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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Reviews: 1,202 | Ratings: 3,886
Photo of TheHopMonster
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone has done a great job with this one.

If you were to serve this beer to someone who didn't know what beer you were serving them they would mistake this for a home brew.

The unfiltered aspect of this beer and its simple ingredients are noticeable and all around delightful. The color is deep red and the heading works great for this type of beer.

The opening of each bottle was met with an intense release of carbonation and sometimes I thought I broke the bottle because it was so loud. Pouring the beer is a bit of a challenge due to its high carbonation and because of this the foam sticks around for a very very long time.

Overall very tasty and interestingly simple.

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Photo of Illtryit
3.09/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not overly impressed with this beer, although I was excited to try it based on the high esteem Stone carries around here.

Pours a clear but dark amber with lots of tan head which clings nicely with lacing.

Smell citrus and hoppy...very hoppy.

Taste falls in line with the smell. A little citrus and a LOT of hops. Too much for me.

Robust feel.

Overall, I can't say I'll ever buy this brew again.

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Photo of BillH200174
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a tan head and moderate lacing. Big citrus hops in the aroma. Flavor was citrus hops with hints of pink grapefruit. A little malt in the background but a good hop finish. Just a little thin, flatness in the finish. Overall good amber.

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Photo of ScarletLady
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber color, moderate head w/ light lacing
S - HOPS, fresh with citrus tones suprisingly strong in a good way
T - hops at first resolving in to the malt. doesn't taste a hoppy as it smells.
M- fine
D - really good. Nice to have such hoppy nosed good tasting beer that comes in under 5%. Tasted better than some of the bigger ABV beers I've had. Very drinkable and will be having more of these!

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Photo of pharmer
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle with a painted label. Blurb on the back makes for some interesting and entertaining reading as the brew settles. Color is a deep reddish brown. Formed a rather meek off-white head which quickly faded to a light lace.

S: Citrusy, a bit of malt, some yeastiness as well.

T: Muted, at the front of the tongue, but then a nice hop bitterness kicks in through the swallow. A light roasted malt character.

M: Tight and light carbonation, light to medium body.

D: This is a sessionable brew in my opinion and that's a refreshing twist from Stone. This is a beer you could drink several of with some buddies without getting completely blitzed. I'll be getting some more of these.

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Photo of wowbagger
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep color. At first it smells a bit overpoweringly of hops, but that fades. It certainly doesn't taste too hoppy. It has a very bold flavor that fades slowly in the mouth and lingers for a good while. A tiny hint of carmelization is there, but only a little. I would recommend as a good solid no-frills beverage.

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Photo of theteleman
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a big cloudy puffy marshmellowy head. Smells like hops and citrus. A somewhat chewy, thin mouthfeel. Very refreshing. Hops and citrus are balanced nicely with a faint malty undertone. Lots of flavor and super sessionable, a great beer for working in the yard on a hot day.

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Photo of ledemie
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice ruby amber color and makes a small white head. Doesn't lace much .

S: is malty, sweet and citrus, hoppy and roasted. It is a very well balanced brew for Stone.

T: starts out with a hoppy spice and finishes with a roasted malt character.

M: is thin, goes down smoothly and lightly coats the throat.

This one is definitely drinkable, I was a tad disappointed it reminded me of a Arrogant Bastard with less body and lighter, I was expecting a more subtle beer. This is the light beer for the hophead.

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Photo of cktison
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Glowing red brown ale. Off white, collapsing head with only moderate lacing.

S: Hoppy, sweet caramels and malty.

T: Smooth, fruity and delicious start, hops hit at the end and a lingering bitterness remains.

M: Really a nice, creamy beer. Good carbonation.

D: This is a good beer. Smell, to me, is a little off-putting, but the taste makes up for it. A nice red ale and I'll enjoy a few of these.

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Photo of Goldopelgt
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light amber with a eggshell head that fades relatively quickly...some lacing left on the glass, but nothing to write home to mom about...

S- Crisp, with light fruits, citrus, and a decent amout of hops...

