Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

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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 FLima
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish color with beige two finger thick head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Its aroma made me levitate, a festival of tropical citric fruits with bold notes of grapefruits, tangerines, passion fruit and caramels.
Nice refreshing and hoppy flavor of American Amber ale yeast, citrus hops with grapefruits, lemon and tangerine notes, pine, tea bags, roasted malts, caramels and spices. Hints of peaches, grass and smoke. It seems bitter than its 45 IBUs. It is amazing that this is close to maturity and still feels fresh and with hop power. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Light and smooth body enough to be a session beer, perfect carbonation.
This one of the best light beers I had, the perfect session beer. A session Bastard. Don’t look for depth here and you will love this.

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Photo of santomark
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a dark amber color with a 2 finger off white, almost oatmeal colored head. 2 finger head, Nice retention and lacing.

S - This smells like a big beer, but I am aware it is not. Very crisp, malty, yeast almost is bread like. A sweetness at the end, both citrusy and darker fruits.

T - Definitely roasted malts up front, this bitterness is given off from the malts. Very subtle with what it does to the palate. Yeast notes such as biscuit is in there for a crispness. Other than this. Not too much happening.

M - Very light, silky, clean finish, drinkable.

O - This is a very light and drinkable beer. Given what Stone does with beers, like beefing them up, this is quite a light beer. Not much to say, if you're looking for a nice introduction to the craft beer world from one of the finest Craft Brewers in the world, this is a great start. Can't go wrong. I will have again.

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Photo of DougT
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Clear reddish copper color with a 1 finger light tan foamy head. As it dissipates it clings to the glass and leaves some lace.

Smells hoppy, but not excessively. Not much else in the nose. Somewhat one dimensional.

Some grain bitterness, some hop bitterness, dry, a little watery. Mostly just hop flavors, not much else going on.

First impression is medium body, but as the carbonation fades things get a little thin. The sparkle from the bubbles lingers which helps a lot.

I'm not thrilled. It's just OK. I don' think I'll get any more. I find the watery lightness is not completely compensated by the sparkle. There's a bit too much grain bitterness for my taste. A larger proportion of a lighter carmel grain would help remove some of the grain bitterness, boost the alcohol and add some body.

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Photo of whynot44
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber color with a modest white head that retreats to just a a light skin that persists and does leave some decent lacing.
The aroma is pine needles, grapefruit, grass and a light malt background.
The taste is the same. Hops up front - pine, citrus, herbs, grass followed by a light sweet caramel malt. Finishes dry with a pine resin flavor lingering on.
Light bodied, very drinkable.
Overall, a nice amber ale for the hop heads, refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was hoping that this beer, at a 4.4% ABV, could offer significant flavor and be a highly drinkable beer while keeping that low alcohol level--something that today beers seem to be having trouble doing as the only flavorful beers are rising in ABV. This offers a good smattering of flavors, with some uumph from the hops and malt flavors that don't back down, but it's not nearly as flavorful as I hoped. Worse, the mouthfeel is too thin. Overall, the beer lacks a solid body and distinctive flavors. It would have been nice to find a fairly low ABV beer out there that offers what the higher ABV beers bring to the table, but this one doesn't.

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Photo of spoony
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (best by December 8, 2013) into a nonic.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger of light-tan head. Retention is around a minute and some chunks of lace are left behind on the glass. The brew is brassy-amber in color and nearly clear.

S-This beer smells shockingly like a "baby" Bastard. It is hop heavy (even though my bottle was past the best by date) with herbal, mint, pine, and citrus aromas mingling with a lightly bread and caramel malt aroma. Impressive intensity and complexity.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely with the aforementioned hoppy mixture giving up a little bit of ground to the malts. I taste a bit more caramel and bread here than I smell, but this is still a hop-lover's session beer.

M-The body is medium with above-average levels of carbonation and good drinkability.

O-This is a pretty great session-type beer. I really mean it when I say it drinks like an approachable "Bastard" because the hop profile is so similar to Arrogant B, albeit a bit toned down in this format. I also enjoy the mouthfeel; this beer manages to drink well, while providing some substance on the palate.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: Deep copper/orange with some reddish hues. Pours slightly hazy with good carbonation and a one and a half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving significant lacing a thin head.

Smell: Deep amber malt nose with some lingering hops bitterness in the background. Over all, not a super strong bouquet, but the aromas are well balanced and clean. Notes of caramel and pine.

