Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,888 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:
3,888
Reviews:
1,204
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
161
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484
For Trade:
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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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From a 355 ml bottle (best by December 8, 2013) into a nonic.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger of light-tan head. Retention is around a minute and some chunks of lace are left behind on the glass. The brew is brassy-amber in color and nearly clear.

S-This beer smells shockingly like a "baby" Bastard. It is hop heavy (even though my bottle was past the best by date) with herbal, mint, pine, and citrus aromas mingling with a lightly bread and caramel malt aroma. Impressive intensity and complexity.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely with the aforementioned hoppy mixture giving up a little bit of ground to the malts. I taste a bit more caramel and bread here than I smell, but this is still a hop-lover's session beer.

M-The body is medium with above-average levels of carbonation and good drinkability.

O-This is a pretty great session-type beer. I really mean it when I say it drinks like an approachable "Bastard" because the hop profile is so similar to Arrogant B, albeit a bit toned down in this format. I also enjoy the mouthfeel; this beer manages to drink well, while providing some substance on the palate.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing
3.88 out of 5 based on 3,888 ratings.
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