Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,886 Ratings
Levitation AleLevitation Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,886
Reviews:
1,202
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
484
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,886 |  Reviews: 1,202
Photo of Llamameister
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of santomark
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a dark amber color with a 2 finger off white, almost oatmeal colored head. 2 finger head, Nice retention and lacing.

S - This smells like a big beer, but I am aware it is not. Very crisp, malty, yeast almost is bread like. A sweetness at the end, both citrusy and darker fruits.

T - Definitely roasted malts up front, this bitterness is given off from the malts. Very subtle with what it does to the palate. Yeast notes such as biscuit is in there for a crispness. Other than this. Not too much happening.

M - Very light, silky, clean finish, drinkable.

O - This is a very light and drinkable beer. Given what Stone does with beers, like beefing them up, this is quite a light beer. Not much to say, if you're looking for a nice introduction to the craft beer world from one of the finest Craft Brewers in the world, this is a great start. Can't go wrong. I will have again.

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Photo of Eweber
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of DougT
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Clear reddish copper color with a 1 finger light tan foamy head. As it dissipates it clings to the glass and leaves some lace.

Smells hoppy, but not excessively. Not much else in the nose. Somewhat one dimensional.

Some grain bitterness, some hop bitterness, dry, a little watery. Mostly just hop flavors, not much else going on.

First impression is medium body, but as the carbonation fades things get a little thin. The sparkle from the bubbles lingers which helps a lot.

I'm not thrilled. It's just OK. I don' think I'll get any more. I find the watery lightness is not completely compensated by the sparkle. There's a bit too much grain bitterness for my taste. A larger proportion of a lighter carmel grain would help remove some of the grain bitterness, boost the alcohol and add some body.

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Photo of skloeff
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of rworkman
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of TigerOwl
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of drolen
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of JSOBB
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of whynot44
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber color with a modest white head that retreats to just a a light skin that persists and does leave some decent lacing.
The aroma is pine needles, grapefruit, grass and a light malt background.
The taste is the same. Hops up front - pine, citrus, herbs, grass followed by a light sweet caramel malt. Finishes dry with a pine resin flavor lingering on.
Light bodied, very drinkable.
Overall, a nice amber ale for the hop heads, refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of cjohns73
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of theoceantakesme
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of DeFaz
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was hoping that this beer, at a 4.4% ABV, could offer significant flavor and be a highly drinkable beer while keeping that low alcohol level--something that today beers seem to be having trouble doing as the only flavorful beers are rising in ABV. This offers a good smattering of flavors, with some uumph from the hops and malt flavors that don't back down, but it's not nearly as flavorful as I hoped. Worse, the mouthfeel is too thin. Overall, the beer lacks a solid body and distinctive flavors. It would have been nice to find a fairly low ABV beer out there that offers what the higher ABV beers bring to the table, but this one doesn't.

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Photo of harrisjohnson
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of rrski198
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Nordbier
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of MatthewD4
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jmint
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of bralston345
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Moheban
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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