Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Levitation AleLevitation Ale
Very Good
3,891 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.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,891 |  Reviews: 1,205
Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into the SA Perfect Pint.

A: Dark amber color with a half inch of nice fluffy head.

S: Lots of piney hops with light caramel malt.

T: More piney hops with a bread/caramel malt sweetness.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

D: Medium to high.

This is a good red ale. Nice balance between the piney/caramel flavors

 345 characters

Photo of kagent777
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased on a trip to South Lake Tahoe, poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance: A nice looking amber, with a billowy head that settled slowly leaving nice lacing. I see some "floaties".

Aroma: I would expect this from Stone beer, the smell is pine needle hoppy. I can also pick up some caramel overtones.

Taste: This would be called an IPA from any other brewer. Since I like IPAs, this is right up my alley. There is a light sweetness from the malt, which is balanced by the equaling bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: This a pretty light beer. The appearance will deceive you, make you think you are in for a super malty amber ale. But, this one is balanced toward the hop profile enough to even it out. The carbonation is lively with a longish bittering finish.

Since I am a hophead, I would seek this out again. Alas, I am in Utah and they do not distribute here. I really like Stone, they brew good, if very hoppy, beer.

 942 characters

Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells strongly of citrus hops, sweet malt, citrus (grapefruit), and an unknown but familiar aroma (yeast strain?). Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hint of pine, hint of mango, sweet malt, yeast, and possibly pineapple. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

 465 characters

Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only Stone could pack this level of hopping into a session ale. I don't think I've ever before encountered such a relatively-low ABV beer with such bold but complex hop bittering. Also surprising that the malt is sufficient to withstand the hops onslaught, yet the overall mouthfeel is quite moderate. This will be a future go-to when I need a hops fix, but a bit less horsepower.

 380 characters

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

A: This poured a clear and dark reddish copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of orange and copper hops, with caramel and brown sugar and a bit of bready yeast.
T: It tasted like strong metallic copper hops, with some orange and roasted barley and brown sugar, with a hint of chocolate. It had a strong but clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation.
D: This was a nice strongly flavored amber ale with great body. It was very easy to drink, but I wish it had more juicy hops and less metallic (like a smaller version of the 13th Anniversary beer). This is still nicely enjoyable, but not amazingly good.

 654 characters

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

A: Looks awesome. Good head atop a brilliant coppery red body. A little more head retention and lacing would have made it perfect.

S: Smells sticky sweet in quite a wonderful way. Bold citric hops mingle with a respectable malt backbone.

T: Hops start to overpower here. Still very good, but I wish it stayed a little more balanced.

M: Pretty substantial. All around good.

D: A highly drinkable session beer.

 412 characters

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

Stone has done a great job with this one.

If you were to serve this beer to someone who didn't know what beer you were serving them they would mistake this for a home brew.

The unfiltered aspect of this beer and its simple ingredients are noticeable and all around delightful. The color is deep red and the heading works great for this type of beer.

The opening of each bottle was met with an intense release of carbonation and sometimes I thought I broke the bottle because it was so loud. Pouring the beer is a bit of a challenge due to its high carbonation and because of this the foam sticks around for a very very long time.

Overall very tasty and interestingly simple.

 679 characters

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

A- Nice dark goldenrod color with light amber hues and 1 finger head that left some light lacing.

S- Citrus and slightly floral hops dominate with a light roasted malt, nicely balanced however it was lighter than I expected.

T- Decent bitter citrus/earthy hops in the front, not extreme but there none-the-less, followed by light caramel roasted malt and a nice bitter slightly dry finish.

M- Very light, lighter than I thought it would be. Nice bitter beer similar to Surly Bitter Brewer, somewhat.

D- Very sessionable beer, light hops and even lighter malt with no alcohol presence is very nice for drinkability...

 620 characters

Photo of ebby82
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hoppy, malty aroma. It's clear that this is a Stone beer because the hop aroma is similar to their IPA. The color is a deep amber, nearly the color of Arrogant Bastard. The flavor is malty upfront, with a pronounced hoppiness as well. Clean and palatable, this goes down very smoothly, and would easily be a session beer.

I believe that this beer is the younger brother of Arrogant Bastard. It has less hops, less malt, and less alcohol, but it's flavors are very similar. An excellent beer from stone, and one which I will definitely revisit soon.

 552 characters

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

I poured this into a pint glass, and was surprised at how dark reddish brown it was. It's almost opaque brown in the center of the glass fading to a rusty red at the edges.

The smell is mostly citrusy hops and a sweet roasty malt lying underneath. I definitely invites a sip, and who am I to resist?

