Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

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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

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Added by xlperro on 09-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3,891 |  Reviews: 1,205
Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Reddish amber body. Not much of a head, but it leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Caramel and citrus.

T: Strong grapefruit and herbal notes from the hops. Caramel malt backbone. Definitely more toward the bitter end of the spectrum, but pretty well balanced overall.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly sticky.

D: Best described as Arrogant Bastard's little brother. If you like that, you'll probably like this.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy orange/red colour with an average size frothy and fizzy off-white head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and the lacing on the sides of the glass is excellent. The head lasted for quite a while before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Cereal, caramel, floral notes, pine, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation on the tongue and the beer comes across as slightly watery. The most noticeable flavours are pine mixed with grapefruit and citrus zest. There is also lots of malt taste, a nuttiness, and a flavour that reminded me of a cookie. I also picked up on a bit of a metalic flavour and it finished with a bitter citrus zest aftertaste.

Drink - Another above average beer from Stone - worth seeking out.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A tan white head that disappears quite quickly.
It seems quite carbonated as the bubbles seem to start off tiny and slow, then bigger and rushing to the surface. The head that dissipated quickly is forming a new foamy head from bubbles that are reaching the top. Is this why they call it Levitation Ale?

A smell hops and barley upfront. A piney citrus smell is noticable.

Creamy smooth medium in body. Not as carbonated as it looks. It leaves the mouth feeling like I swallowed a pill giving me dry mouth but yet my mouth isn't dry.

The taste is a piney bitterness of hops and barley leaving with a metalic taste as it finishes. It's not bad but it's not great. It's a little better than average.

Drink ability is okay. I can't see myself wanting more than two of these. The aftertaste is what ruins it. It tastes like I swallowed a bitter pill. While drinking it, it tastes good but the lingering taste deters me away.

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Photo of Samp01
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber with a creamy tan long lasting head. Aroma of citrusy piney hops, sweet caramel malt with some slight fruitiness. Taste is citrusy hops, sweet malt, some light fruity spices. A nice med body palate, very nice carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, some sweet spices, ending with some grapefruit, citrusy hops. Overall a smooth and very nicely balanced and flavorfull amber ale. Very enjoyable, nicely done.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The color is very nice, a nice amber/red color and it glows slightly lighter when held up to the light. You can see some slight citrus zest floating in the liquid. I couldn't believe the amount of foam in this beer, it probably took about 5 minutes just to pour it. The head is thick and has a buttery look to it and produces crazy amounts of lacing.

The smell is awesome. It's much hoppier than any other Amber/Red Alie I've ever had before. Pine is the dominant feature in the hop and there are some slight citrus notes as well, I'd say 70/30 in favor of pine. There are also some slight notations of sweet grains and malts a s well.

The taste is a full notch below the smell, but it's still good, especially for this style. There are similarities with the pine flavor being stronger, but the ratio is a little different, maybe more like a 60/40. Regardless the entire strength of the hops are weaker than it is in the smell. The malts are a little stronger in the taste than the smell. Overall the flavors blend together pretty well.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, a little lighter than I expected. Pretty well balanced, but like I mentioned, lighter than I expected, for both the style and the brewery. It has a clean bitter finish and even though the head was so huge, the carbonation level is good. Drinkability is good. It would work well if you wanted to sip it or have it as a nice refreshment on a hot summer day. Not as big and bold as most Stone brews, but a very good beer none the less.

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Photo of shodrod
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark, yet slightly opaque, brown. The head is a fluffy white with very nice retention and leaves a beautiful lacing. Hops and a 'beady' smell are present in the nose. The hops in the aroma don't manifest themselves in the flavor, but there are some hints of a nuttiness. The finish is almost nonexistent. This would make a great cold weather session beer because it's dark and flavorful but still light and has a pretty low ABV.

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Photo of CMW
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark red/amber color with a pillow-like off white head. Head has some good retention and there is some soapy lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Plenty of grapefruit emitting hops. Not as much malt as expected as I am picking up very little.

T - Filled with hops upfront. Grapefruit and citrus hops pour over the tongue and provide a small amount of bitterness that fades quickly. The malt then appears in the aftertaste and has a slight toasted flavor.

M - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D - I am really digging this. Too bad I do not have more of these because this would make a great session beer at 4.4%.

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Photo of RickS95
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber or brown in color with a thin off-white head. It's just dark enough that I can't tell if it's cloudy, but regardless, not much light comes through.

Complexity in the smell believe it or not. My nose fought over malts or toffee before realizing there was some citrus as well.

