Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

Levitation AleLevitation Ale
3,889 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 GossageBrewery
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this red ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear amber color, produced a thick creamy off white head. Excellent retention and lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of toasted malt, and earthy hops. Medium in body, this ale has a foundation of fresh baked bread, roasted malt, citrus and piney hop flavor. Overall a nice example of this style, well balanced. Great session beer.

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Photo of clint1019
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber-brown in color with a toffee colored head.

S - Has a nice caramel malt aroma with some piney and grapefruity hop aromas.

T - Slight malt flavor that is immediantly over powered by an intense hop spicyness.

M - Light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

O - A pretty good amber ale, but I think it is a little too hopped for the style.

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Photo of wowbagger
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep color. At first it smells a bit overpoweringly of hops, but that fades. It certainly doesn't taste too hoppy. It has a very bold flavor that fades slowly in the mouth and lingers for a good while. A tiny hint of carmelization is there, but only a little. I would recommend as a good solid no-frills beverage.

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Photo of Keeling
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kegger22
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish orange in color with an enormous head that lasted for 12 ounces. The aroma was coppery and, I don't know, almost dusty. The taste is on the bland side; a little citrus, a little sweet, a little of everything but nothing really out front. Medium bodied with carbonation still left for the throat after most of it was spent in the foamy head. Drinkability was good.

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Photo of threeviews
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Best Before Date: 9-20-12) into a Magic Hat 9 Shaker Glass (with etched bottom to encourage carbonation).

A- Pours a crystal clear amber color with about a 1-1/2 finger, mild khaki head with good retention.

S- Caramel malt, some pine resin and (just a hint) of tropical fruit/citrus...the aforementioned is so faint it is almost undetectable until the brew warms.

T- Without question, this is a hoppy ESB...or better yet, a hoppy English Mild. It is certainly not bad, but completely not what I was expecting. As a session ale from Stone, this is a nice take on the style.

M- Good carbonation and a drying bitterness makes up for the session-ability of this beer. Hop heads will be able to get their fix on both ends...hops and quantity.

O- A good offering, but at the price-point ($10+ 6-Pack) for a 4.4% ABV beer, that seems a little excessive. If the price was paired down to $6-8 a 6'er, than I'd be singing (and slinging) its praises for a wonderful year-round, session beer.

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Photo of MrBIP
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephenlee
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HugePlume
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A- A deep cherry wood color, with a small tan head. Decent retention, but not exceptional. Color is intriguing.

S- Nice oily hop note up front, with a bready malt background.

T- Starts to disappoint here, taste is dry and bitters too quickly, before any appreciable malt character is found. Malt note is a dry cracker like grain taste, that isn't quite strong enough.

M- Very dry. Carbonation is appropriate, but the dryness obfuscates the carbonation. Leaves a grainy chalky film on the lips and teeth.

O- Impressive to start, but falls short in the end. Had hoped it would be sessionable, but the dryness and sharp finish detract from the drinkability.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Active carbonation, moderately hoppy amber. Nothing exceptional, but very drinkable at the end of a hot day.
Thanks Boutip for studying what I have not had, in our sixth trade.Citrus, and 4.4% sessioanbilty appreciated so that I could have a follow on beer.

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Photo of Bikeage_
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of AEK
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. Chestnut coloured with an off white, foamy looking head that disappears much quicker than the other Stone bottled offerings I have had to date.

S. Citrusy, freshly sawn wood, mixed berries, hops and the tiniest whiff of bitumen.

T. Some fruity malt in there lurking about. A dryish beer with a short bittering hop finish.

M. Thin.

D. A very easy to drink session beer. It lacks complexity in the taste but is still a nice ale. This is the least complex tasting ale I have had so far from Stone but it is the weakest in strength so one would expect that.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear deep brown/amber color with a nice cream colored head. The aroma is initially of fresh hops followed by a sweet caramel smell. The taste is bitter (but not overbearing) from the hops. It is definitely full of flavor, but I would prefer a little more sweetness for balance. The mouthfeel is a bit more than medium bodied and seems quite appropriate for this brew. Overall, I’m enjoying drinking this beer, but the bitterness needs could use a little more malt backbone.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a beautiful dark amber with a one finger offwhite head. Color would best be described as maple syrup...it looks amazing

S- Smells a lot like an IPA...very hoppy and flavorful. It smells almost exactly like Nugget Nectar...not that thats a bad thing at all.

T- Theres a slight bitterness to it, and an inherent...mildness, I guess you could say. The hops really aren't as prevalent as in other ambers I've tried. I'm getting hops and pine, but they don't come through nearly as strong as they should...disappointing.

M- Its just...kinda there, I guess you could say. Not too heavy...maybe on the lighter side of things, actually. No carbonation issues. Rather unspectacular, but not a bad thing.

D- Its pretty drinkable...very low ABV, but on the same token, the flavors aren't as potent as I'd like either. There are other ambers I'd go with being from the east coast, but if you're out west, I guess this would be a decent option for the style.

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Photo of ledemie
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice ruby amber color and makes a small white head. Doesn't lace much .

S: is malty, sweet and citrus, hoppy and roasted. It is a very well balanced brew for Stone.

T: starts out with a hoppy spice and finishes with a roasted malt character.

M: is thin, goes down smoothly and lightly coats the throat.

This one is definitely drinkable, I was a tad disappointed it reminded me of a Arrogant Bastard with less body and lighter, I was expecting a more subtle beer. This is the light beer for the hophead.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought from BeersofEurope.co.uk...

