Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

very good
3,888 Ratings
Levitation AleLevitation Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 09-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six-pack at Table and Vine in West Springfield, MA. Beer poured with a nice amber appearance with medium retention and decent lacing. Aromas had an initial hint of caramel and malts, while subsequent breaths brought up smells of wood and bread. Flavors definitely highlighted the bread with some malt and sweet citrus. Great mouthfeel; really liked the carbonation, which helped make the drink really refreshing to drink. A very great beer and a pleasure for the evening,.

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Photo of TBCE
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tronester
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany, with a creamy off-white head. Smells of pinecones, and a hint of oak. Taste begins with a sharp grapefruit peel bite, then some rye bread, and finishes with a long piney bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall an excellent amber ale. It is really a nice beer for hop-heads, it is as hoppy as some of the new 'session' IPA's ive had.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

brought a sixer of these to take to a party, but i replaced one w/ some garbage i had in my fridge so i could review one in the privacy in my home, and not be a complete nerd at the party :)

A - somewhere between burnt orange and a light brown, let's call it hazlenut. foamy beig/off white cap, with relatively good retention and decent lacing.

S - citrus and floral hops right off the bat, followed w/ a caramel/nutty malt. nice

T - more of what i expected from the smell of things, just toned down a tad. considering the light size, and low abv. of this beer, it has a ton of flavor, and finishes slightly bitter and bone dry.

MF - medium body and carbonation, slightly chewy mouthfeel w/ some stickiness, but not bad.

D - incredible flavor for such a slammable brew, as i said. if you are like me, and occasionaly prefer to suck down a ton of beer throughout the day, or night(or both) as opposed to haveing a few massive brews that lay you on your ass, then look no further my friend. no sacraficing of flavor here

I beleive it was on a thread i heard someone refer to this as "Arrogant Bastard Light" and while there is nothing "light" about this beer, when compared to AB, this beer is exactly that, a big beer, in a little package. enjoy!

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Photo of tmm313
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful dark amber, almost red color. Constant stream of bubbles. 1/2 finger head with good lacing.
S- Grapefruit, tropical fruit, grass, pine. Pretty inviting.
T- Piney hops, caramel, and tropical fruit up front, followed by sweet grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and maybe a touch of lemon. Subtle lingering pine bitterness.
M- Medium, creamy body with crisp carbonation. Slightly oily finish with nice piney bitterness.
O- This is a pretty good beer. Very good session beer. Not the strongest flavors in the world, but excellent for what it is.

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Photo of Rayek
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very hop laden beer. Closer to an IPA than an Amber Ale, but still very good.

A: Nice red amber color. A little chill haze. Has very little head, but what is there leaves a fine lace down the glass.

S: Very, very hoppy. Grapefruit was the first aroma to jump out at me; along with an overall citrus quality. It was followed by sugar notes and a little wood rosin.

T: Again, very hoppy. Quite bitter with more citrus notes and a little coriander. The bitterness lingers with a tart finish. Malt plays a very little role here, as the hops overshadow any of the crystal malts that are present.

M: Light body with a fair amount of carbonation.

D: If you like hops, but aren't quite in the mood for an IPA, this is your beer. If you don't like hoppy beers, look elsewhere. I found this quite drinkable and would buy it again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at the Blind Tiger NYC. Pours a healthy dark amber. Tiny bubble film was all the head I got. Medium hoppy nose. Notes of solid malt base, grainy hops very present from start to finish. Sort of like "Arrogant Bastard light" As close to a session brew as I've sampled from stone. Good ale, worth a try.

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Photo of tuowl74a
3.88/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a clear dark brown that shines a deep reddish-brown in the light. The head is a big dimpled pillow that retains very well, leaving some nice sticky lacing behind. The smell I get is predominantly grapefruit and pine hops with a light yeast character. I also get a subtle caramel malt undertone. The taste follows suit: for the most part, hops bitterness is in the forefront nicely balanced by notes of citrus and a nice tartness. Grains and malt factor in strongly as well. I can detect some dark fruits in there also and something like brown sugar or caramelized sugar that isn't strong but lurks. There's a nice herbal tea note to it also. Mouthfeel is not particularly thick with a medium body.
The aroma and flavor to this one are very nice but very much muted compared to Stone's usual. This is simply a pure brew and as natural as it gets. With its low ABV, it makes a great session beer.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another success with Stone Brewing Co. The pour was a light golden brown with a very small head. The aroma had a nice hoppy nice like almost every Stone beer I have had.

It was very easy to taste, nothing really pronounced. The hops were there, but didnt hit you in the face.

I picked up some citrus, but nothing to overpower the beer.

