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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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: actually had an amber brown color more so than red with a decsent two finger width off white head and good lacing.
S: has the fresh hop aromas but mixed with a bitter chocolate smell mixing in with vanilla extract.
T: the taste is a good mix of fresh hops producing a vanilla and melon flavor and caramel flavored malts.
M/D: the feel is perfectly carbonated with a smooth velvet on the tongue an a slight dryness picking up in the throat after the swallow. The drinkability is good but not for multiples enjoyable none the less.

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

A: Clear, dark chestnut/red amber color. Decent off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Hop aroma, floral, with a slight toasty malt character.

T&M: Full bodied with a rough, tingly carbonation. Hop flavors are herbal. Mild citrus & pine taste. Dry finish, with raw grainy notes.

Good ale. I like their standard IPA better though.

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

Had this out of a bottle last night from a six-pack I'd picked up; been waiting a while to try this one and due to the inability to get it in a bomber, and the usual expense of getting it in a six-pack, I'd stayed away. Found it for less than 8 bucks for a six, however, and scooped it up.

Appearance: As the style implies, a reddish hue peaks through an otherwise brownish ale with nice, fluffy head and solid carbonation that laces well.

Smell: Surprised me a bit. Almost a bit smokey in the nose with a spicy hop presense that lends just a hint of pine from the hops. Amongst the smokey character, as it opens up there is a slight sweet, molasses-like smell as well.

Taste: The spicy hops ring in a little bitterness on the initial bite, followed with a smokey, roasted taste, finishing with more of the spiced hop flavor. Reminded me slightly of the Arrogant Bastard, but just less bitter and less palate-able. Still, there is quite a bit going on here for a 4.4% brew, that's for sure.

Mouthfeel: Initial bitterness is pleasant, and it's not too thin in the least for a 4% brew. Very satisfying and it finishes nice and dry.

Drinkability: While not an earth-shattering brew, this easily would've caught me as a 6-7% brew, and yet it's only 4.4%. I can't tell if it's skewed my ratings at all due to thinking it better for only being that low, but I certainly am glad to have it around for a good sessioning on a relaxed night. Certainly nice to have for wanting flavor and lower-ABV so you can put another one (or more) back after, or use is after drinking a nicer beer as a finisher. Recommeneded to try, it's got more than enough flavor for the ABV.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark amber with a light brown head with some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit of wet hops. A real malt presence gives an interesting flavor.

The taste is quite mellow. It is malty with som slight hopieness. It has a bit of a grassy flavor with some earthy feel to it.

The feel is quite light for a Stone beer. A nice soft crisp refreshing beer that is still strong in flavor.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, copper color with an off-white head. Enough lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus hops and some toasted malts underneath.

Tastes of the citrus and pine hop flavors up front with some underlying caramel and diacetyl notes.

Mouthfeel is chewy and feels too full, but not bad.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got around to buying this ale,it had been long enough.Poured into a standard pint glass a lighter shade of amber with a thinner but well retained clingy white head.Almost all pine and grapefruit rind in the nose wich is fine by me,just a faint whif of sweet caramel is there as well.Lighter mouthfeel with hop dominated flavors,quite citric with some lighter pine notes,the caramel base gives off some blancing sweetness.A easy drinking hopped up amber ale,nice.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this while in Buffalo recently.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium auburn hue, with a bunch of creamy, puffy, off-white head, which leaves monstrous, thick lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells strongly of green grapefruit hops, and mild caramel malt. The taste is much more tame - mild grapefruit and orange citrus hops, biscuity caramel malt, and some general fruitiness. The carbonation is on the low side, the body a bit light and thin, and it finishes dry, with a muted hoppiness.

I guess I've come to expect a thwack over the head from Stone's brews. This particular beer has the appearance and aroma of their big hitters, but mellows out considerably in the follow through, which would make this their de facto session ale. And as far as lower-alcohol, relatively milder session ales go, this is stellar. It does indeed defy the law of (specific) gravity...

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan head into a snifter that left nice ring and lace throughout. the body was a dark reddish-purple.
s - floral hops and a slight breadiness.
t - grassy hops and bread.
m - a little thin but that was to be expected.
d - a great session beer with a lot of body. if i didn't know the abv i would have guessed 6-7%.

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Photo of ndillon45
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, crisp amarillo with a nice thick head. Weak aroma had me inhaling a bit too much. Hints at something good, but is never found with the delivery. Taste is okay for an ale I suppose. Less than desirable feel. All things considered, I wouldn't complain if offered, but wouldn't be high on my purchase list.

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Photo of dfitch81
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at the brewery in Escondido and was blown away: this beer was far more flavorful and satisfying than any 4.4% ABV beer has a right to be. Once I got back to Portland I was kinda bummed that I didn't see it on any store shelves. So, when I happened to see a six-pack at New Seasons, I jumped on it. Hurrying home, I eagerly cracked one open. Disappointment followed.