Poured a deep amber red colour. Light mocha head poured fairly thick and foamy with a frothy topping then faded quite quickly to wispy covering with thick edging that climbs up the glass... no real carbonation... some decent lacing lines...

Aroma - Quite nutty, lots of grassy and piney hops, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, quite bready, some over ripe fruits (apples, some pears, the faintest hint of banana), light molasses, floral notes...

Taste pretty much mirrors the aroma - lots of piney and floral hops backed by caramel malts and biscuity notes... quite bready too..

M&D - Quite sharp and dry... light / medium bodied... A good sessionable brew at only 4.4%...

Overall - A decent enough Amber ale - not something i'd rush back to but certainly worth a try...

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Photo of dfitch81
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at the brewery in Escondido and was blown away: this beer was far more flavorful and satisfying than any 4.4% ABV beer has a right to be. Once I got back to Portland I was kinda bummed that I didn't see it on any store shelves. So, when I happened to see a six-pack at New Seasons, I jumped on it. Hurrying home, I eagerly cracked one open. Disappointment followed.

Appearance was just as at the brewery - pleasant clear amber, good head and lacing. No problems here.
Cognitive dissonance began at the nose - yes, it smelled nice with hops coming through clearly. But the pungent hoppiness I marveled over at the brewery was muted.
Taste confirmed what the nose had suggested. This is a very hoppy beer for what it is, but the hop flavor is a bit two-dimensional. No real depth to the malt, either. Nothing offensive here, mind you; just not what I was eagerly anticipating.
Drinkability is good - with only 4.4% ABV, that's hardly surprising. But I am honestly starting to wonder if the sample I tried at the brewery wasn't something else poured in error.

Like I said: not bad, and probably one of the hoppiest session beers out there. But hops by themselves can't carry an entire beer. This is the proof.

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Photo of Humulus85
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It produced a dense one and a half finger, off-white, head. Not a lot of retention, but some decent lacing. Has a clear, deep, amber hue that is very inviting.

The nose is mainly of piney hops and slightly sweet malt. Very nice, and much more fragrant than I was expecting.

A bit watered down compared to the smell (which was so promising), and it left me wanting. The flavors were there, but in need of amplitude. Dry piney hops upfront, quickly subdued by some just sweet enough malt; super balanced.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for my taste, but appropriate for what this beer is trying to be (session ale). Smooth, good carbonation, and very drinkable.

Overall this is a solid session ale from Stone. There are definitely Amber Ales out there with more depth and complexity, but you can't beat Levitations drinkability. Reminds me of a weak Surly Furious. Highly recommended for anyone new to Stone or craft beer in general. Cheers!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Poures penny-copper in color with a medium-sized orange-ish head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lace. The beer initially shows lots of bubbles sticking to the side of the glass, but these dissipate fairly quickly.

Taste: Begins with medium bitterness, yielding to buttery sweetness. The finish is toasty with floral and citrus hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with heavy bitterness and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: This is probably the worst beer I've had from Stone so far, yet it's still pretty good. Not the best Amber Ale I've had, but surely better than many. Worth a taste.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Served on-tap @ Nessun Dorma on 7-15-08. Presented in a generic glass pint and placed on a Delirium Tremens coaster. Huh?

A: Pours a root beer amber with translucent crimson edging. Thick and fluffy head with moderate retention and lacing.

S: Rather hoppy for an American Amber. Subtle hints of caramel malt, cinnamon bread and cocoa.

T: Taste mirrors the nose: hoppy with subtle notes of malt, biscuit and cocoa. As Levitation Ale warms, the balance changes as malt flavors come into play without any discernible sweetness. Finishes bitter and dry.

Pairs well with garlicky artichoke dip.

M: Thin mouthfeel. Heavily carbonated.

D: Drinkability increases as the ale warms. Take time to sip and you'll be rewarded for your patience.

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Photo of winomark
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep copper with a thick, clinging head.

Aroma: Lots of mal, with some hops giving spice and depth.

Taste: Hop dryness up front, but balanced well with good amount of malt.

Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp and refreshing. Hops dominate throughout, but not overpowering.

Drinkability: A great "session" beer from Stone. Would be my house beer if it was more readily available to me.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

From notes on 4/18/14

Hoppy grassy aroma. Medium brownish red body. Good sized head. Bitter taste. Some minor sweetness. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of zrbeer1579
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first review

Pours a deep amber brown with a half inch head.

Aroma is a strong grapefruit and pine.

Taste is mostly grapefruit and pine. Some roasted malt. As the beer warms, the pine becomes stronger.

Mouth feel is thin. The finish is dry and bitter . Carbonation feels right.

Overall: I kind of like this beer. Especially since it has a low ABV and has some nice hop flavors. I wish it was thicker. It's basically a light IPA.

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Photo of popery
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy and easy to drink but the sum of flavors doesn't work for me. I like that Stone is selling a low abv beer, and they're doing a pretty good job at packing a big flavor into a little beer. However, something about the combination of citric hops and spicy caramel malt doesn't really work for me. The beer pours a medium mahogany with a nice head that laces the glass well. The aroma is heavy on American hops with a good grapefruit flavor. There's also a very nice, light caramel malt note. I love good session beers, but this one doesn't quite come together. The flavors just seem at odds with each other on the palate. Carbonation is good, and the beer is otherwise well-crafted. It really comes down to some kind of ethereal, entirely subjective reaction. I think that I'm mostly reacting to the malt choices, but it could be anything. So, I'd recommend this beer, but I'm also not going to go out and buy it for myself.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 3,889 ratings
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