Levitation Ale
Stone Brewing

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
3.88 | pDev: 11.86%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Levitation AleLevitation Ale
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Atkinson from Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: Bottle

Enjoy By: 07/06/14 Tasted on: 08/03/14

Appearance: Half-inch off white head, minimal lace retention. Very deep amber red with little to no haze. Transparency is there but minimal due to the deep color.

Smell: Primarily a oily hop aroma with a hint of brown sugar and spices.

Taste: Citrus hops to start (not overpowering) followed by some caramel. Fairly herbal, but still very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a very nice level of carbonation. Mouth finishes dry.

Overall: A+ 94-97; Shocked but not shocked. It's a Stone product so my expectations were high, it surpassed them. I would say that this will be my go-to session beer from now on. So smooth, so much flavor, lovely hop profile.

Aug 03, 2014
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stevie77 from England

3/5  rDev -22.7%

First try of a beer from Stone Brewing. It's okay, apart from some hoppiness there isn't much there. 330ml bottle sampled.

Aug 23, 2014
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gonzo000 from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +5.9%

I really enjoyed this brown ale. Nice deep brown color with one finger head when poured into a goblet glass. Earthy, malty, dry hopped but not overpowered by it. Good balance and flavor. Enjoyed this very much and will revisit.

Sep 13, 2014
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CJNAPS from California

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer, the malts and hops are perfect together in this beer

Jan 10, 2015
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SysopChris from Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Just didn't care for the flavor.

Aug 19, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber color with a big 2 inch head that fades to a nice tight cap. Lacing is very good and leaves rings on the glass.

S - Smells of pine tree hops and bready malts.

T - Like others have said this tastes like a toned down Arrogant Bastard. Nice balance of malts and hops.

M - Good carbonaton makes for smooth drinking.

D - This is a very tasty and flavorful beer for it only being 4.4% ABV. This is a nice alternative to Arrogant Bastard for those who are new to Stone or want to take it easy on the bitterness level for the night.

Apr 23, 2010
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Cresant from Kentucky

4.95/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Stone Levitation glass! No date. The body was clear of sediment and a deep golden amber color. The frothy, uneven head left some rings of lace.

Smell was bursting with variety. Pepper, biscuits, sassafras. Yum. Organic leafy notes. Metal and bread. Lots going on here.

Taste was sweet malts and fruity tanginess. Biscuity. Slight roasted grain flavor. Hints of iodine, medicinal. Amazing amount of flavor and aroma from a 4.4% beer.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body. Adequate carbonation. Very drinkable. I'm glad to finally have this one distributed in the area. For a very long time one has been able to buy Stone here but only recently can you now find Levitation.

Jun 08, 2009
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Apellonious from North Carolina

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.

Jan 04, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation with lots of particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down and gradually faded away, leaving rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose (smells of grapefruit stand out in particular) along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a mild amount of bitterness; there are some hints of caramel malts in the initial taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable given its low alcohol content.

Jun 17, 2011
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Hunter from Arizona

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice russett color, with a substantial, creamy tan head. Nice lacing effects on the sides of the glass.

Smells heavenly, perfect for the style. Notes of caramel, bread, brown sugar, and spice. A little cloying that prevents a perfect score but still lovely.

Malt gets top billing in the taste, but that doesn't mean the hops aren't there, providing an admirable supporting role. Light on the tongue with residual hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Much better balanced than most ambers. This is what Fat Tire aspires to be.

Some people get pissy with Stone for all the rave reviews they receive for their beers, but with each one I try I feel there's no reason to consider Stone overrated. Solid product from a well-run brewery.

Aug 13, 2004
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beerhast from Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Mar 26, 2014
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Goliath from Illinois

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

This beer pours a relatively clear red color with a thin off white head sitting on top. There is great head retention and a bit of frothy lacing.

The aroma is definitely appealing. Citrusy hops hit me up front. It's a seemingly obligatory scent for a West Coast beer. There's a touch of sappy pine as well. Unfortunately for me, I'm unable to find anything beyond the hop, so any subtlety in the aroma is lost on me.

The taste is fine. Again, citrusy hops are a dominant theme that is accompanied by a mild to moderate bitterness. There is a somewhat herbal tea quality here as well, which gives an earthy vibe. Again, I'm not finding much in the malt profile which can be a bit of a bummer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but seemingly watery. There is a decent level of carbonation which provides a gentle tingle.

