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 vandemonian
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Levitation Ale has a red colour and a crappy 1 mm head that fades quickly. The smell is hoppy with some sweet, woodiness. The taste is malty with some bitter hoppy woodiness. It has a nice frothy mouthfeel. Overall, I liked this red ale. Tasty, woody, hoppy.

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Photo of Southside830
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great choice for a sessionable Ale. Has great flavor for such a low ABV.

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Photo of Schneic8
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Bronze reddish color with a nice head and good lacing. Decent carbonation.

Smell: Nice semi-sweet caramel smell. There are citrus and floral tones.

Taste: Very nice taste. It has a slight bitterness toward the beginning that fades and finishes smooth. It is clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice crisp feel that goes down smooth. There is a mild carbonation and it leaves a mild bitter after taste.

Overall: Very good beer that I would drink again. It has a nice complexity and is easy to drink. It was a little pricey but I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Mojo
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is nothing unique or exciting about this beer, but dang if I didn't enjoy it. It poured up a deep amber/copper color with a small head, not a lot of lacing, but decent retention. The smell is very pine, floral, bready, citrusy. Taste is about the same as the nose. Citrus is the predominant flavor and it is all I can do to savor and enjoy it. It's sort of like a SNPA. It's hardly thr greatest beer ever brewed, but it sure is enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of xybreeder
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A lovely light ruby/sunset orange hue, with an average head. Visible carbonation is a little light, lacing is so so, but for the "lightness" of the beer, to be expected.

S: HOPS! HOPS! HOPS! YUM! I took a wiff of the bottle when I opened it and oh my, I felt like i was smelling a bag of hops bought from the local home brew store. Obviously floral and pine is present too with the hop smell, but man, the hops overpower any other smell I'm getting.

T: Let's see.. hops? Unfortunately though, the hop taste is quickly followed by a watery taste. Perhaps I was expecting Stone's Ruination with a more thick bodied non-watery taste. Regardless, a good tasting brew.

M: As mentioned above, with the watery taste, it's almost like drinking a light beer. HOWEVER, a very good, very hoppy light beer. It makes sense with the 4.4 ABV.

D: HOPS+LIGHT? Let's see, I think you could drink one after another of these, and with the 4.4 ABV, not hit the floor at the usual midnight (2AM here I come!).

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Photo of srandycarter
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours cola color with red tint. .25 inch head leaves quickly. Soapy lacing.

S - Small malt base, tropical fruits and some hops.

T - Small malt center, lots of hops, fruit and hop finish.

M- Light, very light bodied. Good carb, thin coating.

D - Extremely sessionable.

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet with a one finger off white head.
Frothy lumps dissipated quickly
Deep red color
Very intense aroma of sweet malts/raisins/bread
This is a surprising taste from a gargoyle clad stone
Sweet malts out ahead of the hops that blend in nicely at end
Oily and sticky in the mouth and nice balance with carbonation
Stone changed it up for this one and made it very drinkable
Subdued but still significant
A home run in my book
My first but not my last

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Photo of MrBoz21
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured sparkling copper with white cap- very bright and moderately. Carbed

Aroma: caramel, biscuit and floral.

Taste: nice bitter backbone. Biscuit, sweet waffle and piney. There's a fruit that I can't quite place .... Mango?

Mouth is moderate with good malt presence.

Overall: very balanced and tasty - has a nice hop profile and is very robust for a session beer

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks great. Amber-red thick head, awesome lacing. I've never had a bad beer leave lacing like that.

Smell: There's definite hops aroma, piney, citrusy and sweet. There's something kind of off though-- I don't know metallic or meaty-- not great.

Taste: Probably the best red/amber I've ever tasted-- they're usually so ho-hum. This is definitely Stone, but toned down. Nice bitter citrus hops and sweet maltiness. Maybe some chocolate in the aftertaste. The weird smell isn't tasted.

Mouthfeel: I'd say its medium. Feels full for a red. Its almost a little creamy.

Drinkability: All day. This is good stuff. Just a regular old good beer from a big beer brewery.

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

Appearance – Light, relatively clear brown body with a gorgeous head that went down slowly and covered the inside of the glass.

Smell – There is a very sharp, piney hop aroma that hits hard. I’m sure that there is more to this nose, but the sharp, rindy pine-style of hops fill the air.