Taste: Slight toasted malt in the fore and after taste. True taste is all hops, and a little more bitter than I was expecting from the nose. Predominantly piney with some subtle fruity acidity. Very well balanced but not remarkable. Lingering astringency that could be a result of my palate, but it's a little bit off putting. Tiniest amount of diacetyl as the beer is allowed to warm.

Mouth: Dry and evenly carbonated, this beer is easily drinkable. Could maybe use a little more body to make up for the acidity of the hops. It's only 4.4% ABV too.

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Photo of IAmAPenguin
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: fresh citrussy hops, herbs earth and metallic amber malts. Appearance: deep, brownish purple with a thin foam. Taste: strong bitter hop overtones which is is not typical of amber ales (expected from stone though). Other notes of deep caramel, molasses, sugar, metallic notes and syrupy maple. Overall, I'm typically not a fan of amber ales, but this is hopped up to my tastes, it's very enjoyable.

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

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Look:dark amber, thick khaki head, great lacing.
Aroma notes:orange, lemon, grapefruit, slight pine, grass.
Tasting notes:grapefruit, lemon zest, wheat bread, brown sugar, grass.
Feel: very light bodied.

This ones a mixed bag, while it's low ABV makes it a great session ale it also hinders it in the amber field. The aroma seems to be the strongest aspect of this one with its IPA like hop smells. There's better ambers out, much better.

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Photo of CA_brewster
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a deep amber color with a pretty sad off white head almost no lacing on my glass. It smells of sweet caramel malts and some nice piney hops. There is a very pleasant aroma to this brew. I found the taste to be quite malty but it has some definite hop bitterness that balances it out nicely. This beer is not yellow, it’s not fizzy and it doesn’t taste like water but it clocks in at a measly 4.4% abv. This is good and I’m happy drinking but I would just step it up to the IPA.

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

Appearance: Nice amber color with a good white head

Smell: Piney herbal hops, with some light malt in the background

Taste: Citrus, pine, herbal hoppy flavors. Some toasted bread, grain, and caramel malts in the background

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: Good session beer, but way too expensive for what it is. I try to not let my wallet influence reviews, but when I'm paying what this costs, I would prefer to be satisfied with one beer. I would have this around often if it was more affordable. But still, it is overall a very good brew.

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Photo of Brianofthemarsh
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Clear amber-red with awesome foamy tan head.
s - Citrus, pine, toast in the background
t - Pine, some citrus, toast. Very crisp. Let it warm and you get caramel and the hops get medicinal.
m - moderate-high carbonation at first. Let it sit and the carbonation fades, becoming more slick
o- a good session amber. Better cold.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with an "enjoy by" date of 1/5/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - a fine looking red ale with bubbly carbonation that builds a towering, beige head! Lacing is superb!
Smell - a surprisingly hop forward citrus nose! I am really pleased with this!
Taste - another aggressively hopped beer from Stone that finds a way to work with the style!
Feel - light body, bitter hops, and very easy to drink, as you can imagine at 4.4%.
Overall - an amber ale for the hop head! Stone hits a home run with this one in my opinion!

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber-red with two inches of airy tan head. Very good retention; good lacing.

Grassy hops, biscuity and caramel malt aromas, and a touch of brown sugar.

Dusty hops that verge on medicinal towards the end.

Flat, quick and dry. Medium body with a lingering medicinal finish.

Good beer on the whole.
Nothing inherently "bad" about it, but it is slightly "meh." The flavors featured are undeniably good, but are overshadowed by what it doesn't have.
Regardless, I would have it again; worth trying if you can get it where you are.

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Photo of delta490
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- a clear deep amber. The foamy-ish white head has amazing retention aided by the steady contribution of carbonation.

S- big pine hops dominates with some very subtle grapefruit notes

T- pine hops is the order of the day. It dominates throughout and overpowers pretty much everything else. It's good, but it's just one note.

M-a faint tickle of carbonation in an otherwise smooth and thinner ale

O-it's a good but not great amber. I'd like more depth.

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Photo of jtw004
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Apperance - An excellent dark brown, through which some line shines. Similar to a nice iced tea color

Smell- A crisp smell that gives you some freshness

Taste - Fantastic. Finishes with an uplifting freshness.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation, excellently smooth. Feels great

Overall - A very solid beer. A fall beer if ever there was one.

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Photo of tronester
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany, with a creamy off-white head. Smells of pinecones, and a hint of oak. Taste begins with a sharp grapefruit peel bite, then some rye bread, and finishes with a long piney bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall an excellent amber ale. It is really a nice beer for hop-heads, it is as hoppy as some of the new 'session' IPA's ive had.

