Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

Levitation AleLevitation Ale
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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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Ratings: 3,888 |  Reviews: 1,204
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Carillon
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of rangerred
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear medium copper with a thick 1.5 finger head. Awesome lacing and head retention.

Aroma is a wonderful mix of citrus and pine with a little roasted malt shining through.

Flavor has plenty of citrus up front along with some nice toasted malt and caramel. Even a little bit of coffee. Bitterness is medium to high and lingers through the finish. Mouthfeel is quite watery and a bit chalky.

Overall, for the strength of this brew is sure packs in plenty of flavor. Maybe a little too expensive to be a regular session brew but it is great on occasion.

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Photo of dorf
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of erha2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of lewbeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jeff96gt
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Stockfan42
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark, dark amber. Light head. Body is a soda-esque color. Minimal light penetration.

S-Great Amber Ale nose. Hoppy but well balanced. Piney and citrusy hops combine with some really deep maltiness. Nose is quite rich.

T-Like the nose. Excellent balance between the malt and hops. Piny and citrusy along with a bunch of bread and caramel. Pretty enjoyable.

M-Body is fuller than the ABV would suggest. Sessionable and bubbly.

O/D-Overall, a pretty solid Amber. Well hopped but excellently balanced. Not my favorite Stone brew but its damn tasty the most of the other regularly available brews.

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Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of MaChiNe
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JWU
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- a beautiful translucent amber which is heavy on the red tones. a thick khaki head is on top that sticks around well and leaves a little lacing

S- the smell is really, really nice. A balancing act between earthy, citric hops and bready, caramel malt notes. There's some fruity yeast aromas there as well

T- The taste is a bit of a letdown after the smell. Pretty straight forward interplay of a mild bready/biscuity malt, with a hint of sweetness balanced by an earthy hop bitterness.

M- Smooth, with a mild carbonation. A bit too dry for my taste on the backend. I'm driking session amber ale here, not a APA or IPA.

O- A good, but not great amber ale. I'd certainly have it again if offered it, but wouldn't seek it out vs. others such as NB Fat Tire.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of wiegs4life
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer won the 2007 Gold Medal Winner in the Great American Beer Festival. It has solid taste, and great feel. Easy drinkable, but as the warmer weather comes, it is not my preference. In the past I have never been a fan of Stone brews, but this one definitely changed my mind about the quality of brews from this brewery. Like most great beer, this beer has great head. I poured from a bottle to a pint glass and it poured with ease. It is definitely a beer I will buy more of.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of socon67
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored pour with an off-white foam. Webs of lacing round the glass. Cloudy in appearance.

S - Scents of caramel, dry hops, and earthy spices. This is a very fragrant beer. Lots of complextiy here.

T - Taste is almost like a beefy IPA, but with notes of caramel and spice. The hoppy vibe is tempered by the underlying sweetness. Flavors concentrate as the beer warmed.

M - A very tasty beer but the distinct flavors muted over time. Not sure if this is a one drink type of beer, but I didn't find it sessionable despite its mild ABV.

O - Good variant of an amber that stands on its own. I'd have it again. Just another solid brew from the folks at Stone.

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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 5/1/2012 - oh well, can't win 'em all) into a tulip. Pours a deep, clear ruby w/ a rich frothy head, khaki head, plenty of lace.

Aroma is spicy herbal hops and sweet bready malt. A hint of cinnamon? Intriguing.

Taste is brassy, biscuity malt and tons of bittering hops. Straightforward, tasty.

Mouthfeel is clean, medium-bodied w/ a crisp finish. Refresing, drinkable.

Overall another solid beer from Stone. Maybe not my favorite style but I can imagine this pairing well w/ a good stinky cheese or a burger. And 4.4% ABV = great session beer. One more please!

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3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent dark amber with no head. The bouquet is very nice with tart citrus, cabbage, and pine. The flavor is vibrant but has that signature Stone overwhelming hop character. The mouthfeel is nice, but adversely impacted by the intrusive hop presence. I've had a lot of Stone, but the only one I've found to be good is Sublimely Self-Righteous.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 73.1% out of 100 with 3,888 ratings
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