Taste – The taste is much lighter than the nose. It’s pleasant, but the fairly sharp flavors contrast with the light body.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation and a light body make this one a pleasure on the way down.

Drinkability – This is a good drinker, and a great choice if you’re looking for a tasty ale with a low ABV.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Exiled.

Beer pours dark orange-red with a white head. The aroma is certainly more hoppy than your standard red ale, but that is to be expected from Stone. The aroma is hoppy, with some pine and earthy hop notes. The flavor is definitely hoppy, with some piney hop flavor as well as some caramel malt. This beer is very drinkable and packs great flavor into a low alcohol package.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: copper reddish body with a looming crimson glow to it. The top has a fuzzy foamed appeal and has hints of tan within. Lacing was well above par and handed out splatters, chunks, and streaks in random order

S: bursting with handfuls of hops! mostly of spiced piney variety. I can not pick out much else, maybe some faint caramel toasted malts

T: not as bursting on the palate as in the nose but great variety of flavors. Malt base is solid and supplies some caramel with gooey toffee notes. Malt base is nice with the push of pined floral and citrusy hops. What a knockout for a session beer!

M: body is light and easy to finish. A great package and highly drinkable

D: this is a great beer from Stone. One of the more timid brews by the Stone crew but has some big muscles! Nicely balanced and tasty brew. Could use a bit more juice...but I imagine they had drinkability in mind...they got it!

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Photo of aval89
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: mahogany color with a tight off white head.. about 1.5 finger worth.. head sticks for a while.. leaves decent lacing..

S: baby bastard all the way! Light but very present grapefruit & pines.. sweet malt backbone to even it out.. with a touch of breadiness & some spice.. but pretty much hop forward

T: again, basically a baby Arrogant Bastard.. starts off with sweet caramel malt.. then mid palate the hops take over.. grapefruit bitterness but not over the top.. and also pine.. touch of breadiness with a lingering bitterness..

Mf: a medium bodied brew with nice carbonation..

O: major props to Stone on this one.. a low abv brew that doesn't sacrifice flavor! A true session beer!

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-reviewed on 01-25-04: Previous marks were: 4.0/3.5/3.5/4.0/3.5
I decided to reacquainte myself with this Stone brew and am happy I did. The main adjustment came in the taste arena as the flavor strikes me and my more mature taste buds as a nicely balanced interaction between a sweet caramel-laced maltiness and an assertive, yet not overblown, hops presence. Levitation Ale is a nice session brew and has a strong character which belies its low ABV, making just all the better. I'll have a few of these on hand from now on.

Poured a dark amber, almost brown color with a thick, frothy tan head from a 12oz. bottle.
Smell was sweet with a caramel maltiness and floral hops.
Taste started off sweetly malty but was quickly pushed aside by a hops bitterness that kept building. It has an unbalanced taste that favors bitterness to the point of distraction.
Feel was medium bodied and dry with nice amount of carbonation.
While the low %ABV makes this beer an attractive choice for session drinking, the lean towards bitterness makes this style hard for me to go to regularly. Not bad but nothing I'd go out of my way for soon.

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Photo of dutchlq7
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Deep Amber orange/red. 2 finger head of creamy off white head. Leaves a nice lacing.

Smell-A bready, toasty malt smell and a piney/herbal hop smell too.

Taste-Man what a great ale! A nice mellow toasted/bready malt flavor balanced by pine/herbal hop finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, light carbonation.

Drinkability-Great ale, wish it was a little stronger but I loved it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at AJ's in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a deep, almost opaque amber, with a small half inch head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells like a big pine tree, with some caramel, toffee, and toasted bread.

The taste is similar. There is a pretty big lingering bitterness, a big hallmark of Stone. It's not quite as bitter as some of their other stuff, though. The bitterness is mainly piney, with a hint of citrus hop flavor as well, on top of a big toasted malt backbone, very bready.

It's medium bodied, with a crisp, bready mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

One of the better amber ales out there, it's crazy how much flavor is in just 4.4% ABV for this one.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in its appropriate glassware at the "Steal the Glass" evening at the Innsbrook Capital Ale House, Richmond... and now, reviewed from notes taken at the time

A: A deep red hue, almost cola like in appearance. A fluffy, offwhite head, sticking liberally along the glass walls.