Appearance was just as at the brewery - pleasant clear amber, good head and lacing. No problems here.
Cognitive dissonance began at the nose - yes, it smelled nice with hops coming through clearly. But the pungent hoppiness I marveled over at the brewery was muted.
Taste confirmed what the nose had suggested. This is a very hoppy beer for what it is, but the hop flavor is a bit two-dimensional. No real depth to the malt, either. Nothing offensive here, mind you; just not what I was eagerly anticipating.
Drinkability is good - with only 4.4% ABV, that's hardly surprising. But I am honestly starting to wonder if the sample I tried at the brewery wasn't something else poured in error.

Like I said: not bad, and probably one of the hoppiest session beers out there. But hops by themselves can't carry an entire beer. This is the proof.

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Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was this first time I have seen this one in Maine so I picked it up.

A - good dark copper red hue pour with a slight foam head

S - Caramel malts and faint spices.

T - Good taste a bit thin with a small bite at the end.

M - Here is were it surprised mouthfeel was light and slighly tangy.

D - Based on the low ABV I could see this one being had more that once.

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Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: copper / orange in color with a nice two finger head that lasts. Some nice lace paitns the glass during the session.

Aroma: caramel and some bread-like tones are soft but pleasant.

Taste: fresh baked bread, caramel, plums, red grapes, and a moderate bitterness makes up a nicely flavored ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied but is noticably thinner than other Stone beers. Lightly crisp throughout.

Drinkability: serious session ale here that anyone can drink all night. A nice example of a lower alcohol beer with some flavor and depth.

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Photo of MaxBrews
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in my duvel

Appearance: Pours a dar reddish amber. A thinner head, but a nice soapy lacing. Lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: Floral and piney hops, carmel pale malt backbone.

Taste: Much thinner then other stone brews, but still you get a caramel toasted pale malt, with dark fruit notes and floral hops. Its complex but almost seems watered down.

Mouthfeel: Light body, the mildest of hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Stones light beer. I appreciated the idea of having a lower alcohol session-able beer having flavor. My problem with this is it really seems like Arrogant-Bastard stripped of its masculinity. Sure its session-able and you could throw back a few without feeling to bad, but if one arrogant bastard bomber or 12oz is enough to satisfy me then so be it. Quality over quanity. However this is much better then many companies beers category aside. Really an introduction to stone, or craft beer for outsiders. Maybe boosting the flavor a little even if that means a 5% alcohol content.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally getting around to having this offering from stone. Had it on tap in a pint glass.

Levitation is a nice mix of amber with some slight red thrown in as well as slight orange. The head was nice and lasting but did not have any legs to stand on, no lacing. The smell was pretty bland with just a hint of malt and hops but alot of grain imo. The taste was not all that and really tame with some grain and sweet malt and even less hops to bring about any disernable flavors. Not to much going on here. The feel was light with alot of carbonation leaving a crispness. The alcohol is low making this very sessionable, but I had a hard time finishing my pint. I know this is a light styled brew coming from a company that likes to push the envelope, but i've had other low abv/simple style beers from other company's that have blown this out of the water. It just did not grab me, that's all.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear amber orange color. Two fingers of frothy head with good retention and some lacing.

3.5 S: Nose is full of toasty and crystal malts. Plenty of floral hops as well. Nothing special, but good nonetheless.

3.0 T: Unlike Stone's other brews, this one seems empty. There isn't a lot of maltiness going on, much less than I expected. There's a decent amount of earthy hop flavor and a good punch of bitterness, but it doesn't make up for the lack of maltiness.

3.0 M: Light-medium (more light than medium) body, which is lighter than I'd prefer in an amber. Otherwise smooth with good carbonation. Could be creamier.

3.0 D: Body is too light and not complex enough in terms of malts for me to want another.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark syrupy colored body, somewhat hazy. Small tan head doesnt last for too long. Rich malty scent, hints of bitter hops. Taste is mostly red ale malts, touch of bitter hop rounding out the back end. A bit of a metallic taste to it. Very wet mouthfeel, fairly full bodied. Not as impressed with this offering from a very solid brewery.

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Photo of botham
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the brewpub in Escondito. pours a deep chocolate brown with fiery amber highlights and a single finger of eggshell colored head. heavy lacings and good retention.

aroma is piney and caramelly with a great balance and a lightly sweet character. the hops are piney and lightly spicy; very fresh.

taste has a more pronounced hop quality with a smoothing bready malt base. almost ESB-like in balance. the malts creep up on the palate with a subtleness that allows the hops to endure into the finish.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a semi-sweet character and wonderful balance that has just enough of a dry finish to remove the sweet malts from the palate.

drinkability is great. easy going, concentrated, fresh and dangerously session-able. cheers!

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Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A fingers worth of compact fizzy ecru colored head... Displays excellent retention, especially given the initially slight amount of head that presented itself... The head ultimately fades and leaves a full slightly lumpy lacing... A deep rich copper color which is slightly lighter at the bottom of the glass and darker at the top... There are some orange highlights throughout... Loads of small moderate paced carbonation throughout...