Easy to drink, a bit timid in terms of mouthful and the aftertaste was almost non-existent

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had my first try of this earlier in the year at the Horse Brass in Portland, OR and found it to be yet another exceptional Stone beer. Can't believe I never bought this in bottles, being a huge Stone fan, but I rarely see it around here. Finally picked a 6-pack up in Atlanta. It pours a rusty amber color with a huge fluffy head that has some massive stick and lasts forever.

Super-breezy hops are the feature of the aroma, very much a dryer-sheet sort of cleanliness to the hops; cinnamon comes in as well, as does grassy, herbal tea.

Flavor is no surprise, as it just about mirrors the flavor, having a clean hop kick that remains grassy fresh, with cinnamon and herbal tea, and also mild mint near the finish and citrus rind too. Malt has a ghostlike toffee presence, but is basically eclipsed by the hops which are clearly the feature of this beer. With all the hop sensations flying at the tongue, it never reaches into the brutally bitter range, remaining a friendly, drinkable sort of thing.

Perhaps it's just my personal preference, but the carbonation felt a little too prickly, and I think because of the grassy, spicy flavors, it almost tilts the balance a little too far to also have a stinging carbonation. The body is medium at best, which is nice, and I like the tart, almost puckery finish. The finish tends to die quickly, however.

Lots of flavor for such a low ABV beer, which just goes to show a beer doesn't need to be big to be bold. Stone's Levitation reminds me how another exceptional brewery, Surly, absolutely jam-packs flavor into low-ish ABV beers. A highly drinkable beer, obviously.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmhouse

Appears amber red in my pint glass with a 1 inch head and lacing. The aroma and flavor are both predominately hoppy with citrus juice, a bit of pine, and a slight earthy undertone. The malt barely comes out, but I get a subtle light roast and bread crust flavor. The hops feel fairly crisp while, there's still a sweet malt component to balance it out. I find the body here to be a bit thick for the strength of this beer.

This reminds me a bit of American bitters, like Surly's Bitter Brewer, but this lacks subtle complexity. Instead, and this isn't a bad thing, it provides an impressive, hoppy punch for a relatively low-alcohol beer that can stand up to most pale ales.

UPDATE: Bottle - 6/28/11
Wow, I forgot how interesting this beer is. There are some really odd, but pleasant herbal garden hops notes with the citrus that remind me of Surly's Bitter Brewer (again). Of course, the malt is a significantly darker here, adding a light roasty finish in with the juicy hops. Heck of a beer.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a standard pint, this beer pours a dense amber color with a monstrous pillowy thick white head.
Up front, the aromas are piney and citrus hops. Goes along with some bready malt aromas.
Found this beer to surprisingly be a bit complex. A sharp hop bite that quickly moves to some tasty roasted caramel and bready malts before a quick dose of some citrus hops that really brings it full circle. Gives it a nice bitter finish. Full-bodied and a little thick and fizzy on the palate, this beer makes me think more of a well-balanced Pale Ale rather than an Amber but pretty damn good nonetheless.

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Photo of JTahoe
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

A - Coppery red color, nearly clear. Dense sticky beige head.

S - Not overly impressive, but malty and citric hop aroma hit up front with hint of caramel.

T - As the smell suggested, this is no ordinary red ale. It has an assertive hoppiness smack in the middle of the chewy caramel malts; an interesting contrast of smooth and bitter all at once.

M - Thick and slightly oily with a dry finish. Medium carbonation.

D - Not as easy going as most ambers, but this is Stone, so you expect a kick in the flavor profile. Drinks like a hybrid IPA and red ale. Pretty sessionable.

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Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I've often avoided this beer because it's a low alcohol option from a brewery that seems to specialize in high alcohol beers. But this is very good. You often hear about how hard it is to get a really malty rich beer at below 5% alcohol by volume but this one nails it. Great color, great flavor and aroma and you can drink a whole bunch of these. Bravo.

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Photo of Jaszucs
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 12 oz bottle BB 060511

A-pours a copper color with a brown twinge of color with a 1 finger nice fresh head that reveals some nice lacing

S-is mostly malts some spice and citrus ..but mostly just malts

T- is malts and toffee,caramel ,followed by citrus hops a touch of baked bread and pine this is very good

M- nicely carbonated crisp with malts and hops very fresh

O- so much flavor for 4.4 ABV..its a very good amber i thoroughly enjoyed this one

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Photo of fourplayed
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

in 12 oz glass. 1 finger lite brown/tan head. Fairly Dark Brown with red/orange highlights.

Smells of Medium Hops and a mild roasted malt sweetness, very lite sweet notes of molasses.

