Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

very good
1,202 Reviews
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.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%

I really enjoyed this brown ale. Nice deep brown color with one finger head when poured into a goblet glass. Earthy, malty, dry hopped but not overpowered by it. Good balance and flavor. Enjoyed this very much and will revisit.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always wanted to try this but have always passed it up in lieu of more predominant beers but finally got this one anyway.

A - Deep copper color with a clear red hue. Significant head with light lacing.

S - Good amount of NW hops with the standard citrus notes shining with some herbal and flowery tones that come through. A hint of the american ale yeast character and significant caramel/malt presence.

T - The flavor is much the same as the taste only better. A significant hop flavor is there at the beginning but it doesn't mask the caramel/malt/sweetness that this beer holds dear. The accompanying hop flavors make the beer seem tastier and complex but isn't overly bold or complicated. The malt and caramel sit highest in the middle with some light hop bitterness to finish crisp.

M - Medium mouth-feel that finishes nicely. Moderate carbonation. This beer is squarely in the middle of the american beer portfolio and allows the best of both worlds to escort you into happiness.

Overall, a great American Amber ale. I like the way that it has the maltiness, the hoppiness, and all without being cloying or overpowering. It isn't necessarily my favorite beer out there but if you can decide which beer you want to drink 4 of this is a great compromise. If you haven't tried it I think you should make yourself get the courage to try this flavor-packed drinking beer.

Glass- Tulip

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Photo of Atkinson
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: Bottle

Enjoy By: 07/06/14 Tasted on: 08/03/14

Appearance: Half-inch off white head, minimal lace retention. Very deep amber red with little to no haze. Transparency is there but minimal due to the deep color.

Smell: Primarily a oily hop aroma with a hint of brown sugar and spices.

Taste: Citrus hops to start (not overpowering) followed by some caramel. Fairly herbal, but still very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a very nice level of carbonation. Mouth finishes dry.

Overall: A+ 94-97; Shocked but not shocked. It's a Stone product so my expectations were high, it surpassed them. I would say that this will be my go-to session beer from now on. So smooth, so much flavor, lovely hop profile.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a pristine deep amber hue, nearly mahogany, I'd say, with an amber-tinged white head that quickly fades to a creamy cap and retains like a champion. A few wisps of lace remain, but nothing overly impressive... not that I was expecting much from a beer of 4.4%.

S: I wasn't expecting this much of a hop profile, honestly. Some wonderful floral hop aromas mixed with some bready malts. Nothing wild here, but definitely impressive for a session ale.

T: Follows the nose quite closely. Lots of floral hops with just an ever so slight touch of grapefruit. Roasted malts underneath don't provide much sweetness, but add almost a smokiness to the brew.

M: A medium-light body is strange, given the fact that this is a Stone brew, but I guess I should be taking the style into consideration. At only 4.4% ABV, this is a very acceptable brew that offers some silky textures and refined carbonation that allows for superb drinkability. Would serve excellently outdoors in the summer.

O: Stone offers a lovely take on this style, substantially beefing up the hop presence in this style to really add their signature touch on it. While I wouldn't reach for this all the time, it serves as an absolutely perfect beer for BBQs, game night, or just any night when you're looking for great hop flavors in a beer that doesn't weigh you down too much.

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Photo of hophugger
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Always enjoy Stone's Beers. Always full of flavor and an all around great beer. This one does not disappoint but there was a slight turn-off. As the flavor was ok and the smell and appearance were really nice, I felt that this beer was way too carbonated. I do not see a dateon the bottle so I do not know how fresh or how old this is. Too much carbonation spoiled the overall flavor but still a decent beer. As far as the Stone beers I have tried, this one is on the bottom of the list

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Photo of sommersb
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 07-06-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Gift from a friend

Semi-clear dark amber beer has a big cream-colored head. Lacing is great with good head retention too.

Smells have caramel malts and hop aromas of citrus and pine.

The taste features a piney hop bitterness. There's a backbone of malts too, but this beer is all about the hop notes.

The finish is dry and has bitterness of hop resins. Mouthfeel is fairly think for just a 4.4% brew.

Overall a tasty hoppy red ale.

Thanks Kirk for this one!

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Photo of ANIMOUL
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For whatever reason, I'm not a fan of Stone Brewery beers... me thinks it was because I tried these during my younger days of Miller Lite and Budweiser ignorance and knew nothing better. As my palate continues to mature, I'm going back and rediscovering beers I eschewed in my younger years (Green Flash is another).

