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Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

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3.86/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
1,207
Ratings:
3,891
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
158
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484
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,891 |  Reviews: 1,207
Reviews by prototypic:
Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a dark red stained brown color (if that makes any sense). It's very clear and has absolutely no haze. The head is a light tan color and reaches about a finger and a half deep. It didn't stick around too long, but left a respectable lacing on the glass.

Smell: The most striking thing about the nose is its vibrant hops. They're very prevalent and really set the tone nicely. Smells like mix of pine and floral notes. There's plenty of caramel malt giving it a slightly sweet smell. There's a unique aroma that smells like a mix between toasted nut and light smoke. It's not too strong in the mix, but adds a ton of character. Very interesting aroma. There's a tad bit of a yeast smell as it fades.

Taste: The hops really are amazing in this beer. They attack the palate right away and provide a very nice piney flavor with some light floral characteristics sprinkled in. It is malty, but not overly sweet. The toasted nut/light smoke element is definitely present. It's good, but not quite as effective here as in the nose. It doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, but it's definitely good. No doubt about that. It's a little yeasty, but not overly so. Hops re-emerge on the tail and have a lasting, bitter flavor. Really nice finish...dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a light body and is pretty smooth. Carbonation is active and it's a little too light to reach the next level. Still pretty good though. Drinkability is good. It's certainly got a nice flavor and at 4.4% abv, it's very approachable. I don't quite like the flavor enough to put it into the elite class though.

Levitation Ale is very good beer. It has Stone written all over it. It's not quite the stunner that some of their beer is. But, for a 4.4% beer, it has a good flavor and a ton of character. I think it needs a little more of something to improve the flavor a little. Perhaps a little more of a sweet flavor. All in all though, it's pretty impressive. Easily recommended. I'm pleased to finally see the bottles in Ohio. But, I recall liking this on draft a little better.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of stevie77
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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

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Photo of gonzo000
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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

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Photo of SysopChris
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Just didn't care for the flavor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
4.95/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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 metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Hunter
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of beerhast
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Goliath
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Jekster
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of brystmar
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of TheKtulu7
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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?

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Photo of cburns48
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of UnderPressure
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of josephwa
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of FrankL66
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jwswigs
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Ajmendicino
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 3,891 ratings