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

Pours to a dark reddish-orange with thin off-white head that dissipates at mid-glass with okay lacing. Aroma was a subtle hoppy citrus, with undertones of malty dark fruit. Mouthfeel smotth and medium bodied and the taste picked up the subtle fruits of the nose. Finish somewhat short-lived, yet pleasant.

Not Stone's best by any means, but not a bad beer at all either.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a deep copper color with a one inch head that protrudes over the rim of the glass. Thick lacing left down the entire glass.

Aroma is of of citrusy and piney hops. A bit of caramel and biscuit malt character is hidden beneath them.

Taste is again dominated by a strong citrusy hop presence with plenty of pine to go along with it. Pretty much the same as the aroma there is a caramel and biscuit malt backdrop. Not really bitter, but lots of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, very creamy and easy drinking.

Pretty good beer but a bit too much hop flavor for the style in my opinion. It's a good session beer for people that love a ton of hops but are looking for something lighter to drink a lot of.

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Photo of fox227
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Mojo
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is nothing unique or exciting about this beer, but dang if I didn't enjoy it. It poured up a deep amber/copper color with a small head, not a lot of lacing, but decent retention. The smell is very pine, floral, bready, citrusy. Taste is about the same as the nose. Citrus is the predominant flavor and it is all I can do to savor and enjoy it. It's sort of like a SNPA. It's hardly thr greatest beer ever brewed, but it sure is enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JimGlonke
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of fitzy84
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six-pack at Table and Vine in West Springfield, MA. Beer poured with a nice amber appearance with medium retention and decent lacing. Aromas had an initial hint of caramel and malts, while subsequent breaths brought up smells of wood and bread. Flavors definitely highlighted the bread with some malt and sweet citrus. Great mouthfeel; really liked the carbonation, which helped make the drink really refreshing to drink. A very great beer and a pleasure for the evening,.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very little head pours, slightly off-white in color. Brew stands foggy brown color with purple.

S - Smell is very bland and nothing really sticks out. Lots of basic malt. Decent caramel scent.

T - Very basic, nothing unique. Lots of malt, tons, and tons of malt. Where are the hops? Very watery, not complex.

M - An odd bitterness, without the presence of hops. Good carbonation.

O - Very underwhelming, not worth noting. Not sure I can recommend this one. Nothing sticks out.

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Photo of Docer
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged 1 12 oz. bottle out of a 6-pack... just to try and review it as it possibly wasn't something I wanted an entire 6-pack of.. paid $2.09 for it... the 6-pack was a ridiculous $11.99... way overpriced no matter what..

- Great clear dark copper color... minimal head, and minimal lacing...

- Citrus hop... almost CA extracty... only in CA.. sweet caramel.. light pine.. but mainly the sweet fruity hops that I find to be associated w/ brews like Hop Stoopid, and Sculpin.. just that same hop extract that all the brewers seem to be getting cheap over there..

- Nice bittering hop... great grain profile... a light and drinkable flavor... but the citrus hop profile is there... and it is certainly not worth the money for a 6-pack... but I can see a watered down Undercover here... and it's not even Lagunitas... sorry... but this hop profile needs to go away. I'm tired of it... and but only may occasionally buy a Hop Stoopid because it's cheap. Stone? Ruination, and the Bastards are what I'm lovin'... not this..

- Slight dryness... watery... ok I guess..

- Easy to drink, has high marks here... but that is because it is so mild... but overall not much to speak of... if an Amber.. it's low on my list of fav's.. I'll take a Full Sail please.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of SharkNado
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/24/2008 (bottle):

Pours a pretty clear, reddish-brown colored body with a off-white light brown soapy head, small but lasting. Citrusy aroma, hoppy, dusty, malty maybe some hoppiness. Watery palate, dusty, hoppy taste. Light on the harsh carbonated taste.

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Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

After awhile, all of Stone's ale taste about the same. This one was no different. Poured a medium dark brown with some white foam. The smell of Piney hops was all I could get out of the aroma. As far as the taste, it was average with the tart piney flavor of the hops and that was about it. Not impressed, just average at best.

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

A: clear deep amber, light tan head, good lacing.
S: caramel, toffe, grapefruit, pine.
T: hint of malt sweetness (dark caramel, toffee), significant but smooth hop bitterness predominates. some earthiness. finishes quite dry with a bit of astringency.
M: light-bodied, well carbonated, frothy.
D: lots of flavor for this abv, sessionable.

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Photo of closisinthehouse
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jemarent
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber / ruby color, with a medium sized off-white head that stays around a little bit and leaves a little lace on the glass.

Smell: Surprisingly strong hop aroma. Strong grapefruit and pineapple aroma, with a floral twist. Light caramel malt.

Taste: Levitation has a taste outside of the category. It is almost an amber ale / IPA hybrid (not surprising, since it is Stone). Not much malt presence; what there is has a caramel flavor to it. A combination of hops take the flavor forefront; citrus, mostly grapefruit, but pine and floral as well. Tightly melded flavor, and it finishes a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, and the hops add a sneaky oily feel. Fuller than medium body.

Drinkability: This has quite a full character, which I enjoyed. This is a good beer to relax with, even though I do not get into this style that often.

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Photo of LotsofLupulin
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of avaldivia
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into a Pint Glass.

A: Hazy dark amber color with little floaties in it. Excellent off-white head. great lacing.

S: Rather light, but good caramel sweetness. A little floral hop notes.

T: Again light. Some caramel sweetness. Some hops. Just not enough of either.

M: Average. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

O: Decent. Second time I have tried this. I don't believe there will be a third. Simply not my favorite from Stone.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Camjmorton
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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