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:
159
Gots:
483
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 3,888 |  Reviews: 1,204
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another really good drinking brew from Stone, much like their Pale Ale and IPA, this brew falls into the same basic catagory. The beer poured out as a nice looking amber color with a decent white colored head on it with a good lacing also. The smell of the beer is malty, much more malty than most stone brew that I'm aware of. The taste of the brew does have a good hoppiness to it along with some nice caramel flavors too. The mouthfeel is drinkable and overall I think this brew is pretty damn good.

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Photo of clint1019
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber-brown in color with a toffee colored head.

S - Has a nice caramel malt aroma with some piney and grapefruity hop aromas.

T - Slight malt flavor that is immediantly over powered by an intense hop spicyness.

M - Light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

O - A pretty good amber ale, but I think it is a little too hopped for the style.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at kyhber in philly

Pours a brilliant amber and cherry red color, fluffy crop of white head, tons of film and cloudy retention all over the glass.

Bready malt in the nose with some juicy hops, touches of caramel and bread crust.

Slightly bitter up front with pine hop notes. A bit sticky and resiny, touches of citrus too. Nice backbone with caramel and bread crust. Well balanced, finishes clean with some lingering hop bitterness.

Medium body and carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. Exceptionally drinkable, nice flavor, a solid west coast take on the amber ale.

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Photo of crzyc
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into a glass mug.

A- Amber colored beer, light tan head. Nice sticky lace.

S- Sweet, citrus smell

T- Citrus, melon, caramel. Toasted malt.

M- Medium on the tongue, fizzy.

O- Nice ale. I enjoy the appearance and smell the most.

I think next time I would not get the six pack, maybe a bomber.

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

A: Poured into a SA perfect pint glass with a four finger head (maybe I poured poorly?). A nice rocky, off white foam for the head sticks around for a while before revealing a nice semi-dark amber color that makes of the body of the brew.

S: A nice blend of hops, yeast, bready malts, and citrus. I'm picking up mostly grapefruit but maybe a bit of lime and lemon.

T: Overall light on the taste but there are notes of citrus, malts, and of course hops.

M: Mouthfeel is somewhat light, definitely some carbonation going on, but overall light-feeling on the tongue.

O: Overall, pretty good. I feel that it may be a little 'watery' in terms of mouthfeel, but quite good other than that. The taste is a little light, but it's still pretty good.

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Photo of Mako82
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A - Dark red, very cloudy, floating yeast, long lasting foamy off white head
S - Fair amount of hops, lots of spice follows, yeasty/bready
T - Hops and malts, slight hint of caramel and yeast, spicy aftertaste that last fairly long
M - Medium carbonation
O - Didn't really think the taste lived up to the smells. I think I owe it to myself to try it again and reevaluate

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Photo of forcedlaughter
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Head stuck around for a while. Color is that classic amber I'd expect. Clear, I'd assume filtered. Smells strongly of hops and an earthy malty aroma. Taste is really good for the style and ABV. I'm not a huge fan of ambers but at 4.4% and a good dose of hops, this is going to be a new standard. Hops aren't as strong in the taste as the smell, and the mouthfeel is a little thin, but that's expected. Overall, I really like this beer and will be bringing it to family get-togethers and trying to convert everyone.

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Photo of McNealc31
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it pours a rich amber color. The hops are evident the second it's poured. At first, there is a high citrus note but that goes away as the hops kick in. It doesn't have the most bite of any beer I've had, but the bite is there for sure! Surprisingly low ABV at 4.4.

Great color, great flavor, aggressive but not overwhelming bite, very good lacing.

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Photo of hippityhophead24
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this today. Wasn't thinking and I thought it was the Ruination IPA, but got home and realized what I had purchased.

Appearance: hazy amber reddish color. Thick frothy white head with very very nice lacing.
Smell: malt, fruity figs and grapefruit, and citrus hops. Very nice for a small abv Stone beer!
Taste: very light on the taste. It’s there, but has more potential I guess. There is a burst of citrus from the hops and a slight sweet malt ness to it.
Overall: good session beer. Again, wasn’t thinking, so I thought this was the ruination IPA, but it’s definetaly not.
Glassware: FRESH growler into snifter

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: lots of lace. Hazy amber with red hues

S: toasted malt, caramel and floral hops

T: disappointed with the watery taste. Very mild hop flavor. Caramel malt sweetness dominates here

M: very watery, light to medium body. Moderate carbonation

Overall: On the watery side of red ales which I am not a fan off.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass during Portland Mighty Mites small beer festival~

I didn't think it possible to get this much flavor, intensity, and character into a beer at less than 5% abv! Was the superstar of the event and a beer that I will regularly be buying.

