Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

very good
3,888 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: 3,888 |  Reviews: 1,204
Photo of Kirby
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of alwaysplayin
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Beautiful red amber, pretty transparent. Lots of coppery bone lacing.

Smells of grains with very light hop sting. Like a good red.

The taste is hoppier that the nose lets on. A refreshing swigger. It seems halfway between a PA and a red. I am happily confused.

Overall: Fantasizing about sessioning this and Founder's All Day side-by-side.

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ceraphin
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of abcramer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of sneth019
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BillH200174
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a tan head and moderate lacing. Big citrus hops in the aroma. Flavor was citrus hops with hints of pink grapefruit. A little malt in the background but a good hop finish. Just a little thin, flatness in the finish. Overall good amber.

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Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber to walnut colored body with reddish hues beneath the dense, tan head that slowly disappears to leave a thick, tacky lacing.

Earthy hop aromas float from the glass, consisting of wood, pine, and citrus with secondary aromas of caramel malt.

The flavor is a bit sweeter, focusing more on the caramel malt and citrus hops with the pine and woodnotes taking a back seat.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a bitter, puckering finish.

This is a great beer with excellent flavors and aromas to entertain the senses without the higher abv associated with similarly flavored beers making it great for sessions.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Jan 2012, so it's a little out of date. Acquired recently from a webshop. As always, I love the silk screen labelling.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep, hazy coppery-amber colour with low carbonation and plentiful fine sediment. Forms a small off-white head of foam that lasts for a minute or so before collapsing to a surface layer. Aroma of spicy aromatic hops and sweet caramel malt. Notes of pine resin, candy sugar and yeast.

Tastes of sweet malt with an aromatic hop character and a bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, candy sugar, caramel and dry yeast. A hint of staleness in the background? Considerable hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but feels somewhat flat. A spicy quality. Exceptional astringency for such a relatively light beer. Aftertaste of malt and very bitter hops.

Not bad - pretty tasty with stacks of hops (as expected). Mouthfeel would have benefited from higher carbonation. A good blend of malt and aromatic hops, though the bitterness is perhaps over the top. Decent but not as good as other Stone offerings - try it once.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is average. It has a healthy medium-brown color and an average head.

It has a nutty scent with a sweet hint, mainly that of caramel.

The taste is dark but not too dark. There is a hint of caramel but it also has a bitter flavor, too bitter given the alcohol content of only 4.4%. If it were a hint sweeter or a hint less bitter, then the taste would be great, but it is not.

The mouthfeel is just fine given the fact that it is an ale and it is 4.4%; not too heavy and not too bitter.

Overall the beer is above average but it is not a staple in my beer diet. There are better beers that come from the Stone Brewery, although this one is not bad.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of jmarklan
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a lovely amber... I love that color. Great head and retention with excellent lacing.

Smells of floral hops, a bit citric. Light malt towards the back.

More citric than floral, grapefruit hops dominate the front and the middle of the taste. Almost tastes like grapefruit juice. Slight caramel towards the end. Not too flavorful, but more than what you'd expect given such low ABV.

Medium bodied, a touch of hop resin adds slight slickness. Refreshing and very, very drinkable. I ended up throwing this down quick w/o realizing it.

Overall: I don't know if i'd get this again... i like a brew with a little more body and flavor. Nonetheless, its pretty awesome given 4.4 ABV. A session beer if ever there was one.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass, best by 5/1/12. This pours a nice reddish brown color with a nice tan head which leaves a nice lacing. The smells are of good and caramel, other malts pretty good. The feel is medium with a mouth coating hop resin. The taste is good, nice mid hop bite with a caramel backbone. I really wish they had these in Texas because this would be my go to session beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of vkv822
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
best by: 2/26/12

Pours a clear red-copper with a bubbly, foamy off white head that leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is quite hoppy, with a balance of citric and pine notes.

The taste is again a blend of citric and pine notes, though it has more of a caramel, biscuit malt balance than in the aroma.

Medium body, with appropriate carbonation.

Not my favorite style usually, but this is a nice amber ale that I enjoyed.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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