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Photo of tmm313
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful dark amber, almost red color. Constant stream of bubbles. 1/2 finger head with good lacing.
S- Grapefruit, tropical fruit, grass, pine. Pretty inviting.
T- Piney hops, caramel, and tropical fruit up front, followed by sweet grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and maybe a touch of lemon. Subtle lingering pine bitterness.
M- Medium, creamy body with crisp carbonation. Slightly oily finish with nice piney bitterness.
O- This is a pretty good beer. Very good session beer. Not the strongest flavors in the world, but excellent for what it is.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Sampling right now on 11/1/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F from my beer cooler. Poured into a brandy snifter. Great looking bottle that has the label painted-on and isn't a decal or sticker.

Pours a pretty dark amber color with a 1+-finger tan head. The head doesn't last long and settles down to a very small head mostly around the edges of the glass. Leaves lots of lacing when sipped. The aroma is mostly of hoppy grains. the taste was pretty much the same with a hint of some dark fruit. A bitter aftertaste hits you right up front from the hops. Does linger around until the next sip. LOL!

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Photo of DrJ
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bronzed amber in color, good head retention, smells & flavors of whole wheat toast/ brown bread with a hint of cocoa, malt strives to balance assertive herbal hops on the palate, low carbonation and light bodied mouth feel, decent length. For such a low ABV (4.4%) ale, this beer provides good flavor and some decent balance between hops & malt, though some may find this too hoppy (for this style of beer).

A very nice, hoppy American amber ale, and very good lower ABV alternative by Stone to their very flavorful but high(er) ABV ales (e.g. Stone IPA).

Roast beef and potatoes would make a good food pairing with this beer.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a beautiful amber brown color with a towering cream colored head that retains well and leaves a fair mount of sporadic lacing.

S-Hops overwhelm the nose leaving very little nuance. I'm picking up on slightly toasted notes at the end of the nose.

T-Hops at the front of the palate. They are overwhelming as well but the finish leaves a little fruit and a toasty flavor as well. More balanced than the nose

MF-Creamy, medium-bodied and fizzy. Finishes crisp but not too carbonated.

O-I enjoy the beer, but it isn't a great representation of the style. Too hoppy and not nuanced enough, IMO.

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Photo of pallison123
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The pour: Into a Duvel glass. 3/4 inch firm, tan head. As another reviewer noted, it dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Firms up again as you swirl the glass between sips.

Color: Deep amber. Not quite red, and not opaque, but darker than I expected. I think the hoppy character, which I remembered well, tricked me into thinking the color was more golden. Which brings me to...

Flavor: Very dry, and very hoppy. This isn't of the (overly) sweet, pine-coney, earthy ilk that permeate the IPA market - these buds have a bite which is more-ish. Which brings me to...

Session character: Levitation clocks in at a modest 4.4% ABV - hurrah! Thanks to Stone - no stranger in the hoppy, high-octane ale movement for producing a beer with this much flavor, while being so friendly to drinking 'by volume'!

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the mixer case into my 13th Anny pint glass
Noted 10/24/13

A : Dark amber body with garnet hues and very fine clarity. Half finger of stubborn khaki cream whip on top. A light squiggly trellis of crusty lace adheres to the glass upon drinking.

A: Bright citrus orange peel and bready pale malt nose with a touch of toffee and some danky herbal weed on the trail end. Very fresh on the hops and notably aromatic.

T: Citrus hops with tangerine and light grapefruit. Firmly countered with toasted bready malts. Has a significant amount of dankiness too and finishes out more spicy with layers of pine. Moderate bitterness falling on the higher side and the alcohol is completely nonexistent. Nutty with that toffee likeness and some stone fruit coming through as well. Great flavors and tasting very fresh.

M: Light frothy and airy with a mod-low body. Creamy and soft in texture but with a bready fullness. Touch of peppery bitterness and slight resinous linger.

D: Very drinkable. A great hoppy fix with big bready malt presence and all wrapped in a very light little package. This is one of those beers I often underestimate just how good it is. Great balance and loaded with flavor for a sessions.

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Photo of 77black_ships
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mid. 2011 Review: 25 cl. drat @ Stone vs. Moeder event: red amber with an off-white head, smells like grapefruit & pine hops, light caramel, taste is moderate but full pine & grapefruit hops, malty, slightly fruity, caramel, medium bitterness, pretty damn good given its abv.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with small to no head. Aroma of big earthy hops. Flavor is very dry with earthy piney hops and a big biscuit malt backbone. Slick and dry mouthfeel. Steers away from most ambers with the big bitter hop presence and I love that. Medium high carbonation. Solid beer that I would be happy to have any time.

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