Pours with a massive amount of head that dissipates nicely into a good lace. Aromatics are nice but straight forward with hops taking the front seat and mild citrus and malt backing.

The palate is richly flavored and complex with a variety of nuances from the hops (Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Crystal). Malt peeks through, some spice and herb notes too. Very nice. Body is full yet not over the top. Can't believe that this is only 4.4%! Finish is long, with a good dose of bitterness.

Despite the intensity, this is a supremely drinkable beer. It reminds me of an Extra Pale Ale since the hops are more aggressive than most amber or red ales I have tasted. Pretty amazing stuff here.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy amber with light bubbles and small particles. Two-finger, off-white, frothy head that lasted more than a few minutes. Very nice lacing.

S: Malt, fruit, and a good amount of floral hops.

T: A little bit of sweet malt and a moderate floral hop bitterness. Some caramel. Lots of citrus. Bitter and dry.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: Looks really nice and smells good. A little too hoppy for my tastes. I would have liked more malt structure.

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

This Stone brew pours a nice looking dark copper color with a thin but sticky cap of foam. Nice lacing was left all the way down. The aroma is composed of a hoppy mixture of pine and grapefruit. The beer moves smoothly across the palate. The caramel morphs pleasantly into a dose of west coast hops.

A well constructed and well balanced beer. Tasty, drinkable, and enjoyable.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark amber with one finger of beige head; not much retention but leaves some lacing behind.

S: Smells of sweet caramel-ly malt and grapefruity citrus hops.

T: My immediate impression is of bitter iced tea; there is a bit of malt sweetness here but the hops dominate with a dry bitter finish.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly thin with aggressive carbonation.

D: I guess the drinkability is pretty good but not my favourite Stone brew.

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

Beer #1 served at the Doctor's CBI Beer Tasting, 8.13.11, 12 oz. bottle poured into clear plastic cups.

One finger light tan head, medium dissipation with some lacing. Dark amber body, multiple streams of carbonation rising up side of glass. Big hop aroma especially for the style, piney goodness, balanced by caramel malt sweetness. Taste is pretty sweet up front, leading to a quite bitter finish for the style. Mouthfeel is medium, good effervescence, and fairly dry finish. I used this as a palate awakener and while the patrons who don't enjoy fairly hoppy beers were in flux there were a number of return tasters. A fairly unique Amber, one of the hoppier examples of the style ala Troegs. At this ABV extremely drinkable. Worth a try, especially for those looking for a hoppy session beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some notes of citrus. Taste is very hoppy, considerable bitterness, I am not tasting any of the citrus in the smell, or anything else for that matter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into a Pint Glass.

A: Hazy dark amber color with little floaties in it. Excellent off-white head. great lacing.

S: Rather light, but good caramel sweetness. A little floral hop notes.

T: Again light. Some caramel sweetness. Some hops. Just not enough of either.

M: Average. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

O: Decent. Second time I have tried this. I don't believe there will be a third. Simply not my favorite from Stone.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best before September 22, 2011

A: Dark reddish brown and clear. A thick head leaves lacing.

S: Initially a strong whiff of citrus and piney hops, but that disappears quickly and does not return. There's a very faint bready scent too. I get a cooked vegetable smell when I swirl it and really stick my nose into the glass. (This is weird and probably just me. I don't imagine Stone beers tend to have DMS.)

T: The hops (maybe citrus) are strong again on the outset, but after that they turn subtler except for the building citrus bitterness on the finish. There's some caramel flavor from the malt, but this is certainly not a malty beer.

M: Medium.

O: Although this beer isn't that remarkable, it's easy to follow the first glass with several others. I appreciate the low abv, and this is one of the better readily available beers out there at less than 5%.

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Photo of wowbagger
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep color. At first it smells a bit overpoweringly of hops, but that fades. It certainly doesn't taste too hoppy. It has a very bold flavor that fades slowly in the mouth and lingers for a good while. A tiny hint of carmelization is there, but only a little. I would recommend as a good solid no-frills beverage.

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Photo of Jishguy
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a deep, but clear, body with a full, thick, creamy white two finger head that produced great lacing the whole way down.

S- Fair balance between a sweet caramel/toasted malt aroma and citrusy/earthy/piney hop character.

T- Identical to smell. Sweet and toasted malts immediately. Quickly followed by a citrus-like hop character. The finish is bittersweet and dry.

