Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

very good
1,202 Reviews
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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Reviews: 1,202 | Ratings: 3,886
Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant amber with a plume of dense khaki head that lingers.

Floral hops dominate, with cannabis and citrus adding complexity. There's a bit of skunk accompanying slightly sweet caramel malt.

Flavor reveals a somewhat sweet caramel malt backbone, which becomes deeply toasted and bitter in the finish. Underlying notes of muted grapefruit add complexity.

Body and carbonation are moderate. There's a slightly harsh astringency at the finish.

Much more malt character than expected, but it's nicely countered by both hop flavoring and bittering. The bittering is a touch more than I prefer, but depth of malt flavor and citrus keep me content.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into stone pint glass. Poured with a nice dark reddish color. Head was moderate with my pour and left nice lacing.
Odor is nice! Sweet and a little fruity. Mix of sweet bread and also a little caramel.
Taste is light at first and then gives some coffee and dark sweet notes. Hop bitterness is predominant from middle to end. Hops give a grapefruit and a small amount of pine to the taste. Ends with these as well.
Mouth feel is a little lighter than expected. Carbonation is moderate.
Overall, a very good beer( to sum it up). Could use a little more depth in my opinion but still worth having again.

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Photo of DanU
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: color is almost chestnut. Very nice, almost tan head with good lacing.

S: A hop dominant aroma, slightly citrusy, a little caramel malt.

T: Pretty close to the aroma. Slight caramel malt up front followed by earthy, slightly citrusy hops. The hop flavor is big for this style and ABV, which is to be expected from Stone.

M: Smooth, good carbonation, a little frothy as it warmed.

O: This beer has a good hop flavor. I would prefer some more presence from the malt, but that would most likely push this beer farther from session territory. If you want a beer with a low abv and big hop presence, this is exactly that. For me personally, with this amount of hops, the lack of body from the lower abv takes away from this one.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by 02/25/2014 printed on the bottleneck. A new beer to me from Stone, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. I've been passing this one up forever, so I figured it was time to try it out.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a very nice ruby / amber colored body with about a finger of khaki head. Some nice strings of thin lacing. Very nice clarity. Active carbonation is noted. Looks good.

S - Smell is quite subdued in comparison to the other more standard Stone offerings. Huge juicy hop bitterness isn't really present at all, surprisingly. Bready caramel / amber malt,

T - Taste is comprised of big bready malt, honey, amber / red malt, white sugar, and a strong herbal tea leaf sweetness. Herbal, earthy, and twiggy. Good depth of flavor for such a low alcohol beer.

M - Feel is dry, bready, and malty. Mild pine resins / grapefruit bitterness. Light-bodied, with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice change of pace when compared to the palate destroying IPA's that Stone is known for. Easy drinking and sessionable with a low 4.40% abv. I would have it again, but it's not something I would seek out often.

Stone Levitation Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

This beer pours a lovely amber with definite red highlights and a minimal head that disappears almost as fast as it appeared. The smell is piney hops and malts. The taste is more blunt, with the hops being more forceful on the tongue. Malts and some sweetness come in afterward. Mouth feel is sharp, carbonation is high and the combination are somewhat bracing.

Not a bad beer, but probably not one I would revisit.

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Photo of lochef81
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours a gorgeous deep reddish copper color with a thick white head that lasts well into the beer. It does finally give way to a nice film and spiderweb lacing. The aroma is more subtle than I've come to expect from Stone but delicious none the less. There is a lot of sweet malts on the nose with an underlying hoppy bitterness, mostly citrus and pine. The flavor is quite sweet at first with lots of malt and caramel notes this is followed by a bit of a bitter hop bite that resolves to a nicely balanced finish. The ale sips quite light and easy, almost too much so. I'd honestly like a little more coating and lasting flavor with this one. This is a nice amber/red ale but nowhere near the best of the offerings out there.

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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 samtrillo
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Lindman's beer glass.

A - Almost translucent burgundy or raspberry cider looking. Probably influenced by the glass I poured into..

S - Malted ale...

T - Malty ale at first followed by hop bite and grapefruit citrus.

M - Light carbonation and nice and smooth with some head.

O - It's a good refreshing ale. A lot flavor for %4.4 ABV. A nice choice if you want to kick back a 6pk with a buddy but don't want to get smashed and don't want a lager.

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Photo of jj139
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

enjoyed in a standard pint glass

A - Deep, dark brownish copper with an 1+ inch egg shell head. Decent but long lasting lacing.