Not at all the taste I was expecting. Tastes like a pale ale with lots of citrus hop flavors. Pine sticks with you from the time the beer hits your lips til after you swallow.

There's some bitter to it, but I'd chalk it up to a refreshing crispness.

This is a good beer any time during the year, but probably even better during the warmer months. With the citrusy, crisp taste and low alcohol, you can really have at this.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.41/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer pours a bubbly, clear, auburn color with thick, tan foam. The aroma is mainly pine with a hint of fruit followed by a very bitter, acidic flavor. It has a very thin almost watery mouthfeel. Stone Levitation Ale is not an easy beer to drink. NOT recommended!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

36th review on BA
Draft to pint at T. Phillips in Glendora

App- When I 1st had this and I read about it, I neglected to recognize it was a Amber/Red. I was expecting something different to come out of that bottle. On draft is another story the color was the same but had a much nicer head than out of the bottle.

Smell- Its a malty smell with a bit of the roast lingering after the initial smell. Was a small bit of an earthy hop aroma as well.

Taste- This does not taste like a 4.4% Drinks so much bigger and better than that. Its a slight bitter but its negligable at best. Great taste that is well balanced.

Mouth- Perfect carbonation and all around good little beer.

Drink- I had to drive home but would have loved to stick around for a few more pints of this nice little beer.

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Photo of JMB22
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed the amber color and the nice head. The smell was a bit "heavier" than the 4.4 abv the bottle states. And that's a good thing. But the real treat was the "pine-hoppy" taste and the super clean finish. The sip makes you want another, and at such a low alcohol content you can indulge- have another! I will drink this beer again, and if it performs as well it will find a permanent place in the fridge, I feel like it's an all season beauty.

Update 9/29/11 - This is more impressive today than a year ago when I first had it. The flavor is more complex with each bottle. This is beer number two to earn a permanent placement in my refrigerator.

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Photo of SnowGoon99
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

First off, with a name like Levitation i was expecting something in the Russian River "tion" line of Belgians. Instead i got an American Amber so kinda thrown for a loop at the beginning.

Pours a very dark red or amber color. Head forms quickly and dissipates just as quickly. Smell of earthy type hops with hints of caramel and pine cone. Caramel tastes come through in the beer but the earthiness and piney-ness are left in the aroma. Definitely some residual sweetness but that adds to the body. Great body for such a low alcohol beer (4.4%). Very easy drinking. You could easily drink a couple of these at the bar or bring home a six pack for the night.

Overall a very easy drinking tasty beer. Definitely doesn't blow you away by any stretch of the imagination but that doesn't mean it's a bad beer or not what the brewer intended. Wouldn't recommend for a tasting but would certainly pick up a six for a get-together.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

if i can find it one of my sessions. this is a nice blend of malt and hop. a bit citrus bitter and malty toastiness that is backed by a good feel. nose is pine and malt. the beer is quite simple but has a nice malt back that is a bit more defined than a APA. a tad grassy bitter with a nougat sweet malt.

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Photo of NODAK
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell has quite a bit of pine cone hops on it. There's also some creamy malt apparent as well.

Taste is predominatly hoppy, with some citrus and pine resin showing up. It's seems to me that this beer is as hoppy as a weak IPA, to be honest. This took me by surprise because I figured there may be more malt balance to it. There is a bit of toasted maltiness on the backend, but other than that, there isn't much malt showing through.

As far as an amber ale goes, this certainly would register on the hoppier side of things. It's drinkable, but probably not a top pick from me for the reason stated above. Just too one-dimensional and boring. If this is one of the least hoppy beers Stone brews, that's saying something.

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Photo of fourplayed
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

in 12 oz glass. 1 finger lite brown/tan head. Fairly Dark Brown with red/orange highlights.

Smells of Medium Hops and a mild roasted malt sweetness, very lite sweet notes of molasses.

Tastes of Hops in front then roasted malts, lite sweetness, and a touch of citrus. A bit watery as well.

Mouthfeel -Medium body with nice carbonation zest. creamy malt, mild alcohol warmth.

Overall a medium hopped brew with mildly sweet and smooth maltiness and carbonation all blend well. leaves a mild hop dry bite with some alcohol warmth. A good brew but not a GOOD brew.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my go to beers when I wanna grab a 6 pack at the store.

Pours a dark amber color. Nice head and nice lacing.

Great hop aroma. Earthy and citrusy hops. Very nice.

Tastes great. Great earthy hop with a nice malt bill. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is great. Great carb.

