Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

Levitation AleLevitation Ale
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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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Ratings: 3,888 |  Reviews: 1,204
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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2.54/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a chestnut hued amber with a rapidly disappearing head. Aroma is mostly hops, a bit raw like this beer could have used a bit more aging. Taste comes across initially as bitter hoppiness followed by the slight sweetness of the malt. This is quickly followed by an earthy flavor that I couldn't place, almost like smoked peat. Overall, it's a strange tasting brew and after having one I really wasn't interested in having another. Not one of Stone's best offerings imho.

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2.54/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, dark amber color with a good 3/4" head and great retention.
Smell is hops and resinous evergreens with the faintest hint of malt.
Taste is hops, grapefruit, faint malt, light spice (in aftertaste), lemon and some alcohol.
Effervescent on the tip of the tongue,dry finish, somewhat crisp, medium bodied. Sadly, I disagree with the GABF judges of 2007. It's good for an IPA but not up to the usual Stone Brewing standards by my accounting.

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2.62/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer poured a pale amber with a small foamy white head.

The aroma of the beer was of Pacific NW hops with almost no malt in the nose.

The flavor of the beer had a strong burst of citrusy hops follwed by very light maltiness. The flavor and mouthfeel were relatively creamy.

Overall, this beer had a very thin flavor to me - too thin. I've nothing against low gravity, low alcohol beer, but this beer just fell short on nearly every level. In fact, it's flavor was kinda bizzarre. And while I've read Stone's description on the bottle, I still don't really know what the objective of this beer was if ya get my drift...

Stone deserves endless props for supercharging the craft beer industry these last few years, but I'm afraid they've fallen victim to their own devices. It seems they feel every beer they make, even the lighter ones need to be hopped to all hell. It's time for Stone to break their own mold.

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2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very little head pours, slightly off-white in color. Brew stands foggy brown color with purple.

S - Smell is very bland and nothing really sticks out. Lots of basic malt. Decent caramel scent.

T - Very basic, nothing unique. Lots of malt, tons, and tons of malt. Where are the hops? Very watery, not complex.

M - An odd bitterness, without the presence of hops. Good carbonation.

O - Very underwhelming, not worth noting. Not sure I can recommend this one. Nothing sticks out.

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2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is not a beer for me. Disappointed, as I am an avid Stone fan and this being my first opportunity with the Levitation Ale. While the prose was sweet as ever, the brew itself was exceedingly oppressive, strongly hopped -- I would hands down prefer Ruination to Levitation when it comes to high hops from Stone. A pleasingly aesthetic amber red in a glass, this one just didn't have it in flavor to warrant another buy from me anytime soon.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 73.1% out of 100 with 3,888 ratings
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