S - Toasty sweet malt, followed by hints of grapefruit, caramel, and pine

T - Toasty malt right up front then a hoppy bite.

M - Medium carbonation, lighter body but still decent flavor. Pretty hoppy finish for this style of beer.

O - While not my favorite Red Ale around this is still a good solid beer. With an ABV of 4.4% this would be a decent brew to kick back and enjoy a few.

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Photo of jhkroop
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good middle of the road, standard ale. Color is reddish, caramel. Nose is clean, but not floral in the least. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with a mild bitterness on the end, which is welcomed. The carbonation is well balanced. This is a very drinkable, daytime beer when you want to enjoy multiple drinks over an extended period of time. With a 4.4% abv, this is expected.

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Photo of theteleman
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a big cloudy puffy marshmellowy head. Smells like hops and citrus. A somewhat chewy, thin mouthfeel. Very refreshing. Hops and citrus are balanced nicely with a faint malty undertone. Lots of flavor and super sessionable, a great beer for working in the yard on a hot day.

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Photo of levineju
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Stone's take on Amber/Red Ale, and one of their stalwarts since it won big props at the 2007 GABF. 12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - A very pleasing amber, not unlike pure Grade A maple syrup. Pour yields a finger of cream colored head that dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing on the glass as it goes.

S - Malt, of course, but a bit more hops than usual for the style...not surprising for Stone. Melon, cherries, light citrus.

T - Subtle, somewhat delicate malt rounded in the back with sharp hops. Bread-y on the exhale.

M - a bit sharper than anticipated. Not as creamy or drinkable as some amber contemporaries.

O - not bad at all, but not my favorite from the category. Still favoring Censored from Lagunitas in Northern California.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mini Brew Review: Stone Levitation Ale

ABV: 4.4%

Appearance: Deep copper, lots of foam and carbonation. Good lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops, caramel.

Taste: Toasty malts, caramel, pine, grassy hops. Hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, strong bitter hop aftertaste.

The Verdict: Pretty good. Less bitter than many Stone offerings but plenty of flavor. Pretty boozy for the low ABV. It’s not the first amber ale I’ll reach for, but there’s a good chance that I will reach for it.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a hop head and I'm surprised it took me this long to try Levitation Ale. There's a great amount of piney, sharp, citrus-y hops. It's definitely more towards the bitter side but not as bitter as some other ales I have had. There's also a pleasant lightness to the beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: dark amber (a particular shade I've not often seen).... myriad of micro hop specks.... 3/4" high head, mashed-potato contour.... relatively filtered-clear aside from hop specks

S: wow! how 'bout that?! it's hoppy... pine on top, tropical fruit (pineapple, papaya) in the middle.... an undertone of medium crystal (60-80)

T: moderate-plus, citrusy hop bitterness, full frontal.... slightly earthy hop notes, spicy... mild showing of malts in the background - light caramel and toasty flavors.... actually, the hop bitterness is fairly sharp and aggressive once this warms more.... peculiar jelly/jell-o fruit flavor underneath

M: overall, quite dry, nearly desiccating by the finish.... enough initial roll from the body to briefly suggest substance... bit of a creaminess to the foam wash

O: nothing terribly unique about this beer.... like a fool, I imagined maybe this would be the black sheep Stone beer that wasn't hopped to high hell.... on the other hand, this might just be the most drinkable and my favorite of Stone's lighter-hued ales that I've had

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Photo of Zdrummer15
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle to a pint glass about 2 months before the printed enjoy by date

Appearance: copper/amber color with a 1 finger, khaki/white head that sticks around leaving great lacing

Smell: relatively muted. Some earthy pine notes, but nothing jumps out at me too much

Taste: a lot of earthy pine hop flavor with a little citrus character as well. There is also some bread and caramel malt flavors to balance it out

Mouth feel: tight, crisp carbonation with a pretty light body

Overall: The mouthfeel is similar to other inferior beers with similar alcohol contents, but not much else is. This is a solid session beer with a nice balanced flavor. I honestly had to double check the label to believe it was only 4.4%. If Stone's goal was pack as much flavor into a low-alcohol beer as possible, they accomplished that masterfully. This would be a great beer to introduce your non-craft drinking friends to. It is solid, but doesn't overwhelm in any way.

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Photo of SSS
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer was unexpectedly light. I know it is 4.4, but I wasn't expecting it to be so tame. There was some good flavor there, but nothing to write home about. If most commercial beers were like this, we would have a better world in general, but for a Stone brew, not impressed.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. screen printed bottle. Sampled on Feb. 14, 2014.

