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Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

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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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Reviews: 1,202 | Ratings: 3,885
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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 acurtis
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill from Cask at BierKraft 10/1
Stone Leviation Ale Dry Hopped with Amarillo on Cask poured into Verboten Tulip Pint glass.
A- Beautiful hazy copper color. Little head but great carbonation.
S- Huge floral hop aroma escapes from the glass.
T- Extremely flavorful, very hoppy with a hoppy grapefruit finish. Very smooth with little kick. The hoppy finish may last too long.
D- Exceptionally drinkable. Goes down smooth and easy. Excellent brew!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber color with a big 2 inch head that fades to a nice tight cap. Lacing is very good and leaves rings on the glass.

S - Smells of pine tree hops and bready malts.

T - Like others have said this tastes like a toned down Arrogant Bastard. Nice balance of malts and hops.

M - Good carbonaton makes for smooth drinking.

D - This is a very tasty and flavorful beer for it only being 4.4% ABV. This is a nice alternative to Arrogant Bastard for those who are new to Stone or want to take it easy on the bitterness level for the night.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: lots of lace. Hazy amber with red hues

S: toasted malt, caramel and floral hops

T: disappointed with the watery taste. Very mild hop flavor. Caramel malt sweetness dominates here

M: very watery, light to medium body. Moderate carbonation

Overall: On the watery side of red ales which I am not a fan off.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the most flavor you can possibly get into a beer under 5% abv, im convinced. it pours clear dark amber in color, surprisingly dark after a swig from the bottle. theres a fluffy lazy white head patiently fading. smell is red malts without the sugar, fresh resiny hops, some grapefruit. lots of hops for a red. flavor is balanced amazingly, malt flavors and aromas first, hop bitterness at the end. almost fresh from the vine hops, really pungent, dank, and yummy. some copper in the aftertaste, minerally, long lasting. theres great carbonation, feels likghter than it really it. this is one of the better session beers ive had, a 10 dollar 6pack is a perfect monday night football pick. cant believe i waited so long to try this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another really good drinking brew from Stone, much like their Pale Ale and IPA, this brew falls into the same basic catagory. The beer poured out as a nice looking amber color with a decent white colored head on it with a good lacing also. The smell of the beer is malty, much more malty than most stone brew that I'm aware of. The taste of the brew does have a good hoppiness to it along with some nice caramel flavors too. The mouthfeel is drinkable and overall I think this brew is pretty damn good.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation with lots of particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down and gradually faded away, leaving rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose (smells of grapefruit stand out in particular) along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a mild amount of bitterness; there are some hints of caramel malts in the initial taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable given its low alcohol content.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to David H. for bringing this beer back from the brewery. I have longly anticipated this brew. It comes as a surprise to me what I'm about to experience. This increadible beer begins with a deep amber / nearly brown hue with creamy off-white head formation, retains very well, and leaves lacing all over the place. Modest carbonation gives the beer a cask ale-like demeanor. Sharp aromas of pine and citrus hops promises agression, while very light notes of nuts, toast, and cocoa tells me that the beer isn't only hops. The taste of the hops hit up front with a juicy burst citurs, then pine. After the hops die down a bit, the dry toast, chesnut, and light cocoa powder flavors come in. Interestingly, there are no real sweetness to this beer- it has fully attenuated so that only the dry malt, hops, and fermentation character shows. The mouthfeel is both creamy and dry, making it very drinkable, albeit bitter. Finishes with a crisp bitterness- part from hops, but part from toast and nuttiness. This beer has a lot of character for a 4.4% sessionable, bone-dry beer. A pleasure to drink, but a bit of sweetness would have scored it higher.

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Photo of largadeer
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Transparent amber-red; has a sort of glow to it when struck by the light. Minimal but long-lasting head that sticks all over the walls of the glass. Nice looking stuff.

