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
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Photo of mikeczech
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of blakelive784
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent copper color with a 1.5 finger head of decent creaminess. Retention and lacing are both very good.

S - Resinous pine, citrus, caramel, and and toasted malt. Smells very fresh and surprisingly appealing.

T - Extremely well balanced. Caramel and pale malt sweetly balance the grassy, earthy, pine character of the hops. It's even got some yeasty qualities that round the beer out nicely. It's delicate, and I'm having it.

M - Light to medium bodied, carbonated well, and smooth on the finish. Suits the flavors nicely, but not necessarily tailored to them.

D - Well built, well balanced, and it's the best Stone brew I've had.

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Photo of MyTBeerDrinker
1/5  rDev -74.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Giggy
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured a dark amber/orange color with a small off white head. The aroma had a light hop nose with a decent amount of caramel. Taste was mild, had some bitterness with some caramel and roast tones alongside a dry finish. Overall this one is good and has a nice amount of flavor and character in it. Definitely would drink again.

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Photo of verdict603
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jlenik
5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jbonapar
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber with an amazing full head. What a smell. Strong hoppy smell. Sweet almost. Taste is a medium to light body but with a sUbtle creaminess. Super bitter. Slightly tart. Very dry finish. Like a Brady flavor with subtle caramel.

Great brew for a lighter beer.

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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%

Photo of magictacosinus
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish amber color with a lightly laced head. Very surprised with the low carbonation on this one, yet in spite of this, it retains a syrupy, thick look.

Again, Stone manages to present a beer that is instantly recognizable as theirs. While there is much lower alcohol here, the hops instantly scream citrus groves and spiced herbs. It's not as strong as Stone usually holds it (it often resembles pale ales), but their special "levitation beer" contains a fruitiness and sweetness that is wholly wonderful. In a sense, really unlike other Stone brews, as the aroma relies a lot more on maltiness here.

Nevertheless, it still starts with a bitterness that is loaded with spiciness and zestiness - yet ends with a fruitiness that is excellent. Cherries, grapefruit, honey, brown sugar all make their mark here. Contains a carbonated feel and creaminess to make it interesting in the long run. Very drinkable, with a bitterness that truly feels like it lasts for hours. It's really like mixing an IPA and an amber ale to get curious results.

Would go as far as calling this one of Stone's most balanced beers, though definitely not as ridiculous or fascinating as others they have released. The fact that it is sessionable makes its consumption all the merrier.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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