T- Again, citrusy with a nice compliment of hops...not bad, but nothing overwhelming

M- Nice balance, light bodied, smooth, and dry..but not too dry...

D- A nice beer, nothing too over the top..easy drinking, but worth drinking (if you know what I mean...)

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Photo of montecristo2
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice reddish amber color.

Good two fingered head at initial pour.

Nice lacing left after the beer was gone.

Hops- citrus, slighty piney, grapefruity.

Malt- not as present but still noticeable, toasted, caramel on the finish.

A good, drinkable option from the Stone Brewery. I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of Schneic8
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Bronze reddish color with a nice head and good lacing. Decent carbonation.

Smell: Nice semi-sweet caramel smell. There are citrus and floral tones.

Taste: Very nice taste. It has a slight bitterness toward the beginning that fades and finishes smooth. It is clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice crisp feel that goes down smooth. There is a mild carbonation and it leaves a mild bitter after taste.

Overall: Very good beer that I would drink again. It has a nice complexity and is easy to drink. It was a little pricey but I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of WildTurkey
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark amber. With a wispy head.

S: Nice malty, bready smell. Some fruit is in there like apples.

T: Carmel malts. Pear and apple cider fruitiness / tanginess. Nice hop bitterness afterwards. Pretty balanced in my opinion.

M: Light to medium body. A little dry.

D: Real good. Sluggin it back. Nice drink.

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Photo of SAtaMi
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beautiful deep amber color. I got very little head and no lacing. I do not know if it was the bottle or the pour.

Taste - Hops with a good malty back to it. A very balanced flavor. Has a nice dry finish.

Smell - Hoppy, fruity, light grain with some malt.

Mouthfeel - Nice body for the type of beer. Just a nice smooth feel.

Drinkability - A nice beer all around.

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Photo of sonnmr31
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger head.

S - Very hoppy smell for an amber beers.

T - The beer smells hoppier than it taste. You can taste the hops towards the end of the drink. Real smooth beer.

M - Thin body and medium carbination.

O - No Doubt to why this is an award winning beer. Would definitly buy again but I can no longer get Stone in Wisconsin.

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Photo of DFN
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A coppery red ale that pours out fast and has a tan head that dissipates fast. A pleasant brew on the whole, that combines both bitter and sweet flavors. It'll never be one of my favorites, but it's a half-notch or so above the middle of the curve. I'll probably buy it again.

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Photo of velo343
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark amber/orange from the bottle with a lacey off-white head that is retained very well.

Smell - A pleasing smell of citrus hops, pine, grass.

Taste - A mild bitterness that ends in a bit of a sour note. There is some taste of grapefruit that shows itself. Not too much malt characteristic.

Mouthfeel - Fairly watery.

Drinkability - A somewhat disappointing beer from Stone. Not at all undrinkable, but it lacks a lot of complexity in the taste. The smell seems to promise a lot that just isn't followed up once it is drunk. Decent, but probably won't be having this one again.

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Photo of mgeraci
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was great! Easily one of my top 5 for flavor and drinkability. This is definitely going to be a regular in my arsenal from now on. I love the excellent quality of this beer compared to beers with a comparable ABV. I suggest this to anyone wanting to broaden out to bolder more adventurous beers because it is a tame stroll into the depths of Stone beers which I have found all to be good to date in my experiences.

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Photo of gearbike
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden yellow color with a small frothy head. Slight floral smell would soon reveal itself in a subdued sharp floral hoppiness. Some carbonation gives it crispness. Have to imagine this is a toned down version of an over hopped stone offering. It works well as a warm up, session beer, or beer that goes with just about any food. But a bit thin to be a standout brew.

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Photo of BrewIndy
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nice dark red amber color with about a fingers worth of head.

S: This has a nice citrus flavor although it is light as in it took a pretty deep breath to take it in.

T: This is a bit difficult to describe. Very good. Great caramel malty flavoring finishing off with a hoppy bitterness and citrus taste. I'm very surprised to get this taste out of something with such a low ABV. Hence the name right?

D: I could totally sit down to a few of these. One of these hot summer nights I'll have to pick up a few of these.

