Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,888 Ratings
Levitation AleLevitation Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,888
Reviews:
1,204
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
484
For Trade:
3
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Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of avaldivia
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
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 Mojo
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Camjmorton
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of thumperskibum
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattcrill
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Nice balance of bready and biscuity malt with some light citrus and earthy hop notes. Nothing off and balance seems to be the major theme here.

Appearance: Dirty copper colored pour with a big, rocky white head. Appears still in the glass but the head retention is beautiful.

Flavor: Balance again shines here with a biscuity malt base and flowery, light citrus notes to keep it all in check. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slight carbonic bite that I feel hides some of the potential flavor. No alcohol heat or grain astringency.

Overall impression: A balanced, sessionable American ale. Seems tame for a West Coast amber. However, this is highly poundable. Inspires me to try to clone an interesting quaffer like this. Recommended.

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Photo of hermit990
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Phoodcritic
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Shaw
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice red in color with a big foamy off-white head.

It has that trademark Stone hop aroma, though a bit lighter than, say, Arrogant Bastard.

The taste is lighter, but far from weak. Nice notes of bread and toast mix with citrus hop flavors and a big bitterness.

The body is also light, but not watery.

This is one of the weakest (in terms of alcohol) beers I've had since my trip to Salt Lake City. But it's a good one.

This is a session beer for hopheads.

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Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of nygannon
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Lemke10
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in North Aurora, IL for $1.50 in Fall 2010.

Upon hearing Stone's is pulling out of Wisconsin, I had to try this one which I had never seen before. It pours a medium dark amber color as a semi-strong scent of hops tickle your nose. The hops continue well into its taste as well. Not quite to the strength of an IPA but still very evident. It does finish rather smooth though. If you are trying, don't expect the typical amber or ale flavor here.

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Photo of JC333
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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

Light and carmelly and very tasty. Pours brown with a big fluffy head. The aroma is negligible, but the taste is strong - carmel and toffee and a wonderful candylike malt. There is a strong yet hard to identify hop bitterness - a little floral, a bit earthy. It is sweet and clean and strong without letting on how low the ABV really is. The moithfeel is thin, but hidden by the high bitterness. A lovely bit of brewing trickery - a lawnmower beer for the hophead.

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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SharkNado
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bamadog
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of all the Stone brews I've had, this one is easily the least challenging, likely why none of the caps told me that I am not worthy. Poured from the bottle into a trusty pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a beautifuly ruby/coppery color. A solid 1 and 1/2 finger head formed and it lasted the entire pint -- don't know if I've ever seen retention quite like that. Solid carbonation is present in the glass.

Smell: Mild and hoppy, slightly piney.

Taste: Nice piney bitterness, but far from overpowering in the hop department. Typically I would expect something form Stone to kick me in the teeth, but this one is especially mild. I find a slight matliness in the far back of it of the drink as well, but it's very subtle.

Mouthfeel: A little thing actually. A slight stickiness to it, but not much presence overall.

Drinkability: Kind of mediocre when it comes to Stone, but overall it isn't a bad beer. I probably won't go out of my way to get this in the future, but I really don't mind drinking it. The low ABV would easily allow for a fair amount to be consumed in a sitting, so easily sessionable.

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle with a silk screened label. In depth description of the beer on the back, as well as some Stone philosophy. No freshness info (but Stone has rectified this since I purchased this bottle).

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color, with a nice head. Head fades relatively quickly, but leaves a ton of lacing.

Smell: Lots of caramel malt aroma, with a bit of hops coming in at the end. Also has something similar to the biscuity aroma found in beers like Fat Tire.

Taste: Lots of biscuity malt here - with a nice hop kick at the end. Well balanced with a lot of caramel flavor that was present in the aroma.

Overall impression: Yet another quality offering from Stone. This is a very well balanced beer, with a good malt backbone and plenty of hops without being overwhelming. Much more approachable for the uninitiated than most of Stone's other offerings. Not a bad brew for review number 150!

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Photo of wcudwight
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice coloration to this beer. It's a dark amber with hints of crimson and brown mixed in. Small wispy head that doesn't have the retention or stickiness that I've come to expect from Stone beers.
Mixture of tropical and dark fruits in the aroma. If there was such a thing as citrus raisins, I imagine that they would smell like this. Pleasant aroma that is the cross between a grapefruit and a raisin.
The flavor starts off with a nice citrus/piney hoppy bite. In the middle is a toasty sweet maltiness. The beer finishes with some more hop bitterness and nice hoppy aftertaste. Levitation amazes me with it's simplicity (especially for a Stone brew), but it's still very flavorful. Simply delicious.
The mouthfeel is slick, smooth, and mildly sticky. It has a nice dry finish.
Stone is known for thier big hop bombs, but here they make an excellent session ale, that is one of the best I've had.
Many thanks to Marvz and boolshot from the Double Trouble BIF.

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing
3.88 out of 5 based on 3,888 ratings.
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