S: Grapefruit citrus hops on the foregront. An evening balance of malts offer a caramel flavour along with the bit of graininess.

T + M + D: A similar profile to the aroma. Grapefruit flavours in the hops, with a touch of pine or spruce. A soft malt backbone provides a nice rounding to the overall body and flavour. A lighter, more accessable flavour and feeling that makes this a very approachable, easy to drink, friendly beer. At a tame 4.4%, it would certainly be a session candidate.

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

Appearance- Deep, dark amber-brown with a finger of creamy head and tons of sticky lace.

Smell- Floral and citrusy esters

Taste- Hop-dominated, with orange and lime, maybe some pine or grass. Not a whole lot of malt-character, but as the beer warms there's a slight cereal-grain taste. Solid, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Heavy on carbonation. Light-medium mouthfeel with an almost chewy texture.

Drinkability- Lots of hops and flavor overall. Well-balanced, focused and clean. Highly drinkable.

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

ReRate (bottle sample) 22 February 2003: Celebrating Washington's Birthday with a sampling of the newly-forumulated Levitation. This is a winner. It has a nice long-lasting tan head, clear reddish-brown color & a great balance of malt & hops in the flavor. This is Stone's ESB, IMHO. The reformulation is a major improvement over the original Levitation.

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Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was this first time I have seen this one in Maine so I picked it up.

A - good dark copper red hue pour with a slight foam head

S - Caramel malts and faint spices.

T - Good taste a bit thin with a small bite at the end.

M - Here is were it surprised mouthfeel was light and slighly tangy.

D - Based on the low ABV I could see this one being had more that once.

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Photo of Determined_021
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

After a great Amber from Bear Republic I had to try another and thought to try my favorite brewery, Stone. This is new to Vegas and I was excited to try. Pours a clear amber with an off-white, creamy head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is good. Some caramel but a nice hops presence as well. Taste is on par with the smell. Although there's not a much malt as I'd expect from this style it was still great. Nice caramel malt backbone with a good hops kick at the end. Overall I think this could pass in most circles as a Pale Ale or English IPA. Nice light body to it as well, not too light though. Overall very drinkable. The low ABV and smooth taste makes this a great session beer.

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

OK, re-review time. Got a fresh bottle that states to drink by 05-09-10 so I'm in time this time.

A: The head is so large in my tulip glass I have to stop pouring about 3/4 of the way through. It's rich and creamy lookin and fades slowly. A hazy dark reddish brown color like caramel.

N: Lots of fresh hop aromas, some citrus, touch of pine, little musty, touch of grassy and spicy even. Not really any malts that I can get through all the hops.

T: Fresh hops again, lots of orange and tangerine, citrus hops with a touch of pine and spicy hops. Again no real malt to find. A slight earthy chewy hops comes through with more fresh musty hop flavors. Juicy and refreshing, very drinkable.

M: Medium to lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Pretty dry but leaves a slight juiciness. Semi bitter as the hops climax on the finish but not over bearing. SOme lingering citrus, a little pine, earthy and fresh musty hops start to come through more and more. A touch of tangerine and orange too.

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

12oz bottle. sampled at volo as part of their stone release party feb 7/2010.

pours crystal clear deep red with nice ruby and garnet hues. a small dense tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving lots of lace.

aroma is good. grapefruit, orange, tangerine, bit of pine. hint of alcohol, but not much more than a hint. cracker. bit of biscuit. white bread. caramel and light toffee. light herbal character.

taste is good. light caramel and toffee. white bread. light biscuit. cracker. grapefruit and orange. bit of tangerine. hint of pine. very light alcohol. slightly toasty.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced. tons of complexity and flavour packed into a relatively low ABV beer. this would be a regular drinker were it available to me all the time, and it's one i'll certainly be picking up again. good stuff!

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

Consumed 06/29/09.

Pours a crystal clear amber/brown with a decent sized head. Plenty of carbonation.

The nose: aromatic! Grapefruit hops with a floral grace note.

Flavor is likewise hop-dominated, with grapefruit being the dominant flavor. Caramel malts peek through from under the citrus, growing more notable on the aftertaste. Properly though not excessively bitter on the finish.

Good carbonation provides a bit of bite on the tongue. Light bodied but not watery.

Due to being pretty flavorful and low in alcohol, this scores pretty high in the drinkability category.

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