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Photo of philosobeer
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone was, until its invasion into the Chicago market, a brewer I had heard about from West Coast friends and never tasted. I'm glad it came, though only a couple of their beers have been exceptional to my tastes. Most of them have been good, and certainly their amber is one of those.

A: Looking good. This has a nice burnt ruby color, nice clarity, and a respectably frothy head two fingers tall. The head doesn't stick around, but it's got the nice layer of foam. It's nice to look at.

S: All hops and I'm thinking cascade. A Northwest ale, not a doubt. there. That's all I have for the smell.

T: Yes, this is yummy. The hops are prominent, but I taste amber malts. Toasty malts, plenty of bready character, crystal malt.

M: Another good one. This manages to be crisp and have a creamy end.

D: Drinkability is its strong suit. Low alcohol, crisp, quenching .... ahhh, but wait, it still tastes like a really good ale. Drinkability is what Levitation has to teach the amber ales.

My impression is that it's good, but I won't hand over its medals. I'll order it again. The best I had, and if you can find it, it's very well worth ordering, is the Epic '08. I'll review it soon.

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Photo of mytireisfat
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: Brown bottle with enjoy by date that you can hardly see. Really cool design on the bottle. Has the 2007 gold medal winner for the great american beer festival stamp on it. plus on the back a bunch of stuff to read.

A: 1 and 1/2 head that retains well. Dark amber color.

S: First thing you notice is the hops. lots of it. also maybe signs of caramel malt, and a grass smell.

T: Again, a lot of hops to it. also a sweet caramel taste.

M: Light to Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: i found it to be a little filling. i could not drink a whole lot of these. i might buy it again. not first pick.

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Photo of JDFish
4.66/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: OMG. So much foam, 3 fingers at least of off white thick foam. Foam sticking to the sides of the pint glass. The color is a dark golden and it is cloudy.

S: Sweet malts, bready. Makes my mouth water

T: I didn't get too much hops, just a hint, sweet and malty, like a complex brown ale. One of the most delicious beers I've ever tried. Slight sour notes on the finish.

M: Decent mouthfeel, we'll say medium.

D: Off the charts. This is the best session craft beer in history! Day in and day out, this is my goto beer. I absolutely love it, especially if I am just chillin' and not feeling adventurous or in the mood for a fancier, less drinkable brew.

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Photo of shodrod
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark, yet slightly opaque, brown. The head is a fluffy white with very nice retention and leaves a beautiful lacing. Hops and a 'beady' smell are present in the nose. The hops in the aroma don't manifest themselves in the flavor, but there are some hints of a nuttiness. The finish is almost nonexistent. This would make a great cold weather session beer because it's dark and flavorful but still light and has a pretty low ABV.

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Photo of Clowerweb
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressively from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. No visible dates on the bottle.

A: I'd call it more brown than red, but it does have some amber red/orange highlights around the bottom. 1 finger of off-white head has respectable retention and lacing. Lots of sediment visible in this, so I assume it's unfiltered. Hopefully this doesn't cause regrets in the morning.

S: Hops, piney hops. Not too strong or too weak on the nose, doesn't have much depth though and doesn't cause much of a pique in curiosity, smells pretty straightforward.

T: It pretty much tastes like an IPA or APA. Hoppy and piney. Stays consistent throughout the experience, so it finishes the same way it starts. I detect a hint of malts in there to try to counter the hops, but it's not very prevalent. Again, not much depth or character to this one. Maybe a step above average.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation, a bit watery, not a lot of gravity to this one at all. I half expected it to be a little more full bodied given the large amount of sediment throughout this beer, but it didn't deliver. A peg above average at best.

O: I have really liked almost all of the Stone products I have tried. I think Stone is a fine craft brewery, but this one lacked a lot of character and depth that I've come to expect from Stone brews. I wouldn't say that I'm disappointed in this beer, but it definitely missed the mark and failed to impress. There just isn't anything about this beer that separates it from others of similar styles.

This is not a bad beer, but it's one of the only Stone beers I've tried that I can safely say I will not be likely to purchase again.

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