Smell: Caramel malts and floral hops, slightly grassy. The aroma is pretty light, and only hints at the flavor.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramelly, bready, even slightly roasty malts eventually give way to a floral, mildly tangy hop finish with a very mellow but long-lasting aftertaste. This is like Arrogant Bastard Jr - it's hard to believe this is only 4.4% ABV; it's rich in flavor and surprisingly complex for such a light beer.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: This is Stone's most sessionable brew. Easily one of the most drinkable and sessionable beers I've had, and probably the most overlooked and underrated beer in the Stone repertoire.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear honey colored body with a tight beige head that leaves some good lacing

Smell: A bit of a battle between the dominant hops and some pesky malts; the hops are citrusy and grassy but with every fifth sniff or so, I find the caramel malt fighting to make an entrance; odd, but good

Taste: Starts with a good caramel malt base; midway through, the bitter, slightly metallic hops kick in; long, rather astringent finish, just a touch buttery

Mouthfeel: Thick and slick with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An aggressive amber with an interesting flavor profile, but the astringent finish knocks it down a notch in my book

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this while in Buffalo recently.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium auburn hue, with a bunch of creamy, puffy, off-white head, which leaves monstrous, thick lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells strongly of green grapefruit hops, and mild caramel malt. The taste is much more tame - mild grapefruit and orange citrus hops, biscuity caramel malt, and some general fruitiness. The carbonation is on the low side, the body a bit light and thin, and it finishes dry, with a muted hoppiness.

I guess I've come to expect a thwack over the head from Stone's brews. This particular beer has the appearance and aroma of their big hitters, but mellows out considerably in the follow through, which would make this their de facto session ale. And as far as lower-alcohol, relatively milder session ales go, this is stellar. It does indeed defy the law of (specific) gravity...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Naven: Poured a deep amber color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of light piney hops with some caramel malt. Taste is somewhat hoppy with some light caramel malt notes also noticeable. Body is fuller then average with some medium carbonation. I understand that the brewer wanted to have a session beer with limited alcohol but there also too much limited taste – not something I thought I was going to be saying about Stone someday.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD 10-21-10

Poured into a small Hamms goblet, Levitation has a tawny amber tone, fairly bright clarity and specked with barely visible micro sediment throughout. A slim one finger cap of foam rests on top, and it leaves a tan collar as it deflates. Retention is good, and a ring of lacing remains in the glass.

Toasty, nutty malts in the nose with a hint of citrus peel from the hops. Seems like an American take on an English Mild.

Dense with malt flavor, there's a concentrated grapefruit bitterness from the hops that is very refreshing, receding into a long bitter aftertaste. Feel is light, with ample carbonation to carry it. Stone definitely puts their west coast stamp on a Bitter here.

It's light enough to session, and is packed with toasty malt flavor with Stone's trademark hoppiness. Definitely has it's place in their lineup, this is what i'll reach for when i'm thirsty and don't want a huge DIPA or Imperial Stout...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

***This review will be replaced ASAP, as it is not up to my QC standards.***

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass in low altitude downtown Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. My expectations were moderately high.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper-amber.

Sm: Cherry-raspberry ester fruit hops, cream, and barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: A complex berry hop blend over top a subtle barley foundation with nice cream and brilliant toasted malt underneath. Built quite nicely and very well balanced.

Mf: Coarse and wet. A bit too coarse for the flavour, but it gets the job done.

Dr: Drinkable and refreshing, if a bit full-bodied. Not sessionable, but certainly worth a go for any beer fanatic. I do wish it weren't so coarse.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone finally gets to CT... and man this was a solid beer right here. I was surprised they made a beer with 4.4% ABV but it has more flavor than most 6 or 7% ABV beers. Super hoppy, but a tad on the lighter side, though it tastes more like a pale ale then an amber/red ale but hey, a good beer is a good beer. A little on the pricey side but definitely will be checking more stuff out from this brewery.

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Photo of zeff80
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Beautiful looking beer. Clear amber color with a three-finger, tan head of thick foam that slowly receded. It took me several pours to empty the 12oz bottle into my pint glass. It left behind sheets of intricate lace patterns on the sides of the glass.