M- Very...average. Nothing exceptional, but nothing to write home about. Good carbonation and body.

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

poured from the beautifully silk-screened bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy amber with orange-coppery hues around the edges of the glass. Two-finger, dense tan head with minimal carbonation. Head stays intact most of the way down the glass. Leaves several splotches of lacing.

S - American hop notes more reminiscent of a pale ale than an American amber floating on sweet caramel body.

T - Caramel malt upfront the transitions into a very full body with plenty of poppy grapefruit notes from american hops balanced by the sweet caramel malt body. A little oily on the finish that transitions into a bitter caramel aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and plenty chewy with moderate carbonation. Packs much more punch than expected for a 4.4% beer.

Picked us a six pack of this on my anniversary weekend in Phoenix. I was surprised to find out that it was a red ale, because drinking it from the bottle in the hotel room it had more of the taste characteristics of a pale ale. Oh well, hop head will rejoice in the red ale. An all around very good beer that packs alot of flavor and mouthfeel into a beer with a modest alcohol content. A bit pricey for what it is, but certainly one of the better red ales i've had.

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Photo of ms11781
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 09-11-2011 etched on bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, deep amber color. A nice 1/2 finger of off-white/tannish foam develops and falls rather quickly leaving a slight, foamy cap that holds for the duration.

Aroma is pretty balanced, if not all that strong. Perhaps it leans a bit towards the maltier side but it's balanced pretty well. Sweet caramel malt is here and it's evened out with a slight hop characteristic. A touch of piny and some citrus hops show up and round out the nose. That being said, the nose in general is not overly powerful, as mentioned.

The taste follows the nose, the only difference being that the hops on the back end do provide a more balanced flavor profile, though the nose was pretty balanced itself. The sweet caramel malt is here and is present throughout, laying a base for a nice piny hop finish without the bitterness that usually comes with it.

Medium body with carbonation to match, perhaps it's a bit higher. It does have a lighter mouthfeel, though, probably due to the higher carbonation.

Overall, a decent take on a Red/Amber. What makes me enjoy it is the fact that it's 4.4% ABV but still relatively flavorful. Definitely a good beer for someone looking for a bit of a hop fix on a hot summer day.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Levitation ale pours a fairly dark amber color that shows very nice reddish hues when held up to a light. The head is a light tan color. The cap is modest in size but has excellent retention and leaves plenty of sticky lace.

The aroma is an excellent balance of dank hops and caramel/toffee sweetness. Grapefruit and pine mingle easily with the caramel malty sweetness, giving it a fruity and candied aroma.

The hops are not quite as up front in the flavor, but definitely make their presence felt. They are very piney and sort of pithy, giving an almost chalky character to the beer. The malt character is quite similar to that in the aroma, but perhaps a bit more plain Jane, without as much toffee. It is mostly just biscuit and pleasantly sweet, balancing out the ever present hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium with a subdued carbonation. Despite the low carbonation I would not consider this beer smooth at all. It finishes very dry and the hops on the back end are pretty aggressive on my taste buds.

Levitation ale is a very enjoyable beer that is a bit confusing to me, but tasty none the less. I can’t really see myself picking this up instead of an IPA or pale ale, but perhaps if I was in the mood for something different I would. One thing is for certain, this is the hoppiest amber I have ever tasted.

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

[Best served in a Pint glass]

It poured a hazy medium brown that supported a large light brown rocky head that was bellowing above the top of the glass. It dissipated at a rapid pace leaving just a little residue behind, although it was enough for some really excellent lacing. The aroma was unusually complex with a mild scent of toasted malts, a nice dose of piney hops and an earthy yeast with hints of sweet fruit, honey and a nice citrus note. The taste had kind of a sweet-acidic flavor with a slight fruity note from the onset. Then it slowly but firmly became extremely bitter with a nice strong hop presence and a touch of citrus at the end. Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body and nice and dry in texture with a subtle soft carbonation. Overall a unique tasting brew that was very enjoyable. A must try for a Hop Head.

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Photo of BearablePhoto
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The ale pours a color of a copper penny with a finger and a half of head with a good amount of carbonation feeding into it. There is a good amount of lacing that comes along with this beer. actually there is lacing at the top from the foam head even as I finished of the glass.
S: The smell has a lot of earthy scents to it with lemongrass and pine being the primary ones.
T: Levitation tastes very hoppy and matches the smell with its pine and grass flavors. The beer also has a bit of a spicy kick to it.

Overall this beer really keeps you guessing. For what simple ingredients they brag about on the bottle (“nothing but barley, hops, water, and yeast”) this is very complex.

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