Tastes of Hops in front then roasted malts, lite sweetness, and a touch of citrus. A bit watery as well.

Mouthfeel -Medium body with nice carbonation zest. creamy malt, mild alcohol warmth.

Overall a medium hopped brew with mildly sweet and smooth maltiness and carbonation all blend well. leaves a mild hop dry bite with some alcohol warmth. A good brew but not a GOOD brew.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear brownish red with dark amber highs, amazing beige head looks very hoppy, pitted, mountainous, and deposits tons of lace.

S- toasty, caramel, and hops in the nose, very nice pungent, amarillo and simcoe stand out with grapefruit and tangerine, passionfruit, lemon zest, and a little bit of pine. toasted grains underneath with a faint floral sweetness.

T- tastes great, but there's nothing spectacular about it. metallic mineral water, toasty and caramelized malt (and plenty of it) and an equal amount of hop flavor. balances out in the middle as it gets tobacco and woodsy and earthy, soil, white grapefruit, bitter orange, and a nice grainy cereal finish with lingering hoppy bitterness.

MF- just under medium bodied and the same goes for carbonation. a little bit oily becoming astringent, but gives the pleasant 'hop' feeling of a bigger beer maybe an ipa.

D- overall a very nice beer, average in some ways, but above average in some others, for instance drinkability. the extra 1 or 2% alcohol this baby lacks is made up for by the fact that you can actually have a session with some delicious hoppy beer without gettin shitfaced... as quickly. put it in the pub!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red with just a slight chill haze, the head was decent and so was the lacing.

Smelled nice, with caramel malts and mellow hops comprising most of the aroma.

On tap the hops seemed a little more pronounced, and the malt character didn't lack either. It's a very flavorful session beer that's amplified on tap.

Feel was smooth and easy to drink, plenty of great carbonation too.

Overall it's an outstanding session beer and that didn't change any when I had it live and in person at the brewery.

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Photo of vicsju1991
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into duvel snifter
A - dark brown colour, nice two finger head, stays for a bit
S - mostly hops kinda piney
T - tastes of light hops, not a huge amount of taste, but a good beer
M- crisp, clean very drinkable
O - a very drinkable amber ale

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Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark copper with a medium off-white head. Head holds nicely and leaves decent lace.

S-Sweet caramel mixing with biscuity malt. A slight twing of piney hops pokes through in the background.

T-Quite malty and a bit doughy. A mouthful of malt and then a pluck of pine and citrus hop flavour kicks in. Finishes with a sweet caramel kick.

M-Medium bodied with plenty of biscuity chewiness. Mildly lasting bitterness.

D-Being 4.4% I have to give this brew some props. I am a sucker for low ABV beers that pack in flavour. To me that is what beer is about flavour...not ABV. If you are looking for AB light so you can kick more than a few back during an evening look no more! Feel the quaffable lightness of Levitation Holmes!

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 7/9/2012. Pours lightly hazy reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice rings spotty lacing cling to the glass as you drink. Aromas of caramel, orange zest, grapefruit, mango, floral, pine, herbal, pineapple, and toast. Pretty nice and well balanced aromas; but a bit muted. Taste of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, caramel, pine, herbal, floral, and toast. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, caramel, and toast on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of hop flavors with caramel malt sweetness; almost perfect contrast. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is not really noticed at all, as expected for 4.4%. Overall this is a very nice amber ale! Very flavorful and balanced; and extremely easy drinking of course. If I am looking for a nice session beer I would not pass this up.

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Photo of MammothBrew
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 6/21/11.

A: Pours a deep ruby and clear medium brown color. One finger head that subsides quickly. Light lacing is occurring.

S: Grainy mail, hops, brown sugar, pine, slight citrus.

T: Toasted malt, hops, with a piney and citrus finish. Pretty similar to smell.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. A mellow bitter finish with a light citrus residue left in mouth.

O: Very drinkable and sessionable. Nice flavor(especially for the low ABV). I'd gladly drink again and share with friends.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice amber colour, thin layer of head with some retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops backed by a solid offering of earthy caramel malts, though comes off a bit mild.

T - Very unique flavour on this one. A strong hop bitterness off the top followed by the caramel malts. Very earthy with a leafy presence that lingers on the tongue. The hops are quite citrus-y in nature, but are not overpowering. Has a bit of an earl gray tea flavour that lingers.

M - Medium bodied ale that is a bit prickly going down and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - Overall a worthy offering, and definitely worth a try. The flavours are quite unique and provide for a memorable amber ale.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing
3.88 out of 5 based on 3,888 ratings.
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