This beer has a great, amber color with a complementary taste that doesn't disappoint. While it has a low ABV, it is quite sessionable. Actually, its a 'bigger' beer for such a low ABV.

A great mid-week beer that satisfies without the morning guilt of higher ABV counterparts.

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Photo of travolta
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber body with a creamy tan head that leaves behind excellent lacing. Amazing head and lacing!
S: Caramel roasted malt, citrus and floral nose.
T: Flavors of caramel malt & clean dry hoppy lightly bitter finish.
M: Smooth, dry and balanced.
Notes: A session beer that is easily drinkable yet flavorful.

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Photo of dave39
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not an Amber Ale drinker, but this is a very good one from Stone.

Very pleasant smell, and easy on the palate. You can session this one, no doubt. This is the quintessential session brew.

Very nice flavor profile, and goes down very easily. Kudos to Stone. I had been down on them lately with their base IPA, and the Go to IPA, but they have redeemed themselves with this one.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahoghony brown with a half inch thick tightly knit beige head. Great clarity and Brussels lacing are present. Aroma of caramel and tropical fruit scented hops. The flavor is more tropical fruit hop forward with caramel malt. While there is a long,yet mild hop fade there is more of a caramel malt aftertaste. The body is lighter and yet lightly sticky and moderately carbonated. I think it must be due to the lighter ABV.

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Photo of atlasalain
2.39/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The carbonation hurt my tongue. is that possible... I dont know... the carbonation hurt it hurts on the back of the throat. this is a painful beer from the same silly bastard clowns
looks good smells ok. the taste is way too spicy for how light mouthfeel and alchohol is has. stay away from this beer.

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Photo of seedyone
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 When comparing my notes over the 2 years between it's become apparent I've taken slightly to hoppier profiles thanks to well made items like this.

05/26/12 On tap. This is one brew that defies my prejudices. I really don't like hops but this 'ale' seems to flirt with the outer limits of those characteristics that I avoid. It's on my "get out of your rut" list.

2010 On tap. The dark color portends the caramel rich flavor, both of which belie the easy going body. Too bad I'm not more taken w/the flavor as this could become a fast friend.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a reddish tinge, clear filtered, no carbonation, semi opaque, 2 fingers of beige head.

S: Malts, cereal, citrus, toffee, caramel.

T: Dark roasted malts, fruity like orange, burnt rubber, light citrus, crème brulee,

M: Medium light body, medium low carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not awesome. It’s a good beer, not the best by stone. Would go well with pizza.

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Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: nice dark amber, not entirely clear. Pours a nice head that recedes to 1/8 inch with nice lacing.

S: honey, salted caramel, biscuit. A lot to experience here but I can't quite get a hold of it. .

T: sweet biscuit malt, not as much here as the nose would suggest.

M: thin, washes away pretty quickly with a bitter finish.

O: more complex than some ambers, a very nice, big tasting beer, particularly relative to the ABV.

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Photo of Paincane
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber body with a creamy tan head that leaves behind excellent lacing.
S: Caramel roasted malt, citrus and floral nose.
T: Flavors of caramel malt & clean dry hoppy lightly bitter finish.
M: Smooth, dry and balanced.
O: A very sessionable brew that is easily drinkable yet flavorful.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Tipsy Crow in San Diego.

Pours dark amber with some copper highlights. Big white head that has good retentions. Nice start.

Aroma is hops and malts following. Nice citrus aroma.

Taste is sweet caramel. Hops spring to life. Malty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, a good beer and I wouldn't mind having another.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into CAMRA glass

Deep red with medium off white head leaving sticky lacing

Smell hops and sea salt

Crystal malt followed by great piny bitter hop leaving citrus aftertaste

Medium carbonation but it works well to bring the flavours out

Excellent brew

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bought a six pack of levitation after seeing an attractive store display -

A pours on the dark side, sort of a deep red note and lots of clarity. big off-white head settles to more that a file with generous lacing:

S sweet pungent hoppiness.

T hits you right up front with a blast of hops. malt takes a backseat here

M the hops linger on and on - body is just a bit thin by stone standards.