S - Is this an IPA? It smelled of pine and citrus. Very little maltiness or caramel that you would expect in an amber ale.

T - Spicy upon first sip with bready malt flavors. The bitterness is tame compared to the hoppy aroma but still pack a good bite with some citrus flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finish very dry. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - The perfect session beer and possibly the best amber that I've ever had.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber with a not-bad white head and pretty good lacing.

S: Somewhat of an amber malt smell, but mostly overridden by floral hops. Really don't find many low-alcohol beers with this much of a hop profile--I'm loving it.

T: Much like the smell. This is loaded with fresh floral hops and really packs a taste punch for a session bear like this.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: A destined-to-be-classic session beer for me.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got around to buying this ale,it had been long enough.Poured into a standard pint glass a lighter shade of amber with a thinner but well retained clingy white head.Almost all pine and grapefruit rind in the nose wich is fine by me,just a faint whif of sweet caramel is there as well.Lighter mouthfeel with hop dominated flavors,quite citric with some lighter pine notes,the caramel base gives off some blancing sweetness.A easy drinking hopped up amber ale,nice.

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Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of light brown head on a slightly hazy reddish-brown body. Good retention and lace.

S - Strong citrus hop aroma, particularly of lemons. Some malt in the background and a hint of caramel.

T - Big hoppy flavor up front with lots of lemon and orange. Malt in the middle, caramel and toast. More citrus hops in the finish with increasingly dark malt character that begins to show a bit of roast and carbon.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A drinkable, hoppy example of the style. The lemony hops are kind of sharp, but that seems to be typical of stone beers. I think drinkability and balance would improve if the finish was a bit sweeter, but there is a lot of character here for a low ABV 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 Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Retains with a 1/2 finger of creamy froth, which just slathers the sides of the glass with thick lace. The aroma is fresh and floral in the nose, with hints of light spice and citrus. Some bready pale activity adds some sweetness to this. I liked the fresh crispness here but it seems to lack just a bit of depth.

The taste starts with a prickly feeling spicy hop character, which is backed by the tang of fruity citrus and toasted caramel. This profile is really about the hops though, which are surprisingly aggressive here, putting out an even spicy and drying bitterness that lasts past the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the most part, with an almost bubbly feel to the carbonation that makes this maybe a little too easy in the mouth. It definitely helps make things go down smoothly but I think that a bit more presence would have been helpful here.

Better than average Amber Ale from Stone here. Shore up the nose and body a bit and this would be damn good.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I told Greg back in 2002 that I wasn't fond of the Levitation Ale, he told me to try it again because it had just been reformulated. Well, I'm finally getting around to it now!!!

As I remember it (but it has been close to 3 years), it's pretty much the same beer with the IBU's dropped a bit; a little less citrusy hops in the flavor; and some added chocoate notes in the malt.... and it's improved!

It still has a great appearance with it's chestnut-brown and ruby-cast body topped by a creamy dollop of ivory foam. There's still a very nice caramel maltiness with an added, delicate touch of chocolate to the malt; and its bristling touches of hops spice it up. It still finishes dry to be sure, but the bitterness doesn't linger quite as strong as it used to.

For fans of brown ale (such as myself), and mild beers (such as myself), this is a really interesting and enjoyable take on the brown ale style. Very nice!

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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 chinchill
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit surprised to see the classification of this beer, which was ordered and served with no description to this ignorant customer who, upon consuming this, would have thought it to be an Imperial Red, an IPA or and Amer. PA.

A- Clear, dark brownish-amber body with a generous, durable creamy head.

Aroma - hoppy with what smelled like some marijuana buds (this one is from California, yes, but I'm sure that's not actually an ingredient).

Flavor - Remarkably hoppy flavor given the lack of bitterness or obvious off-setting sweetness. And again the weed.

M - crisp; ample carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this one. Great strong taste of hops; long finish; and entirely pleasant to consume.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing
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