flavors are too light, IMO.

F: Good. Well-carbonated and such.

O: Good beer. Could've been better, though. Somewhat too light for my palate.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, unable to determine the date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a full, murky brown with amber highlights. Half finger head that moves to a thin lace quickly.

S - Toasted grains, dark fruit, plums, cola.

T - Very subdued, but to be fair, that may be due to the previous beverages ingested. Cola, hints of vanilla and grains. Touch of smoke and bitterness on the finish.

M - Carbonation low, slightly thin and watery mouthfeel.

O - A good amber, have had this before and thought it was solid. A good low ABV beer that could only be improved with a touch more heft and substance.

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Photo of mschantz
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sampled from bottle. Rich brown with a whisper of head. Cloudy with sediment floaties. Nose is very vegetal, celery smell rushes from the glass. Behind the celery, malt and hazelnut are apparent. Taste is that of rich malty brown bread with a brown sugar sweetness. All in all solid but not at all special.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark amber color. VERY Hoppy, with the pine and grapefruit flavors being very prominent. Not one of the better ones by Stone I've had but that's because of the style of this brew.

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Photo of car2052
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep amber/ garnet color with a 3/4 in. off-white head. Clear body.
S: Piney, with strong notes of grapefruit and peach. Hint of caramel.
T: Hops up front, with tastes of grapefruit coming through. The body of malt provides a solid middle of the taste, and lighten the feel that the hops provide. The malts are gently roasted. Pretty dry overall with a slight aftertaste of bitter hop oil flavor.
M: Pretty light for what appears on the outside as a darker beer. Dry overall. Sessionable.
O: Not bad. Most of Stone's beers are aggressively hopped, and This is less of an amber ale than it is a Red IPA, albeit sessionable. I think the low alcohol content makes the beer taste watery and makes the hops stand out a little more than they should.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Stone World Bistro in Escondido, CA. Served in a stemmed glass 12/14/14.

A- Clear, although perhaps slightly hazy, amber-red body with a one finger white head. Nice retention. Drops into a medium collar. Nice rings of lacing.

S- Bread, citrus, pine. Very pine-forward more so than citrus although citrus pops out first. The breadiness is moderate-mild in terms of sweetness. Reminds me a bit of Arrogant Bastard.

F- Pine pops out in the beginning and the end, it has a fairly bitter finish as well but of course not unbearably bitter like Arrogant Bastard. Nice malt breadiness rounds things out along with a bit of citrus and grapefruit. Nice complexity for what it delivers.

M- Medium bodied, on the thinner side but tons of flavour, nice carbonation. Piney bitterness rounds it out. Very drinkable for 4.4% ABV and especially for the flavour it provides. Really nicely done.

O- Very nice session ale, especially for the flavour it gives. It's like a Session Bastard.

Final score: 3.98

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