Overall it's an ok beer. I've never been huge on the style, but the citrusy hops make it more interesting for me. It's certainly sessionable with the low ABV, and the IBU's are certainly easily managed in this beer. Anyway, it leaves me wanting a little bit more.

Nov 21, 2011
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Jekster from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a beautifully clear dark amber brown color with a thick, light tan head. As the beer sits, the head slowly fades into a thick lacing which sticks to the sides of the glass and firmly coats the entire top of the beer.

Smell: There are wonderful aromas of chopped fresh pine needles and spicy lemon zest. Slight hints of toasted grain hide behind the fantastic dry hopped aroma along with slight caramel toffee notes.

Taste: Surprisingly, this beer is forward with a mild chocolate and toasted fresh caramel flavors. These flavors are followed by secondary flavors burnt toasted grain. Only then do the flavors transform into traditional American hop flavors. There is a distinct litter grapefruit rind flavor and a sprits of dried apricot sweetness on the center of your tongue as you swallow. There is a light lingering bitterness both from the toasted malts, but also a slight firm drying hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This beer has medium carbonation and a light to medium body. The carbonation makes it rather thirst quenching along with the easily approachable. The body of the beer is tame, but with just enough chewyness to keep it from feeling watery.

Drinkability: This beer has drink a six pack of me all over it. It's very easy drinking in body while being bold enough in flavor and aroma so that you're not bored after a few drinks. Stay away from this beer though if you don't like a lingering bitterness. As you're drinking a pint there is almost no time when you don't feel residual bitterness on the back and sides of your tongue.

Overall Impression: I'm glad this beer finally arrived in Indiana. I really enjoy how easy it it is to drink while still maintaining the complexity and uniqueness of a Stone brew. However, I do admit that the lingering hop bitterness is getting a bit tiresome as I finish the pint. It's a good brew, but not in the realm of a "light" session pale ale like Pride and Joy.

Apr 24, 2009
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brystmar from Texas

3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

True to the style, this pours an amber/red body with minimal white head. Smells of hops and malt, leaning on the sweeter, maltier side. Toasty malts and minimally intrusive hops comprise the flavor profile. Bready. A kiss of hoppy bitterness at the end before a clean, dry finish. Body is slightly more viscous than expected, which is great.

There's nothing particularly captivating about the anything here. If you want a session beer that's an amber ale, you could choose far worse brews -- in both the craft and macro worlds -- than Levitation. You can also do much better.

Oct 05, 2012
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TheKtulu7 from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured this beer into a glass and admired the dark, rich color. Somewhat red/brownish, smooth dark tint. The head was thick and held up for quite some time.

S - A rather fruity smell without overpowering the grains.

T - The smell and taste are well matched with this beer. A great first beer (yes, this was my first beer, and I'm quite happy with it!)

M - Not too thin, not too course. Smooth.

D - I wanted to keep drinking it, but held off to let the experience linger. How does that sound for drinkability?

Jun 03, 2010
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cburns48 from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Apr 18, 2012
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UnderPressure from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber. Cloudy. Pieces of hops floating around. Nice lacing.

Strong hop aroma. That of a double IPA. A little surprising.

Strong, bold flavor for such a low gravity beer. Nice, upfront hop flavor. Bitter finish.

Medium bodied and refreshing mouthfeel. Soft, but lingering bitterness.

A good amber ale for hopheads with low alcoholic content, but high flavor.

Sep 23, 2012
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Feb 12, 2013
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josephwa from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Jul 25, 2014
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FrankL66 from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Jun 22, 2013
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MassachusettsBeerFan from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Feb 16, 2013
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Karibourgeois from Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Mar 09, 2014
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jwswigs from California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Jun 13, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 17, 2015
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Hibernator from Massachusetts

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

Stone Levitation Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a sweet Harpoon I.P.A. 20 oz glass

Pours an amber-brown color. Thick head with some serious fluff trails of lace.

The nose is riddled with chewy funky malts and spicy hops.

Deep and dark caramel malts with a dark fruit, maybe cherry flavor. Something chalky mixed in here too, but the juicy malt profile is thick and the hop presence is crazy bitter. Classic Stone Brewing aggressive hop feel with a massive malt punch and piney/peppery finish.

Oct 02, 2009
Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 3893 ratings