It is a very attractive looking beer with its deep amber pour and long lasting tan head. Great clarity. Great lacing.

The nose is alive with grass, pine, and citrus hops which is not what one would normally pick up in an amber ale. It has some punch! Vibrant. Biscuit malts are subdued.

Medium body.

Like the nose the taste has an exquisite pine, grass, and floral character that is a bit more forward than any biscuit malts but they still do not take everything over. Drinkable and fascinating.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light red-brown. Nice looking beer.

S: Hops, spice, and malt.

T: Wow! This is awesome. It's like a spicy IPA sort of with an excellent body. Dry hops, grass, wheat, spice, cloves, light fruits, bread, malts.

M: Good as well. Medium with awesome carb feel.

O: This beer is so good and I think it deserves a way better rating than the one it has. The taste and feel is so refreshing that I'm going to start buying packs of these for a go-to beer. This is truly some good stuff.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a nice, thick, frothy, mostly white with a touch of tan head. The head receeds too quickly but laces nicely.

Smell: Floral, fruity, piney, citrus, grapefruit.

Taste: Just like the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent carbonation

Overall: I love this beer. The only thing holding back my scores is that I would like the malt to be a little more of a factor.

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Photo of CHickman
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours red with bubbles racing up the brew to a foamy 2 finger light tan head that was full of bubbles and dissipated very slowly, leaving craters as it went down a excellent sticky lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Aroma is a combo of piney and citrus hops up front, with grapefruit, tea leaf, herbs, peppery spices and earthy grass notes allow some caramel and malt to peek out at the end. Did not expect a amber/red ale to be this hoppy, but I guess that is the Stone way so I inhaled and enjoyed it.

Taste is more malty and bready, with rye or other spices coming through before the piney and citrus hops; interesting how the flavor did not match the nose, none the less it was tasty with pepper, grapefruit, tea leaf, spices, cinnamon, wheat bread and earthy notes that almost seem like peat moss or very dry floral hops. I was shocked by the lack of caramel and toffee flavor which normally make these ambers red in color, but again enjoyed the hoppy dominance.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, with light zesty carbonation and a dry clean finish that’s on the bitter side but more like a pilsner in weight as it goes down.

Overall I really like this and at 4.4% ABV this is a great session beer, and one I should have reviewed long ago as it has always gone down easy.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't think I ever tried this before today. It is marvelous.

It pours darker and browner than a typical red. Still pretty, but too dark. The head is a little thin. The aroma is nice and hoppy, giving warning of an American taste to come.

The taste is outstanding. It is very bitter and hoppy with lighter malt than typically for the style. This is a unique "balance" (off balance) than works. The aftertaste lingers long and bitter on the tongue.

To me, this brew competes with other full bodied brews that are absolutely sessionable, and wins. This is my new favorite "light" beer.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark copper, clear and good lacing
Strong citrus and fruit aroma
Medium mouthfeel, fruity and hoppy
Its good, try it by all means but honestly.. get yourself an Pegagus, Lagunitas, or Dogfish Head. If I’m going to pay Stone money, I want more than 4% ABV


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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Handsome dark amber color in the tall Weissbier glass with ample foam and nice lacing. Quite sudsy in the mouth, a real pleasure for drinkability.

Some caramel notes and a pleasant malty tang. Toasty, resiny, some pine notes. A little back of the throat darkness with a zingy tang. Watery mouthfeel but quite refreshing. Totally quaffable. A nice balance between the light weight and the hop flavors. Just enough aromatics and a moderately bitter finish.

Somehow I've avoided this, but it's a nice change from the usual Stone blunt hop instruments. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Von's supermarket in San Clemente, a decent place for single beers.

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Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone - a favorite brewer. Thanks for this session amber ale.

A: Good looking darker MAHOGANY body, with plenty of tan head and lacing. A darker Amber Ale.

S: Plenty of aroma for a session beer. In true Stone fashion, hoppy on top, then underneath roasty malts. Nutty, grassy.

T: Follows smell, on the hoppy end of spectrum for amber ale. I think taste is faithful to and fulfilling of the nose. Plenty of flavor for a session ale.

MF: medium, easy, good long finish, appetizing.

We need more 4% flavor-packed beers like this. Equal favorites like 21st Amendment - Bitter American (APA) and Left Hand Sawtooth (*an ESB) come to mind.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing
3.88 out of 5 based on 3,886 ratings.
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