There is not a ton to say about this beer but it is a great every day drinker. Very tasty. I will probably continue to buy many more 6 packs.

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Photo of tomroeder
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous beer...Very hoppy, although, it is a more "earthy" type of hop note. Wonderful balance of malt/hops. I highly recommend this beer, it is one of the best beers I have ever had. Stone beers never cease to impress the hell out of me. It seems like they just don't miss! Although their pale ale was not great, but not bad either.

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Photo of gopens44
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass, the dark coppery brown beer produced a foamy 1" head that stuck around for a little while.

S - Hops and grapefruit. Not a ton else.

T - Nice bitter hop presence with a grassy and perhaps nutty taste as well.

M - Dry and crisp with medium carbonation. Some aftertaste, but nothing too bad.

D - I enjoyed this one pretty well, and it could easily become a session beer. Nice down to earth beer.

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Photo of jsanford
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

A - We got a gusher! Pours a lovely dark copper with a huge over-carbonated head. Leaves a sheet of foam on the surface. Nice lacing.
S - Sweet malt and caramel up front leads to a nice pine and grapefruit hoppiness. Smells great!
T - Sweet caramel malts again lead to grapefruit and pine hops. There's a pleasant earthy bitterness in the finish of this. Very balanced, the sweetness compliments the hops nicely.
M - Medium bodied. Very high carbonation, but I believe it's an off bottle, considering the gushing.
D - Very drinkable, could session these at the low ABV.

Will have to try again, I think this could be high on my list if the carbonation wasn't so screwed up.

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Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hmmm. Amber Ale? Tastes more like a straight-up IPA. Pours a Beautiful Mahogany, Off White head, dissipates slowly, and has a persistent foam ring around edge. Smell of Citrus and Malt explodes. Taste is up-front Grapefruit/hops, with a light malt finish. Medium Body, for as hoppy as it is, it kinda has a light finish.
Some very conflicting ratings, I think some got bad bottles. This a pretty stellar Stone Beer. Some Others are better, but I would get again.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 10/08/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a dark amber color with 2 fingers of fluffy but not creamy head.

S: It consists of heavy fruit (grapefruit and apricot), pale malts, Stone's distinct hop character, and perhaps some coriander.

T: It is of pale malts, citrus fruits, and a bit of breadiness.

M: Light and refreshing.

D: This is flavorful, refreshing, and perfect to session.

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Photo of hophead247
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a deep amber color with a medium foamy off-white head that recedes rather quickly. Small patches of lacing. Piney hops along with caramel and malt in the nose. Medium-bodied with hops, toasted malt and grapefruit flavors. The finish is balanced between citrusy hops and sweet malt, leaving a roasted malt aftertaste. Interesting take on an Amber Ale, leave it to Stone to put a spin on it like this. Insanely drinkable...

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a rich cherrywood hue with two fingers of stiff beige head.

Smell -- Amber malt, citrus, pine resin, cane sugar sweetness.

Taste -- Grapefruit pulp and pine sap up front with dry and toasty malts. Dark brown sugar gently makes it's presence known mid-palate. Finish is long, resinous, and dry with a hint of that brown sugar.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- I really do enjoy this one. Quite drinkabile, and about as balanced as Stone is *ever* going to get. Granted, it's no Ruination, but that's probably why I like it. It fills a necessary niche: a hoppy, flavorful ale that won't put you down after two or three glasses. Might be a good crossover beer for one's non-craft fans.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a snifter, nearly two fingers of tan head nice retention, hazy chesnut.

s- nice sweet malts mix with grapefruity, tangy hops.

t- really tasty red ale here, lingering bitterness, biscuit, sweet fresh grapefruit juice and pith, slight roast.

m- medium bodied.

d- great, really tasty stone brew, the best amber that i've had in a long while. i would and will drink this again for sure.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amazingly enough i have never had this one before, lol. decided to order up a pint at mezzaluna last night and roll with it. served cold and into a stone pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/09/2010.

really a very rich and very well done look here, deep garnet color with a huge head of white foam on top that reached a height of around three inches before settling down and coating the entire inside of the glass, very well done indeed.

aroma is rich and sweet malts right up front followed by a light and well done earthy hop note that seemed to balance it very well without taking over from the sweet caramel notes. really full bodied, this is what a red ale should feel and taste like. medium to full creamy feel with sweet malts cut by light piney hops. its stone and they do what they do damn, damn well. drinkability is off he charts and it goes down smooth and clean.

dont know why i have missed this one in the past but it was stellar no doubt.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 3,891 ratings