The hops blast forth, letting me know I'm drinking a Stone beer for certain. The hops are clean and nicely bitter with slightly sweet malt lurking in the background, lending support but not taking up too much attention, kind of like Ringo was to the Beatles come to think of it.

The mouthfeel is nice, the hops drying things out, though it does start to feel heavy towards the end of the glass, not unpleasant or syrupy, just a little overwhelming with so much flavor going on.

This is a great beer to really excite your palate, but I'm not sure I'd want to drink more than two back to back before getting a little palate fatigue. There is a lot to appreciate about this beer, and it really commands a lot of attention for a beer of this ABV. Great stuff.

 1,059 characters

Photo of MysticRuler
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark amber color with a loose foamy head. Nose hints at a hoppy bitterness which appears at the first sip; however, it is a less than satisfying, one dimensional hoppiness which predominates. The prevailing flavor is ephemeral, leaving a mere intimation of what might have been. Could drink more than one, but it's not an ale to savor.

 348 characters

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a perfect amber color with some nice reddish hints. A short thin head that recedes quick is present.

S - Delicious sweet hop/pine aroma. Very yummy nose with some biscuit malt and nice dark fruit sweetness. Mild caramel and brown sugar. Similar aroma to ska modus hoperandi but a bit more subdued.

T - Starts off with some nice grassy and earthy pine notes with some slight citrus character and bittern notes. Throughout there are some nice bready and grainy malt notes that pop up but are very well balanced with the hop character. Very delicious and extremely well balanced beer.

M & D - Nice light body with great flavor and balance. Very drinkable.

 693 characters

Photo of hu5om
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks for the solid extra!
12 oz into delirium tulip
a-a handsome burgundy amber/red. dark. 1 finger of bone colored foam. some lovely lacing, to boot.
s-light maltiness, heavily hopped as well. how did they pack so much into this 4.4% abv? chocolate and nutty. little spice?
t-malty then a bigger hop kick to finish. pine and citrus with the nutty chocolate. nice balance and nice aftertaste.
m-very light. wow. moderate carbonation. feels way lighter than it tastes. disorienting!
d-still surprised. how does stone do it? so much taste in such a small abv. adjunct brewers, take note.

 587 characters

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

A: Pours a dark copper color with some reddish hues. Provides a nice thick head with ample lacing throughout.

S: There are a lot of hops in the scent. That is the most predominant scent. Mostly pine hop scents.

T: Lots of pine hops in this amber ale. There is a slight malt back bone, mostly bread and caramel.

M: A nice medium body beer with a nice chewy finish.

D: Easy to drink this amber ale...low abv and big hop taste make this easy to session for me. I know hops can range from small amounts to large amounts for amber ales and this one had a ton of hops and not so much malt.

 588 characters

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a tumbler. Pours a brownish red-orange with a one finger off-white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and a massive hop note. The flavor was of malt, citrus, and a very subtle hop. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. The aroma was very nice for hop-heads, and the flavor was very nice for all other beer drinkers out there. It went down really smoothly. Kudos to Stone for this one...

 498 characters

Photo of Augustiner719
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Really enjoyed this on cask, now I get to try it in a bottle. Pours a really reddish brown color with a mega Head, I mean mega that is 4 fingers and leaves ridiculous lacing. Aroma is on point with what I am looking for in a red ale. Has a solid hop prescence with some nice caramelized malts and a spicy herbal note. Has a grate malty hop taste that I can't believe come s from such a low abv brew. Caramel, spice, pine and vanilla come through. Perfect carbonation as it is low or at least has silky sewer bubbles. Drinkability is great. Low abv and has a huge flavornprofile. Gotta keep this in my fridge.

 656 characters

Photo of cbutova
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First time I have found this one more than one month before the "best by" date.

A- A very dark red, one that I can almost not get any light through. An off white head builds up to two fingers and retains very well, looks nice and creamy. Spotty lace is left randomly on the walls of the glass.

S- Lots of pine and fruit hops off the bat, very nice. Right behind the hops is a nice, solid malt backbone. The malt lends some caramel and sugary notes. Good overall strength.

T- A very nice balance of malt and hops, well done. Low bitterness but the hops lend a good amount of flavor. I get some pine, earthy and light fruit notes from them. Citrus and peach come to mind for the actual fruit flavors. The malt backs the hops up with slight caramel, grain and nutty flavors, very well used.

MF- A bit thin but smoothly carbonated and just creamy enough. I guess the lower ABV and flavors here allow this mouthfeel to work.