S - Wonderfully well balanced nose... The lovely blend of citrus and piney hops are the first to hit the nose... Then a rich maltines asserts itself... Toffee... Caramel... A faint nuttiness... Terrific...

T - The taste mirrors the nose... A sudden hoppy assault is mellowed by a faint layer of malt, namely caramel and nuts... Extremely bitter hoppy aftertaste thats leaves wanted to take another sip...

M - Very crisp... Medium bodied, but quite thin and watery... Burnt and slightly chalky... Some pringly carbonation upfront... Quite assertive and powerful...

D - A very assertive brew that has a lot of tricks up its sleeve, especially considering the modest 4.4% ABV... Unique and enjoyable... Another well crafted ale from Stone... Kudos...

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Photo of jwinship83
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with best by 9/21/09 on the bottle. poured into sierra nevada pint glass.

A- beautiful pour. dark red colored body with a small khaki colored head. the head lasts a short while and leaves solid walls of lacing on the sides of my glass. very nice.

S- sweet caramel malts and a lot of citrus and pine hops. looking pretty good so far.

T- sweet caramel and toffee upfront from the malts. a nice and strong hoppy finish. lots of citrus (grapefruit) and a little bit of pine.

M- light bodied and crisp. nice level of carbonation. decent amount of bitterness and leaves the mouth feeling dry.

D- a great sessionable beer. lots of flavor and lots of hops. ill check this one out again whenever i get the chance.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Appearance is a dark amber, deep red hue, good 2/3 fingers of caramel head (consistent lacing down glass), looks like a thick comfortable blanket on the top of the beer...poured into standard pint glass.

S- Hops, sweet malt, peppery, slight buttery note, with a toasty character.

T- Great malt backbone, significant balance with the hops, good bitterness, and very fresh.

M- Great balance, has the mouthfeel of a much bigger beer, really fills in nicely especially with only a listed 4.4% ABV, incredible dryness, and fresh light body, with a really bold maltiness).

D- Very, very drinkable...great tasting beer with a lot of character...and with a very mild ABV...good sipping evening beer...that I can drink more than a few of...and be quite content!

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Photo of TheViolator666
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beer that I'm amazed by everytime I drink it. It's delicious, yet affordable. This was actually the first beer I had when I turned 21.

12 oz. bottle poured into Stone Levitation tulip

A: Absolutely gorgeous, deep red hue with tremendous off-white head. Leaves layers of thick lacing on glass. A very inviting beer.

S: Smell is damn good, hops balanced well by malted grains and a hint of citrusy fruit. I'm refreshed just by the scent!

T: Spot on. Using only the basics; barley, hops, water and yeast, Stone manages to craft an incredibly tasty, affordable and refreshing ale. Hops up front and malted barley at the end with a fantastic aftertaste.

M/D: Nice medium body that goes down easy. Low ABV gives this one extraoridnary drinkablillty.

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

Pours a deep amber brown with a fat, sticky head on top. Definite hops hit the nose first...delicate yet full. Floral and tea-like over citrus and pine blending with an equally modest sweet malt. Very "Stone", just "turned down". Slick, resinous hoppy flavor, mild like the aroma, but not short on flavor. Pine, flowers, wood, and black tea well balanced with lightly buttery caramel malt. Medium-light body with a smoothness that gives the impression of a bit more body. Drying and highly sessionable.

Yes, you can make a high quality, flavorful ale under 5% abv. It's almost like an Americanized version of an English session beer. I bet this would be killer on cask...

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Photo of kegger22
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish orange in color with an enormous head that lasted for 12 ounces. The aroma was coppery and, I don't know, almost dusty. The taste is on the bland side; a little citrus, a little sweet, a little of everything but nothing really out front. Medium bodied with carbonation still left for the throat after most of it was spent in the foamy head. Drinkability was good.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rare miss for Stone; a servicable ale but nothing to write home about

Appearance: Deep amber, little head

Smell: Sweet oats

Taste: A bit bland, somewhat malty

Mouthfeel: Noticeable carbonation but smooth overall

Drinkability: Carbonated malty water, perhaps a meal would bring out more flavors; a bit disappointing

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Photo of Tromba
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear deep red/brown. Head is white, partialy dissipates quickly, but leaves a thin loose layer on top with some loose lacing as you drink.

S: Not strong, but still a nice earthy hopiness with a touce of sweetness.

T: The perfect balance of hop bitterness and subdued malt sweetness (well, perfect balance for a hop head). The hop presence doesn't hit you over the head and is not extremely bitter, but rather brings out the almost sweet, floral, and earthy quality of the plant. A bit of lingering bitterness at the end.

M: medium-light body, clean finish, and a little more carbonated than expected...maybe just a hair too much.

D: Very drinkable!!! This is one of my favorites because of the low ABV despite a TON of flavor. Maybe my favorite session beer.

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