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Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

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1,201 Reviews
Levitation AleLevitation Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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: 1,201 | Ratings: 3,882
Photo of sacrelicio
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ah...an amber that smells, tastes, and looks like an IPA. This basically is an IPA with lower ABV and a bit less body. Instead of a Stone IPA with citrusy aromas and flavors and and golden color, this is more like HopDevil or something of that sort. Great deep amber color, nice snappy head. Stinky hop aroma, sharp bitter hop bite, good mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability. A bit rougher than the Stone IPA, like a brasher and more unpredictable younger brother. High IBU's with low ABV makes this a hophead's session ale.

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Photo of kernalklink
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had not been able to purchase this one form stone before, what a shame. There was a great color and body to this brew, lighter brownish red, with aromas of caramel malts, some unripe fruits and extremely clean hops- I love stone's hops- they’re very unique among all of the other hop-bomb breweries. Flavor was light and subtle- raw leaf hops, citrus and piney, so fresh I feel like im eating them straight off the plant. There is some malt there to balance everything out, but it definitely plays second to the hops. Very reminiscent of their stronger brews, but this one leaves your taste buds intact and with a lower ABV you can drink more than a couple- ill be purchasing this one as go-to from now on.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vendomebeer for this sample.

Pours a deep, dark amber color with good clarity. Finger high off-white head leaves some lacing. Gorgeous color.

The aroma is a little bit faint for a Stone beer. I get some of the sweet caramel malts, some citrus and pine resin hops, and a light woody scent.

The flavor follows right along in the same fashion. Starts sweet then the hops show up. Again, I am getting a bit of woodiness that was unexpected. I don't think that it really adds to this brew, though.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin with good carbonation. Oily slick coats my tongue. Easy to drink brew, but I don't feel that this one measures up to the Stone offerings. Maybe this is intended to be their "gateway" beer...and if it is I can understand. Overall, not a bad beer and I wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Session Ale of the Gods!

Pours a very deep, dark red with hues of brown.

Smells of a wonderfully balanced crisp red ale malt and a grapefruity west coast hop. Amazingly intense for the size of the beer.

Tastes almost exacty as it smells, amazingly intense for the beer's small size. Perfectly balanced, and superbly drinkable.

This might not be the kind of Xtreme beer that most people would award a high score to, but it is so amazingly crafted that I have no choice but it give it a great grade.

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Photo of Vancer
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this one had aspirations to be a nice west coast ale, but she came up a bit wee short.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, the pour was all it could be; clear and brilliant amber with the classic sheets of ivory tusk heading.

But the aroma and taste, just a plain jane woody, resinous, and on the weak side (for a Stone brew) pale ale – that’s all this bad boy turns out to be. Nice, decent drinker of a brew.

I’m a bit bummed by the brew – BUT most appreciative to nvsblman
For the chance for my BA annv. ! BA members are top notch!

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber, leans toward brown. Head is okay, but the lacing and retention are fantastic.

Hops are prevalent, floral and citric, with an earth/grass flavor as well. Smells somewhat dry, with a toasted, lightly caramelized malt profile.

Crystal malt and a lovely hop presence characterize the flavor, herbal hop leaf is piney in the sense of deciduous needles as well as a lighter wood flavor. The malts lend a good backing, with a diacetyl presence that nicely backs up the sweetness.

The hops come screaming through til late in the game, finish is bitter but smooth, and dry. Body has good thickness, even chewy, with a slickness from the alpha oil hops. Damn good American Red that brings enough hops to keep it lively.

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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 Viggo
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at the Petit Pub of Mondial de la Biere 2007 in Montreal!

Pours a clear brown/red, small off white head forms, some lace on the glass, settles to a very thin ring. Smell is sweet, perfumy, some floral, light pine, not bad considering the alcohol. Taste is sweet, light honey, some pine, toast, floral, pine, very light finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Smooth, okay, maybe expecting more from a Stone beer, but its decent for a mild.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of a mixed 6pack at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins.

This pours from 12oz bottle a nice clear deep amber with a large head of foam that recedes slowly leaving a few small islands near the center and it has some lacing.

The smell is hoppy. I get a lot of grapefruit but I also get some caramel malt.

The taste on first sip is kind of strange. The initial flavour is rather empty of flavour, kind of watery but then, thankfully, the grapefruit hoppy goodness moves in near and through the finish though it's at a subdued level. Hey, this is only 4.4%abv so I expected some kind of reduction in what was going to hit my taste buds and it sure makes this Ale a good for sessioning candidate *if* the flavour that's there is enough to please. Imho, it passes that test. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

A: Copper-red/brown with white/tan head.

S: Piney hops basically, with some malt mixed in.

T: Piney hops, biscuit malts, really resiny, hops a bit too astringent for my tastes, but overall very nice.

M: Above average, medium-bodied.

D: Low in alcohol makes this a good session beer choice, but I found myself really not wanting more than one, a beer I'll have to revisit at some point though.

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

Received from TheManiacalOne as part of BC2. Thanks!
This one poured a reddish amber colour, pretty clear, with a light beige head. Good head retention with some clumpy lacing. There was a pleasant caramel aroma that balanced the hops, which were a bit fruity, but mostly herbal, grassy, and woody. Solid bitterness with an herbal, minty hop flavour. Toasty malt gave a light sweetness and there was some fruitiness in the background as well. Nice balance. Medium/light body and carbonation, quite refreshing. I could see this making a great session beer. It's got a nice flavour profile that's not overpowering, but is still interesting enough for a few pints.