D really nice hop blaster - but honestly if I had known about the low abv I wouldve gone with another stone selection.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This pours a caramel amber in color. It’s much darker than I remembered, with a thick cap of khaki foam. There’s a light and lemony roast aroma. The flavor has an upfront piney bitterness with a bit of burnt caramel, and something which makes me think of burnt popcorn as it finishes. There’s so much flavor for such a low abv!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color. The head is two fingers high with a pale yellow shade. Retention is quite good, and some nice lacing rings are left on the glass.

S: There's something oddly salty about this one. There are the usual caramely malts paired with piny, almost minty hops as well. But again, it's kind of salty. No, it's not a fresh bottle by any stretch, but it's within the best by date - so it's fair game as far as I'm concerned. Still, it's weirdly appealing.

T: It opens up with a hefty amount of piny bitterness, coexisting with the caramel malt backbone that pops up midtaste. I want to say that the finish is almost tobacco-y; certainly it's really herbaceous. I could use more in the way of fruit esters here - that would help give it more needed complexity. Otherwise, this is a decent enough 'Murican bitter.

M: Full bodied for 4.4%, yet dry enough to make it easy to drink. It stops short of being watery thanks to some mild lingering sweetness. Carbonation isn't that high. It drinks closer to 6%, and I'd even suggest that's a compliment.

O: I'd love to try this fresher - right now it seems a touch 'stale'. That, and I could use some more estery action to make it properly great. Stone makes other beer that I'd go after first, but this would make a decent fallback nonetheless.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

---Guest review by my brother---

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is medium reddish brown in color with a decent head the dissipated quickly.

Smells lightly of pine and some tart citrus

Taste follows smell; a bit of dark sweetness to start that quickly develops the distinct flavor of citrus hops with pine hops to follow and finish.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, pretty medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Lacing in the glass is nice but subtle.

Overall a pretty good beer, carmelly to start, grapefruit in the main body, and pine to finish. Definitely enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mostly clear medium reddish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and a hint of copper highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops and slightly lesser aromas of pine hops. There are light hints of caramel malts as well underneath the hops.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit hops and light notes of pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness are present but does not linger for long.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very flavorful with a really nice hop presence and quite sessionable due to the low ABV. Definitely one I would grab again and I can't believe this is the first time I have tried it.

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Photo of topace
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - pours a nice dark golden brown with a finger and a half of tan head that fades to a dense lacing

S - Citrusy floral hops with a hint of malty sweetness, very well rounded.

T - A good balance of malt and hops with a bitter hop aftertaste that lingers well.

M - surprisingly watery, not quite what I was expecting given everything else this beer had to offer...

O - A very very solid drinking beer, great balance, and a very good balanced hoppy amber, unfortunately the mouthfeel left a bit to be desired and the taste was missing just a hint of something.

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Photo of MattNidiffer
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard flared tulip glass with a half finger of head.

Appearance - Pours a dark amber with a khaki head that somewhat lingers. One of the darker amber ales I've seen. Head slowly dissipates to form a ringlet around the edge of the surface with a few small ringlets throughout.

Smell - Some have said they detect cannabis in the aromas, but I'm not picking any of that up. Slightly piney, earthy tones. Small hints of spice and pepper.

Taste - Roasted, earthy flavor right off the bat. Small hints of hops, and a bit of citrus, but this beer has a very peppery, roasted, almost nutty flavor to it. Not bad, but one of the more toasty amber ales I've had. Nice bitter, nutty aftertaste, almost reminiscent of the aftertaste walnuts leave.

Mouthfeel - Not over carbonated, but a potent little fizz to it. Smooth finish, not quite clean, but very smooth. Slightly dry, but still moderately refreshing.

Overall - Overall, this is a very solid beer. From start to finish, I found it to be very enjoyable and very drinkable. Although this beer is available year round, I recommend it be enjoyed in the waning Summer/early fall months (as many amber ales are). Not quite a session drinking beer, I wouldn't mind having a few of these around to enjoy from time to time. All in all, this beer was a pleasant surprise. From start to finish, I found this beer to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to laugh when I read a review stating cannabis in the aroma but damn if you can't.
It almost dominates the aroma. My bottle is about a month pass prime and I get cannabis, fading, muted hops and caramel malts.
The appearance is quite pretty with a russet brown copper color with a thick dense beige head.
The taste is a little sweet with a big dose of malts. I can also smell leather, tobacco molasses.
On the palate it drinks quite thick with a burning fast bitterness that fades before the clean aftertaste.

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