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
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of johno1655
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Rattle and Hum. Fairly dark for an amber ale. The head was about 1 finger. I was surprised by two things; the large amount of hops and the low ABV. Also, this beer is very drinkable. Not the best that Stone has to offer but certainly a nice session beer that is not very representative of the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of plfahey
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Reddish amber with great clarity. Tall beige head with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma-Piney, woody, and slightly spicy/herbal hops lead the charge. A healthy dollop of caramel and hints of toasted malt and biscuits come in right behind. Aside from the hop and malt profile, it's relatively clean and devoid of any yeast character.

Flavor-Caramel malt up front provides just the slightest flash of sweetness before moderate hop bitterness and moderately high hop flavor swoop in. Mild yet sticky pine resin and woody/spicy notes play through the midpalate. The finish lasts for ages with lingering piney hop flavor.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation and a moderately light body. Feels a little bit thin in the finish.

Decently tasty brew from Stone, but this one really stands out as being a nice, sessionable, low-ABV beer, while still boasting a ton of flavor. Certainly atypical for the brewery, but that's perhaps part of it's popularity. Extremely quaffable and good enough to warrant throwing back a couple from time to time.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Murrhey
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from a BevMo mystery pack. Poured in a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger off-white head. Well carbonated and the retention is nice for such a small head. Muddy brown color with no clarity.

S- Darker smells, some dark fruits and barley.

T- Bitter and dark flavors. Complex with a very bitter finish.

M- Intensely carbonated, medium body, bitter linger and wet.

O- Starts slow, but gets better near the bottom of the glass. Glad I lucked into this one.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mgeraci
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was great! Easily one of my top 5 for flavor and drinkability. This is definitely going to be a regular in my arsenal from now on. I love the excellent quality of this beer compared to beers with a comparable ABV. I suggest this to anyone wanting to broaden out to bolder more adventurous beers because it is a tame stroll into the depths of Stone beers which I have found all to be good to date in my experiences.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

We pour a deep copper colored brew. It holds a one finger tall mocha colored head. This recedes quickly, leaving spotted lacing and big islands of bubbles. There is thick haze, but no sediment. Carbonation appears light, and the bubbles rise slowly in this semi-syrupy brew. The nose explodes with massive hops. These are citric, resiny, and fruity. There is a tart sourness and sweetness of additional citric fruits and melon. There are lactics and muddy malts with a slight toast. There are minerals and a faint grapey wine quality on the far back. The taste begins with bitterness of grain and yeast. Hops also start immediately, and these are intense with souring citrus. The middle continues with wet grain and more hops, but they are now earthy and piney. The finish is with medicinal phenols that are bittering and plastic. Further bitterness seeps in from the yeast, with a spice of booze to round things out. The aftertaste is of darker grain, coiny bitterness and metallics, barley toast, muddy water, and booze. The body has a lighter feel and is, at times, watery. The carbonation is lighter as well. Each sip offers little froth or smack. The mouth is left wet and partially coated, but mostly dried. The abv is lower end and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nose. The hoppiness was excellent, with fruit and sweetness, to make is nicely inviting. We must have fallen off the trail somewhere between the nose and the mouth. The flavors were flat throughout, and the heavy bitterness made the taste seem detached from what was set up for by the aroma. Additionally, there was a flattish feel to the palate, leaving not only the taste buds board, but the mouth bored as well.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Swim424
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into houfbrau mug

A-very dark amber

S-smells like a sweet malt with a little hops

T-taste fairly light. Sweet caramely malt upfront finishing with a slight hop bite.

MF-pretty light for the style. a bit creamy. nice after taste.

O-pretty nice to sip on for a bit. not to strong.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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