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2.87/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'll start by saying that I am a fan of Stone. Not this Stone. Wonderfully striking in the glass. Nice dark brown that lets the light dance through, topped with a pale yellow head that outlasted the beer. Bravo. Then everything else. Smell was soft and hop forward with metal, citrus, and almost the smell of wet dirt (just before it becomes mud). Mouthfeel was ok, dry and lackluster. Taste was somewhat of a mouthfull. Blast of hops on the tongue mellowed slightly by caramel, stale bread, and citrus. Pretty bitter ending, not hops bitter ... (you ever spray stuff with "bitter yuck" you know to keep a dog or cat from biting it?) yeah .. weird bitter. Anyway ... ok beer. I wouldn't seek this one out.

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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 sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Split a cellar temp 12 oz bottle with Stopper. Poured into a tulip snifter the beer exhibits a clear amber to chestnut hue.
A soft fluffy off white head of 2.5 cm foams up easily and recedes slowly to a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is mild with some piney hops and caramel intertwined.
First sip reveals a lite body and fine spacious carbonation. The beer has a soft smooth textured average body.
Flavor is some caramel and citrusy hops that finish with a crisp bite. Very easy to drink. Seems almost like a mild ale not a red ale. Easy session beer. Wouldnt mind having a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of geokills
2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
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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Photo of joecast
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

finally, the last of stones year round beers i have not tried. this is an occasion i have looked forward to.
12 ov bottle. enjoy by date 08 04 07

pours darker than i expected. deep amber and copper. very low carbonation. thin tan head leaves some lacing.

super hoppy aroma. spicy, peppery, a bit grassy. probably missing some malt presence, but i dont mind. puts other sub 5% beers to shame.

hmm, hop flavored mouth wash comes to mind. nah, actually, mouth wash made from hops. no flavoring added here. its the real thing.
starts with a light sweetness on the tongue before a flooding of hops takes over from my lips, passed the roof of my mouth and down the back of my throat. more please.

well, never had an amber ale like this! certainly punches above its weight, and does it well. more hops in this 12oz bottle than most cases of bmc.

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Photo of notoriousdav
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is the worst in Stone's otherwise excellent lineup, which is unfortunate because those who try this beer first may get the wrong impression of this fine craft brewery. It looks right, and the smell is there with some piney, earthy notes, but this beer falls flat on its face when it comes to taste. Frankly, the taste is insipid at best. There's just nothing there except water and metal and lot's of carbonation. Maybe it's the low alcohol, but this beer has no character whatsoever, and is nothing to write home about.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After awhile, all of Stone's ale taste about the same. This one was no different. Poured a medium dark brown with some white foam. The smell of Piney hops was all I could get out of the aroma. As far as the taste, it was average with the tart piney flavor of the hops and that was about it. Not impressed, just average at best.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I should have tried this before the Arrogant Bastard, IPA and Ruination...

Looks like an amber ale... amber!

Smells like malt, not much hop aroma.

It tastes ok, I won't call all my friends, but I think it's all right.

it's cold, it has alcohol, it's a beer... average beer.

well, regardless of the taste, appearance, smell or mouthfeel, 'overall', I think it's an average beer, but then again, 'overall', I think my boss (Ray) is an asshole!*

*NOTE: my co-workers (former and present) also think Ray is an asshole...

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has got to be my favorite "session" beer and it is perfect for poker night. It is orange in color with a decent head. It smells hoppy and grassy. The taste is grassy and delicious. I can't believe it has this much flavor for such a low ABV beer. It also tastes a little like Bastard.

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Photo of flexabull
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beers pours with a cloudy copper color and a decent head.

Aromas are bread like, sweet dough, and a hint of pine from the hops.

Flavors are slightly sweet, tea like, and creamy. You really notice the nice mouthfeel as this beer really coats your mouth well, and the carbonation is right on as well. Finish is a bit tart and crisp. I would like to have tasted some more hop flavors from this.

As mentioned before, the mouthfeel is quite good.

Drinkability is very good. This is a solid Amber Ale. There are some others out there that I prefer, but this is a nice easy drinking sessionable beer.

Many thanks to mymrngjckt for throwing this beer in as an extra from our recent trade.

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

From the Town and Country liquor store in Fullerton, on to the beer:

It pours dark red into a chalice. The head that froms sits on top of the beer the whoe way through. The smell is crisp and sweet, with caramel, hoppy, and vanilla flavors rising from it. In the taste, it's bready, mostly with a hoppy taste goes from start to finish. A hint of sugar cookies sneaks into play towards the end. Not much of an aftertaste. This beer goes down nice, easy, and creamy. This beer's a little deeper in flavor than what I expected from a 4.4 ABV beer.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Nice amber color, absolutely no head, even with an agressive pour. Little lacing, nothing fantastic.

S: Slightly sweet, piney hops.

T: Bitter, reminds me of an ESB. Not much sweetness, like there was with the smell. Completely 1-dimensional. Not bad, but not good.

M: Thin, carbonated, prickly bite.

D: Easy enough to drink if you can stand the bitterness. It's not a good hop-bitterness, it's just plain bitter. I normally like Ambers, but I will NOT buy this again. Wayyy overrated.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone makes some incredible brews, but I am beginning to think Amber Ale might be one of the most challenging types to make really well. This poured a dark amber with a fat, slightly off-white head that left sticky-looking lacing in rings around the glass. Nose of malts, hops, citrus, flowers, and something else I cannot quite get to. The hops dominate and so you have to look for everything else. Mouthfeel is very smooth and better than most ambers. Flavor is of malts, caramels, and of course hops. Finishes smooth . At only 4.4 % you could knock back a few of these in an evening, and enjoy every bottle. Interesting and well done.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.
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