DB- Very refreshing beer with lower ABV. It has that signature Stone hoppy taste but malt is mixed in very well. I could session this one any day, I might depending on how much money I want to spend. Stone is solid.

 1,140 characters

Photo of cosmicevan
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a deep amber with a frothy 2 finger head and a ton of carbonation. Lacing clung to the glass

S - Nice fresh hops. Lemon, orange and some citric notes and a touch sweet smelling.

T - A bit bitter. Hops, but tamed since it is a bit watery.

M - A bit watery. Lively in my mouth. Very smooth and easy drinker.

D - Super drinkable. Great session beer. With a nice low ABV and a great flavor without being too in your face, this is one I'll certainly revisit.

 519 characters

Photo of zeff80
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful looking beer. Clear amber color with a three-finger, tan head of thick foam that slowly receded. It took me several pours to empty the 12oz bottle into my pint glass. It left behind sheets of intricate lace patterns on the sides of the glass.

S - Is this an IPA? It smelled of pine and citrus. Very little maltiness or caramel that you would expect in an amber ale.

T - Spicy upon first sip with bready malt flavors. The bitterness is tame compared to the hoppy aroma but still pack a good bite with some citrus flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finish very dry. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - The perfect session beer and possibly the best amber that I've ever had.

 691 characters

Photo of ipacac
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like a top-quality British pub beer: This beer exactly fits my beer-drinking needs -- it's available in a small bottle, it's low in alcohol, it has a bitter complexity that sustains interest, and it is impressively easy to drink. Beautiful clear, dark-brown appearance. A formidable head, like beaten egg whites. Hoppy, honeyed taste. I could easily drink three of them with no palate fatigue (and no hangover).

 411 characters

Photo of trevorjn06
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass a dark amber/light brown with one finger of creamy head that recedes to an even layer on the surface of the beer.

The aroma is surprising for such a "weak" brew: sweet toffee and caramel malt flavors are enticing as well as some light earthy/pungent and fruity hops.

Taste is not quite as big as the aroma but satisfying nonetheless. Starts with some caramel malt and nuttiness, then a balancing hop bitterness comes into play with some fruit/citrus notes. This transitions into toffee and a clean hop bitterness and the finish is lingering hop flavors of citrus and mild grass with some toffee, nuttiness and caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium (impressive for this little beer) and moderate carbonation.

Overall this a very easy drinking beer that has some wonderful mild flavors going for it. The malt base reminds me of a good English mild or brown ale but the hops remind me of American pale ale, a great combo.

 938 characters

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

Poured a brownish amber into a Chimay chalice with a bit of quick-fading head. Sweet hoppy aroma of grapefruit and a little caramel malt.

Moderate carbonation and a slightly thin (or pleasantly light, depending on your mood) mouthfeel. Brief caramel sweetness followed by a nicely bitter finish of pine and citrus. Wasn't initially impressed, but this one grew on me -- the finish is this very drinkable brew's best quality.

 425 characters

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

A: Poured into a Sam Smith's nonic. Body is clear, dark amber with mahogany hues when backlit. Small off-white head settles pretty fast, leaves a small film in the center of the glass, but no lace.

S: Lightly toasted malt, earthy hop scent of pine.

T: Similar to the nose -- a touch of caramel malt or lightly toasted malt at first, but it's smacked back by earthy, piney hops. Touch of citrusy grapefruit, but pine and pine needles are the dominant hop flavor here. Finishes dry with a light, lingering grassy/piney -- more on the pine -- bitterness. Sometimes leans toward the minerally.

M: Medium-bodied. Carbonation is active, makes it seem a bit lighter. Maybe that's where they got the name.

D: I'm going back and forth here b/w a 4 and a 4.5. Decided to bump it up because of the low (4.4%) ABV. Flavorful low-alcohol beers should be rewarded a bit, and it's only 10% of the score.

 892 characters

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

In my SA pint glass this beer was cherry amber color. It had a medium sized tan head that left a little bit of lace.
Aroma of sweet malt, outdoors, and flowers.
Malt taste first, followed by piney hops.
Very nice beer, well hopped. I gave it a little extra for mouthfeel just because I thought Stone did a lot with a 4.4% ABV beer.

 331 characters

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Poures penny-copper in color with a medium-sized orange-ish head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lace. The beer initially shows lots of bubbles sticking to the side of the glass, but these dissipate fairly quickly.

Taste: Begins with medium bitterness, yielding to buttery sweetness. The finish is toasty with floral and citrus hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with heavy bitterness and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: This is probably the worst beer I've had from Stone so far, yet it's still pretty good. Not the best Amber Ale I've had, but surely better than many. Worth a taste.

 678 characters

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