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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Ratings: 3,889 |  Reviews: 1,204
Photo of endincolorado
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 sethmcconkey
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Hunter
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice russett color, with a substantial, creamy tan head. Nice lacing effects on the sides of the glass.

Smells heavenly, perfect for the style. Notes of caramel, bread, brown sugar, and spice. A little cloying that prevents a perfect score but still lovely.

Malt gets top billing in the taste, but that doesn't mean the hops aren't there, providing an admirable supporting role. Light on the tongue with residual hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Much better balanced than most ambers. This is what Fat Tire aspires to be.

Some people get pissy with Stone for all the rave reviews they receive for their beers, but with each one I try I feel there's no reason to consider Stone overrated. Solid product from a well-run brewery.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. long neck bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy brown in color, some slight ruby color when held to the light. Two finger tan head receded quickly to a tan frothy cap.

Smell: Pine and Grapefruit hops and some sweet malts beneath. Hoppier smelling than most American Red ales. Inviting.

Taste: Not what I expected. A bit thin and watery with a blast of bitter pine hops up front, and very little malt presence or sweetness for balance. Finishes with a bitter hops tang on the tongue. Not really your typical American Amber or Red flavor...I'm not sure what this reminds me of. I guess a watered down and weak Arrogant Bastard is a good description of what it is...and I'm not sure that's a very good thing. Just makes me want a more flavorful Arrogant Bastard instead (the only other Stone beer I've tried).

Mouth feel: Watery and light-bodied with a lot of carbonation. Not what I would expect from the style.

Drinkability: A very hoppy Red ale. One is plenty for me. I need more malt to balance out all that hoppiness. It also needs less carbonation and a little more body. I probably wouldn't seek this one out again, but it's not horrible either.

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Photo of drh1382
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jeff96gt
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass, best buy Sept. 09 date. Not to much head but did leave quite a considerable amount of sticky web like lacing on the glass. After it warms it has a dark fruity smell. The ale is a nice lighter addition from Stone but full of flavor. Very drinkable and mild mouth feel although slighty chewy and malty.

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Photo of Sarmartay
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Moheban
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of heebes
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark amber with a thin beige head. Nose is clean amber malts with some faint hops appearing in the end. Taste wise is much better; a bitter and refreshing amber crystal malt profile with a sharp dry and bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Overall, a good tasting amber that is low enough to session with the BMC drinking buddies, if only it was readily available it would be my go to beer for sure.

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Photo of ChopsMeister
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BoilerUpNavy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of optimator705
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bonez05404
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of twax
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Yesac
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber, small off-white head.

S- Hops. Fairly hoppy for an 'amber'. Some caramel.

T- Yeasty, malty and slightly hoppy with a small bit of bitterness. Very simple tasting and has balance.

M- Medium bodied. Good mouthfeel, slightly sticky.

D- Malty overall and dull hop bitterness. Makes for an ok sessional, nothing special here.

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Photo of HosP
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz into pint glass.

A - Pours nice dark amber color. No more than a one finger head that left little lace on the glass.

S - Upfront hop aroma with citrus and pine. Hints of roasted malts at the end of the nose.

T - Like the nose, more hop flavor at first. Followed by malty sweetness to balance out the bitterness of the hops. Decent flavor, as I can see this being a solid beer, but nothing really jumped out at me.

M - Light-Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

D - Good beer, but nothing spectacular. I could drink a few of these, but would most likely reach for something else with either more hop flavor or stronger.

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Photo of chebode2
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Wrex68
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of fuzzbalz
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Zdrummer15
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
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 icemanls4
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cagocubs
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack of Levitation. Poured from bottle into glass.

A: Pours a nice red/amber/copper with a good thick full head. The bubbly head lingered and laced. Beautiful pour.

S: The dominating scents are citrus and sweet caramel/syrup. Hops very much present in the nostrils too.

T: The hops give this a nice bitter complex. A nice delivery of hops, citrus, and malts. Very strong example of a Red Ale. Where others skimp on taste, Stone does not.

M: Surprisingly thick for a Red Ale, I'd say medium. Nice creamy mouth coating with good bitter/hop finish.

O: One of the more powerful Red Ales I've had.

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Photo of BoRaeCho
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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